The Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF) launched another pro-people campaign, dubbed as the ‘Army Week’. The military runs several other voluntary community initiatives, among them, the Rwf 200m cassava growing project on 600 hectares of land in Mayange sector, Bugesera District.
For an army with roots in an armed liberation struggle, just over 16 years ago, such initiatives and projects are a given and they bring the force much closer to the masses.
It’s another manifestation of how far our country has come in terms of peace and security, and in gradually building progressive and people-centred institutions.
Through the ongoing Army Week, the military will offer free medical services to the sick, especially in the rural areas, and play a part in infrastructure development. In fact, this is just a continuation of what has become a routine programme for RDF.
It is a practice that should be emulated by Rwandans of all walks of life. It’s a reminder to the youth, men and women of this emerging nation, to stand up and take charge of their country’s destiny.
The armed liberation struggle may have ended, but Rwandans are up against an equally challenging task; propelling this nation out of poverty. Unlike the armed struggle which does not directly involve everyone, for the national development campaign to deliver quick results, every one of us needs to take part.
As our country gradually moves away from dependence on foreign aid, Rwandans will need to redouble their efforts if they are to finance the entire national budget themselves.