KIGALI, Rwanda, July 17, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Governance Index has indicated that Rwanda is governed better than nearly all 'Western Democracies.'
The index, which ranks Rwanda 7th, above Switzerland and Luxembourg, has triggered a global debate on Rwanda, with everyone asking what who in particular is responsible?
"Rwanda's strong showing in seventh position was secured thanks in large part to the low level of waste in government spending," said the Davos group's data.
Coincidentally, the index came out a day before the much-awaited parliamentary debate on amending the constitution to open doors for a possible third-term for President Paul Kagame.
One lawmaker attracted deafening applause, affirming that without Kagame, Rwanda wouldn't be on the Top-Ten list.
The 21st anniversary of the Liberation of Rwanda and the end of the genocide against Tutsis had also taken place a week earlier.
In January 1979 a 21-year old Kagame joined the Ugandan army.
Kagame then passed a tough selection test for Tanzania's elite military academy, Monduli, where some of Africa's finest soldiers trained.
The Ugandan government struck him off the list because he was "Rwandese."
In 1981, he joined hands with 27 others to launch a guerilla war which ended dictatorship in Uganda. A year later, thousands of Rwandan refugees were expelled from Uganda – strengthening Kagame's resolve.
The Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) was born later in 1987 and Rwanda was liberated in 1994.
In 2000, Kagame established a plan with priorities called "Vision 2020."
By 2003 stability had been restored, wrote Stephen Kinzer in his award-winning Kagame Biography.
Scholars say Rwanda is the "Prussia of Africa." Everything must work well and on time. Streets must be clean and regulations followed. There is minimal corruption.
Millions attend school paid for by government. Unemployment is at 3.7%. Medical bills are covered.
Between 2007 and 2016, the World Bank says Rwanda will have pulled more than 2.2million out of extreme poverty.
The economy has grown from US$ 1.7-billion in 2000 to US$9-billion in 2015. The country expects $1.2bn in FDI this year, jumping four-folds from 2yrs ago.
Authors Patricia Crisafulli and Andrea Redmond call Kagame "CEO."
For Rwanda, the WEF report is a vindication of its own Rwanda Governance Scorecard.
Full story available here: http://ktpress.rw/kagame-liberation-credentials-older-than-rpf-2-2584 /
Fred Mwasa & Magnus Mazimpaka
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