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I wrote this in response to a two-bit piece of slander written by Shyaka Kanuma, a call for my arrest for having freedom of speech. Like most Rwandans I was shocked at the arrest of Kizito Mihigo, as much as the Govt tried to spin it that he is a terrorist, no one believes it, not even the spinners themselves. Much of the criticism will be valid as too many questions arise to hide the fishy smell.

WHY? Why would a survivor who had his family killed work with those who killed his family? For this they say “he was jealous, he wanted money, he wanted fame, he wanted power.” That is hard to believe, it takes a huge leap of faith to believe that. My suspicions were aroused when they said “you have to approach this with an open mind.” Why? So he confessed and in their mind the why doesn’t even apply, he is mad, they say.

WHAT did he confess to? He has confessed to knowing some people, to having whatsapp conversations, even might have spoken against the govt. At no time did he confess to blowing up grenades, even if he did it is ridiculous. If a man confessed to something absurd then it raises more questions, he was held several days beyond the legal requirement, the confession was elicited without legal representation, he was paraded in front of the media like a convict and forced to confess. He is yet to be charged, so he is yet to be convicted, so he is to all intents and purposes innocent until the court concludes the case.

HOW would it be possible for a singer to overthrow the govt, or for a singer to assassinate a president with the toughest security on the continent? Can Kirk Franklin overthrow Obama? How would they overthrow an army that has conquered Congo twice and can do it again if they wished? The 4 people they named cannot be a conspiracy, it takes more than 4 to overthrow a govt. How would a singer store grenades at his house? Why not in a less conspicuous place? It is all too neat to make sense.

WHEN did this happen? Over the Genocide memorial week, when Mihigo had just released a controversial song called Igisobanuro cy’urupfu – the meaning of death. The police stress the charges have nothing to do with the song, but it is hard to explain that just days after the song he was in jail. When is also important in understanding that he had set up his own NGO promoting reconciliation that differed from govt policy, calling for all the dead of Rwanda’s conflicts to be remembered, very touchy indeed.

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The Auditorium of the formerly renowned National University of Rwanda was chosen as the venue. Within those towers of wisdom, students as well as the public from the surrounding community, gathered to witness as the Southern Province representatives in Miss Rwanda 2014 were about to be selected. The Auditorium had been turned into a wonderfully decorated hall. It was a delightful experience to be there.

Cat walking, elegance, expression, and answering judges’ questions on issues dubbed ‘general knowledge’ were among the selection criterions. Contestants were students from the University itself, and other girls who felt beautiful enough to be part of the race.

Then came the Q&A part, where the beauty queen aspirants’ knowledge, public speaking skills and language literacy were to be tested. The start was painful enough and meant more than just an answer to a judge’s question. The beauty queen’s answer, associated with her level of studies, and the way she expressed herself in a foreign language of her choice made many of us cringe. She answered-I will write it as it was uttered- “Le problem que je veux legrer c’est la mere des enfants qui vont mort avant noeud, la problem que je legre c’est la problem des enfants qui a mort avant noued. » I salute her courage and confidence. It takes an unrivaled level of self-confidence to contest in such pageants, aware of your language literacy, which you know very well are limited.

The above is one of many examples of how poor are language literacy skills that were witnessed in the Miss Rwanda 2014 Auditions. If you want to see more, you ought to watch videos of The Northern, Western and Eastern versions of the Tryouts. Thanks to the Kigali Today Video Journalist who uploaded them.
One cannot find proper words to describe it. But to try, let me borrow words tweeted by a friend, He described it as ‘a touching and painful story’. As someone who has attended some of the auditions, and watched videos from those I didn’t attend, my description of what I saw is: An appalling and throbbing story which involves young confident and stunning girls.

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Johannesburg, January 1, 2014

Colonel Patrick Karegeya, the former head spy in Rwanda was found dead in a hotel room in Johannesburg.The hotel in question is Michelangelo towers located at Sandton Suburb. It is understood Patrick was called for a meeting by a friend and a business partner identified as Apollo by Patrick on Tuesday night and failed to return home on the night. As his phone went offline for several hours, his nephew who he had spoken to at 19h38 went to look for him and was found today dead and tied up apparently assassinated.

It is not clear who killed this active critic of Rwandan government but since his body discovery, rumours in Johannesburg are pointing fingers at Kigali for the killing. The South African authorities are investigating the murder.

Colonel Patrick Karegeya was a key figure in the Rwandan opposition and a founding member of the Rwanda National Congress. Rwandan opposition key figures have been a target in South Africa and other parts of the world. This follows the failed assassination of his colleague General Kayumba Nyamwasa. He survived two assassination attempts in Johannesburg on June 18, 2010 and June 20, 2010.

Investigations have found evidence of the involvement of Rwandan Intelligence operatives but Rwanda authorities have always denied any involvement and accused Patrick Karegeya and Faustin  Nyamwasa of trying to create chaos in Rwanda in a bid to overthrow the current government.

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Rwanda has increased fuel prices by 50 RWF from Tuesday 12 March as announced by the Ministry of trade and industry citing the higher costs on the international market.

In December Rwanda lowered fuel prices  which officials said then  it was due to a reduction in oil prices on the international market. This move is likely to trigger prices rise in almost all major sectors mainly those affected by Transport.

The ministry said that from Tuesday prices for diesel and petrol would be set at a maximum of 1,050 Rwandan francs per litre, up from 1,000 francs in December.

The ministry of trade and industry said the increase was mainly due to the high oil prices escalation on the international market where petroleum products prices increased by an average of 10 percent since January.

Rwanda was spared the worst of soaring inflation and currency weakening in 2011 that hit its African neighbours such as Uganda and Kenya, because of the removal of fuel import duties  that kept food prices down but it is  now being hit by aid suspension by western countries in recent months due to its involvement in Congolese conflict. Its year-on-year rate of urban inflation slowed to 4.79 percent in February from 5.67 percent a month earlier.

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Written by Aime Sindayigaya (edited by Jules Niyibizi)

We often hear that Rwanda is to turn into Africa’s Singapore but we never really question the possibility of this ambition coming to fruition. I recently read two interesting articles that were published in the Economist on the 25th February 2012 “Africa’s Singapore” and another one on the 20th March 2012, “Dangerous Delusions” in which the vision of Rwanda turning into African’s Singapore was discussed. After reading the articles it made me wonder whether the idea of Rwanda becoming Africa’s Singapore is simply a myth or whether it can possibly be achieved.


The first article “Africa’s Singapore” takes notice of what I understood were promising paths for Rwanda to turn into Africa’s Singapore. Curbing corruption, best country to do business, quick registration of a new company and strengthening the property rights were among other factors cited in the article presumably putting Rwanda on its way towards turning into Africa’s Singapore. However, the article noted that there is a scarcity of skilled labour in Rwanda despite the government recruiting western educated members of the Rwandan Diasporas and opening up the labour market to immigrants from neighbouring countries such as Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Singapore also recruited amongst its western educated citizens and attracted immigrants from neighbouring countries. Taxation is another problem for Rwanda, as most of Rwandans cannot afford to pay tax. Domestic infrastructure is substandard, electricity is expensive and it is an ordeal to reach a port making transportation tough for Rwanda.

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