International media and human rights organisations stole the Gambian election

President Yahya Jammeh, in his New Year’s message to the Gambian people, persisted in his rejection of last month’s election outcome, which he says was tampered with. On this basis, he quickly rescinded his concession to Adama Barrow, the coalition candidate. He has petitioned the...

Monday, January 2, 2017, 12:00 AM

Fidel Castro rests triumphantly

At a very early age, he saw and felt pained by life’s contradictions. As he grew older, these contradictions only seemed to pile up. A sense of fairness compelled him to learn about the source of these contradictions: why they are allowed to persist. The more he learnt the more he came to...

Monday, November 28, 2016, 12:00 AM

Did women reject Hillary?

On the campaign trail Barack Obama said that Hillary Clinton was the most qualified candidate to ever run for president of the United States. Obama also said that neither himself nor Bill Clinton were more qualified than Hillary when they ran for president. Hillary, of course, was the first woman...

Monday, November 21, 2016, 12:00 AM

Trump is more honest than the American media

This is not a drill. Neither is it a dream. It is the real thing: Donald J. Trump is the president of the United States of America. Get used to it. The protesters need to go home. The sooner they get home the better. The petition to declare Clinton president is silly. And so is the “Calexit...

Monday, November 14, 2016, 12:00 AM

At this rate, bakeries will run out of cakes

Comments made by the minister for public service and labour at last week’s event to launch the Kora-Wigire self-employment scheme caused a stir in the media. On social media, the parody took on a life of its own and the minister, probably sensing the damage done, weighed in to clarify on what...

Monday, October 31, 2016, 12:00 AM

What we give up when we speak from both sides of the mouth

First it was Burundi. Now it’s South Africa. Both have decided to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) citing different reasons. One claims that its sovereignty is under attack; the other says that membership to the ICC undermines its role as a leader on the continent and...

Monday, October 24, 2016, 12:00 AM

Why France clings on the plane

Here we go again. France is reopening investigations into the shooting of the plane carrying president Juvenal Habyarimana in April 1994. The plane is, and shall remain, the dominant theme in a strategy that simultaneously pursues two mutually reinforcing objectives – pragmatic and...

Monday, October 17, 2016, 12:00 AM

Nkurunziza says he's crazy, should we believe him?

The Burundian government has initiated the process to withdraw from membership to the International Criminal Court (ICC). It’s a decision that comes on the heels of increasing pressure from the international community to conduct investigations into the ever increasing incidences of killings,...

Monday, October 10, 2016, 12:00 AM

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

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