One other interesting thing you did not know about Kagame…He is always on trips using his personal jet but hired by the government. David Himbara has followed this amusing (not amazing) man’s movements. Kagame is the real “Mobile president”.
The man (left) knows how to spend taxpayers’ money!
If we include Kagame’s forthcoming trip to London to attend the Global African Investment Summit (20-21 Oct) and give a lecture on “Rwanda’s Role in an Emerging Africa and Uncertain World” at Chatham House, 21 Oct 2014, he will have made 28 trips overseas in ten months. Of the 28 trips, 17 were in Africa, Europe and Middle East averaging 2 days each – meaning 34 days in total. In February, the President spent a week in western USA, and another week in eastern and western part of America in April – a total of 14 days. The President then spent the entire month of September in the United States, beginning in Aspen, Colorado in the west, swinging to the south in Atlanta, Georgia, before jetting to New York City for the UN events. From there, Kagame continued on to Dubai on 1 October, returning to Rwanda on 2 October and flying back to Europe for the event in Italy on 5 October 2014 – a total of 36 days. This means that in total Kagame was absent from Rwanda for a grand total of 84 days, or nearly 3 months.
Putting aside the costs which runs into millions of dollars, who runs Rwanda when Kagame is away, and how?
HERE IS A MORE COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF PRESIDENTIAL TRIPS JAN-OCT 2014
- 12 Jan: ICGLR Summit, Luanda, Angola
- 21 Jan: Nation Media Group Governor’s Summit, Naivasha, Kenya
- 24 Jan: World Economic Summit, Davos, Switzerland
- 30 Jan: AU Summit, Addis, Ethiopia
- 05 Feb: Africa Innovation Summit, Cape Verde
- 12 Feb: Western USA visit (including Los Angeles World Affairs Council, Wisdom Conference, visits to Berkeley University, University of California, and Palo Alto University)
- 20 Feb: Northern Corridor Integration, Kampala, Uganda
- 23 Feb: UN Broadband meeting, Dublin, Ireland
- 25 Feb: ICGLR Summit, Luanda, Angola
- 02 April: EU-Africa Summit, Brussels, Belgium
- 22 April: Eastern USA (including MIT, Tufts and Brandeis University)
- 25 April: Western USA (including Milken Institute, Saddleback Church, and Stanford University)
- 02 May: Northern Corridor Integration, Nairobi, Kenya
- 08 May: World Economic Forum for Africa, Abuja, Nigeria
- 11 May: Signing of standard railway gauge, Nairobi, Kenya
- 16 May: World Telecommunications and Information Society Award, Geneva, Switzerland
- 23 May: New York Forum Africa, Gabon
- 27 May: UN meeting on sustainable urbanization, New York, USA
- 27 June: AU Summit, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea
- 08 July: Honor of Wole Soyinka, Accra, Ghana
- 03 Aug: Aspen Institute, Aspen, USA
- 06 Aug: USA-Africa Summit, Washington, DC, USA
- 20 Aug: Rwanda Day (plus Mercier University), Atlanta, USA.
- 21 Aug: UN General Assembly (plus other events, including Global Citizen Festival), New York City
- 01 Oct: Global Business Forum, Dubai
- 05 Oct: 50th anniversary of International Center for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy
- 07 Oct: Uganda-Rwanda Business Forum, (plus Uganda Independence celebrations), Kampala, Uganda
- 20 Oct: Global African Investment Summit (plus Chattam House Lecture), London, UK
We wait to see where the gentleman jets for November and December.