Paul Ntambara

A quick peek at the household performance contract notebook

The Imihigo, or performance contracts model, have been hailed as another successful home grown solution that has ensured accountability and proper service delivery in local governments. Umuganda (community work), Gacaca and Itorero can be considered in the same vein, as initiatives over which...

Friday, January 24, 2014, 12:00 AM

RDF is living up to the vow of ‘Never Again’

As you read this, the Rwanda Defence Forces’ (RDF) Mechanized Infantry battalion of 850 Personnel has deployed to the Central African Republic (CAR) as part of an African-led International Support Mission to the Central African Republic (MISCA).The mission is mandated to protect civilians,...

Saturday, January 18, 2014, 12:00 AM

Let’s all unite in memory

It is just over a week since the year 2014 was ushered in. This year comes with added meaning for Rwanda as the county marks 20 years since the 1994 Genocide that claimed over a million Tutsis.Activities to mark the anniversary kicked off on January 7 and the pre-commemoration activities will last...

Saturday, January 11, 2014, 12:00 AM

Media and business: Why Rwandan media need help

Rwanda’s media industry, just like other sectors, has been undergoing a reconstruction process and with the liberalisation of the sector more than ten years ago, we are now talking of over 60 media outlets both in the print and electronic media.There is also now sizeable private investment in...

Saturday, December 28, 2013, 12:00 AM

It will be difficult to integrate when people are not talking

The advent of the mobile phone was hailed as the best thing to have happened to the world of communication. For the ‘dot.com’ generation, it is inconceivable how life was before the mobile phone age.  Everything seems to rotate around the mobile phone today; even marriages are made...

Friday, December 20, 2013, 12:00 AM

Of Kigali’s nightlife, food and roadside benches

Kigali is getting smarter by the day. It is not just the impeccably clean streets; the skyline of the city is rising, the central business district is a beehive of activity, the shopping malls have become trendy. Reputable international hotel chains are investing in the largely untapped hospitality...

Saturday, December 14, 2013, 12:00 AM

Mandela made his mark at the Rivonia trial

“During my life time I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal...

Friday, December 6, 2013, 12:00 AM

Of the askari and my mosquito net

For the last three years I have lived on this side of town – Kicukiro to be precise – where I have grown accustomed to knocks on my house door, especially over the weekends.If it is not the garbage collector demanding for pay, it is the village official telling me about the venue for...

Monday, November 25, 2013, 12:00 AM

Bold step by Mineduc long overdue

The last few weeks have seen unprecedented developments in the education sector. I will stick to only two talking points that lend credence to the expression; ‘better late than never.’Two critical decisions stood out for me: making it compulsory to attain an ordinary level leaving...

Friday, November 15, 2013, 12:00 AM

Energy, water combined too big a bite to chew

The mention of water and electricity strikes a chord with everyone; be it a domestic house help striving to fulfil their daily chores or the industrialist looking forward to rolling out the finished product down the production line.No wonder the issue of water and electricity has occasioned an...

Saturday, October 26, 2013, 12:00 AM

Need to strengthen the mediation approach in resolving land disputes

Last year, many African countries, including Rwanda marked 50 years of independence. One key landmark of colonial rule,  especially in former British colonies is the enigma that is land.It was mainly the land question that started an unsavoury relationship between the colonialist and the...

Sunday, October 20, 2013, 12:00 AM

Poor reading culture begins from home

There is something about books and reading that has captured headlines over the last few days. Last month, from the University town of Butare came the rather sad tale of a university book store that had been turned into a grocery store.The story that was published in this paper generated angry...

Friday, October 4, 2013, 12:00 AM

With elections over, it’s time to walk the talk

This week presented mixed fortunes for women politicians in two different countries on two different continents.In Australia, new Prime Minister Tony Abbot named an almost male cabinet with only Julie Bishop, the Foreign Minister being the sole female member.The resulting name calling has not been...

Saturday, September 21, 2013, 12:00 AM

May candidates with the best manifestos carry the day

Today, Rwandans go to the polls to elect people who will represent them in the August House. For a month, Party and Independent candidates have combed towns and the countryside for votes in what has largely been a peaceful campaign season. Typical of campaign time, different party colours and...

Monday, September 16, 2013, 12:00 AM

Why the ‘magical seed’ needs support to flourish

A seed (imbuto) as a symbol has been used widely to represent different ideas, beliefs and actions. Latter day prosperity evangelists have put the symbol of the seed to utmost use in their gospel of ‘sowing a seed.’ The message to their congregation is clear; you have to ‘sow a...

Wednesday, August 28, 2013, 12:00 AM

Is it ‘trial and error’ for new city transport system?

The city transport question was back in the news this week after three firms; Kigali Bus Service, Rwanda Federation of Transport Cooperative and Royal Express won a five-year tender to operate public transport in the city.The deal has generated little excitement from the general public not with the...

Friday, August 16, 2013, 12:00 AM

To our esteemed dons: either publish or perish

The latest Webometrics ranking of world universities has attracted mixed reactions from the academia and general public. While the standards at our universities have been suspect over the years, the latest ranking only reaffirms this unpalatable truth.Conducted by the Cybermetrics lab, a Spanish...

Saturday, August 10, 2013, 12:00 AM

Why we need an anti-corruption court

Deogratius Samvura, a farmer, brazenly dished out a bribe of Rwf1, 000; he was arrested and prosecuted. The Rubavu Intermediate Court convicted him of corruption. He was sentenced to one year in prison.Fred Gahizi, a Police officer, trained to keep law and order found himself on the wrong side of...

Saturday, August 3, 2013, 12:00 AM

Why Rwanda is and remains in the news

It has been a while since I started using the content monitoring service, Google alerts offered by the search engine Google. Email updates on my main query ‘Rwanda’ have been overwhelming so much that I even considered deactivating the service. Not a second passes without an alert...

Friday, July 26, 2013, 12:00 AM

Making sense of the 2013 global corruption report

Rwanda has yet again been ranked as a high flyer in ensuring a corruption free society. This is according to the report dubbed; The Global Corruption Barometer 2013 produced by Transparency International. The findings mainly based on public opinion on corruption, shows that Rwanda is the only...

Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 12:00 AM

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