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GOOD GOVERNANCE When it comes to governance, President Paul Kagame has emphasized accountability, transparency and input from the people. Since 1994, the government has emphasized the importance of unity and reconciliation among Rwandans, and this attitude has been maintained during the past seven years. In 2007, a policy on national unity and reconciliation was put [...]
Human Rights Watch has made itself a perfect example of a foreign organization that seeks to criticize Rwanda – its policy and governance – while demonstrating contempt for the rule of law and ignoring the many accomplishments achieved here in recent years. Where I come from, it’s not politically correct to criticize institutions that claim [...]
A misleading piece appeared on the front page of Rwanda focus newspaper under a heading “Horizon’s dusty roads” in its issue no.123 of August 16-22, 2010. This note contained false allegations that were not based on any facts or knowledge of the matter which Horizon interprets as aiming at tarnishing its name. One is led [...]
President Kagame has been sworn in after voters overwhelmingly decided to give him a second term as a result of the sterling job he has done in the first. The President’s swearing in ceremony was graced by several African heads of state and representatives of governments and important institutions. The assembled visiting heads of state, fourteen of them, and other dignitaries were sending a strong statement: President Kagame is a leader with a track record of achievement, and one to be emulated. The continent needs more of the likes of Paul Kagame.
The carrier is set to start operations into Kinshasa and Dubai via Mombasa, while the plane now makes daily flights on Johannesburg possible. RwandAir recently took delivery of its second Boeing 737-500 at a colourful ceremony held at Kigali International Airport. The aircraft, which has 12 business class seats and 90 economy, is the second to be acquired by the national carrier on dry lease agreement from leading aircraft lessor, General Electric Capital Aviation Services (GECAS). Its arrival marks the end of the initial stage of RwandAir’s fleet acquisition.
For business to run smoothly within the East African Community, an efficient custom union is essential. It is in this regard that custom officials from the region agreed to adopt standard operational procedures that will improve customs institutional structures and processes. The officials, who convened at the 6th World Customs Organization (WCO), are also members of an EAC customs modernization project steering committee. Pilot projects are scheduled in Katuna, Malaba, Kobero and Rusumo, where the procedures would be implemented. Efforts would focus on activities such as the post-clearance audit (which allows one to pay tax after selling the goods), risk management and intelligence.
On Monday, September 6, Paul Kagame was sworn in for his second term as President of the Republic. While he promised to multiply the efforts and achievements during the next seven years, he also lambasted foreign critics of measuring Africa by different standards and spreading lies. The President was sworn in in a colorful ceremony attended by 14 African heads of state as well as numerous other high-level dignitaries.
One of the biggest news stories to hit Kigali in recent memory has flooded the local and international media as speculation abounds regarding a leaked United Nations draft report that – in one version – accuses the Rwandan army of possible war crimes including genocide. Yet careful analysis combined with a thorough a historical perspective is required to understand the relationship between Rwanda, the U.N, the DRC and that perilous word: genocide.
When the Media High Council was set up in 2003, its overall objective was to promote professionalism and responsibility in the sector. If the enthusiasm of its executive secretary, Patrice Mulama, is anything to go by, there is no doubt it will succeed.
We don’t know what came first: Patrice Mulama’s passion for the development of the media in Rwanda, or his nomination as the executive secretary of the Media High Council (MHC). What is clear, though, is that he is a passionate defender of press freedom, while at the same insisting that such freedom requires the media to behave responsibly.
In the wake of the latest grenade attack at Rubangura bus stage, the police has called on business people in the capital to increase security measures at their premises.
In a meeting with the business owners at the police headquarters in Kacyiru, commissioner general Emmanuel Gasana urged them to install metal detectors and security equipment such as appropriate outside lighting. He also advised them to be vigilant and sensitize staff on security.