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48 Paul Kagame Quotes That Will Come Handy When You Hit A Rough Patch

Famous As: President of Rwanda

Born On: October 23, 1957

Born In: Ruanda-Urundi

Paul Kagame is a celebrated Rwandan former military leader and politician. Since 2000, he is serving as the President of Rwanda. From 1994 to 2000, he served as the Minister of Defence and Vice President. During his tenure as the Vice President, he maintained law and order and exercised control over the national army. We bring to you a corpus of thought-provoking and inspiring quotes and sayings by Paul Kagame which have been curated from his interviews, public utterances, speeches, thoughts, tweet, etc. Following is a list of notable and quotable quotes and thoughts by Paul Kagame on fighting, responsibility, issues, weakness, compromise, independence, countrymen, empowering, development, population, pillars, feelings, opportunity, culture, unity and more.

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The situation in Congo shows nothing for which you could hold Rwanda responsible.

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Up to a certain extent the UN soldiers are useful. But they are consuming a lot of resources in relation to the little work they are doing.

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It is better for a country to have a strong leader, this applies to the United States as well as to Rwanda.

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Reconciliation takes time. Sometimes many decades, as the example of Europe shows. It is hard work.

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Moving container from Kigali to Mombasa used to take 22 days, now it takes 6 days.

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Rwanda is not over needing aid, but we can survive with less aid than before.

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There are some who are scared by unity and by building a country on the basis of ideas.

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I do not want to be cynical, but if developing nations are kept backward by being told, again and again, you belong to the poor and you are there, where you actually belong, then nothing will change.

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Such problems are not solved in one day but there is a great step toward peace and security in the region.

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Infrastructure is key, but also how it's used, and that's political.

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Human rights groups are locked in a fierce competition for big checks from wealthy donors and they need to generate big headlines.

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Rwanda is a democracy not a monarchy.

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It is the first time in the history of Rwanda that political change in the highest leadership of the country has taken place in peace and security.

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Rwanda has its own problems and never sought to blame others or cause others trouble. I advise Burundi to do the same.

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The West is anything but altruistic.

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Technology has brought many possibilities in education and health that are key to women.

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I grew up in a refugee camp in Uganda, and I lived there for 30 years. That shapes one's character.

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We've used aid to build capacities so we won't need aid in future.

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Rwanda is rebuilding itself once again as one nation and that is the reason why we are making progress. Now many Rwandans are making their ends meet and others are able to do better than they have before.

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Democracy holds little appeal for people who are struggling to survive.

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A strong leader is not necessarily a bad leader.

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The history and national interest of Rwanda and the Rwandan people dictate our national orientation.

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Politics is not only about personal choice. That one also needs to take into consideration what the people want because in the end, they are the ones who decide.

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Israel and Rwanda both play an active part in international organizations, including the U.N., but I think it's true that our unique experiences as nations have shaped a fierce independence that we will not relinquish.

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There are things I admire, for example, about South Korea or Singapore. I admire their history, their development and how intensively they have invested in their people and in technology.

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I often wonder why the West is much more interested in aid deliveries than in fair trade, for example. The fair exchange of goods would place far more money into the hands of the affected people than relief operations.

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Strong economic growth, and especially a significant increase in private sector investment, is the only sustainable path forward for Rwanda.

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National security is vital for economic and social progress.

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My own experience from a decade ago taught me I cannot trust the UN. But it is a world body and we have to live with it and tolerate it. But I can't hide my feelings about its inefficiency and its not being productive.

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In Africa today, we recognise that trade and investment, and not aid, are pillars of development.

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It is the population which decides when it's time for a leader to leave, not foreign powers.

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Aid leads to more aid and more aid and more aid and less independence of the people that are receiving aid.

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Let no one think that flexibility and a predisposition to compromise is a sign of weakness or a sell-out.

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I had to fight hard for everything. I wanted to get out. I want to take my destiny into my own hands and escape the vicious cycle of retaliatory violence. This struggle has shaped who I am to this day.

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Africa’s story has been written by others; we need to own our problems and solutions and write our story.

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We cannot turn the clock back nor can we undo the harm caused, but we have the power to determine the future and to ensure that what happened never happens again.

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I am not responsible for creating an opposition, neither am I responsible for appointing my own successor. My job is to allow for the opposition to exist within what the realms of the law. There is space in Rwanda for political parties - if fact we have about a dozen of them - as long as their objective is not to take us back twenty two years. On that point, we are and will always be very vigilant.

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Aid makes itself superfluous if it is working well. Good aid takes care to provide functioning structures and good training that enables the recipient country to later get by without foreign aid. Otherwise, it is bad aid.

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When people accuse us of taking coltan from Congo, I don't understand what they mean. The quality of our own coltan here from Rwanda is much better. But still people from the UN come here, we show them our coltan mines, we show them the documents, then they go and say: Rwanda smuggles coltan.

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There are African leaders who have the dangerous habit of leading their people into an abyss. In Rwanda we've had presidents who killed. The one million people who died here were, to a certain extent, victims of their leader, President Juvénal Habyarimana, who died in a plane crash before the genocide began. He contributed to all that. The man who took over from him was running around ordering people to kill. If this president came back and landed in my hands, I would have him arrested and tried. Unfortunately, he died a natural death.

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The efficiency of a President at the beginning of his term depends on their capacity to get everything under control. That was my case. But once the institutions have been put in place, and the responsibilities delegated, the leader becomes a reference, a referee, a symbol and unifying figure for the nation. The issue is how and when to recognize the moment when staying in power becomes counterproductive.

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My purpose is to develop a country, to empower its population. It's from that same population that will emerge the man or woman who will succeed me. And they will be chosen based on the consensus that they have the capacity to lead the country.

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The West has institutions that can punish the misconduct of individuals. What drove Rwanda and Africa into decline was the fact that certain people weren't held accountable. When we move to make corrupt mayors or officers answer to the courts, people always immediately say that we are repressive. But should we allow these people to continue to get away with it?

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In Rwanda, we have a society that has experienced a very serious rupture and you can't expect all of a sudden that things will be perfect. Even so: You cannot find any more areas where any segment of the population would be afraid to go, like we used to have before. But there is always a lot more to do.

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The new Rwanda is about building an economy that delivers prosperity and opportunity for our citizens based on a robust private sector. Foreign adventures would be costly and counterproductive distractions from these challenging objectives.

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I know that the fact that I am candidate to my own succession in 2017 can be perceived to be a bad thing by some part of the public opinion outside Rwanda and I don't mind because I know that I am doing it for a good cause. It really doesn't matter to me that my name is associated to those critics as long as I know that I am doing the will of the people.

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Human rights are not the preserve of Western activists: The definition must extend to encompass the right to the dignified life; the right to send your kids to school, for that child to get health care, for access for greater prosperity for generations to come and to have a say in the destiny of your community and country. Under that definition, Rwanda has nothing to learn from advocacy groups who think they own the copyright on what constitutes human rights under all conditions in every corner of the world.

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Reconciliation has taken place here in Rwanda and was successful because Rwandans reconciled themselves internally. If the tribunal had taken place in Rwanda, it might have helped. People could have watched justice being done.

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