Author Archives: NYIRINGABO GATETE R Kevin

‘RPF: The age of accountability’

Last Friday marked, in my opinion, a turning point in the life of the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF). Many of us were still young during the 1996-1997 Kicukiro I and II defining meetings that set the RPF on its current governance course. After running these few miles, it seems the time has come to service the engine and refresh cadres’ ...

Read More »

Bwitare the soldier, Nkusi the teacher, rest in power.

When our children ask, we’ll say we lived with heroes, we’ll relate stories of men, and tales of women, who gave their hearts, dedicated their youth, their minds for the love for this land, A land which took all from us, a place hard to live, a country which wisdom would advise to flee and avoid; that’s the country to ...

Read More »

The designation: “Genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi” has become “Jus Cogens”; Latin for: “Peremptory Norms” of international law.

On Monday 5:01pm, the United Nations adopted a resolution 74/273, recognizing April 7th as the “International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda”. However, upon adoption by consensus of all 193 members of the UN General Assembly, including the United States of America and the United Kingdom, the two nations expressed reservations on the text, ...

Read More »

The Boston Boys.

‘La historia es nuestra y la hacen los pueblos’ (History is ours and it is made by the people) – Salvador Allende (1908 – 1973) Last year a company named ‘ECA International’ generously upgraded Kigali, Rwanda’s capital city from a 3 to a 2 in terms of safety and lifestyle. These types of grading are requested at top dollar by charities, foreign offices and high fly ...

Read More »

Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is watching.

In a previous article, I argued that politics in Rwanda is a role, not a career. People are routinely appointed to serve and move on whenever the time comes in total non-events. Ugandan media and David Himbara frequently make a big fuss out of Rwandan appointments and demotions of civil servants. Himbara is claiming that Rwanda’s ‘ministry of foreign affairs ...

Read More »

Politics in Rwanda is not a profession, it is a role.

Over twenty five years ago when the Rwandan diaspora returned home, after the Rwandan Patriotic Front had defeated the government of genocidaires, some politicians wanted to build themselves new constituencies. To do that, they created fresh divisions among the people based, this time, on regions of origin in Rwanda, country of exile from which one had returned and language of ...

Read More »

Trump has a point, even though we may not like it.

We may not like what President Donald Trump is saying about WHO, China and the world at large, in fact we do not like it at all, but he has a point, and acknowledging that would empower us to address him in earnest, with honesty and efficiency. The world is led by two things: Bombs and Dollars; a carrot and ...

Read More »

Uriya ni umusazi?

Uriya ni Umusazi… I don’t know how many times I have heard that comment made to me: ‘uriya ni umusazi’. It is dismissively made by people who are made uncomfortable by one’s expressed freedom of thought. ‘That person is mad’. Rwandans who can’t argue with you, call you mad. What they don’t know is that ‘ubusazi’ as they call it, ...

Read More »

Petit Pays: We all deserve to be children

When a book is that good, it’s almost impossible to match it with a film, Petit Pays – the film won that bet! The descriptive talent of the author must have made it easier for the film director, but still, a faithful rendition of the opus magnum that is Gael Faye’s ‘Petit Pays’ – the book. Bravo Eric Barbier! You ...

Read More »