Leadership and Good Governance: The Rwandan Experience

International Journal of Research and Innovation in Social Science (IJRISS) | Volume III, Issue II, February 2019 | ISSN 2454–6186

Leadership and Good Governance: The Rwandan Experience


PhD Student in Governance and Leadership, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Kigali Rwanda

Abstract:-None can doubt about that, leadership and good governance are central to the success of any country on Earth or any company and economic sector. Promoting and getting it rights has a significant bearing on political, social and economic growth and the way that a given Country performs in all sectors.
Without a strong Leadership and governance can’t ever achieve any positive outcomes on related political, economic and social objectives of any political community and yet it is an imperative. The significance of leadership to governance is seeing in the fact that good leadership sets the strong stone of foundation and standard of governance. This paper engages in the conceptual analysis and examination of the governance and leadership phenomenon based on secondary data, analyzes its phenomenon in Rwanda.
Findings reveal that, for a long time, Rwanda was marked by bad governance based on dictatorship, politic of fear, segregation and exclusion of the people in the governance of their own country. In fact, lacked vision, engrossed with high rate of corruption and poverty, maladministration, political, social and economic instability, consequently Genocide against Tutsis in 1994. Even though elections were held in Rwanda, they were never based on the positive ideas or competence of the candidates but rather on ethnicity, origin, religion and other issues from which the country benefited nothing. After the elections, the elected leaders did not concern themselves with the needs of people’s problems they were allegedly representing.
To make our forefather’s dreams into reality, a country of milk and honey, new regime under the HE, Paul KAGAME leadership, ensured democracy, good governance and leadership where citizen’s are on top and center of everything, leaders are people’s servant and accountability is imperative if good governance and leadership is to be attained in Rwanda.
Note that, achieving leadership and good governance is one of the Rwandan greatest successes that determined the success of policies and programmes to promote Rwandan’s development.

Keywords: Leadership, Good Governance, Political Crisis, Development and Rwanda.

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