President Paul Kagame, during his monthly press conference yesterday, touched on one very critical issue accountability.
This came hardly 24 after giving his cabinet a major shake up with several ministers rotating posts, and some dropped altogether. The Ministry of Education was the major casualty as it saw a complete overhaul.
There is not a day that the President fails to call on government officials, especially those in leadership positions to deliver on their promises. But as history is our witness, there will always be a black sheep in the flock who will tarnish the image of their colleagues.
Some might argue that they fail to perform because of work overload, but is it is a weak argument. Many fail because they cannot get their priorities right.
Others meddle where they should not; resulting in putting too much on their plates and burdening the system they are supposed to serve.
A good example is the recent warning by education officials to private schools against hiking their fees without permission from parents and district officials.
Now, that was the most amazing directive that could ever come to the ears of a development-prone Head of State.
How does one interfere in someone else’s private investment yet they have more pressing matters such as solving the issues of delayed teachers’ salaries and classes conducted under trees?
The day our leaders heed President Kagame’s call to get their priorities right, is the day the country ceases to see its leaders embarrass themselves in public.