Rwanda will be five times better in the next 30 years

On 8 April 2024 at 02:30

President Paul Kagame says Rwanda’s economy will continue to soar, reaching five times its current level in the next 30 years.

Speaking during his engagement with the media on Monday, April 8, 2024, the Head of State said the country had defied the odds to record tremendous growth over the last 30 years, when the country was derailed by the Genocide against the Tutsi that left at least a million people dead.

“In the next 30 years we will continue making progress and be where others are that they have even taken for granted. We see developed countries, why can’t Rwanda or Africa develop to that extent or even beyond,” Kagame stated.

He highlighted that with the right politics in the country and the region, Rwanda will be far much better than its current state.

"The Rwanda of the next 30 years should maybe be three, four, or five times better than what you are seeing now. Thirty years from our graves to being here, I think another year we are not coming from the graves; this time we are coming from some level of progress," he added.

Rwanda economy is, according to Central Bank Governor John Rwangombwa, projected to remain strong and resilient with the country’s GDP expected to grow by 6.6 per cent in 2024 after recording a remarkable growth of 8.2 per cent to hit $35 billion last year.

Instability in eastern DRC

Weighing in on the political instability in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), President Kagame lamented what he termed the dehumanization of the Congolese Tutsis.

He insisted that the M23 rebel group, which he has been accused of backing by President Felix Tshisekedi, is fighting for the rights of the Congolese Tutsis who are being “uprooted from their ancestral land, persecuted,” and left to seek shelter in neighboring countries, including Rwanda and Uganda.

“I am saying that even those who are accusing us, I should actually accuse them of not supporting M23 because it is as if they agree with the injustice being done to this community,” he said in response to a question whether he supports the rebel group.

President Kagame said more than 100,000 refugees have sought shelter in Rwanda due to the insecurity in the eastern part of the DRC.

“Otherwise, if you did not agree with this injustice, you would actually be raising questions as to why these M23 people are being treated like this. Why do we have 100,000 refugees in Rwanda?” Kagame stated.

He added, “Whether Rwanda supports or associates in anyway with M23 is immaterial.”

President Paul Kagame during his engagement with the media on Monday, April 8, 2024. PHOTO/(@UrugwiroVillage)/X