President Paul Kagame of Rwanda has urged the country to remain calm and keep keen eye on what is happening in Rwanda in order to promote peace and stability.
Kagame was addressing the nation on Friday during Umushyikirano2018, a forum that brings together stakeholders to discuss the state of national affairs.
“We have to work in a way where you feel accountable that if you do not do your job well then it will have consequences beyond yourself. You have to hold yourself and each other accountable,” he said.
He urged the people of Rwanda to ensure they work as team and put their country first in whatever they are doing.
“Think big, think beyond you as an individual. Think of others in the country and of where we are headed. That is what should define #Umushyikirano of this year,” he urged.
He warned that some countries in the region are planning to destabilise Rwanda for their selfish reason urging that such enemies would be defeated.
“There are those in the region and across the world who have been linked with our history, much as perpetrators were Rwandans. We have had invasions from neighbouring countries. Those challenges have been changing forms but they remained in substance as security threat.”
He added: When it comes to us, our history, we don’t take any security challenge lightly. They say once bitten, twice shy. We have had our taste of it, we wouldn’t want to be found wanting in terms of taking care of our security. Big or small, we will take care of it,” Kagame said.
He added that in the past, foreign countries created genocide in Rwanda warning that such would not be tolerated in future.
“Foreign institutions got involved in Genocide, in order for them to have that higher moral ground they will tend to blame others except themselves, in order to absolve themselves so that they can easily be the judges,” Kagame noted.
He added; “That is how Rwandan cases always become high points of arguments and politics that cut across the globe.”
He accuse some neighbouring countries Rwanda National Congress (RNC) of sponsoring and working with Rwandan rebels based in Congo (FDLR).
The Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda is an armed rebel group active in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.
An ethnic Hutu group opposed to the ethnic Tutsi influence, the FDLR is one of the last factions of Rwandan génocidaires active in the Congo.
“There are many other groups with different names. We will take care of that, the names and everything else,” Kagame said.