Rwandan method sure to give good results, even in education

Yesterday hundreds of children reported to school at the beginning of a new school year. For some, it is the first time at school and they are understandably excited. Others have gone one class higher or started another level. They see ahead of them a future of infinite possibilities. Many...

Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 12:00 AM

Military coups are a thing of the past

On Monday, January 6, a group of young military officers in Libreville, Gabon attempted to overthrow the government of President Ali Bongo. The attempt failed. That should not have surprised anybody. It has become increasingly difficult to a stage a coup d’état successfully in Africa. It is...

Thursday, January 10, 2019, 10:01 PM

2019 is jubilee year in Rwanda, make it count

A new year, 2019, is here. Before we know it, it will have ended and a new one come. That is how fast time passes. Or perhaps it is not that but how busy we are with the business of living that we do not notice its passage. Maybe it is a sense of guilt over unfinished business that makes us say...

Tuesday, January 1, 2019, 12:00 AM

2018 was a good year for Rwanda

Today is Christmas Day when Christians around the world mark the birth of Jesus Christ. Everyone, not just Christians, celebrates Christmas and looks forward to the day, at least the holiday and feasting bit. In a way, Christmas has been appropriated by all humankind and become our shared heritage...

Tuesday, December 25, 2018, 12:00 AM

Parents cannot abandon their role in learning of language

This year’s Umushyikirano ended on Friday, December 14.  The next one will be held next December. But even though we know this, and it has been happening for sixteen years now, and indeed for longer than that since it is a very Rwandan forum, Umushyikirano remains a new, fresh and...

Tuesday, December 18, 2018, 12:00 AM

Put out the fire in Burundi or it will spread

When a neighbour’s house catches fire, you rush to put it out. It does not matter whether you had a quarrel the week before. You put that aside and help extinguish the fire first. You can return to the quarrel later, if you must, or better still, resolve it. Even if he has started the fire...

Monday, December 10, 2018, 11:58 PM

Give marine transport value to avoid death on the lake

Boat accidents on Lake Victoria have become alarming for their frequency, the sheer number of lives lost and the fact that they are avoidable. On November 24, the MV Templar capsized on Lake Victoria, barely two hundred metres from shore, killing more than thirty people. An unknown number are...

Monday, December 3, 2018, 10:42 PM

Lack of political will and hypocrisy are the same; they hold Africa back

At the end of the recent extra-ordinary summit of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, President Paul Kagame tweeted out his tribute to his peers for their adoption of reforms that would “transform the capabilities of our institution for years to come”. He added: “Together we...

Monday, November 26, 2018, 8:21 PM

Time for exams to measure whole education system, not students only

It is examinations season for primary and secondary schools. During this time, students will be tested on how much knowledge they have supposedly acquired in the last several years. Those who pass the test will be certified as ready for the next level. The others that don’t will have their...

Monday, November 19, 2018, 11:09 PM

Rwanda has found market for its products, but are our businesses ready to meet the demand?

Rwanda aims to attain high middle income status in the next thirty years. It is an ambitious but achievable goal, going by the current trajectory and policies in place. Several things explain why this is so. One is the doing business reforms within the general framework of economic development...

Monday, November 12, 2018, 11:21 PM

When an outsider got right recipe for Rwanda’s progress

Last week I wrote about what I thought was the secret to Rwanda’s progress. I went on about eyes and minds set on the future, an integrationist, Afro-centric and globalist world view and a few more. That was before I heard the assessment of a non-Rwandan, non-African who lives in another...

Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 12:59 AM

What is Rwanda’s secret to progress?

The just published Mo Ibrahim Governance Index 2018 has ranked Rwanda as the most business-friendly country in Africa, overtaking Mauritius which has always occupied first position. This sort of upward movement has been evident in most sectors in the country in the last quarter century and an...

Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 11:01 PM

President Kagame to Rwandan women: make the numbers count

The place and role of women in society has been a subject of debate for a long time, going back even before their demand for equal suffrage at the turn of the last century. It has, at different times, been about leadership positions in politics and business, their place in academia, equal pay,...

Monday, October 22, 2018, 10:52 PM

With Mushikiwabo at the head of OIF, it won’t be business as usual

The dust has now settled. Passions have cooled. All the noise has died down and calm has returned. It is now time for work, and for the moment, reflection. This is all following the meeting of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) in Armenia at which Louise Mushikiwabo was...

Monday, October 15, 2018, 11:11 PM

Chess, the Rwandan spirit and the future

The New Times tweeted October 5. “Rwandan youngster Joselyne Uwase, 15, wins Woman FIDE Master (WFM) title at the 43rd Chess Olympiad in Batumi, Georgia”. A day later, the paper followed with a report that another youngster, Christelle Uwamahoro, 14, had won the Woman Candidate Master...

Monday, October 8, 2018, 9:54 PM

Today’s prophets and apostles: it is all about power and glory

Abuse is one of the most commonly used words today. We hear abuse of human and animal rights, and those of minorities. The most trending today is sex abuse. What is never mentioned and is perhaps taboo in some quarters, is the abuse of God. If he could complain as loudly as some do or if he had a...

Monday, October 1, 2018, 10:41 PM

UNGA: Business as usual or real plans to change the world?

The United Nations General Assembly is well underway. Every September world leaders descend on New York City for this annual event. It is the only time so many political leaders gather in one city. Sworn enemies and others that would be avoided like the plague, or as we would say in Rwanda, that...

Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 11:15 PM

Forgiveness, the real story in release of prisoners

On September 14 over two thousand convicts received a presidential pardon and got early release from prison. They had been convicted of different crimes and were serving sentences of various lengths from different facilities. That should not be big news. It happens everywhere all the time. It is...

Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 12:48 AM

As long as there are people, there will be money in agriculture

All the people who matter in agriculture – heads of state and government, ministers of agriculture, heads of international organisations, scientists, financiers, and so on–were in Kigali last week to talk about how to make agriculture profitable. They had been brought together by the...

Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 12:09 AM

FOCAC should mark real change in Africa’s relations with foreign partners

Africa is very attractive once again, especially to foreigners.  Some of the world’s most influential leaders, huge delegations of business people in tow, have come calling lately, and in quick succession. In July President Xi Jinping of China was visiting. It was his fourth visit in...

Monday, September 3, 2018, 11:12 PM

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