The chairman of the RPF Inkotanyi, President Paul Kagame, on Sunday wound up his campaign in the Eastern Province with rallies in Kirehe, Ngoma and Rwamagana.
During his first stop, in Ngoma, he said that the country’s security, development and women’s empowerment for which Rwanda has won global accolades, should not be taken lightly and that everyone must play a role in maintaining the gains.
“All we strive for is to ensure inclusive development, to ensure you embark on activities that can help you and your families prosper,” Kagame told the over 100,000 participants.
He said that the way they turned up in large numbers for the rally should also characterize their participation in other development activities which he pledged to continue to champion.
The RPF chairman thanked the people of Kirehe for their hospitality, specifically to the thousands of people who a few years ago were expelled from neighbouring Tanzania after they were said to be Rwandans.
In his testimony, Jean de Dieu Munyankindi said that he grew to become a successful entrepreneur despite having initially lived in shame owing to his close relatives’ participation in the Genocide against the Tutsi.
“I now count myself as a successful entrepreneur despite my historical background and all this I owe to our leadership that give equal opportunity to every citizen,” he said.
‘Transforming Ngoma District’
During his second rally in Ngoam, Kagame promised to transform the district, should he be elected to lead the country in the next seven years.
“We want to transform Ngoma into a modern town with modern infrastructure, electricity, schools and health facilities; there are some ongoing activities that should be finished soon but I want this town to change its face,” he told the tens of thousands of Ngoma residents.
He also thanked them for their hard work, and said that he had no doubt that together, they will transform the region.
“When people work hard, when there is good governance, everything else follows,” Kagame observed.
The day’s testimony was given by Telesphore Nyakarundi, who said he was born as a refugee in a neighbouring country, where all sorts of opportunity were reserved for nationals.
“I was trained in modern farming practices and I immediately embarked on putting it into practice and as we speak now, I earn at least Rwf 500,000 in profit,” he said.
Nyakarundi attributes everything he has to RPF Inkotanyi, and more specifically President Kagame, whom he say he got the cue to venture into modern farming practice, and vowed to continue using his opportunity to transform his community.
Rwamagana: people are the foundation
The last stop on Kagame’s campaign trail on Sunday was Rwamagana, the last of the seven districts of Eastern Province to be visited by the RPF candidate.
“We want to make the kind of progress that will make Rwanda unrecognizable to those who define us by our tragic history; the future we are building is the future Rwandans deserve,” Kagame told the crowd, adding that everyone has a role to play in the transformation of the country, including youth, women and the elderly.
“People are the most important foundation of our progress. We value all people equally – men and women, young and old,” he said.
Addressing the rally before the Chairman spoke, Agnes Mukabaranga, the chairwoman of the PDC party and a Rwamagana native, thanked him for not only for commanding the force that that stopped the genocide, , but also heading a government that did away with all sorts of marginalization they suffered at the hands of the previous regimes.
“Some of you might not know but we were a marginalized region. For example, someone from Rwamagana was not allowed to pursue certain disciplines in school. This has been made history under the RPF Inkotanyi leadership,” Mukabaranga told the rally.
She said that the RPF Chairman is the only person that deserves to lead the country for he has been tested and that there are no doubts whatsoever over his promise to transform the country.