Faure attends Kagame's swearing in ceremony

06/09/2010
 Faure attends Kagame's swearing in ceremony

President Faure Gnassingbé on Monday joined other African leaders who attended the swearing-in ceremony for Rwandan President Paul Kagame.
The ceremony attended by 14 African Heads of State and Government from Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Chad, Togo, Burundi, Zambia, Benin, Liberia, Gabon, Central African Republic, Malawi, Ethiopia and Burkina Faso was held at the symbolic Amohoro National Stadium and witnessed by an estimated crowd of 30,000 people.
President Gnassingbé who has been on a two day official visit to Rwanda also attended an African Heads of State and Government consultative forum on the Millennium Development Goals on Sunday.
President Kagame thanked the Heads of State and Government who graced the occasion and termed it as a true mark of African solidarity and enhanced spirit of good neighbouriness in the continent.
President Kagame said Africa must ignore external forces that portray arrogance and a patronizing attitude which he said cause vicious poverty and underdevelopment in the continent.
The Rwandan President said poverty and underdevelopment denies people dignity adding that Africa needed more tools to implement ideas relevant to its situation and the practice of politics that promote tolerance, inclusion and protection of Human Rights.
He said Africa does not need patronage on the direction its nations should take but instead requires establishment of machanisms that build successful societies such as protection of national interests, national cohesion and unity.
He further thanked the people of Rwanda for demonstrating unwavering trust in him and the country's institutions of governance and pledged to serve the nation with diligence so as to tackle various challenges that confront the populace.
He urged the people of Rwanda to join him in building a country that avails equal opportunities to all.
Kagame won a second term of seven years in office with a convincing majority of 93 per cent of the total votes cast.
During the colourful event President Kagame was presented with both national and traditional symbols of leadership as the ecstatic crowd cheered on.

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