Pan Butamire

Kudos all round for a successful AU Summit!

Rwandans should take time to give themselves a hearty pat on the back. Then, after that, they can go back to their favourite preoccupation. The preoccupation of driving the processes of placing their country and society among those that take hard and smart work, and its resultant good standard of...

Wednesday, July 20, 2016, 12:00 AM

KCC, a symbol of marriage between modernity, tradition

As our eminent visitors who are here for the AU Summit meet to discuss the problems of our continent and contemplate solutions, I hope they will take time off to listen to the humble dome that hosts them. The Kigali Convention Centre has a story to tell. When I got the opportunity to tour this...

Wednesday, July 13, 2016, 12:00 AM

Liberation continuum: The reconfiguration of a country

This after-long-holiday feels like that euphoric time after being, not reborn but, born as a totally new being. To be exact, it feels like what we commemorated: the time after the forces of hope triumphed over the forces of evil that had sunk Rwanda into a deep, dark hole. A lot has been said in...

Wednesday, July 6, 2016, 12:00 AM

The West needs to rethink their democracy

Rwanda may be happening too fast for some of us, no matter how we thought we kept the closest tabs on the smallest of developments. But first things first, though all are equally important. I remember listening in on the news about President Kagame opening an Ekocenter (whatever that was, I said...

Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 12:00 AM

Kigali, the city of a thousand rings?

Time was when I used to bemoan our incapacity to work hard as Rwandans, when you compared us with the Chinese, for instance. When you read stories of a fifteen-storey hotel being built in six days in China, prefabrication notwithstanding, and then thought about how our single-storey...

Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 12:00 AM

It's true, Rwanda is the universe

Pray, where did “baton” go? Senior citizens will remember it as a rhythmic gymnastic sport that they may have enjoyed before the 1970s. But everybody else knows it as “baton twirling”, a common and interesting sport in many countries around the world. Alas, today “...

Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 12:00 AM

If dictatorship could heal a society, many countries would be paradise

It was a clear morning. Sunday 29th May, Car-Free Day in Kigali, seemed to have ‘dressed’ for the occasion, indeed, as it was a day of sports for Kigali residents. And so, I and a couple of fellow grey-heads were waddling down Kimihurura road, our form of sports, when one of us jumped...

Wednesday, June 8, 2016, 12:00 AM

Rwanda will always attract attention

I enjoyed reading comments in the media on Rwanda’s successful hosting of the World Economic Forum. I was particularly amused by the banter between some who, on one hand, opined that the country attracted world attention for playing proficient host, thanks to her “Agaciro”, and...

Wednesday, June 1, 2016, 12:00 AM

The World Economic Forum and Umuganda would be cosy bedfellows

So the World Economic Forum for Africa is in town, bringing together the bright brains of our globe to ponder the future economic fortunes of our continent, and powering it with digital technology.  Rwanda needs this summit for inspiration and encouragement, seized as she is in a concerted...

Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 12:00 AM

Every survival story must be publicly proclaimed

However much we may want to avoid overly dwelling on the hell that engulfed Rwanda in 1994, we must know that decency alone, if nothing else, demands us to publicly proclaim and repeatedly recite all who endured it, especially during this season of sorrow. For, not doing so is playing in the hands...

Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 12:00 AM

Genocide ideology, a leaking house that must be abandoned

I’d seen it all, God knows I had. What I’d not seen in the heat of the horror, I’d seen in pictures. The Genocide against the Tutsi was a barbarity out of this world. The repeated hacks at humans as if at dead logs; the punctured skulls that were then smashed against walls; the...

Monday, April 18, 2016, 12:00 AM

Any patronising power must be faced eyeball to eyeball

You know the idiom, “But me no buts”. It’s said if you are fed up with unending objections, like when you say, “my Gir’inka cow is well fed and it’s giving me plenty of milk”. Then somebody unnecessarily qualifies that with, “yes, but its big udder...

Friday, April 1, 2016, 12:00 AM

In the words of a villager...

There I was, in a café in a Kigali suburb, ruminating as I took in the evening view of the Kigali skyline and wondering how somebody had managed to ‘steal my vantage-points show’ when, who breezes in? “My brother from another mother!” exclaimed Sylvestre, bursting...

Thursday, January 7, 2016, 12:00 AM

A patriot does not despair; they find solutions

AUGUSTIN (no burdening him with divulging surname) was a sweet, innocent boy born in an unstable and uncertain system that would turn ruthless to “his people”. Born Rwandan, he would nevertheless soon be denied his full birth rights. Unknown to him, he had been turned into a stateless...

Saturday, April 5, 2014, 12:00 AM

Why Rwanda will weather storm of negative press

When you are trying to sympathise with all those suffering in senseless wars and other human-induced tragedies of the world, so as to get the courage to appreciate the day, your ears are split by noises of how your country is a monster. You are trying to push back memories of the monstrosity of...

Friday, March 21, 2014, 12:00 AM

National Leadership Retreat: for leisure or for labour?

LAST FRIDAY, March 7, was ‘exodus day’ for our leaders. From the lowest to the highest, in the public and private sectors, the leaders were packed together in college buses, bound for the north-east. Gabiro, in the Eastern Province, would be their hibernation nook for three days....

Thursday, March 13, 2014, 12:00 AM

Regional media should wake up to these machinations

WHEN YOU observe what’s happening, not to, but about Rwanda, you cannot help but wonder what’s going on. The most trivial issue is elevated to the level of most consequential happening.  An individual who has never positively served society, when they claim to have been stopped...

Friday, March 7, 2014, 12:00 AM

Opposition in exile not of any consequence

THERE IS no doubt that Frank Kagabo’s column that appears in Rwanda Today, a weekly on Rwanda carried in The East African, is usually expressive and balanced on Rwandan issues. However, perhaps for not being a daily close observer of Rwandans’ interests and struggles in building their...

Friday, February 28, 2014, 12:00 AM

Redefining peacekeeping

As it used to be (and still is, in some places?), peacekeeping could not impress anybody in Rwanda, in my opinion. With it, Rwandans saw the meaning of shame and will never be identified with it. When UN peacekeepers had their stint in Rwanda in the early 1990s, except a wee few courageous...

Saturday, February 22, 2014, 12:00 AM

The dynamic pack on a relentless journey

It’s interesting to stand on the side, fly-on-the-wall-like, and watch an interaction of the clear-headed, confident and articulate-to-a fault young bureaucrats of Rwanda. And, sure, a sprinkling of their elder greying ‘Gaguls’ (as we used to call oldies), as they all together...

Friday, February 14, 2014, 12:00 AM

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