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

Ugandan media complicit in misinformation against Rwanda

There are things we generally hold to be true because they have either been proved to be fact, or have been passed down as such, or they have always been like that and become conventional wisdom. But, as it usually turns out, the truth or otherwise of many of these things are determined by...

Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 12:00 AM

Fake news won’t distract us; we know its purpose

Rwanda has been on the receiving end of fake news for a long time and that seemed not to matter. It only became important when its creators began to feel its effects. That’s part of what President Paul Kagame told journalists at a news conference in Kigali last Friday, November 8. In the...

Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 12:09 AM

In Rwanda technology and environmental protection happily march in tune

The headlines have not stopped or changed in the last several days. They have all been a variation on this: Rwanda launches electric car in partnership with Volkswagen, the German car maker – the first of its kind in Africa. This has been in reference to the unveiling on October 30 of the...

Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 12:00 AM

Language in education issue goes beyond Kinyarwanda

Matters educational tend to arouse wide public debate. And so they should because they concern everyone, and not just for the present, but for the future of the individual as well as the nation. All manner of people, from experts in various fields and the educated, employed elite to ordinary...

Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 12:00 AM

Africa is our prize to love and cherish; not to give away

Africa is nobody’s prize to win or lose, President Paul Kagame told the World Peace Conference in Marrakesh, Morocco on October 12. His words are a timely reminder to everyone that Africans have their own interests that they must protect. This is especially so at this time when Africa is...

Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 12:00 AM

When pastors and media play God, something is seriously wrong with them

Last week Pastor Gregg Schoof, an American Christian missionary was deported from Rwanda. He had broken the law. He probably did not qualify to be called pastor as he had shown more disdain for his supposed flock than any pastoral care. And missionary? We have enough local pastors and more to...

Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 12:39 AM

From treetop calls to smart phones made in Rwanda

Life without a mobile phone is unimaginable today. The phone is everywhere, even in the remotest corners of this country. It was not always like this. It is barely 20 years ago that it was introduced here. But even then it was accessible to only a few people in government and business. Its reach...

Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 12:14 AM

Another kind of liberation happening in Africa

The headlines said it clearly. Two samples from one set said: Major changes underway in Africa; Africa is undergoing change. This was in reference to a speech President Paul Kagame gave at Columbia University in New York on September 26. Examples from another expressed it this way: Rwanda opens...

Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 12:00 AM

When death is just deserts

Speak no ill of the dead. If you had any intention, better keep mum. Wish them no harm, even if they had done enough evil to earn them eternal damnation. That is the unwritten code of behaviour towards the dead among Rwandans and I suppose most other people. We generally keep to this social...

Tuesday, September 24, 2019, 12:00 AM

Mugabe defiant even after the end

Former president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, died on September 6, 2019. His burial was scheduled for Sunday, September 15. African and world leaders duly gathered in Harare on Saturday 14 to give him a fitting farewell. The funeral service was held but not the burial, which was put off for...

Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 12:00 AM

Xenophobia in South Africa, a case of misdirected anger

South Africans, mainly the poor and unemployed, have been at it again – attacking and killing other Africans living in South Africa, and looting and burning their property. These spells of murder, arson and other acts of violence against African migrants have become depressingly regular....

Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 12:00 AM

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