RWAMAGANA - The RPF candidate, Paul Kagame, yesterday, took a swipe at the country’s critics, noting that the choice made by the majority of the Rwandan people should be respected by everyone and considered a sign of democracy.
Addressing an estimated 80,000 RPF supporters in Rwamagana district, Kagame said that considering the huge support the RPF has received during the campaigns, it is clear what choice the majority of Rwandans have made.
The candidate added that when many people turn up in large numbers, like they did in Rwamagana, it is a sign of democracy, unlike what is projected by international television networks.
Amidst cheers, Kagame accused the international media of ignoring such events where Rwandans show up in big numbers to espress their support but instead turn their cameras on a few individuals who tell false stories about the country.
He pointed out that it is democracy when Rwandans choose peace over violence, or when they choose development-good health, education, roads and good standards of living.
Kagame said that when a country chooses to use aid effectively, promote good governance and involve citizens in the decision making process, it is democracy but some people choose not to see it that way.
The candidate noted that Rwandans are determined to defend, the achievements recorded by the RPF government, including unity and reconciliation as well as development and its pillars, at any cost.
Kagame, added that Rwanda is ready to work with anyone who is in support of development but will not tolerate anybody who seeks to undermine progress. He reminded the crowd that what RPF stands for is the well being of all Rwandans, infrastructure development and over all socio-economic development.
The RPF’s campaign manager, Fidele Ndayisaba, told the residents of Rwamagana that the party’s candidate’s track record speaks for itself, pointing out that Rwamagana is one of the fastest developing districts in the country with good roads and piped water.
Ndayisaba told the residents that they made the right choice when they voted for Kagame 7 years ago, because he delivered on all his promises and will do the same if voted into office again.
Donata Mukamugiraneza, one of the residents gave a testimony about how her son had dropped out of school, in primary six, before 1994, because she couldn’t afford to pay school fees.
She said that despite her son being the brightest in class, Government officials at the time told her that the children of the poor don’t study beyond that level.
But when the RPF government came into power, her son resumed school and today he is studying in a University in the UK.