Blair pledges support to Gov’t

GASABO - Visiting ex-British Premier Tony Blair yesterday said the country’s leadership has a great vision and reiterated his commitment to help them achieve their goals. Blair said this shortly after holding closed-door discussions with Prime Minister Bernard Makuza at the latter’s offices in Kimihurura. The former British leader, who said was delighted to be back in Rwanda, early this year took up an unpaid advisory position with government. “It is a great vision they have for Rwanda and we will carry on working with them in any way that we can,” Blair told reporters, adding that he had had good discussions with Makuza on economic development matters.
Prime Minister  Makuza and ex-British Premier Tony Blair at primature yesterday. (Courtesy photo).
Prime Minister Makuza and ex-British Premier Tony Blair at primature yesterday. (Courtesy photo).

GASABO - Visiting ex-British Premier Tony Blair yesterday said the country’s leadership has a great vision and reiterated his commitment to help them achieve their goals.

Blair said this shortly after holding closed-door discussions with Prime Minister Bernard Makuza at the latter’s offices in Kimihurura.

The former British leader, who said was delighted to be back in Rwanda, early this year took up an unpaid advisory position with government.

“It is a great vision they have for Rwanda and we will carry on working with them in any way that we can,” Blair told reporters, adding that he had had good discussions with Makuza on economic development matters.

He explained that his meeting with Makuza had largely centred on the country’s priority areas of development, including the energy, education and health sectors.

“I would like to congratulate the Prime Minister and his colleagues,” Blair said, reiterating his earlier position on the implementation part vis-à-vis the country’s development vision.

During earlier visits, Blair underscored that having a good vision is one thing and making it happen is another “hard thing”.

Helping rebuild the country’s economy, especially in attracting private investments, is high on Blair’s list ever since he offered himself as advisor to President Kagame.

Responding to reporters’ queries afterwards, Premier Makuza revealed that members of Blair’s team were already in the country sharing expertise with the President’s office and others.

Makuza also took time to condemn and even expound on the confusion surrounding the arrest Sunday by German authorities of Rose Kabuye, the Director of State Protocol. Among others, he dismissed the claim by Germany that Kabuye was not on official state duty when arrested.

Kabuye was arrested in Frankfurt, Germany on the basis of fraudulent indictments by French Judge, Jean Louis Bruguiere, who alleges that she played a role in the downing of former President Juvenal Habyarimana’s plane.

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