Rwanda Focus (Kigali)

Rwanda Much Better Today - Kagame

President Paul Kagame has once again emphasized the vision of the Rwandese Patriotic Front (FPR) Inkotanyi to remain focused on the struggle meant to sustain a bright future of the country.

"Even in the face of hard situation, RPF will not give up on its goal of building a prosperous country. We are still capable of going back to the trenches to fight for the truth and for our nation," he pointed out, adding thatRwandansremain as forward-looking as they were 25 years ago.

The President reiterated the broad line of the ruling party yesterday at the National Stadium Amahoro while marking a new chapter in Rwandans' history by celebrating the 25th anniversary of the RPF- Inkotanyi that has been serving Rwandans over the last 18 years.

Thousands of Rwandans and friends of Rwanda gathered to celebrate significant progress they attained under the leadership of the party. It was also attended by Uganda's President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and Prime Minister of Ethiopia Hailemariam Desalegn as well as delegates from Eritrea, South Africa, South Sudan, Burundi, Tanzania and China among others.

The colorful event was also entertained by local musicians such as Samputu, Masamba Intore, Kitoko and Tom Close among others as well as traditional dances who all reflected conducive environment gained under the RPF leadership.

The Head of State, who is also the chairman of the party, noted that the RPF has been and remain doing significant progress in resolving many of the complex challenges facing Rwanda against overwhelming odds; the efforts, he said, made the country better than ever.

"For sure, the country is much better off today than it has ever been," he said.

A unified nation through citizen participation is said to be the main achievement that has led to the strong foundation for the country, according to the President.

He noted that major efforts have been invested in creating and making available equal opportunities to all Rwandans in education, healthcare and employment, empowering women and youth and giving people living with disabilities their rightful value and improving the business environment and promoting entrepreneurship.

"Even in the most hostile environments, the RPF did not lose focus and, together with the people of Rwanda, continued to make enduring contributions to the improvement of their livelihoods," he noted.

He added that the RPF will always follow that ideological line which places the country, institutions and systems above any individual or other interests.

Though there has been tremendous progress, he remarked, the road to travel is still very long; the reason why he urged young generations to take responsibility and go on with the foundation established.

"This generation, the youth of RPF and Rwanda, must now be prepared to assume their responsibility and take our country to the next level," he urged youth. "The foundation for true transformation has been laid and the opportunity to build on it must be seized."

Along the struggle to enable all Rwandans get decent lives; Kagame said that the focus turns to the old and new partnerships with other African movements and political organizations that are working to make Africa a significant global player.

"Let our celebrations today remind us of how far our country and our continent have come," he urged Rwandans. "Let this important milestone re-invigorate us for what lies ahead because the struggle for dignity and prosperity of Rwandans and Africans as a whole is not yet over."

During the event, the President also praised priceless contribution of RPF members such as late Major General Fred Gisa Rwigema, Colonel Alexis Kanyarengwe, Major Peter Bayingana, Aloysia Inyumba and Rutabayiru Modeste among others for their heroic actions during the liberation struggle.

Tito Rutaremara, Protais Musoni and Joseph Karemera were also among others recognized for their contribution to their nation since the creation of RPF.

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