Society

Violet

The cleaner the University of Pretoria assigned to my apartment was called Violet. A mother in her late forties. She was very pretty, always smiling. She liked me and encouraged me to eat more. ‘Look at you, you are skinny, you must eat!’ she said to me. I liked Violet, I called her Aunt. In my mind she was part ...

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Abasongarere bo muri leta

You can’t really be passionate about changing the world and passionate about logistics at the same time… John Kayihura, a veteran Rwandan Tour operator is having an early, much deserved breakfast on the shores of the Shanga River in the ‘Dzanga Sangha Forest reserve, situated deep in the south-eastern jungles of the Central African Republic and nestled between Cameroon and ...

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Paul Kagame is Rwanda’s product, not the other way round

When Fred Rwigema, the first RPF commander suddenly died at the beggining of the struggle, I am told, all seemed lost. In the absence of a unifying figure, small factions typically formed within the rebel movement. Chaos reigned as no other person came even near from commanding the same authority and legitimacy. Power struggles and lack of direction prevailed among ...

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To Sana Maboneza, Yesterday…

Since yesterday, John Lennon’s song has been playing through my mind: Yesterday: ‘Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away, Now it looks as though they’re here to stay, Oh I believe, in yesterday…’   I hear it and I cry, for dire news’ coming from afar. News of death, news of despair… Somebody keep the news away from me, ...

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Lonzen Rugira, the unusual Rwandan

Overtime, some of us had given up on reading the New Times. We felt life was too short, so we’d perused the headings and move on. Every now and then, someone we admire would be published in there and share the link – then we’d read. So when Lonzen Rugira came about, I was clueless. My father was the first ...

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Rich Kigalians piss on rural poor, and call it rain…

Yesterday morning the Central Bank was celebrating the over-subscription to the Rwf 15 billion, three-year government Treasury bond that it issued. On a closer look however I found it worrying that eight bids out of 23 were subscribed by Umerenge SACCO at 12%. Before I proceed, let me give a recap of what Umurenge-SACCO are, their mission and the identity ...

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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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I hold no grudge against our King…

‘Of the dead only good must be spoken’ – African Proverb This story is preemptive. I suspect to have to publish it as a rebuttal to those who will dare criticize our King from his resting place. Since they will have allowed themselves the right to judge my king, they will see no problem in me doing the same about ...

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