Forgiveness, the real story in release of prisoners

On September 14 over two thousand convicts received a presidential pardon and got early release from prison. They had been convicted of different crimes and were serving sentences of various lengths from different facilities. That should not be big news. It happens everywhere all the time. It is...

Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 12:48 AM

As long as there are people, there will be money in agriculture

All the people who matter in agriculture – heads of state and government, ministers of agriculture, heads of international organisations, scientists, financiers, and so on–were in Kigali last week to talk about how to make agriculture profitable. They had been brought together by the...

Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 12:09 AM

FOCAC should mark real change in Africa’s relations with foreign partners

Africa is very attractive once again, especially to foreigners.  Some of the world’s most influential leaders, huge delegations of business people in tow, have come calling lately, and in quick succession. In July President Xi Jinping of China was visiting. It was his fourth visit in...

Monday, September 3, 2018, 11:12 PM

Beware when strangers create your saints

Story telling is a uniquely human trait. We tell stories all the time – for amusement, information, education, or persuasion to a particular world view. Whatever its purpose or complexity, the story has the same basic elements, of plot, hero and moral. Some story types stress one or the...

Monday, August 27, 2018, 10:26 PM

Rwanda finds sporting niche in cycling

Samuel Mugisha, a twenty-year old Rwandan won the Tour du Rwanda cycling championship that ended on Sunday. He follows a growing list of Rwandan winners of the event going back to 2014. The other winners are Joseph Areruya, Adrien Niyonshuti, Valens Ndayisenga and Jean Bosco Nsengimana. In a way...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 12:27 AM

Please Sir, some more history of Rwanda

It is not usual for young people to demand that the history of their country be at the centre of the history curriculum. They would probably press for a more fun oriented inclusion instead. Yet this is what a young Rwandan student did at the closing of Itorero for students studying here and abroad...

Tuesday, August 7, 2018, 11:20 PM

BRICS offer stability in global system

Leaders of the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) ended their summit in Johannesburg, South Africa on Friday last week. The summit had more significance than usual, given the current global economic environment. First, they stepped to the front and showed they were...

Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 1:15 AM

Good news: African leaders are showing more urgency

There seems to be greater urgency among African leaders to raise the level of cooperation across the continent than there has ever been. Everywhere one looks there is a flurry of bilateral and continent-wide activity to make deals, sign agreements or implement existing ones. Africa finally seems...

Monday, July 23, 2018, 10:44 PM

Lesson from Thai boys’ rescue: we can still be human even in this age

It is a week since the twelve boys of a Thai football team and their coach were rescued from flooded caves where they had been trapped for more than two weeks. Since then, the world’s attention has shifted to other events and those who crave it, perhaps because it bestows on them worth that...

Tuesday, July 17, 2018, 1:27 AM

Rare good news from the Horn of Africa

It is rare that good news from Africa gets widely reported. It is even more unusual for that to come from the Horn of Africa. Usually what we get from there are stories about war, famine and other disasters, pirates and terrorists. But occasionally there is an exception. One such rare occasion was...

Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 12:42 AM

2018 World Cup: Thrills and shocks in Russia

Human beings love a good contest. It is good when it is fair. Everyone is satisfied, no one grumbles. It is even better if there is some controversy for then it raises very passionate debate. Best of all is if it is tight, closely fought, bringing out all the skills and emotions of the combatants...

Tuesday, July 3, 2018, 1:52 AM

Northern Corridor Summits resume, but can momentum be regained?

On Tuesday June 26, the Northern Corridor Integration Projects (NCIP) Summit was held in Nairobi after a two-year break. In its early years, the summit was such a regular event and matters concerning various projects it initiated were always in the news. In the time the summit has not been held,...

Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 10:27 PM

People will do anything to save their souls. Do same for the planet

Humankind has been concerned about the future of the earth from the time we inhabited it. But the danger that the earth could come to an end or become so changed that it would not support human life was always a very distant thought. Even the apocalypse predicted in religious teaching was never...

Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 12:43 AM

Why everyone loves talking about Rwanda

Rwanda is rarely out of the news these days. Most times it is for good reasons even if the motive for being there is usually ill-intentioned. We have to get used to it. It comes with doing things that attract attention, admiration or envy. It has not always been like this. For a long time, this...

Tuesday, June 5, 2018, 5:00 AM

Of paradise, eternal life and Rwanda’s future

Thoughts about the future of our world are never far from the mind, especially in these times of climate change and fast changing new technologies. I was reminded of this recently by two rather unrelated remarks. One was a tweet posted during the Transform Africa Summit in Kigali in April. The...

Tuesday, May 29, 2018, 5:56 AM

Decolonising the mind as necessary as ever

A little over thirty years ago, renowned Kenyan writer, Ngugi wa Thiongo, published a collection of essays entitled: Decolonising the Mind: the Politics of Language in African Literature. It was an important collection in which he examined the negative impact of the use of colonial languages on...

Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 1:27 AM

It is floods now, but we shouldn’t forget drought might follow

This wet season, Rwanda has received the most amount of rain in 36 years, according to environment minister, Dr Vincent Biruta, and it shows. There have been more floods than in the recent past. Roads have been cut off by landslides, houses destroyed and deaths have occurred (more than 200 since...

Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 12:02 AM

New face of labour

Today we mark International Labour Day to honour the men and women whose work makes our lives worth living. The celebration comes with a bonus of a public holiday, and so you are probably reading this from the comfort of your home. We mark the day, not in praise of labour as purely physical...

Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 1:24 AM

In Rwanda education, science and technology are the new drivers of pan-Africanism

African politicians and intellectuals used to talk passionately about pan-Africanism. You hardly hear the word now, except among a small group dedicated to keep it alive. That, of course, does not mean that the idea is dead. Far from it. It is actually alive and well and flourishing in Rwanda. You...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 12:44 AM

These things matter in public service: Trust, accountability, integrity

There has been a spate of sackings and resignations at various levels of local government across the country in the last few years. These had become regular and rather ‘normal’ and were beginning to attract less attention. More recently, however, there have been sackings of top level...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 2:18 AM