RUSIZI - Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) candidate, Paul Kagame, yesterday promised party supporters in Rusizi that RPF’s achievements will increase seven-fold, in the next seven years.
Throngs of masses, approximately 120,000, received Kagame at Muhari stadium, Kamembe, amidst chants, waving RPF flags as they sang party songs. Famous artists like Alpha Rwirangira, Intore Masamba, Kitoko and Rusizi born Iris were the curtain-risers.
Kagame assured Rusizi residents that they had all it takes to develop, citing Nyungwe Forest, roads, two border posts, Lake Kivu and fertile soils.
The candidate advised the residents to make the right choice by electing the RPF candidate so as to achieve all the needed development, adding that good works always speak for themselves.
Kagame called upon Rusizi residents to display at all times courage, self confidence and strong work ethics, to ensure prosperity and high standards of living all over Rwanda.
The RPF candidate went on to urge the masses to be more practical.
Kagame disclosed that he had come to celebrate RPF’s achievements in Rusizi, in the last seven years, as well as, to lay strategies for the next seven. He vowed to increase the 9 years of free basic education to 12 years, if elected.
Mariane Mukanzeyimana, a business woman, spoke of how she went into business with only 5000rwf but she now owns a passenger boat, fishing nets and has managed to construct her own house.
“When I joined the RPF in 1996, they always advised us, women to be breadwinners for our families. When the RPF introduced co-operatives for women, I managed to take a loan of over Rwf 150,000 which I used to grow my business, to where it is today,” said Mukanzeyimana.
Rusizi residents praised Paul Kagame for promoting business between Rwanda, Congo and Burundi, through maintaining good relations with the countries and creating a business friendly environment.
Kagame was also hailed for getting Rusizi out of isolation through building roads linking it to other districts.
“We would, for example, spend almost a day traveling to Kigali because of the terrible Nyungwe road but now are able to travel and get back, the same day,” said Eulade Gasigwa, a businessman.