Kagame Ratchets Up Rhetoric On Self Reliance

treatment geneva; font-size: x-small;”>Flanked by First Lady Jeanette Kagame, buy more about the President made the remarks on Saturday during the monthly community service popularly known as “Umuganda” in Kanyinya.

Ever since western countries started suspending aid to Rwanda, a country accused of supporting M23 rebels in DRC, Kagame has stepped up rhetoric for self sustenance.

Kigali denies backing the rebels, saying it does not reap from regional conflicts.

“What we started here today must not end here but should be the basis for even more progress,” said Kagame.


“Use the progress we have made to accomplish even more, use the roads to expand your businesses. The progress we have made including the work we did here today of digging to provide water must be sustainable.”

The President said assistance and partnerships from elsewhere “should be in addition to our own hard work,” adding, “we cannot expect anyone to solve our problems for us, we must work hard to resolve our own.”

He added: “Each of you has the ability within yourself to improve your own life…hard work, development starts with each of you.”

Kagame maintained Umuganda is proof of what “we are able to do for ourselves to move our country forward.”

“Umuganda is an opportunity for each of us to be part of developing our nation,” he emphasized.

“Kagame ends address with: we will be back to partner with you and accomplish even more together,” he concluded.

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