NEW YORK––Politics and governance are never a perfect undertaking, and no leader can ever be approved for every action in his or her political leadership. So, it is with Paul Kagame, the current President of Rwanda.
But as president, Kagame has prioritized national development, and has launched a programme to develop Rwanda as a middle income country by 2020 (Vision 2020). As of 2013, the country has improved and is developing strongly on key indicators, including health care and education; annual growth between 2004 and 2010 averaged 8% per year.
Kagame has had mostly good relations with the East African Community and the United States; his relations with France were poor until 2009.
Kagame is also very popular in Rwanda and with some foreign observers; although few human rights groups accuse him of political repression.
He won an election in 2003, under a new constitution adopted that year, and was elected for a second term in 2010. Kagame was elected again in 2017, and due to yet another change in the constitution, he could potentially be President until 2034. While the hanging on to power would be regarded as his shortfall, Kagame is regarded in most categories as one of best development–oriented presidents in the modern history of Africa.
In 2018, Kagame began a one-year term as Chairperson of the African Union. During this time, he earned a reputation as a reformist who promoted free trade.
Today, under President Kagame, Rwanda has become Africa’s pride and the continent’s success story in all fields including job creation, business-friendliness, workforce development, innovation, and improved living standards. More and more Rwandans prefer to live and work in Rwanda than travel abroad and those abroad are mostly happy and always willing to return home.
Kagame has made Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda, the cleanest city in Africa and one of the best in the world in terms of security, peace and tranquillity as well as environmental management. He has development nationwide in the country.
Paul Kagame was born 23 October 1957. He is currently the President of Rwanda, having taken office in 2000 when his predecessor, Pasteur Bizimungu, resigned. He was considered Rwanda’s de facto leader when he served as Vice President and Minister of Defence from 1994 to 2000. He was re-elected in August 2017 with an official result of nearly 99%.
He has been described as one of the “most impressive” African leaders.