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Kagame: China's donation to AU HQ symptom of Africa’s bigger problems

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    Koba JF-Expert Member

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    Kagame: China's donation to AU HQ symptom of Africa's bigger problems.
    Rwanda president Paul Kagame has said China's donation to Africa – the new headquarters worth $200 million unveiled last week is a reflection of Africa's bigger problems.
    He was speaking at his monthly press conference in Kigali on Thursday.
    Kagame said while the Chinese donation is a welcome gift, African countries should focus on working towards economic independency that allows them to be in charge of their own affairs.
    "China donated this to the continent for the use of the Continent – but it is very pathetic …the continent of Africa is very rich in terms of all kinds of resources and Africa being where it is today is a problem. May be you can see it in terms of this donation but the problem is much bigger than that..," President Kagame said.
    Unveiled in the Ethiopian capital – Addis Abba last week, the brown marble and glass monolith building was fully paid for by China government including office furniture.
    Critics argue that the donation reflects not only reflects Africa's inability to handle its development agenda but also say China could use it to gain greater access to Africa's resources.
    "That ( the building) is only a symptom of a much bigger problem – the problem being that Africa in my view should not be where it is today.
    We need to find a way out of this – Africa we need to work hard, be smart in many ways and do things in such way that will get us out of this situation," Mr Kagame said.
    Mr Kagame further argued that for the continent to be in-charge of its affairs, it must achieve the necessary social and economic transformation from its current state.
    He specifically referred to NATO involvement in the Libyan conflict as failure of the country's leadership to address its internal issues and respond to the needs of its people.
    " If we do not deal with the other issues of capacity, how we can grow our economies, work together how can we strengthen ourselves so that we can are ones to deal with our problems and speak with one voice in defence of our rights as a nation as a continent , you will continue to have these problems. We should also be able to build our resistance in relation to how well we get things done in our countries – we need to do more of the right thing … and this gives us the strength to fight any external meddling."

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    Bulesi JF-Expert Member

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    This is the type of thinking and leadership that is urgently needed in Africa now!! Sio viongozi wanaotembeza bakuli dunia nzima huku nyumbani kwao kunaungua moto!!
  3. Saint Ivuga

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    he4s not muzungu worshipeer like our muheshimiwa?
  4. Kigogo

    Kigogo JF-Expert Member

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    Kagame anatamani Tanzania ingekuwa Rwanda kwa jinsi ilivo na resources nyingi.....huyu wetu hata kufikiri tu ni kazi...yaani jana eti rais anaacha ofisi na kazi ikulu anakuja Kempinski kufungua kibenki cha ki south africa sijui kinaitwa FNB...hivi ???? aaaghh
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    mwabaluhi JF-Expert Member

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    Kagame has tactically avoided calling a spade the spade, that, We are fighting in vain to get rid of the North imperialism while another subtle but more aggressive form of imperialism, Chinese imperialism, is crawling back into the continent through the back door
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    Nzi JF-Expert Member

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    Exactly. And the west,especially U.S. don't like how Chinese influence is growing bigger in Africa.

    I'm crossing figures,waiting anxiously on U.S. and allies' response to that.
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    He is so right..........what are we thinking..............kwamba huo ni msaada tu?
  8. Somoche

    Somoche JF-Expert Member

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    Tatizo letu sisi ni laana sio bure sisi tulishalaniwa MIAFRIKA....Ghadaff aliuwawa kwasababu alitaka tujitegemee tuache kuomba omba...badala ya kupewa condition alitaka tunegotiate...he ended up dyin kama kibaka walimsaliti hawa hawa akina Kagame...
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    FJM JF-Expert Member

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    Thank you Kagame kwa kuona hilo. Viongozi wa Afrika mnatia aibu. Mmeomba kwa wazungu mpaka wamefilisika, sasa mnahamishia bakuli China! Ni lini mtakaa chini na kufanya kazi? Ni lini mtasimamia rasilimali zenu badala ya kurusu ndege kutua na kuchukua hadi mchanga! Bara hili lina mafuta, madini ya kila aina, lakini mmeshindwa kweli kujenga office peke yenu? Aibu aibu aibu kwa kila mmoja wenu aliyekubali hii fedheha toka China.
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    bibi.com JF-Expert Member

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    hapo ndio utaona utofauti wa bantus na non bantus leaders!! i am sorry kama nitakuwa nimekwaza watu.
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    moyo JF-Expert Member

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    Straight talking Kagame!!..That was not a donation..we will pay it in other ways..
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    We are not doing any kind of research that is the reason our leaders are always getting away with their lies. The same guy, Kagame, defended Chinese decision to build a multi- million dollar for his country foreign ministry, free of charge, two years ago. Now he is trying to potray as if he is concerned with AU building, this is the zenith of hypocrisy.This is how the conversation between him and Fareed Zakaria of CNN went:

    ZAKARIA: And we're back with a conversation with the president of Rwanda.You are somebody who the Americans now love. And you have great relations with CEOs. The American government wants to give you a lot of aid. But then I read that you have a new building complex for your foreign ministry, which was entirely built and paid for by the government of China as a gift.
    Is China's influence growing rapidly in Africa? And should we worry about this in the United States or in the West?

    KAGAME: No. I think China's influence is growing globally. That's why America itself is hand-in-glove with China and rushing there for business. That's why the whole of Europe is rushing there for business. The whole world is embracing China for business. So, why...

    ZAKARIA: But are there strings attached? When the Chinese build you a foreign ministry...
    KAGAME: Why should there be strings attached?
    ZAKARIA: ... that's very symbolic. It seems to suggest that they want to have some control over your foreign policy.
    KAGAME: No. That will be another problem. If they have control of our foreign policy, it will not be their problem. It will be our problem. And it will be our failure.

    So, when China offers something like that, we will take it. It has nothing to do with controlling us.

    Source: CNN.com - Transcripts
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    Mzee2000 JF-Expert Member

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    point nzuri wote hawa ni Sawa.
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    All those conflicts, armed conflicts, in Africa is the response of US-West to Chinese influence threat.
    That was the meaning of having AFRICOM; to keep China at bay. The African 'Star Wars' - Opinion - Al Jazeera English

    France wanted Union for the Mediterranean - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia to divide Africa. Gaddafi rejected the idea and he was eliminated. Gaddafi's call for a stronger African Union and the aim of introducing The African monitery fund and its banks precipitated his removal.
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    Lucas JF-Expert Member

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    I think anafaa for Presidency of East africe Federation
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    Nzi JF-Expert Member

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    Yes. However, Rufiji's post might change your view.
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    Shame on African leaderz.
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    The Mockingjay JF-Expert Member

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    I wish we had a president like Kagame. Well, maybe Zanzibar wakijitoa kuwa nchi, na Lake zone nayo iombe kujitoa alafu iwe chini ya Kagame. Kusini mashariki (Lindi, Mtwara) ijitoe nayo iwe chini ya Mozambique maana nayo ianpaa kwa kasi. Kaskazini iende Kenya. JK atabakia na Pwani na Dar......(Ooh, just wishful thinking)
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    mzee wa Rufiji hiyo interview ya CNN mbona inampa shavu tofauti na unavyotaka tuamini.
    Tukubali the guy is smart than our beloved good looking Mkulu