Author Archives: Butamire

Will the West ever allow Africa to create its own pictures?

“A picture is worth a thousand words,” we are constantly told. However, none has considered corn artists who paint replicas of our pictures and accompany them with trumped-up interpretations? True, when you identify with a picture and its context, it … Continue reading

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Who will come to the rescue of the Rohingya and other threatened communities?

What’s wrong with Myanmar, the country that we used to know and respect as Burma? We remember, don’t we, Burma as the name that had been branded on our brains by our aging parents’ stories as the country of a … Continue reading

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Kudos to RPF campaign organisers for showing us that we can!

If foreign detractors have been accusing our leadership of being intolerant, may it be happy to plead guilty! And, in fact, beyond that, may it now start to be more severely so! After all, the people of this land are … Continue reading

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From lone “wamfunguriye” voices towards a middle-income society? (unedited)

I remember visiting the chaotic downtown Kigali market, “Isoko rya Nyarugenge”, in August 1994, fresh from exile. To reach a desired stall, it was a veritable struggle forcing your way through the mob of people in rags all with outstretched … Continue reading

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Can Kigali trigger Africa’s total unity of purpose?

Seeing the constellation of African governments’ luminaries and a good number from cities as far apart as Beijing and New York gracing the swearing-in ceremony of President Paul Kagame was one moment of a kind. Indeed, wouldn’t everybody marvel at … Continue reading

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Rwanda charting her own dignified destiny

Methinks the coming years will see exciting times for everybody, Rwandan or not. When you take into account the changes taking place, especially the increasingly high speeds at which everything is being created from nothing or bettered if there, you … Continue reading

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Hunger for power in Rwanda? Give me another!

President Kagame is back at his desk and, so, bajya he? To Western do-gooders who called him uncharitable names as the man who has engulfed us all “pitiful citizens” into “a climate of fear”: he is back and you can … Continue reading

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