Rwandans speak out on Sarkozy’s visit

French President Nicholas Sarkozy is expected in Rwanda today. His visit is has been termed historic by Rwandans of different walks of life; The New Times’ Senior Reporter Edwin Musoni caught up with some Kigalians who gave their views on the visit.
L-R : Innocent Habineza, an IT student at KIST ; Jean Baptiste Barayunva, a constructor ; Jean D’Amour Ntiyonteze, a motorcyclist ;Elise Nzeyimana, a casual laborer.
L-R : Innocent Habineza, an IT student at KIST ; Jean Baptiste Barayunva, a constructor ; Jean D’Amour Ntiyonteze, a motorcyclist ;Elise Nzeyimana, a casual laborer.

French President Nicholas Sarkozy is expected in Rwanda today. His visit is has been termed historic by Rwandans of different walks of life; The New Times’ Senior Reporter Edwin Musoni caught up with some Kigalians who gave their views on the visit.

Jean Baptiste Barayunva, a constructor

It’s a good move for the two countries, especially in terms of restoring peace. Rwanda has gone a long way in restoring peace and security to all Rwandans and the visit by the French President will undoubtedly take this peace a step further.

There is a lot to benefit from the relations but we can only achieve those benefits if there is an agreement on peace between the two countries.

Innocent Habineza, an IT student at KIST

President Sarkozy’s visit sends a good signal of the future benefits between the two countries. Rwanda has something to benefit from France and vice versa. That is obviously why President Sarkozy is here.

In terms of benefits, after the two countries finalize the restoration of relations, Rwandan students can go France for studies as well as French citizens in Rwanda will have their children study here after the re-opening of the French School in Kigali.

Jean D’Amour Ntiyonteze, a motorcyclist

In the current global partnership in development, countries should focus on improved relations for economic growth.
This time, the two countries should come up with a final decision on their relations; we will not be closing and opening our embassies every time.


Elise Nzeyimana, a casual laborer

Sarkozy’s visit is more of a political issue; however, I am optimistic that his coming to Rwanda will be a sign to seal the relations between the two countries.

The other day we were in streets protesting against the French after they arrested one of our leaders, Rose Kabuye, now the French President will be driving on the same streets; to me this is a great achievement that should be applauded.

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