By David Himbara
In December 2018, the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR) issued its August 2018 Labour Force Survey Report.
The most shocking factor in the is the median monthly earnings in Rwanda. For males, the median income in Rwanda is RWF30,000 or US$33.70 a month which is US$1.47 a day. For females, the average income is RWF18,200 or US$20.45 a month which is US$0.88 a day.
This means that most working Rwandans live on far less than the international poverty line of US$1.90 a day. In other words, most Rwandans are trapped in extreme poverty — particularly women. At US$0.88 a day, Rwandan women earn less than half of the international poverty line of US$1.90 a day.
Rwandan ruler General Paul Kagame is a total disgrace. This is a man claiming he is in the process of transforming into a middle income in one year’s time — 2020.
Kagame regularly flies to foreign capitals in his US$65 million Gulfstream jet to boast mainly about two things:
1) how he turned Rwanda into an economic lion;
2) how he empowered Rwandan women.
History will deservedly paint Kagame as nothing but a gangster who shamelessly masqueraded as a model African leader .