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If dictatorship be the mother of this progress, let it play on

Looking at how the citizenry have taken up abandonment of a think-small mind-set for a think-big one where they strive for self-empowerment in a hygienic environment of order and cleanliness, it’s a shame that there are Rwandans still clinging to the past glorification of shallow ambitions,...

Friday, March 1, 2019, 12:27 AM

This is the land of “Strong Man” – and proudly so!

“Change of mind-set, my foot! Why all the hullabaloo?” Many people must be wearily wondering after hearing this term uttered to no end. Yet in life, its pertinence cannot be overemphasized. Obstinacy towards changing our mind-set can sometimes play silly tricks on us. Refusal to adopt...

Friday, February 22, 2019, 2:10 AM

Juggling patronage networks for political dominance in Rwanda? Give me another!

Some write-ups give me the heebie-jeebies! Are my nuts together or have they gone so a-scatter that I cannot read a piece of writing and piece together its points? Time was when I listened to a good lecture, however high sounding, and silently cheered its delivering professor. So, what is it that...

Friday, February 15, 2019, 2:22 AM

Well applied, today’s technology can propel us to clean heights

If these are signs of the future awaiting us, we’d better brace ourselves for a weird future. Artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics, for instance, if ill-selected, may turn us into madcaps! Humanity, let’s be careful how we go about working with these technological mug’s...

Friday, February 8, 2019, 12:34 AM

Heroes do not tout their heroism; they act

“Hey, fading ‘fluker’!” Yes, that was Sylvestre, my all-too-familiar village homeboy, shouting from across the street. He was now dodging his way through traffic to join me. For info, ‘fluker’ in our school days referred to a cunning student who could evade...

Friday, February 1, 2019, 12:00 AM

Two peoples that can be enriched by borrowing a leaf from each other

“Ubumuntu”, humaneness or compassion, abounds among African societies. But methinks, generally, Ghanaians have taken the lion’s share of it. Anywhere else, I’d never witnessed a townie leave their money-hunting preoccupation to give a total stranger assistance without...

Friday, January 25, 2019, 12:00 AM

The world’s largest democracy can easily find solutions to persistent challenges

Reading an article by Ms Kasturi GVL, an Indian lady, in The New Times last Monday, December 10, I was reminded of my two short visits to her awesome country. “Awesome” in the sense of its immense size and large, resourceful population. A people who seem to lead diametrically...

Friday, December 14, 2018, 1:31 AM

Rwanda: an umuvumu-solid democracy born of Gacaca

I strongly believe that ‘agacaca’ defined the way most African societies were organized, before colonialism. Kinyarwanda for “turf”, agacaca was named otherwise in other societies. But in all cases, it meant a venue where people sat in the shade of a tree to deliberate on...

Thursday, December 6, 2018, 10:48 PM

The smallest detail to honour the sanctity of life should be extolled

My first reaction on one morning unexpectedly seeing the world’s quintessential zebra-crossing colours changed was to wonder what Rwandans would call them now! Tell me, wherever you’ve been and for ages, haven’t you found these crossings to be ‘zebra’? Doubtless,...

Thursday, November 29, 2018, 11:12 PM

Africans should be able to easily see through fake news

Lately, we’ve been bombarded with analyses of fake news, God knows why. Or is it that President Donald Trump’s vexed sneezes over it, as leader (or with a “mis-” prefix?) of this earth’s most powerful country, must be our inescapable ’flu? In truth, though, many...

Thursday, November 22, 2018, 10:55 PM

Modern-day Colossuses bestride this land, to perforce protect and promote it

In a wildlife documentary last Saturday, I watched as a pride of lions, for acting in concert, floored a mighty elephant for their meal. Without relishing any bloodletting, I marvelled: it’s no wonder that a group of lions is called a “pride”. All the elephant needed was a little...

Friday, November 16, 2018, 12:03 AM

With the correct mind-set, any society can pack quite a punch of progress

I always trudge the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) streets in walking exercises, for their convenience. Those breezy streets can lure the worst loather of exercise. That is, the streets that are free of the busy construction machines. Early evening last Saturday was different, though. On my way to...

Thursday, November 8, 2018, 9:22 PM

With the correct mindset, any society can pack quite a punch of progress

I always trudge the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) streets in walking exercises, for their convenience. Those breezy streets can lure the worst loather of exercise. That is, the streets that are free of the busy construction machines. Early evening last Saturday was different, though. On my way to...

Thursday, November 1, 2018, 11:15 PM

Karame! Long live!

Last Sunday was Car-Free Day in Kigali. Two Sundays a month, a stretch of streets in the capital is kept devoid of cars in morning hours for health purposes. The cars are kept at bay for residents to colonise the designated streets and do any physical exercise that’s to their fancy. The...

Thursday, October 25, 2018, 11:55 PM

L’OIF: One step in how our diversity can build our unity

As Rwandans bask in the glory of one of their own clinching the post of Secretary General of l’Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), never, for a single second, should they lose sight of the mission that they set out to fulfil. It should be down to brass tacks post-haste....

Friday, October 19, 2018, 12:00 AM

Democracy is not a creature on stilts

Someone in an e-mail pointed out to me the fact of how last week I contradicted myself. On one hand, I denounced mind-manipulation that foments violence and death. On the other, I praised armed struggle for liberation, which necessarily involves death. But, before you put me to the sword, allow me...

Thursday, October 11, 2018, 10:59 PM

Gallants must in solidarity fight mind-manipulators

The other day a junior friend – “junior” relative to my age – woke me up to the bizarre fact that we used to enjoy “Westerns”. Indeed, it’s with shame that I recall this. First, though, something about that “junior” tag. It may be a misnomer,...

Thursday, October 4, 2018, 10:37 PM

In Africa can we ever see honour suicide by any kind of official?

The waters of this globe are angry. And it’s not only global warming melting the icecaps that’s driving them hopping mad. Or else the inland waters wouldn’t be in a bad mood, too. In all waters, of the high seas and of the highlands, it’s mankind to blame. But before we go...

Friday, September 28, 2018, 12:12 AM

There is greatness in working together, where everyone matters

La légion de semeurs de haine est dans un dilemme! Yes, they are the Francophone hate-mongering legion. And they are in a quandary. Their object of hate is not living up to the expected low, primitively dictatorial image that they’ve worked so hard to mint for the world. The new Rwandan...

Friday, September 21, 2018, 8:52 AM

Away with the primitive hoe; time for total mechanisation

The eighth edition of the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) graced Kigali last week. On a continent whose citizens still largely rely on the primitive hoe to eke out a living, such a knocking-together of heads to ponder ways of financing agriculture and in the end putting it on an industrial...

Thursday, September 13, 2018, 10:10 PM

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