Allow me to react to Prof. Manasseh Nshuti’s article, “The ideal change is no change at all (Part II)” (The New Times, February 23).
I can’t agree more with Professor Nshuti. Our contextual framework has no comparison in Africa. So with the research you showed, and given our own experience, I call upon Rwandans to see sense of who they are today, who they have been, and who they might be.
Factor in President Kagame, and we shall amend the constitution for the sake of our survival and allow the incumbent President to lead us well into the future.
I don’t personally see another alternative, and I am not a gambler in life. Surely we can’t gamble with our future as Professor Nshuti put it.
The debate is about choices, and choices have consequences. Our choices today are influenced by the recollection of our past, still fresh, and terrible. So the choice to request President Kagame to stay on is obvious given where he brought our country from, and where it is today.
I agree wholly that Rwanda is not another country out there with luxury to change for the sake of going by the constitution. Rwanda today would be a failed state like Somalia, Liberia, Central African Republic and others we know of were it not for President Kagame’s leadership.
Change of good leadership as well put in article is change for worse. Do we need that?
At this point in time, we cannot indeed afford to gamble about the future of our country and people and at the detriment of the great gains we have made under the leadership of President Kagame.
The likes of Paul Kagame appear once in a very long time. Who could ever imagine a reconciled Rwandan population, and indeed who could ever think of our country being exemplary in terms governance and socio economic development in Africa and beyond?
What people need to continue remembering is that much as we have done great in terms of socio-economic development under President Kagame much more needs to be done to deliver this noble objective of turning Rwanda into a middle-income country and beyond.
Only the enemies of our country can wish him to go now at a time of take off to greater heights.
The good news is most Rwandans have known what is and what’s not good for them.
There are not ambiguities in their choice, and they are continuing to express it loudly and firmly.