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Last call, please! Anybody clinging to the greetings of yore, let go

Reader of this greying column, have you survived the night, waraye, wararmutse, bwacyeye, wabonye (imyugaririro) ivamo, wabonye bucya?  With the latter literally asking if you miraculously saw the sun rise! Or, depending on where you are on this globe, if it’s afternoon or evening, have...

Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 8:52 PM

Last call, please! Anybody clinging to the greetings of yore, let go

Reader of this greying column, have you survived the night, waraye, wararmutse, bwacyeye, wabonye (imyugaririro) ivamo, wabonye bucya?  With the latter literally asking if you miraculously saw the sun rise! Or, depending on where you are on this globe, if it’s afternoon or evening, have...

Thursday, June 14, 2018, 11:25 PM

Can Rwanda push for a truly functional AfCFTA?

Rwandansmay decry the imperfections of service delivery today but they should never forget where they are coming from. Only about two decades ago, there was no service of any kind to talk about. I remember going to the only shop that sold good shoes, bearing the odd Kinyarwanda name of what...

Friday, June 8, 2018, 12:23 AM

Advertising with anybody, don’t all countries or companies do it to increase earnings?

There is this English media know-all I heard on BBC radio last Tuesday (29.5.’18) morning, call him “KA”. You know, one of those fellows who have fronted themselves as experts on the Rwandan society and their citizens’ thinking. So, says this English KA: the Rwandan...

Friday, June 1, 2018, 5:00 AM

Conditional castaway apparel and footwear? What temerity!

I’ve said here before that if the USA were to offer Rwanda its nanoscience, nanotechnology, nanobots and ‘nano-whatever-else’ for a disease-free life when it fully masters knowledge of them, Rwanda would maybe ponder swallowing her pride and accept its (US) castaway cloth and...

Friday, May 25, 2018, 4:55 AM

Will nanotechnology one day bring home our national outlaws?

Fake news is the order of the day these days. And so here is a piece doing the rounds on social media, as you’ve no doubt seen, bearing the bloodcurdling tag of “The Death of Death”. However, scary as that may sound, it’s reportedly the title of a book that carries the...

Friday, May 18, 2018, 2:43 AM

Is humanity visiting anarchy on this planet?

Mighty Mother Nature is hopping mad and we are at peril! Doubtless, our societies are to blame. Otherwise who else is responsible for the way this earth seems to be coming apart, threatening our very existence? Surely, aren’t we bringing doomsday to ourselves? As we speak, the Hawaiian...

Friday, May 11, 2018, 1:11 AM

Rwanda: The Royal Tour shows us that the summit is in sight

Watching this documentary puts you at the apex of the triumph of good over evil. The top of a literal rise of a country, sphinx-like, from the ashes – liquid and scarlet red ashes. Be you national or foreigner, knowing that ‘liquid ashes bottom’, you’ll not be left...

Friday, May 4, 2018, 12:18 AM

Truly, this country has come a long, hard way

A visit to the Campaign Against Genocide (CAG) Museum in Kigali is a plunge into the scary hole of the near-impossibility of recreating a genocidal Rwanda into the new country we see today! That the museum is in the basement of the Parliamentary building doesn’t help matters. The terror of...

Thursday, April 26, 2018, 10:28 PM

Third world, reject being turned into “the grass that suffers”

Every time you wake up, Rwandans, you should all remember to give a thought to the God of Rwanda, Imana y’u Rwanda. It’s not all the time that a people manage to choose a leadership whose governance code is the single-minded pursuit of one goal:  their total emancipation. But...

Thursday, April 19, 2018, 11:09 PM

For advancement and consolidation, we dare not tire in remembering

This day, twenty-four years ago, this land was already awash with the blood of close to sixty thousand victims, if not more. Yet these were only the first six days. At the end of the ninety-day genocide, the final count of this hollering, horrendous butchering orgy, whose ferocity had never before...

Friday, April 13, 2018, 12:44 AM

Total selfless leadership: Is it achievable in this land?

You remember the cartoon in these pages: a suited-up government dignitary at the head of an entourage of mollycoddling local leaders tossing up his coat behind when he feels hot. And, sure enough, the leaders are jumping over themselves, each to carry the prised coat for the honcho as others are...

Friday, April 6, 2018, 12:55 AM

Interaction, collaboration: A sure bet for strength, wealth

And so there you are, bemoaning your woes of difficulty in fulfilling travel needs because you think that at fifty thousand Rwanda Francs (Frw), the business of acquiring a passport is costly. You’re not impressed by the fact of simply sauntering into the immigration department to place your...

Friday, March 30, 2018, 1:13 AM

AfCFTA: May Kigali be the launch pad for a united Africa

Talking to ‘The East African’ weekly, a Rwandan based in Kenya says: “Kenyans are go-getters and great entrepreneurs, Ugandans are hospitable, Burundians are colourful, Rwandans have discipline and focus.” The statement is a summary of the opinion that answers to his quest...

Friday, March 23, 2018, 12:00 AM

From the “glassful” of yore, Rwanda is a busy-bee, welcome-all house

“Rwanda is like a glass full of water. One single drop and the glass will overflow.” You remember the author of that infamous statement, made in all seriousness. Whatever corner of the none-too-cold place he is in, has that author swallowed his words? To jog your memory, the author was...

Friday, March 16, 2018, 12:00 AM

Kigali ripe for an animal sanctuary

The other day a friend from the 1980s, when we lived in Kenya, was telling me about an idea he wanted to try out in Kigali in 1998 and how he shelved it, when it met resistance. Seeing as it was a brilliant idea but also that it was at a time this country was grappling with so messy a situation, I...

Friday, March 9, 2018, 12:00 AM

Africans, the Western 'paradise' we crave can find us here

Refugees demonstrating over reduced hand-outs? My heart bled when recently I saw Congolese refugees in Kiziba camp, here in Rwanda, violently demonstrating over these alms. In our long and roaming runs as refugees (1959–1994), anybody entertaining such an idea would’ve been laughed out...

Friday, March 2, 2018, 12:00 AM

Can current individual countries' political tectonic shifts deliver?

Some of us heaved a sigh of relief when Robert G. Mugabe went with a whimper and not a bang. He was past his sell-by date and there are so many tumbles a man can take, true, but we’ve to admit we always cheered when, once on the rostrum, he tongue-lashed those superpowers that lord it over us...

Friday, February 23, 2018, 12:00 AM

Volunteer leaders at the grassroots, our unsung heroes

There is a cadre of workers that we take for granted in this country. Few of us really appreciate the profundity of their work’s impact, especially to the ordinary citizen. I was awakened to this truth recently in a conversation with a friend, who is head of Umudugudu. As a village (so-...

Friday, February 16, 2018, 12:00 AM

The West may be going west; let us look to youthful East

Everybody will tell you Dubai City is the destination of choice when you want to purchase anything under the sun, on the cheap. It’s the go-to place when you want pickings at rock-bottom price, especially used vehicles, to ship home for personal use or as merchandise. What no one will...

Friday, February 9, 2018, 12:00 AM

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