The RPF Chairman, President Paul Kagame on Friday urged leaders, to double efforts in their work towards transforming the country.
The call was contained in his remarks to close the 16th National Umushyikirano Council that took place at Kigali Convention Centre.
He urged leaders to fast-track government programmes intended to transform people’s lives, fight malnutrition among children and cater for their education, while ensuring security for every resident.
“We have seen that transformation is possible. We have to choose the pace at which we want it to happen and reflect this pace in everything that we do,” he said.
Thanking everyone who attended the meeting, which he describing as “productive, the President urged every delegate to go back home with dedication to do more.
“Let us leave here with renewed determination and dedication to fulfil our responsibility to move this country forward,” he said.
He added: “We should not be resigned to living in poverty, whether poverty of spirit or financial poverty.”
On malnutrition, the President said that a solution needs to be found fast, calling for every ministry and every institution in the country to play its role to end the problem.
“We have to find a solution in record time,” he said, adding that “anyone who stands in the way of addressing this issue should face consequences.”
Stunting among children below five years of age fell slightly from 38 per cent in 2015 to 35 per cent in 2018, according to a report released by the National Early Childhood Development Programme (NECDP) last month.
Government aims to reduce stunted growth among children under five years to 19 per cent by 2024.
Participants at the annual Umushyikirano, which is chaired by the Head of State, include Rwandans of all walks of life as well as other stakeholders in the country’s development such as Civil Society Organisations and members of the diplomatic community.