It is has been reported that one of the aspiring political parties yet to fulfill conditions for registration is already embroiled in wrangles because a section of its potential members are bitter that the party is being remote controlled by foreign forces.
The little known Green party witnessed an ugly start when its members rebelled against its interim leadership at a convention called to kick start its registration process.
The members questioned their leaders as to why they concentrated their message on what foreigners wanted the party to do as opposed to what they had in plan for Rwandans.
The ugly exchange amongst party loyalists ended in a fiasco, leading to postponement of their registration process and partly splitting the organization.
If the violence that characterized the event is a sign of things to come, then it is clear that there are still self-seeking politicians who have learnt nothing from the recent history of this country.
It is imperative to note that much as Rwanda has been making significant strides in ensuring that a political level playing field is established, it is equally important to safeguard this new dispensation.
The future of this nation can only be determined by its citizens acting collectively.
Therefore, the aspiring parties must exhibit this level maturity and thinking to appreciate that their primary role is to serve Rwandans and not foreign interests.
It makes no sense for a political party to convene a members’ meeting only to feed its cadres on a message whose script has been prepared from foreign capitals and whose authors hardly understand the political dynamics of this nation.
History teaches best, and Rwandans have learnt the bitter way. They fully understand the dire consequences of allowing foreigners to determine their destination.
And today, Rwandans are more determined than ever to craft their own development path--- one that takes into account the interests of this nation.
Allowing to be surrogates of foreign forces would simply be failing to learn from history.