Rwanda is gone too far ahead; lies and insults won’t pull her back

Some years ago, a New York Times reporter described the Kigali International Airport terminal building as a throwback to the 1970s’ style. The airport was not an essential part of his story, but still he found it necessary to throw in this description in the narrative. The 70s architecture...

Thursday, September 24, 2020, 12:00 AM

Kagame can’t make fools of those who already are

They attack in a pack like hounds, and with similar savagery. With hounds, this is understandable; they exist and are trained for this purpose. It would be a rare one that showed any kindness to its prey. But with humans, some of whom claim to be the voice and conscience of the world, behaving...

Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 12:00 AM

Rusesabagina has blood of Rwandans on his hands for which he must answer

You cannot stand on the top of a mountain and announce your intentions to launch terrorist attacks on your country and expect that nobody will hear. Unless, of course, you are a fool or are consumed by an enormous sense of self-importance, or you are hard of hearing and think everybody is like...

Tuesday, September 8, 2020, 12:00 AM

Any other tough measures against Covid-19, but please no total lockdown

It has been the element missing from the campaign to contain the spread of covid-19 and bring it under control altogether. Until last week not many had seen a patient they knew or the places where critical cases are treated. Few had seen a neighbour taken ill and die. They have not been to the...

Tuesday, September 1, 2020, 12:00 AM

What do you do with a people-backed coup d’etat? A big question on Mali

We thought change of government in Africa by military means had ended some years ago. But no, coups d’etats still happen, albeit less frequently. Their rare occurrence is not necessarily because we have become more democratic. It’s more likely due to the tough stance taken against...

Tuesday, August 25, 2020, 12:00 AM

Postal services, hobbies and all that

The ongoing election campaign in the United States is bringing up memories from the past in far off regions like East Africa. It is not its intention, of course. But it is not surprising either, given the two septuagenarians contesting for the top job. These memories come via a quarrel about the...

Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 12:00 AM

Why Rwandans keep tabs on covid-19 numbers

These covid-19 times have brought many changes to Rwanda, including a new fascination. It is not fear of its deadly effects, although that remains a real threat. Or the admiration of how government officials, healthcare workers and the police have handled it. Approval for what they are doing keeps...

Tuesday, August 11, 2020, 12:32 AM

Add to sex offenders register those who frustrate reporting of offenders

The law is getting tougher on offenders in certain criminal offences. Sex offenders, especially rapists and defilers, have been put on notice: If found guilty, their names will be published for all to see. There will be a register of such offenders to which everyone will have access. The...

Tuesday, August 4, 2020, 7:00 AM

Why Rwanda comes to the rescue of people with nowhere to go

The news at the weekend was about Rwanda taking in a stateless person deported from the United States of America. The man, Amin Hassoun, a Palestinian, was reported to have been living in the United States since the 1980s. In the wake of the attack on New York in September 2001, although not...

Tuesday, July 28, 2020, 1:17 AM

Why Rwandans love Kagame; he worries about their next meal

Have you ever wondered why Rwandans love their president despite the unflattering labels tagged on him, mainly by foreigners? Many have written about this and given their opinions, some profound, well-intentioned and correct; others trivial, malicious and off the mark. The answer might actually...

Wednesday, July 15, 2020, 12:00 AM

Patriotism can’t be seasonal

This past week, there has been an outpouring of gratitude and pride among Rwandans. With good reason; it has been the anniversary of our liberation. The mood has been one of jubilation even in the midst of the covid-19 pandemic when the usual forms of rejoicing have been suspended. You could still...

Tuesday, July 7, 2020, 12:54 AM

Our future is safe with young people

Today is Liberation Day. This day twenty six years ago marks the beginning of a period of significant development in the history of Rwanda. For the first time in post-colonial times, all Rwandans feel they belong here and are proud of it. None is excluded. Those who stay out do so by choice or...

Saturday, July 4, 2020, 12:02 AM

Time to renew commitment to the nation

Tomorrow July 1, Rwandans will mark Independence Day and three days later Liberation Day. Both are significant in the history of this country. The first was to free us from colonial rule. But that freedom can be said to have been stillborn and in the three decades that followed the country...

Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 12:21 AM

It’s East Africa’s election season, but little change expected

Reading the East African press (old East Africa), you would think the region is in the thick of election campaigns. Electoral politics dominates the news even in this time of the covid-19 pandemic. But such is East Africans’ genius in turning everything to political advantage that they...

Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 12:00 AM

Death of a president and hope of revival of a nation

He is the grim reaper, the great leveller, the fearless one, the inescapable, and many others names. These are all oblique references to death that attest to its power and perhaps human helplessness. Some in Rwanda give their children names that seem to acknowledge this as reality. For some...

Tuesday, June 16, 2020, 12:00 AM

Story, prophecy or criticism, literature is crucial to education of the young

Human beings abhor uncertainty. We like to walk on solid ground because we are sure of where we stand. Conversely, we hate to be on a wobbly or shifting surface we cannot be certain of our stability and therefore subsequent move. We want to hold on to something concrete and are not content with...

Wednesday, June 10, 2020, 12:00 AM

Of Covid-19, old men’s memory and railways revival

For an invisible thing, this Covid-19 pandemic has a lot of power, mostly indiscriminate and destructive. In a very short time it has earned itself a place in history as the pandemic that changed the world and as a point of reference in the telling of the human story in future. But that’s...

Tuesday, June 2, 2020, 12:10 AM

Rwanda always first out of the blocks in race to transformation

Different periods in history are often defined by certain words. They are used frequently in policy making discourse and also in general usage to express the collective mindset, ambition and even achievement of the time. You might say each epoch has its defining words. If you asked any...

Tuesday, May 26, 2020, 12:00 AM

COVID-19 lockdown has another side: renewal

It has been a little over two months since we went into lockdown. We have been forced to be alone longer than we have ever been. Even when with others, the feeling of apartness somehow imposes itself. Of course the measures that have been imposed are for our own safety. But they have also...

Tuesday, May 19, 2020, 12:00 AM

Myth, superstition and science still coexist

This is the 21st century. Homo sapiens has evolved to a level of enlightenment and sophistication never seen before. Human beings are governed by reason and logic. Science holds sway (or it is supposed to). They are able to understand and explain the most complex phenomena, if not...

Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 12:44 AM

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