Use resources we have to achieve high ambitions, Kagame tells leaders

There is need for efficiency, innovation and optimal use of available resources in public service delivery to bring about positive transformation in the country, President Paul Kagame has said.
President Kagame and Prime Minister Anastase Murekezi cheer during 14th National Leadership Retreat yesterday at the Rwanda Defence Force Combat Training Centre in Gabiro, Eastern ....
President Kagame and Prime Minister Anastase Murekezi cheer during 14th National Leadership Retreat yesterday at the Rwanda Defence Force Combat Training Centre in Gabiro, Eastern ....

There is need for efficiency, innovation and optimal use of available resources in public service delivery to bring about positive transformation in the country, President Paul Kagame has said.

The President was speaking at the closure of the 14th National Leadership Retreat, yesterday, at the Rwanda Defence Force Combat Training Centre in Gabiro, Eastern Province.

 
1488495344u
President Kagame interacts with Prime Minister Anastase Murekezi during the 14th National Leadership Retreat in Gabiro.

About 300 top leaders from the central government, local government, and invited influential members of the private sector and civil society spent six days at the retreat, which focused on assessing Rwanda’s achievements over the last seven years, laying strategies for achieving Vision 2020, as well as preparing the country’s Vision 2050.

 
1488495638t
The First Lady, Mrs Jeannette Kagame, at the Rwanda Defence Force Combat Training Centre in Gabiro in the company of Foreign Affairs minister Louise Mushawikwabo (L) and other officials

“We should be innovative, look at the resources we have, and strive to use them to achieve more than they are now,” Kagame told the officials.

 

He said that available domestic resources need to be well managed to achieve the targeted results in the transformation of the country, explaining that Rwanda’s experience over the last few years has shown that lack of resources does not stop Rwandans from achieving what they want.

1488495774y
President Kagame interacts with top government officials, including Justice minister Johnston Busingye (left) during the retreat. 

‘No excuses’

Kagame warned the leaders against excuses for failing to deliver public services to citizens, emphasising that providing the services shouldn’t be considered as optional work but a mandatory responsibility that leaders are required to meet.

“Fulfilling your duties should not be seen as extraordinary. Using public resources to serve citizens without corruption is not an exploit. It is your duty,” the President said.

1488495290r
President Kagame lays the foundation for a school in Gatsibo District on Saturday during Umuganda exercise on the sidelines of the 14th Umwiherero in Gabiro. Village Urugwiro.

Prof. Anastase Shyaka, the chief executive of Rwanda Governance Board (RGB), said Rwandans remain eager to achieve fast development and their leaders have to constantly assess how to meet the expectations.

“The momentum to do better and the will to constantly examine ourselves and take measures to improve things is one of the characteristics of this country,” he told The New Times at the beginning of the retreat last Friday.

1488495711g
The First Lady, Mrs Jeannette Kagame, takes part in the construction of a school block in Kabarore Sector, Gatsibo District, on Saturday.

President Kagame told the leaders yesterday that they need to always work hard to achieve the country’s ambitions, warning them that relaxing their efforts plays in the interests of their critics.

“By not doing what we are supposed to do, we are accepting the dictates of those who tell us to limit our ambitions,” he said, adding that Rwandans “shouldn’t accept to be relegated to a people who do not deserve to pursue high ambitions and a better life.”

“We are not aiming for the impossible; we deserve to lead a dignified life,” he said.

Resolutions from the retreat are expected to be announced today during a post-retreat press briefing in Kigali, officials said.

1488495862p
President Kagame in the audience as one the leaders speaks during Umwiherero.

 

1488495935a
Some of the leaders at the national retreat.
1488495996o
Premier Murekezi addresses the 14th Umwiherero.
1488496071q
Some of the top government officials at the National Leadership Retreat.
1488496141aa
Leaders at Umwiherero take part in community work.
1488496192bb
Leaders take part in community work by passing bricks for construction during the retreat.
1488496249tt
Some of the leaders at the 14th Umwiherero.
1488496314ii
Some of the senior military officials salute during the playing of the National Anthem at the retreat.
1488496372pp
Leaders take part in jogging as part of wellness regime undertaken during the Leadership Retreat.

editorial@newtimes.co.rw

Subscribe to The New Times E-Paper


You want to chat directly with us? Send us a message on WhatsApp at +250 788 310 999    

 

Follow The New Times on Google News