Friday, April 26, 2013

Kagame lectures west on democracy and governance

(Apr 26, 2013, News of Rwanda))--President Paul Kagame has criticized western countries for pushing developing nations to hold elections and uphold democratic principles instead of focusing on programmes that improve the welfare of the citizens.

“Genuine democracy can never be equated to election cycles,” Kagame said while presenting a paper at the Tana Security Forum 2013 in Ethiopia over the weekend. It was organized to pay tribute to the late Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.

Addressing the gathering of prominent African delegates, President Kagame said that emphasizing “election cycles” is often done at the expense of sustainable socio-economic development. He said that the west often tries to discredit Africa’s “development and governance options do not provide any suitable or better alternatives.”   Read more from News Rwanda »

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