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Soaring Ambition: Rwanda Files Request For Satellite Constellations
October,21 2021 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

  The Rwanda Space Agency (RSA)’s filing of a request for satellite constellations, with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) in accordance with the organisation’s regulations, signals a determination to develop the country’s capability in satellite technology. The exercise is akin to booking a parking spot, or perhaps more accurately, a route that will serve as…
Tags: Big-story, Satellite
Milk, An Essential Source of Nutrition, Or Just Great PR?
October,17 2021 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_69870" align="alignnone" width="720"] Mukabonera Beatrice from Rwamagana district, milking her Girinka cow[/caption] A cherubic child, the very picture of health, holding a cup of milk, looking into the camera, with contended innocence. It is an image etched on mothers’ minds, the world over, but is milk really essential for the health of children? The…
Tags: Big-story, Food And Drugs
Visit Rwanda? Gladly, Says the World, As UCI Road Championship Comes To Africa
October,13 2021 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_65367" align="aligncenter" width="924"] Riders in action during Tour du Rwanda. UCI chose Rwanda for 2025 world race[/caption] Much of the credit goes to the fans, as Rwanda becomes the first African city, to host the UCI Road World Championship 2025.   The flagship event for cycling, has never been held in Africa, in its 100…
Tags: Latestnews, Tour Du Rwanda
Does The EU Parliament Pervert Its Values, In Defence of Rusesabagina?
October,09 2021 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_63188" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Rusesabagina and his lawyers Gatera Gashabana and Felix Rudakemwa in a previous court appearance.[/caption] A number of honourable members of the European Parliament, never overweighed with work, at the best of times, seem to have found a new cause, Paul Rusesabagina. No sooner had the Rwanda courts convicted Rusesabagina on charges…
Tags: Latestnews, Rusesabagina
Three Faces of Rusesabagina, Western Media Myths And Lessons for Rwanda
October,06 2021 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

In the case against Rusesabagina, Western media reaction to his sentencing has been woefully predictable. Tattered cliches, worn stereotypes, and attacks against Rwanda, were once again, preferred for informed analysis of the case. It is worth reflecting that what we lump together as ‘Western media,’ is of course individual journalists and different media houses, some…
Tags: Latestnews, Rusesabagina
The Museum For Campaign Against Genocide, Expands To Outdoor Exhibit
September,26 2021 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

Visitors to the Museum for the campaign against genocide, will now have an additional, outdoor element to the history of Rwanda’s war of liberation.  Until now, the Museum, housed within the parliamentary complex, consisted of internal exhibits, or more precisely educational material. One might as accurately describe it as an interactive education centre, as a…
Tags: Liberation
Michela Wrong, Journalist’s Relentless Targeting of Rwanda Continues
September,23 2021 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

A head of state grants the national broadcaster an interview, during which a question about a subject doing the rounds in the media is asked, and suddenly, thousands of miles away, across the seas, the history of the nation he leads is rewritten. How do we get here? Until recently, Michela Wrong’s base, from which…
Special Reports
Tags: Latestnews
Rusesabagina Verdict: Will Western Media Bear To Be Guided By The Evidence?
September,18 2021 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_67112" align="alignnone" width="771"] Paul Rusesabagina while in court[/caption] Since the Rwanda National Police welcomed him to Kanombe International airport, with a pair of hand cuffs, there have been hours of radio and television broadcasts, hundreds of thousands of words, printed about Paul Rusesabagina. Yet, one would be forgiven for being none the wiser about…
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Tags: Rusesabagina
On Your Bike: Guraride’s Ambition To Turn Rwanda Into A Cycling Nation
September,12 2021 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

Rwanda’s capital of Kigali, is set to be among the first cities in Africa, to persuade people to choose a two wheel mode of transportation, but like most cities around the world with similar ambitions, the challenges are more uphill than freewheeling.  After four years of preparation, Guraride (literally, buy a ride), which styles itself…
Tags: City Of Kigali
Guinea’s Coup Leaders Announce Transition As International Condemnations Continue
September,07 2021 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

Guinea’s coup d’état leaders have moved to consolidate their position, in the face of continued international condemnation, but with many in the country welcoming the coup. “The President is with us, he is in a safe place, he has seen a doctor, everything is fine,” assured coup leader, Colonel Mamadi Doumbouya. President Alpha Conde was…
Tags: Latestnews
DRC Battles Environmental Disaster, As Toxic Effluent Flows Into Congo River Tributary 
September,06 2021 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

Several thousand people from the Kasai province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), have reported stomach complaints, after River Kasai, the source of their water supply, was contaminated by industrial effluence, from neighboring Angola.  Beginning the end of July, to August, residents of Kasai province who live near river Kasai, noticed that the waters…
Tags: DRC
Confusion in Guinea As Soldiers Declare Coup: President’s Whereabouts Unclear
September,06 2021 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

Guinea has been thrown in confusion and uncertainty, after an attempted coup by military officers, with the country’s defence ministry countering that the coup plotters had been repulsed.  Early Sunday morning, gunfire was heard around the Presidential palace, in the Guinean capital of Conakry.  In the following hours, a video showing soldiers in the Presidential…
Tags: Latestnews
Eat More Plants And Insects For Better Health And To Save The Planet
September,01 2021 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

In Rwanda’s northern district of Musanze, a young man, recently out of University of Rwanda’s school of veterinary medicine, has turned to rearing insects. That, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) makes him part of the answer to climate change, and the preservation of Earth’s environment.  Upon graduation, Dominique Xavio Imbabazi,…
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Tags: Food And Drugs
Tanzania Gun Attacks, Security Forces Yet To Identify Gunman, Motive
August,26 2021 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_69359" align="alignnone" width="1160"] The alleged attacker[/caption] Tanzanian security services are continuing investigations to identify a gunman who murdered three police offers, and a security guard, at the French Embassy in Dar-es-salaam, before police shot him dead.  There are still conflicting reports of the gunman’s movements, but what is certain is that he carried out…
Tags: Tanzania
Happy International Photography Day, Images To Inspire Creativity Beyond Selfies
August,19 2021 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

Every year on 19th August, the art form of photography is celebrated. Today, our photographers share images that celebrate New Rwanda. [caption id="attachment_68435" align="alignnone" width="768"] Monument of Fight against Corruption in Rwanda's capital Kigali[/caption] [caption id="attachment_69145" align="alignnone" width="2048"] Launch of zipline's drone which serves Rwanda in blood delivery  [/caption] [caption id="attachment_69125" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Farming in the…
Tags: Pictorial
Rusesabagina Verdict And That Rwanda Effect On Western Journalists And Commentators
August,18 2021 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_63387" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Paul Rusesabagina talking to his lawyer in court[/caption] What is it about Rwanda that seems to turn otherwise great journalists into sock puppets, manipulated to regurgitate the propaganda of the planners and perpetrators of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi? Ahead of the verdict in the case against Paul Rusesabagina, the…
Tags: Rusesabagina
Beauty To Die For; Black Women’s Hair Products Linked To Increased Risk Of Breast Cancer
August,07 2021 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

Black women may be putting themselves at a greater of breast cancers, according to the latest researcher into hair products used mainly by black women.  The research published in the University of Oxford’s Carcinogenesis Journal, looked at hair relaxers, “leave-in” conditioners and oils.  Researchers found that women who used lye-based hair relaxers for a period…
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Tags: Latestnews
The Wrong Rwanda, Substituting The Reality With An Imaginary Place
July,28 2021 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

Several countries, including the United Kingdom of Great Britain (UK), are using an application to alert people who have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for Sars-Cov-2. It is a superb app, but it is as nothing compared to British journalist Michela Wrong’s internal radar for spotting an opportunity to further calumniate…
Tags: Latestnews
Scientists Warn Britain Could Endanger Rest Of The World By Lifting Covid-19 Restrictions
July,18 2021 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_68066" align="alignnone" width="900"] Delta Variant[/caption] Scientists across the world, including Britain, have warned that the planned lifting of Covid-19 restrictions in England, poses a threat not only to Britain, but to the world. The warnings came in an open letter, and voiced during a summit, organised by The Citizens, an organisation set up by…
Tags: Coronavirus
COVID-19: Two-Day Mass Testing Exercise to Reach Every Corner of Kigali
July,17 2021 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_68041" align="aligncenter" width="1040"] Mass testing is underway in Kigali.[/caption] As the ten-day stay at home period begins for people in Kigali, and ten other districts with the highest rates of Covid-19 infection, for researchers and healthcare workers, the work intensifies. Over the two days of Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th there will be mass testing in…
Tags: Coronavirus Bigstory
COVID-19: How a Lockdown Became the Only Option
July,16 2021 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_68028" align="aligncenter" width="1080"] Dr. Ngamije said the surge in numbers of COVID-19 cases left the Government with very few options.[/caption] As eleven districts, including three in the City of Kigali are put under lockdown, the underlying message from the government remains the same: we are all in it together, and we must be guided…
Tags: Coronavirus Bigstory
COVID-19: Could ‘Vaccine Nationalism’ Mutate Into Global Cooperation?
July,12 2021 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_66968" align="aligncenter" width="680"] A health worker vaccinates a woman.[/caption] The Sars-Cov-2 pandemic is taking so much from humanity, but like all extreme situations, it is also a mirror through which the world can see the best and worst of itself. Particularly revealing is the production, and distribution of the vaccines, not least in the…
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Tags: Coronavirus Bigstory
Ggools, Or Money For Human Waste, And You Save The Environment Too
July,10 2021 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

What if you could save water, and create energy, just by sitting on your lavatory? Well, thanks to the genius of Cho Jae-weon, from South Korea’s Ulsan Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), there is now a way for the world to do just that. Professor of urban and environmental engineering Jae-weon is the creator…
Tags: Environment
Lunch Is On US: A Restaurant’s Gesture To Honour Veterans On Liberation Day
July,03 2021 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_67663" align="alignnone" width="802"] Suya will be offered to veterans tomorrow[/caption] The Coronavirus may have forced a change of plan on them, but Shally’s Terrace Restaurant in Kibagabaga is still determined to celebrate Liberation Day, by honouring those who spearheaded the nation’s salvation, in a way that only a restaurant can. A special lunch of…
Tags: Latestnews
Establishment Of New International Crime Against Environment Moves A Step Closer 
June,28 2021 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

“Historic” is the general description of the new definition of Ecocide that has been drawn up by legal experts from across the globe.  The proposed law defines ecocide, as “unlawful or wanton acts committed with knowledge that there is a substantial likelihood of severe and widespread or long-term damage to the environment, being caused by…
Tags: Environment
Obesity In Mothers Poses Higher Risk  Of Fatty Liver Disease To Children – New Study  
June,21 2021 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

If your parents were obese, you stand a higher risk of suffering from fatty liver disease, according to the findings of a new study. The research was conducted in the United Kingdom of Great Britain (UK), and involved nearly 3,000 volunteers, whose livers were scanned.   Although both parents’ obesity can increase your chances of developing…
Tags: Latestnews
Covid-19: Previous Infection Does Not Assure Protection – Study
June,19 2021 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

If you thought that your body’s immune system will have been boosted by a previous infection with Sars-Cov-2, to dispense with vaccination, new research dashes those hopes. The study was conducted among healthcare workers, who contracted Covid-19, by researchers at Oxford University, with the UK Coronavirus Immunology Consortium. Their findings lead them to emphasize the…
Tags: Coronavirus
Covid-19: Vaccines Protect, But No Vaccine Is 100%
June,17 2021 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

You were vaccinated against Covid-19. You get randomly tested, confident of clean bill of health, but the test comes back positive. It may come as a shock, but it is normal, and you are still better off for having been vaccinated.  In the course of their regular routine testing, the Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC) found…
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Tags: Coronavirus
Massive Internet Outage, A Timely Warning To Review Internet Infrastructure – Experts
June,10 2021 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

Security, and other ICT professionals, are calling for a review of the world’s internet infrastructure, following a serious internet outage, which left global brands and government services without internet services.  It has been a week of costly mishaps. During Sunday’s Azerbaijan Formula1 grand prix, the seven times world champion, Lewis Hamilton, was knocked out of…
Tags: Internet
Face Masks: Restrict Their Travel Plans, And Save The Planet
June,07 2021 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

If only we could reach as many parts of the planet, as our discarded rubbish, how well travelled we would be. Now in not much more than a year, the Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), recommended to contain the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic, is adding to the tons of rubbish threatening the planet’s ecosystems. We…
Tags: Coronavirus
Seven Days After Eruption And Nyiragongo Keeps The World Guessing
May,30 2021 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

A week since she poured burning molten rock from deep within her belly, inhabitants of the city of Goma, in the Eastern Democrtic Republic of Congo (DRC), and their neighbours, across the border in Rwanda, are still casting anxious glances towards Nyiragongo volcano.  In 2002, Nyiragongo’s eruption left 250 people dead, and a devastated city…
Tags: Latestnews
Raphael Lemkin, Holding A Mirror To Humanity’s Worst Side
May,22 2021 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_66167" align="alignleft" width="406"] Raphael Lemkin[/caption] This year, as every year since 1994, for 100 days, Rwanda commemorates the more than a million men, women, and children, murdered in the genocide against Tutsi. Whenever we define the crime of genocide, the world tips its collective hats to Raphael Lemkin, who named the crime, and campaigned…
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Tags: Kwibuka27
Rwandan Economy: Challenges Remain, But We See Green Shoots of Recovery
May,13 2021 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_65758" align="alignnone" width="512"] The National Bank of Rwanda(BNR)[/caption] The National Bank of Rwanda (BNR)’s statutory quarterly Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) met yesterday, 12th May, to read the runes on economic prospects, as the country, and the world, struggles to emerge from the dire effects of the Coronavirus pandemic on the global economy. The MPC’s…
Tags: Rwanda Central Bank
Do Not Disturb, Less About the RPF, More About Rewriting History
May,08 2021 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

A shorter version of this article was published in the African report Between the Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) and its mostly Western detractors, we should have no hesitation in believing the RPF, beginning with a generous pinch of salt digesting the latest book on Rwanda, by journalist, and author, Michela Wrong.  It is excellent advice…
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Tags: Wrong
Rapper, Actor DMX Dead At 50
April,11 2021 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

The many fans of rap artist and actor, Earl Simmons, better known by his stage name DMX, are mourning the star’s early death from a reported heart attack. He was 50 years of age.  Simmons was of the most celebrated, and successful rappers of his generation. He came to prominence in the 90s, quickly distinguishing…
Tags: Music Stars
Rusesabagina Arrest And Trial, Scant Truth In Media Coverage
March,19 2021 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

A minister of justice who combines ministerial responsibilities with those of Attorney-General, is interviewed on a current affairs programme about what has become a high profile case. Interviewees rarely come more heavy weight. Any viewer is entitled to expect to be well informed by the time the interview ends. So how did Al Jazeera’s Upfront…
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Tags: Rusesabagina
The Battle Of Adwa, African Victory In The Age Of Empire
March,09 2021 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_63577" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Ethiopians attend a parade to mark the 123rd anniversary of the battle of Adwa 2019[/caption] The 1st of March is in many ways Independence Day for Ethiopia. It is the only occasion European colonial forces were decisively defeated by an African army, leaving Ethiopia, the only African country never to be…
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Tags: Big-story
Rusesabagina, Film Director Joins Pile On Against Rwanda
February,28 2021 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_63188" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Rusesabagina and his two lawyers[/caption] To borrow a term from social media, it is that time again, when there is pile on against Rwanda. The excuse this time, a self confessed extremist in the dock. The arrest, and trial of Paul Rusesabagina for crimes of terrorism, crimes it should be noted,…
Tags: Latestnews
Happy Valentine’s Day. Or Is It Lupercalia For You?
February,14 2021 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

From saccharine-sweet sentimentality to life long lovers renewing their commitment to each other, all triggered by a date on a calendar, and named after an event that may never have existed, certainly not in the form it is taken to have done. In any case, a day that has little to do with the feelings…
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Tags: Latestnews
Back To Business As Usual, As Biden Hits The Ground Running?
January,22 2021 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_62118" align="alignnone" width="833"] Joe Biden[/caption] “I Joseph Robinette Biden Jr, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of president of the United States, and will to the best of my ability preserve, protect and defend the constitution of the United States, so help me God…” And then it was done.  The…
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Tags: USA
Covid-19: What The World Lost In The China Blame Game
January,12 2021 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

It is now a year, since Chinese authorities officially reported to the World Health Organisation, about a new, yet to be understood epidemic. Some would now seek to hold China culpable for the spread of the virus. But did the world in fact spurn a rare chance that China offered, to pool resources, and face…
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Tags: Coronavirus
The UN Group of Experts: Giving Succour To Enemies of Peace?
January,11 2021 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_10718" align="aligncenter" width="680"] FDLR Combatants at one of their Bases in Congo. Rwanda and DRC have worked closely to end insecurity where the UN has failed for decades.[/caption] Two heads of state, in a region that has known all too little peace, begin to navigate their way through an antagonistic past, to a state…
Tags: Rwanda-DRC Relations
A New Year of Strengthened Friendships As President Kagame Receives The Three Ss.
December,20 2020 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_61219" align="alignnone" width="702"] Sweden’s Ambassador to Rwanda Johanna Teague, South African High Commissioner to Rwanda, Mandisi Bongani Mabuto Mpahlwa, Senegal’s Ambassador Doudou Sow[/caption] It may be mere coincidence, or there could be a new diplomatic club, the 3S, as Sweden, South Africa and Senegal, present their diplomatic credentials to President Kagame, as their respective…
Tags: Latestnews
Ethiopia’s Tigray Conflict, Prelude To Regional Strife Or Storm Before The Calm?
December,10 2020 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_60859" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Obelisk of Axum[/caption] Few, if any reports or commentaries on the conflict in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, have been without Apocalyptic forecasts about the country’s survival as a state, or the peace and stability of the entire region. But might the armed response against the once all powerful Tigray People’s…
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Tags: Rwanda-Ethiopia Relations
Mail&Guardian Rwanda Allegations: Propaganda Or Journalism?
December,05 2020 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

Politicians, journalists and bankers, come high on any list of the most distrusted people. This is not entirely fair. The trades are generally judged by their abuses, rather than their highest principles. The Mail&Guardian’s reporting on Rwanda makes it especially difficult to defend journalism. But what the paper practices, certainly in its articles on Rwanda,…
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Tags: Latestnews
BBC Rwanda Coverage, Preference for Sensationalism Over The Truth?
November,29 2020 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_50800" align="alignnone" width="799"] Rwandans, how they express their support to the country's leadership[/caption] The British Broadcasting Corporation, better known the world over, as the BBC, is undoubtedly a great institution. For a number of years now, Rwanda, a small African country, has been at odds with this August news organisation. In the judgement of…
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Tags: Western Media
Paul Rusesabagina, Undone By Hubris & The Applause Of His Enablers
November,16 2020 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

Shrieks from newspaper headlines subside, the dust settles. From his prison cell, Paul Rusesabagina himself, might now see clearly that his Hubris, enabled by his Western praise singers, is more responsible for his present predicament, than his homeland government’s pursuit of justice for his alleged victims. Rusesabagina was it must be said, on a pretty…
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Tags: Rusesabagina
“It’s Time For America To Unite, And To Heal” President Elect, Joe Biden
November,08 2020 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

 It is President-elect Joe Biden, as expected, after clinching Pennsylvania. And as expected, President Trump shows no intention of conceding. With more than 20 electoral votes to spare above the required total of 270, Joe Biden is to be the 46th President of the United States of America. His running mate, Senator Kamala Harris, will…
It Is To Be President Biden, BAR Official Declaration
November,06 2020 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

The US election is decided, Joe Biden is to be the forty-sixth President of the United States of America. That is if you believe the forecasting organisation, the Decision Desk Headquarters (DDH) which analyses election results. According to DDH, the Democratic candidate Joe Biden has taken Pennsylvania, which with its twenty Electoral College Votes, takes…
Election USA, All Eyes On Pennsylvania
November,05 2020 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)
As much of the world’s attention is focused on America, waiting to learn who will occupy the House for the next four years, America’s eyes are on Pennsylvania. The state’s big cities, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, are projected to declare for the Democratic candidate, former Vice President, Joe Biden. Pennsylvania’s twenty Electoral College votes, makes it hugely…
Self Styled Human Rights Activist, Convicted Thief, Will The Real Mugenzi Stand Up?
November,02 2020 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_59331" align="alignnone" width="634"] Those who know Mugenzi describe him as a quack, an imposter and manipulator[/caption] Like that of Paul Rusesabagina, the conviction of Rene Mugenzi for the theft of Church funds, may begin a tortuously slow end of a pantomime, fuelled by a perverse need for so many in the West, to perpetuate…
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Tags: Genocide Perpetrators
COVID-19: Rising Infections Globally, A Warning Against Overconfidence
October,26 2020 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_55748" align="aligncenter" width="797"] A health worker tests a person.[/caption] It was with the shaky confidence of someone who fears being found out, that the taxi driver stated as firmly as he dared, that the New Coronavirus was all but over. It is the very attitude against which the Rwandan authorities are constantly communicating. And…
Tags: Coronavirus
No Politics Please, We Just Want To Show the Sights
October,23 2020 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_59299" align="aligncenter" width="1080"] Rwanda has taken over the leadership of the EATP[/caption] Conceived from the collective desire for regional integration, born in Kenya, now the eight-year-old is to be parented by Rwanda, on behalf of the East African Community. The East African Tourism Platform, or EATP, was initiated in Kenya in 2012, and is…
Tags: Tourism
Black Holes, Dynamite And Poetry. The Wonder Of The Nobel Prize
October,13 2020 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_59053" align="aligncenter" width="777"]  Alfred Nobel[/caption] What, in no particular order, do Louise Gluck, Jennifer Doudna, Emmanuelle Charpentier, the World Food Programme, and dynamite have in common? If you said food, it is an argument you can sustain, but you will be wrong by quite a margin. Along with Andrea M.Ghez, Harvey J. Alter, Roger…
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WEEKEND READ: The 1st of October -A Mirror For A Nation Renewed, A People Reunited
October,04 2020 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_58875" align="aligncenter" width="1280"] Maj. Gen Paul Kagame & Maj. Gen. Fred Gisa Rwigema led the liberation struggle. President Kagame reorganised the fighters & commanded the struggle to the end, following the falling of Rwigema on the 2nd day of the struggle.[/caption] Every 1st October Rwandans all but fall in love once again, with the…
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Tags: RPF Battle
COVID-19: Ministers Call For Maintained Vigilance, As Education Institutions Set To Reopen
October,03 2020 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_58840" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Ministers and the Rwanda National Police Spokesperson addressed the press conference.[/caption] Just over six months since the fate of the world began to be largely determined by the New Coronavirus pandemic, Rwanda feels confident enough to begin to loosen some preventive measures, thanks to timely decision making at the start of…
Tags: Coronavirus
Know Your Cat Family: A Leopard Is Mourned, But A Serval Cat Died
September,24 2020 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

It caught the imagination of many, a family trapped indoors, staying clear of an uninvited visitor, believed to have been a Leopard. But not all spotted cats are Leopards. It had all begun in the early hours of a Friday, just over a week ago, on 11th September. Alexis Ndayambaje a resident of Mukura in…
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God Slows The Setting of The Sun For Garima and Time Travel To 2013
September,20 2020 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

 It cast a deadly pall on the Chinese ‘Chunjie’ or Lunar New Year, to say the least, and nine months later, Ethiopians had to project their voices through face masks, while keeping physical distances of at least a metre and a half, as they sang and danced, in celebration of their ‘Enkutatash’ or New Year.…
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Paul Rusesabagina At Home and Face To Face With His True Self
September,11 2020 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_58063" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Rusesabagina as dossier is handed over to the prosecution service[/caption] There is a yawning chasm between the oft repeated assertions about Rwanda, and the country as it really is. Few events could have been better designed to expose this distance between perception and reality, than the arrest of Paul Rusesabagina, hailed…
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Tags: Rusesabagina
Genocide Denial for 21st Century: Kambanda’s Attempts to Rewrite History
September,08 2020 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

Should a man serving a life sentence for inciting and leading the mass murder of over a million men, women and children be allowed to publish a book in which he attempts to wash his hands of that crime? “Mr Jean Kambanda, having deliberated and after verifying that your plea of guilty is voluntary, unequivocal…
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Tags: 1994 Genocide Against Tutsi
“How Rwanda Works” It’s The Little Things
September,06 2020 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

“How Rwanda works”, or “#HowRwandaworks” is something you will come across on twitter, posted by Rwandans celebrating the efficiency of their country’s government. These usually flag up some notable achievement, but the essence of what they celebrate can arguably be best found in the little things.  My to do list was unequivocal, it would be…
Tags: Coronavirus
Covid-19, Rwandans Have Learnt to Forego ‘Hobe’, Can They Learn To Queue?
August,30 2020 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

Last Wednesday’s virtual cabinet meeting, took the decision to tighten the measures against SARS-COV-2, following the initial relaxation, which included ending lockdown. The need to increase strictness of the measures is due to a resurgence of infections we are seeing across the world, but also people’s behaviour in response to the measures still in place.…
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Tags: Coronavirus
Good News In 2020, As Africa is Declared Free Of One Virus, Polio
August,28 2020 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

It has been grievously accused, but in its defence, 2020 might say that it does not bring about events, it merely embraces whatever comes. And it might add that while 2020 might be synonymous with SARS-Cov-2, it is also the time that Africa was declared free of that other dreadful virus, Poliomyelitis, or Polio. As…
Tags: Health
Covid-19, Africa Must Move Faster, Against Gradual Rate of Infection – WHO
August,22 2020 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_57048" align="alignnone" width="799"] Conducting COVID-19 tests in Kigali[/caption] As new cases of Covid-19 around the world continue to rise at a rapid pace, the rate of infection in Africa shows a slower rate of increase, but there can be no room for complacency, warns the World Health Organisation (WHO). Preliminary analysis by the world…
Tags: Coronavirus
Umuganura, The Essence Of Rwanda, Not A Harvest Festival
August,09 2020 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

Friday, August 7th was Umuganura, and a holiday. Hooray. For many the day is little more than a much needed long weekend. For others the translation here would be Harvest Festival, which would be a little like describing a wedding as a party.  The colonial powers had a more in depth understanding of Umuganura than…
Rwanda v Covid-19: Good Governance and Friends In Need, A Winning Combination
August,03 2020 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_53964" align="alignnone" width="640"] Rwanda Defence Force Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen J. Bosco Kazura and Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the Republic of Rwanda, H.E. Ambassador RAO Hongwei at the event where China handed over Medical Kits To Support RDF Fight Against COVID-19, June 3, 2020[/caption] As SARS-COV-2 rates of…
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The UK And Africa, A Reset of The Relationship
July,12 2020 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_55828" align="alignnone" width="2048"] The House of the Lords[/caption] Few nations of the Western hemisphere have a more established relationship with Africa, than The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, or as it is commonly known,  the UK. At face value, the latest report from the country’s parliament, could not be more progressive,…
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Inyambo, Expulsion From Heaven and Other Rwanda Reflections
June,28 2020 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_55232" align="alignnone" width="600"] An Inyambo parade[/caption] Rwandan greetings are a formal affair, an embrace to symbolise esteem and affinity with the other person, followed by good wishes, variously for a long life, children, who are considered a blessing, heaven’s protection, and most commonly, cattle. Cows are an integral part of Rwandan culture, so much…
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Victoire Ingabire, Pulling the Media Strings and Basking In Their Spotlight
June,25 2020 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

The seemingly never-ending saga of Victoire Ingabire, might be an entertaining diversion, were it not for her single-minded pursuit of a mission, which if ever it came to pass, would be so deadly as to plunge Rwanda back into the ideology upon which the Twentieth Century Genocides against Tutsi was founded. That she is aided…
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Felicien Kabuga, Will Covid-19 Help Him Delay Justice?
June,21 2020 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

Arrested at last, after being on the run for more than two decades, Felicien Kabuga, who stands accused of being one of the masterminds behind the 1994 genocide against Tutsi, can be expected to try to delay his trial as long as possible. An appeal against extradition from France, where he was arrested, has already…
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It’s Rain, And That Intoxicating Smell, Get To Know Petrichor
June,14 2020 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

An unexpected light shower, after a long dry period, which in some parts of the world, has also been hot and dusty. As the first drops hit the ground, an evocative, intoxicating smell feels your entire olfactory system, Petrichor.  It is a smell that has occupied the attention of scientists and perfumiers for almost two…
SARS-COV-2, Is the Second Wave of the Virus Inevitable?
June,12 2020 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_54432" align="alignnone" width="1280"] Jilin, China, under lockdown after new cases.[/caption] More than six months since the World Health Organisation declared a global health emergency, and the coronavirus epidemic, a pandemic, scientists still do not know all they would like, about the virus. What most of them know for certain, is that there will be…
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Rwanda Raises The Bar In Response to Climate Change
June,05 2020 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_54046" align="alignnone" width="640"] Floods as a result of climate change[/caption] Appositely, or may be paradoxically, or perhaps, paradoxically apposite, a virus that attacks respiratory pathways has reminded the world of the urgent need to cut air pollution, which costs millions of lives globally every year. It is a challenge to which Rwanda has become…
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COVID-19, Miracle Cures And the Scientific Method
May,17 2020 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

It is the realm of possibility that some wild plant or other might treat Covid-19, and within the realm of possibility that someone may chance upon it. But for such a thing to occur it would take not one but several miracles. And since miracles are generally in short supply, any cure or treatment for…
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Covid-19 Treatments, Vaccines And the Dangers of Miracle Cures 
May,09 2020 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

The fifth month since the novel coronavirus gate crashed celebrations of the promise of 2020. Time enough for the predictable claims of miracle cures, and too early for scientifically tested drugs and treatments. But as much of the world was in lockdown, quarantined at home, scientists have been sequestered in laboratories, searching for the smallest…
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Human Rights Watch, Crying Wolf Under Covid-19
May,06 2020 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_52469" align="alignnone" width="1280"] Kenneth Roth, HRW boss[/caption] You can but admire Human Rights Watch. The rights organisation has kept up a singleminded campaign against the government of Rwanda, and their knee jerk reaction to pervert the truth to serve that end, would rival the efficiency of any robot programmed to automatically perform the task.…
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New Look Press Conference, But Some Questions Remain the Same
April,29 2020 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

“Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.” Not what Voltaire meant exactly, but we learn more about the prejudices of the French News networks represented at Sunday’s press conference with President Paul Kagame, than we do about the subjects they were supposedly addressing.  If journalism were to be erased from our…
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From China with Love, Weapons against Covid-19
April,27 2020 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_51931" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Min of Health Daniel Ngamije exchanging documents with Rao Hongwei, Chinese Ambassador to Rwanda[/caption] “You throw me a peach, and I give you white jade for friendship.” China’s Ambassador to Rwanda, Rao Hongwei, quoting a Chinese saying, as he presented China’s donation of equipment and material for fighting Covid-19, to the…
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Covid-19 Lockdown Cleans World’s Air
April,23 2020 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

Every cloud has a silver lining, or so we are told. With so many lives lost, it is difficult to see any light in the Covid-19 dark cloud. But ironically, a virus that attacks our respiratory pathways, is exposing another deadly enemy lurking in the air we breathe, with the difference that this one is…
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Covid-19, A Snapshot Of Effects Around The Globe
April,22 2020 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

Those who have called Covid-19 “a little flu” were perhaps being ironic, as in the great flood was after all just a bit of water. It is only a little over a month since the virus was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO), yet if anyone had suggested what is happening now,…
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Genocide Against Tutsi-Remembrance in the Time of Covid-19
April,09 2020 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

Every year, for the last twenty-six years, on the 7th April, Rwandans have gathered together to commemorate the 1994 genocide against Tutsi. The start of a week long commemorative events would normally start with the head of state and first lady, accompanied by several cabinet ministers, diplomats and other invited guests, lighting the flame of…
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Stay At Home, It Could Mean Life Or Death
April,08 2020 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_51006" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Stay at home. That temptation to go out is dangerous[/caption] “The thing that is massively important is, please, please listen to government advice on staying in. Don’t go out unnecessarily, don’t pop to the corner shop just to buy some milk. Please, please adhere to the advice, because at the minute…
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Defeating Covid-19, Can China Be the World’s Secret Weapon?
April,04 2020 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

The fourth month since the outbreak of the Coronavirus, and much of the world still faces exponential increase in infections. Varying degrees of lock downs have been declared across Europe, Asia and Africa. In China however, the needle points in the opposite direction. Life is slowly returning to normal. For several days running, China has…
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Pictures: In Partnership – Government and People Against Covid-19
March,26 2020 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

Like any extreme event, the Coronavirus outbreak tells us much about individual countries, by exposing weaknesses and highlighting strengths. Rwanda’s response has reflected both the nature of the society and the country’s governance. Rwanda’s government of national unity is led by the biggest and strongest of the governing parties, the Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF). Central…
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Garlic, UVlight…The Dangerous Myths About Covid-19
March,24 2020 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

“A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes.” Ironically, the inaccurate attribution of the quotation to American man of letters, Mark Twain, or British statesman Winston Churchill, has certainly travelled far, while the truth that it was most likely from satirist Jonathan Swift, is yet…
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Covid-19: Know Your Enemy
March,22 2020 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

The first casualty when war comes is truth, American Senator Hiram Warren Johnson is said to have declared in 1917. In our age of the internet where rumour can reach tens of millions in a matter of minutes, if not seconds, Warren Johnson’s observation couldn’t be more apt. As the world battles the Coronavirus pandemic,…
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Let the Argument Begin: Rwanda Launches the Rwanda Law Journal
March,11 2020 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

To the “Dear esteemed readers” Dr Etienne Ruvebana, wishes to say that it is “with highest pleasure and considerable amount of satisfaction” that he would like to introduce Issue No1 of the Rwanda Law Journal. This was Dr Ruvebana’s triumphant introduction of the birth of the Rwanda Law Journal, for which he is editor in…
Rwanda Hoists Flag for Commonwealth Day
March,09 2020 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

Today, as every year, on second Monday in March, 54 countries, spanning five continents, will mark Commonwealth Day, by raising the flag of the Common wealth. In Rwanda, officers from the national police, in ceremonial dress uniform, raised the flag at the Kigali Convention Centre. According to the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Baroness Patricia Scotland,…
Ethiopia in Rwanda, Celebrates Ethiopia Day
March,09 2020 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

“The land of origins” celebrated in a “remarkable” one, or less cryptically, and admittedly more prosaic, Ethiopia in Rwanda, marks Ethiopia Day. Judging by the event itself, the two countries’ tourist brochures, although hyperbolic, do in fact give a more accurate description. Ethiopia as its tourist information declares, is indeed a land of origins. Ethiopia…
A Farewell to Prince Charles Kwizera, A short Life that Will Be Long Cherished
March,01 2020 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

“Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them” said the writer George Eliot. Charles Kwizera, who has died so very young, so very prematurely, at the tender age of 36 is unlikely to ever be forgotten by anyone who knew him, even beyond family and friends. I did not know Charles…
Death of A Fallen Singing Angel, The Terrible End of Kizito Mihigo
February,22 2020 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_48903" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Late Kizito Mihigo[/caption] The terrible end of Kizito Mihigo in a Police cell, will no doubt be seized upon by a myriad anti Rwanda groups, and individuals, alleging foul play. It is however a starkly tragic reminder of the terrible cost that is paid and will continue to be paid by…
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Earthbag Technology, a New Term in Affordable Housing
February,16 2020 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

There is a global affordable housing crisis, according to the World Economic Forum. For less wealthy nations, a mix of creative solutions is essential, if they are to get anywhere near meeting the ever growing demand. A newly-formed company, Affordable Human Needs (AHN), brings the intriguingly named Earthbag Technology into the Rwandan house construction  market…
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Darkness Before Dawn? Death Toll Rises as China Combats Coronavirus
February,10 2020 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

It is by any measure, a global health emergency. That the spread of the Coronavirus is not spreading even more widely, must surely be largely due to China’s determination to contain it within its borders. It is a struggle China cannot win alone, but is the world pulling its weight? We are yet to discover…
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Imanzi, Imena And Why The Month Of February
February,07 2020 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

There are few of us who on a tired Monday morning, have not wished for Monday to begin on Tuesday. It is a wish that is granted once a year in Rwanda, when Tuesday becomes the new Monday, another one of the many reasons for Rwandans to be thankful to the many, and varied individuals…
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Rehabilitation, Humanising the Inhumane: Prison Life in Rwanda
January,30 2020 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

 “The degree of civilisation in a society can be judged by entering its prisons” wrote the great Russian writer and philosopher, Fyodor Dostoevsky. By this measure, many countries of the world still fall short of the benchmark for civilisation. Of those that are an exception to the rule, Rwanda has a good claim to come…
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Rats, Red Envelopes and a Shared Vision, Happy Chinese New Year
January,19 2020 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

More and more diverse cultures are calling Rwanda home, this can mean celebrating the usual events at unexpected times, so according to the Chinese Lunar calendar Happy New Year, in the year of the rat. Although not quite just yet, the 16th of January was when China’s diplomats in Rwanda invited their Rwandan friends to…
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Itorero for Today’s Teachers to Explain the Past to Future Generations
January,12 2020 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

 “History, despite its wrenching pain cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again” so said American writer and poet, Maya Angelou, who could almost have been thinking of Rwanda. Few peoples have a more painful history, but facing it is advice Rwanda seems to have taken to heart in its…
Mislead Or Misleading, Are African Journalists Deliberately Distorting Rwandan Story?
January,07 2020 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_46660" align="alignnone" width="640"] A wide view of Kigali city[/caption] Rwanda is news, and being miscast can come with the territory, but it has come to a point where to understand the country as it actually is, it is necessary to ignore much of the media and even academic research about it. It would take…
New Year, Same Old Story: Rwandans ill-treated by Uganda Security Forces
January,03 2020 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="700"] Pascaline Nyiramwiza one of the victims of Uganda atrocities. In 2016, she married one Musinguzi Moses in Kasese. Her husband machetted her on Christmas eve and when she called for help, security organs, neighbors kept deaf ear[/caption] Nothing is really ever sudden, even thunder and lightning have a process. Perhaps the…
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Lucky Number 17, Umushyikirano and the Changing Face of a Nation.
December,21 2019 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_46123" align="alignnone" width="793"] President Paul Kagame(Left), First Lady Jeannette Kagame, Speaker Donatille Mukabarisa, Senate President Augustin Iyamuremye at national dialogue council-Umushyikirano 2019[/caption] In a popular café in Rwanda's capital Kigali, a mixed group of about ten, have turned their seats to face a large television screen. All around the busy café, other people in…
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Apps to Level the ICT Playing Field
December,20 2019 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_46070" align="alignnone" width="640"] The graduates[/caption] They are young, eager, all female, and the next software for your mobile telephone Application, may well be programmed by them. They are WeCode graduates, an initiative launched by the Rwanda Private Sector Federation (PSF), to narrow the gender gap in Information and Communications Technology (ICT). With support from…
Satellite Symposia, Abstract Driven Sessions, Plenary Sessions – Farewell ICASA 2019
December,08 2019 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

Fifteen million, the number of people whose lives have been claimed by AIDS, in Africa so far. Eight thousand, the number of people from across the world, who over the last seven days, descended on the Rwandan capital of Kigali, to commit themselves to work towards “An AIDS Free Africa.” What do they take away…
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The Private Sector Federation’s Forum to Raise Standards
December,06 2019 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_45532" align="alignnone" width="2400"] From L-R: RDB CEO Clare Akamanzi, Robert Bapfakurera chairman of the Rwandan Private Sector Federation(PSF) and Minister of Trade and Industry, Soraya Hakuziyaremye at the Rwanda Bisness Forum[/caption] For the last two weeks, the island of almost every Kigali roundabout has been circled by green, and orange flags, bearing the letters…
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Combating AIDS and HIV Infection, the World Comes to Rwanda
December,03 2019 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

“Hullo, excuse me,” said the young woman, smiling apologetically, as she exited the men’s lavatory, “I was making sure everything was fine here”, she explained. She is an employee of the Kigali Convention Centre (KCC), where the International Conference on AIDS and Sexually transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA) is being held. It’s the little things…
Rwandan Skies Against Gender-based Violence
November,30 2019 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_44951" align="alignnone" width="799"] “Oranging the World” - Kigali Convention Center.[/caption] Last week, Rwanda hosted the global gender summit, at the Kigali Convention Centre. Among the numerous subjects discussed was gender-based violence. Rwanda is justifiably hailed as a leading nation in the promotion of gender equality, second only to Scandinavian countries. On day one of…
President Kagame, An illuminating Conversation with the Press
November,29 2019 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

“Home grown solutions” is what Rwanda calls an approach that is rare in Africa, development that is channelled through African countries’ own culture and history. Unnoticed, one suspects even by himself, it is also an approach that President Kagame takes to his regular press conferences. This month’s an example of what we may now term,…
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Change for Continuity As Rwanda Welcomes New Envoys
November,15 2019 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_44436" align="alignnone" width="640"] William John CARLOS, Ambassador of Republic of Ireland with resident in Kampala - Uganda[/caption] Nine Ambassadors, and three High Commissioners today presented their letters of credence to President Paul Kagame, at State House, or as it is better known in Rwanda, Uruguwiro Village. The majority of the twelve diplomats were replacing…
And Let There Be Light for All By 2024
November,07 2019 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

Rwanda aims for universal access to electricity by 2024, and it envisions the private sector as crucial to reaching that objective. Whether the sector is rising to the challenge was the subject of a two day Conference held at the Kigali Convention Centre, organised by Energy Private Developers, with support from the Government of Rwanda,…
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Significant Progress, Much Work Left to Do As Rwanda Marks World Food Day
November,01 2019 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_4624" align="alignnone" width="660"] The rate Crop production in Rwanda has surpassed population growth implying the country has food surplus[/caption] Rwanda marks World Food Day, with a renewed commitment to end malnutrition and to reach the UN target of “Zero Hunger.” World Food Day (WFD) was established in 1979 by member countries of the UN…
Rwanda, Hong Kong to Strengthen Trade Relations
October,30 2019 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_43523" align="alignnone" width="1080"] L-R PSF CEO Stephen Ruzibiza, Wang Jiaxin, Chinese Embassy, Daniel Lam HKTD, Zephanie Niyonkuru Deputy CEO RDB, Eric Rutabana CEO  Development Bank of Rwanda[/caption] A strengthening of bilateral trade relations between Rwanda and Hong Kong took a first step, with a business and investment seminar at Kigali’s Serena Hotel. [caption id="attachment_43531" align="alignnone"…
SDGs: Assessing Progress, Sharing Lessons Learned
October,22 2019 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

They came from all corners of the continent to measure progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Africa Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) holds an annual workshop to take stock of progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and this year, participants gathered in Kigali’s Marriott Hotel. Perhaps the word repeated more often than any…
A World Without Torture
October,20 2019 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

With little fanfare, the Association for the Prevention of Torture has just concluded a three day conference, during which it launched a “toolkit” it hopes will make the world a better place. The conference, the Association’s Africa region meeting, was held at a midrange hotel in the Rwandan capital of Kigali. It brought together thirteen…
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Cyanika, Nyamagabe Reveals More of its Dark Secrets
October,15 2019 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

More than one million, or exactly 1,074,017 the number of murdered men, women and children in the 1994 genocide against Tutsi, according to Rwanda’s National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG). It is a number they will have to revise upwards, each time the conspiracy of silence about where some victims’ bodies were dumped…
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RWANDASAT-1 Soon Orbiting Over Rwanda
October,09 2019 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_41836" align="alignnone" width="799"] Already on international space station: Rwasat[/caption] Rwandans must now become familiar with counting backwards, from ten to zero, anyway, as their country launches its own satellite into space. Like most other African countries, Rwanda depends on other countries, private companies for satellite harvested data. This can be costly, and in the…
Police Step In When Sorry Becomes the Hardest Word to Say
October,08 2019 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

An impromptu press briefing held in open air, turned out to be the straw that broke the camel’s back. Controversial American preacher Gregg Schoof found himself under arrest, as he was about to announce his decision to quit Rwanda to journalists. For those, including the Rwanda National Police, who have come to know Pastor Schoof…
KOICA, Focusing on Real People Behind the Statistics
September,30 2019 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_3144" align="alignnone" width="620"] A maize crop garden under mechanized irrigation in Eastern Province.[/caption] The questioning of the validity of Rwanda’s development figures is now a dead letter, discreetly forgotten by those who feverishly promoted it, and shouted it most loudly. It needs not have been any part of the discourse on Rwanda as long…
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Busy as Bees, Rwanda Delegation at the UNGA Hit the Ground Running
September,26 2019 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

As so often these days, it is in a tweet that we receive communication from the highest political and diplomatic leadership. “Honoured to chair the 4th plenary meeting of the UN General Assembly. President Paul Kagame of Rwanda delivered his statement in less than 8 minutes. Probably one of the briefest and yet very powerful,…
Baboon Attack Hastens Realisation of Idyllic Vision of the Future
September,24 2019 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

They are strong, can be aggressive, fearless, completely lacking in empathy, and they make the worst possible neighbours, as residents of Nyagatare district, in the Eastern province, are finding out. After a savage attack by one of these neighbours, Alphonse Niyomugabo, 13 years old, barely escaped with his life. His human neighbours had to kill…
Imbuto Foundation, Empowering Youth to Combat Teenage Pregnancies
September,21 2019 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

“Every problem has in it the seeds of its own solution…” Norman Vincent Peale, author of the Power of Positive Thinking, tells us. It is a sentiment that in its second phase of “Innovation Accelerator” the Imbuto Foundation - a philanthropy organisation headed by Rwanda's First Lady, Jeannette Kagame, seems to have embraced. The initiative…
From “The Very Pits of Hell” to a Best Performer – “Rwanda’s Peace – 25years”
September,19 2019 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

A regional conference on peace, held in tranquil surroundings of a five-star Serena hotel, is a kind of thing that happens regularly around the world and will strike any ear that hears as somewhat prosaic, unlikely to excite. This, however, will be missing one of the rarest opportunities for a glimpse into the best and…
Road Creator: Niringiyimana’s Road to A New Life
September,18 2019 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

The price of celebrity can be other people’s resentment, or so Emmanuel Niringiyimana has come to discover. Only a few months ago, twenty-three-year-old Emmanuel Niringiyimana was living a quiet life in his home village of Kakirinda, Nkoto cell; Murambi sector in Karongi District of Western Province. He made a modest living keeping bees and augmented…
Rwanda-Uganda Relations, Denying the Obvious in “Frank and Cordial” Talks
September,17 2019 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

That the delegations from both sides were so high powered promised much. But, in the end, the resolutions of the unwieldy titled Ad Hoc Commission for the Implementation of the Luanda Memorandum of Understanding between Rwanda and Uganda, were little more than an aspiration to observe things such as the rule of law, which should…
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Happy New Year and a Promise to Be Seven Years Younger
September,12 2019 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_40844" align="alignnone" width="745"] Ethiopian's celebration of wonders of God in the ending year[/caption] If on this day, 12th of September, a stranger apparently in the grip of euphoric joy, wishes you a Happy New Year, play along. He or she has neither completely lost track of time, nor have they taken leave of their…
Kigali: Women, Youth Inclusion High on Agenda of Global Financial Forum
September,10 2019 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_40749" align="alignnone" width="680"] A photo including female members of AFI who graduated from Oxford leadership and diversity program for Regulators where participants are equipped with technical and strategic know-how to create policy and leadership skills to affect change. Indeed, they will spearhead the women financial inclusion agenda[/caption] Using technology for inclusion of women and…
A Super Model, A Soul Singer, Kwita Izina Announces Itself to the World
September,08 2019 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

With over two decades at the very top of the fashion world, jet setting between the most glamourous fashion shows, In London, Paris, Milan, New York, there can be few if any fashion change that super model Naomi Campbell can’t take in her well heeled stride. But, even she must have found this week a…
China Celebrates 70th Anniversary and  A shared History with Africa
September,07 2019 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_40642" align="alignnone" width="3500"] One of the components of Chinese Military Parade. Showing Chinese military power is part of celebrations to mark country's anniversary[/caption] “Home grown solutions”, a colonised tragic past, eventual liberation, the healing of self inflicted wounds, to a people centred development. You would be forgiven for thinking this an opening to the…
Bang, Bounce and Thump Professional Volleyball Comes to Rwanda
August,27 2019 Vincent Gasana Comments(1)

[caption id="attachment_40187" align="alignnone" width="640"] The Netherlands team who won gold medal[/caption] The view of Lake Kivu from the Serena hotel is interrupted by a public park, with trees so old if they could tell the entire history of Rwanda, if they could talk. You walk through the park to be greeted by a brown strip…
Monetary Policy Committee Declares Economic Outlook Positive
August,17 2019 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

Low inflation rate, modest pressure on the exchange rate, favourable macroeconomic conditions that are expected to remain throughout the year. That’s the conclusion of the Monetary Policy Committee (PMC), after its quarterly review of its earlier decisions, and forecasts, as well as current economic outlook. The Central Bank keeps its rate at a relatively low…
Rwanda’s Private Sector Federation Sets A Gold Standard
August,11 2019 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AFCFTA) is now on stream, and from July 2020, Africans can start trading under its rules. With the inaugural launch of the Gold Business Forum, Rwanda’s Private Sector Federation (PSF) is first out of the blocks, as an early adopter. “We had three main objectives for launching the Gold…
Rwanda Trade Fair, Showing You the World’s Wares
August,08 2019 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

Bigger, better, ever more digital, that seems to be the theme for this year’s Rwanda International Trade Expo, which is now underway. In its 22nd year now, global recognition continues to grow. From modest beginnings in 1998, the Expo is becoming one of the region’s most popular trade shows. This year, new entrants like China,…
Lured Into Bondage – Combating Human Trafficking
July,20 2019 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

Slavery is alive and well, living under an assumed name of Human Trafficking. A new report focusing on Rwanda makes recommendations the report’s authors believe will add to the weapons available to policy makers, and law enforcement agencies in combating the crime. The Report, Understanding Human Trafficking in Rwanda: Causes, Effects and Impact, is the…
Now Showing: The 600, in the Cinema Near You
July,08 2019 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

The documentary film, "The 600" soldier’s story, is showing at Century Films, in Kigali City Tower in the capital Kigali, but, only for a limited period. Anyone wishing to see the film, this year at least, has until July 14. If any documentary is a must see, it is this one. The film’s Producer/Director and…
Kwibohora 25: Pomp and Pageantry as Rwanda Marks 25 Years of Liberation
July,04 2019 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

A deafening screech from the thousands of mainly young people waving flags fills up the air. You look up, and the eyes follow the brass marching music to the main entrance of Amahoro National Stadium. The military band, resplendent in red and green tunics, their instruments glinting as they catch the glare of the morning…
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The 6,000km Journey Back to their Roots, Sleeping under African Skies
June,25 2019 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

It was a long journey. Six thousand miles - to be precise. Like many Africans before them, Jasiri, Jasmina, Manny; Olomoti, and Mandela, were born and bred in Europe, their forebears having fled there for their lives. And like many Africans now, they are returned to Rwanda, and will be sleeping under African skies, secure…
The Article, or The Rwanda Article
June,19 2019 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_37731" align="alignnone" width="873"] Ugandan trucks en-route around  Gatuna border post[/caption] If you have been wondering why foreign media reports about Rwanda seem repetitive, with little, if any accurate information about the country, wonder no more. We have solved the mystery: most articles about Rwanda in foreign media are in fact one and the same…
Africa Trailing the Rest of the World in Reaching Global Targets
June,15 2019 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

“As an African, this report makes for sober reading…” The opening sentence in President Paul Kagame’s address to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) conference, just concluded in Rwanda's capital  Kigali. The conference was organised by the Centre for Sustainable Development Goals in Africa, which is also based in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali. The three day event…
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Bring Me the Head of Sinzi
June,08 2019 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_11795" align="alignnone" width="538"] Sinzi Tharcisse.[/caption] “The journey we travelled is impossible to describe…impossible to understand, people were blown up in the air, and on the ground you would see their legs, their arms…it is impossible to say…” One might be forgiven for imagining these the words of World War11 octogenarian, and nonagenarian veterans describing…
The Mahindra Sponsored Great African Caravan Makes a Stopover in Kigali
December,06 2018 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_30975" align="alignnone" width="1032"] Some of the Great African Caravan members with Vincent Gasana, KT Radio's Rwanda Beyond the Headlines(2nd right)[/caption] A group of twelve artistes passed through Kigali, as they travel the length of Africa, from the Cape to Cairo, in what they are calling The Great African Caravan, to promote among other things,…
Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza: Now You Know Her, Now You Don’t
November,05 2018 Vincent Gasana Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_28570" align="alignnone" width="799"] Victoire Ingabire[/caption] One of the many powers invested in the President of the Republic by the Rwandan constitution is the prerogative of mercy. It is a privilege President Paul Kagame has exercised many times in the past, granting early release to thousands of prisoners, to the complete indifference of the world.…
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