Kangura No. 30

It Is Much Easier to Destroy Than to Build

Issa Nyabyenda

I am of the opinion that very many Rwandans have watched a football match, especially during the so-called “special” competitions. You must have noticed how spectators who fervently support the different teams provoke and insult one another and finally come to blows. That’s one thing. Spectators who insult the players are another thing that is surprising. You will hear a spectator who knows nothing at all about football shout that such and such a player is playing badly, that he can play just as well as him and he seriously gets to blame the player! At a quiet moment, ask him this “Let me ask you one only one question. What is easier, to destroy or to build?”

Let us leave the sports arena and come to the political situation Rwanda is currently going through. There are people who, I believe, are like spectators at a football match.

You will hear things like, “So-and-so is incompetent, he should resign; let him resign, he should allow us to lead the country too.” And yet, a look at the curriculum vitae of the person making the criticism will tell you that he has never been clever, unless the bravery of Rwandans consists merely of verbiage at present.

Although they are amateurs, our new politicians know full well that it is much easier to destroy than to build. What would be the result of that? I suppose the consequences will be dire. Obedience is one of the natural characteristics of a Rwandan. But he who obeys does not put himself in a situation of inferiority. On the contrary, he puts himself at the same level as the person he is obeying, not so that he can disobey, but so that he can listen to what he is being told. Then comes the moment of reflection. Now that Rwandans enjoy the right to understand and be involved in politics within different political parties, will the situation not get worse the day the selfishness of some fails to be understood in other countries?

And yet, if each person were to concentrate on what is within his or her competence, every Rwandan would understand that the dearest gift he or she can give his or her native land is to allow Rwanda to become what it should be; otherwise the situation is compromised from the outset.