This week, I have been attending the 2012 African Economic Conference in Kigali, where I just witnessed Rwandan President Kagame express his frustration with the international donor community. Using strong words during his keynote address at the conference, Kagame spent most of his speech in criticizing donors. He is extremely angry over the decisions by various donor countries to suspend aid to Rwanda for alleged claims that Rwanda has supported rebels in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
According to the visibly irritated Kagame, the problems in the DRC are older than he is and the government of the DRC and the international community have failed to deal with the problem effectively. “It seems that the international community is too big to fail so it has to look for someone else to take responsibility—so blame it on Rwanda,” the president said, insinuating that donor countries were trying to influence decision-making in Rwanda to advance their own interests. President Kagame believes that donor countries want to deliberately derail the very good economic performance in the Rwanda. He is suggesting that Africans cannot be truly independent to make their own development choices in the face of interference from outside.