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The world must end conditions that lead to creation of refugees

You don’t get used to it even when you have lived through a similar experience. The sight is the same, the experience fresh even when far removed in time and place. It still tugs hard on the heart and hurts, brings a heavy lump in the throat and wetness to the eyes. I suppose even those...

Tuesday, November 24, 2020, 12:00 AM

Ethiopia can’t be allowed to unravel

Oh, no, not again. Groans of anguish express the despair of many people as Ethiopia descends into war again. Ethiopia that has made remarkable economic growth in the past three decades; one of a few countries in Africa. And now the war between the federal government and the region of Tigray...

Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 12:00 AM

Strange to say, Trump will be missed

The United States election has been called. Joe Biden is going to be the next president of the United States of America. In January President Donald Trump will be gone from the White House, if not from the scene. The heightened excitement of the campaign will slowly come down and the raised...

Wednesday, November 11, 2020, 1:41 AM

Parents, teachers play your part; stop lamenting about the reading culture

There has been a lot of concern about the state of reading in this country. This paper carried an editorial on the subject recently. Nearly everyone laments the absence of what they call a reading culture. But few bother to look into why this is so and so do not offer any remedies. Indeed, some...

Wednesday, November 4, 2020, 12:57 AM

Lesson from Mugenzi and Rusesabagina: it doesn’t pay to invest in liars, thieves and terrorists

They cannot hide their true nature for very long. Eventually it comes out because it is so strong that no amount of covering, sanitization or attempt at respectability can hold it back. The pity is that they take good people for a ride. Such people only discover the deception much later and...

Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 12:00 AM

Education ministry must avoid mistakes of the past with new French teachers

Last week a group of twenty-five volunteer teachers arrived in the country to help teach French in our schools, or as it was reported, to revitalise the teaching of the language. Others are expected to join them soon, eventually raising the number to one hundred. They will serve for one year but...

Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 12:00 AM

As Kagame hails teachers for indispensable service, they must live up to high expectations

Monday, October 5 was World Teachers’ Day, and as has happened every year since 2002, Rwanda’s teachers joined their colleagues around the world to mark the day. This year, the celebrations, if they can be called such, have been done in markedly different circumstances. The covid-...

Wednesday, October 7, 2020, 12:00 AM

Rights groups violate those rights in their persistent persecution of Rwanda

Individuals make mistakes. Organisations do. Errors of judgement occur. Deception takes place. It is normal, indeed human, and happens all the time. What is not normal is to persist in doing wrong even when that has been pointed out repeatedly. When mistakes happen, the usual thing is to...

Tuesday, September 29, 2020, 12:00 AM

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

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