By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The President of Rwanda Paul Kagame should be visiting Belize in September at Prime Minister John Briceño’s invitation.
President’s Kagame’s visit is planned for September 14-15.
Prime Minister Briceño said he met President Kagame at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in June.
“During our discussion I invited him to visit Belize,” said Prime Minister Briceño.
“I felt that if he visits us, he can share what they have done to bring hope to their people.
“I am hoping he can speak with our students and maybe our underprivileged youths,” said the Prime Minister.
During his visit, President Kagame will address both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Prime Minister Briceño said he told President Kagame that he has seen “the postures of the horror of the massacre but I also see hope” in reference to the Rwanda genocide of 1994 during the Rwandan Civil War. A planned campaign of mass murder was carried out by the majority Hutu population who killed more than 800,000 civilians, primarily minority Tutsi, along with moderate Hutu. Approximately 2,000,000 Rwandans fled the country at the time.
Since then, Rwanda has made strides such that now it’s considered Rwanda a good and safe place to live.
Kagame isn’t exempt from criticism as his “is also considered by many as authoritarian and some human rights groups accuse him of political repression”.
However, during Kagame’s rule, the country has seen an economic boom and the World Bank said, “Rwanda has made important economic and structural reforms and sustained its economic growth rates over the last decade until COVID-19 and its impact threatened to reverse the trend”.
“Rwanda’s strong economic growth was accompanied by substantial improvements in living standards, with a two-thirds drop in child mortality and near-universal primary school enrollment. A strong focus on homegrown policies and initiatives has contributed to significant improvement in access to services and human development indicators,” the World Bank added.