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Kagame Lectures West On Democracy; Praises Ethiopia’s late PM

Posted by Ethio Tribune on April 25, 2013

Kagame lectures west on democracy and governance(full speech)

Kagame lectures west on democracy and governancePresident Paul Kagame has criticized western countries for pushing developing nations to hold elections and uphold democratic principles instead of focusing on programmes that improve the welfare of the citizens.

“Genuine democracy can never be equated to election cycles,” Kagame said while presenting a paper at the Tana Security Forum 2013 in Ethiopia over the weekend. It was organized to pay tribute to the late Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.

Addressing the gathering of prominent African delegates, President Kagame said that emphasizing “election cycles” is often done at the expense of sustainable socio-economic development.

He said that the west often tries to discredit Africa’s “development and governance options do not provide any suitable or better alternatives.”

He added: “Sustainable socio-economic development gives rise to greater democracy and political rights can best be exercised and enjoyed in a climate of growing prosperity and improved quality of life.” He said.

Kagame also said that the ordinary citizens should be engaged in “making and implementing choices that affect their lives”.

President Kagame described Late Meles Zenawi a colleague, a panafrican, a friend and a source of inspiration for many”.

President Kagame later joined a panel of eminent persons to discuss Late Zenawi’s legacy and vision on governance, economic development and self reliance

2 Responses to “Kagame Lectures West On Democracy; Praises Ethiopia’s late PM”

  1. Anonymous said

    “Genuine democracy can never be equated to election cycles. This is yet another concept that supports and accentuates the importance of ““Sustainable socio-economic development gives rise to greater democracy and political rights can best be exercised and enjoyed in a climate of growing prosperity and improved quality of life

  2. Anonymous said

    “Sustainable socio-economic development gives rise to greater democracy and political rights can best be exercised and enjoyed in a climate of growing prosperity and improved quality of life.” Very reasonable and well articulated.

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