Fred Nkusi

Involve the public in the Penal Code amendment

The Ministry of Justice, the custodian of justice sector, is putting up the proposed amendments to the Penal Code and sectoral laws to accommodate them to the new trends. The fact that it is a matter of fundamental importance, public must be proactively engaged to share their views. I doubt if...

Monday, October 23, 2017, 12:00 AM

How can UR balance its mission and financial goals?

To the best of my knowledge, the majority elite Rwandans, including myself, have been trained and groomed by the University of Rwanda (UR) to be resourceful in society. It is the country’s largest and only public institution of higher learning. And we indeed treasure it immensely. It offers...

Monday, October 16, 2017, 12:00 AM

Intercountry child adoption requires close scrutiny

Most recently, the Government lifted the ban which had been imposed on foreigners or persons outside Rwanda to adopt children in the country. Initially, the decision to bar the adoption of Rwandan children was based on reasonable concerns that children’s best interest may not be potentially...

Monday, October 9, 2017, 12:00 AM

Importance and challenges of arbitration in Africa

Last week on Thursday and Friday, I attended the East Africa International Arbitration Conference hosted in Kigali, under the theme: ‘Linkages between International Arbitration and Africa’s Economy’. The conference covered a wide range of topics revolving around arbitration. But...

Monday, October 2, 2017, 12:00 AM

Will UN reform be possible?

Last week, during the ongoing UN General Assembly meeting, many world leaders, including President Trump and President Kagame, in their speeches, called for the UN reform so as to have a stronger, more effective and efficient, more just and greater driver for peace and harmony in the world. A...

Monday, September 25, 2017, 12:00 AM

Judiciary is key to rule of law

Last week, on September 11, 2017, President Paul Kagame officiated at the launch of the Judicial Year 2017/18 and in his speech he said; “the entire judicial process should not be looked at as an event or even be perceived as a procedure but rather a serious undertaking that ensures the...

Monday, September 18, 2017, 12:00 AM

Combating spread of pornographic materials is a compelling desire

Most recently, the Ugandan government nominated a nine-member pornographic control committee with the mandate to prevent use or spread of pornographic materials and information. Uganda’s Ethics Minister Simon Lokodo said “the government will spend Shs2billion each year to fund...

Monday, September 11, 2017, 12:00 AM

Why conservation of mountain gorillas’ habitat is a win-win

Last Friday, I was so excited to attend for the very first time, the annual gorillas naming ceremony, Kwita Izina that was held in Kinigi Sector, Musanze District. It was the 13th edition of the ceremony, held on a sunny day. The mood was stunning and ecstatic. 19 baby gorillas were given...

Monday, September 4, 2017, 12:00 AM

G20 commits to Africa Partnership

In a recently concluded G20 meeting held in Hamburg, Germany, the world leaders vowed, among others, to commit to Africa Partnership. This was in a bid to recognise the opportunities and challenges in African countries as well as the goals of the 2030 Agenda. This Agenda is a plan of action for...

Monday, August 28, 2017, 12:00 AM

Inauguration day sealed the victory

Last Friday, President Kagame, who recently won presidential election by a landslide, swore in to lead the country for a transitional seven-year term.The inaugural ceremony, which took place at Amahoro National Stadium, was incredibly glorious day. The ceremony sealed the victory and marked the...

Monday, August 21, 2017, 12:00 AM

Bugesera International Airport, the biggest PPP

In recent years, the government of Rwanda embarked on infrastructure development through Public Private Partnerships (PPPs), as one of the ways to accelerate the country’s economic development. PPP is the most recent addition in the world of economic development and growth. As such, the...

Monday, August 14, 2017, 12:00 AM

President-elect Kagame deserved it

Following presidential election held August 3 and 4, the president-elect Paul Kagame swept to a landslide victory, securing a seven-year term. On Saturday, the National Electoral Commission released the preliminary results after tallying all the votes cast, in which Kagame garnered 98.6 per cent...

Monday, August 7, 2017, 12:00 AM

European Union won't observe Rwanda election, but EAC and COMESA will

Today, election observation is regarded as a valuable tool for improving the quality of elections. No doubt, election observers help build public confidence in the honesty of electoral processes. Indeed, when electoral observers issue positive reports, it builds trust in the democratic process and...

Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 12:00 AM

Why you should exercise your right to vote

On August 3 and 4 eligible Rwandans in the diaspora and those within the country will cast their votes for the president. Voting will be a nationwide exercise which is critical to individual participation in government. The most fundamental right citizens have in a democracy is that which allows...

Monday, July 24, 2017, 12:00 AM

Rwanda’s electronic case management system and SDG

On July 11, 2017, Rwanda was ranked among top 10 countries in sub-Saharan Africa that are on progress towards attaining the UN-backed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 while, on July 13, 2017, the country received the ‘Top Ten Tech Solutions Award’ for innovation of...

Monday, July 17, 2017, 12:00 AM

Developing mining industry is a sovereign right

Nearly a week ago, I got into a conversation incidentally with someone who was apparently well versed in the mining industry. She acknowledged it as a thriving industry, albeit some twists and turns. Our conversation was principally centered on the US Dodd-Frank Act Section 1502, a legislation...

Monday, July 10, 2017, 12:00 AM

Rwanda needs its own Bilateral Investment Treaty model

Currently, the issue of signing Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) is stirring up an international discourse on whether the State should yield to existing internationally or regionally recognised BIT models or to develop its own model. In the perspective of international investment law, BITs seem...

Wednesday, July 5, 2017, 12:00 AM

Change of mindset is the precursor to improved service delivery

Last week, Kigali hosted a three-day Africa Public Service Day Conference, where delegates urged governments across the continent to better engage the youth in national development policies and public service delivery. It was acknowledged that it is impossible to effectively deliver public services...

Monday, June 26, 2017, 12:00 AM

ISPs must be vigilant against extremist content

Recent terrorist attacks in France, Germany, Belgium and the UK show how terrorism and violent extremism are increasingly becoming uncontrollable. Internet terrorists are deliberately using social media to target tens of thousands of followers. Findings of global experts show that ISIS has been...

Monday, June 19, 2017, 12:00 AM

Incentives are key for whistleblowers

Last week legislators in the Chamber of Deputies had a hot debate on a draft amendment of the law on the protection of whistleblowers and introducing a reward to the whistleblowers. The existing law on the protection of whistleblowers of 2012, doesn’t accommodate incentives for a...

Monday, June 12, 2017, 12:00 AM

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