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RPF-Nkotanyi: The messenger of hope..     

The Japanese have a philosophy called Kintsugi(金継ぎ, きんつぎ). It is the belief that things are more beautiful because they were once broken and then repaired. The philosophy treats breakage as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise. They use gold to repair the broken objects to highlight how their beauty is thus sublime and priceless, ...

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Decriminalizing Adultery in Rwanda: Comparative Normative Framework: Laws and Jurisprudence

‘A man having sexual relations with another man’s wife is the highest invasion of property and a man cannot receive a higher provocation…’ English Lord Chief Justice John Holt, 1707 Summary: Having examined the Rwandan constitution, Rwandan Positive Law, international law, international jurisprudence and doctrine, this paper highlights potential legal and social inconsistencies in the act of criminalizing adultery, and argues ...

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PETITION ON ABORTION AND CHILD DEFILEMENT

EXEMPTION FROM CRIMINAL LIABILITY FOR ABORTION (Article 140) There shall be no criminal liability if abortion is performed due to one of the following reasons: 1º. If the pregnant person is a minor; 2º. If the victim became pregnant as a result of rape; 3º. If the victim became pregnant after being subjected to a forced marriage; 4º. If the ...

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‘Ibizungerezi’: Rwanda Shouldn’t criminalize Adultery

Summary: By contracting marriage, what do spouses commit themselves to? To find the answer to this question, one must look at the Rwandan Civil Code, Article 171(3o): Procedure for marriage celebration:  Oath of Spouses: ‘I….., having heard what the law obliges the spouses, agree without any coercion that you……..are my wife/husband and we shall cohabit as per our contract and according ...

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The Great Lakes Syndrome

‘What’s past is prologue, what to come in your and my discharge’. Shakespeare, The Tempest. Other than the Middle East, the Great Lakes Region is arguably the hardest geographical location on earth to originate from. Mind you, Mother Nature had been good to us. Our countries are endowed with the most precious resources anyone can wish for; oil, gold, diamond, ...

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Comparative Laws and jurisprudence on Defamation, Libel, Slander and Sedition

Rwandan lawmakers are debating the fate of defamation laws as part of a review/update of the Rwandan Penal Code. I thought I would contribute to the conversation by looking at how other countries have dealt with the question. Legal Analysis Summary: Insult on the person of the President of the Republic, public insult and defamation are considered in many countries ...

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I found your birthday gift…

I found your birthday gift; In the gratitude of Genocide survivors; The reconciliation of the Rwandan people.   In the prevailing social justice; the surging life expectancy; The fast Human Development, the encouraging global rankings; I found your birthday gift…   In the cleanliness of our street, the greenness of our roadsides; The safety of our neighborhoods, and the tranquility ...

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Himbara, the uncle Tom

As I sat in front of the computer, staring at David Himbara in that Al-Jazeera studio, all I could think of was Balaam. The biblical witch who’d been paid off to spell a curse on the people of Israel… ‘Come now‘, it says in Numbers 22:1-24:25: ‘Curse this people for me since they are too mighty for me. Perhaps I ...

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Yo, Rwandais!

At some point in Goma there were no more Rwandan men; they had all joined the struggle. If you were an able-bodied man and you were still hanging around in Goma, aunties scorned you, girls didn’t date you and grandmothers called you Chantal, Yvette, or some women’s names to mean that you are a coward. Even some young girls went, ...

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I Pay, therefore I’m right. How African Terrorists buy US Congress

‘Africa doesn’t need strong men, it needs strong institutions!’ Barack Obama declared in an epic speech to the Ghanaian parliament. Young Africans have been repeating the catch phrase ever since… If he says this, one would think, it means in his country institutions are ‘Strong’. Imagine my shock then, when I learned that Rwandan dissidents paid 440.000 USD in order ...

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