Wanted: The University of Rwanda's worst enemy

Higher education in Rwanda has undergone major changes over the past five years. The most significant change saw the transformation of six independent public universities into colleges under the umbrella of the University of Rwanda (UR). The reform, we were told, sought to bring about a lean...

Monday, April 6, 2015, 12:00 AM

Corruption: The case of the hiccups in Rwanda's scientific state

A couple of weeks ago in this column I pointed out that over the past decade Rwanda has been trying to create a scientific state, that the country has established mechanisms for applying a systematic approach to state management, where there is significant reliance on measurement of socioeconomic...

Monday, March 30, 2015, 12:00 AM

Decision 2017: A choice between a scientific and schizophrenic state?

Over the past decade or so, Rwanda has been creating a scientific state, a systematic approach to state management that has measurable indicators for socio-economic progress.  The purpose of such a system would be to bring control over development processes where interventions are based on an...

Monday, March 16, 2015, 12:00 AM

Why we must sidestep the fog to grasp the gravity of BBC’s infractions

Our inability to focus on the big picture renders us towards trivial pursuits. We insist on existing in a state of blurriness that confines us to the status of a people that is easily excitable and bamboozled.  This singular state of being remains our greatest undoing. The choice is clear: we...

Monday, March 9, 2015, 12:00 AM

To the BBC: When in a hole, the first rule is to stop digging

And so, the BBC finds itself in a pickle. Why? Because even when it found itself in a hole, it kept digging thus disregarding the first rule of anyone who would find themselves in such unfortunate circumstances. If you attended – and paid attention during – the Press Conference in...

Monday, March 2, 2015, 12:00 AM

Nyakubahwa, we have a capacity problem

If you have not heard of “imbogamizi” that is caused by “ikibazo cya kapasite” then you either have not been around for quite some time or you have been around but haven’t been paying attention.  When cornered to explain failures, the person responsible is likely...

Monday, January 12, 2015, 12:00 AM

Uprooting the FDLR and other collective resolutions for 2015

In as far as resolutions go, one can think of two kinds: singular and collective. We are used to the singular resolutions whose outcomes are intended to improve the personal welfare of the bearer. Then there are those about the collective self, whose outcomes help to improve the general welfare....

Monday, January 5, 2015, 12:00 AM

Is East Africa finally taking corruption seriously?

Under immense internal and external pressure, Tanzania’s president last week fired his Minister for Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development, and suspended the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Minerals, both of whom were reported to be colluding in a...

Monday, December 29, 2014, 12:00 AM

Earning a degree at the age of 53, a story of resilience

Her parents told her that she was born in Rwanda in 1961, and that they were forced to flee, with her as a toddler, to Uganda following the violence of Rwanda’s transition to Independence. Half a decade later, Jane enrolled at Kigali Independent University, and today, at 53 years, she...

Monday, December 22, 2014, 12:00 AM

Presidential polls: Will he or will he not stand?

Watch out: its election time in Africa! It sounds like a warning, doesn’t it? According to emerging reports from across the continent and particularly in our Great Lakes Region, there is trepidation everywhere as countries get ready to hold presidential elections. Except for Kenya, which...

Monday, December 15, 2014, 12:00 AM

Is the American heart missing when it comes to its black citizens?

Because America as an idea – whether myth or reality – is far greater than the sum of its parts (economic, military, and technology, etc.) helps to explain why it has been an inspiration for the rest of the world, for individuals and nations. The power of this appeal has been such...

Monday, December 8, 2014, 12:00 AM

Ferguson and the diminishing American exceptionalism

The discourse about America’s decline is often framed in economic and military terms. It also usually involves exaggerations about how somehow China is “overtaking” and therefore replacing the American hegemony. While overtaking America in economic, military, and technological...

Monday, December 1, 2014, 12:00 AM

The year in review: Genocide, myopia, saying goodbye to Rukokoma, ...

This article marks a one-year anniversary for this column. It is a series of conversations with readers that has taken place over fifty-plus articles on a range of topics that touch the lives of Rwandans. This coincides with the time of year when most people trace their steps backwards in...

Monday, November 24, 2014, 12:00 AM

Genocide denial: shouldn't the CNLG have an upper hand?

GENOCIDE DENIAL is not only on the rise but its shape and form are becoming more sophisticated. That is quite an admission from none other than the nation’s entity mandated to combat genocide. There’s more bad news on the subject. Around the same time the vice president of the...

Monday, November 17, 2014, 12:00 AM

Why we need an inspired Diaspora

In this column last week I pointed out that we are yet to develop a collective consciousness around key issues of national concern. I used the recent airing of the BBC documentary titled “Rwanda: the Untold Story” to illustrate the extent to which this absence of collective...

Monday, November 10, 2014, 12:00 AM

Are Rwandan exiles and the international media in cahoots?

It is without doubt that Rwandans inside the country are much more united than their compatriots outside. This apparent lack of unity is likely a result of limited access to information about the status, progress, and remaining challenges in their homeland. Also, their main source of information...

Monday, November 3, 2014, 12:00 AM

BBC's Untold Story: Normalising victimisation of a people

Ont the surface, the BBC’s recently aired documentary titled “Rwanda: the Untold Story” is about the politics of post genocide Rwanda. After watching the documentary, anyone who is not agenda-driven and in possession of some working knowledge of history and its treatment of the...

Monday, October 27, 2014, 12:00 AM

When 'tekiniki' goes sour

A well performing district mayor recently tendered his resignation for conduct unbecoming. Of course his predicament comes on the heels of the departure of two other high ranking officials from the executive and the judiciary on the account of a failure to live up to the expectations of their...

Monday, October 20, 2014, 12:00 AM

High schoolers need dialogue, not debates

Rwandans, and possibly everyone else, are very sensitive when it comes to education. Mention of the subject brings out some of the rawest reactions, such as the responses to a recent article by a fellow columnist in which he concluded that higher education was a waste of money, a heist in which...

Monday, October 13, 2014, 12:00 AM

Imihigo: Singling out Rwamagana, Gatsibo for ridicule is diversionary

What makes districts perform better than others in the Imihigo? That has been the question on the minds of many ever since their evaluation results were made public a little more than two weeks ago.  A recent study tried to understand why some districts underperformed by conducting what...

Monday, October 6, 2014, 12:00 AM

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