Frankly, I have had it with all the attacks and accusations being hurled at Rwanda without any evidence tabled. And then angry me, I say where in hell were these accusers in 1994 when we were being slaughtered and Rwanda reduced to killing fields?
But, on second thoughts it dawns on me that you only shoot a rising star. Decency forbids kicking a man when he is down. Hence, you don’t hear of attacks on Sudan, Malawi, Somalia, Burkinafaso, Chad — and many others — failed states, they allege.
Far from it, Rwanda is no utopia. But damn good performance in the last 18 years. We have leaked our wounds, made an attempt at forgiving each other and have moved on. The results? Zero tolerance for corruption, that old African scourge. Sound policies. A vibrant economy. And lest our enemies forget, a lean efficient and professional defense force.
So-called “Africanists” and academic researchers who wish to prescribe medicine for what allegedly ails us I say: keep your opinions to yourselves. We must not acknowledge their half-baked assessments and prescriptions. We know where we are headed and how to get there.
I am amused by all the attention President Kagame’s visits to the U.S. get. Other African leaders come and visit and go. Not a word in the press. But when President Kagame visits, people scramble to come and protest: their paid participants in tow, badly worded placards in the air, and they circulate poorly worded and absurd leaflets that state no cause for their disharmony. Then they go back to their cocoons and un-employment lines.
Such comic relief.
Did I say leave us alone? Please do. We have un-finished business at hand.