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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

MPs need to take another look at the defamation clause

When a group of media representatives met with members of a Senatorial select committee currently reviewing the Penal Code, Tuesday, last week, the Honourable members of the Upper Chamber of Parliament outrightly rejected the request to decriminalize defamation. From the start, it was clear some...

Monday, January 3, 2011, 12:00 AM

2010 has left us stronger

2010 has left us with lots of fond memories. It left me truly convinced that a united and determined people will achieve whatever they set their eyes on. While last year was testing and full of twists and turns in many ways, it revealed the true character of the Rwandan people. Spread across the...

Saturday, January 1, 2011, 12:00 AM

University curricula should be more practical

Christmas eve, This newspaper reported that more than 75 percent of the medical students at the National University of Rwanda, failed their final exams. To be precise, only 14 out of 58 students passed the November – December examinations. Understandably, this festive season may not be the best...

Sunday, December 26, 2010, 12:00 AM

Why Rwandans always look forward to the National Dialogue

Today and tomorrow, Kigali is hosting the 8th National Dialogue, under the theme, ‘Our responsibility is to offer quality service.’ The annual event has increasingly become so popular among the citizens, not only because they get to listen and see the Head of State put leaders – both at the...

Monday, December 20, 2010, 12:00 AM

Why ICGLR must fully own its destiny

A special summit of the Heads of State of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) is due in Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, this week, with illegal mineral exploration top on the agenda. It’s only fair to state that the regional organisation, which brings together at least 11...

Monday, December 13, 2010, 12:00 AM

Experts declare UN Mapping report illegitimate and flawed

KIGALI - The highly controversial UN Mapping Report which accuses Rwandan troops of committing genocide against Hutu refugees in the DR Congo, was at the heart of critical scholarly analysis at a high-level conference, yesterday, with renowned local and international academics, researchers and...

Friday, December 10, 2010, 12:00 AM

Experts declare UN Mapping report illegitimate and flawed

KIGALI - The highly controversial UN Mapping Report which accuses Rwandan troops of committing genocide against Hutu refugees in the DR Congo, was at the heart of critical scholarly analysis at a high-level conference, yesterday, with renowned local and international academics, researchers and...

Friday, December 10, 2010, 12:00 AM

It’s high time our media owners styled up

Last week, I highlighted in this Column the need for Rwanda’s media to reposition themselves and to begin reaching out to the ordinary people, whose concerns and aspirations remain anything, but a priority for most of our media. The truth is that our media industry is currently undergoing a...

Monday, December 6, 2010, 12:00 AM

Open Letter to fellow Rwandan journalists

Last week was significant for the media in this country. Representatives of the local media fraternity and those from the Government, civil society and the private sector, as well as distinguished media personalities and freedom advocates from across the region and beyond, gathered in Kigali to...

Monday, November 29, 2010, 12:00 AM

Lessons from the late Shyaka Clever

Yesterday was a special day for both the Rwandan media fraternity and local soccer fans.  It was a day when the Rwandan society demonstrated their recognition and appreciation of good journalism. It was a day when journalists, local football administrators and, most importantly, football fans...

Monday, November 22, 2010, 12:00 AM

Vocational skills are not for academic failures

The Government of Rwanda has, for the past three years, attempted to redefine and repackage what is traditionally known as ‘Imyuga iciriritse’ (modest professions) among Rwandans.  The objective was to attract more people into this form of education, which has not been necessarily popular...

Monday, November 15, 2010, 12:00 AM

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