What underperforming district mayors ought to do

“FOR ME as a leader, my time is nearly over.” With those words, Alex Salmond, the man who was on the verge of delivering Scottish independence, resigned as First Minister and leader of the Scottish National Party. In defeat, a dejected Salmond took personal responsibility, feeling that...

Monday, September 29, 2014, 12:00 AM

Will Inter-Religious Council bring Peace to East Africans?

Sometime in November of last year the Department of Peace and Security of the East African Community invited to Bujumbura various actors to deliberate on the threats to peace and security in the region. To ensure a representation of ‘diverse voices’ those invited included politicians,...

Monday, September 22, 2014, 12:00 AM

Imihigo: Lessons in premature jubilation

What a difference a week makes. A fortnight ago district Mayors from across the country were in jubilant mood. Over television and radio, most had claimed to have aced the Imihigo (performance evaluation) for the FY 2013/14 to the rate of 100 percent. The celebratory mood was across the whole...

Monday, September 15, 2014, 12:00 AM

Beware of useless university degrees

“It is unfortunate that many universities continue teaching very useless courses at degree level rendering their graduates jobless after graduation. You find many of these people putting on big academic gowns but have no solutions to many of the country’s challenges. These people have...

Monday, September 8, 2014, 12:00 AM

Are Rwanda’s poor denied access to justice?

Those who follow development in public affairs on a regular basis will recall the considerable uproar when the Ministry of Justice (MINIJUST) announced that it was increasing twelve-fold the costs for filing a court case. It became hot news in both local and international news media with some...

Sunday, August 31, 2014, 12:00 AM

Are Rwanda's poor denied access to justice?

Those who follow development in public affairs on a regular basis will recall the considerable uproar when the Ministry of Justice (MINIJUST) announced that it was increasing twelve-fold the costs for filing a court case. It became hot news in both local and international news media with some...

Sunday, August 31, 2014, 12:00 AM

To blame failures on the 'charity mindset' is to shirk responsibility

In this column last week I pointed to the need for us to understand what is really meant when our officials tell us that this or that programme failed or underperformed due to what they consider to be the “Charity Mindset” of Rwandans. I noted that if the intention is to avert loss of...

Monday, August 25, 2014, 12:00 AM

To blame failures on the ‘charity mindset’ is to shirk responsibility

In this column last week I pointed to the need for us to understand what is really meant when our officials tell us that this or that programme failed or underperformed due to what they consider to be the “Charity Mindset” of Rwandans. I noted that if the intention is to avert loss of...

Sunday, August 24, 2014, 12:00 AM

What is this ‘charity mindset’ among Rwandans?

I had not known it was a public holiday. And so I proceeded as planned, business as usual. I noticed the unusualness of the day by the number of businesses that were closed. Now, I was really curious. Why all these places had closed, I asked myself. I needed to find a place to scan and send a...

Monday, August 18, 2014, 12:00 AM

Obama’s Summit and Feingold’s Eureka

BESIDES THE pictures from Washington – yes, those pictures – the second hottest topic for Rwandans from the US-Africa Leaders’ Summit was Feingold’s moment of Eureka. Russ Feingold, the former Senator for the State of Wisconsin and one time rumoured presidential candidate...

Sunday, August 10, 2014, 12:00 AM

The entrapment of FDLR summits

On June 26 an ugly game took a dangerous twist. A game that has taken on different dimensions, tactics, and actors while retaining the same objective: to overthrow the regime in Kigali.  As recent as early this year it acquired a diplomatic tact that that made it not only more sophisticated...

Monday, August 4, 2014, 12:00 AM

The entrapment of FDLR summits

ON JUNE 26 an ugly game took a dangerous twist. A game that has taken on different dimensions, tactics, and actors while retaining the same objective: to overthrow the regime in Kigali.  As recent as early this year it acquired a diplomatic tact that that made it not only more sophisticated...

Monday, August 4, 2014, 12:00 AM

The reshuffle shuffle

Hoopla surrounded the recent cabinet reshuffle. And rightly so, given the rather extensive changes made. Those welcoming the changes pointed out that some ministers had overstayed in the same docket that the ministry under their responsibility had come to be identifiable with them. Indeed, this was...

Monday, July 28, 2014, 12:00 AM

The reshuffle shuffle

HOOPLA SURROUNDED the recent cabinet reshuffle. And rightly so, given the rather extensive changes made. Those welcoming the changes pointed out that some ministers had overstayed in the same docket that the ministry under their responsibility had come to be identifiable with them. Indeed, this was...

Sunday, July 27, 2014, 12:00 AM

The fury over the RDF sculpture

ELITES ARE expected to contribute ideas towards the progress of a nation. Such is the norm in most advanced societies. In the developing countries, however, the majority are a frustrated lot, unable to play any meaningful role in the direction that their countries are taking.  For long, this...

Sunday, July 20, 2014, 12:00 AM

Why Rwanda punches above its weight

OVER THE past couple of weeks Rwanda’s liberation received some considerable coverage in both local and regional news media. RPF cadres and analysts were able to detail the birth of the movement as well as its direction and meaning to the country. While some expressed reservations about this...

Monday, July 14, 2014, 12:00 AM

Why the RPF Liberation is different

IF YOU happened to be in Rwanda during this past week you would have realised that Rwandans pay more attention to Liberation Day than they do Independence Day. And if you are unfamiliar to the country you are likely to find this state of things rather peculiar. As you get to know the country and...

Monday, July 7, 2014, 12:00 AM

Killing pregnant women over cows is primitive

LIBERATION DAY is around the corner. Just like the recent genocide commemoration day, this milestone also provides us with a moment for reflection.  Indeed, many Rwandans will take time to ponder the meaning of this particular liberation day, relative to our political and economic...

Monday, June 30, 2014, 12:00 AM

Senate report touches raw nerve

In this column I pointed out last week of a corrosive culture that tolerates mediocrity. Using the example of the ongoing World Cup, I pointed out how this culture is responsible for producing sub-par performances. It also undermines our endeavours elsewhere in our daily lives as it gives rise to...

Sunday, June 22, 2014, 12:00 AM

Football is more than just a game

SPORT STIRS something in most of us. Football has particularly been very good at this. It evokes feelings about an individual as it does about a community. Its power is capable of whipping up patriotic and nationalistic sentiments to unimaginable proportions. That is why every once in a while a...

Sunday, June 15, 2014, 12:00 AM

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