Rwanda President Paul Kagame has revealed that he will not sit back and watch as neighbouring countries continue to work hard towards destabilizing his country.
While addressing foreign and local journalists after the closing the 16th National Umushyikirano Council yesterday, Kagame emphasised that Rwanda will continue to nurture good relations with neighbouring countries to strengthen regional integration and stability.
He warned against regional and global actors working with detractors of the Rwandan government, explaining that most of them are those linked to the perpetrators of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
“There are those in the region and across the world who have been linked with our history, much as perpetrators were Rwandans. We have had invasions from neighbouring countries. Those challenges have been changing forms but they remained in substance as security threat,” he said.
The President singled out Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) and Rwanda National Congress (RNC), among the groups, working to destabilise Rwanda and getting support from some of the neighbours in the region and beyond.
“FDLR is working with RNC and some of our neighbours. There are many other groups with different names. We will take care of that,” he said, reassuring that Rwandans will always be ready to deal with any challenges to their security.
He also urged Rwandans, especially leaders, to double efforts in their work towards transforming the country.
He noted that that Rwandans are able to get out of poverty if the right kinds of government policies are effectively implemented.
Kagame also urged leaders to fast-track government programmes intended to transform people’s lives, fight malnutrition among children and cater for their education, while ensuring security for every resident.
“We have seen that transformation is possible. We have to choose the pace at which we want it to happen and reflect this pace in everything that we do,” he said.
Thanking everyone who attended the meeting, which he described as “productive, the President urged every delegate to go back home with dedication to do more.
“Let us leave here with renewed determination and dedication to fulfil our responsibility to move this country forward,” he said.
He added: “We should not be resigned to living in poverty, whether poverty of spirit or financial poverty.”