Kagame At Harvard: We Are Worried About Transition

pills geneva; font-size: small;”>The debate on whether Kagame will seek a third term in office after the expiry of his presidency in 2017 has been taking shape in Rwanda.

While Kagame insists he is not interested in a third term, he maintains the political class must put into consideration the stability of nation ahead of 2017.

Several Rwandans has since asked Kagame to consider contesting for another term.


“Today, the problems remaining are good problems. We can now worry about transition, we are no longer worried about survival, about life and death, we have left that behind,” said Kagame.

He added: “We are building institutions, building infrastructure and investing in our people. It’s all about the ambition you have.”

Kagame was on Monday evening sharing Rwanda’s ongoing journey to socio-economic change with students at the Harvard Business School who have spent the semester studying a case entitled “Rwanda: National Economic Transformation.”

Taught by Professor Michael Porter, a leading expert on competitive strategy and competitiveness and economic development of nations, the course chronicles Rwanda’s economy from the 13th Century through the colonial times and independence to the current economic situation.

“When we will have problems, we will look each other in the eye and we will agree how to move forward Rwanda,” said Kagame, adding, “I don’t see anybody who can give lessons to Rwandans on governance; People of Rwanda know what they want and how they want it.”

He further noted: “I don’t have worries about your own political transitions; it’s your business, your people and your leaders. At some point you must say it is my hand and I must move on my own. People of Rwanda know what they want, they don’t need anybody to hold their hands and say I must deliver you there.”

President Kagame spoke on Rwanda’s transformation as a reflection of people who are shaping their future and believing in their ability to govern themselves.

On Rwanda’s vision for the future, President Kagame told the students: “Nothing has ever come to us on a silver platter. We have struggled for everything. Eighteen years ago, dogs were eating corpses of hundreds of thousands of people on the street. That is where we have come from.”

President Kagame also shared the progress Rwanda has experienced in the past years:

“People in Rwanda cannot afford to waste any opportunity. Every day we are looking to see what is it that will make a difference for us. The story of social economic transformation in Rwanda is real. We lifted 1 million people out of poverty in past five years.”

President Kagame will continue his US working visit with an address to over 500 students at the University of Hartford Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies where the university is launching its Genocide and Holocaust Education Initiative.

The address will be titled “Vision 2020” and will focus on Rwanda’s national plan of social transformation.

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