Human of Kigali

Rwanda and Uganda: A frustrating friendship

‘with friends like these eh, who needs enemies…’ Following a quadripartite summit held in Angola under the auspices of President João Lourenço and bringing together Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, Rwandan President Paul Kagame and DRC President Felix Tshisekedi to discuss security issues within the region, I would like to come back, for the layman to the outstanding issues between Rwanda ...

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We are here, 25 years later…

I am standing here with my sister Yolande. In the Car Free Zone, in Kigali, in Rwanda, in April 2019.  It has been 25 years since the Genocide against the Tutsi ended. Behind us is a #Kwibuka25 sign. Kwibuka means remember.  On the right is former president Habyarimana’s office, which also housed the media. On the left is the former headquarters of #RTLM, ...

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Besigye on relations between Rwanda and Uganda

In a candid interview, the head of Ugandan opposition, Colonel Kizza Besigye explains in details the source of conflicts between Rwanda and Uganda. The interview is in Luganda on this link: https://youtu.be/sBmf3_iECmE “If you want to understand the problem between Rwanda and Uganda, you have to understand two things: One: Mr. Museveni thought that since President Kagame was here as ...

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The Mandela we loved, looked like Kagame

Last week I read with bewilderment our Nigerian expert Chude Jedeonwo declaring: ‘Kagame could be the next Mandela -if he steps down’.  I know he thinks he means well, but although I do not speak for all my countrymen, I must decline the offer, here is why. As we commemorate a century since Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born, this is ...

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Francopholie Rwandaise?

‘La guerre est la continuation de la politique par d’autres moyens’, disait Carl Von Clausewitz, officier prussien qui a combattu Napoléon au XIXème siècle. Beaucoup ont dû être surprit, à juste titre, par l’annonce de la candidature de Mme Louise Mushikiwabo, ministre rwandaise des Affaires étrangères, à la tête de l’Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF). Depuis presque trois décennies, le Rwanda ...

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My mother was arrested in ‘Ibyitso’.

My mother was arrested in ‘Ibyitso’ (spies) After I was born, she stopped studying and came to look for work in Rwanda. She opened a hair saloon for women in Kigali, she seemed to do well, or at least in my baby opinion, because she came to see me in Goma every month with bags full of gifts for me, ...

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Mo Ibrahim was here!

IN Rwandan culture, nothing is more precious than a visitor; the ‘milk for visitors’ is set apart and handled with special care. An evening chat with visiting colleagues last week however, revealed that the culture is shared across the continent; a Senegalese insisting that ‘Teranga’ (hospitality) is even a national slogan. So too will I not diverge from the culture ...

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Dear Editor of Israeli newspaper, dear human rights and refugee activist, dear asylum-seeker.

For the last couple of months I have been reading Israeli media with interest because my country Rwanda has been coming up at several occasions. Unfortunately, I am troubled by the image that I see painted of the country, the government, but mainly the Rwandan people. Our country is portrayed as a terrible place to be deported to; our government ...

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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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Can you handle ‘The’ Kigali

Since mayors are elected not hired, we don’t get feisty kids who grew up in Lagos, Jo-burg or New York City for Mayors. We get God fearing, decent family people, straight from the ‘hood’. Luckily they don’t run this town; we do! You see, people don’t visit cities because of the niceness of their citizens, the affordability of their hotels ...

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