Duplicity killed democracy

A fortnight ago while at Yale University in the U.S. President Paul Kagame made the distinction between democratic processes and democratic outcomes. His pragmatic articulation of democracy was likely to rattle feathers in a place where democracy has been romanticised as a cure-all. He could have...

Monday, October 3, 2016, 12:00 AM

Mr President, they are hearing but are they listening?

As part of his trip to the United Nations, President Paul Kagame stopped at Yale University in New Haven Connecticut last week to give a talk. As intellectual tradition goes, Yale is ideologically to the centre-left and Harvard to the centre-right of the American political discourse on matters of...

Monday, September 26, 2016, 12:00 AM

EALA lights candle at genocide vigil

Sometime early this year the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) passed a resolution that established a committee to study the extent of genocide ideology and genocide denial in the community of East Africans for whom they represent. The committee was also tasked with examining the impact of...

Monday, September 19, 2016, 12:00 AM

Resign if you can't lead

“Bayobore cyangwa baveho,” the Prime Minister, Anastase Murekezi, rebuked poor performing mayors at the Imihigo ceremony at the Kigali Convention Centre last week. On this occasion, the PM put aside his usual soft demeanour and assumed a tough posture that is characteristic of his boss...

Monday, September 12, 2016, 12:00 AM

Why we like rumours

“Lonzen, are you safe?” is how a concerned friend greeted me last week after reading this column. I said I was safe and asked why. A while later I was alerted to a reader’s comment that implored others to “have a minute silence for the writer who by now has received 100 sms...

Monday, August 29, 2016, 12:00 AM

If they can't find another road let them eat cake

In the recent past the City of Kigali has been accused of poor decision-making. There was the hotly debated car-free zone downtown. For instance, a fortnight ago the fury was about the City’s refusal—because repeating the same thing becomes so—to effectively communicate on...

Monday, August 22, 2016, 12:00 AM

What's in a name?

He is known as Gateteviews, due to the fame that has come from his acclaimed blog, but the effervescent Thierry Kevin Gatete is also the host of the increasingly popular Monday Talks, a forum for exchanging ideas of interest to Rwandans and Africans. True to form, Gatete has written an open letter...

Monday, August 15, 2016, 12:00 AM

We must redeem our education before it's too late

Dear reader, last week I asked a question whether education today has become a rite of passage. It was a “shock and awe” strategy that painted a gloomy picture of education and its purpose in our lives, let alone in society. Admittedly, as much as the education is a problem, it is also...

Monday, August 8, 2016, 12:00 AM

Is education a rite of passage?

On Friday in Kigali traffic was bumper-to-bumper. On the roads it was a parking lot so much so that the City of Kigali parking fee collectors, the KVCS, could have started demanding parking fees. Most of the traffic was due to the graduation ceremony that took place at Amahoro National Stadium in...

Monday, August 1, 2016, 12:00 AM

Rwanda has risen to the top of Africa

In 1963 leaders of African countries that had gained independence met in Addis Ababa to form the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). Out of the current 54 African countries only 32 had gained independence at that time. And so the question of independence was on their minds; but even those that...

Monday, July 25, 2016, 12:00 AM

You want the truth but can you handle it?

I have a story about the story. The African story. I returned home from Zimbabwe to a story in this paper about this story of African news media editors talking about how to tell the African story. Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the outgoing Chairperson of the African Union Commission, was there too....

Monday, July 18, 2016, 12:00 AM

Barrel of the Pen: Rwanda's armed intellectuals

‘I want to start by thanking the chairperson for her generous introduction. I’m humbled. Today, I want to talk to you about peace, security, and justice using a conceptual framework I have developed on contemporary security threats and how law enforcement authorities can respond in a...

Monday, June 27, 2016, 12:00 AM

Rwanda's uncivil society

Rwanda has a weak political opposition. The civil society is weak too. Many people inside and outside the country would likely agree to those statements. When it comes to the reason for their weakness, however, that is where sharp differences emerge. Nonetheless, the international media has made...

Monday, June 20, 2016, 12:00 AM

Habineza is a rebel without a cause

The last time I wrote about the Green Party and its President Dr. Frank Habineza they tried to intimidate me into silence by attempting to blackmail my employer into a public apology. At the time I remember thinking that if the Greens were being that intolerant without control of state power, how...

Monday, June 13, 2016, 12:00 AM

Confessions of an abused husband

For most of us when we hear about gender based violence we immediately think of a man beating a woman, usually his wife or girlfriend. It is what comes to mind even as the term GBV is technically supposed to refer to the abuse meted out to either of the sexes (men, women, boys, and girls). In any...

Monday, June 6, 2016, 12:00 AM

Jesus, the ancestors, or both?

After she won re-election, she went to her cultural shrine to ‘pay homage’ to the ancestors. She felt obliged to thank them for guiding her through the hotly contested race for Speaker of Parliament in a country that neighbours our own; it was captured on a video clip that made the...

Monday, May 30, 2016, 12:00 AM

To talk or not to talk about the Genocide?

Genocide evokes discomfort within and among us. Me and you – Rwandans. We don’t like talking about it. Some of us wish we could develop collective amnesia about it. We want to be known for reasons other than genocide. “There’s more to us than genocide,” we say, as we...

Monday, May 23, 2016, 12:00 AM

Rwanda is a winner and everyone wants a piece of it

One of my favourite #RWoT sent a tweet that read, “Who is not in Kigali? Kigali is becoming a global city.” To paraphrase, @awozdeya is saying that anyone who is somebody was in Kigali last week for the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa. And if they were not physically in Kigali,...

Monday, May 16, 2016, 12:00 AM

By saying nothing, Ms. Geek says everything about Miss Rwanda

It was the buzz about town. You heard it. So did I. So I felt compelled to go check it out at the Kigali Serena Hotel on Saturday April 30. It was #Ms.GeekRw2016. Ms. Geek is a competition that is organised by a group that calls itself Girls in ICT, an organisation that seeks to encourage girls to...

Monday, May 9, 2016, 12:00 AM

Obama: the reluctant black president

Love him or hate him the underdog is on top. It was in 2008 when the then little known political underdog upset Hillary Clinton, the establishment candidate, in the primaries before going on to trounce John McCain, a decorated Vietnam Prisoner of War and ranking member of the United States Senate...

Monday, April 4, 2016, 12:00 AM

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