Vincent Gasana

Zura Karuhimbi and George Loinger, the heroic tricksters

Cometh the hour, cometh the individual, to slightly misquote a common saying. It is a saying that automatically comes to mind as we consider the lives of Zura Karuhimbi and George Loinger, two people from two different worlds, who at first glance couldn’t seem more different, but, on...

Monday, February 11, 2019, 12:37 AM

FEATURED: A day of days: Formula 1, football and July 4

“It has yet to sink in” has become a well-worn cliché sports people employ to explain that the magnitude of their achievement was such that it would take time grasp it fully. Not for Lewis Hamilton, who celebrates the New Year as a five times Formula 1 world champion. The British...

Wednesday, January 2, 2019, 12:36 AM

The massacre of innocents, Rwanda 1963

This Christmas period as every other year, millions of Rwandans will flock to their respective Churches to celebrate what is believed to be the birth of Jesus Christ. It is a joyous occasion as people of all ages, dressed up in their best finery, wish each other a Happy Christmas and life-long...

Wednesday, December 26, 2018, 1:56 AM

When a judge undermines the legacy of international justice

“Laws are like sausages, better not to see them being made” so observed the Nineteen Century German statesman, Otto Von Bismarck. The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) was always in that sense, much like sausages. Much is claimed for it, and rightly so in most cases,...

Monday, June 4, 2018, 5:00 AM

The Royal Tour: The other side of President Kagame

It will, one suspects, be repeated several times over the coming months, and however many times it is repeated, it will still be the most watched programme on Rwanda's national broadcaster, RBA. This is of course, Peter Greenberg's Royal Tour, Rwanda. A travel documentary which may set...

Monday, April 30, 2018, 2:51 PM

Stephen Hawking, a defiant will against a death foretold

“My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the Universe, why it is as it is, and why it exists at all”, declared the Physicist Stephen Hawking who recently died, aged 76. Hubris? Perhaps, but, then again, if anyone had the brilliance, drive, and sheer force of will to unravel...

Monday, April 2, 2018, 1:00 AM

'Sticks and stones may break my bones, words will never break me.'

The dust is settling on the controversy over how President Trump is alleged to have referred to African countries, with Haiti and El Salvador thrown in for good measure. No sooner had the Washington Post broken the story than African ambassadors both in New York at the United Nations, and...

Sunday, January 21, 2018, 12:00 AM

Umushyikirano, two days that mean so much

Another year, another Umushyikirano. To a casual observer, the just completed two-day event, now traditionally held under the splendid dome of the Kigali Convention Centre, or KCC, might seem little more than a gathering of the great and the good, which concludes with the last speech, to be...

Thursday, December 21, 2017, 12:00 AM

Tracing the History of the RPF

On a continent that has often been characterised by tragic failure, underachievement, ever falling short of great potential, Rwanda is a promise of what can be, when an African society takes its destiny into its own hands, and looks to itself on how best to take its place in the world. That such...

Saturday, December 16, 2017, 12:00 AM

To the Rwanda youth, the struggle continues

"Every generation must, out of relative obscurity, discover its mission, fulfill it, or betray it", Franz Fanon, who has extensively written about post-colonialism, tells us, somewhat ominously. Today, Rwandans mark the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF). If any...

Saturday, December 16, 2017, 12:00 AM

Serious undertakings, and silly utterances, it must be election time

Alongside Christmas, and other special occasions that tend to untether some folk from their common sense moorings, election periods are sometimes referred to as the silly season, a warning to innocent bystanders that among the serious, life shaping undertakings offered, will be quite a few silly...

Friday, August 4, 2017, 12:00 AM

A Remembrance Day to remember

“As I’ve said to you several times, there are spaces at entrances 4, 5, 6”, repeated the exasperated policeman good naturedly. His colleague had said the exact same thing about entrance 10, as he expressed his regret for lack of space. Vincent Gasana I was at Amahoro stadium, the first time I...

Sunday, April 23, 2017, 12:00 AM

The most audacious hope of all

Alluding to his journey to the Presidency of the United States of America, President Barack Obama titled his bestselling autobiography, The Audacity of Hope. Spare a thought then for Philippe Mpayimana who is asking Rwandans to elect him to replace President Paul Kagame. If Mr Obama’s hope...

Thursday, February 16, 2017, 12:00 AM

Kwita Izina comes to a small patch of London that is Rwanda

This year’s Kwita Izina ceremony started early, on July 26, to be precise. It brought together two countries on two continents, Rwanda and Britain, Europe and Africa, respectively. And it was worth it, for the sheer joy of enabling veteran naturalist and broadcaster Sir David...

Monday, August 1, 2016, 12:00 AM

Who will tame Kigali's errant motorists?

So an extraordinary thing happened to me in Remera recently. I stood at a pedestrian crossing, and a car stopped to allow me cross. If you are a resident of Kigali, especially if you are a pedestrian, you will know why this was such an unusual event. It would be the easiest thing in the world to...

Sunday, March 20, 2016, 12:00 AM

Rwanda Day, still the talk of the town

It is a sign of our times that two weeks after “Rwanda Day 2015” cyber space is still all atwitter with the day’s excitement, and varied views about the import of not just the day, but, the concept itself. It seems nothing has really happened until it has been anointed by the all...

Sunday, October 18, 2015, 12:00 AM

The vision thing: Are Rwandans in danger of getting too complacent?

Inaugurating the newly completed City Hall, and M Peace Plaza building, President Paul Kagame had a more personal message for the assembled government officials.  Speaking in Kinyarwanda, he interrupted the flow of his speech to acknowledge how demanding he continues to be. However, he...

Monday, October 12, 2015, 12:00 AM

#RwandansDecide: The missing link in the term limits debate

It is a noise that was first shouted rudely and presumptuously into Rwanda from far beyond its borders, a means of control, but, now Rwandans must own the question of term limits and turn it into a civilised debate about their nation’s future. “I have been asked this question of term limits from...

Monday, September 7, 2015, 12:00 AM

As it happened: The moment UK court dismissed Gen Karake case

Today, Rwanda welcomes Lt Gen Karake Karenzi from the UK where he had been detained on a European arrest warrant issued by Spain. Vincent Gasana was in London’s Westminster Magistrates Court when the case was dismissed on Monday and recorded the timeline through the proceedings. Blink and you...

Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 12:00 AM

The Catholic Church-assisted Genocide as it began in 1959

LAST PART  As children of God most Rwandans have lost their innocence, thanks largely to the actions of the self proclaimed representatives of Christ’s message on earth. Many have turned to Islam. Of all the religions in Rwanda, only Islam lived up to its message of brotherhood for all people...

Monday, May 12, 2008, 12:00 AM