Ubudehe: Being my brother’s keeper

MOST OF those who agree that Africa is rising point to its impressive growth rates over the past decade or so as evidence. Their argument is strongest when placed side by side with the performance of the economies of the West that have been stagnating over the same period of time. And with that...

Sunday, June 8, 2014, 12:00 AM

DRC populist antics counter spirit of AfDB conference

The failure to integrate Africa’s peoples emerged as a key challenge for socioeconomic progress during the African Development Bank (AfDB) conference in Kigali recently. This problem is not only responsible for the rather low-intra Africa trade volumes but also undermines the potential for...

Sunday, June 1, 2014, 12:00 AM

Africa’s development bottlenecks

ONCE EVERY year the African Development Bank (AfDB) holds an assembly somewhere on the continent. This year was special, for the Bank was marking 50 years since its establishment in 1964 with a mission to ‘promote sustainable economic growth and reduce poverty in Africa.’  And so...

Monday, May 26, 2014, 12:00 AM

Africa must organise itself or let others organise it

IN THIS column I recently pointed out that Africans are set to benefit from an emerging global environment if they remain strategic in how they pursue their interests and as long as they reject being patronised by their Eastern or Western suitors.  I must admit, however, that things are a bit...

Monday, May 19, 2014, 12:00 AM

Africa must refrain from being patronised

IT IS a question that just won’t go away: What are China’s intentions for Africa? It is a query raised often in international media whenever a high profile Chinese government official visits Africa or when a President of an African country goes to China.  It was thus brought up...

Sunday, May 11, 2014, 12:00 AM

The Rwandan tragedy: A lesson for some, political arena for others

THE MAXIM that history repeats itself does not necessarily mean that the same event will occur again in the same setting but in a different time period. What it does is caution that the tragedy that befell others may come knocking on one’s door should he or she not heed history’s...

Monday, May 5, 2014, 12:00 AM

Ending Special Status for Women: Too Early to Contemplate?

RECENTLY ONE of our local radio stations aired a story I found rather interesting. What made it interesting is that it went against the grain on an important issue of our time: Civil society groups in Rwanda want the government to rescind the law that sets aside 24 special seats for women in...

Monday, April 28, 2014, 12:00 AM

Why historical clarity is important in the quest for the dignity of the African

RWANDA’S INSISTENCE on equal treatment in world affairs serves as a reminder of the pressures currently facing African governance and diplomacy. It is either about keeping external forces from meddling in the internal affairs of this or that country or complaints about disrespect before,...

Monday, April 21, 2014, 12:00 AM

The world mourned with Rwandans

ON APRIL 7 Rwanda welcomed visitors who had turned up for the ceremony marking twenty years since the beginning of the genocide against the Tutsi in April 1994. Those who could not come because of one reason or another sent representatives. There was ample outpouring of grief all around. That was...

Sunday, April 13, 2014, 12:00 AM

What kind of life would a genocide survivor have lived?

THIS TIME of the year is a period for sombre reflection. That’s because the idea of genocide should trigger consideration about serious shortcomings of the human race. In Rwanda commemoration of the genocide against the Tutsi is always a reminder that the carnage took place right in our...

Monday, April 7, 2014, 12:00 AM

Hostility towards RPF fuels genocide indifference

“THERE IS a danger that we might not take the full measure of the Genocide against the Tutsi, and that with time the picture in the world’s collective memory could become blurry.” With those words of caution, Ms. Louise Mushikiwabo, Rwanda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs,...

Sunday, March 30, 2014, 12:00 AM

Crimea: Reform the UN or expect a global jungle

It is difficult to follow the events in Ukraine without thinking about our own circumstances on the African continent. This is particularly so because most of the arguments flying around on the Kiev crisis have, at one time or another and at different times, been applied in the discourse on...

Monday, March 24, 2014, 12:00 AM

The politics of crises in Burundi

Burundi is coming unglued. A political crisis has been brewing there for months now. The ruling coalition is breaking up, the other party in the union having realised that it has always been in a marriage of convenience. Sadly, the fallout between the National Council for the Defence of Democracy (...

Sunday, March 16, 2014, 12:00 AM

Ending the silly season in the debate on homosexuals

MAKE NO mistake: The homosexual genie is out of the bottle. It all started with lawmakers passing anti-gay laws, first in Nigeria and then more recently, in Uganda.  What followed has been a spat between the western world and the concerned African governments, with all manner of threats and...

Monday, March 10, 2014, 12:00 AM

Why post-1994 Rwanda didn’t become CAR

YOU MAY have heard claims that 1994 Rwanda is happening all over again in the Central African Republic (CAR).  What those who push that line mean is that human beings have, once again, lost it: killing, maiming, beheading children, raping and disemboweling women.  There is also...

Monday, March 3, 2014, 12:00 AM

The Miss Rwanda video clip that tickled

ON SATURDAY night, the search for Miss Rwanda 2014 came to an end with nineteen-year-old Colombe Akiwacu beating 14 other contestants who made it to the grand finale. Akiwacu was crowned by the genial Aurore Mutesi Kayibanda who wore the Miss Rwanda crown with elegance and class since she won it in...

Monday, February 24, 2014, 12:00 AM

Tossing out the baby with the bath water in South Sudan

THE DECEMBER crisis in South Sudan presented Africa’s youngest nation with the greatest threat to its existence to date.  What is reported to have began as a personal feud between President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar exposed cracks in the leadership of the ruling party, the Sudanese...

Sunday, February 16, 2014, 12:00 AM

Africa rising but not respected

That Africa is rising is now a truism. So is the argument that a new and intense struggle for its soul is currently underway, and that once again it is not well positioned to influence its proceedings and outcome. African leaders may preside over states enjoying sovereign equality with others, but...

Monday, February 10, 2014, 12:00 AM

Will increasing court costs hinder access to justice for the poor?

Last week local newspapers, radios and the worldwide web carried two stories that picked my interest. The first was an announcement by the Ministry of Justice of a twelve-fold increase in the costs required to register a court case.  Second was a notice by the Rwanda Utilities Regulation...

Sunday, February 2, 2014, 12:00 AM

Rukokoma of 90s would fight today’s Twagiramungu if their paths crossed

Two related stories exploded onto the Rwandan political scene recently. First was the announcement by the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) that they would no longer pursue the path of armed struggle towards regime change in Kigali. They claim they have shifted to a political...

Monday, January 27, 2014, 12:00 AM

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