Rwandan president Paul Kagame has ordered the immediate deportation of 18 Chinese nationals for mistreating local workers in the country.
“the 18 investors were found guilty of mistreating Rwandan workers and grubbing land on which they operated their business,” President Kagame said.
He confirmed that the Chinese investors exploited Rwandan people and also took advantage of them by making them work abnormal hours ‘like slaves’.
“Africa is for Africans. We can’t be slaves in Africa. We don’t tolerate the nonsense of discrimination here” Kagame added.
“Rwanda is for Africans and those who mean well for us. I am directing the 18 Chinese investors to leave Rwanda immediately and must never return.
Rwandan people must enjoy their rights in their country. Let this be a lesson to the remaining Chinese investors.”
For years, China and Rwanda have exercised strong bilateral ties which are obviously linked to the shared benefits of trade, aid and investments between the two nations.
Following data released by the Rwanda Development Board, 24 additional companies from China were registered in Rwanda in 2020, adding up all the investments to $300 million.
Chinese investments are currently in the construction and real estate, mining, ICT, manufacturing and hospitality industries.
Despite the huge investment, Kagame has proven objectivity by refusing to allow such relations to cloud his judgment.