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The City Runner – Kigali’s Forrest Gump

Diogene of Sinope, a philosopher from Sinope (current Turkey) who lived in Greece around 400 BCE was known to be a mad genius. He would walk with a lamppost in broad daylight, claiming that he was looking for an upright man. He lived an austere existence, typically avoiding earthly pleasures. He ate only when he was hungry and slept in ...

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Neophobia: The river to cross to reach #TheZone

The platoon commander is surprised to see his troupes stopping. Wewe, what is the matter? He asks; A river Afande. His deputy answers. A platoon of Rwandese Patriotic Army (RPA) has been walking all night and came up to a river just before dawn. The adui barracks they’re supposed to attack are just on the other side; they have to ...

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Kigali Car Free Zone User Manual

All right chaps, I know this is all happening too fast! Skyscrapers, 4G Internet, Mobile money and now: Car free zones? Huh? And you who were just adjusting to ATM machines, smartphones and Bourbon coffee… It’s baffling to say the least! Now having heard your trauma, here is a piece to help you swiftly transition into 21st century-Kigali without people ...

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The Bottom Million

– Are you respecting rights of your house workers? The title is inspired by the book ‘The Bottom Billion’ by Paul Collier, where he argues that the world is made of seven billion people of which six are emerging and one billion stuck at the bottom of society, unable to rise. In the same vein I am afraid that one ...

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The politics of Kigali

The RPF Congress has been a success; the Chairman is in a good mood. Bill has been waiting for his moment; this moment. The entire time of the congress he barely listened to anything else. He rehearsed three times in the mirror this morning; he is ready! No he’s not, he is terrified to the core of his being; after ...

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#SomeoneThankKenyans

So what did we learn today? We learned that we still have a long way to go to convince people outside Rwanda that changing the constitution is the right decision. We also learned that either we get on with it already or we let others bully us. Note that the usual strategy of dismissing critics as neo-colonialist; imperialists; lesson-givers, etc., ...

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Building institutions means giving them time…

When I visited The Hague, I found out that the most attractive thing to do was to show up on a vintage silver bicycle or just walk around on foot with an umbrella. Secret service, the Queen’s Guards and Denis Berkamp were the only people with SUV’s and no one found them cool. Even the Prime Minister Mark Rutte rides ...

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Amicus Curiae on Referendum to waive term limits in Rwanda

THE SUPREME COURT OF THE REPUBLIC OF RWANDA APPLICATION NO:……………………………OF JULY 2015 CENTRE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS – RWANDA (CHR-R) ……………………………………………………………………………………………… AMICUS CURIAE IN DEMOCRATIC GREEN PARTY OF RWANDA …………………………………………………………………………………………. APPLICANT VERSUS ATTORNEY GENERAL …………………………………………………….. RESPONDENT   ARISING FROM REFERENCE NO ………………………… OF 2015 BRIEF OF AMICUS CURIAE CENTRE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS LAW FIRM LTD   Rwanda Development Board’s Registration Number: ...

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Between populist politicians, prejudiced media, opportunistic charities and evangelists, the voice of LGBTI is stifled.

‘All for one’, not ‘One against the rest’. Consensus seems to prevail on the presence of homosexuals in the midst of Africans since time immemorial[1]. However, until today they would not be allowed to express their sexually openly and fully. Some would conceal it, including by acting heterosexual, those who did not were stigmatized but rarely ostracized.[2] However, African societies ...

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A mon p’tit neveu Cyiza: Citoyen de la terre!

 Alors le p’tit nouveau; Tu nais au bon moment; justement j’attendais un p’tit neveu; Tu fais de moi le plus heureux des tonton; J’ai du m’ouvrir une bière ou deux  à l’occasion. Moi et toi on va bien se marrer; Alors, tu fais ce que je te dit et tout se passera bien. Tu est Cyiza, celui qui suit des ...

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