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

Incentives can help sway public opinion about TVET

Three months ago this column questioned the lack of a clear strategy to repackage and market Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) as an ideal form of inclusive and continuous learning, through which millions of Rwandans can easily uplift themselves from the poverty trap, but also...

Monday, July 11, 2011, 12:00 AM

The Rwandan success story has made Liberation more meaningful

Exactly 17 years ago, today, the Rwanda Patriotic Army (RPA) took Kigali and brought to an end 100 days of Genocide against the Tutsi, a killing spree that claimed over a million lives. In the immediate aftermath of the liberation victory, July 4 represented the defeat of a divisive and murderous...

Monday, July 4, 2011, 12:00 AM

Rwandan journalists have more reason to unionise

On June 17, a considerable number of local journalists spent more than eight hours in a Kigali hotel, discussing, article-by-article, a draft media code of ethics that will serve as a guiding tool for them after the government’s decision to relinquish media regulation responsibilities to media...

Monday, June 27, 2011, 12:00 AM

Junior Wasps represent enormous potential among Rwandans

Seventeen years ago, Rwanda suffered one of the worst human atrocities in recorded history. At the time, the country was nothing more than a smelly lawless territory soaked in the blood of over a million innocent souls. Truth be told, no one knew what the future held for Rwanda. In the eyes of...

Monday, June 20, 2011, 12:00 AM

Leaders must help change attitudes on TVET

When Finance and Economic Planning Minister, John Rwangombwa, presented the landmark Rwf1.1 trillion budget to the Bicameral Parliament, last Wednesday, one MP suggested that each of the country’s 416 sectors be given a technical/vocational school to cater for the graduates of the Nine-Year Basic...

Monday, June 13, 2011, 12:00 AM

Second session gets underway as 20 senators prepare to wrap up their term

Today, Senators kick off the second ordinary session of 2011 knowing that the curtain is finally coming down on the mandate of 20 out of the 26 honourable members within just four months. The Constitution limits a senator’s term to eight non-renewable years, meaning that all those members who...

Monday, June 6, 2011, 12:00 AM

Second session gets underway as 20 senators prepare to wrap up their term

Today, Senators kick off the second ordinary session of 2011 knowing that the curtain is finally coming down on the mandate of 20 out of the 26 honourable members within just four months. The Constitution limits a senator’s term to eight non-renewable years, meaning that all those members who...

Monday, June 6, 2011, 12:00 AM

Why enacting Access to Information Law will be easier than implementing it

Last Thursday, a communication and public relations manager from a key public institutions walked into The New Times Publications offices in Kimihurura to request for coverage of a function organised by his agency. On seeing him, I thought he was a god-send, since I believed he was going to be...

Sunday, June 5, 2011, 12:00 AM

The Iwawa story should serve as a lesson to Western media

Last Wednesday, Lake Kivu’s Iwawa Island hosted an unusual graduation fete. As many as 752 former street kids were the graduands of the day, whose unlikely feat dramatically brought an end to criticism of the government’s decision to enlist hundreds of street children to the newly established Iwawa...

Monday, May 23, 2011, 12:00 AM