The Rwanda National Dialogue has just concluded in Kigali after two days of healthy , spirited debate and exchange of ideas. And there seemed to be no holding back. No sanitizing of opinions and ideas. This Town Hall type of national discourse is a good thing and will serve us well.
Where else does the President dare go on the national stage to field uncensored questions? And to his credit, where President Kagame had no information he called upon the relevant ministers and government officials to respond: on the spot. Talk of transparency.
Now I am waiting to hear what HRW and others have to say. Can we be more open? Must we really pay attention to their endless accusations, or dance to our own drum beat?
Reading Rudasingwa’s critique from underground where he reportedly is now hiding (http://rwandanziza1.wordpress.com/2011/12/19/rwanda-a-state-without-a-statesman-by-theogene-rudasingwa)– if you can call it that– of the two days of dialogue in Kigali, one has to wonder if the man is all there. Other than his now predictable childish and woman-like taunts he has little to offer. What constructive recommendation(s) has he made lately, other than to reminisce on the good old days that he wrecklessly squandered and now finds himself in the cold?
The National Dialogue should not only serve as a stage to formulate and fine-tune agendas and policies. We must use it to measure how well government has performed, and from this report card, effectively and mercilessly discard the chaff.