Simple tale that exposes flaws in UN mapping report

The BBC’s Network Africa and its sister program Focus on Africa on Tuesday this week run a story about a Congolese young man struggling to make ends meet, 15 years after taking part in the historic Rwanda-backed struggle that ousted one of Africa’s renown despot, Mobutu Sese Seko. After spending 30...

Thursday, May 19, 2011, 12:00 AM

If you think RPF is cracking, read its history

This column today was supposed to touch on the latest developments in the media and how the fourth estate should seize the opportunity and not abuse the good gesture from government. But after reading a fact file done on Rwanda by one of the reputable international news wires, I felt it deserved...

Wednesday, May 4, 2011, 12:00 AM

Learning to pick our bills is a sign of dignity

It is said that when time came for colonial masters to hand over tools of power to this nation’s first post independence regime, the man was hesitant. Gregoire Kayibanda could not imagine a life without the Belgians. He could not envisage survival in a situation where the white man was not in...

Thursday, April 14, 2011, 12:00 AM

On a winning streak

This is the moment when every Rwandan reflects on the past with a sense of deep sorrow. The moment when we draw-back and ask ourselves many questions, some with no clear answers. In 1994, being in Rwanda was as good as staying inside a grave-land.  The only creatures that had life were...

Thursday, April 7, 2011, 12:00 AM

Our media must shed-off this sole-proprietorship mindset

A typical Rwandan media outlet is made up of one individual. This same individual grapples with all the key roles normally performed by different experts in a normal situation of a classical newsroom. The individual is the Publisher, Editor, Reporter, Advertising and Distribution Manager. He/...

Thursday, March 31, 2011, 12:00 AM

Playing political gimmicks with serious national issues is sinful

We all know where this country has come from. We recall the dark days when one would frown upon mentioning Rwanda. We walked with our faces buried in a sea of shame, wondering why the creator had suddenly abandoned this nation. That is almost 17 years ago! At the end of the 100 gruesome days, we...

Friday, March 18, 2011, 12:00 AM

Letter to His Worship the Mayor

I congratulate you for taking the oath as the new Chief Executive Officer of my City. This, your Worship, should not be a daunting task, given your track record as the Governor of Southern province and the experience you garnered during your tenure as the most senior civil servant in the same...

Thursday, March 3, 2011, 12:00 AM

The real speech Rudasingwa should have read inside his heart

Fellow countrymen, I stand with open arms, mindful of where our country has come from, cognizant of the strides we have made and remorseful of all terrible things I have done lately, including the shame of betrayal. Everything that I will attempt to say to you today will be from my heart and not...

Thursday, February 24, 2011, 12:00 AM

A man on Twitter, face-book cannot be an enemy of freedoms!

I opened my twitter account almost two years ago during one of my multi-media classes in Grad school. Since then, I have only managed to tweet no more than 8 times. But alas! A man who I thought belonged to the BBC generation (Born Before Computers) out-smarts, we, the so-called dot.com youngsters...

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 12:00 AM

With a third of Africa in polls, Rwanda could offer some lessons

The year 2011 might be a defining year for the African continent. The continent is closely following the unfolding political drama in North Africa, waiting to see if the trend of falling empires will trickle down to the South.  When it comes to old-timers who have sucked all political oxygen...

Thursday, February 10, 2011, 12:00 AM

A river that forgets its source will run dry

Stephen Kinzer, author of President Paul Kagame’s biography, ‘A thousand Hills: Rwanda’s Rebirth and the Man who Dreamed it,’ threw a bombshell, last week, in the UK paper that was not quite different from the routine criticisms on Rwanda but certainly a sudden departure from his previous work....

Friday, February 4, 2011, 12:00 AM

In appointing the EAC top job, the Treaty must be respected

The debate as to which country should field the next Secretary General of the East African Community (EAC) has ruffled a few commentators and enraged those who think the current arguments are uncalled for, given the guiding principles within the EAC treaty. They argue that the bulldozing attitude...

Thursday, January 27, 2011, 12:00 AM

Why Tunisia’s Ben Ali should not be crucified

Africa’s news of the week has been the sudden vanishing of Tunisia’s long serving autocrat, the mighty Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. President Ben Ali who had been Tunisia’s Strong man since Nov.7th 1987 threw in the towel and fled into exile after failing to satisfy the political aspirations of his...

Thursday, January 20, 2011, 12:00 AM

PM to feature more in Parliament-Kagame

URUGWIRO VILLAGE - For better coordination of government business with Parliament, a new proposal that will see the Prime Minister appear more regularly before the House to explain policy issues is in the pipeline, President Paul Kagame said yesterday. Though from time to time, the PM appears...

Saturday, October 17, 2009, 12:00 AM

Clinton: Why I admire Kagame

NEW-YORK - Former US President Bill Clinton has said that President Paul Kagame’s greatest achievements are not the socio-economic prosperity or the political stability that he has ushered into Rwanda, but rather the act of freeing hearts and minds of his people after the 1994 Genocide against...

Saturday, September 26, 2009, 12:00 AM

Kagame calls for inclusive approach on global issues

New York - President Paul Kagame yesterday put it to the UN General assembly that debates seeking solutions to global issues must not be a monopoly of a few nations, but should rather include poor countries, as they have valuable contributions to make. The President made the remarks while...

Friday, September 25, 2009, 12:00 AM

Obama hails RDF troops in Darfur

NEW -YORK - US President Barack Obama has praised the quality and discipline of Rwandan peacekeeping forces in Sudan’s war torn region of Darfur, describing their accomplishments as ‘remarkable.’ President Obama made the comments at a special meeting with a select group of leaders, whose nations...

Thursday, September 24, 2009, 12:00 AM

Kagame leads Africa’s call on climate change

NEW-YORK - President Paul Kagame yesterday drummed up international support on behalf of Africa for a concrete pact on climate change, arguing that Africa will be hard hit if no action is taken.  He called for a shared mitigation and adaptation strategy that would leave no one behind. The...

Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 12:00 AM

Africa is reforming, Kagame tells experts

NEW-YORK - A new wave of reform is sweeping across Africa and the continent is keen to engage the rest of the world in doing business, President Paul Kagame, told the think-tank International Peace Institute (IPI), in New York on Monday. With drums of war falling silent across the continent, Kagame...

Tuesday, September 22, 2009, 12:00 AM

Kagame and PAC discuss energy, environment plan

NEW YORK - President Paul Kagame yesterday held a day-long meeting with members of the Presidential Advisory Council (PAC) where discussions centred on charting a roadmap for Rwanda’s adoption of clean and renewable energy sources. The 5th PAC meeting was held in New York ahead of President Kagame...

Sunday, September 20, 2009, 12:00 AM

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