It's really a shame to see how officials decided to erect an Eiffel Tower and Atomium-like structure on a state-owned building. What “agaciro (self-dignity)” is really there?
I can't imagine what the decision-makers were thinking while choosing yet there were plenty of other options. What value does this give to Rwandans, posing such a structure on the tallest building of the country?
I can also say that it's rare to see a Rwandan name on Kigali buildings... Why? Do people see value in other languages other than their own? I don't even see why we are still giving foreign names to our children.
Anyway, it's a question of mentality, and debate on this very question should be kicked off to discuss this crucial issue which is in part the negation of our own identity.
Reaction to Stephen Mugisha's commentary, “Tower of Eiffel in the heart of Kigali?”, (The New Times, July 23)