Economic inequality should be Africa's leading concern

Last year many issues impacting global peace, security and development were discussed at numerous forums. In my view, thirst for power and the rising economic inequality are the most daunting and disturbing challenges the world faces and it is more urgent for Africa. Economic inequality is...

Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 12:00 AM

Human capital critical for our urban devt agenda

Editor, Reference is made to the article, “Kigali City brand image vital: ex-Seoul mayor” (The New Times, January 5). I applaud this great idea to bring in an experienced ex-mayor of Seoul, South Korea.However, whatever initiative we take, human capital is the foundation of any...

Thursday, January 8, 2015, 12:00 AM

A university degree for financial independence and today's reality

Everyone wants to have a wonderful job and financial independence. A university degree used to guarantee it and a degree ensured your status in society. Not today. Some years back my neighbour was an Iranian lady who had just obtained a masters degree in economics from a prestigious university and...

Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 12:00 AM

Mindset, wealth and President Kagame's legacy

Denis Moye, a distinctive English gentleman who in addition to a Land Rover also owned an old cream Morris Minor – an iconic car for the British – was my colleague at Nairobi High School. One evening around the middle of the month as we sipped some cold ones at a nearby joint, he...

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 12:00 AM

High level TVET institutions needed more than universities

The following quote is intended to provoke debate and conversation about our education system and the society’s perception toward university education vis-à-vis Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) as a means to a livelihood. While some might consider it a joke...

Monday, September 22, 2014, 12:00 AM

Africa doesn’t have to choose between China and America

Editor, Reference is made to your article, “US-Africa summit: How East Africa will benefit” (Sunday Times, August 10). I found this a great and fair analysis of the Chinese and American investment and interest in Africa. Indeed as Benjamin Gasamagera, the Chairman of the Private Sector...

Monday, August 11, 2014, 12:00 AM

Think tanks in business and governance

There are many striking comparisons between the management of a company and a country. Just like a CEO is accountable to the shareholders under the guidance of the company policy and the board of directors, similarly a leader is accountable to the citizens under the guidance of the constitution and...

Monday, June 9, 2014, 12:00 AM

African gov’ts should engage the youth

Editor, THIS IS a reaction to a letter ‘Why poverty, wars persist in some parts of Africa’ published May 30. I thank Eddy Chico for his reaction to my article. As he so rightly points out, the biggest challenge to Africa is leadership that has a clear vision that supports the...

Friday, May 30, 2014, 12:00 AM

The Africa we want: A reflection from the AfDB meeting debates

The curtain has come down on an incredibly successful 49th Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank in Kigali. The occasion also celebrated the bank’s 50th anniversary.  It has been undoubtedly the most demanding and eventful week we have seen in Rwanda but at the same time...

Sunday, May 25, 2014, 12:00 AM

Unexploited talent and the story of Jean-Pierre

I ONCE contributed an article in which I strongly advocated for a national system that scouts for and identifies talent in all areas of human endeavor with the ultimate objective to exploit the talent for the benefit of the individual, family and the nation.  I further suggested that search...

Monday, May 19, 2014, 12:00 AM

Need to radically scale up our customer service experience

In the last few years a number of surveys have been conducted by the Institute of Policy Analysis and Research, On The Frontier and recently (2013) by RDB to establish the level of customer service satisfaction. All reports indicate that compared to the level of customer service in the other EAC...

Monday, May 12, 2014, 12:00 AM

To enact or not to enact anti-gay laws?

Editor, I WISH to react to Lonzen Rugira’s article, “Ending the silly season in the debate on homosexuals” (The New Times, March 10).  It is a well-written and balanced article. In my opinion, it’s a waste of public resources for legislators to debate how and with...

Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 12:00 AM

Hanga Umurimo projects need constant follow-up

Editor,Refer to Kenneth Agutamba’s article, “Hanga Umurimo can be funded without bank loans” (Sunday Times, December 29).What the writer proposes sounds sensible and quite simple. And in my view, all of the three options can perhaps be used.I thank The New Times for showing us...

Tuesday, December 31, 2013, 12:00 AM

EAC single currency is possible

Editor,A single EAC currency is possible if all the regional countries are committed to the idea. It has certain advantages which are beyond this reply. The EAC countries are not required to fully harmonise their fiscal and financial systems in order to belong to a single currency system.These can...

Monday, May 6, 2013, 12:00 AM

Smart way to develop and harness Rwanda’s talent

It has been said over and over that in the absence of significant natural resources, the future of our country lies in its people. Resources or no resources, human capital is the most important resource of any country since exploiting natural resources requires a skilled, smart and hard working...

Sunday, February 17, 2013, 12:00 AM

Can Africans write their own story?

While contributing to the discussion - “De-risking Africa”, during the just concluded World Economic Forum in Davos, President Paul Kagame said: “The major problem I see is that Africa’s story is written from somewhere else and not by Africans themselves. That is why the...

Sunday, February 3, 2013, 12:00 AM

Regional integration still a challenge

A new report by African Development Bank has proposed the establishment of a single currency in the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (Comesa) member countries, a move that is seen as a stepping stone in cementing regional economic growth. Dr. Donald Kaberuka, the president of the African...

Sunday, January 20, 2013, 12:00 AM

Visa on Arrival and the Dream of a Union of African States

When the OAU was created in 1963 it had two main objectives - the total liberation of the continent from colonial rule, and the unity of Africa. The 60’s and 70’s saw several countries including Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe liberated. The OAU played an important role in this...

Friday, January 4, 2013, 12:00 AM

African Agaciro (Dignity), Aid and Mindset

In the last few weeks much has been said in the media regarding aid suspension in Rwanda and Uganda. The reason given for the aid suspension for Rwanda is alleged support it is giving to the M23 rebel group that recently overran and occupied the town of Goma in eastern DRC. Since the announcement...

Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 12:00 AM

Bandwidth and Broadband for “idiots”

Before you take offence with me or the title of this article allow me to explain using a previous experience with a similar title. Back in the 90’s before computers became a tool used by everyone including priests and farmers to organise their daily work among many other uses, I bought a gift...

Tuesday, December 4, 2012, 12:00 AM