Politics

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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The African century

We’ve all heard stories of ‘Africa rising’ at times, and ‘afro-pessimism’ at other times, without grasping exactly what all that means. To be clear, corruption and bad leadership won’t feature in my story because they are permanent features in all five continents. But here is an attempt to put the latest figures onto those utopian and dystopian novellas by recounting ...

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Disrupting the Africa narrative

(14) ‘a man going on a long trip called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone…(19) “After a long time he called them to give an account of how they had used his money (20)…you gave me five bags of silver to invest, and I have earned five more’ – Parable of the Three ...

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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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