Is there such a concept as absolute independence?

The Republic of Sudan and Kenya are embroiled in a bitter diplomatic row resulting from a recent high court ruling that ordered the Kenyan Government to arrest President Field Marshal Omar al-Bashir should he dare set foot in Nairobi. In retaliation, a furious Bashir gave Kenya an ultimatum of two...

Thursday, December 8, 2011, 12:00 AM

Democracy or development , which way?

Lee Kuan Yew, the founding President of Singapore is regarded, the world-over, as the miracle man; one who combined a rare attribute of intellectual capacity and executive power to turn around the economically fragile State of Singapore into a modern economic powerhouse. In the 950s, Singapore was...

Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 12:00 AM

Daily Monitor’s humble starting and RSF’s blurring mandate

Almost 20 years ago, a group of six journalists in Uganda decided enough was enough. They parked their notepads, rolled their sleeves and started a new Newspaper. As they left their former employer, The Weekly Topic, this group of six, hardily had any serious assets; physical or financial to invest...

Thursday, November 24, 2011, 12:00 AM

With DRC opening, EAC can slow-down at its own peril

Our businessmen and women are crying loud that they are yet to reap from the fruits of the EAC’s Customs Union. Going by what was published in this newspaper yesterday (see; Gov’t to address Traders’ grievances), our traders cite corruption and a host of Non-Trade Barriers (NTBs) that greatly...

Thursday, November 10, 2011, 12:00 AM

Just like coffee, our Arts industry could be a dollar basket

Last Wednesday October 26th, I was invited to attend a dynamic poetry and usical evening, SpokenWordRwanda that happens twice a month and argely promotes self expression among the young. Being the first time, I was astonished by the level of boldness, eloquence and creativity with which some of our...

Thursday, November 3, 2011, 12:00 AM

Rwigema's return renders 'persecution' talk impotent

For 11 years the former Prime Minister Pierre Celestine Rwigema was living in Uncle Sam’s land, having fled this country in the year 2000. Just like 1994, the year 2000 is significant in the history of this country given the dramatic political events that unfolded. At the time, Rwanda’s political...

Thursday, October 27, 2011, 12:00 AM

My humble prayer this Sunday

This Sunday, I will be in church and for those who will see me there, do not ask what brings me to the holy house of God. Though am a regular, this Sunday will be dedicated to a special prayer that I want to share with my maker and this is how it will flow. Dear God of Abraham, Jacob and Moses,...

Thursday, October 6, 2011, 12:00 AM

Russia’s comedy shows the gap in term limits

The world’s largest nation is Russia. However, despite its vastness (almost twice the size of the second biggest country, Canada), life seems to rotate around two individuals, Mr. Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev. The two, dubbed in some circles as Siamese twins, seem to decide between...

Wednesday, September 28, 2011, 12:00 AM

Wikileaks portrays the leak in our media

Next time you are invited either at the nearest coffee shop or any US diplomat's residence or the embassy itself for a meeting, make sure what you say is something you are ready to defend in public. With Wikileaks, at-least the first lesson we learn is that what we might say in the cover of the...

Thursday, September 15, 2011, 12:00 AM

Has Rwanda’s Journalism become a short-cut to greener pastures?

Do you want a quick visa to Western Europe or any Scandinavian country or the Oceania or even North American, without necessarily going through the tedious visa application process. Simple!  Wake-up next morning, masquerade as a journalist and probably scribble some rubbish (never mind even if...

Thursday, September 8, 2011, 12:00 AM

Mubarak’s humbling moments and Rwanda’s political formula

The sight of Egypt's long serving leader bound to a stretcher and caged in the dock is a humiliation that has certainly set tongues wagging especially among Africa’s long serving leaders.  Seeing Egypt’s former strong man reclined to a stretcher in the dock alongside his sons must be a...

Wednesday, August 17, 2011, 12:00 AM

One year after the historic poll

Two days ago, precisely on Tuesday 9th August was a year after the historic poll in which President Paul Kagame was re-elected with a resounding victory. For someone who was on the campaign trail, the fun of traversing this country feels like yesterday. The 2010 Presidential campaigns were unique...

Thursday, August 11, 2011, 12:00 AM

Who needs powder when there’s Inyange?

For any nation to have sustainable growth that leads to self-reliance, its people must feel proud of the products and services that are offered locally. Before we can convince the outside market that our products and services are good, it must first resonate with us by consuming or associating...

Thursday, August 4, 2011, 12:00 AM

Enough of these hoax researchers

Am finding it difficult to believe that any sane person, who has read or followed the history of this nation, can dare say that Rwandans have not moved a single inch in the process of reconciliation. That in Rwanda, the peasantry is defying reconciliation, as one Susan Thompson wants the world to...

Thursday, July 28, 2011, 12:00 AM

UK’s media scandals and our debate on regulation

The stench from the UK media scandals continues to smell. Last Sunday’s closure of one the world’s biggest newspapers, The News of the World only served to open a can worms in this mess that has engulfed the tabloid world. The News of the World, which has been publishing since 1868 is said to have...

Thursday, July 14, 2011, 12:00 AM

Rwanda as an investment hub, are we ready?

One of the most fascinating news that came up as Rwanda commemorated her 17th liberation day was a story from a research conducted by a renowned consultancy firm that Nairobi was steadily losing her investor preference to Kigali. This could be some hard news to grasp, given Nairobi’s economic...

Thursday, July 7, 2011, 12:00 AM

Will BK’s IPO help open up our credit-shy banks?

The concept of Initial Public Offering (IPO) is relatively new to Rwanda. In November last year, Bralirwa Sarl, was the first Rwandan company to issue an IPO, which in February this year was listed on the new Rwanda stock exchange (RSE). Those few Rwandans who bought Bralirwa shares at the initial...

Thursday, June 30, 2011, 12:00 AM

A sweet pill in the health sector

This week, a team of 22 professionals from Nigeria’s National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) visited Rwanda on a study tour of our numerous health schemes, both public and private. Of particular interest was how Rwanda managed to roll-out a country-wide health insurance scheme (Mutuelle de santé)...

Thursday, June 23, 2011, 12:00 AM

Why I wouldn’t lose sleep over HRW claims on Gacaca

Before I dive into the gist of the subject, I must commend Human Rights Watch for succeeding in confusing me the more, on what they stand for. Is it about Human rights promotion or is human rights used as a scapegoat to keep donor taps flowing?  Up to now, I have failed to clearly understand...

Wednesday, June 1, 2011, 12:00 AM

The more progress the louder the detractors

I have always wondered why this nation of ours with hardly any major resources and no coastline is a centre of attention for the global media, probably more than any other African nation. What is so special about Rwanda that even a simple sneeze will find its way into the headlines in...

Thursday, May 26, 2011, 12:00 AM

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