Kagame Blasts Critics: We Know what we Want

store geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Kagame further challenged the factual basis for some of Rwanda’s criticism.

“If you don’t want to be criticized, say nothing, do nothing and be nothing,” The President said, adding, “I have no desire of doing nothing.”

Speaking at a reception hosted by Gen Next and moderated by Ambassador Pierre Prosper, former Ambassador for War Crimes in Los Angeles, United States on Monday, Kagame said “People will talk but I have a job to do and that is to give Rwandans security, development, opportunity.”

He further pointed out that “Rwandans will judge me differently than journalists who have never visited Rwanda and only know about the country from surfing the Internet. The question is, are our children educated? Do our people have health care? Are they empowered and do they participate?”

Ambassador Prosper heaped praises on Kagame, saying, “The President is a hero for the way he has positioned his country for success for the future and for ending the genocide.”

On his part, Kagame described Rwanda’s history as a testament to the both the worst and the best of humanity.

“Twenty years ago, we lost one million people, ten thousand people were dying every day at the hands of Rwandans,” he explained.

“The genocide is an example of the worst human beings can do. Twenty years down the road, reconciliation is showing us the best human being can be as we work to leave this tragic past behind us. “

President Kagame added that Rwanda was transformed into a country of hope and dignity.

“We worked together to bring the broken pieces of our country back together. It has taken hard work and our diversity has been harnessed for strength instead of weakness as was the case in our past. It is about bringing people back together and giving them hope that it is not longer a hopeless and helpless situation. Today, Rwandans have hope, a sense of dignity and pride, they know what they can achieve, who they can be and how they can shape their future,” said the leader of RPF party which ended the genocide in 1994 after defeating the genocidal regime of Juvenal Habyarimana.

Speaking on Rwanda’s view on aid, President Kagame emphasized to ensure aid serves as an enable of self reliance:

“We accept assistance, we need it but we will be in the driving seat of rebuilding our country. We will think about what needs to be done and we will associate friends and partners. We want to be in charge of our own future.”


The reception hosted by Gen Next began with an introduction by former US Ambassador to the UN, Robert O’Brien denounced the failure of the UN to prevent the genocide and described Rwanda’s growth as remarkable:

“Instead of ordering the UN troops to provide safe haven and stop the genocide, the UN reduced the peacekeepers. We could not get a resolution to pass, while this is happening, thousands were getting killed every day. This can never be allowed to happen again.

Robert O’Brien added that the French intervention allowed for the continuing of killing until the Genocide was ended.

“In 1994, a historic man saved his people. Today, Rwanda has been transformed. It has come back from the bottom of the pit and has become an example of great leadership and democracy.”

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