Rwandan President Paul Kagame has ruled out the possibility of being removed from power by foreigners, Chimp Corps report.
“To imagine that because you don’t like Kagame you will change him and put someone else, it is impossible,” said Kagame on Tuesday evening.
The Rwandan leader spoke at the closure of the Africa CEO Forum in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali.
Kagame has in recent weeks come under intense criticism for slapping a trade embargo on Uganda.
Kagame, who was addressing the alleged meddling of outsiders in Rwanda’s politics, said Rwandans will determine their own destiny.
“Whether you like me or not, President Kagame is here as President of Rwanda,” said Kagame, adding, “it is the business of the people of Rwanda.”
He said it was wrong for outsiders to think that “If they want Kagame they will have him and if they don’t they will remove him.”
Kagame, without mentioning names, implied that Ugandan leaders have never liked him.
“Some of these serious matters are undermined by petty things,” said Kagame, emphasizing, “If you think that you don’t like President Kagame or Rwanda because you think what should happen in Rwanda is supposed to be dependent on you, your views and decision. This is bad politics.”
Kagame’s comments come high on the heels of Rwanda’s worsening relations Uganda.
Rwandans are currently restricted from traveling to Uganda where authorities say will be harassed.
Uganda has since denied harassing Rwandans, insisting law-abiding citizens should have nothing to fear.
Uganda’s Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa recently said in a statement that, “It is false that Uganda hosts any elements fighting Rwanda.”
He said Uganda does not and cannot allow anyone to operate from its territory that threatens a neighbor.
Kagame yesterday accused Uganda of throwing hundreds of Rwandans in jail and denying them consular access and legal representation.
Kutesa said it is well known that Uganda welcomes and maintains an open door policy for citizens of all nationalities including Rwandans wishing to visit the country.
Uganda, which is the third largest refugee hosting nation in the world after Turkey and Pakistan, reminded Rwanda that the status did not come by a mistake.
“It is not by mistake that Uganda continues to be largest refugee host nation in the continent.”
Kutesa however, stressed that Uganda expects all people coming into the country to be law abiding, adding that “those who act contrary to the law are dealt with in accordance with the law.”
On resolving the standoff, Kagame, who sat on the same panel with DRC President Felix Tshisekedi, today called for an amicable solution.
“It must come to a point where the family must sit and realistically resolve this issue. Continuing to talk about our problems, we come to a point where the best thing is to cooperate and accept each other,” he said.
The President, however, said “if we can’t work together as brothers, sisters, friends, we can decide to give each other peace and forget what we have to do together but above all avoid quarrels that will be destructive because no one will win from any serious quarrel.”
He said people are “already ahead of us in terms of understanding integration. Leaders are the ones who need to figure out how to eliminate conflicts and make regional integration work.”