Fred Nkusi

No surprise in US withdrawal from Paris

Last Thursday I spent the whole evening glued to the TV, awaiting the US President Donald Trump’s decision on the Paris Accord on Climate Change. As expected by many across the world, President Trump officially announced that the US withdrawing from the 2015 Paris climate agreement. In his...

Monday, June 5, 2017, 12:00 AM

Habre's latest conviction a justice milestone; credit to AU

On April 27, 2017, the Extraordinary African Chambers handed down an appeal ruling upholding the conviction of the former Chadian president Hissène Habré for war crimes, crimes against humanity and torture, and the sentence of life imprisonment. He was only acquitted of rape, which...

Monday, May 29, 2017, 12:00 AM

Worldwide cyber-attack calls for more action

On May 12, more than ever before, the world encountered the worst cyber-attack that hit 150 countries. This clearly shows how cyber-attack is increasingly becoming one of the most intractable challenges of the global economy. It is a challenge that every nation faces irrespective of its...

Monday, May 22, 2017, 12:00 AM

ICT uptake will deliver quality services

Last week’s “Transform Africa Summit,” held in Kigali, pledged to bolster the ICT sector whose aim is to achieve ‘smart cities’ across the continent. On this note, President Paul Kagame, in his speech, pointed out two fundamental things, among others: the need for...

Monday, May 15, 2017, 12:00 AM

Have you ever had a canopy walk?

A couple of weeks ago, I had an opportunity to visit canopy walk, also known as ‘treetop walk’ or ‘sky walk’, in Nyungwe National Park, one of the national parks in Rwanda. It was one of my most fantastic adventures in wildlife-related areas. Naturally, I’m motivated...

Monday, May 8, 2017, 12:00 AM

Creating the National Cyber Security Authority is vital

Though Rwanda, like many AU member states, is yet to sign and ratify the African Union Convention on Cyber Security and Personal Data Protection, it has taken a laudable step in combating cybercrime. Just last week, the Chamber of Deputies passed the draft law establishing the National Cyber...

Monday, May 1, 2017, 12:00 AM

Digital education for schoolchildren will promote the right to internet

A famous quote by Rodgers says “it’s not enough to know something; it’s more important to know why and how”. This adage tallies suitably with the government’s agenda to introduce a new system of teaching that emphasises the use of computers and internet to impart...

Monday, April 24, 2017, 12:00 AM

Why instilling patriotism virtues is vital for our society

Rwanda continues to commemorate the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in which a million people lost their lives, the worst episode in the country’s history. The clock cannot be turned back, so the country’s appalling history will have to remain with us. We must, however, move forward...

Monday, April 17, 2017, 12:00 AM

Understanding the crime of genocide

One of the most distinctive hallmarks of the crime of genocide compared to other international crimes is the “special intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group”. As is well known, genocide covers acts such as murder or serious bodily or...

Monday, April 10, 2017, 12:00 AM

Trump's order to undo climate change policies is a setback to Paris Agreement

Last week, the US President Donald Trump signed a dramatically sweeping executive order to roll back several policies on climate change initiated by his predecessor Barack Obama. The order stifles the federal government’s enforcement of climate regulations by putting American jobs above...

Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 12:00 AM

Why protectionism is a threat to integration?

One of the major topics discussed at the recently-concluded G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting, held on 17-18 March 2017, in Baden-Baden, Germany, was the resistance to protectionism in the modern world. Such meetings are typically organised for Finance Ministers and Central...

Monday, March 27, 2017, 12:00 AM

US slashing foreign aid implies ‘every man for himself’

Just last week, the US President Donald Trump pledged to cut foreign budget to overseas assistance offered through the corridors of humanitarian agencies around the world. This is essentially in the spirit of ensuring “America first”, which he declared on his inauguration day. Of...

Monday, March 6, 2017, 12:00 AM

The West ought to treat asylum seekers as the developing world does

Following President Donald Trump’s Executive Order titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States”, that barred nationals from seven predominantly Muslim nations, namely Iraq, Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, and Sudan, it has been echoed in...

Monday, February 27, 2017, 12:00 AM

Why cyber espionage is a real threat to global order

Barely a week ago, I chanced upon a programme on Al Jazeera which was held under then title “a threat of cyberwarfare”. The discussants mainly underscored the exponential increase of cyber/data espionage, as one of the tools used in actual warfare. They further noted that some...

Monday, February 20, 2017, 12:00 AM

New ICT law embodies data privacy protection

Following the advancement of the computer and development of information and communication technologies, data privacy protection has recently gained new importance in modern societies. Since 1950s and 1960s when the computer was invented to date, privacy had been regarded as a preserve of Western...

Monday, February 13, 2017, 12:00 AM

Understanding the jurisdictional powers of the EA Court of Justice

Last week, from 30 January through 3 February, I had an opportunity to attend a training titled “the East African Court of Justice Rules of Procedure 2013 and the Arbitration Rules 2012” that was held in Kigali. To the trainees, including myself, it was a wonderful enlightenment and...

Monday, February 6, 2017, 12:00 AM

Why we must keep up the corruption fight

The 2016 report by Transparency International shows that Rwanda is the 50th least corrupt country globally, 3rd in Africa and 1st in the East African Community. As noted in the report, no country gets close to a perfect score in the Corruption Perceptions Index 2016. Apparently, the current...

Monday, January 30, 2017, 12:00 AM

Did ECOWAS have legal basis to remove President Jammeh from power militarily?

Following President Yahya Jammeh’s adamant refusal to step down and hand over power peacefully to Adama Barrow, who won the presidential elections in Gambia, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), a regional West-African bloc, was on standby to oust Mr Jammeh. In support of...

Monday, January 23, 2017, 12:00 AM

Exploring the notable milestones of 2016

In many ways, 2016 was a remarkable year for Rwanda. It is hard to pick an event that stood out most but perhaps 2016 will be remembered as the year when Rwanda successfully hosted a number of high level international conferences in which it was a window of opportunity to demonstrate its...

Monday, January 16, 2017, 12:00 AM

Judge Theodor Meron makes international justice a travesty

UN Judge Theodor Meron, the president of the Mechanism of International Criminal Tribunals (MICT), which was established to perform a number of essential functions previously carried out by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (“ICTR”) and the International Criminal Tribunal...

Monday, January 9, 2017, 12:00 AM

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