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Intore – My identity

Yesterday I went to see  Intore – My identity, the new documentary film, by Eric Kabera, on the last twenty years of Rwanda’s reconstruction, through music and dance. He says it is not finished yet. But I think it never will, for it is the story of a nation, and they are not finite… I have seen it twice and ...

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Don’t rock the boat! A subtle approach to making a difference – the Rwandan Civil Society

The Rwandan civil society is weak. That is everyone’s perception. At the launch of a UNDP’s civil society support fund, the Minister for Local Government, while acknowledging that civil society’s contribution is critical to the development agenda, regretted that it was too weak to optimally contribute. A recent EU civil society mapping report[1] elaborates on civil society’s weakness, describing it ...

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Poems of grief

(5) The candle into darkness.. With all your brokenness, the grief in your hearts, the fears in your mind, the pain, the scars on you body, we couldn’t exchange you for anyone in the whole world; We love you just the way you are. Inspite of all you went through, all your loss; Still, you laugh, you dream, you love and managed ...

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What I thought of Susan Thompson.

“If we are convinced the other fellow can’t sing, we have only to call his song a ‘hellish row’ in order to justify our claim. Simply by applying a certain vocabulary one can easily turn a Gods into Idols, Faces into grimaces, votives images into fetishes, discussions into palavers and distort real object and matter of fact through bigotry and ...

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An Eight-step quick guide to developing an Advocacy plan (Extract from my Book: ‘Advocacy in Sub-Saharan Africa’, April, 2014)

Building coalition: An effective advocacy strategy should start by bringing together all stakeholders relevant to the advocacy issue. This includes, on the one hand, the beneficiaries: the communities gathered in “interest groups” such as associations, cooperatives and other unions, to whom the violation has or is likely to impact directly, and on the other hand the ‘experts’ actors working in ...

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A letter to my South Sudanese friend – A tribute to Kagame.

This is a letter to my friend, colleague and fellow blogger from South Sudan: Dr. Remember Miamingi. On his blog[1] he has been harsh on Salva Kiir’s leadership and South Sudan’s post-independence economic performance. It is also a tribute to Paul Kagame. Dear brother Miamingi, As a parting short to our daily, heated debates; this is to you, my way ...

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Now what? Are they going to kill him like Gaddafi?

We all watched in awe as Museveni signed that terrible anti-gay bill into law. I thought it was reckless to play hate-mongering politics, at the cost of innocent lives. It really was retrogressive step in an already hostile legal and political environment, such as that of Uganda Now, my reading of situation is that Obama was an arrogant buffoon to ...

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Male dominance and its aftermath; A legal perspective.. Posted 19th February 2014

Abstract Men have managed to impose that dominance as a norm, naturally – God endowed privilege, not to be questioned by women. They anchored their dominance by infecting history, divinity and culture, which would shape posterity. They erected gatekeepers to ensure that their dominance is not challenged and taken down overtime by women and progressive men. Today as pioneer women ...

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To my Congolese friends: Wake up, look in the mirror and rise.

I was born in DRC. So unlike my fellow countrymen who were half amused-half irritated by celebrations of Kagame’s fantasy death in different cities in the DRC, I was more disappointed and heartbroken. Not only did I watch a delusional people – for the thousand’s time, but the idea that a population would wish the death of a foreign leader ...

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Who are gay people and what they go through

Note: Rwanda does not criminalize homosexuality. Gay people live with no fear from the police or the law. They still face social stigma… This is an Invitation to act, that I circulated in 2009. I dedicate it to my Ugandan brothers and sisters. RE: SUPPORT FOR THE DECRIMINALISATION OF LBGTs IN THE DRAFT PENAL CODE Dear Human Rights/ Health Defenders; ...

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