Dr Pierre-Damien Habumuremyi

Five key reasons to vote for the RPF Inkotanyi

Those who closely follow Rwandan affairs can attest that the country’s history before 1994 was marked by divisive political systems. The society then was built on exclusions and discriminations, which culminated in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi - the most horrible event in human...

Friday, August 31, 2018, 1:00 AM

For RPF leadership, democracy starts from within

It is now 24 years since the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF-Inkotanyi) took on the noble task of transforming Rwanda into a dignified nation. Today, Rwanda has become a stable, unified and resilient country. Due to years of tyranny and divisive politics - under the then MRND ruling party - which...

Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 5:00 AM

RPF at 30, a time for reflection and recommitment

For once in the country’s history, the Rwandan people are delighted to be led by a revolutionary political movement worthy of its name. Today, as the Rwandan Patriotic Front celebrates its 30th anniversary, it is an opportune moment to reflect on the journey so far and the one ahead. After...

Saturday, December 16, 2017, 12:00 AM

Rwanda Defence Forces: The engine of Rwanda's resilience

As the Rwanda Patriotic Front celebrates its 30th anniversary this month, it is important that we reminisce about the role played by the military in getting Rwanda back on the world map. Prior to 1994, the image of the Rwandan Armed Forces (FAR) was, to say the least, negative. It was...

Monday, December 4, 2017, 12:00 AM

Unity Club: A champion for social cohesion in Rwanda

This week Unity Club will be celebrating its 21st anniversary. Among the activities lined up is a general assembly that will see the association renew its commitment to the Rwanda people. The club comprises 246 members – all current or former cabinet ministers and their spouses....

Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 12:00 AM

Presidential Elections: The pride of the Rwandan choice

I have had the honour, like other cadres of RPF Inkotanyi, of attending campaign rallies organised by the RPF to support its flag bearer, President Paul Kagame. The campaigns started on July 14, 2017 and will run through August 3, 2017 – the eve of the general election. The RPF rallies are...

Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 12:00 AM

The indelible role of the French in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi

On one December evening more than 20 years ago, as I was travelling home from school, I encountered brutality from French soldiers that I will never forget. I was a university student in Lumbumbashi, Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) and was headed home for Christmas holidays. I...

Tuesday, November 22, 2016, 12:00 AM

Fighting corruption is a collective responsibility

Rwanda is steadily recovering from the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi and is widely known for its commitment to good governance through preventing and fighting corruption.  The Government focuses on people, systems and organisations as well as builds a culture  where integrity is valued...

Thursday, August 18, 2016, 12:00 AM

The secret behind Rwanda's resilience

One of the theories of political science states that institutions are manmade and, at the same time, men are products of their own institutions. For the last two decades, Rwanda and its process of developing a shift in paradigms has really been an inspiring example and a case study for all those...

Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 12:00 AM

Road to 2017: Let us avoid confusion in term limit debate

I have, for months now, closely followed what is being said in the media as well as various political declarations on the presidential term limits in preparation for the 2017 elections in Rwanda. Through these, I have observed certain ignorance, whether genuine or otherwise, on the content of the...

Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 12:00 AM

2017: Choice between a strong state and an uncertain future

A debate is currently gaining momentum in various newspapers and across blogs and social media networks over a sensitive political issue in Rwanda: the presidential term limit set to end by 2017. A careful perusal of the many articles authored by pioneers who contributed their ideas sheds light on...

Thursday, March 12, 2015, 12:00 AM