Politics

The Boston Boys.

‘La historia es nuestra y la hacen los pueblos’ (History is ours and it is made by the people) – Salvador Allende (1908 – 1973) Last year a company named ‘ECA International’ generously upgraded Kigali, Rwanda’s capital city from a 3 to a 2 in terms of safety and lifestyle. These types of grading are requested at top dollar by charities, foreign offices and high fly ...

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Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is watching.

In a previous article, I argued that politics in Rwanda is a role, not a career. People are routinely appointed to serve and move on whenever the time comes in total non-events. Ugandan media and David Himbara frequently make a big fuss out of Rwandan appointments and demotions of civil servants. Himbara is claiming that Rwanda’s ‘ministry of foreign affairs ...

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Politics in Rwanda is not a profession, it is a role.

Over twenty five years ago when the Rwandan diaspora returned home, after the Rwandan Patriotic Front had defeated the government of genocidaires, some politicians wanted to build themselves new constituencies. To do that, they created fresh divisions among the people based, this time, on regions of origin in Rwanda, country of exile from which one had returned and language of ...

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Trump has a point, even though we may not like it.

We may not like what President Donald Trump is saying about WHO, China and the world at large, in fact we do not like it at all, but he has a point, and acknowledging that would empower us to address him in earnest, with honesty and efficiency. The world is led by two things: Bombs and Dollars; a carrot and ...

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Uriya ni umusazi?

Uriya ni Umusazi… I don’t know how many times I have heard that comment made to me: ‘uriya ni umusazi’. It is dismissively made by people who are made uncomfortable by one’s expressed freedom of thought. ‘That person is mad’. Rwandans who can’t argue with you, call you mad. What they don’t know is that ‘ubusazi’ as they call it, ...

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Petit Pays: We all deserve to be children

When a book is that good, it’s almost impossible to match it with a film, Petit Pays – the film won that bet! The descriptive talent of the author must have made it easier for the film director, but still, a faithful rendition of the opus magnum that is Gael Faye’s ‘Petit Pays’ – the book. Bravo Eric Barbier! You ...

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La France se mure dans le déni 26 ans après le Genocide des Tutsi

La France, encore elle… Le Senat français s’apprête à accueillir les négationnistes du dernier génocide du 20e siècle. 26 ans après les faits, la responsabilité complice de la France dans le génocide perpétré contre les Tutsi entre Avril et Juin 1994 n’est plus à prouver. Des témoignages des chercheurs, des militaires français, mais surtout des survivants révèlent dans les moindres ...

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Why are young people hired in leadership positions in Rwanda?

Why are young people hired in top positions in Rwanda? In Greek mythology when Icarus’ father made him wings of wax to fly out of Greece, he warned him of complacency and hubris. Master Daedalus, Icarus’ father warned him to fly neither too low nor too high, so the sea’s dampness wouldn’t clog his wings nor the sun’s heat melt ...

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