Having toured different parts of the country with Gicumbi’s Cyumba and Rutare his last stop out of Kigali, only a day before he closes the elections campaigns, Kagame might be coming back to the capital city with a very big package that Gasabo residents will cement and end up singing the song of victory, given the winning spirit that shaped the RPF members wherever Kagame staged his rallies.
While recounting the history of RPF in Gicumbi during the liberation struggle, Kagame could not cease to thank the district’s folks to whom he attributes his continued milestone thanks to their support during the liberation struggle in the Northern region and said, “We lived with you and you helped us to win the battle of liberation”
He begged residents to vote for him towards the country’s further transformations in a continued post-genocide era.
“We have achieved a lot but we still have a long way to go on this journey to transformation. We will not betray the trust you have placed in us with your support. This is about making our own choices. We do not claim to know what is best for others but we choose what is best for us,” Kagame told residents in Gicumbi.
“The goal of RPF is to transform the lives of every Rwandan and of our country. The referendum elections results were raised by RPF, the 8 supporting political parties and the Rwandan citizens who don’t belong in these parties. Like 4 million Rwandans voted for the referendum, this election is about respecting the will of the people August 4 is therefore about choosing how you would like to continue this journey of development, unity and security,”
He further urged residents to build on their history and chose their preferred leader through a democratic manner instead of making it in an environment driven by insecurity and murder.
“We have learned our lessons from our past; today, we are a people who draw strength, brotherhood and unity from each other. Today, we are the kind of people we should be building a country we deserve,” he said.
“Election time used to be about insecurity and killings and that was called democracy. Elections used to be defined by killings. We used to have politics of that divided people, impoverished citizens, being told that is the democracy we deserved. But today they happen in atmosphere of safety, unity and joy. That is Rwanda’s uniqueness,” he further said.
Kagame took an opportunity to pay tribute to those who shed their blood, sacrificed their lives for the country, which he means was not done for nothing and urged the community to keep self-reliance instead of keeping begging support from donors.
Those who sacrificed their lives did not die in vain, those who had sleepless nights, went without food, they did not do it to be told how we should live our lives. How can you tell me how to live when it is you I fought to regain my livelihood? What RPF has fought for, lost people for, we cannot let it go to waste”
“They [donors] told us to live on our knees, begging them for our livelihood and accepting crumbs, and called it democracy. The battles that were fought here were about changing this history and regaining our dignity, so, let us continue to stand up for our dignity, our livelihood, our country,” he said.
“For too long, Africa has been seen as deserving of charity and not prosperity and self-reliance, but for 23 years we have been working together to build our security, our infrastructure, our country. We are not looking for people to feed us, we are looking to make our own living and feed ourselves”
Kagame will close his campaign on Wednesday August 2, in Gasabo District, a day before Rwandans in Diaspora cast their votes.
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