Kagame’s Kingly Lifestyle In Sharp Contrast To His Poverty-Stricken Rwanda

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By David Himbara

President Paul Kagame has been of late living like a happy king. The Kagames happily showcased the posh city of Kigali, and Rwanda’s “economic miracle” by hosting the World Economic Forum in May 2016. And then the Kagames were off to Europe to watch the UEFA Championship League finals in Milan, Italy. From there they jetted to the United States to celebrate the youngest son’s graduation from high school. That is truly a lifestyle fitting a king, queen, princess and princes.

The Kagames celebrating the youngest son’s graduation in the United States, May 2016
The Kagames celebrating the youngest son’s graduation in the United States, May 2016

But Kagame’s Rwanda is far from a happy kingdom — the latest GDP rankings are out and confirm what we already know. While King Paul is on top of the world, his country is among the top for the wrong reasons; in poverty. Here is the list, beginning with the poorest all the way to the richest in the world.

Kagame’s Rwanda is the 17th most poorest in the world. Here is the 2015 GDP per capita rankings (by Purchasing power parity, (PPP)), beginning with the poorest of the poor, the Central African Republic.

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  1. Central African Republic
  2. DR, Congo
  3. Malawi
  4. Liberia
  5. Burundi
  6. Niger
  7. Mozambique
  8. Eritrea
  9. Guinea
  10. Madagascar
  11. Guinea-Bissau
  12. Togo
  13. Mali
  14. Kiribati
  15. Ethiopia
  16. Comoros
  17. Rwanda
  18. Burkina Faso
  19. Uganda
  20. Haiti
  21. Gambia
  22. Solomon Islands
  23. Benin
  24. Aghanistan
  25. Tanzania
  26. Zimbabwe
  27. Sierra Leone
  28. South Sudan
  29. Senegal
  30. Nepal
  31. Vanuatu
  32. Chad
  33. Tajikistan
  34. Papua New Guinea
  35. Côte D’Ivoire
  36. Lesotho
  37. Cameroon
  38. Djibouti
  39. Micronesia, Federated States O
  40. Marshall Islands
  41. Kenya
  42. Sao Tome And Principe
  43. Cambodia
  44. Kyrgyz Republic
  45. Mauritania
  46. Bangladesh
  47. Yemen
  48. Ghana
  49. Zambia
  50. Sudan
  51. Honduras
  52. Pakistan
  53. Nicaragua
  54. Moldova
  55. Myanmar
  56. Tonga
  57. Samoa
  58. Lao People’S Democratic Republic
  59. Uzbekistan
  60. Viet Nam
  61. India
  62. Nigeria
  63. Bolivia
  64. Cape Verde
  65. Congo, Rep.
  66. Guyana
  67. Timor Leste
  68. Philippines
  69. Guatemala
  70. Armenia
  71. Swaziland
  72. Morocco
  73. Georgia
  74. Bhutan
  75. El Salvador
  76. Belize
  77. Ukraine
  78. Fiji
  79. Angola
  80. Paraguay
  81. Jamaica
  82. Bosnia And Herzegovina
  83. Indonesia
  84. Dominica
  85. Mongolia
  86. Sri Lanka
  87. Namibia
  88. Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
  89. Saint Lucia
  90. Egypt, Arab Republic
  91. Albania
  92. Ecuador
  93. Tunisia
  94. Grenada
  95. Jordan
  96. Peru
  97. Serbia
  98. Maldives
  99. South Africa
  100. Dominica
  101. Macedonian Republic
  102. China
  103. Colombia
  104. Algeria
  105. Thailand
  106. Brazil
  107. Costa Rica
  108. Turkmenistan
  109. Palau
  110. Montenegro
  111. Barbados
  112. Botswana
  113. Iran, Islamic Republic Of
  114. Suriname
  115. Venezuela
  116. Bolivarian Republic Of
  117. Bulgaria
  118. Lebanon
  119. Mexico
  120. Mauritius
  121. Belarus
  122. Azerbaijan
  123. Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
  124. Turkey
  125. Romania
  126. Croatia
  127. Saint Kitts And Nevis
  128. Uruguay
  129. Panama
  130. Argentina
  131. Gabon
  132. Antigua And Barbuda
  133. Chile
  134. Latvia
  135. Russian Federation
  136. Kazakhstan
  137. Hungary
  138. Seychelles
  139. Poland
  140. Bahamas
  141. Malaysia
  142. Greece
  143. Portugal
  144. Estonia
  145. Lithuania
  146. Cyprus
  147. Slovak Republic
  148. Czech Republic
  149. Equatorial Guinea
  150. Slovenia
  151. Trinidad And Tobago
  152. Malta
  153. Israel
  154. Spain
  155. Italy
  156. New Zealand
  157. Korea, Republic Of
  158. Japan
  159. United Kingdom
  160. Finland
  161. France
  162. Belgium
  163. Iceland
  164. Oman
  165. Denmark
  166. Canada
  167. Taiwan
  168. Germany
  169. Sweden
  170. Austria
  171. Australia
  172. Ireland
  173. Netherlands
  174. Bahrain
  175. Saudi Arabia
  176. Switzerland
  177. United States
  178. Hong Kong
  179. United Arab Emirates
  180. Norway
  181. Kuwait
  182. Brunei Darussalam
  183. Singapore
  184. Luxembourg
  185. Qatar
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