Umwiherero 2018: RPF Chairman demands more from leaders

The Chairman of RPF Inkotanyi, President Paul Kagame, has called for better coordination between leaders and institutions to ensure they deliver the country’s vision, saying that though much has been done, there is still a long way to go.

Speaking at the opening of the four-day National Leadership Retreat – commonly known as Umwiherero - that is taking place for the 15th time, the Chairman stressed that the retreat promotes the culture of self-assessment to ensure the country remains on track to achieve its development aspirations.

Taking place at the Rwanda Defence Force Combat Training Centre in Gabiro, Umwiherero 2018 runs from 26 February to 1 March 2018, is attended by First Lady Jeannette Kagame and brings together about 300 senior leaders from Central and Local Government, parastatals and the private sector.

“This time of reflection and discussion helps us change what needs to be changed. We are always looking for strategies to improve the way we work, and build on what we have achieved thus far,” President Kagame said.

The Chairman noted that the retreat should be an opportunity for leaders to ask themselves why the same issues keep coming up even when they have been discussed several times before.

“Rwanda’s ranking in different indices shows work is being done. But we can do even better if we coordinate and use our resources efficiently. Let us do our best where it is possible within our means,” President Kagame said.

At this year’s retreat, the main themes include: urbanisation and competitiveness, improved quality of education and health services, the fight against corruption and foreign policy.

Umwiherero is an annual gathering where Rwandan leaders reflect on the country’s progress and strategise on accelerating delivery of national priorities.

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