May 21, 2014

Kagame Blasts African Leaders Who Run To The West To Resolve Continent’s Problems

President Kagame wondered why African leaders wait to be invited by the West to resolve their conflicts.
President Kagame wondered why African leaders wait to be invited by the West to resolve their conflicts.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame has lashed out at African leaders who wait for the west to intervene and solve their problems saying the leadership in Africa has what it takes to deal with the continent’s problems.

President Kagame made these remarks on Tuesday evening during the ongoing African Development Bank Group Annual Meeting in the Rwandan capital, Kigali.

At a session discussing “Ending Conflict And Building Peace In Africa”, Kagame said “It doesn’t make sense that African leaders go to Europe to address African problems.” drawing a round of applause from the audience.

“Going to Europe with the hope of seeking solutions to our problems casts a bad image on the continent and the leaders’ ability to handle their problems” Kagame said

Former presidents; Sotuh Africa's Thabo Mbeki (L) and Nigeria's Olusegun Obasanjo
Former presidents; Sotuh Africa’s Thabo Mbeki (L) and Nigeria’s Olusegun Obasanjo

The other session’s speakers were former African presidents; Nigeria’s Olusegun Obasanjo and South Africa’s Thabo Mbeki and was moderated by Frannie Leautier.

“Why should our leaders wait until they are invited to Europe to get together to solve our problems. It doesn’t make sense” President Kagame wondered.

The Rwandan leader’s comments come just days after France hosted a summit a summit on how to deal with Nigerian Islamist group, Boko Haram.

The summit on Boko Haram came weeks after the group had kidnapped more than 200 school girls in the west African nation in addition to it’s deadly attacks.

Quote: It doesn’t make sense that an African Leader should be invited to sit in Paris with the French president taking photos to address the problems of his own country – Kagame

There has been an attempt by African leaders to break away from the notion that the continent’s problems can only be handled with help from the international community and president Kagame’s comments go a long way in re-emphasizing that idea.

African Leaders Must Take Responsibility

President Paul Kagame reminded the audience that conflicts in Africa are either old or new saying that African leaders must take responsibility and manage the processes that can bring conflicts on the continent to an end.

President Kagame, Obasanjo and Mbeki unanimously agreed that the conflicts in Africa are as a result of a failure in leadership which they said must be addressed to bring peace to the continent.

From L-R: Presidents; Olusegun Obasanjo, Mogae, Rwanda's Paul Kagame and Thabo Mbeki (South Africa's Former President)
From L-R: Presidents; Olusegun Obasanjo, Mogae, Rwanda’s Paul Kagame and Thabo Mbeki (South Africa’s Former President)

“If we get the right governance, right politics, we would eliminate conflict on the conflict” Obasanjo stated.

About The Report

The leaders were discussing a report by a High Level Panel on Fragile States (HLPFS) chaired by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia and established by AFDB president, Donald Kaberuka.

The panel consists of seven eminent experts: Dame Barbara Stocking, Callisto Enias Madavo, Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo, Greg Mills, Rakiya Omar, and Sarah Cliffe.

From L - R; Donald Kaberuka, Thabo Mbeki, Olusegun Obasanjo and Luise Mushikiwabo
From L – R; Donald Kaberuka, Thabo Mbeki, Olusegun Obasanjo and Luise Mushikiwabo

The HLPFS report titled Ending Conflict and Building Peace in Africa: A Call to Action discusses in depth the experience of countries and partners in engaging in situations of fragility.

This report comes at a critical time in light of the current emerging combined pressures of rapid urbanization, climate change, youth unemployment, inequality, and new discoveries of natural resources.

Each of these factors place African societies under considerable strain and risk.

Urgent attention must also be given to the transition of national movements into state-building and peace-building processes.

The event will provide further attention to the urgent need to act immediately to ensure systems and policies are responsive, not only to address ongoing conflict, but to create an environment where future conflicts can be mitigated or avoided altogether in the long term.

 

 

18 thoughts on “Kagame Blasts African Leaders Who Run To The West To Resolve Continent’s Problems

  1. But Kagame should tell us how African leaders are solving conflicts in South Sudan, Sudan, Somalia and Central African Republic. Am not sure whether AMISOM in Somalia, AU-UN hybrid mission can exist without resources from the west and some Asian states. How come Kiir and Riek only met after US Secretary of State intervened? Where was the so-called strong African leaders to bring the two South Sudanese leaders? I have never heard Robert Mugabe negotiation any peace process in African countries.

    1. resources from the west indeed. are you even remotely aware that Africa was/is the biggest donor to the west? are you aware that the west is declining because our resources are finding new markets elsewhere? the only thing they are good at is inciting proxy conflicts and when things get so bad they evacuate their people……Ask me for the evidence………….

      1. Africa leaders are just engaged in beggar diplomacy period. After worshipping the west for ages, they have begun worshiping the Chinese. Even Chinese are building railways mainly to transport newly discovered resources to Beijing as East African rulers cheer. Asia had smart leaders and that is why many Asian countries are emerging as economic powers while many African leaders are embroiled in corruption, tribalism and nepotism. Even some regional leaders have engaged in proxy wars. Don’t cheat yourself. Sponsoring rebel groups have been common in the Great Lakes, West Africa and the Horn of Africa

  2. May I remind you, Mr. President Kagame, that your perceived sense of being a “powerful African leader” is/was actually propagated by the West that you seem to treat with disdain. It was basically a “sympathy vote” following the regrettable crimes committed in your country especially in the watchful eyes of the international community. Perhaps, you should not take the gesture for granted.

  3. Is this the same Paul Kagame who has former British Premier Tony Blair as his advisor?

    1. Remember the west is still a force negatively and positively, so one may need someone who knows it very well to advise him or her on how to deal with it in certain situations!!! You dont need to take the advice all the time!!

      1. So is this what Blair advised him to say…? why doesn’t he advise him to tolerate dissenters. Kagame is just being childlishly contraversial.

  4. Perhaps the present generation of African leaders need to look deep within their conscience to understand why as M7 was quoted complaining; African leaders are looked upon with “Tharawu” by the West, and certainly by their own people, a well deserved reference to self and many and perhaps why a few choose to look to the west for support to help resolve contentious issues at home instead.

    When amidst abject poverty, the better part of financial foreign aid that treakles into Africa is gobbled-up by those in power or ends up in some foreign personal accounts, “Tharawu” is well deserved.

    When African leaders socially, economically, and politically fail to be accountable to their people but themselves and their own pockets, then “Tharawu” is well deserved.

    When African leaders choose to treat their citizens and the state resources and assets like personal property then “Tharawu” is well deserved.

    When an African leader decides to force his citizens to buy junk Government bond and other instruments to finance his undemocratic ambitions, which is modern day extortion, then “Tharawu” is well deserved.

    When African leaders buy guns instead of food, medicine, housing, and other basic necessities for their impoverished people, then “Tharawu” is very well deserved.

    When African leaders use their Government security apparatus to “oppress” and “suppress” their people’s voices of reason / dissent, instead of uplifting them up and protecting their “rights and freedoms”, then “Tharawu” is well deserved.

    When African leaders waste and plunder their country’s resources or auction them to the highest bidder and pocket the proceeds, then “Tharawu” is well deserved.

    When African leaders recklessly mortgage away their people’s future to finance their undemocratic ambitions then “Tharawu” is well deserved.

    When African leaders fail to respect the judicial systems setup to equitably dispense “law and order” and instead manipulate the law and judicial system to their own liking then “Tharawu” is well deserved.

    When African leaders snub the West, the very hand that feeds them, then “Tharawu” is well deserved.

    Yes Mr. Kagame, last but not least, perhaps those few and rare African leaders who turn to the west or former colonial powers for help in resolving contentious issues at home are smart and realize there is no other credible and reliable arbitrator anywhere on the African continent yet.
    Yes Mr.Kagame, when African leaders wake up to these realities, then Africans will not need foreign intervention to resolve any social, economic or political issues at home.

  5. This is funny Can you imagine without the so called west would these so called great leaders be in power for long as they are to day

  6. What Kagame and M7 are saying is, we already leaders so we do not like anyone to come and lead you and us. Asked both of them how much to west contributed to them during the their leadership lots I guess. They why are they turning away now because they know they have done it bad and if they don’t say this things they are saying, they are about to be kick out from the throne. I tell you, the west does not and will never respect a leader who prays on their people. If you are a good leader as they were first, the west called them Alien, but now they want to show that they are supper power themselves they became a bit of problems. A boss is a boss all African leaders have to know that. You do not have to kneel down to them, you just have to change your direction. I will promiss you this, in the next few years under M7 Uganda economy will drop and the millitary will enter some chaos because of funding because their funding was done by the west. Now that their relationship is in problem, the west will pull their money and millitary will start getting into problems.

    I just hope to see new leaders than the three who radicals. They are making us look bad internationally. What about Rwandans, Ugandans, and Kenyan abroad? I guess they have more authorities on the west than the west in their countries in Africa. Think people.

  7. What Kagame and M7 are saying is, we already leaders so we do not
    like anyone to come and lead you and us. Asked both of them how much to
    west contributed to them during the their leadership lots I guess. They
    why are they turning away now because they know they have done it bad
    and if they don’t say this things they are saying, they are about to be
    kick out from the throne. I tell you, the west does not and will never
    respect a leader who prays on their people. If you are a good leader as
    they were first, the west called them Alien, but now they want to show
    that they are supper power themselves they became a bit of problems. A
    boss is a boss all African leaders have to know that. You do not have to
    kneel down to them, you just have to change your direction. I will
    promiss you this, in the next few years under M7 Uganda economy will
    drop and the millitary will enter some chaos because of funding because
    their funding was done by the west. Now that their relationship is in
    problem, the west will pull their money and millitary will start getting
    into problems.

    I just hope to see new leaders than the three
    who radicals. They are making us look bad internationally. What about
    Rwandans, Ugandans, and Kenyan abroad? I guess they have more
    authorities on the west than the west in their countries in Africa.
    Think people.

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