Why Rwanda will always be MONUSCO’s punching bag

Since 1999, the UN peace keeping force has been deployed in eastern DRC.  Mandated to bring peace to this troubled region, peace remains as elusive as ever and only wars have become a custom.Thirteen years is not a short time and this is why. A child born in 1999 is today in low high school...

Thursday, May 31, 2012, 12:00 AM

Truth about Nyamagabe food poisoning case

Editor,I would like to respond to your headline in yesterday’s issue, which read, ‘Over 200 hospitalised after food poisoning’. The headline is misleading though the body of the story is fine. The truth is that 54 people were hospitalised in the District hospital and another 17...

Wednesday, May 30, 2012, 12:00 AM

ICC indictments cannot bring peace to Eastern DR Congo

Eastern DRC is boiling again. And like the custom has become, whenever a bulletin is released in any part of Eastern DRC, someone somewhere has to murmur out Rwanda.I belong to the school of thought who subscribe to the fact that Congo’s problems are as old as the history of this vast nation...

Thursday, May 24, 2012, 12:00 AM

The ugly face of politics

The world’s largest nation, Russia has a new President after a successful swap between that country’s two strong sons of communists.Vladimir Putin returns to the Kremlin at least for the next six years taking over from his former subordinate- turned -boss and now turned subordinate once...

Wednesday, May 9, 2012, 12:00 AM

Exodus of doctors, why Rwanda’s story is different

The sad reality of African countries having more doctors and nurses that are working in richer nations than their own continues to throttle this continent.A study done in 2011 by Canadian scientists found that Sub-Saharan Africa was losing close to $2 billion as combined investment in training...

Thursday, May 3, 2012, 12:00 AM

If cassava can earn money, keep your Aid!

My early childhood was spent in the hands of my grandparents in a refugee camp, South Western Uganda, a place called Rwamwanja.Just like any refugee camp, life was never easy. There’s only one good side of growing up in such an environment, it shapes and prepares you for tougher hurdles in...

Thursday, April 19, 2012, 12:00 AM

18yrs after the Genocide, 25yrs of RPF and 50yrs of independence

This year’s Genocide commemoration has a special place in the history of this country.  We do not only mark 18 years after the ugly side of our history but also mark a new generation that has come of age.The little boys and girls born in 1994 are 18 years today. One thing they all have...

Thursday, April 12, 2012, 12:00 AM

In seeking WB job, Africa should be more strategic

The race to find a new President of the World Bank is picking more interest than it usually does, partly due to the growing desire to end the 68 year old unwritten rule of having an American lead this institution.The World Bank (WB) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) are not very different from...

Thursday, March 29, 2012, 12:00 AM

Burundi – give Caesar what belongs to him

I will start on the good side of the coin. Burundi’s popularity, especially for those who have not been there, hinges largely on its beautiful natural beaches stretching along Lake Tanganyika.One of the spectacular scenes at these beaches comes in the evenings when the sun hovers over the...

Thursday, March 22, 2012, 12:00 AM

Brace up, Vision 2020 will need a lot more

As the world still finds itself entangled in a web of economic disorder with Wall Street still limping out of the global financial crisis, Rwanda is setting new growth targets. Bringing it closer home, as regional economies continue to grapple with run-away inflation, falling currencies and slow...

Thursday, March 15, 2012, 12:00 AM

Give me discipline and not oil or diamonds

I will start on a light note. A Kenyan colleague who attended the opening session of this week’s Leadership Retreat was astonished by choice of venue for this important forum.All along, as she drove to Gako, her expectation of this place was that of a major Word -Class Holiday Resort,...

Thursday, March 8, 2012, 12:00 AM

Do we really value what we have?

Agaciro:Arthur asiimweThere’s an on-going outbreak of Cholera in the region, specifically in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where over 1200 cases have been recorded with a few deaths.In Rwanda, imported cases of this deadly disease numbered 13 cases but the good news is that the...

Thursday, March 1, 2012, 12:00 AM

At last, the media show signs of awakening

Today, the only global rankings where Rwanda is painted red are ratings associated with the growth of the media. Although most of these rankings are done without due consideration of the prevailing structural issues on the ground, related to the media landscape, you will get a few that point out...

Thursday, February 23, 2012, 12:00 AM

Beware, here comes PAC

Talk of town has been about the new Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and the heavy-handedness with which they have been handling public officials appearing before this body. The new Accounts committee has been grilling officials as it seeks to unearth some irregularities mentioned in...

Thursday, February 16, 2012, 12:00 AM

Path towards poverty free Rwanda is now walkable

No doubt that the big news of the week and probably the entire year will be the latest statistics portraying a significant slash-down by 12 percent of Rwandans leaving below the poverty line. In only 5 years the number of Rwandans who might go to bed hungry reduced from 56 percent to 45 percent....

Thursday, February 9, 2012, 12:00 AM

Just like Rwanda, Sierra Leone could rise but….

Like the Kinyarwanda adage goes, ‘akanyonyi katagurutse nikamenya aho bweze’ (the bird that does not fly will not know where the harvest is ready)—this simple saying crowded my mind during my recent trip to the West African State of Sierra Leone partly due to my earlier high...

Thursday, February 2, 2012, 12:00 AM

Give me strong Parties, Parliament and not term limits

I have been very hesitant to add voice to the ongoing debate on term limits that seems to excite many newsrooms lately, not only here but across the region. My reluctance is largely hinged on article 101 of the 2003 constitution that states “The President of the Republic is elected for a term of...

Thursday, January 19, 2012, 12:00 AM

Now that the truth is out, what next?

It’s now official that the Rwanda Patriotic Army (RPA) had nothing to do with the downing of former President, Juvenal Habyarimana’s Falcon Jet and the 17-year-old mystery can now rest in peace. Going by the conclusions contained in the investigations done by the two French Judges, Marc Trévidic...

Thursday, January 12, 2012, 12:00 AM

Why 2011 has been a good year for Rwanda

As we kiss 2011 goodbye, and prepare to usher in a New Year, this is the moment when we reflect on the past 365 days and examine if there’s anything worth to write home about. At an individual level, we either wallow in shame or bask in glory for great accomplishments and begin to set targets for...

Thursday, December 29, 2011, 12:00 AM

Here comes Umushyikirano

This time of the year is when everyone's morale is high. The festive season is around the corner and everyone looks to the next few weeks as a moment of celebrating. Nonetheless, as the celebratory mood swings in, this time of the year presents us with one of the best political tools, truly Rwandan...

Thursday, December 15, 2011, 12:00 AM

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