Rwanda President Paul Kagame has said he is emulating Tanzania bulldozer John Pombe Magufuli in the art of cost-cutting.
“I am learning from President John Pombe Magufuli (Tanzania) but I have the courage to tighten up things,” Kagame said Saturday while addressing the 13th National Leadership Retreat.
Flanked by First Lady Jeannette Kagame, the Rwandan leader cautioned against unjustifiable travel and unnecessary spending by government officials.
Down in Tanzania, Magufuli banned officials from travelling abroad without permission as a way cutting unnecessary spending.
“Comparing us to worse performing countries is none of my business. My business is children and women of Rwanda living in peace,” Kagame told ministers.
“Let’s talk less and do more.”
Kagame said Rwandans cannot play with the brand they have built becuase this brand needs to keep driving the country to greater heights.
“We should stand firm; falling short on our duties will undermine our capacity to address challenges.”
He said there have been multiple attempts at finding cracks within them but the tragedy of Rwanda’s history has united the people beyond anything.
“You need to rely on yourself, and the first step is to believe that you are capable of achieving.”
Turning to critics, Kagame said being disliked for making progress is a good problem to have.
“The whole idea is to put brakes on the pace at which Rwanda is moving to address challenges.”
On leaders apologising for failures, Kagame said apology lies in whether there is visible improvement.
“Mediocrity is a result of tolerating failures despite success being in your means. We should not accept to tolerate failures when we have the ability to change it.”
“What we want is efficiency. How do we use what is within our means and build on it to reach our goals.”