In Rwanda the state is shepherd and everyone the other’s keeper

I don’t read the bible every day, and so I am not the sort to quote chapter and verse at every turn in a conversation. But I know it enough to have some favourite parts, courtesy of six years of my youth reading sections of it and listening to sermons based on them daily, and every Sunday for...

Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 1:00 AM

Response to COVID-19: Don’t panic, just learn new ways

On Saturday, March 13, Rwanda confirmed the first case of COVID-19 infection in the country. It was the most unwelcome news, although not unexpected. It came a few days after the World Health Organisation (WHO) had declared it a global pandemic and two and a half months  since its...

Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 12:00 AM

Male insecurity another barrier to women’s empowerment

On Sunday, March 8, we marked the International Women’s Day as we have done for many decades. In the past, there would be an impressive parade, speeches and a big feast to celebrate the day. Important women (and men) would come to the event, tout their achievements in the struggle for...

Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 12:00 AM

To repeat or not to repeat is not the question

The recent National Leadership Retreat adopted a number of resolutions on education. One of them seems to have caught the public’s attention more than the others. It went something like this: no more automatic promotion in schools; pupils who don’t make the grade must repeat the...

Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 12:00 AM

Baby Joanna Imanirakiza has rights too and so did Mageza and hundreds of others

Some things are supposed to be straightforward. But many are not, perhaps deliberately so, or as evidence of our tendency to complicate matters, or pass them off as what they are not, like clothing base motives in virtuous garb. Take the case of human rights. They are so clear there cannot be...

Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 12:00 AM

FEATURED: Govt invests heavily in STEM education in Rwandan schools

Ask any Rwandan, even in the remotest place, what this country’s education priorities are and you are likely to get one of these: ICT, science, girls’ education. All are correct. Rwanda has given the teaching and learning of Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) a...

Thursday, February 13, 2020, 8:14 PM

Month when history and technology met and showed how future looks like

This February has been an eventful month so far. It began fittingly with a celebration of our national heroes, those incomparable Rwandans who gave their all so that we can witness the wonders around us today. The other remarkable events that followed were therefore proof that their heroism was...

Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 12:00 AM

FEATURED: Better teachers, more schools, new curriculum: Rwanda’s education looks bright

No other sector gets as much public scrutiny as education does. With good reason: it affects every individual, each household, community and the whole country in a very direct, immediate and personal way. When things are going well, everyone is happy. No one comments on that. However, when they...

Sunday, February 9, 2020, 11:11 PM

Seeing history as a story will make it more attractive and meaningful

On Saturday, February 1, I joined fellow residents in my Mudugudu (village) to mark Heroes Day. As was the case across the country, the celebrations involved reflection on our national heroes and what they mean to us today. This was done through discussion led by a person with a good knowledge of...

Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 12:11 AM

Why we need heroes

Today is Heroes Day in this country. We honour and celebrate our national heroes for their vision and patriotism, their acts of courage, selflessness, and sacrifice. There will be the usual ceremony where President Paul Kagame, and representatives of diplomats and families of those we honour...

Saturday, February 1, 2020, 3:05 AM

There is a hand in DR Congo affairs; not Rwanda and not that invisible

It is very clear certain interests do not want to see peace and stability return to eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  They are conspiring to scuttle ongoing efforts by DRC to make the region safe and secure for its citizens and neighbouring countries. This is not exactly new. It...

Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 12:00 AM

Defeating locusts: Hit them with same force usually reserved for riots, protests

Locusts are here – not in Rwanda, not yet anyway. They are in the neighbourhood. Their presence alone should be enough warning. But just in case we haven’t got it, the government has told us to be on our watch. And so we should. They are an unimaginable pestilence. Over the last...

Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 12:18 AM

It takes more than a gesture to create goodwill

As good religious people, we are enjoined to love our neighbours, even if sometimes it is not as we love ourselves. We laugh with them when they are happy, cry together when sad; admonish them when they do the most stupid thing, or laud them for some great stuff they have done.  We wring...

Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 12:00 AM

African woes won’t be ended by a butcher’s knife, even if wielded by an academic

Professor Makau Mutua, the US-based Kenyan academic, somehow finds the opportunity to say the most outrageous things, especially as regards Africa. He was at it again as 2019 came to a close. He suggested in a tweet that Somalia is beyond reclamation and so should be carved up and its different...

Tuesday, January 7, 2020, 12:00 AM

Dare to dream about the future and lo and behold! It is already here

Today is end of the year and of the second decade of the third millennium. As always happens, we will look at it with mixed feelings. Some will sigh with relief that this particular year has ended. Others will wish it had not ended so soon. Many more wouldn’t care less.  They will say...

Tuesday, December 31, 2019, 12:00 AM

Be merry this Christmas; there is much to celebrate

It is once again the festive season. Tomorrow we celebrate Christmas. Christians will mark the birth, over two thousand years ago, of Jesus Christ, whom they are taught came into the world to save them from sin and damnation. A week later, all of us will mark the end of the year and beginning of...

Tuesday, December 24, 2019, 12:00 AM

Rwanda won’t fall for diplomacy of delay

Ministerial teams from Rwanda and Uganda last week met in Kampala in talks to resolve issues behind the bad blood between the two countries. The talks were held under the framework of the Luanda Memorandum of Understanding signed by President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and President Yoweri Museveni...

Tuesday, December 17, 2019, 12:00 AM

To lawmakers and public officials: know the constitution before you pass any law

Former Chief Justice Professor Sam Rugege must be leaving the bench a happy and satisfied man. Not because he is retiring, although that is a good enough reason. A rest after decades of dedicated service is surely well-earned. But retirement can also be a daunting prospect. What to do with the...

Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 12:00 AM

AIDS death sentence commuted to life good enough progress

It is not often that news from the health sector is good. Mostly, it is gloomy stuff. It is, for instance, another outbreak of Ebola, and the near-certainty that it will claim thousands of more lives before it is brought under control, a task made enormously difficult by the actions of armed...

Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 12:00 AM

An ordinary citizen’s advice to Ugandan authorities

A few days ago, I accidentally listened to a conversation by a group of people talking about issues in our region. It was really accidental.  I did not eavesdrop; they were loud enough for anybody with good hearing to follow what they were saying. It made very interesting listening. The...

Tuesday, November 26, 2019, 12:42 AM