Fred Nkusi

The pillars of Made-in-Rwanda

Sometime back when I was in The Netherlands, I once searched high and low to get an English newspaper and asked some Dutch people why it’s difficult to chance upon one. I never got anywhere. The response was “English newspapers are over-taxed so as to discourage them in favour of...

Monday, January 2, 2017, 12:00 AM

Why we all need to embrace social life

On December 18, Good Neighbours-Kibaye, an association of residents of Kibaya-Umudugudu, Kamashashi Cell, Nyarugunga Sector, Kicukiro District, organised “Children’s Day” around the National Presidential Museum located in Kanombe. As a member of this group, I was particularly...

Monday, December 26, 2016, 12:00 AM

Why Rwanda was chosen as SDGs headquarters

As is well known, Rwanda was chosen as the headquarters for spearheading the implementation of SDGs in Africa, because of commendable gains it made during the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The process for this noble responsibility will kick-start in January, 2017. The...

Monday, December 12, 2016, 12:00 AM

Let’s embrace renewable energy

Today, renewable energy is regarded as one of the primary technology solutions to combat climate change, mainly caused by continued heavy reliance on fossil fuels. The need for use of renewables is well spelt out in the Paris Agreement on Climate change, as a means of promoting ‘universal...

Monday, December 5, 2016, 12:00 AM

Incoming UN chief Guterres must get priorities right

In early October 2016, the UN General Assembly, by unanimous recommendation of the UN Security Council, appointed the former UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, as the next United Nations Secretary-General, to succeed Ban Ki-moon who will step down on December 31. Guterres...

Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 12:00 AM

Internet for children: Is parental consent necessary?

As children increasingly get exposed to social networks and online activities, they are also exposed to greater risks on the Internet, especially through the inadvertent disclosure of their personal contact details. More often than not many people tend to think that child abuses are squarely...

Monday, November 21, 2016, 12:00 AM

Marrakech meeting key to success of Paris Agreement

The UN Climate Change Conference taking place in Marrakech, Morocco, brings together the Conference of the Parties (COP 22), the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 12) and the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA 1) to make the roadmap for the implementation of the Paris Climate Change Agreement...

Monday, November 14, 2016, 12:00 AM

Using e-justice and e-procurement reflects a paradigm shift

The advent of modern technology has had a dramatic impact on nearly all social domains, one being the judicial system. Today, advanced technology is a potential facilitator to courts to improve their efficiency. Just early this year, the Rwandan government introduced a new electronic justice (e-...

Monday, November 7, 2016, 12:00 AM

Paris Agreement offers glimmer of hope

It is widely expected that the Paris Agreement on Climate Change will enter into force on November 4, 2016. The Paris Agreement requires at least 55 Parties to the treaty, accounting in total for at least 55 per cent of the total global greenhouse gas emissions, to have deposited their instruments...

Monday, October 24, 2016, 12:00 AM

What can save the ozone layer from depletion?

No doubt, without giving chapter and verse, in the book of Genesis, God, as the Sovereign Ruler of the Universe, delegated the authority to mankind to have dominion over the other creatures. Humans have been placed in a superior role and are to exercise control over the earth and its flora and...

Monday, October 10, 2016, 12:00 AM

Why SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement are intimately linked

One of the key topics discussed in the recently concluded UN General Assembly was the call to implement the SDGs, where President Kagame took the lead, in his speech, to exhort his fellow leaders to mobilise the support, commitment and enthusiasm needed to improve the lives of people. It is...

Monday, October 3, 2016, 12:00 AM

Diagnose causes before treating refuge, migration

Last week, I was profoundly puzzled to see, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, world leaders (especially those representing superpowers) vigorously debate how to find a lasting solution to refugees and migrants crisis while paying less attention to the root causes. All 193 UN member...

Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 12:00 AM

Why is Ban Ki-moon disappointed by the ‘big fish’?

Nearing theend of his 10 years at the helm of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon spoke frankly about the state of the world and his successes, failures and frustrations as UN chief.  In an interview with The Associated Press, on Sept 13, 2016, “U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he...

Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 12:00 AM

Where does the right to privacy begin and end?

Just a week ago, I was invited as one of the speakers at a regional workshop organised by Human Rights First Rwanda Association under the theme, “Access to Information and Freedom of Expression”. But one question came up which I want to dwell in this column: ‘where does the...

Monday, September 12, 2016, 12:00 AM

What weight should forensic DNA testing have?

Last month, I attended a meeting organised by the School of Law of the University of Rwanda. Specifically, this meeting focused on how the School of Law can strengthen partnership with key stakeholders who oftentimes absorb law graduates in various capacities. Among various presentations made,...

Tuesday, September 6, 2016, 12:00 AM

Will protection force solve S. Sudan woes?

A couple of days ago, UN Security Council, in its Resolution 2304 (2016), authorised the deployment of a force of 4,000 troops to South Sudan following recent heavy fighting that constituted a major setback in efforts to end the country’s devastating war. The resolution was adopted in...

Monday, August 29, 2016, 12:00 AM

Why we need a regulatory framework for mobile money

As Rwanda embraces a cashless economy, which is reflected in the ‘Smart Rwanda’ blueprint, the use of mobile money has continued to emerge as a paradigm shift from informal to formal financial services and to reduce predominant reliance on cash. And today, nobody can ignore the...

Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 12:00 AM

Regional leaders need to pressurise South Sudan to observe peace pact

More than a week ago, gunfire broke out between the forces of President Salva Kiir and First Vice-President Riek Machar despite the signing of a peace deal in August last year. As reported in the media, fighting was sparked by a shoot-out between Kiir’s bodyguards and Machar’s when the...

Tuesday, July 19, 2016, 12:00 AM

AU needs to be fully committed to relevant human rights instruments

As the 27th AU Summit taking place here focuses on “2016: African Year of Human Rights, with a particular focus on the Rights of Women”, more needs to be done to live up to that theme. It would be elusive to protect and respect human rights across the continent without concrete...

Monday, July 11, 2016, 12:00 AM

Brexit raises thorny questions of law and politics

As the world continues to react to the shock of the Brexit referendum, international legal experts are turning their attention to the implications of Britain’s departure from the EU. The modalities of Brexit are laid down in Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty (Treaty of the European Union),...

Monday, July 4, 2016, 12:00 AM

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