Mindset change key to successful TVET system

The Sixth National Leadership Retreat held last month in the western town of Rubavu saw our leaders recommitting themselves to the advancement of an integrated Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system in Rwanda. They again underlined the importance of empowering Rwandans with...

Friday, March 6, 2009, 12:00 AM

Rwanda, DR Congo should keep ‘Umoja Wetu’ spirit high

Yesterday, the joint military operation between Rwanda and DR Congo against one of the most notorious rebel groups in the Great Lakes region – the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) –officially came to an end. In my opinion, one month was too a short period for a military...

Thursday, February 26, 2009, 12:00 AM

Murwanashyaka, Cos out of options as FDLR crumbles without a crisis

Since the beginning of the super ‘Operation Umoja Wetu’ (Swahili for our unity), many things have changed rapidly. The turn of events in the relations between Rwanda and DR Congo left many surprised, even the targeted genocidal outfit – the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR)....

Wednesday, February 18, 2009, 12:00 AM

Murwanashyaka, Cos out of options as FDLR crumbles without a crisis

Since the beginning of the ‘Operation Umoja Wetu’ (Swahili for our unity), a lot of things have changed rapidly. The turn of events in the relations between Rwanda and DR Congo left many surprised, even the targeted genocidal outfit – the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR). But...

Saturday, February 14, 2009, 12:00 AM

Feeling the heat of the credit crunch

When the current international economic crisis  unfolded several months ago, few people in the developing world understood the potential impact it has on countries like Rwanda. And those who did, largely looked at it from the point of view of a likely reduction in development aid from the...

Saturday, February 7, 2009, 12:00 AM

Grappling with Heroes’ Day’s biggest question

I must say Kudos to the thousands of ordinary Rwandans who attended in large numbers the 15th commemoration of our national heroes at the Amahoro National Stadium on Sunday, February 1. And the same goes for millions of others who marked the Heroes Day in their respective areas of residence across...

Tuesday, February 3, 2009, 12:00 AM

Let’s commemorate our heroes while instilling good citizenship values among the young

February 1 maybe another ordinary day, but one on which all Rwandans take stock of the heroic actions by outstanding Rwandans who – in their own ways – contributed to what this country is today. It is important that at such a moment in time when our country is rated as the most stable and safe...

Saturday, January 31, 2009, 12:00 AM

Tribute to massacred Nyange students

The night of March 18, 1997 will remain one of those darkest moments in our country’s turbulent history. That’s when innocent teenagers of Nyange Secondary School in the former Kibuye Prefecture – now Western Province – were attacked in one of the bloodiest assaults by Ex-Far/Interahamwe militia....

Friday, January 30, 2009, 12:00 AM

Kabila needs everyone’s backing, not prophets of doom

And so the western ‘godfathers’ are at it again, and not surprisingly, for all the wrong reasons. There is this Kinyarwanda adage which questions the motives of anybody who pretends to love someone’s child than the real parents. It therefore raises suspicion when we start to hear UN agencies and...

Monday, January 26, 2009, 12:00 AM

Barrack’s character should inspire Africa to produce own Obamas

The world’s top darling, Barack Obama, enters the White House today, as  America’s most unpopular president in as many decades, George W. Bush, leaves a problematic Oval Office to the first African-American president.  Today’s inaugural ceremony of Obama’s four-year presidency has...

Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 12:00 AM

Seven off to Japan on a banana textile mission

A seven-member technical team is due to leave for Japan today on a mission aimed at opening the doors for the transfer of banana textile technology to Rwanda. The technology was first introduced in Rwanda in October 2008 by a delegation from Japan’s Tama Art University (TAU) – one of the research...

Friday, January 16, 2009, 12:00 AM

Where are eligible English schools?

Dear Editor,Now that government policy compels schools and public servants to use English, many people like me, have searched for the best places in the country where we can learn the language but all in vain. Although some proprietors of language schools have advertised let me advise you that...

Wednesday, November 19, 2008, 12:00 AM

Rwanda can never solve DRC’s internal problems

Exactly one year after former Rwandan foreign minister Dr. Charles Murigande and his then Congolese counterpart, Mbusa Nyamwisi, signed the Nairobi Communiqué, it is now the Heads of State of the two countries who are meeting in the Kenyan capital today. Presidents Paul Kagame and Joseph Kabila...

Friday, November 7, 2008, 12:00 AM

What Obama’s victory means to Africa

‘CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN’ has finally arrived in the Oval Office. Americans on Tuesday rewarded the world’s darling Barack Obama’s two years of grueling yet exciting campaign, with a four-year term at the helm of the strongest nation on the face of the earth. American voters demonstrated to us...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008, 12:00 AM

Japanese varsity introduces banana textile in Rwanda

A 10-member delegation from Japan arrives in Rwanda today to conduct a seminar and workshop on the technology to convert banana fibre into textile. The team, composed of professors and students from Tama Art University and officers from UNIDO-Japan will on Friday showcase the technology to a high-...

Wednesday, October 8, 2008, 12:00 AM

Vocational, technical education indispensable for Rwanda’s development

When I was called to sign a full-time employment contract with the newly created Rwanda Workforce Development Authority (WDA) sometime mid this year, I labored to subdue the journalism spirit that had increasingly become irresistible in me over the past ten years of my engagement with the media....

Wednesday, October 8, 2008, 12:00 AM

EAC nations plot common action on reproductive health challenges

Delegates from all the five East African Community partner states descended on the northern Tanzanian town of Arusha this week to attend a high-level multisectoral stakeholder consultative meeting, seen as an impetus in mooting common strategies to address key reproductive health and sexual...

Wednesday, June 25, 2008, 12:00 AM

Gasabo fires vice mayor over ‘insubordination’

GASABO - The Advisory Council of Gasabo District Thursday sacked the district vice mayor in charge of social welfare following a bizarre incident involving a Cabinet minister. Andre Bizimana was relieved of his duties by 23 of the 24 councillors for having allegedly looked down upon the State...

Saturday, June 21, 2008, 12:00 AM

AG uncovers more rot in fuel deals

KIGALI - New details have emerged showing how billions of taxpayers’ money was lost through shady fuel deals and irresponsible handling of Government fuel reserves. The Auditor General Evelyn Kamagaju, who first raised the issue of mismanagement of Government fuel stocks in her 2006 report –...

Thursday, June 19, 2008, 12:00 AM

MPs receive fuel probe report with skepticism

KIGALI - A parliamentary inquiry into allegations of irregularities in the management of public fuel may have fallen short of pinpointing at possible culprits, but the majority of MPs yesterday made it clear that many questions remain unanswered. Releasing their report during a Chamber of Deputies...

Tuesday, June 17, 2008, 12:00 AM

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