Survival in today's jungle doesn't need an AK 47 but the right mindset

Kennedy Ndahiro A lot has been written on the Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF-Inkotanyi) and the ink has run dry. Many journalists and researchers were at hand to document the evolution of a modern-day liberation front with a tinge of skepticism. Many were quick to equate The RPF with the pre-...

Saturday, December 16, 2017, 12:00 AM

Africa rallies behind Rwanda in Gen Karake case

The Peace and Security Council of the African Union’s (AU) Friday strongly condemned the recent arrest in London of Lt Gen Emmanuel Karenzi Karake, popularly known as ‘KK’, and called for his “immediate and unconditional release”. A communiqué released after an...

Sunday, June 28, 2015, 12:00 AM

Connie Bwiza owns up to mistakes

Outspoken former lawmaker and a well known personality within the ruling Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF), Connie Bwiza, finally broke her silence on why she stepped down from her seat in parliament last week. The development follows last weekend’s RPF retreat where the party Secretary General,...

Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 12:00 AM

Leadership: Making the grade is not optional

Former Kirehe mayor Protais Murayire, stepped down after it emerged that he allegedly censured local leaders in his jurisdiction. Murayire barred them from expressing their opinion during a provincial assembly. “I am one of the old cadres of this nation,” he said shortly after...

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 12:00 AM

African states give FDLR six-month notice

Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) militia, operating in eastern DR Congo, has been given a six-month ultimatum to lay down arms voluntarily or face a forceful disarmament. The deadline was given Thursday by foreign affairs ministers of member states of the International...

Saturday, July 5, 2014, 12:00 AM

Kagame: Our will remains unshakable

Time and new challenges have not taken a toll on Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) and the the party is stronger than ever, President Paul Kagame has said. The President, who is also the Chairperson of the RPF, was briefing members of the local and international media at Village Urugwiro in Kigali,...

Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 12:00 AM

Where slave traders failed, Bagosora could not succeed

The 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi was not spontaneous, contrary to what perpetrators and their sympathisers have been peddling. Its roots run deeper and are entangled with foreign players; Belgium and sections of the Catholic Church, especially the White Fathers. Before the advent of the white...

Monday, April 7, 2014, 12:00 AM

Dehumanisation: How Tutsis were reduced to cockroaches, snakes to be killed

For genocide to occur, it must be preceded by the dehumanisation of a group. To dehumanise means to deny the humanity of someone, reducing them to sub-humans.   In addition, dehumanisation removes the individuality of a person. There is no difference between the group and the individuals....

Thursday, March 13, 2014, 12:00 AM

Is someone attempting to sanitise FDLR?

For more than a decade now, the United Nations Security Council has been churning out one resolution after another, calling for the disbandment of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR). But the militia group has continued its operations unhindered, despite being cited as the...

Sunday, February 2, 2014, 12:00 AM

Not everything loves floating, especially Kigali

The sight of Kigali Wednesday morning was like a scene out of a post- Tsunami movie, complete with floating debris, floods and deaths.Rains had pounded the city non-stop for hours and visibility reduced to a few metres. Roads were washed away, poorly constructed buildings collapsed and trees lining...

Monday, December 23, 2013, 12:00 AM

With or without M23, Congo has issues

The question on many people’s mind: Is peace finally knocking on Congo’s door or are we seeing the re-enactment of past peace initiatives that failed to take off at the cost of millions of lives?The former school of thought could tip the scales if this time around the world has its...

Monday, November 11, 2013, 12:00 AM

Behind Rwanda’s excellence in Doing Business report 2013

‘Ukraine, Rwanda, the Russian Federation, the Philippines, Kosovo, Djibouti, Côte d’Ivoire, Burundi, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Guatemala are among the economies that improved the most in 2012/13 in areas tracked by Doing Business,” is how this year...

Thursday, October 31, 2013, 12:00 AM

Kigali Summit paves way for regional integration

Four Heads of State meeting in Kigali yesterday took concrete steps to fast track regional integration during the third edition of a joint summit where several ongoing regional projects were reviewed. Presidents Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya and Paul Kagame were joined by...

Tuesday, October 29, 2013, 12:00 AM

Rwanda maintains position on ICC

President Paul Kagame yesterday said that Rwanda’s stand on the International Criminal Court (ICC) will remain unchanged based on the fact that its dispensing of justice is selective and politically motivated. The President made the remarks during one of his regular sessions of meeting with...

Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 12:00 AM

If the people know what is good for them, who are you to differ?

Some positions taken by international media watchdogs never cease to amaze. They have taken it upon themselves to think they have the monopoly of reason.Gallup, one of the world’ most revered opinion polls, released a report on the state of world media freedom on the eve of this year’s...

Saturday, May 4, 2013, 12:00 AM

A few positive signs this mourning period

The season has caught up with us again– for the nineteenth time. As usual, unwelcome strangers will try to upstage our mourning with ridiculous reports and conferences that do more to glorify perpetrators of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.In the next few weeks, expect to find the media...

Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 12:00 AM

French judges asked to annul Rwandan indictments

Lawyers for seven senior Rwandan officials indicted by former French terror judge Jean-Louis Bruguière have called for the indictments to be quashed following new developments in the case.The seven were among those accused by Bruguière of being part of a plot behind the shooting down...

Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 12:00 AM

Kenya and the US: Where ‘language’ and ethnic votes carry the day

What has the US and Kenya have in common apart from President Obama? Wily and opportunistic politicians who will jump at any occasion to boost their images and get the otherwise elusive vote.They will have to speak the ‘language’ of the voters. In the US, it will be what in Africa we...

Friday, February 22, 2013, 12:00 AM

Capt. Paul Barril: The mysterious merchant of death

Well, well.... it seems there are still more skeletons in Capt. Paul Barril’s cupboard.Readers may remember the secretive gentleman, former head of the anti terrorism unit in the French President’s office during Mitterand’s time. He came to prominence in the aftermath of the...

Friday, February 8, 2013, 12:00 AM

Media no longer seeks the truth; it’s become a recycle bin

I ALWAYS thought that with today’s advances in information technology, the public would have easier, faster, accurate and verifiable information. But it has dawned on me that I have been thinking outside the wrong box.The cardinal motto: “Seek the truth and report it” that was...

Thursday, January 10, 2013, 12:00 AM