President Paul Kagame can’t hide his pride given an impressive progress that Rwanda has made in different aspects of development. However, he expressed his disappointment against some authorities who fail to keep the word that they both agreed.
He was speaking at a live interview on Rwanda Broadcasting Agency’s Radio and Television on Sunday. This occurs shortly after handing over his candidature documents to the National Electoral Commission last Thursday, representing his ruling party Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) – Inkotanyi, ahead of the imminent bid to stand another chance as a president ahead of the August Presidential polls.
Kagame said, “What Rwanda has achieved that people thought was impossible shows what is possible when human beings work to find solutions. We in Rwanda are not trying to do things to impress anyone, we are working to find solutions to our problems”.
He talked up the feeling of motivation that, “the motivation comes from problems that keep reminding you that you have to be there”
He tasked of Rwandans to play a big part in the country’s development whenever there is a way
“Where others can afford to walk, we must run. There is catching up to do. When you look back, when you reflect the hard times that Rwanda passed through, and when you look at where we are today, you wonder how possible it happened. We, Rwandans, have realized a lot, because we have fixed a vision and we, not anyone else, are required to always make it happen, ” Kagame enquired.
Despite such a milestone for the country ahead of its long journey to recovery, has expressed frustration from some leaders’ slow pace of progress in some areas and sense of entitlement of some leaders, slamming them over deceiving him following their failure to put into force what they promise him to do.
“Sometimes fellow leaders deceive me. They might be good and perfect at sharing their ideas on how things can be implemented when we meet. But they end up feeling like they forgot what we discussed last time, especially when you ask them the progress of what they promised you to do.”
Youth engagement in politics
Kagame, who led the liberation struggle in his early 30s, emphasised that nothing should be taken for granted and the youth should seize the opportunity and be more active in politics despite being a big challenge for people at such a young age.
“It has been difficult but I have been privileged to be part of this from a young age. But when you feel a sense of responsibility and there are no alternatives, you have to play your part and you feel good about it,” Kagame recalls.
He said, “Youth should participate more and better. There’s no nation-building without young people. That’s why we must remind/support them to get engaged. There is no use having knowledge and talent until you put it to use.
“Everyone is capable of contributing something towards where they want or need to be. You have to challenge yourself and ask what is my role, how can I play my part?” Kagame tells youth.
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