Paul Ntambara

Death of a sportsman

What is life? Shakespeare, in Macbeth says:  Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player/That struts and frets his hour upon the stage/And then is heard no more: it is a tale/Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,/Signifying nothing.The end of life (death) has always been a point of...

Saturday, May 19, 2012, 12:00 AM

A moment of reflection

Name: Francine Murengezi Ingabire. Age: 12. Favourite sport: Swimming. Favourite food: Eggs and chips. Favourite drink: Milk and Fanta tropical. Best friend: Her elder sister Claudette. Cause of death: Hacked by machete. This information is picked from a plaque beneath a portrait of a child killed...

Saturday, April 7, 2012, 12:00 AM

In search of a final resting place

How would you want to be buried? This is the question I put to a friend. Despite his outspokenness on many issues, a question on death and burial triggered a gaunt look on his face like he was contemplating the end of the world. He paced to and fro, then in circles. “I honestly have never...

Friday, March 30, 2012, 12:00 AM

We should all be inspectors

A visiting friend recently asked me where in Kigali one can spend an evening ‘in a civilized way’. Well, being city savvy I was not short of options. I took her through a list of the different hangout places you can think of in this ‘garden city’ but the look on her face...

Saturday, March 10, 2012, 12:00 AM

City demolitions and the wisdom of ‘The Caucasian Chalk Circle’

Nothing lasts like a mother’s love, they say, but I must add: nothing lasts like a good book. This week, reading Bertolt Brecht’s ‘The Caucasian Chalk Circle’ (for the umpteenth time) got me thinking about the ongoing demolitions in the City of Kigali that have attracted...

Saturday, March 3, 2012, 12:00 AM

Cough the dough

Accountability : Paul NtambaraThere is a new momentum that is building at the Rwandan parliament. A lot of good work has been done by the legislative body yet much has gone unnoticed especially by those used to the high tempo, often dramatic debates characteristic of most East African parliaments...

Friday, February 24, 2012, 12:00 AM

One step forward, two backward

ONLY recently, after years of frustration, commuters in Kigali managed a grin on their faces  after a ‘messiah’ in the names of Kigali Bus Service delivered on its promise to put to the road 80-seater ultra modern buses that would eventually end the misery of squeezing out the now...

Friday, February 3, 2012, 12:00 AM

The Inspector has gone AWOL

THERE is a picture of a minister that has gone viral on the internet. Clad in checkered jacket, Dr Mathias Harebamungu, the hard-talking, bespectacled State Minister in-charge of Primary and Secondary Education, is seen with a hoe destroying over 20 mobile phones as some visibly astonished students...

Friday, January 27, 2012, 12:00 AM

Investigations and Doubts

IN 1997, as a young student leader, I joined a group of over fifty counterparts from a neighbouring country on a study tour of Rwanda, a country that was still fresh from Genocide, which claimed more than one million people. As the bus veered to the unfamiliar right side of the road at Gatuna...

Saturday, January 14, 2012, 12:00 AM

The Congo-Nile Trail: A pure hiking paradise

Traveling is one luxury that my job affords me. My most recent travel experience introduced me to the stunning beauty that lies in the western part of Rwanda, a place I have always yearned to visit. This escape from the hustle and bustle of the city took me on what is now the famous Congo-Nile...

Thursday, December 15, 2011, 12:00 AM

Date with a ‘Pavement Princess’

THERE are numerous euphemisms that have been coined to describe ladies that engage in prostitution. They are called commercial sex workers, ladies of the night or ladies of the red light district and the derogative names; whores and sluts. But this one- pavement princess beats them all! It was one...

Friday, November 11, 2011, 12:00 AM

Playing, Singing the way to EAC integration

Technocrats at the East African Community (EAC) Secretariat in Arusha, Tanzania tell us that the EAC integration process will be ‘people centred and private sector driven.’ Events in the recent past give credence to this bold claim. Early this week, the East African Community military sports and...

Friday, August 19, 2011, 12:00 AM

Week-end entertainment returns

It’s the big kick-off today. Football fans world are bracing for what promises to be another spectacular football season in the different leagues around the world. In the popular English Premier League, the season start could not come better with the thrilling curtain raiser; the Community Shield...

Friday, August 12, 2011, 12:00 AM

A whistle for every Rwandan

What do you do when you suspect infringement of public procurement procedures, money laundering, infractions related to taxes and revenues, environment etc? The answer is simple; blow the whistle. Whistle blowing, which is the disclosure of information that someone knows or suspects concerning...

Saturday, August 6, 2011, 12:00 AM

Media Sector Reform Committee converges

A Rwanda Media Sector Reform Committee meeting held yesterday agreed on the need to create a Communications Regulatory body. The body, which is to be separate from the Rwanda Utility Regulatory Agency, will be charged with the regulation of the communication sector including Telecoms, ICT and Media...

Thursday, July 28, 2011, 12:00 AM

From brain drain to brain circulation

THERE is no single thought that has a monopoly in the human brain, psychologists say. Recently, despite my usual busy schedule, one thought kept oscillating in my mind; the whereabouts of my old school friends. These were the crème de la crème of our school years.  I made a cursory search on...

Friday, July 15, 2011, 12:00 AM

Art & craft expo opens today

KIGALI - Artisans drawn from across the country will meet today in Kigali to participate in the first ever annual Handcraft Award of Excellence Program (HEAP) aimed at advancing professionalism and originality in the craft sector. During the week-long event to be held at Amahoro stadium in Remera,...

Monday, June 20, 2011, 12:00 AM

Did you know we are playing at the world cup?

Just in case you forgot to mark this one on your calendar, tomorrow June, 19 is a new dawn for Rwanda; a country that never ceases to spring out surprises. At Hidalgo Stadium, Pachuca, Mexico, history makers - Rwanda’s U 17 Junior Wasps take on England. What a pleasant surprise that 17 years after...

Friday, June 17, 2011, 12:00 AM

Life saving function of mobile phones in rural Rwanda

Alphonsine Cyimayire does not remember the number of times her mobile telephone has gone off deep in the night this year but what she can remember is that every person who called each night needed help, and needed it urgently. As a community health worker, this has not come as a surprise to her,...

Sunday, January 9, 2011, 12:00 AM

Life saving function of mobile phones in rural Rwanda

Alphonsine Cyimayire does not remember the number of times her mobile telephone has gone off deep in the night this year but what she can remember is that every person who called each night needed help, and needed it urgently. As a community health worker, this has not come as a surprise to her,...

Sunday, January 2, 2011, 12:00 AM

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