PHOTOS: Kagame Warns Leaders Against Complacency

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“We must remember that we are working for citizens of Rwanda, not for our personal interest. We need to do more and we need to do it fast.”

The President made the remarks on Saturday while opening the 11th National Leadership Retreat at the Gabiro School of Combat in Gatsibo District where more than 250 members of cabinet, ambassadors, mayors, heads of key government agencies, senior members of the legislature and judiciary are taking part in the three-day retreat.

President Kagame started by wishing all Rwandans a Happy Women’s Day, pointing out that gender equality should be celebrated by all Rwandans and not just by women.

Ministers Louise Mushikiwabo (C) and Nsengimana (R) at the retreat


The first day of the retreat ended with a presentation of a government report card in which citizens evaluate government efforts in key sectors including education, governance and infrastructure.

On the occasion of Women’s Day, Minister of Gender and Family Promotion, Oda Gazingizwa shared Rwanda’s progress in the field of gender equality including Rwanda’s achievement of MDG goal 3 and 4, respectively gender parity and reducing maternal and child mortality.

President Kagame chatting with leaders at the function

Kagame urged leaders to look back at Rwanda’s history as a source of inspiration to give their all in service delivery.

“With our history, challenges we faced and continue to face, Rwanda cannot afford to lose a sense of urgency. We must ask ourselves what drives us. Are we thinking about the outcome and our vision or small results?” asked Kagame.

“Private or public sector, we are in this together and we each have a role to play to achieve the vision we developed together. We have to own up. We need to take stock of where we stand on everything and take responsibility.”

Kagame is credited for having turned around Rwanda’s economy, infrastructure and human resource from a state of hopelessness in 1994 to a prosperous country.

“We cannot avoid responsibility. We must clarify where we fell short, why and what needs to be done to correct it. We must achieve our targets…we cannot allow ourselves to continue making the mistakes we have pledged to correct,” he added.

Amb Frank Mugambage having a chat with RDF top officers

Kagame said hard work is not only about quantity but about quality.

“Are we working together? Are we giving it our all? Umwiherero is a time for us to bridge the gap between our ability and our progress to date. Our progress in past 20 years is proof of the hard work and dedication of all Rwandans…but we must do more.”

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