Kagame Urges African Unity, Integration

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Paul Kagame must practice what he preach and stay out of Congo

AFRICANGLOBE – President Paul Kagame of Rwanda has called on the African leaders and citizens to work towards continental unity and integration.

The President was this evening officiating at the opening of an East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) session at the Parliamentary Building in Kigali.

“Continental unity and integration are our best insurance against denial of our ability to play our rightful role in the world,” the Head of State told the lawmakers, drawn from the EAC partner states of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

He called on East Africa, in particular, and the whole African continent, in general, to be prepared to compete on the world stage. “We must increase the level of intra-African trade and investment and extend integration across the continent.”

Kagame also outlined several opportunities that the continent offers, including enormous reserves of natural resources, youthful populations and the fact that Africa is the only continent that reached an average annual growth rate of 5 per cent over the last five years.

But the President called on the region’s legislators to push for policies that serve the people best. “It is crucial that decision-making and oversight mechanisms become more responsive to aspirations of East African citizens”.

Kagame urged EALA members to “move fast on the creation of a single customs territory to facilitate trade across the region” as agreed in the various protocols guiding the bloc’s integration process.

In a veiled reference to hostile western policies towards Africa, Kagame said the continent needed to stand up for her own rights.

“Africa is the only place where lies are told about you and right to reply is denied by those who teach freedom of expression. Today, Africa remains the only place where people are warned about the consequences of their democratic choices,” he said.

The President also talked of the need for the continent to reduce dependence on external financing “whose continuity cannot be guaranteed”.

 

By: Eric Bright

  • http://www.facebook.com/lerama.lanotshi Lerama Lanotshi

    Oh Kagame let that silly dream go. Africa we’ll never unite.

  • http://www.facebook.com/happy.mbele.754 Happy Mbele

    United States of Africa

  • http://www.facebook.com/franklin.nzeugang TéTé Tchana

    @ Raheem Hester African integration ( Black African) is the solution, but the bloody Kagame is not the right person to speak about that !

  • http://www.facebook.com/5outh5udan Akoon Tong

    He is still a tool/puppet for somebody, he needs to go down.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alfred.toussaint1 Alfred Toussaint

    Continental unity is the answer, however, Kagame dealings with the west will not realize a continental unity that is based on a framework that serves the interest of All Africans. Kagame as a tool of English interests will undoubtedly seek to unify around his personal interest and European interests thus furthering the exploitation of African people.

  • http://www.facebook.com/raheemhester32 Raheem Hester

    I agree. Intergration is not the solution. Its obvious he’s being persuaded.

  • http://www.facebook.com/msegbegnon Segbegnon Mathieu

    Kagame is speaking fraudulently. He has no panafricanist gut.