Kagame Shot Himself In The Foot. He Unleashed Poverty On His Ministers, Senators, And Military Generals

By David Himbara

General Paul Kagame executed two policy actions in 2016–2017, whose negative impact is being felt by the people he needs most.

These are his cabinet ministers, senators, military generals, and other prominent figures in government. The two policy directives were as follows:

  • Public servants would no longer rent their properties to businesses, non-governmental organizations and foreign embassies.
  • All businesses, non-governmental organizations and foreign missions would no longer operate in rented residential areas — they must operate from areas specifically designated for commercial and office purposes.
    With these two actions, Kagame threw his ministers, senators, and generals under the bus


These two actions proved to be utterly disastrous for Kagame’s ministers, senators, and generals. Most of them had over the years built mansions to supplement their incomes by renting them to businesses, NGOs, and foreign embassies. In Nyarutarama, for example, houses rent up to FRw5 million equivalent to $6,000 a month. Some ministers, senators and generals also acquired farms — like Kagame who has a 43-hectare farm at Muhazi. FULL STORY