Monthly Archives: September 2011

Where is Africa in the world of order?

You’ve probably heard it – and certainly seen it – more times than is good for your ears – and eyes: “There is no hurry in Africa”. In fact, in Rwanda these days, with this exploding number of non-African visitors … Continue reading

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In Rwanda, we go ahead and “bell the cat”

President Kagame’s visit to France last September 11th-13th 2011 tells a story of a history that will be permanently etched in the Western World-Africa relations. In 1990, France was at the peak of her glory as the master of Françafrique, … Continue reading

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A people averse to ethnic-chauvinism rabble rousers

Faustin Twagiramungu was on the BBC ‘Imvo n’Imvano’ programme last 2nd September 2911 and showed he still talks in the vein of “Ariko Murasetsa!” (Kinyarwanda for “Don’t make me laugh!”) Remember, during his short stint as Rwandan prime minister, and … Continue reading

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Reining in Kigali’s unruly drivers and riders

Pray, where was I when Kigali roads were lighting up? You’d think this village-city never sleeps, the way it keeps springing surprises. I was serenely pussyfooting along from Gisimenti to Kiyovu when I noticed one of the reflectors on the … Continue reading

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Message of respect, for self and other

I’ve been ruminating over the message President Kagame gave to local leaders on 22nd September 2011. The local leaders were a group of more than 400 sector (umurenge) executive secretaries, locally known as ‘Gitifu’ (a complicated Kinyarwanda corruption of the … Continue reading

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