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Rwanda’s Kagame: Solutions for Africa’s problems cannot be imported

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Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda attends the session “The Transformation of Tomorrow” during the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland January 20, 2016. REUTERS

Rwandan President Paul Kagame has said that Africa’s peace building process cannot be achieved solely through external solutions but requires Africans to own the solutions, local online website, the New Times reports.

Speaking at the ongoing World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Kagame said that from experience imported and imposed solutions would not solve local problems.

“You cannot import solutions from outside and impose them on people and expect them to work. It cannot. I’m speaking from experience,” Kagame said.

Kagame gave an example on how Rwanda was able to attain peace building from the 1994 genocide, praising how the country made effort to understand its problems and owned solutions.

“There’s no miracle performed in Rwanda. We understood that owning our problems is very important to us as Rwandans…we owned our solutions and were open minded to other options but there’s absolutely need to own the process,” he said.

Kagame also revealed that in the process of healing, external powers tried to intervene, calling for the country to be divided into different states but they did not agree on the suggestion.

Several heads of states have converged in Davos for the 48th World Economic Forum under the theme, “Creating a shared future in a fractured world.”

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