KIGALI - President Paul Kagame, on Saturday evening, hosted to a cocktail Rwandan youth, otherwise known as young professionals, to thank them for the role they played in the just concluded Presidential elections.
Addressing the youthful crowd at the Kigali Serena Hotel, Kagame said that by volunteering to be part of the RPF campaign team and actively participating in the elections, they proved what they can do for their country.
Kagame commended the young professionals for the energy, vigour and spontaneity they demonstrated during the campaigns, which he said is a sign that the country’s youth have attained the values and patriotism which RPF, the party that nurtured them, advocates for.
He went on to say that the young professionals demonstrated that they are proud to be Rwandans and are ready to protect their country from her enemies or critics who spread false rumours about Rwanda.
Kagame noted that during the elections, the youth and Rwandans in general turned up in large numbers to express themselves, and that the 93 percent vote that the RPF won speaks volumes.
Amidst loud cheers, Kagame said that an RPF victory was inevitable because of the remarkable achievements that the country has recorded over the last seven years.
The President pointed out that RPF’s advantage was a result of continuously working hard to improve the well being of all Rwandans. He added that the presidential election was like a race where the strongest competitor wins and is not blamed for the failure of opponents.
Kagame went on to say that those who use the excuse that the RPF is too strong and has the financial muscle, should as well plan to be as strong.
Sending the youthful professionals into a deafening applause, Kagame said that leading a country is not something you can wake up to, or walk into overnight, but rather something you plan for over a long time, because it involves millions of people.
The President accused foreign interests of undermining Rwandans, by attempting to impose people without values to run for president. He added that it was arrogant for people to claim that those who contested in the presidential race did not represent genuine competition.
Kagame went on to say that the 93 percent RPF win was a sign of confidence Rwandans have in the party, and the huge turnout at the rallies was a disappointment for those who wanted to see Rwandans divided and in chaos. He advised the youth to always put the interests of the country at the forefront
Kagame called on the young professionals to be good ambassadors of their country, by telling the true story of Rwanda and always challenge those spreading falsehoods, as Rwanda continues to be an area of interest all over the world.