Gatete Nyiringabo Ruhumuliza

Robert Mugabe was one of us! A people’s obituary

‘Every man has got a right to decide his own destiny, And in this judgment there is no partiality; So arms in arms, with arms, we’ll fight this struggle’ — Bob Marley, Zimbabwe. Freedom has a price, which is why many prefer the safety of bondage. But if Mugabe was...

Monday, September 9, 2019, 8:58 AM

Why do old EAC problems persist?

‘You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink’ If integration was a locomotive, the EAC would be an unpredictable line running on political will, making lengthy stops, at time in Nairobi, at times in Dar, in Kigali, Kampala, Juba or Buja train stations, to ensure...

Thursday, August 15, 2019, 12:00 AM

Rwanda isn’t a gravy train…

A few days ago, two new entrants in parliament, PS-Imberakuri and the Democratic Green Party (DGP) called a news conference to demand for cabinet positions. Having secured two seats each in parliament only six months ago, it’s a bit disappointing to see that their first demands once there,...

Thursday, July 25, 2019, 12:00 AM

Night reflections on humanoids, poetry and the lightness of things ephemeral…

‘In the sunset of dissolution, everything is illuminated by the aura of nostalgia, even the guillotine.’ – Milan Kundera, ‘The Unbearable Lightness Of Being’ So after the hype has blown off, I would like to come back to the dangers of humanoids. Far from me, the idea...

Thursday, May 23, 2019, 12:00 AM

In loving memory of Rukumberi

Rukumberi is surrounded by myriad water bodies; several lakes and River Akagera. This made it easy for killers to exterminate over 35,000 Tutsi, who lived, trapped there during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Rwanda Patriotic Front fighters were only able to save 700 people; many of them...

Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 12:00 AM

The Independence of the Judiciary – The case of Jay Polly

Throughout the Bible, consensus seems drawn on the masculinity of Angels: Michael, Gabriel, Lucifer, etc., until a verse, Zechariah 5:9 alludes to the appearance of two women with wings. That gave way to long, preposterous synods of religious leaders, pondering on the Sex of Angels for weeks, at...

Thursday, August 23, 2018, 12:04 AM

Victoire Ingabire loss at the African Court: The untold dismantling of African cronies

‘Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?’ It is ancient Latin, from the famous ‘Satires’, 16 works of Roman poet Juvenal, who existed between the first and second century. It means, ‘who shall guard the guardians?’ Written at the dawn of the modern era, the question...

Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 10:52 PM

Africa in the era of Trump

“Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go 10,000 miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on brown people in Vietnam after so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights?” These remarks were made by boxing icon Mohamed Ali on April...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 11:02 AM

Disrupting the Africa narrative

(14) ‘a man going on a long trip called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone…(19) “After a long time he called them to give an account of how they had used his money (20)…you gave me five bags of silver to invest, and I have earned five...

Thursday, May 31, 2018, 5:00 AM

The African century

We’ve all heard stories of ‘Africa rising’ at times, and ‘afro-pessimism’ at other times, without grasping exactly what all that means. To be clear, corruption and bad leadership won’t feature in my story because they are permanent features in all five continents...

Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 4:00 AM

Abidjan est doux!

I am leaving Abidjan with deep humility, having learned one important lesson; ‘There are more things in heaven and earth, than are dreamt of in my philosophy’. Or in prose: books can be deceiving, if one doesn’t get to travel on site and see for oneself. Here, I was exposed to...

Thursday, May 17, 2018, 5:59 AM

Olympic games of governance; a case study

Seating in an African Development Bank’s conference in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, bringing together civil society, think tanks and the Bank on the subject of Africa’s industrialisation, I have a feeling of a déjà-vu. I feel, I have heard the questions being raised by CSOs and seen...

Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 12:36 AM

Mo Ibrahim was here!

IN Rwandan culture, nothing is more precious than a visitor; the ‘milk for visitors’ is set apart and handled with special care. An evening chat with visiting colleagues last week however, revealed that the culture is shared across the continent; a Senegalese insisting that ‘...

Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 11:15 PM

End of democratisation

‘You can fool some people sometime, but you can’t fool all the people all the time’ –Bob Marley, Get up, stand up! In the early 1950s, following the wave of independence in Africa and South America, former colonial powers wanted to ensure that their multinationals would...

Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 12:03 AM

Jambo ASBL: Yesterdays killers – today’s Democrats

If the generic theme adopted by the post-Genocide government in Rwanda is ‘Never Again: ‘Remember, Unite, Renew’, the specific theme for this 24th commemoration of the genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi is: Fighting genocide denial. Last week, I reminded that denial is the...

Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 12:55 AM

Jambo ASBL: The evil that begot evil!

‘To those who teach us freedom, democracy and human rights while protecting those who killed one million of our people, we say to you: Rwanda has changed for good and forever. We are a people who stand up for our right and give ourselves dignity. No one else will fight for our right to live....

Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 1:37 AM

Kwibuka24: Victims, savages and saviours; a genocide denial metaphor

The Genocide regime in Rwanda and its regional and international allies were defeated. Militarily. There was no truce or armistice nor power-sharing agreements; there was a complete and irreversible defeat. The Rwanda Patriotic Front beat them in every battle, captured every hill, every city and...

Saturday, April 7, 2018, 3:50 AM

Africa, it is ours!

It is 17:14PM local time in Cape Town, South Africa on February 11 1990.  Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela has just been released from prison; he walks. With one clenched fist in the air as a sign of ‘Amandla’ – ‘Power of the people’ and another, more tenderly, gripping...

Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 11:55 PM

Here is how we shall realise our dream for a Pan-African network

‘Our elders say that the sun will shine on those who stand before it shines on those who kneel under them.’ -Chnua Achebe, Things Fall Apart (1958)   When last week I published an article on an African News Network, an African Union of Broadcasting (AUB) conference was convening...

Thursday, March 22, 2018, 12:00 AM

‘Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds!.’

These words, spoken by prominent Jamaican civil rights militant–Marcus Garvey in the early 20th Century, were made popular by his fellow countryman Bob Marley in his ‘Redemption Song’. Here, Bob adds: ‘have no fear for atomic energy, for none of them can stop the time...

Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 12:00 AM

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