Kagame made the comments Saturday at Intare Conference Arena in Rusororo as he opened RPF Bureau Politique meeting attended by over 2000 RPF Inkotanyi cadres.
“I saw in the news people saying that things are falling apart in Rwanda, because of a few mayors being fired or resigning. People tried to imply that they were resigning as a sign of rebellion. The way I see it and understand it, what went wrong is not that they were fired, it is that they did not deliver on what they should have. Being fired is the logical conclusion,” he said.
“What would be wrong is having a large number of mayors who are not delivering. When you solve that problem, the economy grows and the goals Rwandans have to transform their lives are achieved. Leaders who are not delivering should get out of the way of Rwandans achieving their goals,” added Kagame.
The spate of resignations among high profile officials in over 10 districts across the country circulated over the past two weeks and spread to districts including Muhanga, Musanze, Burera, Ngororero, Gisagara, Karongi, Rutsiro Rubavu, Nyamasheke among others where either vice mayors or mayors resigned citing personal reasons or forced to leave the office.
Commenting on the resignations, the Minister of Local Government, Prof. Anastase Shyaka attributed the resignations to accountability shortfalls and respond to citizens’ needs among others.
“Some local leaders are being dismissed by Districts’ Councils or requesting them to accept their resignation as per the law. Accountability deficits, failure to respond to citizens’ needs and inefficiency in delivery are the underlying causes,” said the Minister in a tweet following the spate of resignations.
Minister Shyaka explained that 2019 is the last year of delivering on Vision 2020 and towards midway to National Strategy for Transformation (NST 1) Delivery in 2024 whereby every day counts.
He said that the resignations should not matter in Rwanda as a country founded on principles of Good governance whereby all districts are eager to have the most effective and conducive leadership to spur rapid local transformation and wellbeing of citizens towards achieving instituted targets.