Kagame speaks out on Arsenal deal criticism


Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame has said that the partnership between Rwanda and Arsenal FC,  is increasingly turning into a fruitful cooperation boosting tourism and investment though some people continue to criticise it.

Speaking yesterday Kagame as he concluded his two day State Visit to Botswana with a press conference alongside his counterpart President Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi.

The three-year deal saw ‘Visit Rwanda’ becoming Arsenal’s official Tourism Partner. The ‘Visit Rwanda’ logo features on the left sleeve of all teams.

President Kagame said the partnership also relates to business because the message featured on sleeves communicates that Rwanda is a suitable place for investment.

“Critics say this is not where we should be putting our money. It has been a very short time and I want to tell you we have more or less returned what we spent, and waiting for much more,” he said.

“In the last 10 years we used to get no more than 100 million a year. We are now getting 450million, the estimation is in 5 years we will be hitting 1 billion. The partnership was signed in that context. People are entitled to their opinion but I am also entitled to do whatever benefits my country,” added Kagame.

Rwanda Development Board signed three-year deal with Arsenal FC in March, 2018. It attracted criticism especially from donors citing how is it profitable.


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