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

Advice to Museveni’s palace: beware of the danger of obsession in state relations

For the last several years Rwanda and President Paul Kagame have been on the lips of most Ugandans, from the greatest to the lowest. They are in every media outlet, from obscure websites, many of them sponsored by various government and security agencies, to mainstream newspapers, radio and...

Thursday, June 6, 2019, 12:00 AM

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

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