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.”

Tume ya Rwanda kuchunguza makala ya BBC


Serikali ya Rwanda imetangaza tume itakayotoa tathimini kuhusu shutuma na madai dhidi ya makala ya BBC iliyorushwa kwa njia ya Televisheni mwezi Oktoba, kuhusu mauaji ya Kimbari ya mwaka 1994.

Tume ya Watu watano akiwemo mwendesha mashtaka wa zamani wa Rwanda Martin Ngoga, pia wahadhiri wawili wa masomo ya uandishi wa habari .Serikali ya nchi hiyo imewapa kazi ya kuchunguza na kutathimini Makala ya BBC iliyoitwa ‘untold Story’.

Katika Makala hayo, aliyekua mkuu wa majeshi alimshutumu Rais wa Rwanda Paul Kagame kutoa amri ya kuidungua ndege iliyokua imembeba Raisi wa nchi hiyo wakati huo Juvenal Habyarimana na mwenzake wa Burundi wakati huo,Cyprian Ntaryamira. Baadhi ya wadadisi wa mambo wanaona kuwa tukio hilo lilikua chanzo cha mauaji ya kimbari mwaka 1994.

Mamlaka nchini Rwanda iliamua kufungia matangazo ya BBC ya ukanda wa maziwa makuu kusikika nchini humo.

Tume hiyo imetoa kipindi cha miezi mitatu kutathimini makala hayo hata hivyo muda zaidi unaweza kuongezwa kabla ya Ripoti ya tume kufikia uma.

Halikadhalika vipindi vya BBC vimepigwa marufuku kurushwa kwenye Redio ya Rwanda FM na mtandao wa BBC pia umezuiliwa na Serikali.

BBC imekanusha vikali ikisema kuwa hakuna sehemu yoyote katika makala hayo inayoelezea kukataa mauaji ya kimbari dhidi ya watutsi.

Katika taarifa ya hivi karibuni BBC imesema inawajibu wa kuchunguza maswala magumu na yenye changamoto pia imesema inaamini makala hayo yametoa mchango mkubwa katika kuleta uelewa kuhusu historia ya Rwanda na ukanda mzima.pia shirika hilo limesema limekua likifanya jitihada mara kadhaa kuipata Serikali ya Rwanda lakini halikufanyikiwa.BBC (VICTOR SIMON)