RB witnesses Kagame inauguration
|President Banda (centre)
with Liberian President Sirleaf Johnson (left) and Nigerian leader Goodluck
Jonathan during the inauguration ceremony for Rwandan Predident Paul Kagamae at
Amahoro Stadium in Kigali on Sept. 6, 2010.— Times
President Rupiah Banda returned home
from Kigali last evening after attending an inauguration ceremony for Rwandan
President Paul Kagame who was sworn in for a second seven-year term of
Mr Banda was among 16 heads of State and government who witnessed
the colourful ceremony at Amahoro National Stadium in the capital city,
The leaders who attended the ceremony included Nigerian President
Goodluck Jonathan, Democratic Republic of Congo’s Joseph Kabila, and Malawian
President Bingu wa Mutharika.
The ceremony was attended by thousands of
Rwandese who filled the 30, 000 capacity stadium.
President Kagame, in
his inaugural speech, said Africa had faced many problems over the years as a
result of external forces that did not have the interest of the African people
He said some non-governmental organisations had a tendency of
dictating to African countries what they should do.
Kagame said such actions should not be condoned by African countries, as they
He said the external forces had also continued to
accuse African governments of being corrupt.
President Kagame said such
actions by external forces perpetuated arrogance, which brought about poverty
He thanked the people of Rwanda for showing
confidence in his leadership and pledged to continue working towards enhancing
economic development and prosperity in his country.
followed President Kagame’s successful re-election in last month’s presidential
elections in which he polled 93.08 per cent of the votes.
was welcomed at Lusaka International Airport by Vice-President George Kunda and
other Government officials.