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used in measuring Rwanda’s performance in various development indicators in the 2011 Human Development Report (HDR) are outdated, the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Rwanda, said yesterday.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used in measuring Rwanda’s performance in various development indicators in the 2011 Human Development Report (HDR) are outdated, the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Rwanda, said yesterday.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

Extremism can never be legitimate opposition

There are some people who can never change their beliefs or ideologies, however much you show or prove to them how mistaken they are. And, sometimes, when you engage them, openly, they enjoy the visibility while you lose your valuable time. They constitute such a distraction and, bizarrely, keep...

Monday, September 26, 2011, 12:00 AM

Let’s vote for the candidates who’ll add value to the Senate

It’s now six days since fifty-seven Senatorial candidates hit the campaign trail to tussle it out for the 14 slots that are up for grabs – through an electoral process – in the Upper Chamber of Parliament. I have keenly followed this campaign, both for those aspiring to represent different regions...

Monday, September 12, 2011, 12:00 AM

African leaders should stop playing the victim and listen to their people

The year 2011 will go down in history as a year when the North Africans emphatically said ‘enough is enough’ to a crop of long-serving leaders who had mastered the art of deception and instilling fear, both at home and beyond, to cling to power despite documented excesses. Perhaps seeing no hope...

Monday, September 5, 2011, 12:00 AM

When a journalist asks whether “you speak Hutu or Tutsi’

“Rwanda has been such a good surprise for me,” was all a vividly confounded Angolan journalist, Maria Luisa de Carvalho-Rogerio, could say as we drove from the Kigali International Airport on the night of August 24, ahead of the opening of an international conference on gender and media, last week...

Monday, August 29, 2011, 12:00 AM

Why leaders of the world’s largest journalists body will be descending on Kigali this week

The who’s who of the world’s biggest journalists association, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), will, this week, converge in Kigali, to explore ways of empowering African women journalists. The high-level meeting on gender and media comes barely two years after the Rwanda...

Monday, August 22, 2011, 12:00 AM

It’s a whole new world from when civil servants received flour for salary

Many young Rwandans hardly know that carefully distributed kilogrammes of maize flour (posho), beans and rice were all civil servants could receive at the end of every month, in the immediate aftermath of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Still few people will remember that at the time, Rwanda...

Monday, August 15, 2011, 12:00 AM

We must learn to recognise good actions and condemn bad ones

Two opposing actions involving young Rwandans occurred late last month, both of which seem to have shocked many. First, a policeman attached to Kigali International Airport proved that some Rwandan youths cherish integrity and reliability even in the face of some of the most irresistible...

Monday, August 8, 2011, 12:00 AM

Ex-dissident Ntashamaje returns after 10-year exile

A former senior officer with the Rwandese Patriotic Army (RPA) – now Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF) – has abandoned subversive activities and returned home after what he called “three years of deep reflection on what I was involved in against my country.” Gerald Ntashamaje, 54, who was, until his...

Thursday, August 4, 2011, 12:00 AM

Ex-dissident Ntashamaje returns after 10-year exile

A former senior officer with the Rwandese Patriotic Army (RPA) – now Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF) – has abandoned subversive activities and returned home after what he called “three years of deep reflection on what I was involved in against my country.” Gerald Ntashamaje, 54, who was, until his...

Thursday, August 4, 2011, 12:00 AM

The Ishema case proved the Rwandan media can regulate themselves

I know you have all followed this debate about whether or not the Rwandan media are ready for self-regulation, and you are perhaps tired of the subject. Yet the goings-on over the past few days present solid evidence which, depending on which side of the debate you are, may further illuminate...

Monday, August 1, 2011, 12:00 AM

With the new dev’t shift, local leaders will be more critical than ever before

Rwanda’s GDP per capita increased from a paltry US$200 in the year 2000 to about $560 today. And the Government remains strongly convinced that the $900 per capita target for 2020 is achievable. Whereas the growth registered over the past decade is obviously outstanding, by any standards, it is...

Monday, July 18, 2011, 12:00 AM

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