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

Why African media must unite to serve Africa

Yesterday, Rwandan journalists joined the rest of the continent to celebrate the African Day of Information. Local journalists and friends and partners of the media met at one of the latest magnificent additions onto Rwanda’s fast-growing hotel industry, Lemigo Hotel, located in Kimihurura, Kigali...

Monday, November 8, 2010, 12:00 AM

When African media partake in anti-Africa cause

We’re told that sometime around 1978, African ministers of Information met in the Ugandan Capital Kampala, and one of the issues on the agenda was unfair coverage of the continent by the Western media. They were soul-searching on how best Western media propaganda could be countered.  More...

Saturday, November 6, 2010, 12:00 AM

Al-Shabaab can continue murdering journalists, for RSF, Rwanda will remain the target

A French international organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF) will stop at nothing in pursuit of its anti-Rwanda agenda, even if it means publicly sacrificing its proclaimed mission. This NGO is so obsessed with twisting facts about Rwanda and they will next time place Rwanda at the very...

Wednesday, November 3, 2010, 12:00 AM

Yes, journalists need to reform, but not just for their public image

Last Thursday, during a meeting between media practitioners and local leaders in the Kigali districts of Nyarugenge and Gasabo, the Director General in the Ministry of Local Government and Social Affairs, Fred Mufuruke, made interesting comments about leaders and the media. He opened his statement...

Monday, November 1, 2010, 12:00 AM

Vocational skills will liberate us economically

In my previous column, I argued that the Government’s recent move to scale down its funding for public tertiary institutions and to increase budgetary allocations for vocational or technical education as well as primary and secondary education augers well with our country’s economic blueprint. Some...

Monday, October 25, 2010, 12:00 AM

Twin education decisions signal a positive shift

Two recent decisions by the Ministry of Education have been widely frowned upon in the corridors of public tertiary institutions. Before our institutions of higher learning could come to terms with the cutting of State funding by 25 percent, Government-sponsored students have cried foul following...

Monday, October 11, 2010, 12:00 AM

The truth prevailed at the Commonwealth, it will at the UN

For the first time ever, Rwanda’s flag has been hoisted at the Commonwealth Games. Following the country’s admission to the Commonwealth Group of Nations last November, the country is now fully represented at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India. Yesterday, I proudly watched on television...

Monday, October 4, 2010, 12:00 AM

Nation rallies behind RDF amid telling testimonies

On Saturday, September 25, a listener who only identified himself as Elysee called during the weekly Ibyiza Biri Imbere talk-show on City Radio. I was a guest during the talk-show whose topic of the day was the leaked UN ‘Mapping Report’ which accuses Rwandan troops of possible genocide against...

Monday, September 27, 2010, 12:00 AM

Tools that delivered historic presidential poll

“This is the most successful election ever organised on Rwandan soil. Congratulations to all Rwandans,” declared the Executive Secretary of the National Electoral Commission (NEC), Charles Munyaneza, when asked to give his assessment of the recent presidential election. Rwandans went to the polls...

Monday, September 6, 2010, 12:00 AM