Friday, 29 June 2012

Rwanda: Africa’s success story

            After the 1994 genocide, Rwanda’s new Tutsi-led government was praised for bringing about rapid development marked by a fast pace of internet connectivity, efficient construction and management of public infrastructure, and a good amount of economic growth.

       Paul Kagame, Rwanda’s president, is credited with turning his conflict-ridden country into one of Africa’s biggest success stories. He abolished the death penalty, promoted women’s rights and his economic policies have contributed to Rwanda’s remarkable economic growth.

            However, the recent assassinations of political leaders, press censorship, and military generals fleeing the country have brought some dark side to an otherwise progressive path. As a Kenyan, being so close to the country and knowing its history so well, I hope the Rwandese will be empowered to continuously experience peace and development.


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