Rwandans very satisfied with their governance

What is the state of governance in Rwanda today? The short answer is it’s good and effective. You may ask: how do you make that assessment? There are various measuring tools and citizens’ feedback. But first, an understanding of what governance is. Any time a group of people come...

Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 12:00 AM

Rwanda, Uganda the neighbours with different tales

It has been a case of two tales of events in Rwanda and Uganda the last few days. First, it was the ministers of foreign affairs of the two countries hosting diplomats accredited to each country in very contrasting fashion.  Then three days ago it was the markedly different response by the...

Tuesday, May 28, 2019, 12:00 AM

From Rwanda with hope: Africa’s transformation really happening

The latest Transform Africa Summit (TAS) was held in Kigali last week. It ended on Friday. Delegates have gone back home. Life will return to normal, until the next one in Conakry, Guinea. Not quite. This was not just another conference on the busy international circuit where delegates are already...

Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 12:00 AM

Kagame to leaders, businesspeople: be bold, seize chances, make a difference

You may fault President Paul Kagame for many things, but detachment or distance from citizens cannot be one of them. He is closer to the people than most leaders I know. Few tour their countries as regularly as he does his, to meet citizens and discuss with them matters of development, experience...

Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 12:00 AM

Rwanda has emerged from darkness, literally

Visitors coming to Rwanda for the first time go away with an impression of the country different from what they came with. They find a country unrecognisable from what they have been told about, read or imagined. On arrival, they are met with quiet efficiency. When they move into Kigali, they...

Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 12:16 AM

Where Easter and Rwanda’s history meet

On Sunday April 21, Christians celebrated Easter, the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the founding of their faith. The churches fill to overflowing because even the not-so-regular church goers turn up. That’s how significant it is in Christian life. It is also a celebration of victory of...

Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 12:00 AM

Kwibuka 25: Why it’s crucial to stop assault on memory

A group of young men assaulted a young woman in Musanze because she looked like a Tutsi. A husband killed his wife because she had gone to attend a genocide commemoration event. These are only two of a number of criminal cases linked to the Genocide against the Tutsi. There have been others, and a...

Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 12:00 AM

Why Rwandans can sleep easy: they have a statesman as leader

Individuals have problems in relations with others. It is the same with states. This is almost inevitable where there are conflicting ideas, positions or interests as there will be in any human society. And so it is almost self-deception to imagine that they do not exist or cannot happen. What...

Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 12:56 AM

Kwibuka25: the spirit of Rwandans lives on

  Whether you like them or not, there is something you have to admire about Rwandans. It is their spirit: strong and courageous in the face of enormous odds; irrepressible, resilient and unbreakable even under the severest strain; forgiving, not vindictive or vengeful; firmly set on the...

Sunday, April 7, 2019, 2:09 AM

There is a silver lining in blockade of Rwanda

It has been said that necessity is the mother of invention. It is an obvious saying, perhaps, and maybe even cliché, but nonetheless profound. It is during the most difficult situations that human beings are at their most ingenious best.  If proof were needed of this, the current spat between...

Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 12:00 AM

Dear The Economist, enough with your prophecies of doom

The Economist on March 28, ran an article on Rwanda that appeared to be appropriate at this time when Rwandans mark the 25th anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsi. The article -: Rwanda: 25 years after the genocide, how well has Rwanda healed? suggested that it was going to be an objective...

Friday, March 29, 2019, 1:21 AM

Genocide: What is behind the change of tone in French media?

Nearly three weeks from today, we will be commemorating the Genocide against the Tutsi. It will be twenty five years since the unspeakable horror of 1994. That is a generation, but for many the time appears much shorter than that. As a nation, we are still grappling with some of its effects, among...

Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 12:00 AM

Kagame offers Museveni way to put Rwanda, Uganda ties back on track

Relations between Rwanda and Uganda have soured in the last few years. The reasons for this are known, although some refuse to acknowledge them. In the past few days, rumours, disinformation and outright lies have made the situation even worse. We have also been hearing belligerent noises...

Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 12:00 AM

In Rwanda the future is today

Some of us grew up reading and enjoying science fiction. We read H.G Wells’ The Time Machine and War of the Worlds, Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, Jules Verne’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth and Two Thousand Leagues under the Sea, Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, and...

Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 12:23 AM

Time for Africa’s citizens to drive AU reforms

There is something disturbing about African intellectuals and commentators on public issues. They love criticising everything. It is, of course, important and necessary to be critical and point out wrong and propose workable alternatives, or even advise caution as long as this is done with...

Thursday, February 28, 2019, 12:00 AM

Greater understanding, not anger or posturing will end teen pregnancies

Recent media reports about FAWE-Rwanda’s regulation that terminates the scholarship of girls who get pregnant while still in school triggered a lively public debate on the question of schoolgirl pregnancy. Not surprisingly, FAWE-Rwanda got a lot of stick for what was considered an unjust...

Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 12:00 AM

Why history matters

In a little over a month and a half, Rwandans will be commemorating the Genocide against the Tutsi. Though it really doesn’t bear thinking about, the period is important in the history of Rwanda. It is a time to remember the victims of the genocide and express solidarity with the survivors...

Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 12:00 AM

Why true greatness is shared

For the past week or so, Rwandans have been basking in the glory of our nation’s heroes. With good reason. Heroes give us, ordinary folk with no claim to any distinction, which is most of us, a feeling of collective pride and worth. It is as if their heroic actions were ours too - which in a...

Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 12:00 AM

Church and state signal a new relationship

The Catholic Archdiocese of Kigali has a new head. The Most Reverend Antoine Kambanda was installed as Archbishop at a colourful ceremony on Sunday, January 27 at Amahoro National Stadium. The Church could not have selected a better person for the office, one uniquely suited to its pastoral and...

Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 12:30 AM

Long wait for stability goes on as DRC stumbles along

No other country in Africa has had its name change as many times as the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It has at various times been the Congo Free State, Congo Leopoldville, Congo Kinshasa, Zaire and now DRC. Most of this time has been one of long misrule and there does not seem to be an end...

Monday, January 21, 2019, 10:43 PM

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