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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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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…
Special Reports
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…
National
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.…
Special Reports
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…
Society
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…
National
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…
Society
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…
National
Tags: Coronavirus
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,…
Special Reports
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…
National
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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…
Society
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…
Special Reports
Tags: Coronavirus
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…
International
Tags: Environment
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…
Special Reports
Tags: Coronavirus Bigstory
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…
Special Reports
Tags: Coronavirus, Coronavirus Bigstory
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.…
Special Reports
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…
Special Reports
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…
Uncategorized
Tags: Coronavirus
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…
Special Reports
Tags: Coronavirus, Coronavirus Bigstory
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,…
National
Tags: Coronavirus
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…
Special Reports
Tags: Kwibuka23
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…
Special Reports
Tags: Coronavirus
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…
Special Reports
Tags: Coronavirus
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…
National
Tags: Coronavirus
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…
Special Reports
Tags: Coronavirus
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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Tags: Coronavirus
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…
National
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,…
International
Tags: CHOGM
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…
Society
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…
Society
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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Tags: Kizito Mihigo
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…
Economy
Tags: Affordable Housing
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…
International
Tags: Coronavirus
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…
Voices
Tags: Heroes
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…
Special Reports
Tags: Prisons
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…
International
Tags: Rwanda-China Relations
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…
Society
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…
Voices
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…
Society
Tags: Rwanda-Uganda Relations
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…
National
Tags: Umushyikirano
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…
Technology
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…
Special Reports
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…
Business & Tech, National
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…
International
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…
International
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,…
Special Reports
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…
International
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,…
Special Reports
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…
National
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"…
Economy
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…
Regional
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…
Special Reports
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…
Special Reports
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…
Technology
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…
Voices
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…
National
Tags: Dvpt Agencies
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,…
International
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…
National
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…
National
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…
Regional
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…
National
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…
Regional
Tags: Rwanda-Uganda Relations
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…
Society
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…
Economy
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…
Society
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…
International
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…
Sports
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…
Economy
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…
Economy
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,…
Economy
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…
National
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…
International
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…
Special Reports
Tags: RPF Battle
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…
International
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…
Voices
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…
Regional
Tags: Rwanda-Uganda Relations
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…
National
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,…
Society
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.…
Voices
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