Politics

Constitutions in the world: The Rwandan Example

PRESIDENTIAL TERM LIMIT IN AFRICAN CONSTITUTIONS: TOWARDS A BIASED (RE) DEFINITION OF DEMOCRACY? EMPHASIS ON RWANDA Are constitutions adopted for eternity? Do we, on purpose, and when it suits us, avoid reading clauses of the constitution that provide for whether and how the “fundamental law” may be amended? If the people are sovereign and the sole owners of the constitution, ...

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‘You may write us down in history; Still, we rise!

‘You may write me down in history; With your bitter, twisted lies, You may tread me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I’ll rise… Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? ‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells Pumping in my living room… … You may shoot me with your words, You may ...

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Kigali: The City of Kings; The Center of World Conventions.

When it was built on over 200 million dollars, some said the Convention Center was an expensive edifice, likely to become a white elephant. As it was inaugurated, irregular rainfalls had cause a severe drought in the Eastern Province. Look, they said, money is being wasted on fancy buildings while the people are hungry. The lengthy dry season was to ...

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Gisa, the War Child

‘Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.’ ― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray His life wasn’t short for he was larger than it. He accomplished his duty, played his part and set the people free. He had many sides; an irresistible dancer, a heartbreaking lover, an absent husband and father, a fleeting, evanescent life… Like ...

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Where is that line that President Kagame keeps referring to ?

Yesterday President Nkunziza of Burundi became the second erring head of State in our region to be brought back in line: ‘The only reason he is free to talk, is because he hasn’t crossed the line. I’m sure he knows where it is. If he crosses it, he won’t know what hits him…’ -President Kagame at the Youth #MeetThePresident in Kigali yesterday, reacting to ...

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Les medias français, une mouche dans le lait. Africain.

Jusqu’a tout récemment, un président Africain aussitôt élu, devait effectuer une tournée outres-mers, chez l’ancient colon pour recevoir des directives sur comment gouverner, qui nommer conseiller, à quelle entreprise Française céder des concessions. A l’instar de John Pombe Magufuli, et maintenant de la visite du président Patrice Talon qui l’a porte au Nigeria, puis au Rwanda, les Africains se visitent ...

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Africa is too hot for Cold War

‘Ikibazo cyakabaye inyama. None izo nyagwa ugizimana urazibonye, warangiza ukabura ihwa ry’umunyinya ryo kwihaganyura?’ – Théogène Kalinamaryo, RPF Lead Trainer, complaining about toothpicks made in China. I have been having conversations with two businessmen; both clearly unimpressed with what they call my ‘leftists ideas’ – You Left wings have highjacked Pan-Africanism. You are stuck in the sixties and your Che ...

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5 Star isn’t the building. It is the service

Alright alright! These hotels are marvelous; World class if I’ve seen one. We aren’t talking Monyonyo in Uganda, we are talking Burj Khalifa; everyone knows where that is. We are talking Michelangelo in Jo-burg. If I had been to Vegas, I would drop other hotel names, but you get my point. 300 Million Dollars, 20 Million Dollars, 5 Million Dollars, ...

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Traveling while Rwandan?

The world quickly becoming a risky place, I thought I’d share a few hints on how to cheat xenophobes and racists. This isn’t another ‘Traveling while black’ thing where people complain of past experiences, this is a plan on how to move and make moves. I haven’t necessarily traveled more than most but both here in Rwanda and while I ...

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Impamvu: Gusaba gusubizwa Agaciro!

Gatete Thierry Kevin Umunyarwanda Nyakubahwa Ministri w’Ubutabera, akaba n’Intumwa Nkuru ya Leta. Kigali Impamvu: Gusaba gusubizwa Agaciro, nitwa amazina y’abakurambere. Nyakubahwa, N’ubwo navutse ndimpunzi, nabaga mubambere mwishuri. Sinigeze nisuzugura, cyangwa numva ko abandi bansumba, n’ubwo nari mu gihugu cyabo. Ntibyanatinze ndataha iwacu mu Rwanda. Ntabwo nigeze mba umucakara, nkoronizwa, cyangwa mba umukristo w’iroma. Nibaza impamvu rero nahawe amazina y’abantu tudafitanye ...

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