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‘Mapping Report’ out or not, let’s remember 01.10.90

As has been the case for a number of years now, this date, 1st October, will pass quietly everywhere in Rwanda. Even then, it marks a day that sparked off an earth-shaking transformation of the people of this land. Today marks the day when an assortment of young soldiers shed their Ugandan...

Friday, October 1, 2010, 12:00 AM

May the day come when the UN will achieve something!

Whenever I look at the clean, orderly towns and the green, vibrant countryside of Rwanda, I always try to force my mind not to wander back to the period immediately after the 1994 genocide. But, as if in the grip of an invisible, fiendish force, my mind is always inevitably drawn into that shambles...

Friday, September 24, 2010, 12:00 AM

The curse of being an independent-minded African

When someone pointed out that my quote last week indicated a bent to kill, I realised I’d created a misconception. In asking “Why kill the messenger?” in reference to Gitera, Rudahigwa (Rwandan king, 1931- 1959) was not referring to any killing but asking his people to go deeper and understand the...

Friday, September 17, 2010, 12:00 AM

Rwandans tired of being ‘mapped’ by others

The United Nations Organisation and many international non-governmental organisations have never got along well with today’s Rwanda and most likely never will. It should, therefore, not come as a surprise when the organisations make it their habit to periodically poke needles at the government of...

Friday, September 3, 2010, 12:00 AM

Self-appointed definers of Rwanda’s destiny still at it

“I went to Rwanda to participate in several volunteer projects and to do research work not affiliated with the election,” confesses Gaja Pellegrini to ‘France 24’. So, does the good lady participate in those volunteer projects and does she do her research? No, she sees better to “research” on how...

Monday, August 30, 2010, 12:00 AM

Impatient to resume the business of building Rwanda

Rwandans have spoken and their enemies in and out of the country are furious because they know that there is nothing they can do about it. So they try the hyena act: catch these Rwandans unawares, while they are still busy celebrating. That some silly mind should hatch up a plot of hurting...

Friday, August 13, 2010, 12:00 AM

Rwanda: condemned to be a “robust state”!

Mr. Golooba-Mutebi’s article (‘The Independent’, July 30 – August 05, 2010) displayed a maturity and sobriety that put to shame the feverish and uncoordinated rants of Mr. Timothy Kalyegira, to whose article earlier he was reacting in the same magazine. As usual, Kalyegira’s ‘analysis’ was marked...

Friday, August 6, 2010, 12:00 AM

Remember to consider carefully!

Methinks the drums of chaos-prediction are dying down. Advocacy and media hounds of the world are clicking their tongues in disappointment. There may be one still whimpering here and there, but the overblown balloon of noises like “Tense atmosphere!”, “Pre-election violence!”, “Climate of fear!”...

Friday, July 30, 2010, 12:00 AM

Rwanda beware, the vuvuzelas of divisionism!

In Rwanda, the vuvuzelas are out now. A friend said that Rwandans are normally a reticent lot and I couldn’t agree more. That is why it is amazing how they’ve come out in unprecedented force to ‘noisily cheer’, as opposed to ‘quietly murder’ (if you remember the 1994 genocide). Rwanda is firmly in...

Friday, July 23, 2010, 12:00 AM

Rwanda is not coming down; she is on the up and up!

Last week a minor requirement gave me a headache. The census of civil servants was launched to rid the civil service of any likely civil service ‘ghosts’ (non-existent civil servants who may be on the payroll). The exercise is being carried out by the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda on...

Friday, July 16, 2010, 12:00 AM

Step on the Rwandan Constitution’s toes at your own peril!

When Helen Thomas, all of 90 years old, woke up last Monday morning (7th June 2010), the least thing on her mind was an end to her illustrious career. After all, she was as sprightly and sturdy as she was when she flung her first barb of a question at the occupant of White House. At the time, that...

Friday, June 11, 2010, 12:00 AM

The party politics of Rwanda

Any one used to the conventions of political parties in other countries would have been disappointed at the RPF (Rwandan Patriotic Front) convention of last Saturday 15th June 2010, at the Amahoro National Stadium. Lacking were the usual, showy fanfare and sloganeering that mark other such events...

Friday, May 21, 2010, 12:00 AM

Say the truth and shame the wilfully blind!

I’ve said it here before. I have an aversion to journalistic reportage and language and that’s probably why I’ll never succeed in communicating objectively. I hate the journalistic tendency of comparing the incomparable in the name of finding a balance. Why not report things as you see them...

Friday, May 14, 2010, 12:00 AM

A crisis cannot be willed into happening!

“There I was, standing in the rain, getting soaked while waiting for a cab……[when he] removed himself from his security detail……to walk over and ……share his umbrella with me,” said Tom Murro. Murro was talking about Rwandan President Paul Kagame, who had just officiated over the launching ceremony...

Friday, May 7, 2010, 12:00 AM

Cry for our blocked minds!

Last Wednesday’s (24.03.10) edition of The New Times bore interesting headlines on its first page. The first was “FDU’s Ingabire attempts to flee” and, bellow it, “Top FDLR commander surrenders”. Colonel Rashid Ngoboka, erstwhile head of training in Rally for Unity and Democracy (RUD – Urunana), a...

Friday, March 26, 2010, 12:00 AM

Hail to your opinions!

I want to make it clear that I am not anything like an authority on what I write. I simply express my opinions according to how I see things and will always welcome differing opinions. In response to an e-mail to me, I can only say that the messages I often receive are awakening and teach me a lot...

Friday, March 19, 2010, 12:00 AM

REFLEXIONS ON SUNDAY: Remembering an ultimate cowboy

If you were not born yesterday, then, like me, you are still mourning the late Paul Newman (God rest his soul in peace), who passed away on September 26. For your information, by ‘yesterday’ I mean any time after the 1950s! For if you were not old enough to see films in the ’50s and ’60s, you...

Monday, October 13, 2008, 12:00 AM

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