Pastor Rick Warren an American evangelical Christian pastor and author who is visiting Rwanda told government officials that a good leader is one who builds trust, keeps promises and upholds confidentiality.
He made this remarks at a discussion in the evening of August 30 at Serena Hotel in Kigali.
“You can’t lead people if they don’t trust you, and love and integrity build trust in a leader,” said Pastor Warren.
He also said that communication in an institution is crucial because it gives clarity and also fosters understanding.
Speaking at the occasion, Prime Minister Dr. Pierre Damien Habumuremyi thanked Pastor Rick Warren and his delegation for the work they do for Rwanda.
Discussing leadership, Dr. Habumuremyi said that Rwandans know well the consequences of bad leadership which led to the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi. “Trust in the government has been rebuilt over time thanks to the leadership of President Kagame.”
The interactive session by Pastor Rick Warren centred on how to be a more effective leader.
On August 31, 2013 pastor Rick Warren encouraged the Rwandan youth to work hard and dream big during the Rwanda Shima Imana 2013 Youth Rally at Petit Stade in Kigali.
Rwanda Shima Imana derives its inspiration from a biblical text in the book of Deuteronomy chapter 8 from verse 10 to 18. It says “When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you…”
Pastor Rick Warren also commended Rwanda’s development and challenged the youth to work hard and achieve the dream of the country. “You are the new generation; God uses a man who never gives up, never fear failure if what you are doing is for the glory of God…” Warren told them
The Minister of Youth and ICT, Jean Philbert Nsengimana shared the vision for youth sector in Rwanda summarized in HAPPi Generation: Healthy, Attitude; Aptitude (skills, education), Patriotic, Productive and innovative.
“We want to see a generation who turns problems into opportunities… I hope that one day in our country everyone will get a dignified job towards the sustainable development,” he noted.
Pastor Warren said that choosing Rwanda as his first destination four mouths after losing his son and temporarily suspending his evangelical duties is indicative of how Rwandans are close to him. He said that Rwanda was the best place to overcome grief because of its tragic past and how the country managed to rise up.