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

What the election revealed about Rwandans

The recent presidential election revealed a lot about Rwandans. This was manifested  in two ways; through the voters’ participation in the election, and the poll result itself.  A win for the incumbent president Paul Kagame was to be seen as a vote of confidence in his leadership, while...

Monday, September 6, 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

A seven-year success story

It was a campaign trail that suddenly erupted into a nationwide party. True, no one doubted the significance of what President Paul Kagame had delivered to the people of Rwanda in his first term in office. From the north to the south, east to the west, thousands of excited Rwandans welcomed him...

Monday, September 6, 2010, 12:00 AM

Why education was a major campaign issue

The campaign season is over, and its business as usual. Rwandans were keen to exercise their democratic right and the National Electoral Commission did not delay to make public the voters’ verdict. I have no intentions to discuss the details of the results and what they mean to the nation. Some...

Monday, August 16, 2010, 12:00 AM

A race to remember

With just about a week remaining for Rwandans to pick their next leader, one may only sum up this campaign season so far as unparalleled. The campaign represents yet the clearest indication that Rwandans have their eyes firmly gazed on the future. It shows that ordinary Rwandans know what is best...

Monday, August 2, 2010, 12:00 AM

What RSF will never say about Rwanda’s media

ON Thursday, July 22, I woke up to news that Reporters Without Borders, or RSF, a Paris-based organisation, had called on Rwanda’s development partners to withdraw their financial support, particularly for the upcoming presidential elections. Of course RSF is as ignorant on the proportion of donor...

Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 12:00 AM

Finally, the African media takes the stage

Today and tomorrow, Kigali will be hosting a high-level regional media conference, under the theme: ‘Press Freedom and Human Rights: Examining the Role of Media Watchdogs’. The meeting is unique, not because of the nature of its participants, the venue or its timing – but its theme. It’s a subject...

Monday, July 19, 2010, 12:00 AM

Iwawa vocational training centre: An American’s perspective

Elizabeth Holmes, 57, is CEO of Excellence in Education, an American consulting firm based in Spokane, Washington State. Ms Holmes, a retired teacher, headmistress and a former faculty member of Washington State University, is also a specialist in curriculum development, technology and online...

Sunday, June 6, 2010, 12:00 AM

RSF’s approach detrimental to Rwandan media

Naturally, when someone comes out to defend and advocate for your rights, you’re expected to be grateful. Such is what many would have expected from the Rwandan media in the wake of the ever-growing criticism of the Rwandan government on press freedom by international media watchdogs, mainly...

Wednesday, May 12, 2010, 12:00 AM

Is President Kagame fighting corruption alone?

NEWS about the ongoing recovery of taxpayers’ cows that landed in the hands of non-bona fide beneficiaries at the expense of intended recipients – the poorest of our society – has dominated our local news for weeks now. It all started at last year’s National Dialogue (Umushyikirano) during which...

Monday, January 11, 2010, 12:00 AM

Despite defeat, give them a chance

THEY sprouted from nowhere, stormed CECACA championship in Nairobi, played five games and won all of them. All of a sudden, every soccer-loving Rwandan found reason to rush from their daily work to watch Amavubi Stars on Super Sport as they registered more and more wins. A relatively inexperienced...

Saturday, December 19, 2009, 12:00 AM

Banana textile project team on nationwide awareness campaign

The technical team spearheading the country’s banana textile project has embarked on countrywide sensitization and fact-finding tours aimed at laying ground for the technology to make fabrics and other essential products out of banana stems. The team was in Kabacuzi Sector, Muhanga District in the...

Saturday, April 4, 2009, 12:00 AM

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