Rwanda's 'sixth province': Going beyond remittances

“…you understand that as we deal with our own problems back at home of unity, of development, of disease, of education, giving our people skills and employment, creating an environment where business can thrive, it doesn’t stop in Rwanda, in that small geographic space of Rwanda...

Thursday, March 19, 2015, 12:00 AM

Here is how to close gaps in mechanisms of accountability

During the twelfth annual National Leadership Retreat held at the Rwanda Defence Forces Combat Training Centre in Gabiro from 28 February – 2 March 2015, you would have had to be on a leave of absence from your sensesto escape the intense appeals made by President Paul Kagame to senior...

Thursday, March 12, 2015, 12:00 AM

Did you attend another unproductive meeting, again?

It is not a secret that most of us attend way too many meetings than we care to admit. Case in point; today is Thursday, and chances are that like most blue and white collar professionals in the public, private, and third sectors, many of us have already spent at least 4 hours on work related...

Thursday, March 5, 2015, 12:00 AM

Presidential term-limits: one size fits most, but not all

It is winter season in London; the sun’s rays are hitting the earth at a shallow angle, the days are short, the nights are long. It is freezing, and frankly I cannot wait for spring to arrive. In the meantime, however, I need to keep warm buying myself a winter hat.  So last weekend I...

Thursday, February 19, 2015, 12:00 AM

Good governance, the bedrock of sustainable development

While J.K Sundaram et al. acknowledge that good governance is a worthy goal in the pursuit for economic growth, they maintain that the concept is not a pre-requisite for development. Together with several development experts, they argue that poor countries lack the administrative and financial...

Thursday, February 12, 2015, 12:00 AM

The laziness of western media on display yet again

It is tricky for us Rwandans eager to see more coverage of genuine and unbiased stories from our country. Yet, when that takes shape, western media coverage tends to make us cringe with disappointment, to say the least. Take for instance, last week, The Times, a British daily national newspaper...

Thursday, February 5, 2015, 12:00 AM

Is your organisation ready for the new generation?

Imagine this scenario: the general manager of your organisation has retired, and his or her replacement is a 28 year old, straight out of graduate school. S/he’s anxious to get going, and you hope that s/he will bring some fresh ideas and energy into the organisation.  As the weeks go...

Thursday, January 29, 2015, 12:00 AM

Why Amavubi's top job should go to a Rwandan

Last week, officials at Rwanda’s football governing body, Ferwafa, were dealt a blow when Stephen Constantine, a man they had trusted to deliver success with the national team suddenly resigned and opted to take up a role as India’s new national football team head coach. It is believed...

Thursday, January 22, 2015, 12:00 AM

Charlie Hebdo: tasteless satire, hypocrisy at play

My first reaction to the murders at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris last week was not bold defiance. I did not feel like then was the time to stand up tall to reaffirm the principles of free speech. Instead, my first reaction was to grieve for the 17 victims. I mourned that we have created a...

Thursday, January 15, 2015, 12:00 AM

Let us not confuse insults with freedom of speech

British lawmaker and Professor of Political Philosophy, Lord Bhikhu Parekh once wrote: Although free speech is an important value, it is not the only one. Human dignity, equality, freedom to live without harassment and intimidation, social harmony, mutual respect, and protection of one’s good...

Thursday, January 8, 2015, 12:00 AM

New Year celebrations: do not drink and drive

“Drinking and driving: there are stupider things, but it’s a very short list” Author unknown.  Drinking and driving can be attributed to a large percentage of road accidents each year in many parts of the world. A poor choice and a bad judgement may not just affect your life...

Thursday, January 1, 2015, 12:00 AM

Cyber-attacks: just how safe are we?

If you are reading this piece online, imagine a scenario where at a click of a button a total stranger located in one of Abuja’s busy streets can access all of your personal information; name, date of birth, passwords, credit card details, bank account details, and so on.  Such...

Thursday, December 25, 2014, 12:00 AM

The war on terror must not obliterate our moral values

As I write this piece, every news channel on my television set is reporting the horrific brutality perpetrated by a Pakistani Taliban militia which in the early hours of Tuesday attacked a school in Peshawar, killing in excess of 140 people including 132 children. The day before that, in...

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 12:00 AM

2014: The year that was

2014 has been a year of many major events. In July, we saw Germany lift the World Cup in Brazil, outperforming the favourites, Brazil and Spain – two spirited teams that seemed to crumble under pressure. That said, what else caught our attention this year? Globally speaking, the following...

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 12:00 AM

Black Friday deals and the traces of inequality

In the US, Black Friday is the name given to the shopping day after Thanksgiving Day, and more recently, the day has come to symbolise the biggest day of the shopping calendar. It was originally called Black Friday because so many people went out to shop that it caused traffic accidents and...

Thursday, December 4, 2014, 12:00 AM

Has market failure made education expensive in advanced nations?

In many developed nations, including the United Kingdom and Canada, it seems that students are spending more time in streets protesting against exorbitant costs associated with going to university than they are spending in class. The latest in such actions of civil disobedience took place in...

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 12:00 AM

Can a Western charity song rescue 'Africans' from Ebola?

It is nearly that time of the year when millions of Christians and, to a certain extent, non-Christians from all four corners of the globe relish the tradition that is Christmas. The festive season is celebrated each year in many different ways around the world, varying by continent, country,...

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 12:00 AM

Why Morocco was right to call for CAN 2015 postponement

Having failed to meet the November 8 deadline set by the Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to confirm it will host the 2015 Orange Africa Cup of Nations from January 17 – February 8, 2015, Morocco was expelled from the tournament by Africa’s...

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 12:00 AM

A Cash Machine ate my card

Yes, it did.  It was one Friday night on the way home from work and I was having one of those moments. I had literally just watched my bus home pull out of the station on a night I was rushing to get home to go out with friends. So as I watched the bus’s tail lights disappear at a...

Thursday, November 6, 2014, 12:00 AM

Improve research skills to tackle plagiarism

When it comes to academic and professional writing, there is no escaping the fact that it is nearly impossible to write a paper containing any adequate level of intelligence without consulting the work of scholars who have researched and written plenty in that particular field. Truth is, unless...

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 12:00 AM

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