Kigali's car-free zone: success will depend on good planning

It was a move by City of Kigali authorities to make a few streets within the city’s Central Business District more pedestrian friendly, by keeping the cars away. Yet, the decision by City authorities to turn KN 4 Avenue into a pedestrian street has drawn mixed reactions from some business...

Thursday, August 27, 2015, 12:00 AM

Obama too failed to recognise that Africa is not a homogenous entity

I must admit, it has taken me longer than usual to share my thoughts on a matter as significant as President Barack Obama’s visit to Kenya and Ethiopia last month. And although Obama’s trip can hardly be described as a ‘tour of Africa’ – he visited two out of 54...

Thursday, August 20, 2015, 12:00 AM

Instead of bashing Rwanda, why don't you contribute?

It is now common occurrence that most, if not all, development related success stories become subject to critical analysis whereby the end goal is to engage more critically with the source material in order to expose or eliminate any potential misleading content. Personally, and like most other...

Thursday, August 13, 2015, 12:00 AM

Our public institutions also require leadership continuity

The debate on whether Rwanda should retain or repeal presidential term limits has gone up a gear; after petitions in excess of 3.7 million were received by Parliament to amend Article 101 of the Constitution to allow President Paul Kagame to run for office post 2017, Parliament has just concluded...

Thursday, August 6, 2015, 12:00 AM

What are you doing to counter Genocide denial?

By now, it should be quite clear to everyone that the seemingly endless attempts to contradict the true events of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi are in full gear and only likely to continue. This, however, should not come as an utter surprise especially when we remind ourselves of Dr Gregory...

Thursday, July 30, 2015, 12:00 AM

How could ITV grant a platform to a Genocide mastermind?

On 21st July 2015, ITV News, a programme on the British television network ITV aired a ‘news bulletin’ featuring one of the convicted masterminds of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, Jean Kambanda. The distasteful, insensitive and immoral programme which undoubtedly ignores the...

Thursday, July 23, 2015, 12:00 AM

Political opportunists love chaos and abominate order

On Tuesday this week, scenes of scores of well organised Rwandans marching towards Parliament on an historic day to observe members of both Chambers of Parliament convene to discuss the 3,784,586 petitions sent to them calling on Parliament to amend Article 101 of the Constitution which governs the...

Thursday, July 16, 2015, 12:00 AM

Rwanda at 21: Applause and encouragement in equal measure

To many Rwandans, the task to rebuild our nation began just over 21 years ago when our compatriots of the Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) bravely put an end to the atrocities of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, which had claimed up to a million innocent lives. Following the aftermath of this dark...

Thursday, July 9, 2015, 12:00 AM

America's right to bear arms is outdated

There is barely a day that goes by in the United States without breaking news of a gun-related incident sprouting out of one of America’s suburbs, countryside, or metropolitan areas. The frequency of gun related violence in America is so frightening that time and again every recent American...

Thursday, July 2, 2015, 12:00 AM

Rwanda 2017: You simply do not change a winning team

As 2017 approaches and the debate regarding presidential term limits advances both within and outside Rwanda, I feel I should add to this ongoing conversation by focusing particularly on one important question; why would anyone wish to change a winning team that has been tried, tested and in many...

Thursday, June 18, 2015, 12:00 AM

EAC integration: more can be done

There are no prizes for guessing that the end goal for the five member states of the East Africa Community is to achieve prosperity for the people of East Africa. In fact, the bloc’s Secretariat reaffirms this assumption in its mission and vision statement which articulates that the vision of...

Thursday, June 11, 2015, 12:00 AM

Voluntourists: A new crop of 'Africa experts'

Last week, I read with keen interest an article reprinted in this paper by Georgianne Nienaber titled ‘An Obama policy of disingenuousness in Rwanda’. In the article, the writer challenged the credibility of Steven Feldstein, a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of...

Thursday, June 4, 2015, 12:00 AM

Our youth, our future: how do we shape it?

As the future of any nation anywhere in the world rests in the hands of its youth, nurturing and supporting these important members of our society, who among them are our future taxpayers, policymakers, lawmakers, and guardians of our sovereignty, requires tremendous dedication and persistence from...

Thursday, May 28, 2015, 12:00 AM

How can Rwanda leverage the rising Chinese wages?

For the past few decades, China has been home to investments in the manufacturing sector worth trillions of dollars. The Asian nation, which many had previously described as a sleeping economic giant many decades ago, seemed to rise from hibernation in the 1970s when the ruling Communist party...

Thursday, May 21, 2015, 12:00 AM

Migrant crisis: economic prospects in Europe are only part of the story

In October last year, I wrote that although a growing number of African migrants know that their lives are at great risk when they board one of the many makeshift boats destined for Europe, each day that goes by, hundreds of men, women and children from various African nations leave their homelands...

Thursday, May 7, 2015, 12:00 AM

Rwanda's political stability will continue beyond 2017

This week in London, I was delighted to encounter news of more likely investment in Rwanda’s banking sector by Bob Diamond, the former Barclays Bank chief and Atlas Mara co-founder. As reported on April 28 in London’s daily business paper, CITY A.M, Bob Diamond and his entity Atlas...

Thursday, April 30, 2015, 12:00 AM

Thou shalt treat thy fellow Africans as thyself

At the current rate of globalisation, barely a day goes by without a headline-grabbing story blaming immigrants and would-be immigrants for the problems that nations are facing.  Up until recently, this blame-game used to be exclusive to rich nations who constantly blamed immigrants for...

Thursday, April 23, 2015, 12:00 AM

Your country needs you to speak up against Genocide denial

Genocide denial is an attempt to deny or minimise statements of the scale and severity of an incidence of genocide. With regards to the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, the tactics of denying the Genocide have come in many forms including but not limited to: questioning and minimising the...

Thursday, April 9, 2015, 12:00 AM

Kwibuka21: Why the youth must continue to remember

Kwibuka21 is almost here – a few days in April we dedicate to remember the events of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Incidentally, like in Rwanda, Rwandans living in other parts of the world observe Kwibuka events by organising several activities in their respective communities. ...

Thursday, April 2, 2015, 12:00 AM

Why choose to be a public servant?

Today’s public sector environment has come a long way from how things used to be in the 70s, 80s and 90s when public services were seen as a privilege and not a right, and a career is seen as a safe option, especially for senior staff, who enjoyed the sector’s solid benefits package,...

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 12:00 AM

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