Kagame: No One Will Destabilise Rwanda

There was drama at Prime Guest House Nyakasharu trading center, this see Rubirizi district when a group of National Resistance Movement (NRM) youth was locked outside a meeting that was organized by The Minister for presidency, more about Hon. Frank Tumwebaze, forcing them to block him as he moved out.

The Rubirizi district youth chairperson, Mr. Anthony Bigirwa said he received the invitation letter from the office of the Resident District Commissioner inviting him for a meeting  of District leaders with Tumwebaze  which he came to attend just like any other leader but only to be pushed out by police.

“I entered and signed on the attendance sheet and went back outside to buy airtime but on coming back, the district NRM Chairperson and police pushed me outside saying that I was not invited for the meeting,” said Bigirwa

The Rubirizi RDC Mr Kule Muranga who was responsible for calling the invited members by phone said that the meeting targeted NRM leaders and his work was just to ring the invited members of NRM for the meeting.

“Only invited members were expected to attend the meeting. We did not invite press men and non NRM members. I wonder where he was going if he was not invited,” said Muranga.

Sunday Bamunoba, the NRM publicist for Rutoto sub-county who was also locked outside the meeting said that NRM in Rubirizi is losing support because of some leaders who are pushing for their own selfish interests.

“Why are these people stopping us from attending party meetings? Do they want us to go away and they start saying that we have joined Mbabazi? They are chasing us and we shall find our way out. These are the real people destroying the party,” said Magambo.

The latest development comes ahead of the much-anticipated NRM delegates conference in Kampala on December 15.

Supporters of former Prime Minister and presidential hopeful Amama Mbabazi have previously complained of being locked out of meetings arranged by Tumwebaze.

Magambo further said that the meeting was not effective because it did not involve the people on the ground adding that they are going to petition the president to “come to Rubirizi and see what is killing NRM in the district.”

After the meeting, some members who preferred anonymity said that they were not satisfied with the contents of the meeting alleging it had its tight agenda but not addressing NRM issues in the district.

Annah Atuhaire, a youth councillor said during the meeting important issues were deleted from the agenda.

“We expected the minister to look at the pace of NRM in the district but he kept on shutting us down pursuing his interest and no solution to our problems was reached. At least we wanted him to know that we also need RDCs and Permanent secretaries from our district but he couldn’t see all these. For sure we didn’t benefit from the meeting since the minister kept shutting us up,” added Atuhaire.

The aggrieved youth waited for the minister up to when the meeting ended at 4pm.

They stood at the gate with placards reading “Minister we want to talk to you” which forced Tumwebaze to briefly address them.

When asked as to why the youth were not allowed in the meeting, Tumwebaze said that another arrangement will be made to accommodate the youth and other people who missed out.

“We can have another meeting with your group and engage you in issues of development. For the meeting, don’t mind we shall consider you. Whether you support Mzee or Mbabazi, you are right but those are your views,” said Tumwebaze.

He advised the youth to form groups and engage in meaningful activities which he will give support.

“You shouldn’t be driven. Form your group, invite me as Tumwebaze, I will support you and when we are in development, leave politics aside because everyone has his interests during politics time. If you have been barred from attending the meeting, chair yours.”

By Zadock Amanyisa 
President Kagame has warned his government will give its all to respond firmly to national security threats, page Chimp Corps report.

Kagame made the remarks this week during his presidential citizen outreach in Gasabo District where he was received by thousands of residents in Jabana sector at Bweramvura cell grounds.

Addressing the populace, President Kagame underscored the importance of security for national development and asked each of them to never take the security the country is experiencing for granted.

“We had our share of insecurity and we will not allow that history to repeat itself. The foundation of our progress is security, ” said Kagame in reference to the 1994 genocide and its aftermath when militants of the overthrown genocidal regime of Juvenal Habyarimana attempted a comeback through northern Rwanda from DRC.

Kagame emphasised that, “Without security, our progress will not be sustainable. Maintaining security is only made possible by each of your contribution.”

The remarks come at a time when Rwanda and regional countries are mobilising a special East African Standby Force to deal with regional security threats particularly FDLR whose leaders and ideology led to the 1994 genocide.

FDLR who are currently operating from Eastern Congo were given up to January 2014 to denounce their genocide ideology, disarm, demobilise and surrender or face the wrath of a joint military offensive.

Several FDLR sympathisers and collaborators including musician Kizito Mihigo have since been arrested and charged with cases related to subversion and terrorism.

President Kagame emphasized to the residents that like anyone else in the world, they too deserve a high living standard and that this is achieved when citizens work with their leaders:

“When you see me traveling around the world, it is not for leisure. It is to build partnerships that will allow us to solve our challenges. Every moment is spent trying to find solutions to the challenges we still face. Education, health, access to electricity and water; that is what we are fighting for every day,” said the president.

President Kagame pointed out that the role of leaders is to serve all Rwandans equally and that it is every Rwandan’s right to demand accountability from the leaders.

Among the key achievements of Jabana Sector is access to electricity which reached the area three years ago.

Header advertisement

Header advertisement
To Top