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what is ed geneva; font-size: small;”>“The Agaciro Fund should be thought in the sense of a long term solution to our problems,” said Kagame.
“Leaders are supposed to play the role of shock absorbers to Rwandans. From the injustice we suffer, we should draw strength to consolidate our progress,” he added, attracting applause from the audience.
“Agaciro Fund is a polite way of fortifying ourselves. Rwanda is referred to as a tiny nation that can barely be located on the map, why then does it attract everyone’s attention?” he wondered.
This was perceived as a veiled attack on the western media which Kagame recently accused of sustaining a negative campaign against Kigali, basing on what he described as “blatant lies, theories and falsehoods.”
“It’s upon us to choose to continue depending on assistance from elsewhere or politely find ways of funding our own ways,” Kagame inspired the nation in a speech broadcast live from Kigali.
“Depending on assistance of others is like depending on tranquilizers. They are both temporary,” he affirmed, reiterating his earlier statement that time was ripe for Rwanda to take correct steps in the right direction of economic independence.
“No people in the world, no nation in the history of the world that has ever progressed with assistance of others,” said the President.
Kagame and his Cabinet Ministers were the first to contribute to the fund with a contribution of 33.5million RWF.
Rwanda Senate pledged to contribute to Agaciro Fund financially, morally and by promoting the fund countrywide.
A city cleaner, Beatta, amused the audience when he stepped forward and pledged money, saying, “It’s for our own good.”
Jean Baptiste Bimenyimana, a city Moto Taxi man, contributed money and pledged to sensitize colleagues and clients to contribute to Agaciro Fund.
The private sector followed in the footsteps of Cabinet to contribute to the fund.
“The priority is to contribute to the socio-economic prosperity of Rwandans and accelerate our financial autonomy,” said Kagame.
Rwanda authorities say the Agaciro Fund, which was conceived during the 2011 Umushyikirano (public dialogue) to complement existing sources of financing, is about ownership, solidarity, dignity and which all help build national prosperity.
Prime Minister Dr. Pierre Damien Habumuremyi pledged to the President to follow up the implementation of Imihigo, and the pledge by Rwandans to support Agaciro Fund.
Customer care improvement and sports are among government priorities this year, said Habumuremyi.
Others include increased power generation, facilitating easy start of businesses, 55% mobile phone penetration, mechanization of agriculture, rural electrification, giving 138,000 cows to the poor, increase of ATMs, enhancing tourism, widening the tax base and infrastructure development.
Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo said 24 Rwandan Embassies continue to “promote our country abroad and to bring investments and enhance Rwanda’s image.”
Finance Minister John Rwangomba said the government would specify projects to be funded by Agaciro fund and results would be presented to all Rwandans.
He maintained the fund is conceived for long term sustainability and annual contributions would be used to leverage other financial sources.
Agaciro Fund will have the highest management mechanisms and highly transparent system, according to Rwangomba.
“Agaciro Fund is about dignity, owning our development and contributing to socio-economic transformation of Rwandans,” he clarified.
He said Agaciro fund is not to replace aid but supposed to “supplement other sources of funds to expedite progress of the nation.”
He said the fund was a voluntary contribution by Rwandans to build their nation and achieve their objectives.