No Rwandan should miss the opportunity to be part of the era

Rwandans have so much in common. Their similarities do not stop at what principally defines them as a distinct people – common language, cultural beliefs, and customary values. We pride ourselves in a rich national heritage, but also share a great deal of regrets about certain things that dot our...

Monday, May 16, 2011, 12:00 AM

With the Public Accounts Committee in place, are our MPs now ready to bite?

The Chamber of Deputies, last month, finally established the long-awaited Public Accounts Committee, whose principal mandate is to follow up on the Auditor General’s annual reports to ensure that they have served their ultimate objective. By taking on the tasks previously held by the overstretched...

Monday, May 9, 2011, 12:00 AM

Rwanda marks Press Day

Rwandan journalists and media stakeholders will, today, converge at the Institute of Higher Education (INES) in Musanze District to mark this year’s World Press Freedom Day (WPFD). Much of the talk during the event is expected to revolve around the historic reforms sweeping through the media...

Tuesday, May 3, 2011, 12:00 AM

Rwanda marks Press Day

Rwandan journalists and media stakeholders will, today, converge at the Institute of Higher Education (INES) in Musanze District to mark this year’s World Press Freedom Day (WPFD). Much of the talk during the event is expected to revolve around the historic reforms sweeping through the media...

Tuesday, May 3, 2011, 12:00 AM

Why Rwandan journalists are cheating the public

Tomorrow is another World Press Freedom Day, an occasion when the whole world turns the spotlight on the ever-important role of a vibrant media in any society. Internationally, the focus will be on new media frontiers, and the opportunities and challenges that come with them. But in Rwanda,...

Monday, May 2, 2011, 12:00 AM

In Ntarama, survivors are determined to preserve the truth

Never before have I had a more painful reflection on the hell that this country’s past was – while at the same time, proudly looking back at the recovery path it has carefully treaded following the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi – than on the Easter Eve, when I and my colleagues at The New Times...

Monday, April 25, 2011, 12:00 AM

Debate on whether local media are ready for self-regulation is simply unwarranted

Ever since the Cabinet announced that media regulation will no longer be the responsibility of the Media High Council (MHC), but of a media professionals’ body, about a fortnight ago, debate has ensued as to whether the local media industry is ready for self-regulation. Strangely, some of the...

Sunday, April 17, 2011, 12:00 AM

In homage to Genocide survivors

April 7, the day when Rwandans began a week-long official commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, was obviously a difficult day for me and my family. Although, I was not personally in Rwanda at the time when the most ruthless of humans feasted on the unborn, young and old Tutsis alike...

Monday, April 11, 2011, 12:00 AM

To regulate themselves, Rwandan journalists need to step up to the plate

Last week was a defining moment for Rwanda’s media industry. The Cabinet announced two major decisions; one, the transfer of media regulation function from the Media High Council to an “independent body of professional journalists”, and two, transforming Orinfor from a government mouthpiece to a...

Monday, April 4, 2011, 12:00 AM

With Africans up against elite politicking, a new era beckons

For the past 60 years or so, African masses in most of the continent have been duped and fleeced by selfish leaders and their cronies. The latter two have used every manipulative trick to portray themselves as revolutionaries, patriots and reformists who’re only fired up by a sense of selflessness...

Monday, March 28, 2011, 12:00 AM

The complex nature of the aborted Libyan revolution

As you read this, the Western assault on Libya to enforce last week’s UN resolution for a No-fly zone over the North African nation will probably have assumed a new dimension, one that may lead to an all-out, protracted civil war between the rebels and pro-Gaddafi troops. Judging by the speed,...

Monday, March 21, 2011, 12:00 AM

Rwandan journalists have more reason to steer away from divisive politics

Rwandan journalists have often been accused of having played a major role in fomenting, inciting and fanning the violence that sunk the country in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. The highly publicized media trials and eventual conviction of the men behind the inflammatory RTLM radio and...

Monday, March 14, 2011, 12:00 AM

Regular follow-up will help close the loopholes

Last week’s Leadership Retreat had as critical issues on the agenda as past similar gatherings. Had the resolutions of all the previous seven retreats been fully executed, the country’s socio-economic situation would, perhaps, be a bit different today: jobs would not be as scarce, many SMEs would...

Monday, March 7, 2011, 12:00 AM

No, anti-Nyakatsi campaign is not unpopular among Rwandans

Dieudonne Gahizi Ganza is a young Rwandan university student whose movie ‘The Change and I mean it’ recently emerged the best at the 2011 TVE Biomovie Competition in the UK. The film, which portrays the significance of Umuganda (Rwandan homegrown community work programme) in environmental...

Monday, February 28, 2011, 12:00 AM

Rwandan voters need to learn from past mistakes

Rwanda is halfway into its third ever democratic local government elections. Needless to say, Rwandans are now accustomed to picking their own leaders, which largely explains their ever-growing enthusiasm whenever it comes to exercising this fundamental right. And if recent experience is anything...

Monday, February 14, 2011, 12:00 AM

Governments should not wait until it’s too late

The ongoing events across the Arab world should serve as a reminder to sitting Heads of State and their governments that they must always put their people’s interests over and above anything else. As I write this, there’re reports that the Egyptian army – which has hitherto been largely restraint...

Sunday, January 30, 2011, 12:00 AM

We must not lose the opportunity of a new era

The recently concluded 9th U-17 CAN Africa Youth Championship helped discover previously hidden treasures in Rwanda’s football. As the tournament unfolded on January 8, the Junior Wasps, were one of the clear underdogs, representing a country that had previously appeared only twice at any continent...

Saturday, January 29, 2011, 12:00 AM

Consensus building needed for appropriate laws

The current media law has only been in place since August 12, 2009, yet calls for its amendment are already rife. As a matter of fact, efforts to review the law seem to be spearheaded by the government itself, not for the purposes of introducing, rephrasing or deleting certain articles to enhance...

Monday, January 24, 2011, 12:00 AM

Don’t spare the ‘big fish’ in FARG crackdown

As the New Year unfolded, the Fund for the Assistance of Needy Genocide Survivors (FARG) confirmed what many people had suspected for quite a long time – thousands of students who benefited from the fund did not merit the financial support. But not many people ever imagined that some of the FARG-...

Monday, January 17, 2011, 12:00 AM

City authorities need to review strategy on ‘illegal’ houses

Last week, the Mayor of Nyarugenge District, Theophila Nyirahonora, was quoted in the media as saying that the urban district would soon forcefully demolish all ‘unauthorized and poorly constructed houses’ in Kimisagara and neighboring suburbs. The Mayor, reportedly, accused the owners of the...

Monday, January 10, 2011, 12:00 AM