Victor Visathan

The 1990-1994 Struggle: The importance of October 1 in the history of Rwanda

For those who don’t know, October 1 is, and will always be an important day in the history of the Rwandan people. This is the day in 1990, when the Rwanda Patriotic Army fired the first shot at Mirama Hills on the Uganda–Rwanda nothern border, in an invasion to liberate Rwanda. To...

Friday, October 2, 2015, 12:00 AM

Taking stock of Rwanda's transformation miracle

A couple of weeks ago, I watched with unveiled amusement as a couple, no doubt from somewhere upcountry, stood their necks tilted upwards and staring in admiration at the recently opened M Peace Plaza. I remember thinking at the time that they had all the right to gawk and stare for as long as...

Thursday, September 3, 2015, 12:00 AM

Munyeshyaka hiding in plain daylight!

Wonders shall never cease to happen! If what I have been hearing about the French judiciary having decided to drop all charges against Fr. Wenceslas Munyeshyaka is true, then surely, the world must be coming to an end. So Father Munyeshyaka (and I call him father rather begrudgingly) is going to...

Saturday, August 29, 2015, 12:00 AM

Why Rwandans want Kagame beyond 2017

Currently, the question on the lips of most observers of the Rwandan politics is why almost all Rwandans so desperately want Paul Kagame to lead them on come 2017. Over 3.7 million Rwandans from all walks of life have petitioned parliament with a request to amend the constitution, especially its...

Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 12:00 AM

Tribute to Cyatarugamba, the man who saved a family from extinction

The Genocide commemoration period ended just a few days ago, but not too late for the mention of this illustrious son of Rwanda who gave his life in order to save the life of his friend and his family’s. Cyatarugamba cya Rugina was one of the notables of Kabere, a small village in the then...

Friday, July 17, 2015, 12:00 AM

To win without risk is to triumph without glory

A Frenchman once said “A vaincre sans périr on triomphe sans gloire!” which literally means that victory without risk is triumph without glory! When on October 1, 1990 a few Rwandan young men and women launched a struggle for the liberation of their country, they knew too well...

Wednesday, July 8, 2015, 12:00 AM

The world has people with crazy and lethal sense of vindictiveness

An old friend whom I thought I had lost forever recently surprised me with a communication from across the continent, which I am only too glad to share with my readers, with slight variations to make it clearer and a bit more decent. This may sound outrageous, but he swears it happened. There...

Monday, May 25, 2015, 12:00 AM

South Africa: No country in Africa can afford to live in isolation

Terrible! As I watched the other day on Facebook, murderous pictures of black people hacking away at other black people on the streets with machetes, I was sick to the stomach, as scenes of similar pictures replayed in my mind, reminding me of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, as it...

Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 12:00 AM

Tracing the roots of the Genocide against the Tutsi

Yesterday, we concluded the national commemoration week for the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. During this period, I can’t help but think that had it not been for the role and involvement of the Catholic missionaries and especially the Belgian government authorities, the |Genocide which...

Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 12:00 AM

'Ndi Umunyarwanda' concept should be a legacy for posterity

Ndi Umunyarwanda programme was initiated in 2013, with an ultimate goal of building a national identity and to foster a Rwandan community that is based on trust and unity.  It was initiated as a way to strengthen the solidarity of the people, uphold their moral and spiritual values, as well...

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 12:00 AM

The BBC has succumbed to the sin of 'manliness'

Upon reading that the Ngoga Inquiry Committee recommended the termination of the agreement between the Government of Rwanda and the BBC, I could not but recall that my old man always entreated us kids never to succumb to what he called the “sin of manliness,” and to think that the BBC...

Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 12:00 AM

Who is better placed to flush FDLR out of the DRC jungles?

Long before the advent of the colonialists, there lived in Rwanda a people called Abanyarwanda. These people had three distinct social classes: Abahutu, Abatutsi and Abatwa, but they spoke the same language, and shared the same culture. The conflict and tragedy that later befell their country...

Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 12:00 AM

Of Bachelor's degrees, and project management jobs

I recently came across a story about an NGO in Kigali which ran an advertisement for a Project Management vacant post. The main requirement for the post was Bachelor’s Degree, according to the story. Now, given the rampant unemployment here in Kigali, it came as no surprise that within just...

Monday, February 16, 2015, 12:00 AM

My grandson wants to be a philosopher

“Philosophy is an academic discipline concerned with making explicit the nature and significance of ordinary and scientific beliefs and investigating the intelligibility of concepts by means of rational argument concerning their presuppositions, implications, and interrelationships; in...

Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 12:00 AM

ICGLR, Monusco: decisive strike against FDLR is now

So six months ago, these genocidal militiamen were given an ultimatum to voluntarily lay down arms and put their hands up, without which they would be forcefully disarmed. But as the D-Day for their disarmament drew near, there was no clear sign that they intended to do so. And now the ultimate...

Saturday, January 10, 2015, 12:00 AM

Rwandan Diaspora to fundraise for Agahozo Shalom Village

As the first anniversary of the tragic passing on of Anne Heyman in a horse accident draws closer, the Rwandan community in Belgium, in collaboration with the Rwandan Diaspora the world over, have organised a fundraising dinner to raise funds that will help sustain the school the deceased helped...

Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 12:00 AM

What is this hullabaloo on Kinyarwanda change all about?

For the past few weeks, different sections of Rwandans have been rather uncomfortable, disturbed about news that the Kinyarwanda language was about to undergo some major changes. Even though these changes have not yet been implemented, it’s been said that the Rwanda Academy of Language and...

Saturday, November 15, 2014, 12:00 AM

Genocide: Rwandans could never have dreamt of it

I normally try my best never to eavesdrop, because I was taught since my tender age, that the habit was abhorrent. However, on this occasion, I just could not help it. No. I could not avoid it in this circumstance, as you soon shall see. We were sitting together in the living room. I, however, was...

Friday, May 9, 2014, 12:00 AM

Love Letter to Mom

The Women Today magazine, in conjunction with The Point, an events management company, is celebrating the most important women in our lives. Our mothers. This year, to celebrate Mothers Day on May 12, we ask our readers to write a letter to their mother to tell them how they feel about them and the...

Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 12:00 AM

‘APR to release foreign players’

Editor,I wish to respond to the story titled, ‘APR to release all foreign players’ (The New Times, July 17). Personally, I think this will not solve the problem of lack of talented Rwandan players. By completely releasing foreign players, our football quality will decline and the...

Tuesday, July 17, 2012, 12:00 AM