While meeting the RPF-Inkotanyi National Executive Committee in Kigali on Thursday evening, the President, who is also the National Chairman of the party, said that Rwandans should strive to ensure that they champion their own development instead of entirely relying on donor aid.
He said that it is not characteristic of the Rwandan people to let go of their dignity without any resistance.
The creation of the consolidated fund was engineered by a decision by some of the donor countries, to either withhold to delay their aid premised on a highly inconsistent report that wrongly accuses Rwanda of having a role in the conflict currently in the eastern DRC.
The fund is aimed at helping the government to finance the budget to that planned project are executed even without the funds that were withheld by the development partners.
“What does behaving well mean? How do you measure good behavior?” Kagame wondered.
He observed that when such decisions are made in an attempt to punish Rwandans, yet they are based on false allegations, it is as good as taking away the dignity of Rwandan people which they should not accept.
President Kagame told the leaders that they can resist such attempts by working hard towards developing the country.
He commended the idea of Agaciro Fund, saying that it serves as a stepping stone for more brilliant ideas as well as a demonstration that Rwandans have the right attitude to take the country to greater heights.
Contribution to Agaciro Development Fund is done on voluntary basis and very many Rwandans have already expressed support for it.
The collections will be used to fund various developmental projects across the country.
“It is the spirit, the principle that matters most,” Kagame said, adding that the thought of the fund is exceptional and it is the responsibility of the leaders to transform such ideas to action to produce results needed to achieve the country’s goals.
He told the senior cadres that while the allegations leveled against Rwanda are shocking, they are not surprising at all as it is not something new.
To Rwanda, the international community has acted as the judge and jury – with the United Nations, which would otherwise have been neutral and balanced, being at the center of the controversy.
“The way we see the world today, it is not fully honest. The truth is not used all the time,” President Kagame noted.
He added that while Rwandans must fight for the truth without compromising their dignity, they also have to learn to survive in the part of the world that is not fully honest.
“The truth is not being used all the time. We have to know both sides and learn how to deal with each side. You have to live in both worlds,” the President said.
RPF will celebrate its 25th anniversary on December 15, this year and various activities including support to the vulnerable, have been line up in the build up to the silver jubilee.