Kagame: Africa needs to be a player, not victim

By Edwin Musoni
President Paul Kagame has attributed Rwanda’s economic success over the last two decades to the commitment of the people of Rwanda, particularly their willingness to confront difficult challenges.
President Kagame and moderator Acha Leke during African Leadership Network interactive discussion in Kigali yesterday. (Village Urugwiro)
President Kagame and moderator Acha Leke during African Leadership Network interactive discussion in Kigali yesterday. (Village Urugwiro)
He was speaking at the African Leadership Network 2014 in Kigali during a session dubbed ‘The Rwanda Story – A Conversation with President Paul Kagame.’ During this interactive session, the President answered questions on the country’s economic recovery, leadership in Africa and the country and continent’s future.
Responding to the moderator’s questions on what it took Rwanda to get where it is today in just 20 years, President Kagame said Rwandans chose to stand up and face their challenges.
“The million of individual choices that Rwandans have made mean that every individual matters, every Rwandan is involved in answering the call of confronting the challenges that we face. The ability of Rwandans to work together and to be able to collaborate with others beyond our border is one reason progress has been made,” he said.
About his leadership style, he said, “I am consumed by trying to understand the problem. How do we get everybody involved because everyone is affected.
“If we have identified the problem and understood it and have decided to confront it, there has to be fairness in the process, those who do the right thing have to be rewarded, those who do the wrong thing have to be held accountable.”

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