Fred K. Nkusi

AU Convention is finally part of Rwandan law

Rwanda has fully ratified the African Union Convention on Cyber Security and Personal Data Protection adopted at Malabo, Equatorial Guinea on 27 June 2014. The law n° 024/2019 of 04/09/2019 approving the ratification of Malabo Convention addresses three areas: electronic transaction,...

Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 12:00 AM

Repealing colonial laws makes sense

The decision by Rwanda to repeal all legal instruments brought into force before independence is a tremendous legislative achievement. The aspects of these legal instruments date back to the colonial era. Rwanda was initially colonised by Germany from 1894 until 1918, as part of German East...

Monday, October 7, 2019, 12:02 AM

UN General Assembly stimulates action on climate change

The UN General Assembly’s annual gathering of world leaders in New York this year, which was hosted by UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, embarked on promoting action to slow climate change. The UN Chief Administrative Officer urged world leaders to make concrete commitments to reduce...

Monday, September 30, 2019, 12:17 AM

Oil prices will sour after attacks on Saudi facilities

Last week, Saudi Arabia’s oil production facilities were attacked by drones and possibly by cruise missiles. Houthi rebels in Yemen have claimed responsibility. The Houthi insurgency is a military rebellion fighting the Yemeni government, which has escalated into a full-scale civil war...

Monday, September 23, 2019, 12:37 AM

SA attacks on migrant workers violate international law

The recent wave of deadly attacks on migrant workers in South African cities has been strongly condemned across Africa. These wanton attacks happened in Johannesburg and Pretoria, targeting economic migrant workers, especially from Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Namibia, among other nations. By...

Monday, September 16, 2019, 12:41 AM

Kwita Izina has helped conserve the endangered species

The gorilla naming event known as Kwita Izina is unarguably a cultural peculiarity of Rwanda. This ceremony has gone down in the annals of the country’s history. This year 25 new-born gorillas were given names at the event held in Kinigi, Musanze District. It is a unique event, which...

Monday, September 9, 2019, 12:00 AM

Racism is a human rights violation; global action is needed

Racism, in all of its forms, is under-acknowledged human rights problem of our day. Though variously defined, racism threatens the lives and rights of millions of people around the world. If you’re not outraged by the prevalence of racism in today’s world, consider the depth of its...

Monday, September 2, 2019, 11:06 AM

EAC can borrow a leaf from ECOWAS

There’s a wrong presupposition that something being pursued by many people is less likely to be successful compared to something being pursued a few people. At times, this may be true, or not. There’re no convincing factors to determine that the likely outcome would depend on a big...

Monday, August 19, 2019, 12:27 AM

Why Ebola outbreak in DRC is described as a PHEIC

On July 17, 2019 the Director General of World Health Organisation (WHO) declared that the Ebola outbreak in the DR Congo constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).  The declaration took place after an emergency committee issued its advice in the same sense. The...

Monday, August 12, 2019, 1:25 AM

The journey of press freedom is promisingly vibrant today

Kigali— Rwanda, like many democracies, firmly recognises freedom of expression, as a fundamental human right enshrined in Article 19, common to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Along with its corollaries of freedom of...

Tuesday, August 6, 2019, 12:00 AM

US resumes death penalty: morally unacceptable

Last week, the US government announced it will resume use of capital punishment after a 16-year hiatus and has set execution dates for five convicted murderers. This is a response to President Donald Trump’s call for tougher penalties on violent crimes. As a consequence, Attorney General...

Monday, July 29, 2019, 12:00 AM

Labour mobility policy will hugely respond to unemployment

KIGALI – Last week, I attended a training on ‘Labour Migration Management in Rwanda’ organised by International Organisation for Migration (IOM). It was in line with the implementation kick-start of the recently approved National Labour Mobility Policy, by Cabinet, in a bid...

Tuesday, July 23, 2019, 12:00 AM

DR Congo’s bid to join EAC is of varied potential interests

Recently, the Democratic Republic of Congo formally applied for admission to the East African Community (EAC). The EAC is a regional intergovernmental organisation whose current Partner States are: the Republics of Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, South Sudan, Burundi and the United Republic of Tanzania....

Monday, July 15, 2019, 12:00 AM

Nuclear energy: Vienna Convention guarantees protection, compensation

Recently Rwanda acceded to the Vienna Convention on civil liability for nuclear damage. The accession signifies a set of standards under the Convention to provide compensation for damage arising from nuclear incidents. The Vienna Convention on Civil Liability aims at harmonising the national law...

Monday, July 8, 2019, 12:14 AM

Ratifying Malabo Convention is a great step to protecting personal data

Cabinet on June 24, 2019, finally approved the ratification of the African Union Convention on cyber security and personal data protection adopted at Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, in 2014. Rwanda becomes the fifth country to ratify the framework after Senegal, Mauritius, Namibia and Guinea. Under...

Monday, July 1, 2019, 2:03 AM

Why AfCFTA entry into force is a big achievement

On May 30, 2019, the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement secured the minimum threshold of 22 ratifications for its entry into force. Sierra Leone and the Saharawi Republic were the 21st and the 22nd ratifications, required under Article 23 of the AfCFTA Agreement, for it to enter into...

Monday, June 17, 2019, 12:07 AM

AU suspension of Sudan is a good call

In response to the recent death of nearly 100 pro-democracy protesters, the AU Peace and Security Council suspended with immediate effect the participation of the Republic of Sudan in all AU activities until the effective establishment of a Civilian-led Transitional Authority. This, the body said...

Monday, June 10, 2019, 12:00 AM

Every State has a duty to prevent Genocide

The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, declared that “it is clear that the obligation in question is one of conduct and not one of result, in the sense that a State cannot be under an obligation to succeed, whatever the circumstances, in...

Monday, May 27, 2019, 12:00 AM

Kaspersky Lab will bolster cybersecurity

The Transform Africa Summit, a flagship event of the Smart Africa, every year brings together Heads of State and Government, UN Broadband Commissioners, regulators, public and private sector, international organisations, industry leaders, investors, entrepreneurs, young innovators, civil society...

Monday, May 20, 2019, 1:03 AM

UN Report: Need for drastic action as species face extinction

Last week, a UN Committee, known as the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), released its latest report, which reveals that one million of the planet’s eight million species are threatened with extinction due to human activity. This report...

Monday, May 13, 2019, 2:12 AM