Kagame, Explain Vision 2020 Fiasco Before Sneaking In Vision 2035

By David Himbara

Kagame is sneaking Vision 2035 before accounting for the failure of Vision 2020.
Rwandan head of state Paul Kagame has been implementing Vision 2020 since 2000. A comprehensive development agenda targeting key sectors, Vision 2020 aimed at making Rwanda a middle-income country. Kagame explained Vision 2020 as follows:

”We aim, through this Vision, to transform our country into a middle-income nation in which Rwandans are healthier, educated and generally more prosperous. The Rwanda we seek is one that is united and competitive both regionally and globally.”

Now Kagame is sneaking in Vision 2035

The ruling party, The New Times, just dropped a bombshell. Kagame has embarked on Vision 2035. That is Kagame’s new date for when Rwanda is to become a middle-income nation:

”The Government of Rwanda has set an ambitious target to transform Rwanda into a middle-income country by 2035.”

This is how Kagame operates. Instead of admitting that Vision 2020 was a failure; instead of explaining to the people of Rwanda what happened in the last 20 years, Kagame is sneaking something else — Vision 2035.

Kagame, real leaders don’t lie especially to themselves


Kagame, real leaders are honest, open, and above of all, truth tellers. Real leaders inspire those they lead by courageously and authentically accessing failures and achievements. That is how effective leaders draw lessons for new actions and future agenda. For bad leaders, its business as usual — lying and cheating. Kagame, before sneaking in a new development agenda, you ought to explain why Vision 2020 failed. Currently, ”middle-income” describes a country with per capita income of US$$1,025 or higher. Rwanda is not even close — it stands at US$702 making the country one of the poorest in the world. Sneaking in Vision 2035 before accounting for the failure of Vision 2020 is at worst cowardly.


  1. The country’s future welfare,in the case of rwanda today,is almost the opposite of what it projects to be.Economic indicators don’t lie,and overall welfare of Rwandans is no much better than it was 15 years ago, in terms of rural infrastructures, roads, bridges, technical education, employment and human rights protection mechanisms. There’s much more to developing human potential, in third world economies ,than can be seen say in terms of urban developments that magnify Kigali today,the recent aviation developments in region, or it’s increased military and defense capabilities when,people’s savings and consumption patterns are very low and income inequality is still one the highest, in the region. Kigali has done good in what pleases the eye ,clean city,safe ,and more inviting especially to outsiders ,tourists,prospecting investors but can do better by making own citizens be the tellers of the success stories of prosperity in their lives as the business environment improves,less taxes assessed especially to micro ,and small businesses and the criminal justice system seen to be fair and just.