Kagame lashes out at critics

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President Paul Kagame at the 13th National Dialogue-Umushikirano

President Paul Kagame at the 13th National Dialogue-Umushikirano

President Paul Kagame has said that Rwanda does not fear its critics and no one will deter the country’s democracy agenda that is defined by Rwandans themselves.

In his state of the nation address during the 13th edition of the national dialogue council known as Umushyikirano in Kigali on Monday, Kagame noted that Rwandans will continue to stand on its dignity, self-reliance as well as truth- which he says are basis of the Rwandan culture.

Kagame said that although Rwanda welcomes criticism as well as praises, it will not accept criticisms which are geared towards diverting the country from its path to development and retard its development.

“We stand up for these propositions without hesitation and undaunted by reproach,” he noted.

Participants at the 13th National Dialogue

Participants at the 13th National Dialogue

He adds, “Our democracy is strong because we have continued to define it by ourselves and refused to be destructed.”

However, on Friday, the nation through a referendum on Friday voted for the adoption of the new constitution which allows the president in article 101 to contest for the third term if he accepts.

The President added that Rwandans through the referendum have shown that they have a choice to decide for their future, which he notes has come from a rugged history of the 1994 genocide against Tutsis.

“This year what is even more important is that the people of Rwanda have performed the task themselves,” he noted adding that this shows Rwandan can do better and even faster.

He adds, “We don’t want to be a statusquo country or people.”

Kagame lashes out at critics

This year’s  two day Dialogue(Umushyikirano 2015) runs on the theme ‘Rwandans’ choices- foundation of national Development and Dignity.

The annual dialogue council enshrined in the constitution which is chaired by the president brings together Rwandans and friends to discuss the country’s development and hold leaders to account.

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