The flogged also have rights

In the past wrong doers of all sorts were punished by flogging. Even today, it is still a form of punishment in some countries. Sometimes the person being flogged was not always guilty of the alleged offence. Or the offence may have been simply because he dared say or do anything contrary to...

Tuesday, March 23, 2010, 12:00 AM

The small hero with a giant reach also needs praise songs

In the popular imagination, the development of a country is measured in terms of a few highly visible landmarks. These include a skyline of gleaming high rise buildings and cars that clog the roads and make it dificult for anyone to get anywhere. They may also include such other things as cavernous...

Tuesday, March 16, 2010, 12:00 AM

Why we love rumours

We can sleep soundly secure in the knowledge that no harm will come to us in the dark of night. We can go about our lawful business in the assurance that our endeavour will be allowed to bear fruit. No person or group of persons will be permitted to disturb our peace and enterprise. This is the...

Tuesday, March 9, 2010, 12:00 AM

Female power extends to the boardroom

A week today we will be celebrating International Women’s day. The whole world will be marking advances women have made . It does not seem to make sense that in the twenty-first century we should be celebrating what is so obvious that it is taken for granted. It has not always been like this. There...

Tuesday, March 2, 2010, 12:00 AM

Saints vs secular stars – who will win?

Names continue to fascinate me. But it seems I am not alone.The parish priest of St Michael Cathedral Parish in Kigali also has a thing for names. Our reasons, however, are different. My interest stems from some undefined curiosity, while that of the parish priest goes to the heart of his...

Tuesday, February 23, 2010, 12:00 AM

When retreats are the fashion and results outmoded.

This is the season of retreats. Government officials as well as those from other organisations retreat from their usual work stations and head for some far away place, usually a lakeside resort hotel in order to grapple with the challenges of their organisations. Once there, they shut themselves...

Monday, February 15, 2010, 12:00 AM

When the glitter of Caesar’s things blinds even the church

Bishop Kizito Bahujimihigo resigned his diocesan seat last week reportedly due to massive debts his diocese owed. This is the first time we are seeing a senior cleric resign because of an alleged mistake . This would mean acceptance of moral responsibility for a wrong done on his watch. The...

Tuesday, February 9, 2010, 12:00 AM

Students’ plight exposes holes in varsity admissions

The news on education last week was dominated by two events - one exciting, the other unpleasant. The first was the selection of students to join secondary school in Form 1 and Form 4. The second was the decision by Rwanda’s public universities to discontinue first year students who had no...

Tuesday, January 26, 2010, 12:00 AM

Recognising success– Imbuto shows how to do it

There was a time when First Ladies’ roles were predictable. The First Lady was the hostess who stood at her husband’s side at state receptions, or accompanied him to official functions and stood primly by his side and smiled for the cameras. And sure enough the evening TV news would carry the...

Tuesday, January 19, 2010, 12:00 AM

Lessons for us from the icy north

Ask anyone what they think of Rwanda and Rwandans and you are likely to hear a long list of positive attributes. You will hear things like: very hard-working, incredibly brave, extra-ordinarily efficient, singularly focussed, very innovative, outstanding achievers, remarkably resilient, and many...

Wednesday, January 13, 2010, 12:00 AM

The gospel can get you rich

What about this for a new year’s thought – prosperity gospel? Yes, preaching to people so that they can be rich. I don’t mean the usual exhortations by politicians at political rallies. Those are uninspiring. Nor do I mean the EDPRS, although I know that this readily drops from the lips of...

Tuesday, January 5, 2010, 12:00 AM

We need some drama -occasionally

Most weeks, our news scene is not very exciting. There is little controversy or scandal to liven debate  and spice conversation. We do not have celebrities around whom people hover over like flies on a rotting carcase and whose indescretions they jump at with so much glee. This does not mean...

Wednesday, December 30, 2009, 12:00 AM

Gay rights:when perversion turned to orientation

The New Times reported on Wednesday December 23 that the parliamentary committe on poitical affairs had recommeneded the removal of homosexuality from the penal code. One would have expected an avalanche of protests from anti-gay groups. None has come. The proposal will probably go without much...

Tuesday, December 29, 2009, 12:00 AM

What’s in a name?

There is a new political party in Rwanda which seems to have trouble with names. It was born in a ontroversy about its name, and has since courted more controversy. Its founders wanted to register it as PSI. But another, more respectable and useful organisation protested that they already had...

Tuesday, December 22, 2009, 12:00 AM

We can expect little from Copenhagen

Should we pin our hopes on The Copenhagen climate meeting finding a solution to the threat posed by global warming? It is unlikely if the way the world has dealt with similar threats in the past is anything to go by. In the second half of the twentieth century, the threat to the world was nuclear...

Tuesday, December 15, 2009, 12:00 AM

We need some drama -occasionally

Most weeks, our news scene is not very exciting. There is little controversy or scandal to liven debate  and spice conversation. We do not have celebrities around whom people hover over like flies on a rotting carcase and whose indescretions they jump at with so much glee. This does not mean...

Tuesday, December 8, 2009, 12:00 AM

When words lead to doing nothing

George Orwell wrote an essay in 1946 in which he lamented the decline of the English Language. He put the blame on politicians, accusing them of insincerity, vagueness, incompetence and being non-commital. In the essay, “Politics and the English Language”, Orwell argued that the modern written...

Tuesday, December 1, 2009, 12:00 AM

Don’t throw away the gem in immigrants

Nearly two years ago the world witnessed horrific images of murder and arson on a horrendous scale. We saw pictures of grim-looking, matchete-wielding young men roaming the dusty streets of shanty towns of South Africa hunting for foreign-looking Africans to hack to death. They dragged their...

Tuesday, November 24, 2009, 12:00 AM

Let deed and word be in the same breath

“Rwanda Tourism Board scoops top award in London”, various media reported early last week. They were talking about the board’s win at this year’s World Travel Market, reportedly the premier global travel event for the travel and tourism industry. This sort of news has become familiar. Every time...

Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 12:00 AM

China in Africa: Western fears, African Hopes

The second China-Africa summit has just ended in Sharm EL Sheik in Egypt. The first summit was held in Beijing in 2006. In between several high level meetings between African and Chinese leaders have been held in Africa and China. On  November 15, a week after the opening of the just ended...

Wednesday, November 11, 2009, 12:00 AM

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