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President Paul Kagame has ruled out the possibility of Rwanda slipping back into violence, and http://dailycoffeenews.com/wp-admin/includes/file.php saying his countrymen have learnt to draw a line between divisive and progressive ideas from their leaders.

“Rwandans no longer follow blindly those who tell them to harm their neighbours.  They no longer believe that people thousands of Kilometres away know better what Rwandans need,” said Kagame.

“Rwandans have ceased to follow their leaders blindly. They begin by asking why they should follow,” he added.

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Kagame made the remarks on Monday during his two-day visit in the Western Province where met and interacted with residents of Nyamasheke District.

He is credited for turning around the country’s economy, infrastructure and human resource after the destructive 1994 genocide.

Acknowledging the progress in Nyamasheke District, President Kagame noted that the reason was mainly because Rwandans are no longer defined by ignorance and fear.

President Kagame said that the progress the country is experiencing is attributed to the people, who have decided to unite and maintain security; two attributes which he said are the foundation of development.

“Our unity and security are the foundation of all that we do. But they are not enough. We must build on this foundation. You must add hard work needed to ensure a better life for every Rwandan,” said the President.

“Our unity must remain our priority. We are Rwandans before anything else. We are one. We want a Rwanda that is prosperous and a people with a good standard of life.”

President Kagame encouraged Nyamasheke residents to strive for more because Rwandans cannot afford to drag their feet on the road to development.

In a meeting later on with Western Province opinion leaders, President Kagame emphasized on good governance, which he said is what sets aside Rwanda from other countries.

“We have a responsibility to serve all citizens equally in order to transform this country as fast as we can. Our citizens may not have equal abilities but they must be given equal access to opportunity in Rwanda,” advised Kagame.

“No country can thrive when it accepts and perpetuates any kind of discrimination. We must draw lessons from our history of division; from the violence erupting across the world resulting from discrimination,” he emphasised.

President Kagame reiterated that unity and security are the foundation of development and progress, because everything else thrives on the two.

“There is no truth in a religion that preaches division, division is human not divine. God created us to be prosperous not by stealing from your neighbor but by working for it,” he said.

The President further pointed out that, “Every country has experienced its own wars. From their history, they learned to protect national interest, build their nation. Our national interest is not about conquering nations, it is about uplifting the lives of our citizens. Our national interest is not about teaching anyone else lessons, it is about ensuring every citizen feels safe in their home.”

During an interactive session with the opinion leaders, President Kagame provided advice and guidance on various issues concerning the progress of the Western Province, including investment and harnessing opportunities to create business avenues.
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Taifa Stars newly appointed head coach Boniface Charles Mkwasa has admitted that the team has a big mountain to climb against Uganda in the weekend.

Tanzania needs to score at least four goals without conceding for a chance to qualify to the next round.

However despite the huge deficit, Mkwasa believes he can lift up the team’s spirit and put up a brave fight against Uganda.

“In football, anything is possible, it is up to us to try and overturn the score on their backyard. I know it will be difficult after the home defeat, but we must prepare ourselves for the battle,” Mkwasa told the media after the team’s Monday’s training.

Boniface Charles Mkwasa was appointed by the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) as head coach of Taifa Stars replacing Mart Nooij who was sacked just hours after the heavy loss to the Cranes.

Mkwasa is assisted by Hemed Morocco from Zanzibar. The coach has selected a new look side of 24 players.

The team will only miss central defender Aggrey Morris (injured) and midfielder Jonas Mkude who is away in South Africa for trials.

Tanzania squad:

Goalkeepers; Mudathir Khamis ( KMKM) ,Mwadini Ally (Azam), Ally Mustafa (Yanga)

Defenders: Shomari Kapombe (Azam) , Michael Aidan (Ruvu Shooting ), Mohamed Hussein (Simba ), Haji Mwinyi ( KMKM), Nadir Haroub (Yanga ), Kelvin Yondani ( Yanga), Vicent Andrew (Mtibwa Sugar), Hassan Isihaka ( Simba).

Midfielders; Abdi Banda ( Simba),Salum Telela (Yanga), Frank Domayo (Azam), Simon Msuva (Yanga ), Said Ndemla (Simba) , Deus Kaseke (Yanga) , Ramadhan Singano (Simba ).

Strikers; John Bocco (Azam), Atupele Green (Kagera Sugar), Rashid Mandawa (Kagera Sugar ), Ame Ally (Mtibwa Sugar), Juma Abdul (Yanga),Samwel Kamuntu (JKT Ruvu ).

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