Visionary leaders key to national healing

Editor, I wish to react to Lonzen Rugira’s article, “Why post-1994 Rwanda didn’t become CAR” (The New Times, March 3).

Editor,

I wish to react to Lonzen Rugira’s article, “Why post-1994 Rwanda didn’t become CAR” (The New Times, March 3).

It's a fact that we are all not born to be good leaders yet sometimes many ignorantly want to believe that we can lead. That's what happened to Michel Djotodia, the former rebel-turned-president of Central African Republic.  

Yet I strongly believe that somewhere, within the sons and daughters of CAR, there must be a Paul Kagame.

After the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, Rwanda's leadership took firm decisions, some of them pretty unpopular and painful, at least at the time. But those selfless decisions were necessary and taken by a visionary leadership with the interest of the nation at heart.

Today we are seeing the sweet results of that sacrifice.

While the RDF (Rwanda Defence Forces) is helping to bring peace and restore order in CAR, it's up to the people of CAR to find the solutions within, and entrust the responsibilities to heal the nation in selfless leaders among themselves. They can learn from Rwanda’s experience, if they so wish.  

Rwanda will be happy to assist whenever it can, I am sure.

Dennis, South Africa

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