President Paul Kagame has urged leaders to fulfill their duties with utmost ambition and make good management of country’s resources to achieve more other than giving space to those who want to provide funding with motives behind.
He made the remarks yesterday as he concluded the 14th Leadership Retreat held in Gabiro RDF combat training center.
Kagame requested leaders not to rely upon donors lest they fall into temptations of self-interests lying behind the support.
“When we say we want to produce goods and trade, they tell you your place is to receive development funding.They give you food and development aid while they take away 100 times more in resources that belong to you,” he said.
“They threaten you with standards like press freedom in exchange for your silence and gratitude for their leftovers. By not doing what we are supposed to do, we are accepting the dictatorship of those who tell us to limit our ambitions,” he said.
President Kagame thanked the leaders for their contribution in dialogue but highlighted that the same mistakes should not be repeated.
“We cannot spend 14 years repeating the same mistakes, we need to do things differently. We are not aiming for things that do not exist elsewhere; we deserve to lead a dignified life.Fulfilling your duties should not be seen as extraordinary. Using public resources to serve citizens without corruption is not exploitation. It is your duty,” he said.
Kagame urged leaders to work hard to multiply resources and advance progress.
“We should be innovative, look at the resources we have & strive to use them to achieve three times more than they are now.Our past has shown us that a lack of resources does not stop us from achieving. We have to continue with that mentality.We should not accept to be relegated to a people who do not deserve to pursue high ambitions and a better life,” he said.
“Would you choose the challenge of managing resources or managing poverty?If we are able to fight poverty and achieve progress, can we really fail to manage resources?Let me end by asking you to keep working hard, there is a lot we can accomplish with the resources we do have,” he added.
The Annual Leadership Retreat concluded yesterday started on Saturday last week.