Monthly Archives: June 2011

A few Rwandans yet to be drafted onto the self-liberation train

If you have never experienced life as a refugee, you cannot come close to appreciating the shame that it is. I’ve ever lived that life, having only in my late years regained my ‘statefulness’, and think I have an idea … Continue reading

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“We are the people we have been waiting for”

I’ve heard the above statement uttered before but I’d never thought of it in connection with Rwanda. I could well imagine it being pronounced by an aspiring president of a super power like USA about his country but not by … Continue reading

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Where a broom meets a people’s claim to dignity

In Rwanda today, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past,” as the American author, William Faulkner, said. So, every morning you’ll find the streets of Kigali sparklingly clean. If you happen to be an early bird, the worm … Continue reading

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Government institutions’ raison-d’être is to serve individuals

Two weeks ago this column raised some storm that has not yet fizzled out. The point was that I should not pair the Rwandan Directorate of Immigration and Emigration with the Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) and hand them equal praise … Continue reading

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Africa, claim your future!

I think we Africans have cause to mourn. I got this fatal feeling when I was listening to a ‘home-grown’ friend who seems to have read all the literature in the world, especially that spoken or written in French. He … Continue reading

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Africa should divorce self-made world policemen

The season is here. That season in anticipation of which Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International (AI) have been salivating. As happens every year, the government of Rwanda has been pronounced guilty without trial. And the offence is the … Continue reading

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