Society

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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I love you

I want to know how you feel, I want to feel your pain, so that together we can overcome it. I want to share my feelings with you too, I want to share my fears with you… I am interested in you, I have been closed to your world for so long, which I reckon has great stories and immense ...

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..like an expensive perfume

Rwandans are clean and healthy. Their president is slim and neat. The country is green. The food isn’t oily, tap water is potable. People are polite, warm but not intrusive. There are no color excesses, no light pollutions, noise pollutions, fogs, corruption and crime. The sun, the rain are regulated: Just enough. The weather in Rwanda adapts to our needs ...

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