Pan Butamire

Will COVAX succeed in delivering the COVID-19 vaccine equitably?

Many a time our sad continent has witnessed self-appointed druids that raised Africans’ hopes only for them to quickly see these hopes dashed. This virus continues to waste away our peoples’ lives and our economies, however hard we try to fight it. That’s why these “...

Friday, September 25, 2020, 12:00 AM

Auto-criticism as one of the weapons against corruption

That Rwanda is counted among the world’s most orderly and cleanest countries is a fact. Alone, though, that’s not overly important. More important should be that this cleanliness not only be skin deep; that it go deeper into clean governance and improved citizens’ welfare....

Friday, September 18, 2020, 12:00 AM

Génocidaires and partners beware the ides of the season!

Let’s talk about them, these blood-spiller hounds unworthy of being called sons/daughters of this land. All are petty but some have been blown so large they thought they were big fish. But big or small, they are slowly but surely discovering the truth that they are all tiny sardines to...

Friday, September 11, 2020, 12:00 AM

Guidelines-contravention busters; a possibility?

They dawdle around housing-estate streets unobtrusively, mumbling their hardly audible intent at intervals. If you are the irritable type that cannot suffer idlers kindly, you’ll shoo them off. Alms-seekers or night robbers scouting for targets, you’ll curse under your breath....

Friday, August 28, 2020, 12:00 AM

Children of the trench, Covid-19 can’t conquer us!

These are ugly times. With this novel coronavirus that stalks the world ready to strike anybody anywhere on this good earth, to swallow up lives and strangle economies, these are very harsh times. And harsh times demand taking them on harshly. As the police spokesman put it, this virus is...

Friday, August 21, 2020, 12:00 AM

Our northern and southern neighbour-leaders, what haunts thee?

The noises coming out of our neighbourhood’s leaderships make for an interesting cacophonic confusion. From our north and from our south, the leaders are blowing their tops and when you look at why, it’s over their very own actions. Exactly what’s itching them about Rwanda?...

Friday, August 14, 2020, 12:00 AM

Tribute to our volunteer refugee teachers in our exile

Talking about being two Rwandan refugees in a class, as I did, I can’t resist being force-flung back to the stormy days when school was hell. Hell with a difference, as per the Good Book. According to which, the way to hell is paved with gold – pray, don’t quote me! The way...

Friday, August 7, 2020, 9:05 AM

World Bank income rating of countries, does it make sense?

If there is any subject I never had any inkling about in my now-distant education, it’s Economics. The reason was never the subject per se; it was the teacher. In our fifth year of secondary school, only two of us were Rwandan refugees, in the Economics class. The citizenship forgeries we...

Friday, July 31, 2020, 12:00 AM

Rwanda: Melting pot of Rwandans, other nationalities, hills and mountains

Before this coronavirus pandemic invaded the world and brought it to its knees, a few of us old fusspots had gone native. Native in the sense of monopolising our local Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in our hobbling activity that answered to fitness exercise. If for no fitness at all, to keep bones...

Friday, July 24, 2020, 12:00 AM

Our youth, you are in the driving seat; put in a clean job of work

Mrs. Ducishe Viziyonariya, my neighbour, is a lady like many leading simple lives in outskirts of Kigali not yet fully consumed by today’s flourishing city housing. Areas only now getting built up by the up-and-coming youth, either newly in good employment positions or in their own now-...

Friday, July 17, 2020, 7:11 AM

As humans are varied but equal, so are the governments they make

It gnaws at your heart to hear these pompous Western opinion-dispensers dismiss off-hand some of our third-world countries as autocratic regimes that their leaders should not engage. If you are too lazy to discern differences in these countries’ leaderships, who needs your opinion?...

Friday, July 10, 2020, 12:00 AM

Access to Mitterrand’s archives; what don’t Rwandans know?

April, May, June and July soon here. It’s in order, then, that before we get to the celebratory mood of July 4, we again look back and agonise over the time we were sunk into hot hell. Into hell by our own brethren and ‘sistren’ who seemed possessed by demons from some ‘...

Friday, June 26, 2020, 12:00 AM

Americans, friends of Rwanda all, how about having a go at Gacaca?

Today, the Supreme Guide has become a dilemma to us. Bullying and bamboozling, dividing and dispersing, fumbling and faltering, groping and goofing. What ails thee, our redeemer? No, not THE Supreme Eternal Guide that was neighbour to our south. He (RIP) for whom we mourn and pray that his...

Friday, June 19, 2020, 12:00 AM

Let’s celebrate as one great continent, not as these balkanised countries

“Ubugabo si ubutumbi” is a Kinyarwanda adage. I’d take it to translate as “Size does not matter” but many people can translate it in many ways. For instance, as “The lard that a man carries doesn’t denote his strength”. Or, as Mark Twain aptly put it...

Friday, June 12, 2020, 12:00 AM

The Genocide against the Tutsi is that and nothing but

Just so that nobody is diverted by this pandemic and forgets, we are still in the season of sorrow. The sorrow of remembering over a million of our fathers and mothers, sisters and brothers, daughters and sons, all who perished in the most horrific death of all time. The dreadful death...

Friday, June 5, 2020, 12:00 AM

To African intelligentsia schooled in the West: Africa is not a country

In Kigali, as in the countryside towns and shopping centres, today Rwandans take these ubiquitous sidewalks on roads and streets for granted. This is interesting because only twenty-six years ago, they’d have wondered what they were for and given them a wide berth. Road- and street-sides...

Friday, May 29, 2020, 12:00 AM

Trying Kabuga in Rwanda would do him a lot of life-stretching good

And so France snared Félicien Kabuga. Yet he is said to have sent out feelers on how to create contact with the Rwandan government. Reason? Asking to connect his aging bones with the soil of his birth. Unfortunately, he has been collared before fulfilling his wish. Touché. Seriously, I...

Friday, May 22, 2020, 12:00 AM

Little humans fighting over trinkets of Mother Nature’s abundance, you’ll be our death

I remember the 1950s, as my eyes and mind began to open to the world, as a time when Mother Nature was at Her calm best. At no time did She exhibit a sign of the kind of fury that has exploded on us with the unfolding of this year, worsening a bad COVID19 situation. Where we, in particular,...

Friday, May 15, 2020, 12:00 AM

What kind are Western leaderships that they see others’ unity as anathema?

We crave partnering with our neighbours and who doesn’t, theirs? All neighbours wish for all-round cooperation and partnership pacts. This is evidenced in countries that live as integrated regions. Today, neighbouring countries that have thus cemented their bonds abound. There are...

Friday, May 8, 2020, 12:00 AM

Eliminating COVID-19 is a mission for which no sacrifice is too high

“Hata tukonde kama misumari, hatuwezi kurudi nyuma!” These were lyrics in a Kiswahili song that was a favourite clarion call for the Rwanda Patriotic Front/Army (RPF/A) during the 1990-1994 liberation struggle. The liberators’ cause was their alfa and omega. Without...

Friday, May 1, 2020, 12:00 AM

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