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Ugandans, adiós, amigos! Museveni wants Rwandans not

Appearing soon in a theatre next-door: yet another highly suspenseful episode in the extremely hilarious series, “Honest-to-goodness Conduct From Now On”. The exact nature of jokes in the new episode, we can only conjecture. Luckily, our guessing task is made that more effortless by...

Friday, January 24, 2020, 12:00 AM

Grieving for the wasted lives of our militia-held compatriots

If we were not dealing with our delinquent Caines ensconced in the jungles of la République Démocratique du Congo (RDC), we’d say we’ve got a bountiful harvest these last few days. But we cannot talk that way about our own brothers, whatever curse they may wish upon us. Still, we...

Friday, December 13, 2019, 12:00 AM

Zimbabwe’s recipe for regaining its erstwhile “Jewel of Africa” tag

Voices from Zimbabwe make for depressing listening. Hearing reports from there on radios like the BBC will rend the heart of any caring human.  Hunger stokes the land and it affects all but the politicians who seem to feed off them. The UN reports that 60% of the population are on the point...

Friday, December 6, 2019, 12:00 AM

Inner contradictions bedevil Burundi, not scapegoat Rwanda

Looks like our ‘brother and colleague’ from down south, just across the border, is in a spot of trouble. It’s not that it is visiting him for the first time, no; it’s ostensibly been his constant companion. It’s that this time it’d seem the trouble is much deeper...

Friday, November 29, 2019, 12:00 AM

Hotels in stiff competition to dominate Kigali skyline

This month on November 5, a new luxury hotel was blessed and will soon be unveiled to join the increasingly expanding stable of luxury hotels competing to dominate the Kigali skyline. What was that “blessed” about, you may ask. Well, it was about sprinkling the hotel with holy water...

Friday, November 22, 2019, 12:00 AM

We’ll always remember our history but will never let it hold us captive

As has been the case many a time in the past with such exigent days in the history of this land, last 1st November passed quietly, like any ordinary day. Yet it’s a day that marked a major ripping-apart of the cord that held this society together, one of many. Alfred M, a senior citizen...

Friday, November 8, 2019, 12:00 AM

The travails of living in our past Zogo-land, in film

Last weekend a truly made-in-Rwanda film is reported to have premiered in one of the suburbs of Kigali, where it was actually shot. According to its review, it’s a departure from the usual offerings that are mostly imitations of western movies, often irrelevant to our situation. The story...

Friday, November 1, 2019, 12:02 AM

Umuganda spirit could be the key to a happy world

At home, we got more than humbled when we saw a neighbor come home with a gift from her harvest. It’s a customary courtesy, said she, to share with neighbors when one gets to harvest. So, what’s the big deal, you’ll wonder, don’t people everywhere share gifts? That,...

Friday, October 25, 2019, 12:00 AM

Rwanda is healthy and wealthy…at heart

The above statement by President Paul Kagame, at the YouthConnekt Summit this October 9 in Kigali, kicked me back to the times before 1994. But first things first. The statement referred to how this country has thrown her doors open to all citizens of the world who wish to visit. Particularly...

Friday, October 18, 2019, 12:00 AM

Solidifying Rwandans’ affinity towards one another

I remember the good times à gogo, aplenty no exaggeration, that we used to have in secondary school outside classes, as refugees. We were a wee minority in comparison with locals and so you’d certainly have expected us to be a forlorn lot. Interestingly, we were far from that. Having come...

Friday, October 11, 2019, 12:00 AM

The improbable genesis of a notable turnaround

Lest they forget, Rwandans should constantly sing about the long, hard way they’ve travelled. So hard that anybody can validly call today’s Rwanda a miracle risen from death. That’s why anyone so much as remotely familiar with her recent history would have expected last Tuesday...

Friday, October 4, 2019, 12:00 AM

No place in the world to hide for this neighbourhood’s terrorists

And so it came to pass that what was long destined to happen manifested spectacularly as only a happenstance could. That a tea-spoon hung suspended, frozen in mid-motion, its to-and-fro duty-journeys between mouth and maize-porridge bowl brought to a dead-end. That no more washing down the 5AM...

Friday, September 27, 2019, 1:04 AM

Those willing ill on Rwanda all but dead as a dodo

As we used to say in school that l-o-o-o-n-g ago, “Results are out!” However, in the case of today, the results have been afloat in the air only they hadn’t received the stamp of authority. Today, what has only been speculation is the truth you can take to the bank. Rwandan...

Friday, September 20, 2019, 12:00 AM

No country has ever falsified itself into positive transformation

A letter to the editor of weeks ago in this daily is still nibbling at my mind. The author, quoting a known Rwanda-hating foreign paper’s report that this country was doctoring her economic growth statistics to paint a rosy picture of Rwanda, said he was in agreement. Supposedly, the...

Friday, September 13, 2019, 12:00 AM

Display of Western arrogance towards Africans

They’d always been humble humans, living harmoniously with neighbors and occupiers of their land. Understandably, quite often protesting this forced occupation but still ready for a peaceful parting of ways with the self-imposed occupier. Now here they are, refugees crouching in tall...

Friday, September 6, 2019, 12:00 AM

Tasmanian Devil or wronged elephant, none can wreak havoc like the Interahamwe did

“Wari uzi ko?”, a Kinyarwanda programme by Ismail Mwanafunzi, has definitely been lifted from its interesting but sometimes shallow and repetitive nature and placed into a niche of Radio Rwanda’s researched presentations. And with a befitting voice to it, too. Last week it was...

Friday, August 30, 2019, 12:00 AM

A nation that ceaselessly seeks to better itself

Senior citizens who, by dint of your hard work, have made it into the class of those owning jalopies, know this. In the morning, you hear your brood piping, “Dad/Mom, we’ll be late!” You try to impress upon them the need for hard work; that nothing comes easy in life, with:...

Friday, August 16, 2019, 12:00 AM

A ‘wooden Rwanda’ for climate change mitigation?

Ethiopians certainly broke a climatic record the other day. On a voluntary basis, they planted 350 million tree-seedlings in a single day! It’s a feat that none else has conquered. Rwandans, used to being the preserve of swiftly-bagged firsts in diverse areas, should feel a tinge of healthy...

Friday, August 9, 2019, 12:00 AM

How the hell did Rwandans do it? Grit, resilience, common vision, that’s partly how

Asked how “the hell [Rwandans] did it” in a recent TEF Entrepreneurship Forum in Abuja, Nigeria, President Kagame answered: “There was no alternative. We had to do it because, looking back in time for our country, we sank so low that there was no lower point to go. The only way to...

Friday, August 2, 2019, 12:00 AM

Can Rwanda’s tall buildings turn into Intore dancers during earthquakes?

So, there you are, cosily sitting, standing, walking, or whatever, because you are on solid ground, right? Well, wrong! It’d seem the ground under your feet is as shifty as they come. “Shifty”, mind you, not in the sense of rotating around the sun, no, sir/madam. Rather, in the...

Friday, July 26, 2019, 12:00 AM

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