Make Christmas message of peace, joy and goodwill real to more of God’s people

Yesterday was Christmas Day when the world celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Christians filled churches to overflowing. Some of them were last in the hallowed places the same time last year. Many more were unable to attend the religious festivities because they had spent the previous night...

Tuesday, December 26, 2017, 12:00 AM

Market Made-in-Rwanda, please

“Why do we burden our President with all manner of problems, even those we can solve ourselves?” a friend asked last week. He was referring to President Paul Kagame’s comments about a factory that makes building materials here in Rwanda that many did not know about. The President...

Tuesday, December 19, 2017, 12:00 AM

Do your duty, plight of migrants tells African governments

Africa has made progress in more ways than social and economic indicators show. A lot of this has to do with how we think of and look at ourselves. We have, for instance, abandoned certain habits and attitudes that seemed to hold us back. But others linger and we seem unable to shake them off....

Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 12:00 AM

Mugabe is gone but not his deeds

It is now over one week since President Robert Mugabe resigned as president of Zimbabwe. A lot has been said about him since and for most of his time as leader of his country, most of it negative. But was he such a terrible man that we can find nothing good to say about him? I am reminded of the...

Thursday, November 30, 2017, 12:00 AM

Rwanda to the world: All people have right to dignity

It is not often that world media report positive news coming out of Africa. But sometimes positive things happen and cannot simply be ignored because of their potential impact and must therefore be reported. Most times, however, the news paints a picture of utter pessimism. It is about the horrors...

Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 12:00 AM

Strange times when excellence is a problem

When you get to a certain age, you are likely to do certain things that were unthinkable at a younger age. For example, you begin to reminisce a great deal and make comparisons of different periods and draw analogies from them quite a lot. Some say that is evidence of the wisdom that comes with...

Tuesday, November 21, 2017, 12:00 AM

African solutions to African problems must show results

We can all remember the justified indignation that led Africans to call for African solutions to African problems. It was in response to foreigners dictating solutions that often did not work. And they did not work for a number of reasons. Such foreign-generated solutions were usually dictated by...

Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 12:00 AM

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

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