Politics

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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Ababiligi bagarutse (Belgians have returned)

The war has ended and peace has returned to Rwanda. Dr. Emile Rwamasirabo, a senior cadre of the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), the movement that stopped the Genocide is now serving as Rector of the National University of Rwanda. On a trip to Brussels, a Belgian professor who claims to be an expert of Rwanda at the University of Antwerp ...

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Positively reversing the course of nature..

Inside the Kigali Genocide Memorial, a saying is written on the wall: ‘If You Really Knew Me and You Really Knew Yourself, You Would Not Have Killed Me’ I thought of this saying as I learned that the mountain gorilla is no longer critically endangered. ‘In the @IUCN Red List of Threatened Species that has been updated today the mountain ...

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Dear Louise, I hope you had the time of your life.

It’s a classic from the 90s by Green Day, one of my favorites, it’s called ‘Time of your life.’ It goes: ‘another turning point a fork stuck in the road, time grabs you by the wrist, directs you where to go, so make the best of this test and don’t ask why, its not a question but a lesson learned ...

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Historic: The Democratic Green Party and PS-Imberakuri enter Parliament!

In a previous column on this blog I indicated that the Rwandan political system as enshrined in the constitution is no ‘Zero-Sum Game’, but an inclusive, power-sharing arrangement, based on the ‘Constant quest for Solutions through dialogue and consensus’. It is against that backdrop, that I dare suggest that, in light of in-coming electoral results, the Democratic Green Party (DGP) ...

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My response to fake news on Rwandan women

The CNN article is right about one thing: It is no accident that a statue of a strong, gracious Rwandan woman stands tall at our main round about – fittingly! I have elaborated, in legal terms and with evidence, on the crimes of the two ladies portrayed as saviors of women in Rwanda by western media, in this article: and this ...

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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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Africa, it is ours!

African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat delivers his remarks at the Heads of State and Government summit in Kigali. (Courtesy) It is 17:14PM local time in Cape Town, South Africa on February 11 1990.  Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela has just been released from prison; he walks. With one clenched fist in the air as a sign of ‘Amandla’ – ‘Power ...

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‘Olympic games’ of governance – a case study

Seating in an African Development Bank’s conference in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, bringing together civil society, think tanks and the Bank on the subject of Africa’s industrialisation, I have a feeling of a déjà-vu. I feel, I have heard the questions being raised by CSOs and seen the answers being given by the bank. I wonder then, where we go from ...

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Abidjan est doux

I am leaving Abidjan with deep humility, having learned one important lesson; ‘There are more things in heaven and earth, than are dreamt of in my philosophy’. Or in prose: books can be deceiving, if one doesn’t get to travel on site and see for oneself. Here, I was exposed to another facet of the complexities around the France-Afrique, and ...

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