Over the weekend the government was praised for its inspirational home grown solutions.
Indeed, coming from an African Development Bank (AfDB) representative, this is welcome news, and should propel the country’s leadership to greater heights of success, in all national development initiatives.
The AfDB Resident Representative, Diko Mukete, reminded the world in an interview with The New Times, that had it not been for the visionary thinking and foresight by the leadership, Rwanda would not be where she is today.
Indeed, it takes a certain caliber of leadership to steer a country towards the direction of peace and stability, above all prosperity, as we currently witness in Rwanda.
Rwanda like a phoenix has risen from the ashes. She is no longer the ‘tiny central African country’ many could hardly spot on the world-map. Her achievements are many, to a point that even traditional skeptics and critics find it hard not to acknowledge them.
Take for instance, the recent British Broadcasting Corporation’s documentary, on the country’s big strides towards being an ICT hub, connecting both rural and urban communities to the information superhighway.
With the history and background of much poverty, a devastating Genocide, those who made this almost 15 minute documentary could not hide the fact that Rwandans could actually be more connected than the British.
Rwanda’s leadership has been clear in its straight forward path of providing for the citizens, outside the old tired stereotypes of what constitutes the dreams and desires of African people.
The fact that rural Rwanda is connected to the Internet, while rural Britain is struggling, speaks volumes, but does dismantle the stereotype.
To be able to strike a balance between a past sensitive, volatile political situation, which left citizens traumatized, bruised and battered and the hope for a future that delivers for all takes a unique kind of leadership.
Mukete is right on the mark that Rwanda’s home grown solutions, by her leadership, have delivered unique and astounding results, many can learn from.