Fellow journalists, don’t drop the trade union idea

The local media industry has, over the past few weeks, been abuzz with highly passionate lobbying, largely with the intentions to build a stronger fraternity. Leadership, naturally being the rallying point for any meaningful reforms, has been the centre of all the discussions, formal or not. In...

Monday, February 13, 2012, 12:00 AM

Countries hosting Genocide fugitives have no choice but to send them home

Last week’s deportation to Rwanda of Léon Mugesera coincided with visits by prosecution teams from Norway, Denmark, US and France in what have now become all too familiar trips ostensibly aimed at gathering more evidence with regard to the involvement in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, of...

Monday, January 30, 2012, 12:00 AM

Faith-based values - the key to excellence in schools

I cannot recall the last time non-faith based Kigali schools came among the top performers in national secondary school examinations. Neither did Google help me in my attempt to recollect the year when the likes of Lycee de Kigali (LDK), Kagarama Secondary School (former Kigali International...

Monday, January 23, 2012, 12:00 AM

UN’s torture committee puts its reputation on the line

It is seemingly obvious that Léon Mugesera will never accept reality. Up till now, the former National University of Rwanda (NUR) professor is still battling to overturn a deportation order handed down, in 2005, by the Canadian Supreme Court. Even after dramatically ending up on a Quebec hospital...

Monday, January 16, 2012, 12:00 AM

When the French disarmed Rwanda’s critics of invaluable ammunition

The truth has long been known. We knew it even long before the Rwanda- commissioned Mutsinzi inquiry produced one of the most compelling pieces of research, with a decisive conclusion that the missile that brought down the plane carrying former Rwandan president Juvénal Habyarimana had been...

Wednesday, January 11, 2012, 12:00 AM

Of Uwinkindi’s imminent transfer and the betrayal of justice

For all those who follow the proceedings at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), last week was quite eventful. It all began with the appeals chamber ruling to downgrade an earlier life sentence against Genocide mastermind, Col. Theoneste Bagosora to 35 years. Subtract the years he...

Monday, December 19, 2011, 12:00 AM

The hard work that awaits Dr. Vincent Biruta

Former Senate president, Dr Vincent Biruta, was last week named the new Education minister, two months after his eight-year, non-renewable reign at the helm of the Upper Chamber of Parliament expired. He was appointed to a position that had been left vacant following the appointment of Pierre...

Monday, December 12, 2011, 12:00 AM

Response to AG’s reports welcome, but long overdue

Last Friday, the Prime Minister, Pierre Damien Habumuremyi, presided over a rare meeting of all chief budget officers, cabinet ministers and other top government officials, in what was widely viewed as an extra ordinary meeting triggered by the ongoing scrutiny, in Parliament, of a previous Auditor...

Monday, December 5, 2011, 12:00 AM

Why Rwanda is not resting on her laurels despite attaining food security levels

Last month, an ActionAid report ranked Rwanda among three top nations that are most prepared to deal with food challenges, in a survey that covered 28 developing countries, coming only after Brazil and Malawi. It beat all her neighbors, including DR Congo, which came last on the ranking. The...

Friday, November 18, 2011, 12:00 AM

Why Rwanda is not resting on her laurels despite attaining food security levels

Last month, an ActionAid report ranked Rwanda among three top nations that are most prepared to deal with food challenges, in a survey that covered 28 developing countries, coming only after Brazil and Malawi. It beat all her neighbors, including DR Congo, which came last on the ranking. The...

Thursday, November 17, 2011, 12:00 AM

How genuine is our annual media dialogue?

A local media practitioner, last week, put the Media High Council (MHC) under the spotlight over tens of millions of Francs the Council spends on the annual media dialogue. He stated that such amounts can help four or five newspapers maintain a presence on the street for a couple of months,...

Monday, November 14, 2011, 12:00 AM

Human Development Report misleading–UN envoy

The data that were used in measuring Rwanda’s performance in various development indicators in the 2011 Human Development Report (HDR) are outdated, the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Rwanda, said yesterday. “The figures were not updated, and did not come from our...

Monday, November 14, 2011, 12:00 AM

Human Development Report misleading–UN envoy

The data that were used in measuring Rwanda’s performance in various development indicators in the 2011 Human Development Report (HDR) are outdated, the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Rwanda, said yesterday. “The figures were not updated, and did not come from our...

Monday, November 14, 2011, 12:00 AM

Canadian conference cancels Rusesabagina invitation

A Canadian organisation, this week, cancelled a previously scheduled speech by Paul Rusesabagina at a youth conference, following a petition by a Rwandan-Canadian community in the country. He was due to share a platform with former United States Vice President, Al Gore, and former Canadian Prime...

Wednesday, November 9, 2011, 12:00 AM

In the media, moral consciousness is everything

We are told that the media must always strive to be objective; that they have to ensure that both sides to the story are told in equal measure. And that’s the essence of the media, and the main reason why journalists tend to command enviable public trust. We also know that the media do not operate...

Monday, November 7, 2011, 12:00 AM

RDF dismisses talk of Somalia deployment

KIGALI - Rwanda has no plans to deploy troops in Somalia, contrary to recent reports in sections of the media, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence and Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) has said. Col. Joseph Nzabamwita told The New Times, last evening, that Kigali fully backs the current African...

Wednesday, November 2, 2011, 12:00 AM

RDF dismisses talk of Somalia deployment

KIGALI - Rwanda has no plans to deploy troops in Somalia, contrary to recent reports in sections of the media, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence and Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) has said. Col. Joseph Nzabamwita told The New Times, last evening, that Kigali fully backs the current African...

Wednesday, November 2, 2011, 12:00 AM

Only moving away from the extremes can redeem our media

I hate to admit that the Rwandan media industry is one of the least developed sectors in the country, but the writing is on the wall.  How bizarre! It is not that we’re short of sufficient media outlets, particularly newspapers and radio stations – we have about 36 newspapers and about 24...

Monday, October 31, 2011, 12:00 AM

Why Rwandan refugees don’t need Cessation Clause to return home

Rwanda has repatriated more than 3.3 million of its citizens since 1994, with just about 70,000 still regarding themselves refugees in various countries. Yet much of the debate surrounding calls for those still in exile to return home has often focused on the factors that support or contradict...

Sunday, October 23, 2011, 12:00 AM

Senators should be close to the people

The Second Senate commences its eight-year mandate today. 20 outgoing Senate, including its president and the two vice presidents will give way for ‘new blood’. Some of those exiting are available for redeployment elsewhere, ,however, a couple of others are expected to head straight into retirement...

Monday, October 10, 2011, 12:00 AM