Fred Nkusi

Law on PPPs will enhance investment

End of May this year, the along-awaited law on Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) was officially published. This is a timely piece of legislation that comes to provide a legal framework for big investment projects in which both public and private sectors would act as ‘partners’. To me...

Monday, June 20, 2016, 12:00 AM

Pope Francis endorses tough measures against clerical child abuse

On Sunday, June 5, 2016, finally Pope Francis backed down and approved tough measures to sack the clergy who mishandle, or involve in, child sexual abuse. As the Pontiff empathised, bishops who are negligent in dealing with priests committing abuse will be removed under the new legal...

Monday, June 13, 2016, 12:00 AM

Chad's ex-leader Hissene Habre convicted: Can Africa solve its own problems?

On Monday, May 30, 2016, the former Chadian leader Hissene Habre was finally convicted of crimes against humanity (such as rape, sexual slavery and ordering killings during his rule from 1982 to 1990) and sentenced to life in jail in a landmark trial in Senegal. It has been a long road to justice...

Monday, June 6, 2016, 12:00 AM

Can G7 live up to its commitment?

On May 25-26, the G7 Summit held in Ise-Shima, Japan, brought together industrialised nations. Prior to the meeting, the world leaders were led by the host, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, and visited the Shinto religion’s holiest site, a shrine that is 2,000 years old, which symbolises the...

Monday, May 30, 2016, 12:00 AM

Rwanda kick-starts digital signature, another ICT milestone

Last week, the government, through the Minister of Youth and ICT, and Rwanda Development Board (RDB), introduced the digital signature, which is one of the benefits that the internet offers. A digital signature, also called an electronic signature, means data in electronic form that is used for...

Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 12:00 AM

What the World Economic Forum meant for Rwanda

The World Economic Forum on Africa gathering that took place in the country last week was one of the best opportunities for Rwanda to demonstrate its ability in its transformational agenda. Like Switzerland, which hosts the WEF in Davos every year, Rwanda also hosted political, business,...

Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 12:00 AM

American elections: The voters' will matters most

Last week, two Republican contenders, Ted Cruz and John Kasich, ended their presidential bid for the White House and Donald Trump now has a clear path to the Republican flagbearer for the next US President. Obviously, the reason for quitting the race for the Republican presidential nomination they...

Monday, May 9, 2016, 12:00 AM

Can whistle-blowing keep corruption at bay?

For successive years, Rwanda has been ranked as the least corrupt country in the EAC bloc and fourth as the least corrupt country in Africa. Obviously, on the one hand, the ranking looks quite impressive and, on the other hand, calls for more action and devising new approaches to keep corruption...

Monday, May 2, 2016, 12:00 AM

What does signing Paris Climate Agreement signify?

Last week, Rwanda joined the rest of the world to sign the Paris Climate Agreement which was adopted in the closing days of last year in Paris. During Paris negotiations, it was slated for the agreement to be signed on April 22, 2016, as the first day countries can actually show the willingness to...

Monday, April 25, 2016, 12:00 AM

What the next UNSG needs to focus on

Last week, for the first time in history of the United Nations all member states got a chance to ask questions to candidates for UN Secretary-General, in a move designed to make the usually secretive selection process for the world’s top diplomatic post more transparent. Ordinarily, the...

Monday, April 18, 2016, 12:00 AM

Genocide: Never Again is possible, but it's everyone's responsibility

Rwanda is in a mourning week of the twenty-second anniversary of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. This was the most unprecedented violation of human rights in 20th century, where more than million people were exterminated in a shortest period of time‒from April through July, 1994. What an...

Monday, April 11, 2016, 12:00 AM

The President has galvanised action against destitution among children

President Paul Kagame recently sternly castigated government officials for not doing enough to address the issue of children who live and work in the street and don’t go to school. The President raised the issue twice last month: during the 13th National Leadership Retreat and then during...

Monday, April 4, 2016, 12:00 AM

Avoid haste in reviewing Penal Code

Since July last year, the Ministry of Justice through the Rwanda Law Reform Commission (RLRC) commenced the process of reviewing the current Penal Code which proved to have some intricacies and loophole in the new crime trend. In general, the purpose of the ongoing review exercise is to ensure...

Tuesday, March 29, 2016, 12:00 AM

Kagame's actions speak for themselves

Recently, I struck up a conversation, for nearly an hour, with the Director of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on the sidelines of the UN Meeting of Experts at its Headquarters in New York, during which we discussed a number of Rwanda’s achievements under the leadership of...

Tuesday, March 15, 2016, 12:00 AM

The battle of FBI with Apple puts privacy in the limelight

The battle of FBI with Apple erupted when a California Magistrate ordered Apple to help FBI open a cell phone belonging to one of the shooters in the San Bernardino attack last year in USA. The FBI asked the court to order Apple to unlock the phone after attempting unsuccessfully to use its brute...

Monday, March 7, 2016, 12:00 AM

SDGs are designed to leave no one behind

On February 17-18, 2016, I was privileged to be invited, as one of the discussants, in the UN Expert Group meeting that was held at its Headquarters in New York, in which we discussed a wide range of topics that drive to meaningful realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The theme...

Monday, February 29, 2016, 12:00 AM

Does Egypt have monopoly over Nile waters?

A couple of days ago, Egypt pulled out of the grand East African regional power pool known as the Eastern Africa Power Pool (EAPP) due to the concerns over the use of the River Nile waters. That arrangement was set up with a purpose of pooling electrical energy resources in coordinated and...

Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 12:00 AM

Those who covet working abroad should be watchful!

Recently, the Ugandan government decided to ban the recruitment and deployment of Ugandans as migrant workers in any foreign country. The decision came as a result of multiple cases of ill-treatment of Ugandans who went to the Arab world in search of greener pastures. The menace faced by Ugandan...

Monday, February 8, 2016, 12:00 AM

UNSC is in a better position to resolve Burundi political turmoil

Nearly a fortnight ago, the UN Security Council diplomats travelled to Burundi and met with Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza and other senior government officials, for the purpose of finding a lasting solution to the current political turmoil that is characterised by cases of extrajudicial...

Monday, February 1, 2016, 12:00 AM

What makes Rwanda's investment climate conducive?

Investment climate in any country evolves as society does. Since the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, Rwanda has toiled hard to make its investment climate as favourable as possible. It’s not a single factor that determines the typology of an investment climate, but rather an amalgamation of...

Monday, January 25, 2016, 12:00 AM

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