Why I won’t celebrate over France’s first Genocide trial

In September last year, this column talked about a plan by the French judiciary to commence a trial that will coincide with the 20th anniversary of the Genocide against the Tutsi. Sources indicated at the time that the trial would conveniently start before April, when the mourning period...

Thursday, February 6, 2014, 12:00 AM

Anelka, the quenelle and the Canal+ mockery of the Genocide in Rwanda

Two events, circumstantially different but comparatively related took place on the European continent towards the end of last year, and have for the past month featured in the media, albeit on different magnitudes.   First, France-based coveted television station Canal+ airs a tasteless strip...

Thursday, January 30, 2014, 12:00 AM

Commemorating Genocide victims is a mark of nobility

AT THE beginning of this year, the company human resources manager asked us to submit our leave schedules for the New Year, so that she can plan ahead for the next 12 months. Her request is not different from those made by people in her position in other institutions within the country, at every...

Thursday, January 23, 2014, 12:00 AM

Mucyo: Kwibuka20 will place citizens at heart of Genocide memorial activities

Rwanda last week launched three months of 20th Genocide commemoration activities ahead of April 7 when national mourning rolls off. The events include taking the Remembrance Flame (Kwibuka Flame) on a lap of honour to all districts countrywide and several other activities such as debates to...

Monday, January 13, 2014, 12:00 AM

Fugitives: Acquired citizenship should not stand in way of justice

This week, we commenced activities that will lead to the commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. This is a big deal since we are marking 20 years after this massacre that claimed over a million lives.  Coincidentally, during his visit to Rwanda this week, the Dutch Minister for...

Thursday, January 9, 2014, 12:00 AM

CJ Rugege: UK must extradite or prosecute Genocide suspects

The United Kingdom should either extradite to Rwanda or prosecute the five men arrested in May last year accused of participating in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, Chief Justice Sam Rugege has said.Four of the men had been arrested before but were freed after the British Crown Prosecution...

Monday, January 6, 2014, 12:00 AM

Interview: Empower African court as alternative to ICC–Rugege

African governments have not done enough to empower the  African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights to handle cases of crimes against humanity, according to Chief Justice Prof. Sam Rugege. This has left the ICC to run the show, albeit in highly questionable ways. In an exclusive...

Monday, January 6, 2014, 12:00 AM

To Genocide fugitives holed up in the UK, justice must take its natural course

2014 will be a busy year for Rwanda, with the 20th commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, and then Liberation anniversary, among the main highlights. As the country continues to make significant strides in recovering from the mayhem politically, economically and socially, setbacks...

Thursday, December 19, 2013, 12:00 AM

Will drones separate FDLR combatants from Congolese soldiers?

The United Nations on Tuesday announced the deployment of two surveillance drones in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo to track down the numerous rebel groups operating in the area. The two Italian-made drones will, according to UN officials, be followed by three more by the end of...

Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 12:00 AM

Should it be France to intervene in the CAR?

In 2007, I religiously followed the public hearings as a group that has come to be known the ‘Mucyo Commission’ collected evidence on the role of France in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.  Among the key exhibits that came up during these sessions were photos showing French...

Thursday, November 28, 2013, 12:00 AM

The paradox that international justice can be

For obvious reasons, I will keep her identity anonymous but she has witnessed firsthand a number of cases in some of which, she has appeared as a ‘star witness’, as they are called in court drama, from Arusha to Montreal to her birthplace Butare (now Huye). To give this story a flow, I...

Thursday, November 21, 2013, 12:00 AM

Rwandans too have a right to minerals trade

Kigali is playing host to a summit of stakeholders in the mining sector from across the world, and Rwandan businesses are keenly involved as players in this global business.Local traders say they have for years been treated unfairly in the global minerals chain, with unfounded suspicion, and were...

Thursday, November 14, 2013, 12:00 AM

Focus on quality education, not fewer years in school

Editor,I wish to directly respond to the comments attributed to Dr Vincent Biruta, the Minister for Education, in the article, “Govt to slash duration of tertiary education”, published in The New Times issue of November 13.Dear Minister, slashing the duration and equipping the students...

Thursday, November 14, 2013, 12:00 AM

Rwanda seeks to rejoin central African bloc

Rwanda is set to rejoin the Economic Community of Central African States (Eccas), six years after it pulled out of the regional bloc, it has emerged.The development was announced yesterday by Foreign minister Louise Mushikiwabo during a visit to the Republic of Congo.“My Rep. of Congo...

Friday, November 8, 2013, 12:00 AM

Joint SADC-ICGLR summit calls for FDLR disarmament

Rwanda says it is optimistic that the government in Kinshasa, backed by a UN force with a more aggressive mandate, will turn its attention to FDLR, a Rwandan genocidal militia based in eastern DRC, following the conclusion of an armed conflict with the M23 rebels. Rwandan officials who attended a...

Tuesday, November 5, 2013, 12:00 AM

Interview: Private sector will leverage ‘Transform Africa’ meet to spur industry – PSF boss

Rwanda is this week hosting Transform Africa Summit, a high-level conference on ICT.  The Private Sector Federation chief executive Hannington Namara says this as an opportunity for the Rwandan business community to see potential in the industry. In an exclusive interview with The New Times...

Monday, October 28, 2013, 12:00 AM

Six years on; Africa is on the move

SIX years ago, I was honoured to cover for this newspaper, the Connect Africa Summit that brought together heads of state, major multinational ICT companies and other partners, with an aim of bridging the digital divide on the continent. At the Kigali Serena Hotel, the venue of the summit,  a...

Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 12:00 AM

Why can’t EACJ adjudicate criminal cases?

The idea to have the East African Court of Justice expand its mandate and go beyond just interpreting the Treaty establishing the bloc, to try cases of individuals and of criminal nature, has for years been toyed with at various forums but with no conclusive outcome. Interacting recently with a...

Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 12:00 AM

Let MAJ lawyers plead cases

The draft law establishing the Rwanda Bar Association is finally at the promulgation stage, after years doing its rounds in Parliament, the Ministry of Justice and the Kigali Bar Association. Whereas the learned fraternity is generally happy with this legislation, one of the issues they have...

Thursday, October 3, 2013, 12:00 AM

Rwanda’s Millennium Village Programme is a success story

An article by renowned journalist Howard French entitled “The Not-So-Great Professor: Jeffrey Sachs’ Incredible Failure to Eradicate Poverty in Africa” takes a swipe at a poverty eradication drive dubbed the Millennium Villages Programme, depicting it as a total failure. The...

Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 12:00 AM

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