Fight the spirit of entitlement

Editor, Reference is made to Joseph Rwagatare’s article, “Beware when leaders become wolves” (The New Times, September 2).


Reference is made to Joseph Rwagatare’s article, “Beware when leaders become wolves” (The New Times, September 2).

The moral of the story is that no one is untouchable. Like it is said in football, you are as good as your last game. Gloating that you have so many trophies yet the team currently can hardly win points serves no one good. As part of institutional strengthening, the ideal system is one that treats all the same.

I agree with Mr Rwagatare: Let us endeavour to build a country where no one is untouchable. And, this should not be the case at the national level only. Be it family, a sports team, a company, just to name a few. Because you are a top scorer does not mean you show up for training when you want or because you are the best engineer at a company does not mean you don’t report to work on time. It should not be about individuals but a principle.

One of the signs that a system works or an institution functions is when the so-called “untouchables” are held to account for their actions.

Stella, Rwanda


I kind of don’t understand Mr Rwagatare’s argument. While his main line is against individuals singing self-praises, contributions and accomplishments, I find him doing just the same. Praising some and vanquishing others.

The simple truth is that while all of us as citizens participate in the development of the country, our contributions can never be equal because we do not have the same capabilities, competencies, skills and even commitment.

That said, we should happily acknowledge and give due credit to those who have gone the extra mile to do more than the rest of us. That too is an important value.

Rugema Ngarambe, Sudan