The fear is that Rwanda will teach other africans how to be stubborn!

On the surface, the recent media onslaught against Rwanda is about Rusesabagina. Whereas the debate should have been whether or not he committed the crimes he is being accused of, the media has accused Rwanda of abducting a hero.  On the one hand is the argument that the ‘naivety’...

Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 11:50 PM

Why international media will not cover the substance of Rusesabagina’s crimes

This oft-quoted statement by Toni Morrison, the American Nobel Laureate for Literature, is essential for anyone interested in understanding what’s going on with the media coverage of Paul Rusesabagina’s arrest: “The function, the very serious function of racism is distraction. It...

Thursday, September 10, 2020, 5:32 PM

Rwanda’s liberation and Ingabire’s incompatible vision for society

The RPF liberation would not have succeeded if it didn’t have a worthy moral cause. At the core of that cause was the desire to rescue Rwandans from a politico-military quasi-independent outfit that had, for 30 years, held them captive to the Belgian colonial era divide-and-rule philosophy...

Monday, July 6, 2020, 6:14 AM

Coverage of Ingabire illustrates structural deficiency of journalism

Rwanda’s journalism has, time and again, decried the lack of support – usually financial – from the government. Similarly, complaints against government interference in the affairs of the media are often cited. However, it has to be an absurd irony that the media wants to be...

Sunday, June 21, 2020, 6:31 PM

Genocide against the Tutsi has passed moral, legal, and political tests

Every April, the genocide denialist movement rears its ugly head by engaging in denialist rhetoric that it tries to conceal as political criticism. It tries to sow doubt and bad faith in people of goodwill by creating controversy where there is none. This year was no different. The movement...

Thursday, April 16, 2020, 5:23 PM

A justified fear of militarisation or a projection of trauma?

KIGALI – The article I wrote on why the security sector should take up education elicited far greater controversies than I had imagined. I had expected there would be some criticism, which is why I did an auto-critique in the article. What seems clear is that people want structural change...

Thursday, March 12, 2020, 12:00 AM

A justified fear of militarization or a projection of trauma?

The article I wrote on why the security sector should take up education elicited far greater controversies than I had imagined. I had expected there would be some criticism, which is why I did an auto-critique in the article. What seems clear is that people want structural change in education,...

Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 10:18 AM

Why security sector should take up education system

Kigali – Since the establishment of missionary education and its entrenchment under the colonial state, Africa’s education has never been organic. Education was in fact the last frontier in the emasculation of the African given the enormous opportunities that were made available to...

Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 12:00 AM

Rwanda is not polarizing; it tolerates fringe discourse

Most societies have parameters of acceptable discourse. Almost all societies have fringe elements that operate from the gutter. However, these are often ignored, subjected to ridicule and social shaming or stigma. They are unlikely to appear in mainstream forums; often they have their fellow...

Monday, January 6, 2020, 3:27 PM

How Africans “perform democracy” for the Western Gallery

kigali– A recent article by Reuters titled: “What limits? How African leaders cling to power for decades,” and another by The East African’s Charles Onyango Obbo titled: “African democrats: going, going, gone” got me thinking about the obsession of term limits as...

Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 12:00 AM

“Kagame has done well, but he is not the world’s president”— a response to Al Jazeera’s Rashid Abdallah

On October 7, 2019, Al Jazeera published an article title “Kagame should not fear opposition” whose author Rashid Abdallah provides a long list of President Kagame’s accomplishments. Yet, he concludes that Kagame is on the wrong path.  Consider that Mr. Abdallah thinks...

Thursday, October 10, 2019, 1:31 AM

Competing Imperatives In Rwanda’s Education System

In Rwanda, Two Broad Schools Of Thought Exist On What Education Is And What It Ought To Do. One Says That Is Teaching For The Market; Another Says Teaching Is For Human Development. These Competing Definitions Have Significant Implications. As You Read You Will Notice How This Explains The Need...

Tuesday, July 23, 2019, 12:05 PM

Kayumba’s view on crisis well-intentioned but analytically flawed

A storm brew over Dr. Christopher Kayumba’s “Kagame-Museveni Peace Talks Can Only Bear Fruits if ‘Ordered’ by Donors” that appeared in his online newspaper The Chronicles on July 15, 2019. In the article, Kayumba appears well-intentioned in his desire to bring to his...

Monday, July 22, 2019, 12:16 AM

Why AU reform critics are wrong

On February 10 President Paul Kagame’s term as Chairperson of the African Union came to an end, paving way to Egypt’s Fattah el-Sisi, who will also be at the helm for a one year term before handing over to South Africa in 2020. At the sunset of Kagame’s term, which coincided with...

Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 12:00 AM

Rwanda is a good neighbor, but can never be brought to her knees

At the leadership retreat that began yesterday at Gabiro Combat Training Center, President Kagame in his opening speech touched on a number of important national issues – foremost among them the current strained relations between Uganda and Rwanda.  Predictably, Uganda...

Sunday, March 10, 2019, 6:24 AM

Makau Mutua proves he’s unfit for President

This article was submitted to The Standard of Kenya the same day they published Makau Mutua’s Sunday column titled “Love him or hate him, Kagame could be Africa’s Lee Kwan Yew”. As common courtesy, I had expected the newspaper to allow a right of response from a fellow...

Thursday, February 28, 2019, 12:00 AM

DRC: The trouble with Africa

An alien visiting from Mars last week would have captured a true reflection of the problems facing Africa from the handling of the DRC political situation. How an otherwise noble initiative needlessly became divisive would be a key takeaway. Here was an organisation that had in its hands the...

Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 12:00 AM

Rwandans must take their security for granted

President Paul Kagame is known to say things that are counterintuitive. Perhaps one of the most counterintuitive things he has ever said was during the cadet pass out ceremony at Gishari Police Training School; “Rwandans must be able to take their security and safety for granted. It’s...

Monday, May 28, 2018, 4:59 AM

Who will inherit the clarity of purpose?

Over the past decade or so gender and youth empowerment have been some of our society’s main preoccupations. And rightly so given the historical marginalisation of women and the shifting median age towards an increasingly youthful society. In the latter part of 2017 the question of...

Monday, January 8, 2018, 12:00 AM

Laugh at Rwanda's size; joke’s on you

Rwanda’s size is often invoked in denigrative terms. Critics of the government tend to bring it up when they want to dismiss or to minimise socioeconomic progress and to avoid giving credit where it’s due: to those who have overseen the progress. When they don’t invoke size they...

Monday, December 11, 2017, 12:00 AM

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