Politics

French, English: necessary evils…

English, French, Afrikaans and any other foreign languages are tools; think of a hammer, a screwdriver, a machete or a saucepan. As a Kinyarwanda and Kiswahili speaker, I have no more attachment to French or English than to a screw-driver. As a Rwandan and an African however, I have bad experience with by tools such as French language and machetes, ...

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Dictators die in power, Dinosaurs die in opposition!

To those little has been given, little shall be demanded. One of them actually won, the other was sworn in as president – by himself that is. The other again threatens to and one’s whereabouts are shrinking into oblivion. They share much; boldness, charisma, hardship, popularity, critical lack of flair, impulsiveness and narcissism! Their hardened faces testify of the hardships ...

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Mistakes in English, French is no big deal!

Mutahi Ngunyi, a well known Kenyan writer and political scientist once told me: ‘Gacaca – he calls me that: ‘In Nairobi if you try to pull that fake American or British accent of yours, people will think you are a joke; they do it better than you; they’ve seen guys like you before, they will see them after you leave; ...

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Rwanda: ‘No prophet in his hometown..’

Imagine President Kagame is in Davos. He has chaired one of the panels on world’s economics, had a successful dinner with leaders of the world’s finance, he has promised to bring the Worlds Economic Forum to Rwanda. ‘The region is vibrant and secure; excellent place to conduct business!’ – he’s told them all. The next day he is planning on ...

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Founding principles v. Realpolitik: The struggle for nation-building

The eternal rivalry between realpolitik and supreme principles is known to all freedom fighters and seasoned politicians, all those who’ve been involved in struggles for revolution, and the more challenging struggle for stabilization and human emancipation. Rwandan leaders aren’t exempt from that struggle, then, and now. Winning that war implies maintaining the balance between the two fundamentals: Realpolitik and supreme ...

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His ‘Bad News’ – a Review of Anjan Sundaram’s book on Rwanda

The problem with writing rebuttals to western ‘Experts on Africa’, whose entire expertise lies in adding their names to new pieces that recycle their predecessor’s lies – to whom you may have already written rebuttals, is that you are forced to repeat yourself, over and over again. The ‘expertise’ isn’t one, just a form of extortion of their own publics, ...

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Corruption: A plague to mankind

Corruption is an Abomination. It is the source of all evil facing mankind. In Uganda, Nigeria, South Africa, and especially America, most acts of corruption could easily qualify as Crimes Against Humanity or Treason. For instance, officials in Uganda stole money meant to buy Anti-retroviral medicine, causing many people living with HIV to die; Their army officials however, took it ...

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Documockery on Africa must stop!

No doubt we, as activists and those more professional media practitioners have tried and will continue to cover Burundi. The situation in our neighboring country is worrisome and requires our attention and possibly action. I think every Head of State of this region would be justified to ask his citizens to postpone elections in their respective countries due to the ...

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President Museveni: The convenient Burundi Mediator

What is happening in Burundi is horrendous. The suffering of the Burundian people is an indictment to us all, citizens of the East African Community. It is a blow to our pledge for Never Again, made following the Genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi It is deeply heartbreaking that politics have, once again stood in the way, and prevented measures, that ...

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