EDITORIAL: Rwandan youth should heed the President’s call

President Paul Kagame on Sunday reiterated his call to young Rwandans urging them to be more active in the country’s politics. The President was speaking during an interview with the public broadcaster, Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA) that was broadcast live on television and radio.

President Paul Kagame on Sunday reiterated his call to young Rwandans urging them to be more active in the country’s politics.

The President was speaking during an interview with the public broadcaster, Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA) that was broadcast live on television and radio.

 

The President emphasised that nothing should be taken for granted and the youth should seize the opportunity and be more active in politics.

 

He added that the consequences of being passive or having an I-do-not care attitude toward politics can be detrimental to nation building.

 

The President’s message is a passionate plea from a leader who believes in the potential of the youth that constitute about 70 per cent of Rwanda’s population. It’s also important to note that the President was speaking out of experience, having abandoned his military course in the US to lead a four-year liberation war at a youthful age of 33. It was from this interest in leadership as a youth that eventually led to the liberation of the country and stopping of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

Leadership is critical in the development of any country. Indeed Rwanda’s transformation over the last 23 years has been largely attributed to the good leadership.

For the future of the country to be secured and the current achievements consolidated, the President’s call should be taken seriously by the youth.

The future of the country will largely depend on how much the youth contribute to growth across all sectors including politics.

The youth should strive to participate in leadership to forge a better future for Rwanda.

Over the years, several youth have been appointed or elected to leadership positions but the level of participation by the youth is still low. The current government has empowered the youth and they have no reason not to unleash their potential both in public and private sector. Like the President noted, participating in politics is taking responsibility to contribute to nation building. The ball is in the court of the youth. Government has played its part.

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