THE President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, who arrived in the Namibian capital yesterday afternoon paid a courtesy visit to State House, where he held talks with President Hage Geingob.
Kagame who was accompanied by the first lady of Rwanda, Jeannette Kagame was received by several cabinet ministers, the Vice president, Nangolo Mbumba and the first lady of Namibia, Monica Geingos amongst many other high level delegates.
Speaking at the occasion, Geingob praised Kagame, whom he ssaid brought significant reforms to the African Union (AU) during his chairmanship of the union.
Geingob further stated that Namibia is a young country and can learn great lessons from Kagame’s governance, which brought peace to a country which was brought to its knees by genocide in the early 90s.
Currently, Namibia and Rwanda already have bilateral ties in security as the two countries’ police institutions signed a Memorandum of Understanding in November 2015.
Kagame however only spoke vaguely on how the two countries can further elevate bi-lateral relations, stating that areas of cooperation are quite broad, and while some can be fine-tuned, there are no restrictions. He further stated that Rwanda has a great deal to learn from Namibia and vice versa.
The Rwandan Head of State further said that the two countries would also concentrate on continental matters, stating that there have been a great deal of reforms throughout the continent, and Namibia has been very involved and supportive in these reforms.
Queried on the international media reports, which state that Kagame authoritarian tactics have culminated in the violation of human rights, as well as unaccounted for disappearances of opposition party leaders, the Rwandan president however denied all these reports stating that the internet is not the best place to acquire the truth.
Kagame further advised those condemning his rule to talk to Rwandan’s and see for themselves.
“We’ve come from a very low base. We’ve made good progress on poverty reduction, humans rights and provisions for freedom of speech. This are not just speculations. I can confidently say that people of Rwanda are working very hard to improve their lives, they are happy with their leaders and work. “Kagame said.
The Rwandan president will be accompanied by president Geingob to visit the Heroes Acre as well as the Namibian Diamond Trading Company, (NDTC), before departing back home tomorrow.