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Kagame: People must understand consequences of corruption

The Rwandan president was speaking at the World Economic Forum on Africa meeting last night.

Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame. Picture: AFP.

KIGALI - Rwandan President Paul Kagame says people need to understand the consequences of corruption, so that they don't steal money from government.

He's also appeared to justify his bid for a third term in office.

He was speaking to British Prime Minister Tony Blair and philanthropist Howard Buffet at the World Economic Forum on Africa meeting in Kigali last night.

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Kagame says fighting corruption is about creating awareness.

"Everybody has to understand the consequences of diverting resources that were meant to deliver health, education, agriculture or infrastructural services. In our situation the consequences are huge."

Meanwhile, Buffet says he's backing Kagame to stay in office.

"When I look at the results, I see no other answer other than this is what Rwandans want. They have proven it, they've done it themselves, they've made the statement and there's a reason they've done it."

Kagame says he has no choice, but he'll have to make himself available to stay on.