President Paul Kagame has told over 3700 Rwandan Diaspora in Paris, France Sunday evening that meeting them is one of his responsibilities as a Rwandan leader.
“It’s one of my responsibilities to meet and dialogue with all Rwandans. When I meet you, it’s another step forward to our country’s progress. Whenever I meet you, I usually tell you and will repeat, Rwandans are one. Even though there are minor differences between us, the bottom line we are all one.”
Kagame was speaking to the Diaspora at E.M.G.P in the “Le Dock Pullmann” complex under the theme, ‘Equality and Brighter Future’.
However, Kagame discussed that ‘the constructive politics I know and used to, allows a difference of people but it reminds them of a point of convergence.’
He added that Rwandans have the same opportunities, ‘If one doesn’t want it this way that’s up to them. And I know those who want it are many. Rwanda is for all Rwandans. No Rwandan should have more opportunities than others.’
Kagame explained that ‘We can have the same opportunities but we may have differing capacities, however,those with more capacity should help those with less capacity to also achieve progress.’
The attentive gathering was told by the eloquent Kagame that ‘No Rwandan wants to sleep hungry. I do not know of any tribe, race and ethnicity in the world that do not need to have a better life. In Rwanda we should have a better life. We want a Rwanda for all people.’
We should not keep in the bondage of history. We have transcended such bad politics. Those who are still in such politics of shame are also shameful. You shouldn’t waste time. They derive value from wasting your time.
We must use your time on constructive issues. We should spend our time building our society.
Kagame told the religious faithful that even if one prays, ask God to help you fight Ignorance, illiteracy and poverty however; you should also work for all you pray for.
All the problems we went through and others ahead, it’s not because God forgot about us...but we might have misused the chances or opportunities God gave us.
Can God give you people and then you divide them, kill them. What would you harvest from this? God gave us a Rwanda, and then we destroyed it. We should change and I think we have since changed and transcended the past.
The long distances you have travelled are a sign that you have transcended the past. Opportunities strike once in a while so you should utilize the opportunity once it’s available. We must use the current opportunities available to work together as a nation and transform our country for the better future.
We want to be identified as people always finding solutions but not always causing trouble.
Kagame noted to the congregation living in Diaspora that ‘This is not your home. Tell me whether there are no problems here in Europe.’
Meanwhile, President Kagame will meet French president Nicholas Sarkozy tomorrow Monday.
President Kagame said his visit to France is meant to cement ties and thus this would speed up the processing of files of cases of genocide suspects living in France.
"The pursuance of these issues has been ongoing under the liasion of the Justice ministry of Rwanda. However, my meeting with the President Sarkozy will just help speeding up the process," Kagame said while responding to a question from a member in the audience.