What reforms say about politics in East Africa

If anyone asked East Africans, especially Kenyans and Ugandans, what the most frequently used word in their politics is, they would probably get this answer: reform. The continuing election saga in Kenya has kept the word on everyone’s lips. The clamour for reform is not a new thing. It has...

Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 12:00 AM

When sport spells openness and progress

Some people look at Rwanda today and forget that it was not always like this. The country is rarely out of the news. It is hailed for remarkable achievements but at the same time vilified for the same. It is pointed out as a worthy model but dismissed as a doomed experiment to be avoided. It has...

Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 12:00 AM

Politics, not human rights, behind HRW agenda in Rwanda

It seems Human Rights Watch (HRW) and its Executive Director for life, Ken Roth, can never be at ease unless they have some nasty thing to say about Rwanda and its leadership. If need be, which has been the case for over two decades now, they will invent that nastiness and pass it off as truth...

Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 12:00 AM

Why are Africans absent from Nobel Prize winners?

The Nobel Prize season has just ended and we know the winners of the prize in physics, chemistry, medicine, economics, literature and peace for 2017. Around this time of the year, the Nobel Prize Committee selects some of the best brains in the above fields for recognition, usually for pioneering...

Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 12:00 AM

Bow to teachers: they are next to saints

October 5 is International Teachers’ Day, that one time a year when we celebrate the role of teachers in transforming the lives of successive generations of young people across the world. Rwandan teachers have marked this day for quite some time now, and last Thursday they did so again. I am...

Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 12:00 AM

Rwanda moving to decent housing for all

Some things just don’t make sense. You have several events happening almost at the same time, all about the same country, but they appear so different that they may well be about two unrelated places. Take these three cases, for instance. Last month’s umuganda was a special one. It...

Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 12:00 AM

Plea to politicians: don’t cross the thin line between political drama and human tragedy

It is often said that life is like a drama in which we each have a role and part to play. In life’s theatre, none loves to play their part than politicians. They are expert at creating drama, even when no one really wants to watch. One problem, though, they cannot decide whether they want to...

Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 12:00 AM

Here is a test: truth or balance, which is greater?

There is an impression in our region that the media in Rwanda is rather docile and boring because it does not permit feisty, robust and noisy debate on a variety of issues. This is, of course, a false notion, and those who hold it do not know what has been going on especially in tweeter sphere and...

Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 12:00 AM

Attacks on Kagame: When repetition doesn't make perfect

Why do some people keep doing the same thing and getting the same wrong results? It is baffling, yet it happens quite often. Any intelligent person will realise that something isn’t quite right and change course. The foolish will go on doing the same thing, expecting different results....

Tuesday, September 5, 2017, 12:00 AM

Why cultural revival is also national renewal

Rwanda has been rebuilding itself over the last two decades and doing a very good job of it. On this everyone is agreed, even those who feel great pain that this is happening. People may disagree about the methods of rebuilding, or may not like, even loathe, the person behind it, but the fact of...

Tuesday, August 29, 2017, 12:00 AM

Lessons from Kagame's election and inauguration

It was an inauguration ceremony like no other, everybody was saying, with lessons for Rwandans and fellow Africans. They were referring to last Friday’s swearing in of President Paul Kagame for another term. A friend made this observation: The African Union Summit might well convene now and...

Tuesday, August 22, 2017, 12:00 AM

An ordinary man's random thoughts on democracy

The general election in Kenya has ended and the people’s verdict announced. But as has become the practice in some parts of East Africa, the losers have rejected that verdict. The reason for the rejection is also the usual – the vote was stolen. What is likely to follow is also...

Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 12:00 AM

When Rwandans rebuked detractors

The election is over and Rwandans have spoken in the most unequivocal way. Last Friday, August 4, they chose their president in a landslide vote. President Paul Kagame has been re-elected as predicted even by those who do not like him. His re-election, while never in doubt, was not taken for...

Tuesday, August 8, 2017, 12:00 AM

Rwandans set to party as others obsess with succession. No need to worry

In a few days Rwandans go to the polls and are sure to re-elect Paul Kagame as president. On the night of 4th when provisional results become known (that’s how efficient the electoral system is) the party will begin and go on throughout the weekend. Everybody will be dancing to the tune of...

Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 12:00 AM

Why Rwandans get a lot of stick for doing right

No two realities of the same country can be more markedly different. One is the reality lived by Rwandans over the last two decades. It is a visible and measurable reality of the progress they have made. Statistics that measure it abound, collected, not only by Rwandans, but also by neutral and...

Thursday, July 27, 2017, 12:00 AM

Rwandans celebrate decades of gains at campaign rallies

It is once again election time. Rwandans go to the polls on August 4 to elect their president for the next seven years. In this country that means celebration; it is party time. There is a splash of colour everywhere, at rallies, along the roads, on vehicles and every imaginable place. Crowds, in...

Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 12:00 AM

Rwandans ready to show gratitude for journey travelled

A week ago today, we celebrated Liberation Day. On such day, we thank the many young men and women who made enormous sacrifices to free this country and save it from destruction. We also pay tribute to the many thousands of Rwandan patriots, many of whom were barely able to get by, who gave all...

Tuesday, July 11, 2017, 12:00 AM

Liberation and independence finally mean same thing

July is a special month in the history of our country. We mark both the independence and celebrate the liberation of Rwanda. That sounds strange – marking separately two events that should really be one. But that is our unique history. On July 1 1962 Rwanda got formal independence from...

Tuesday, July 4, 2017, 12:00 AM

Rwanda is a youthful nation and that’s a good thing

President Paul Kagame gave an interview on a wide range of issues on Sunday 25 July at RBA. One of the questions he was asked was about the largely youthful leadership at every level and across different sectors in the country and what impact they have. His answer: It is a reflection of the...

Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 12:00 AM

RPF is what’s in our heads and hearts. That’s why it’s unbeatable

It is election time in Rwanda once again. In a little over one month, Rwandans will elect their president for the next seven years. Elections are now a regular occurrence and have become a normal feature of life, and have lost some of their wild excitement. Still, they remain competitive, even if...

Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 12:00 AM

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