Rwanda President Paul Kagame has warned enemies of his country to not dare cross the borders or else they will pay a very high price.
Kagame was Thursday swearing-in the newly appointed Army Service Chiefs including the Chief of Defence Staff, Reserve Force Chief of Staff, the Rwanda Defence Force Inspector General and the Deputy Reserve Force Chief of Staff.
Kagame said every country needs to have security.
“Where we are today, we have taken security more or less for granted. That was right that we could make sure the country is secure to the point that we can take it for granted.”
He said Rwandans will continue to take it for granted by any means.
“We are going to raise the cost on the part of anybody who wants to destabilize our security. The cost is going to be very high, whether it is the means we are going to put to make sure we have everything it takes to ensure security, stability of our country.”
He said this is also the cost, mainly that those people who want to destabilize his country are going to incur and that it is going to be a very high cost on their part.
“Absolutely. I mean it and you know that I mean it.”
Kagame also warned some people who hide behind different things.
He said they hide behind politics, democracy, freedom, that everyone actually want.
“It is our responsibility to ensure that there is democracy, there is peace, there is freedom, there is everything in our country. Primarily we are the ones responsible first and foremost, we, me and you.”
He said for people who hide behind this nonsense and they are even backed and praised by people from outside, and enjoy it, “you will see the consequences”.
He said for those who are involved, they better come clean very fast.
“You cannot be here benefiting from the peace and security that we have created, that we have paid for in blood over many years and then you do things behind our backs and cause us problems. We will put you where you belong, there is no question about it.”
He said people who have been involved with the tragedy of Genocide and have continued to play that politics and ideology.
He noted that they have gone to prison, they have come out and “we have forgiven them for it”.
“Then they start playing those games again, we will put you where you belong. Those ones who make noises about it, we will see what they will do. Am telling those who play games with this nonsense and want to put us back where we have been, and have left behind us.”
He went on: “When it is here, we are responsible, we are in charge, when it is outside, the noises being made by neighbouring countries and beyond, that one there is not much I can do about it. The best way is to ignore it.”
“But anything crossing our borders and coming here to destabilize us, we didn’t have to prove that we can deal with it, but we will prove that we can deal with it. We want to maintain that situation where we can take our security and peace for granted, we need it, we have needed it for a long time and we shall make sure it is there,” he concluded.