Politics

The Rwandan uprising

Something remarkable happened during the just concluded elections. In a surge of temper, Kenneth Roth, the Executive Director of Human Rights Watch tweeted: ‘Rwanda trolls are using #RwandaDecides hashtag against criticism of country’s murderous dictatorship, as if anyone but Paul Kagame decides’ Indeed #RwandaDecides is the hastag that Rwandan people were using to communicate on social media throughout the electoral ...

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No ‘Goodluck Jonathan’ for Rwanda?

In the last couple of days that I visited Europe, I heard: ‘The process of changing the constitution in your country isn’t real – or democratic, because it did not emanate spontaneously from the people’ I even heard Rwandans struggle with it: ‘No! The president, the party, the government, has no hand in this…’ The truth is, nothing is spontaneous in politics – ...

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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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Before you call Kagame a dictator, would you show some respect?

‘Many Africans see Kagame’s Rwanda as a model. [we people at the economist are here to say]: They are wrong!’ This is how the Economist signed its editorial this morning. In the last few days there has been similar reports: Human Rights Watch alleging that goat thieves and political opponents are summarily killed, and Amnesty International declaring that Rwandan elections ...

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‘Farewell to Arms’ – Ernest Hemingway

A tribute to my Uncle Musafiri Ntwali Ruhumuliza Rwandan Independence Day doesn’t mean much to me – or at least nothing worth celebrating- that’s the day my grandparents were being chased like animals and killed. My real independence is on the 4th of July when, I and my people finally returned to the land of my ancestors after 30 years ...

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Frank Habineza: The man in the cold

For a gunslinger coming out of town to challenge the sheriff, one must be a sharp shooter – well Frank isn’t, or if he is, he has no bullets. This isn’t a campaigning piece. Like I’d declared to the Supreme Court when I filed an amicus curiae in his support, I am not affiliated to the Green Party, I am ...

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A Poem for Congo

Congo’s dearest resource is its people; That must enter everyone’s mind, especially Congolese people; It is their mothers, not their minerals that’s most precious; Their talent, not their Coltan that’s priceless;   Therefore: It is their children, not their diamond that need polishing; Their youth, not the oil that needs refining; The education, not the mines that need investing; Their ...

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Rwandan elections: Who shall observe the observers?

“And Jesus turned and said to them, ’Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children.’ Luke 23:28 The European Union has announced that it won’t be observing Presidential Elections in Rwanda. I am pleased to note that our elections pose no concern to the international community. I longed for the day that Rwanda ...

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Mwa ndangamirwa mwe! The Long Walk to Success

For the up-coming tenth edition of your cohort, I thought I would tell you a story. In his book ‘The long walk to freedom’, Nelson Mandela describes the ritual of circumcision in the Xhosa tribe: ‘WHEN I WAS SIXTEEN, the regent decided that it was time that I became a man. In Xhosa tradition, this is achieved through one means ...

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Trumpocalypse Now!

When Trump was elected and Brexit happened, I felt amusement of some sort, mainly because after all that happened, we Rwandans do not take kindly to people who come here for a week and immediately seem to know better than us what’s best from us; worse yet, those who do not bother coming, just sit in their offices in London, ...

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