The chairman of RPF-Inkotanyi, President Paul Kagame, has urged cadres of the party, especially those in positions of leadership, to embrace the organization’s core values in everything they do, to be able to serve the people better.
He said this on Thursday while opening the RPF Congress at the headquarters in Rusororo, attended by over 2000 delegates from within the country and abroad.
The 3-day congress is part of activities to celebrate 30th anniversary of the creation of RPF-Inkotanyi.
“You have to think of yourself as a leader who puts those you serve first; a leader who thinks about how to work with their peers. Not a leader who put themselves first. Those are not our values,” Kagame observed.
Without these values to guide them, he said, any accomplishment is meaningless.
“Those who strayed and put personal interests above the core values of the RPF, allowed themselves to be used by external forces who never wanted us to move forward and be who we deserve to be,” he said. “Knowing their weaknesses, external forces used praises and told them they were better than the ones they fought with, better than their fellow Rwandans and they went from being leaders to being tools of external forces”.
These former cadres, Kagame warned, have ended up being used and dumped by those detractors.
On the 30 years of RPF-Inkotanyi, the President said that it is a milestone not only of years, but of efforts that changed the course of history of Rwanda as well as its character. He added that citizens expect the leaders of RPF-Inkotanyi to succeed without fail.
“To deliver on development, for their children to go to school, for citizens to earn a livelihood. We cannot afford to fail our citizens,” Kagame remarked
The Chairman cautioned cadres against the culture of bragging about what others can learn from Rwanda and RPF in particular, saying that these are not the values that the party stands for.
He also observed that RPF emerged as a response to serious problems in Rwanda, caused by bad politics, problems that included a divided country with no direction, where citizens had no rights, dignity or even a sense of security.
The party congress will be concluded on Saturday with the election of the RPF national executive committee that is made up of the chairman, vice chairman, the secretary general and commissioners.