President Paul Kagame has called on Cabinet members to join efforts and work together as one way to achieve the country's aspiration. "The first responsibility is to work as a team to complement each other so as to achieve our goals," he said.
Kagame made the statement on Tuesday during the swearing-in ceremony of six newly appointed ministers. The cabinet comprises of 29 people.
The new faces include Prof. Silas Lwakabamba who has been appointed Minister for Infrastructure, Oda Gasinzigwa named Minister of Gender and Family Promotion, Serafina Mukantabana as Minister in charge of Refugees and Disaster Preparedness and Claver Gatete, the new Minister of Finance and Planning.
Three new Ministers of State were also sworn in namely Albert Nsengiyumva, State Minister in charge of Technical and Vocational Education and Training in the Ministry of Education, Anita Assimwe, the State Minister in charge of Public Health and Primary Healthcare in the ministry of health and Evode Imena, the Minister of State in charge of Mining in the Ministry of Natural Resources.
The President thanked the former Ministers for their hard work for Rwanda and urged the new ones to use their capabilities in their new jobs and work as a team for the benefit of all Rwandans. "There is no time to lose on laziness and carelessness," he said. "That is what our history tells us."
Kagame reminded his cabinet and all Rwandans to make a difference because "Rwanda has a unique history;" hence a need to look at the past to prepare a better future. "The last 20 years should be showing everybody that we are a unique country with unique challenges; thus we should work in our own way to solve our unique challenges," Kagame pointed out.
He compared this to the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsis that claimed the lives of over one million people while the world was watching the happenings without intervening. "This means that they decide what to see and what not to see," he observed.
That was also shown by international justice which, the President said, is used as a political tool, referring to the recent case of people accused of genocide crimes who were acquitted. "They want to teach us about justice, yet they use it as political tool and they turned victims into perpetrators," he said.
For the president, there is no other option rather than to fight and for Rwandans to stand up for themselves. "The only way to live in this world is to stand up for ourselves and define our own destiny," Kagame remarked. "Do not be afraid to stand up for the truth, for justice and for what we believe in."