The African personality l care to meet with is Paul Kagame , the President of the Republic of Rwanda. The Chairperson of the East African Community.
According to his website , he led and commandered from the beginning in 1990, the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), he led the struggle to liberate Rwanda. The RPF halted the Genocide against the Tutsi in 1994.
I am mesmerized by how he has morphed from commanding warfare into the African statement that he is. Looking ever so calmly and well etched in suits he seems to have gone against the tide taken by most African leaders who struggle to rationalize the military man against the statesman. My mind does prodd what drives him to become the unifier of the Rwandan people who suffered an incredible blight on their history-was it the pain he saw and felt or it’s a desire to never have such an event on earth again? If he can feel this way why is it difficult for fellow African leaders to follow suit ? Many an African population have placed their lives in the hands of former guerrilla fighters and have been aptly disappointed , but, not Rwanda. Warfare alwayd remains the default strategy of most African heads of government becoming despots to their dying days. Rwanda though is flourishing in the hands of President Paul. I always look forward to something he has to say because it is always refreshing and well constructed with no gaffes like we have become so used to on our Continent.
I would want to ask him whether world leaders know that there is a day of death? I believe he would be the man to give a fair honest answer.
My passion is for young women empowerment . l would therefore have an opportunity to applaud his reformist attitude in the Organisation of African Union and say how in awe l am of how he is turning technology to benefit his people especially the girl child. l sometimes think how it would feel like if the thousands of the tech savvy young people in Zimbabwe were so empowered and given support and leverage as the current crop of young people in Rwanda, what would become of Zimbabwe.If Zimbabwe can produce Strive Masiyiwa in this dark room how about when all the lights are turned-on such as in Rwanda.It is not that l regret being Zimbabwean but far from it l just wonder what it could be like to be energized, supported and believed as a young person and not used for political patronage. A lot of young people must feel this way across the continent.Sadly our years of being young and viral are leaving us and we are faced with the stark observation that not only are our dreams withering but that the dreams of our little children are evaporating right in front of our eyes as we etch out a survival not for relevancy but for stomachs just to be filled while we watch leaders in power across Africa gather riches they will not use in their lifetime. l am encouraged by how Rwanda escaped its past as they managed to emerge strong from its ashes ably led by President Paul Kagame.
I would want to ask him if our leaders ever chit-chat with each other outside of diplomatic niceties and if he ever gives advice or it is each to his own.It must be each to his own else how do we justify the plunder and political failure in most African countries. How can so many of our African leaders miss the mark selling our birth rights and resources to concession seekers and allowing once again the colonization of the African people to fortune seekers who care not for the future African generations ?
Rwadan people will leave an indelible mark not only on the continent going forward but the world over because of Paul Kagame.History mr President will be kind to you.
May your flame awaken on the African continent peace and reconciliation, women’s empowerment, promotion of investment and entrepreneurship, and access to information technology, all causes you champion as Co-Chair of the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development. In you , as Africa we are led.