Kagame: I Can’t Ignore People’s Calls

Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta was on Sunday, pilule June 14, visit this site elected to chair the African Union’s (AU) peer review forum at the 25th summit of the AU in South Africa.

Kenyatta takes over from Liberia’s President Johnson Sirleaf in heading the forum whose mandate is to ensure that the policies and practices of participating countries conform to the agreed values in democracy and political governance.

President Kenyatta said the Africa Peer Review (APR) Mechanism has lost much of its lustre as an innovative, home-grown and effective tool to deliver on good governance for Africa.

“It has given way to routine exercises that do not instill the kind of enthusiastic commitment to leadership transformation reminiscence of past years” he said.

The President is currently attending the AU summit in South Africa.

Kenyatta said the APRM process is a cornerstone in Africa’s efforts to realize good governance and socio-economic development.

“It is unprecedented in the history of governance in Africa and remains a unique innovation, a first of its kind. We are the only region in the world which has voluntarily agreed to go into an extensive governance assessment of its member states. The Mechanism has steadily covered the continent with the voluntary adherence of thirty-five (35) countries representing more than 75 percent of the continent’s population,” said Kenyatta.

The President said Africa is at a critical juncture as a continent with regard to good governance.


“The success of Africa’s development agenda rests on good, effective governance across the continent. This is an indisputable truth,” he advised.

In the past, the APR Mechanism was described as a promoted a culture of national dialogue between citizens and their governments and encouraged peer reviews among leaders where African countries assessed their governance deficiencies, identified best practices and suggested pertinent corrective actions.

Country review reports have, in the past, been used as authoritative reference material and policy statements by academia, businesses, development partners and state actors.

In an effort to revitalize the APRM, Kenyatta propose that the Forum convenes an Extraordinary Summit together with ts strategic partners to discuss strategies for rejuvenating the mechanism, strengthening the role of the Panel of Eminent Persons in ‘enforcing’ compliance as earlier contemplated in the mechanism, mobilization of resources for effective APRM delivery; and raising the profile of the APRM to as the authoritative Governance index for Africa
Rwanda President Paul Kagame has slammed critics accusing him of trying to extend his reign after the expiry of the mandatory two terms in office, more about saying the aspirations and future of his country will be determined by Rwandans.

“I have no apologies to anyone for me to be of a meaning to my country. If I want it or not it is my business not theirs,” charged Kagame during the two-day Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) retreat bringing together close to 600 party leaders on Sunday.

“Debates are ongoing and will continue,” said the party chairman in reference to a sweeping discussion on amending the Constitution to lift the presidential term limits.

“My responsibility is to make sure it continues. Everybody has a right and there must be rule of law guaranteed.”

Thousands of Rwandans have since petitioned Parliament to scrap the term limits from the Constitution to allow Kagame serve a third term in office.

They claim Kagame, who inherited a nation in shambles following the destructive 1994 genocide, has transformed Rwanda’s human resource, infrastructure, economy and set the country on the correct path of rapid transformation.

Kagame’s critics, however, say he suppresses dissent and that the Constitution should be preserved.

The debate on term limits has been raging on for the last two years, with Kagame insisting that he should be convinced to stand again.

With more pressure from the people, Kagame’s narrative has also changed with more prospects of him standing for president again.

“You can’t talk of strong institutions but then choose to ignore the people. People want to put me in front of two choices: choose someone to replace you or we choose someone for you. But the choice that makes the most sense is the choice of the people,” said Kagame.

“This debate is about finding solutions within us to deliver the country from poverty to prosperity. There are people in Africa who want power for the sake of it and who want to rule over people. But that is not the identity of Africans. It can only be defined as the identity of those who do it,” he added.

Kagame warned that Rwanda “should not accept to be defined by somebody else out there firing shots at us”.

He also hinted on foreign forces trying to impose members of the genocidal regime in the Rwandan government, warning, “Those who want us to be led by those who left Rwanda even after committing various crimes; it is simply an insult to the Rwandans.”

Kagame led the RPF guerrillas in a four-year struggle that toppled the regime which orchestrated the 1994 genocide in which a million people, mainly Tutsi, were butchered.

He served as Vice President and Defence Minister before being elected as President in August 2003.

Kagame would later be re-elected in 2010. His second term expires in 2017.

He told RPF top officials on Sunday that, “No one stopped me and no one could stop me from the struggle in which we gave all what we had including our lives, because I wanted it.”

He said, “When I have the right to be of a meaning to my country, then I will. Problems of Rwanda should be the problem of Rwanda. What others think will be factored in but we are the ones to be affected by our decision.”

“If markets and people want stability, who are we not to deliver that? The Decision should be based on stability we have come to be known for and we must continue to be known for stability.”

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