Yesterday, President Paul Kagame challenged Rwandans to value their country in order to earn the respect they deserve.
Some politically bankrupt individuals are so fixated to the international community, when it comes to tarnishing the image of the country, they will run to foreign missions and so-called human rights organisations with all sorts of allegations trying to garner sympathy.
Some of their audiences may be misled into believing them, but the informed ones will silently lend them a polite ear, but deep inside, will see through their falsehoods with scorn.
Once one reaches this stage of mortgaging their dignity for a few favours and a patronising pat on the back, they will have lost the war from the onset. Respect is earned and not bought over an international community counter.
This country has proven time and again that it is not a pushover. It has been guided by visionary leadership, whose achievements over the last 16 years have restored the dignity and respect of the Rwandan people.