Evolution of African liberation movements under spotlight in Rwanda

The country’s ruling party Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) is celebrating its 30th anniversary this week.

FILE: Rwanda's president Paul Kagame speaks during the opening of the 4th Summit on Peace and Security on 13 November 2017 in Dakar. Picture: AFP.

KIGALI - The evolution of African liberation movements has come into sharp focus at a party conference in Rwanda.

The country’s ruling party Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) is celebrating its 30th anniversary this week.

It liberated Rwandans and brought an end to the genocide in 1994.

During a high-level panel discussion, former US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Jendayi Frazer noted the challenges around state capture and corruption faced by the African National Congress in South Africa and the People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola.

But Louise Kanyonga, from the Rwanda Development Board, says the country has really been deliberate about being inclusive.

“One of the things that we really stand for is making sure that no one is left behind and that is why we have some of the best female representations in Parliament, [there are] many women leaders in Parliament and we have very strong policies to promote the youth.”

President Paul Kagame has been praised for Rwanda’s economic recovery since the genocide in 1994.

He is, however, facing mounting criticism by human rights groups for apparent widespread abuses and suppressing political opposition.

Meanwhile, former Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa said African countries needed to do more to keep young people on the continent.

The issue has been in the spotlight in recent weeks following reports of African migrants being sold as slaves in Libya.

He reiterated other world leaders’ sentiments in recent weeks that it was necessary to find African solutions to African problems.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)