Kagame compares Rwanda to a plane often faced with the winds that push it backward but with its own strength to push forward

On 6 October 2019 at 12:24

President Paul Kagame has said that Rwanda has faced more than enough obstacles, some of which were overcome while others left the country with scars over the years. He, however, observed that Rwandans stayed standing and got back up even when they fell.

Kagame made the comments today as he addressed participants of the 10th edition of Rwanda Day in Bonn alongside thousands of Rwandans. He was along with First Lady Jeannette Kagame.

Kagame highlighted that Rwanda’s path for transformation is clear noting that what is left to do is up to Rwandans without waiting for someone else.

“In the last 25 years, the challenges decreased, it is not the same as it was in the last 25 years. This is proof that our transformation real. The ones who were trying to hurt our country, it becomes more and more difficult for them as the years go by. They are still trying to do it to this day,” he said.

Kagame reminded participants that goods thing about Rwanda Day is that it brings Rwandans together noting that Rwanda is a country building itself from the very bottom, where our already non-existent country was destroyed.

Commenting on those who wish harm to Rwanda, the President emphasized that they will not be able to succeed today, what they failed to do in the past.

“I am not saying this to be boastful, or to dissuade those with plans to destroy our country. I am saying it because it is the truth. When you look at every aspect of our economy and the transformation of the country, you will find that every year, Rwanda makes progress in every sector of our economy,” he noted.

Kagame compared Rwanda to a plane often faced with the winds that push it backward but with its own strength to push through even when going against the current. The President observed that Rwandans are a replacement of the winds pushing the country forward.

“But we also have winds that push us forward. That is each of you. You are the ones pushing Rwanda in the right direction. We need to keep increasing our efforts to not only reach our goals but to also move even faster,” he told Rwanda Day participants.

Kagame underscored that what Rwanda Day aims to do is to ensure that those outside Rwanda and those in Rwanda work together to speed up Rwanda’s transformation and ‘achieve our goals as fast as we can’.

This edition of Rwanda Day was held under the theme “Rwanda25: Owning our Future”. Participants discussed Rwanda’s socio-economic progress and propose solutions to current and future challenges.

Over the last editions, Rwanda Day has brought together more than 35,000 Rwandans and Friends of Rwanda living in Europe, the US and other parts of the World.

This year’s Rwanda Day focused on three key topics; Ndi Umunyarwanda and Our Identity Journey, Rwanda Works! The Land of a million possibilities and opportunities, and Positioning Rwanda in today’s globalised world.

Participants had the opportunity to hear from different professionals and Rwandans who recently returned home.

Rwanda Day is the country’s biggest event held outside its borders, and one of the major factors that have kept Rwandans living abroad connected to the country and brought investors from various sectors. Rwanda Day was previously held in the following cities: Brussels, Chicago, Paris, Boston, London, Toronto, Atlanta, Dallas, Amsterdam, San Francisco, Ghent, and now Bonn in Germany.