Kagame Dismisses Talk of ‘Cosmetic’ Development

President Paul PaKagame
President Paul Kagame

President Paul Kagame has come out strongly against social media talk in past few days in which some branded the reported development being experienced in Rwanda as “PR”(public relations).

Some like Ugandan journalist Timothy Kalyegira wrote on Twitter that the development being raised in the media was ‘hype’ from government of Rwanda, and not real. Others joined the same chorus but were countered by supporters who say the changes are visible for all to see.

It is at this point that President Kagame joined the conversation. “The numbers and quality say it all today in education, health and infrastructure,” said Kagame.

The narrative being fronted by the critics is that the stage at which Rwanda is at the moment is not different from all other African countries. Kagame says Rwanda shouldn’t be seen from same prism with others.

“I’m not into comparison of one place [with] another but where we come from….we are on the journey to where we want to be. You be where you want,” added Kagame.

The President said what is positive development read in the media is “absolutely NO PR” (public relations).

Much of the data about Rwanda comes from institutions like the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, the World Economic Forum  (WEF) and ratings agencies.




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