Africa: President Kagame Addresses Congolese Parliament, Pushes for Continental Unity


President Paul Kagame said that African problems and solutions are well known but what is missing is moving together from words to actions, with a sense of urgency.

He said this during his address to a joint session of the parliament of the Republic of Congo on Monday April 11.

It was part of his three-day state visit to Congo-Brazzaville where he was received by his counterpart, President Denis Sassou N’Guesso, upon arrival.

In his address, he said that as African governments, there is a need to move to deliver what they promised themselves but above all to the citizens.

“We cannot take pride in saying the right things, for decades, and then find ourselves many years from now, having said the right things but not actually achieved much.”

Members of parliament of the Republic of Congo follow President Kagame ‘s remarks on April 11. Photo by Village Urugwiro

Africa has been talking about integration and unity for as long as Africa has existed, he said, “We need to continue making fast steps. With the vast knowledge and resources our continent has, there is no reason to still be where we are today.”

Pointing at conflicts on the continent that have lasted decades, he said that there is no explanation for that, other than doing what we know is right. “It is high time to do better.”

African youth

As both countries look forward to continuing working together in a mutually productive and beneficial partnership for the people of Congo and Rwanda, Kagame said that the youth should be considered at the forefront.