With the coming elections, Rwanda has been brought to the forefront once again. The internet is abuzz with information and every incident that happens is interpreted as a sign of impending doom and failing systems.
For someone who has lived in Africa and lived in Rwanda for a while, I dare say that Rwanda is unlike any other country.
It is true no two countries are similar, but Rwanda is particularly different. Not only in its past but also in their value systems, way of life and response to situations. As Onyango-Obbo puts it, Rwandans are driven by “fierce nationalism”.
It is without a doubt that Rwanda is changing positively; however, the pace of change can and should only be determined by the Rwandans themselves. Only they, know what is best for them. Granted they should and they are listening to advice but ultimately the only thing that these advisors can offer is advice leaving the decisions to Rwandans.
Election time is one of those times that decisions are made and I’m pretty sure that Rwandans will make informed decisions. They have been through too much to take something as important as leadership lightly.
The international community claims to be worried about Rwanda but I’m sure no one knows better than Rwandans the value of unity, peace, stability, justice, economic growth and development.
Rwandans should continue on this path of self determination at their own pace. Only Rwandans can define their country’s future. Rwandans have all it takes to build a prosperous future for themselves and only they are fully aware of their realities.
There are indeed countries, the world over, that need to be pressured into change, countries that are oppressing their citizens but Rwanda is not one of them.
The future of Rwanda looks bright and the country has a lot to be proud of both in its citizenry and leadership.