Ignatius Mugabo

RwandAir’s direct flights to London unlock new opportunities

I must confess that the starting of RwandAir’s direct flights to London last May so excited me that I can no longer keep it to myself.  The journey that used to take nearly two days, traversing two or more countries depending on which route one took; now it takes just hours.  You...

Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 12:00 AM

Fire outbreaks on the increase again?

There appears to be a spike in fire outbreaks, which is normally the case in the hot season. After a lull in fire incidents last year and first half of this year, there has been at least between five and 10 fire outbreaks monthly in Kigali alone since the hot season begun; only that many of them...

Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 12:00 AM

To our new leaders at City Hall: Infrastructure safety is crucial

In Rwandan folklore, there’s one which says that at an opportune moment a Rwandan or a certain community met their King, they would present their wishes to him and he would grant them. Some would ask for cattle herds (amashyo), others grazing land (ibikingi) – I hope I’m getting...

Thursday, March 3, 2016, 12:00 AM

Micro-insurance can help improve insurance penetration in Rwanda

Anyone with keen or even passing interest in Rwanda’s insurance sector knows its poorly kept, not-so glamorous secret-market penetration stands at a paltry 2 per cent.  Different people, investors included, can look at and interpret this differently. One can look at this miserable 2 per...

Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 12:00 AM

Car-free zones is a great idea that needs careful planning

Editor, What started as a tweet by President Paul Kagame on August 12 reacting to an article in The New Times became reality a week later when the City of Kigali authorities declared part of CBD (Central Business District) a car-free zone. Starting yesterday, August 24, the road running from...

Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 12:00 AM

Emulate Singapore's fire safety practice

I was taken aback, just like many other people, I presume, by the frequency of fire outbreaks this month (May). A row of four shops in Kigali’s commercial heart- Quartier Matheus, a school in Burera District, Northern Province the next day,  mattress and maize milling factories the...

Monday, May 18, 2015, 12:00 AM

Strategic partnerships; the way forward for managing fires

I received with excitement the news of new investment in fire protection cover in Rwanda. I know the acquisition of four fire fighting trucks by the Rwanda National Police means a lot to the fire fighting fraternity, but even more to Rwanda’s economic development and safer working environment...

Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 12:00 AM

Why London was a perfect spot for Rwanda Day 2013

I was double delighted for Rwanda Day 2013; that it took place in London, the capital of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (to give the country its full official name) and one of the global centres of power, and that the event passed off very well and left a positive scent of...

Tuesday, May 28, 2013, 12:00 AM

Online reactions to districts’ Imihigo rankings

Editor,I would like to congratulate Paul Jules Ndamage and Kickers residents for emerging the best in the implementation of the 2011/2012 performance contracts (Imihigo). With your hands on, honest and effective approach, the sky is the limit. The team spirit you have built in the district will...

Monday, August 27, 2012, 12:00 AM

Rwanda refused to be written off; UK envoy

LONDON - The Rwandan High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Ernest Rwamucyo, has said that his country refused to be written off as a failed state after being devastated by the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. He was addressing a Genocide commemoration service at Southwark Cathedral in London on...

Friday, April 9, 2010, 12:00 AM

How Rwakasisi nearly spoilt my Obamania

On January 20, 2009, the entire world’s attention was on Washington D.C, the capital of the United States of America, where Barack Hussein Obama was about to be sworn in as the first black President of this great nation. But for me, this moment, which has acquired the term ‘Obamania’ was nearly...

Sunday, January 25, 2009, 12:00 AM

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