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Rwanda: Kagame to Cabinet – We Must Do Things Differently

KIGALI – After officiating the swearing-in ceremony of the new Cabinet, President Kagame called on ministers to do things differently.

He reminded them that there is no room for complacency in Rwanda and that as leaders; a lot is expected of them.

Rwanda, Kagame said, faces unique challenges including being landlocked and this calls for extra efforts if the country is to successfully achieve its development ambitions.

“We face challenges that are different from our neighboring countries. To solve these issues, we need to do things differently. We can’t afford to live in a comfort zone,” the President said.

The swearing in ceremony took place yesterday in the Parliament Buildings.

The President cautioned the Ministers against any form of mediocrity, saying they must give their best.

“You must strive to always do more, work faster and better. As government, we owe this to our people,” Kagame said, noting that Rwanda’s uniqueness is its ability to deliver on promises with no shortcuts.

In demanding a different work ethic in his new mandate, President Kagame cited examples of what is unacceptable from leaders.

Mismanagement of funds and public resources and not holding accountable those involved saw the Ministry of Justice and Infrastructure come in the spotlight.

The Ministry of Education was also singled out for having three cabinet members but their communication and coordination was found to be lacking.

“We cannot afford to have people who are supposed to be working together, but do not communicate. This must change,” the President said.

“Communication, coordination and collaboration are key to building the Rwanda we want,” he added.

The President told the ministers that Rwandans want improvements across all sectors, be it health, education, infrastructure or justice.

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