Fred Nkusi

Any kind of humanitarian suffering must be averted

Towards daybreak of April 14, 2018, a coalition of countries comprising USA, Britain and France launched more than 100 missiles against Syrian targets in a strike that aimed at weakening President Assad’s chemical weapons capabilities. In the operation, as described by Lieutenant General...

Sunday, April 22, 2018, 11:14 PM

The moral, legal imperative to remember

Rwanda is in 100 days of remembrance of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, during which over a million innocent Rwandans were brutally killed by fellow citizens. “Never Again” and “Never Forget” should be phrases often used when talking about Genocide against the Tutsi....

Monday, April 16, 2018, 2:09 AM

Bolstering English language will not undermine Kinyarwanda

BESIDES from the mother tongue [Kinyarwanda], Rwanda is one of the countries in the sub-region that has advantage of using multiple languages; inter alia English, French and Kiswahili, which are recognised as official languages. These languages are crucially important as they enable Rwandans to be...

Monday, April 9, 2018, 1:51 AM

CFTA: What an ambitious deal!

Last week, 44 African countries signed up to the African Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) agreement, creating a single African market that will equally ease mobility of people across the continent. The agreement’s vision is a free trade encompassing 1.2 billion people across the continent...

Monday, March 26, 2018, 12:00 AM

Survivors at ETO can seek reparation in Belgian courts

On October 5, 1993, the UN Security Council established a peacekeeping operation in Rwanda, known as Mission des Nations Unies pour l’Assistance au Rwanda (MINUAR), which commenced its deployment in late October 1993, operated under Chapter VI as opposed to Chapter VII with a mandate to keep...

Monday, March 19, 2018, 12:00 AM

Women's Day: A reminder of gender equality

International Women’s Day, celebrated on March 8, is a worldwide event that celebrates women’s achievements, from political to social spheres, while calling for gender equality across board. It has been observed since the early 1900s and is now recognised each year on this day, March 8...

Monday, March 12, 2018, 12:00 AM

Will OECD cybersecurity initiative be successful?

Following last year’s worldwide worst cyber-attack that hit nearly 150 countries, the momentum to look for international cybersecurity regulation has been a mind-boggling issue. It is quite noteworthy that there’s no international regulation as well as intergovernmental organisation on...

Monday, March 5, 2018, 12:00 AM

University policy: dissertation defence is paramount

Just to pick from the issue recently raised by the Parliamentary Standing Commission on education, ICT, Culture and Youth why students at the University of Rwanda (UR) are no longer defending their dissertations, a policy that only applies in private higher learning institutions. The policy of...

Monday, February 26, 2018, 12:00 AM

Finally, the UN recognises the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi

The United Nations General Assembly recently officially designated April 7, as the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. Previously, United Nations referred to it as the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda. As a consequence, UN Security Council, acting under...

Monday, February 12, 2018, 12:00 AM

A fractured world: reassert universal values

The recently-concluded 48th World Economic Forum held, on 23-26 January, in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, under the theme “Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World”, was a reminder of lack of global cooperation. The purpose of the forum, as always, is to make a case for renewed...

Monday, January 29, 2018, 12:00 AM

Pollution is a threat to our life

Recently, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, released its report entitled “Towards a Pollution-Free Planet.” The agenda is to serve as a call to action for governments, businesses, local...

Monday, January 22, 2018, 12:00 AM

Protect children from inappropriate online content

As a sign of the times we live in, more and more children are getting Internet-enabled gadgets in daily life. As children often see their parents or guardians obsessed by technological devices, such as smartphones, iPad, and laptops, so too they feel shouldn’t be left behind. Some parents (of...

Monday, January 15, 2018, 12:00 AM

Wildlife draft law answers wildlife concerns

The draft law of wildlife that is in the pipeline, an implementing tool of existing wildlife policy, is vitally important today. Wildlife resources contribute directly and indirectly to local and national economies through revenue generation and wealth creation. Without doubt, legal protection and...

Monday, January 1, 2018, 12:00 AM

Gospel music as a tool to uproot drug abuse

Last week, I was impressed to read a story in The New Times titled “fighting drug abuse through gospel music”. It was about a gospel music campaign by Ambassadors of Christ Choir, one of the most prominent Adventist choirs in the country. The purpose of the initiative is to sensitize...

Monday, December 11, 2017, 12:00 AM

UN must take tougher actions against modern slavery

Today, the world is being horrified by images of African migrants being sold as ‘goods’ in Libya. Slavery is one of the most egregious abuses of human rights which should no longer have a place in the world – in the 21st century. Horrible images have shown refugees and migrants...

Monday, December 4, 2017, 12:00 AM

Climate change is the defining threat of our time

From November 6-17, 2017, the world’s nations met in Bonn, Germany, for the 23rd annual “Conference of the Parties” (COP) under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) with the aim to prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system. It was...

Monday, November 27, 2017, 12:00 AM

Unconstitutional change of government is unacceptable

Last Wednesday, on November 15, 2017, Zimbabwe’s military leaders seized power, placing long-time President Robert Mugabe under house arrest and deploying armoured vehicles to the streets of the capital, Harare. This act is widely seen as a coup though the military doesn’t call it a...

Monday, November 20, 2017, 12:00 AM

Good governance is about being pragmatic

Last Wednesday, on 8 November 2017, I attended a Holland Alumni Workshop under the theme “Impact of Holland Alumni in Strengthening the Rule of Law in Rwanda”, organised by Initiatives for Peace and Human Rights (iPeace), a non-governmental organisation that strives to enhance the...

Monday, November 13, 2017, 12:00 AM

Rwanda's quest to bridge the Gender Gap

Like anyone would feel when you’re elevated from one status to another—obviously from a lower to higher position—you would feel flying high. The same applies when a country’s profile is upgraded due to its splendid performance. Just mid-last week, the World Economic Forum (...

Monday, November 6, 2017, 12:00 AM

National Parks: changing from the 'Big 5' to 'Big 6' animals

Early this year, Rwanda introduced 10 black rhinos from South Africa, making it the full ‘Big Five game animals’, a phrase coined to describe the five species of the African large size wild animals. These animals consist of the lion, the black rhinoceros, the elephant, the leopard, and...

Monday, October 30, 2017, 12:00 AM

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