Many a time, people have a tendency to blame their failure on others. They don’t want to take the blame. They would rather reap where they have not sowed. This is a dangerous attitude which continues to hold back developing nations from attaining their dreams of attaining prosperity.
President Paul Kagame’s reminder to Rwandans, that the solutions to the challenges this country faces lie with our very nation and not outside was an apt remark.
Rwandans have very interesting proverbs, one of them being, ‘Ak’imuhana kaza imvura ihise’; loosely translated, means that when you await solutions from other people, in this case foreign friends, the help might come a little too late.
Like the President mentioned, there is no reason whatsoever, in today’s Rwanda, why a child should be malnourished or go to bed without food. It makes no sense to read reports of school drop-outs or low enrolment rates at the primary levels of education when free education has been ushered in.
It becomes reprehensible to hear reports of some people dying because they failed to afford Mutuelle de Santé.
When you examine the current problem of our ever-rising population, you ask yourself whether it is a foreign-imposed problem.
When you come across news of a neighbour hacking a neighbour or a village beset by a host of all sorts of anti-social behaviour, you wonder whether the Western world from whom we always seek solutions, are party to this disorder.
So the President was right in saying that most of the problems we face today are of our own creation and so we need to design solutions to address them other than turning our eyes elsewhere.
Government will always put in place the right policies to guide us. But government will not police each family to ensure that their children are in schools, have signed up membership in Mutuelle de Santé, or are adhering to basic practices of primary health care.
The onus is on each and every Rwandan to ensure responsibility and having it in their minds that no one owes us a free lunch.The foundation has been laid; the challenge now is translating words into action.