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Corruption is not for Africa and tackling this malpractice must start from the top – President Kagame
President Kagame has said that corruption is not a symbol for Africa but cautioned that it has extremely been practiced in Africa and tackling this malpractice must start from the top not from ordinary citizens.
“You have to go for the people at the top and make sure people understand that life can equally be good without corruption.”
The statement was made as the President answered a question concerning corruption in Africa at the Africa Leadership network conference that was held in Kigali.
During an interactive session where President Kagame was asked to share Rwanda’s Story and its leadership model, he also shared his experiences as a leader.
“It’s not for lack of knowledge; it is a question of people making the choice to tackle this problem. People can, should and must do something about it. For us in Rwanda, there are no two ways about it, in some countries, they are spoilt for choices, they have resources and can have some to spare after all. In Rwanda, every penny has to count.”
Asked his take on African independence, President Kagame said there is need to raise Africa to a level where it is a player and not a victim.
“Africa is a place where others have conflict over; we are there and caught up in between. We also can’t justify doing wrong things by saying leave us alone this is our sovereignty. Stop seeking validation from what is wrong or right from outside. We can’t live by external dictate. Why should anyone take our resources cheaply or feel entitled to them? We need to raise our voice and stand our ground.”
On Rwanda’s secret to progress, President Kagame said it was the ability of Rwandans to work together and collaborate with others beyond the borders. He pointed out that progress has been made because of millions of individual choices Rwandans have made.
“Rwandans were invited to stand up and face these challenges. That is one reason progress has been made. Having to deal with complex and very challenging problems has its own silver lining.”
Speaking at the conference the co – founder of the Africa leadership Network Aca Leke noted that, “ Rwanda was chosen to host this year’s conference due to its exemplary leadership over the past two decades.
“It’s amazing how in just twenty years a country could be transformed from one of the worst disasters in modern history to one of the fastest growing economies in sub- Saharan Africa.” Aca Leke said.
“Rwanda is widely known as one of the most dynamic and efficient economies in Africa. It has made huge strides in providing social services to its people, has an extremely friendly climate for entrepreneurs and foreign investors.”
The three-day conference’s format was based on the belief that the real value of attending a conference is not only what you hear from ‘experts’ on long, drawn-out panel discussions, but rather the relationships and experiences shared among attendees.