Rwanda Can survive without aid..
The Rwanda government has said even without donor aid, Rwanda will survive.
Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo told the press that Rwanda has proven over time that it can withstand the toughest of conditions and this will be no different albeit with difficulties.
"With or without aid, Rwandans will not give up, we shall fend for ourselves as we have always done, in any case, we have done so before," she said.
A visibly stressed Mushikiwabo added her government has dealt with several reports full of false allegations before and no matter how long it took, in the end, the truth vindicated them.
She cited the long running allegations by the French that Paul Kagame's rebel group shot down the late Habyarima's plane setting off the genocide, but the matter was recently laid to rest with RPF being cleared of all charges by a French judge. On the significance of the threatened aid cuts, Mushikiwabo admitted that though her country needs aid, it's not entirely the basis of Rwanda's prosperity.[Busiweek]
"Come to think of it, over 50% of our budget is domestically funded and though the balance is expected from aid, you can't dismiss our own efforts as Rwandans and if we need to survive without aid, we shall do it," she noted.
But she added that Rwanda needn't fear as the country has many friends who have stood by it since the end of the genocide.