Paul Ntambara

When procurement legalities impede development

One afternoon in October 2009, while in the Southern Province city of Huye, I received a telephone call from Dr Jean Baptiste Nduwayezu, the Director General of the Institute of Scientific and Technological Research (IRST). He was confirming an earlier interview request about an ambitious biodiesel...

Saturday, June 29, 2013, 12:00 AM

Of the Nyagatare disaster and the “lessons learnt” ridicule

Picture this: a person comes up with an idea to construct a building, and this is not just an ordinary person but a qualified engineer. Without any architectural design, no implementation plan, without a construction permit and without any form of clearance from the Land Centre and district...

Thursday, June 13, 2013, 12:00 AM

Of Kikwete and advocacy for FDLR

President Jakaya Kikwete’s comments made during an Africa Union summit on Sunday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia have caused a stir both in Rwanda and the region. The Tanzanian Head of State suggested that Rwanda negotiates with the perpetrators of the genocide who, up to today, are still...

Thursday, May 30, 2013, 12:00 AM

Lessons from Rwanda Day London

After Chicago, Paris and Boston, London was the next stop for the Rwanda Day; a day of plotting for the country’s future, a day of sharing and celebrating what it means to be Rwandan.  The London meet was about Agaciro - delivering prosperity. How appropriate. Rwandans and friends of...

Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 12:00 AM

Why we have to stand up to ‘sex pests’

So we now know that over 500 young school girls between the ages 10-18 carried unwanted pregnancies in different parts  of the country, according thanks to the 2012 Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Schools report, released early this month. The number could be even bigger, and plainly put, we...

Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 12:00 AM

When divorce is the only way out

Regional parliaments have been making front page news of recent. In neighbouring Uganda, the latest debate that has attracted mixed reactions has been about how high a woman’s skirt has to be above the knee; the mini-skirt debate. As the debate raged on, it  could only get worse; one of...

Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 12:00 AM

Lack of effecient energy poses a threat to vision 2020

The Energy Water and Sanitation Authority (EWSA) has of recent been in the firing line over the intermittent electricity over the last few weeks. Load shedding left thousands in the dark while businesses counted their losses. The authority blamed the outages on two power pylons that were felled by...

Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 12:00 AM

Rwanda football: The rot starts at the top

By the look of things Rwanda can rightly be christened ‘the graveyard of foreign football coaches’. Let us look at the startling statistics: In the last 12 years, the national side, Amavubi Stars has had an incredible SEVEN foreign coaches. And counting. Let us take a peek into the list...

Saturday, April 20, 2013, 12:00 AM

Why the hospitality college alone won’t save the service industry

There is something inherently wrong with our service industry that an attempt to explain it will always end in futility. Just when you think that things are changing the stark reality of the dire situation in especially the hospitality sector, is always there to give you a rude reminder of the...

Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 12:00 AM

The last words of the dying

There is something mystical about the last words or actions of a dying person. Well, I guess they never realise that they are saying their last words on the humanly earth or performing their last acts but after they have passed on, it suddenly strikes that there was an element of premonition in...

Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 12:00 AM

Is Kinyarwanda on the brink of extinction?

King Mutara III Rudahigwa undoubtedly left an indelible mark on the history of Rwanda. He is credited for, among other accomplishments, abolishing serfdom and establishing an education fund. What is believed to be the turning point of his reign came in 1943 when he converted to Catholicism, was...

Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 12:00 AM

Women’s Day: make the numbers count

So our women have taken to the skies! the national carrier; Rwandair on the International Women’s Day let the world know that our very own Esther Mbabazi will go down the annals of history as the first Rwandan woman pilot.Small feat you think? Well it is one step for Mbabazi but a giant leap...

Sunday, March 10, 2013, 12:00 AM

From flower pots to billboards; next is city dress code!

The City of Kigali is in the news once again, as usual, attracting widespread outcry from the public. In its Sunday publication, this newspaper detailed a number of policies making the city less business friendly, leaving business persons to count their losses.One reader, while reacting to the...

Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 12:00 AM

Who will write the next Miracle of Remera?

‘Under the sod lies one of Africa’s great thespians’. This is the epitaph I would inscribe on the tombstone of my teacher and mentor Professor Francis Davis Imbuga. For those not in the know, the celebrated Kenyan playwright passed away on November 18 at his Kahawa Sukari home in...

Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 12:00 AM

Youth will make RPF stronger – Rutaremara

The emphasis on the youth in the ruling Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF-Inkotanyi)’s recruitment drive and structures and will only make the party stronger, Tito Rutaremara, a party founding member and its Commissioner for Information has said, three months ahead of the party’s silver...

Monday, September 17, 2012, 12:00 AM

Writing a new story in Rwanda’s history

Justice Minister Tharcisse Karugarama is an enviable man. Those who have had a chance to interact with him will attest to his unrivaled sense of humour. As a guest at a wedding or local state function, the wit and charm with which he delivers his message will leave many a listener with cracking...

Sunday, September 9, 2012, 12:00 AM

The perfect trinity

Forget about the Olympics, it was the same old, tired excuse ‘no medals but we gained a lot of experience’. Three things stood out for me over the last few days: The Chamber of Deputies passed the long awaited Whistle-blowers bill, Cabinet blessed the newly created a solidarity fund...

Friday, August 17, 2012, 12:00 AM

Good tidings from agriculture sector

There was some good news from Parliament last week. On Thursday, Prime Minister Damien Habumuremyi presented the state of the agricultural sector before deputies and Senators. This is a sector that employs over 80 per cent of the populations. There was some good news from Parliament last week....

Tuesday, August 7, 2012, 12:00 AM

Sucker hospitality and what is wrong with our local leaders

YOU might have probably seen them lining the road sides especially during the weekends in residential areas announcing a traditional wedding ceremony. I am talking about banana suckers, pups, whatever you call them.If you are looking for the venue of an event especially in the countryside, these...

Monday, July 16, 2012, 12:00 AM

Teachers’ welfare is about us all

EARLY childhood memories are hard to erase. It is in the early formative years that the brain is at its best; to grasp and retain information. It lasts for a lifetime. To support this claim, psycholinguists have coined what they term as the ‘critical age’ in second language acquisition...

Friday, June 1, 2012, 12:00 AM

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