So many things are positively happening in Rwanda now, the country has become a case study in various forms of success. But the key to the fast-paced development may not be far from finding, albeit extremely difficult a pill to swallow for many African leaders. It lies in the words of President Paul Kagame’s re-iterated statement that no one, but no one, is above the law. He said this Monday in reference to the arrest of two army generals who had interfered with the arrest of a prominent business person who had some charges to answer, leading him to elude arrest.
The importance of the rule of law: Human beings will operate in a society together based on a set of understandings, but more than that, rules is the difference between dictatorships or crashed societies and republics, where people dictate themselves. It is the essence perhaps not so much of development, but maturity, and it is absolutely crucial.
Unless people wish to go back to times and places where corruption reigns, and the tilapia rots from the head, the fight for the rule of law must be a top-priority. It will come inevitably at one time or another, it is better to grow and learn from within it now.
Africa is riddled like bullet holes with failed countries. But there is a new direction now. And it is the right one. It is not difficult to look at incidents in all parts of the continent where the poverty of chaos remain. No person wants to return. Rwanda will never be like that again, and that must begin with adopting a set of respect for each other’s safety and pursuit of happiness. That is why there is rule of law, and why it must be revered. Everyone ultimately derives protection from the law – the less advantaged and the great as well.
The rule of law will have everyone doing what they are supposed to do, and it is this discipline that will wipe away most reasons that bring chaos and reversed fortunes to most institutions, be they political entities or mere household management.
The success story of Rwanda is the rule of law. If it won’t be embraced without, let us continue promoting it assiduously from within.