Politics

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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The real ‘dream from my father’

Qatari Royals were constantly frustrated that in spite of the money they splashed at the chain of haute boutiques in the famous 8th District of Paris (8e Arrondissement), Parisians seemed clueless on where the hell little Qatar was; worse yet, they mistook the men in immaculate DJellabas and women in elegant dark robes to come from their archrival, middle-eastern giant ...

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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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End of Democratisation

‘You can fool some people sometime, but you can’t fool all the people all the time’ –Bob Marley, Get up, stand up! In the early 1950s, following the wave of independence in Africa and South America, former colonial powers wanted to ensure that their multinationals would continue exploiting independent Africa and South America’s natural resources and keep the monopoly on ...

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3 Genocide ingredients: Paul Dijoud, Kayibanda and the International Community; The Cure: Paul Kagame

Kayibanda is holding a speech in front of the whole diplomatic corps, including representatives from the Holly See. He has just massacred all the Tutsi from Gikongoro who made up between 40 and 50% of the population there, in retaliation to an attack of Inyenzi rebels coming from Burundi. None of the diplomats has made any protests, to what the Russell-Sartre Tribuna[1]denounces ...

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Hamba kahle (Farewell) Mam’ Winnie Madikizela

‘Mama Winnie Mandela is the stone that the builders rejected. She is the first black female president South Africa was deprived of. Her irreplaceable contribution to the liberation of our people was a subject of both Patriarchal and white minority suppression… They hated her because she was a black woman with her own mind and who enjoyed the collective popular ...

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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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Who owns Kenyans’ lives?

The other day, self-proclaimed People’s president Raila Odinga and Constitutional President Uhuru Kenyatta met for tea and agreed to bury the hatchet and embark on the process to unite the mighty Republic of Kenya. A highly noble and valiant action, which will remain, in my book, the single most important political action since I started following the politics of the ...

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Tell my child that I was there in Kigali

If I don’t tell them myself, tell them on my behalf. Tell my daughter and my son that their father was there, on the day our continent signed the African Continental Free Trade Area, too Tell them Paul Kagame, Mahammadou Issoufou, Emmerson Mnangagwa and Moussa Faki Mahamat, were there. Tell them their father was proud on the day African boarders ...

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