President Paul Kagame has said that he is accountable to the Rwandan people that entrusted him with enhancing national development and therefore it’s not mandatory to make an explanation whenever he makes changes in the management of national affairs and corporate institutions.
The president was recently responding to a journalist’s question about the sweeping changes made in the management of RwandAir affairs yet on the outside the firm was flying with a steady curve of consistent growth.
To this, President Kagame replied: “Is it real? It is not to be questioned?”
“Rwandans gave me the responsibility of leading the country on their behalf. If I realize that a top leader whose appointment was approved by the cabinet is not productive as expected within agreed time frames, when benefits are not reaching citizens to desired extent, I have power and responsibly to replace him. We have neither time nor reason for discussions on such topic. Rwandans trusted me,” he added.
When asked about what he thinks about the assertion that some leaders in the country provide false reports over various reasons or unwilling to reveal the truth, Kagame replied that he has bitter medicine for it.
“I know that. But I have a solution. I require them to report activities and I am able to assess productivity. Statistics can’t lie. You can tell me whatever you want but the productivity of your deeds will reflect the truth. be a witness. For instance: The Minister of Health may tell me what he/she perceives as good for him/her knowing better that he/she will be audited child and maternal mortality statistics. This is the same with food security, water, electricity, schools among others. There are statistics and depictions indicating reforms to all. The most important is to know how to interpret them,” he said.
A Cabinet meeting chaired by President Paul Kagame on 5th April 2017 removed John Mirenge as the chief executive officer of national carrier RwandAir, replacing him with Col Chance Ndagano in an acting capacity. Other top executives were removed but there were no immediate reasons for the decision.
- President Paul Kagame in an interview with Jeune Afrique journalist.