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

Dangerous trend: Weddings turn into big business and celebrity spectacle

There is a season for everything, and a time for every event under heaven (Ecclesiastes 3:1). In Rwanda, the wedding season is here. There are periods when marriage is unthinkable. These include the Genocide commemoration, lent for mainstream Christian churches, and advent for Catholics when...

Tuesday, June 13, 2017, 12:00 AM

Plea to Trump: return to spirit of handshake symbol of US aid

World opinion has been unanimous about President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Accord on climate change. Statements like these, expressing the effect of his decision, have been heard: America relinquishes its leadership of the world; US turns its back...

Tuesday, June 6, 2017, 12:00 AM

Want to know Rwandans think? Visit social media, listen to radio

Our neighbours in East Africa have a strange perception of Rwandans. They think we are a quiet lot. We never publicly say what is in our hearts or on our minds. We are not excitable and so do not give loud and passionate vent to our emotions. We are going to hear a lot of this in the coming days...

Tuesday, May 30, 2017, 12:00 AM

Why extreme nationalism must not be allowed to take hold

A few months ago stories had begun to circulate about the imminent demise of globalisation and the liberal world order of the last seventy years. Obituaries were already being written. The slayer was a monster variously called nationalism or populism. For proof of the end of this order, the death...

Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 12:00 AM

Even 'dull' things like development need smart branding

In the last two weeks, Kigali was host to three important events that seek to shape Africa’s future and its place in the world. The first was a retreat of the Peace and Security Commission (PSC) of the African Union. Looking at the seemingly intractable conflicts in parts of Africa,...

Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 12:00 AM

Labour Day: Celebrating mindset shift and nation building

Yesterday was International Labour Day and a public holiday. For most people this last bit is the more significant aspect of the day. It is simply a day off from work when you can pretty much do as you please. You can sleep without feeling guilty about it, and when you get up, can laze around or...

Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 12:00 AM

Need to keep quality even as varsities expand

The last twenty years or so have seen a huge expansion in higher education across Africa. More universities, both public and private, and offering more courses, have been established. Student enrolment is at an all time high. This is certainly true in Rwanda. There are obviously good reasons for...

Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 12:00 AM

Thoughts on Easter, second coming and state of the world

On Sunday, Christians around the world celebrated Easter, the resurrection of Christ. They thronged houses of worship to mark the event. Rwandans did too as they have done for over a century now. As they celebrate this landmark event in the life of Christianity, they also look to the second coming...

Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 12:00 AM

Kwibuka and Rwanda’s story a rebuke to forces of darkness

Commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsi is always a period filled with poignant memories, strong emotions and deep reflection – about the senseless loss of human life and the barbarity that caused it, but also fortitude and the resolve to create a better future. Every year this...

Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 12:00 AM

Trump alone not to blame for anti-migrant hysteria

Immigration is a word frequently in the news these days. Migrants, whether they are refugees or people in search of a better life, are unwanted in many places, especially by conservatives and racists in Europe and America. American President Donald Trump has been the loudest and most powerful anti...

Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 12:00 AM

No one should go hungry. There's no excuse

East Africa has been hit by prolonged drought in the last few years, with grave consequences for the region. For instance, pastoralists in northern Kenya have invaded privately-owned ranches in search of water and pasture for their animals. This has created conflict between pastoralists desperate...

Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 12:00 AM

Is East African integration slowing down?

The question of the spirit and pace of East African integration was prominent at the just ended sitting of the East African Legislative Assembly in Kigali. The members were clearly exasperated by what they considered starvation of funds to the Community by partner states which had severely crippled...

Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 12:00 AM

The state as catalyst in doing business

The Economist recently ran two articles on Rwanda’s development that drew attention to the role of the investment firm, Crystal Ventures Ltd, in the economic life of the country. The focus was not so much on the firm itself as much as its association with the Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF)....

Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 12:00 AM

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