Author Archives: Butamire

What’s too costly when your very dignity is at stake?

When, in his opinion piece, a fellow columnist rattled off names of hangouts in this city, though he mentioned only a few in passing, I felt like an alien. I realised I’d need a tour guide if I wanted to … Continue reading

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Can our police achieve a crime rate of 0.3 per 100,000 people?

It’s unbearable grief when young lives are carelessly snuffed out at the hands of rogue drivers. Last weekend saw this kind of tragedy when seven students from Kampala International University, six of them Rwandan, perished in a road crash on … Continue reading

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The UN should reform if it is to serve all nations equally

The first time I heard of the UN, it wasn’t as that acronym; it was as RONI, a Kinyarwanda corruption of the French “l’ONU” (“l’Organisation des Nations Unies”). I was a young stripling in exile then, listening to the newly … Continue reading

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We need to recruit an army of microbes to help fight our sewage strife

For a long time, we have bemoaned the lack of a central sewage system in our towns, especially our rapidly expanding Kigali. We are panicky because it can mean a lot of things, all of them unpleasant. As an example, … Continue reading

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Humanity: united we shall stand, divided we shall perish

I cannot aver that I strictly confess to any religious-sect piety. Rather, I’d say I subscribe to the school which holds that communion with God needs no human intervention. But at one time I believed in the existence of anointed … Continue reading

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October 1st 1990 shall always remain etched on our mind

Today twenty-seven years ago, the life of this country hung on a thread. Not literally, not practically, not virtually, not apparently, not with any nearness qualification. It really, truly hung on a thin, stretched-to-snapping thread. However, improbabilities of all improbabilities, … Continue reading

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The Reserve Force: great catalyst to our development

They’d been there, silent busy-bee operators, but they first jolted us into wakefulness to their existence when they put up four roundabouts in this city, flat in two days. Not two, as we might have erroneously thought. Sure, there were … Continue reading

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