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

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

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