Allow me to comment on the 8th National Dialogue (Umushyikirano) which was held in Kigali this week. The meeting attracted many Rwandans from all walks of life and the huge turn up was, for me, a sign of unity and commitment to the development our country.
Recently, I met a Rwandan friend who lives in United States. My friend, Chrissy, has been away for the last 10 years. During our conversation, it occurred to me that my friend was totally naïve about the impressive development that have taken place in the country for the last sixteen years.
My friend said he has been reading stories about Rwanda from international media and was somehow convinced that the country was at the verge of war or in total mess.
Chrissy is not alone. Many Rwandans who live in Europe depend largely on the internet or foreign blogs which have consistently portrayed our country in a negative light.
Some of these blogs are run and funded by negative forces or self -centred politicians who have failed in their lives and decided to run away.
It’s, therefore, important to have national dialogue because it involves members of the Diaspora who will go back to their respective countries of residence and spread the truth about Rwanda. Lies will never last forever