The Republic of Rwanda, shows us that internal safety, is a huge factor in ensuring
steady gains and returns in Economic growth and Development.
When assessing Developing Nations, we neglect the true value and importance of the
Safety of citizens, until and unless it is jeopardized.
As if, in some way, it is possible to consider that Rome would have ever been built,
without the elevation of internal security, love and culture, as the fabric which inspired the laying and layers of every brick.
The Rwanda I Know, is home to one of the safest cities for African Women.
For reasons beyond my comprehension though, we consider safety with the same part of our brain that we do extramural activities.
57 years ago, in 1962, Rwanda gained its Independence from Belgium and 32 years
later in 1994, Rwanda fought herself, killing almost a million in a matter of days, in a
struggle for identity, personhood and power.
Within these 25 years since 1994, Rwanda has made herself one of the fastest growing Economies in the World, the most favorable country for Women in Politics and the 3rd least corrupt country in Africa.
For these three accomplishments to exist at one time, in a country surrounded by other countries; plagued by terrorist attacks and civil war, is a feat to be admired.
Though Rwanda still holds a high Poverty rate, President Kagame is an African Leader
who, unlike many of his peers in African politics, has thus far had positive results in his efforts towards Poverty eradication.
What matters more than the number of years a Leader is at the helm, I believe, is the
Impact his leadership has on the people he leads.
In Western Media, Kagame is referred to with the same lexicons previously utilised to
describe Zimbabwe’s Mugabe, when in reality, the results of his administration, have in comparison been at times a true opposite.
The creation of Safety and upholding Safety as a norm, in a Continent of Healing
People, will unfortunately not always be a process that looks pretty or makes space for every revolution, all the time.
The Kagame administration has a strict hand, even funding Traditional court systems in Rural communities.
The administration has also been known to arrest people for inciting insurrection
(revolt), something which can easily be translated to the silencing of those with
opposing views to the Government.
In the case of Rwanda, and many other African countries, the workforce is made up of individuals in the process of unbecoming identities acquired by victimization.
This process of unbecoming, of healing, of redefining the individual and the community outside of the displacement and dispossession which resulted from Colonialism, and the Civil wars which followed Independence, is a Money Maker.
A healing work force is a focused work force.
A safe population is a population capable of building Rome.