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

Be wary when villains want to be angels

You get a lot advice and warning when growing up. At home and school, you are warned against things that may harm you. The warning is usually given as a list of things not to do or boundaries not to cross, which if you don’t heed will often attract punishment. Religion gives more warnings...

Wednesday, September 4, 2019, 12:00 AM

Rwanda’s youth sum up mission on progress in three words: disrupt to build

On August 14, young people from across the country met President Paul Kagame and had conversation with him about the country and the world and their role in it. The meeting popularly known as Meet the President has become a regular and much anticipated annual event because of what is discussed...

Wednesday, August 28, 2019, 12:00 AM

Fear of power of example, the reason behind Rwanda’s latest bashing in Western media

Have you heard of the Resident Presidents? It is a two-man satirical act, starring Olushambles and Kibarkingmad, commenting on events in Africa on BBC radio’s Focus on Africa. The two men came to mind when I read two articles, one in The Atlantic and another in The Financial Times. I...

Tuesday, August 20, 2019, 12:00 AM

Rwanda to the world: every person has right to dignity and a home

As a portion of history, twenty-five years is a very short time. In Rwanda, however, the last quarter century has been long enough to transform the country and make it almost unrecognisable from its past. I am not talking about economic transformation. That is visible. Everyone can see that....

Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 12:00 AM

Rwanda-Uganda relations: You can obscure facts but you can’t change them

Thirty odd years ago I used to follow keenly the speeches of a young rebel turned president. I was not the only one. Many others were fascinated by him. He was not the usual type of rebel – rough and intimidating. Yes, he had come to power through force of arms, but he was also ready to...

Tuesday, August 6, 2019, 12:00 AM

African media has duty to break the reliance on outside sources

My brief sojourn in Egypt ended two days ago. I am back in these milder climes. It has been baking hot out there, but much better compared with farther north across the Mediterranean. There it was roasting. And in the middle of the heat wave, nature did her thing: brought down rain and hailstone...

Tuesday, July 30, 2019, 12:00 AM

For new Egypt it is quick march forward and eyes south

Everyone knows about Egypt, even if many may not be able to place it on the map. Most have learnt its history and geography in school, starting as early as primary school. They learn about it as the land of the Pharaohs and Mummies, pyramids and the Sphinx. Others have come to know about it from...

Tuesday, July 23, 2019, 12:00 AM

Are new partnerships a sign of fresh direction in Africa’s relations?

For well over a quarter century and on and off for much longer, Africa’s big countries have been absent from an active role on the continental scene and dealing with its problems. They prefer to leave it to others, and some of the not-so-powerful ones have stepped up to fill that role. It...

Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 12:00 AM

Rwandans are at their most patriotic ever

“Had we ever truly been united at any point in our history?” President Paul Kagame asked Rwandans on July 4 in his Liberation Day speech. No answer was necessary. As he spoke, it was evident that the unity of the nation had never been stronger. He could very well have asked: “...

Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 12:00 AM

Why the RPF has delivered on the promise of liberation

July 4 is Liberation Day in Rwanda. This year it has added significance. It is 25 years since the country was freed from bad governance and a genocidal regime. This quarter century has been one of stability (the last 20 years), prosperity and transformation. It is safe to say that when Rwandans...

Thursday, July 4, 2019, 12:00 AM

Celebrating Rwanda’s transformation

It is usual, almost mandatory, for people to celebrate an anniversary. An anniversary marks a key milestone in the life of an individual, group, or nation and as such is an important reference point from that past with an influence on the future. Often, it is not so much the event so many years...

Tuesday, June 25, 2019, 12:00 AM

Backward-looking leaders can be dangerous

East African presidents provide an interesting subject for a study in contrasting personal and governance styles. One of them has gone missing from public view for four years and so cannot be adequately studied. Still, he occasionally comes up with some very interesting, if outlandish, proposals...

Thursday, June 20, 2019, 12:00 AM

Protests seem only route to democracy, but should they?

Protests, especially peaceful ones, have always been a potent political weapon. But in Africa, in the decades following independence from colonial rule, they all but disappeared. They are now making a big comeback. They made their return at the beginning of this decade in Tunisia and Egypt where...

Tuesday, June 11, 2019, 12:00 AM

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