Dr Richard Sezibera

Liberation in the age of Agaciro and microbiology

It may not be totally unexpected, but it certainly is a surprisingly meaningful coincidence. This year, on the 4th of July 2020, Rwanda celebrated 26 years of liberation and did so in the twin ages of African dignity (Agaciro) and microbiology (Covid-19). Let me start with Agaciro. Twenty-six...

Saturday, July 4, 2020, 8:59 PM

When a virus goes viral

Kigali– To say a virus has gone viral, is of course, a tautology because – viruses are by definition, viral. But Covid-19 has, most definitely gone viral. It has shut down economies, caged humans, overwhelmed medical services, shut down global transport, supply and distribution...

Saturday, April 18, 2020, 12:00 AM

Here they come, again

KIGALI – This year, they have come out of the woodwork early - and announced their season of genocide denial in, of all places, the French Senate Chambers. Days before the official period of commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi begins, they are already at it....

Monday, March 30, 2020, 12:00 AM

A letter to a Western friend

Greetings my friend. I still remember vividly the last conversation we had on a plane. You had just attended an international conference in Kigali, and was visibly excited both about the conference, and Rwanda, the country. And excited you must be, as we all are, because you have visited us, time...

Monday, June 4, 2018, 5:00 AM

In the commemoration journey, there is no room for moral equivalence

This week, we mark 24 AG (After Genocide). In a post-genocide world, there can only be a before, and after genocide. You see, for survivors, the world - as they knew it - ended as Rwanda descended into the abyss, a bone-littered desolate land. For them, 1994 was the culmination of an endless...

Monday, April 9, 2018, 2:03 AM

Recommitting to tenets of liberation as RPF turns 30

The Rwanda Patriotic Front celebrated its thirtieth anniversary last week. That is as important for political formations, as it is for individuals. Thirty is an age of transition from steps of early change to transformation. From youth to adulthood. From mere theories to tested philosophy, from...

Monday, December 18, 2017, 12:00 AM

Africa comes of age

It was not planned. It just happened. Or to paraphrase him; He just did it. Paul Kagame was inaugurated for another seven-year term last week, and Africa came of age. An extraordinary thing happened at the inauguration. Tens of thousands of Rwandans come to witness the swearing in completed their...

Monday, August 21, 2017, 12:00 AM

A campaign like no other

This presidential campaign, now in its third week, has been a campaign like no other. Or rather, like all the other campaigns I have seen. Among other things, the RPF Inkotanyi are past masters at meticulous organisation. When Chairman Paul Kagame arrives, the events run like clockwork, and for...

Monday, July 31, 2017, 12:00 AM

Why RPF-Inkotanyi is not a political party but a family

The question has to be asked. Why is the Rwandese Patriotic Front-Inkotanyi so successful? How is it that a revolutionary Front forged in the crucible of a violent struggle for Liberation has managed to withstand the vicissitudes of genocide and difficult Nation building without so much as a change...

Thursday, July 20, 2017, 12:00 AM

Post-genocide Rwanda has put bar high for political aspirants

On August 3 and 4, Rwandans will go to the polls to elect their President. Barring a black swan, the Rwanda Patriotic Front candidate, President Paul Kagame, backed by the other major political parties, will win the election. This is as it should be. The RPF candidate is in the running despite...

Monday, July 17, 2017, 12:00 AM

VASECTOMY IS NOT CASTRATION

One of the success stories in Rwandan health is the Country’s Family Planning program. Over the last decade, uptake of modern family planning methods has increased from less than 10 % a decade ago to an average of 53 % last year.  This extraordinary story is anchored in the miracle of modern...

Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 12:00 AM

FEATURE: A massive dose of ethnicity can not cure an ethnic cancer

The Great Lakes Region continues to have many problems, one of the more enduring ones being the determination among some “experts” to prescribe an ethnic cure to its ills. A most recent example is Jan Van Eck’s assertion that the solution to the crisis in the region depends on Rwanda allowing for...

Wednesday, November 28, 2007, 12:00 AM

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