Rwanda President Paul Kagame and Commander in Chief of Rwanda Defence Force Tuesday presided over the conclusion of the final phase of the annual Combined Arms Field Training Exercise at Gabiro Combat Training Centre.
Speaking at the ceremony, Kagame thanked the soldiers for their hard work that guarantees safety to Rwandan citizens.
“Your dedication and bravery is what gives our citizens safety and the reason we are here today.”
“In the world we live in today, bravery and dedication are not enough but they are the foundation. You have to seek knowledge and do your job to the best of your ability. That is what makes a qualified army.”
He told the soldiers that they have showed proof that they are capable of dealing with those who wish ill to Rwanda.
“There is no room for them to succeed with the courage, determination and the skills we have within us.”
He said the job they have chosen of protecting citizens, requires more from them than the means they are given, in terms of salary or resources available, but it does not stop them from doing the work.
“You work under the sun, the rain, in the middle of forests and different environments, and we ask ourselves whether what we give you is enough. The answer is that it can never be enough because this job goes beyond the individual, it is for the nation.”
He said when government looks at salaries or other resources, it knows that even though soldiers deserve to be given more, government does not have enough means.
“We also have to spend the little we have on education, health and on delivering development to our citizens. What we do requires of us more than we have but it means that every resource we have is used to deliver to our maximum ability.”
“Every bullet you shoot counts. Every resource you use must accomplish its purposes. We do not have room to waste. We have to deliver results beyond the resources we have.”
He went on: “We used to go to the battlefield with 10 bullets in our gun, our enemies had maybe 100. But to win the war you do not need 100 bullets. When the bullets are done, you are the one left standing to accomplish the mission.”
Kagame said even when Rwanda will have achieved the level of prosperity it is working for, the country will not waste resources.
It will only add to the country’s ability to deliver, not willingness to waste. He said nothing is impossible as long as Rwandans have the right mind-set and values.
“Our enemies can only wish us ill but they will never be able to defeat us. Anyone who dares to threaten our security will fail.”
Kagame concluded by wishing Rwanda Defence Force continued good work, a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
President Kagame and Commander in Chief is now meeting with members of the Rwanda Defence Forces at Gabiro Combat Training Centre pic.twitter.com/BMRzPTV6pW
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