Rwanda Focus (Kigali)

Rwanda: Kagame Condemns Unfairness of Western World

President Paul Kagame On Sunday criticized some members of the international community who still keep setting guidelines for people on the African continent. He challenged Africans to fight for shaping their destiny.

The Head of State expressed disapproval of the western tendency to dictate how others should be living as if they are gods for other people of the world; the guidance, he energetically said, Africans should not accept it.

"I know my God," Kagame pointed out during a breakfast prayer. "We don't have other gods around here in this world. So, we can have a conversation, we can argue, we can debate, you may be right, I may be wrong and if you prove that I'm wrong, I can take your argument, we can even fight over it, but you can never dictate to me what is good for me."

However, what is bad, the president noted, these dictators do it every day and worst part of Africans actually accept it without questioning and, by contrast, some are grateful for that; the cause he said "is what makes Africa what it is today - poor."

In addition, to prove what he had just said, he denounced, without giving concrete cases, some leaders of African countries that call their counterparts from the western world their fathers and even ask for external help against their own people. According to the president, they are doing so because they have been taught to hate each other and themselves and to believe they are inherently inferior.

The Head of State raised the points on Sunday at Serena Hotel during an event dubbed Rwanda Leaders Breakfast prayer where top leaders of the country meet for a thanksgiving prayer.

The annual event, which is organized by Rwanda Leaders Fellowship, was also attended by members of cabinet and parliament, as well as five American Republican lawmakers who were visiting the country, not to mention members of clergy.

"Think about it, you leaders who came here for worship, why you should worship somebody else," Kagame challenged leaders. "We must know what to live and die for. I would rather be a victim of questioning than a victim of blind obedience."

President Kagame also evoked the recent trend of aid suspension under allegations that Rwanda has been supporting M23 - a group of Congolese rebels based in the eastern part of DR Congo - which Rwanda has been proving wrong.

In his analysis, President Kagame observed that these people from the west are doing so for the sake of making Africans dependent on them; which he urged Rwandans they must reject it and keep focused on transformation of their nation.

"Dependency takes away our dignity and leaves behind an empty shell. As Rwandans and as Africans, we must refuse to be defined by failure," he said.

In addition, Kagame noted that Rwandans struggled hard and got tremendous progress in the face of hardship.

"Today we are much better than we have ever been in the history of this country," he observed.

That is obvious in a sense that the country registered an economic growth rate of 7.7% last year while they have been significant in education, access to health service, justice and welfare among others.

To keep up with the good progress, the president requested Rwandans to take up a participatory approach and shared responsibility for speeding up their progress and moving their country forward.

"We have to run where others walk," he pointed out. "The lesson is that we should be doubling our efforts to achieve much more."

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