Winner takes-it-all will be disastrous for Kenya

Kenya is gearing up for elections in March this year. As the big boys of the region go into the polls, all eyes are on this nation blessed with a coastline, whose strategic position and influence cannot be undermined.  There is something very unique about Kenyan politics that you hardily see...

Wednesday, January 9, 2013, 12:00 AM

What does 2013 hold for Rwanda?

As we kiss 2012 good-bye and usher in a New Year, this is the moment when we reflect on the last 365 days and examine if theres anything worth to write home about.At an individual level, we either wallow in shame or bask in glory for great strides made during the ending year and begin to set...

Thursday, January 3, 2013, 12:00 AM

DRC: Blame it on Western powers

The current conflict in eastern DRC has escalated to this level largely because the prescription provided by Western powers is simply wrong.After the fall of Goma, one can hope that the international community will accept failure and agree to a new strategy of handling this crisis before it once...

Thursday, November 22, 2012, 12:00 AM

Sanctions on M23 will not bring peace

On Tuesday, the United States ordered sanctions against the head the M23 rebel group for his alleged role in causing mayhem to this troubled region of Congo.The UN put a travel ban and assets freeze against Col (or is he now a General) Sultani Makenga, for allegedly raping and killing civilians....

Thursday, November 15, 2012, 12:00 AM

RPF 25 Yrs: What has been its strength?

A few weeks from today, RPF Inkotanyi will be celebrating its silver jubilee in a ceremony expected to be characterized with pomp, colour and draw who is who in Africa’s liberation struggles.Formed in 1987 by a group of stateless Rwandans, most pundits agree that RPF has metamorphosed into a...

Thursday, November 8, 2012, 12:00 AM

Two Toasts in honor of UNSC Seat

Usually, a vote for a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is an event likely to go unnoticed.Quite often, what happens is that regional blocs, based on a rotational arrangement, agree among themselves whose turn it is to represent that block.  As a collective...

Thursday, October 25, 2012, 12:00 AM

Will the onslaught on Rwanda fall silent after today’s vote?

As was expected, the UN GoE report on Eastern DRC was deliberately leaked to the Media on the eve of today’s vote at the UN Security Council where Rwanda is widely expected to win a seat, among the five non-permanent members.The African Union in February selected Rwanda to replace South...

Thursday, October 18, 2012, 12:00 AM

Agaciro shows Rwandans’ political maturity

If you asked me to point out a few facts to prove how Rwandans have steadily put their traumatic past to rest, albeit without forgetting, and are collectively forging a new future, I would probably single out two things.First, the historic 2010 elections in which President Paul Kagame emerged with...

Thursday, October 11, 2012, 12:00 AM

Sweet and bitter pill for the health sector

Rwanda’s health sector has moved strides as many indicators show.On this front, the latest news has been Rwanda attaining MDG four of cutting down the number of under-5 mortalities ahead of the due date and probably the only country on the continent likely to meet this target.With three years...

Thursday, September 27, 2012, 12:00 AM

Has the Boston event become a nightmare for opposition groups?

Tomorrow (Friday), Rwandans from all walks of life will converge in Boston to chat on various issues concerning their nation.The event, that has come to be known as the “Rwanda Day” is quickly becoming a tradition – serving as a strong mobilization tool for Rwandans in the...

Thursday, September 20, 2012, 12:00 AM

Are these signs of the gigantic ‘tiny’ Rwanda?

To say that Rwanda attracts both positive and negative news almost in equal measure is to say the least.Today, the dominating wire story will be how Rwanda’s investment reforms and innovations are an appetiser for investors and, tomorrow, the lead headline will be the opposite – maybe...

Thursday, September 13, 2012, 12:00 AM

Agaciro Fund, why it might be impossible elsewhere

The enthusiasm with which millions of Rwandans across the globe are coming up to contribute towards the Agaciro Development Fund must be baffling many people’s minds.The Fund today is more than Rwf8 billion, an equivalent of about $13 millionand the figure keeps growing each day.But let...

Thursday, September 6, 2012, 12:00 AM

Away from the bad news, here’s some good news

For the past few months, the current mess in Eastern DRC has largely dominated the news on Rwanda.Though the crisis is entirely a Congolese affair and by the Congolese themselves, you wouldn’t rule out the possibility of some innocent souls mistaking the conflict to be an outright war between...

Thursday, August 30, 2012, 12:00 AM

The law of the jungle in international affairs

In modern democracies, the principle of presumption of innocence is a sacred tenet that most governments include in their legal codes.This principle assumes that one is considered innocent until the courts of law have proven otherwise, arguably one of the most important pillars of any jurisprudence...

Thursday, August 23, 2012, 12:00 AM

Listen before crucifying M-23

I received a message from a European friend recently asking me why Rwanda was again at war with its vast neighbour, DRC. As I laboured to explain the background to this crisis and showing how DRC’s conflict is a cocktail of so many interests at hand, he’s questions only pointed to one...

Thursday, August 9, 2012, 12:00 AM

Five questions for our donor friends

Two years ago, at the height of Presidential elections, the Western media painted a gloomy picture on the situation in Rwanda and portrayed this nation as one headed into a deep ditch.The hostility was so ferocious. Headline after headline with content that pointed to a nation on the verge of...

Thursday, August 2, 2012, 12:00 AM

Five questions for our donor friends

Two years ago, at the height of Presidential elections, the Western media painted a gloomy picture on the situation in Rwanda and portrayed this nation as one headed into a deep ditch.The hostility was so ferocious. Headline after headline with content that pointed to a nation on the verge of...

Thursday, August 2, 2012, 12:00 AM

Will one laptop project define Rwanda’s next 50 years?

As we marked 50 years of independence, one question that kept boggling my mind was the decades that this country lost and what would define the next 50 years.The last 18 of the 50 years of independence have largely been spent on correcting the historical political mess. On the political front, a...

Thursday, July 19, 2012, 12:00 AM

They love Congo but not the Congolese

One of the most philosophical statements that President Paul Kagame has mentioned in relation to the current crisis in Eastern DRC relates to the role of external actors who pretend to care much about the conflict yet they are only pursuing selfish interests.While responding to a question from a...

Thursday, July 12, 2012, 12:00 AM

Who will save the ‘endangered’ people of Eastern DRC?

History teaches us that any deliberate effort of trying to erase any segment of human race has never succeeded.What has largely succeeded is an attempt to exterminate, dehumanize through suppressive and oppressive means a section of the targeted population and relegating it to second class citizens...

Thursday, June 28, 2012, 12:00 AM

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