An idea to end wars amongst cousins in the Great Lakes region

Every Saturday morning one of Rwanda’s private radio stations carries a popular BBC programme known as Imvo n’Imvano. It is a syndicated talk show with target audiences among the Kinyarwanda and Kirundi speaking people of the Great Lakes region. A recent subject for discussion was...

Monday, January 20, 2014, 12:00 AM

Honest and compassionate reflection twenty years after Genocide

A symbolic torch was lit at the Kigali Genocide Memorial last week. The flame’s lighting launched a three-month period set aside for activities that will lead to the 20th commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsi on April 7.  The torch will traverse the country’s 30 districts...

Monday, January 13, 2014, 12:00 AM

Honouring Rwanda Armed Forces

Recently, on behalf of Rwandans, President Paul Kagame paid tribute to the members of the armed forces. Yet again, the President said that the Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF) and the Rwanda National Police (RNP) had distinguished themselves in service to the people of Rwanda. His remarks made me wonder...

Monday, January 6, 2014, 12:00 AM

Disillusionment after the Arab Revolution

Three years ago a 26-year old Tunisian young man, Tarek al-Tayeb Mohamed Bouazizi, set himself on fire. Bouazizi was a vegetable vendor in a small town of Sidi Bouzid. Out of frustration, and possibly unable to predict the impact of his actions, he set himself on fire and set off what has come to...

Monday, December 30, 2013, 12:00 AM

Evil and virtue in African leadership after Mandela

In the past week or so, Nelson Mandela and Sésé Seko Mobutu found themselves in the same discussions. With much of the reporting on Mandela’s death focusing on the supposed hypocrisy of African leaders in mourning Mandela, it was as if a dichotomy of African leadership had...

Sunday, December 22, 2013, 12:00 AM

University of Rwanda’s enormous expectations

Higher education in Rwanda has been undergoing numerous changes in the areas of policy, strategy and administration over the past decade and a half. The most recent refashioning has seen seven universities merge and come under one umbrella, the University of Rwanda (UR). The emergence of the...

Monday, December 16, 2013, 12:00 AM

Violence against women and the paradox of the oppressed

Violence against women is a paradox of the human condition. Consider this: we instinctively protect our mothers, sisters, and daughters and yet some of us become impervious to the suffering of other women, mothers of our children included, unable to extend the same care and sensitivity.Marital and...

Monday, December 9, 2013, 12:00 AM

Rwanda’s moment for soul searching

Conceptions of the tribe and their consequences hang like an albatross around the neck of contemporary Africa. At times, it seems as if the direction that the continent takes will be determined by how conversations about the tribe turn out. And it can be such a hot potato.The roots of the...

Monday, December 2, 2013, 12:00 AM

How Rwanda protects its future

I read with consternation an article titled “How Rwanda threatens its future’ by David Kampf which was published in The New York Times on August 16, in which he urges the international community to put pressure on Rwanda due to what he calls interference in the Congo. He argues that...

Friday, August 23, 2013, 12:00 AM

The problem of sympathising with the FDLR

On May 26 during the 50th birthday party for the African Union – and the Organization of African Unity before it – the signatories of the most recent peace accords aimed at ending the seemingly permanent crises in the DRC, met on the ‘sidelines’ as part of a series of follow...

Monday, June 10, 2013, 12:00 AM

Imihigo, homegrown solutions, power to the people

I recently had the opportunity to represent the Institute of Policy Analysis and Research (IPAR), a leading Rwandan think tank, at the presentation and signing of the Imihigo performance contracts, which took place at the Parliamentary building in Kigali on July 26. Imihigo is a Kinyarwanda word...

Wednesday, August 3, 2011, 12:00 AM

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