By Peter Musabe
Of the recent, Rwanda has to some extent dominated the media and this time round with a positive sound in social, political and economic perspectives. This trend at the time has a story to tell and a message to covey to Rwandans and to the world as well. It is basically a story of success and a profound promise for hope for a nation once in time had its place in the darkest era of history
I was alive and watchful at the event of conducting the African Union Summit in Kigali where over 30 Heads of States of the African continent attended. To me and too many, areal shift and change of mindset and attitude to national building came to my mind in uncompromised feeling.
It is not about the conduct of the AU summit, but it is about the host country in regard of its recent history in the fog of the unfortunate perception. A country of endemic conflict, of a Genocide, tiny in size, land locked with all the malaise that can only be framed to describe the unfortunate country. Defeating this odd and emerging to another mirror is not an act of accident or blessing of God but it is a product of thoughtful mind gifted to few and endowed with men empowered with love and real concern for their nation’s survival and prosperity.
Striving for uniqueness by Rwanda in Africa is not an ambition of arrongancy. It is and should be seen as a value of self emancipation from a unique and unfortunate past that no nation in Africa experienced in the 21st century. Further strides for this nation are not only needed parse but are conditions for Rwanda to challenge the undesired and the experienced past.
Dominating newspapers with horrific stories of despair and agony due to the inhuman treatment of its people, Rwanda was known and only for silent deaths of the innocents for decades. Its recovery and escape from its dark days and become a respectable nation shall always be a project of its owners.
The Rwandan people! Recently in the Rwandan day Diaspora in United States of America, the outstanding Pastor Rick Warren impressed Rwandan people by recognizing the uniqueness of the nation of Rwanda and by facts. Honestly, telling Rwanda’s story is amazing and may look difficult but with actions the road shall be easily paved and only our deeds shall be our fair judges.
Yes, at this time, we can breathe and celebrate for having overcome the devil and made further strides to prove the worth of a nation. Geographically, historically, politically and socially the Rwandan Nation has not been one of good example. All in the past has been basically disappointing in the face of human beings. The remedy to this however, rests in the inherent value and natural gift to the people of Rwanda- Resilience
So, for our survival and eminence, we have to challenge our history, our geography, our historical social perception as well as our historical political manipulations, glad to mention that the ride is already on the way by the current political leadership supported and embraced by the will of the beneficiaries who are the people of Rwanda with those values.
The impressing value of the matter in Rwandan conduct of its affairs is that Rwanda has chosen to go its own way, influenced by its unique way of lifestyle to defy its past ordeals. Well wishers are appreciated, supporters are highly welcomed but the owners are obliged. This country should and in any way will be its worth by the virtual of its historical being. Overcoming the past bad history should not create a situation of satisfaction that could induce a false and temporary comfort zone but should rather be an indicator that great things are possible with continued spirit of work.