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Home » East Africa » Paul Kagame made 48 overseas trips in 2019 in a Gulfstream jet chartered by the Rwandan government from Kagame and his ruling party. Such a jet charters for US$6,400 an hour. Due to Covid19, the Rwandan strongman’s overseas trips dropped to 4 in 2020. His overseas travels stand at 5 in 2021.

Paul Kagame made 48 overseas trips in 2019 in a Gulfstream jet chartered by the Rwandan government from Kagame and his ruling party. Such a jet charters for US$6,400 an hour. Due to Covid19, the Rwandan strongman’s overseas trips dropped to 4 in 2020. His overseas travels stand at 5 in 2021.

By: Dr David Himbara

Each time General Paul Kagame travels outside Rwanda, his ruling party’s US$500 million business empire, Crystal Ventures Ltd (CVL) makes a fortune from Rwandan taxpayers. The Gulfstream jet in which Kagame shuttles around the world is chartered by the Rwandan government from CVL which boasts that it “delivers an unmatched, world-class aviation experience.” In other words, the more Kagame travels overseas, the more money he milks from the people of Rwanda. The cost of chartering a Gulfstream is as high as US$6,400 an hour in the US market. It is in this sense that the Covid19 pandemic had an unintended consequence in Rwanda. The pandemic saved Rwandan taxpayers’ money by sharply reducing Kagame’s insane overseas trips. Before Covid19 struck, Kagame made 48 foreign trips in 2019, dropping to 4 trips in 2020, and 5 trips in 2021. Here are Kagame’s trips in 2019 versus 2020 and 2021:

Kagame’s trips in 2019

1. Doha, Qatar, December 14, 2019

2. Nairobi, Kenya, December 9, 2019

3. Berlin, November 19, 2019

4. Johannesburg, South Africa, November 11, 2019

5. Doha, Qatar, October 29, 2019

6. Sochi, Russia, October 23, 2019

7. Bangui, the Central African Republic, October 15, 2019

8. Abidjan, Ivory Coast, October 14, 2019

9. Marrakech, Morocco, October 12, 2019

10. Bonn, Germany, October 4, 2019

11. Seattle, USA, October 2, 2019

12. New York, USA, September 22 – 26, 2019

13. Nairobi, Kenya, September 18, 2019

14. Brazzaville, Congo, September 10, 2019

15. Yokohama, Japan, August 28, 2019

16. Biarritz, France, August 25, 2019

17. Luanda, Angola, August 21, 2019

18. Windhoek, Namibia, August 19, 2019

19. Lusaka, Zambia, August 11, 2019

20. London, UK, July 23, 2019

21. Luanda, Angola, July 12, 2019

22. Niamey, Niger, July 7, 2019

23. Gaborone, Botswana June 27, 2019

24. Antananarivo, Madagascar, June 26, 2019

25. Bruxelles, Belgium, June 17, 2019

26. Abuja, Nigeria, June 11, 2019

27. Libreville, Gabon, June 10, 2019

28. Kinshasa, DR Congo, May 31, 2019

29. Pretoria, South Africa, May 25, 2019

30. Paris, France, May 17, 2019

31. Los Angeles, USA, April 30, 2019

32. San Francisco, USA, April 28, 2019

33. Cairo, Egypt, April 23, 2019

34. Saddleback, USA, April 14, 2019

35. New York, USA, April 11, 2019

36. Dakar, Senegal, April 2, 2019

37. Luanda, Angola, March 30, 2019

38. Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, March 7, 2019

39. Cape Town, South Africa, March 5, 2019

40. Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, March 1, 2019

41. Charlotte, USA, February 28, 2019

42. Munich, Germany, February 15, 2019

43. Abu Dhabi, February 13, 2019

44. Dubai, February 12, 2019

45. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, February 9, 2019

46. Arusha, Tanzania, February 1, 2019

47. Davos, Switzerland, January 24, 2019

48. Addis Ababa, January 17, 2019

Kagame’s overseas trips in 2020

1. Abu Dhabi, February 13, 2020

2. Maputo, Mozambique, February 15, 2020

3. London, UK, February 20, 2020

4. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, February 8, 2020

Kagame’s overseas trips in 2021

1. Abu Dhabi, September 30, 2021

2. Pemba, Mozambique, September 24, 2021

3. Berlin, Germany, August 27, 2021

4. Paris, France, May 17, 2021

5. Luanda, Angela, April 20, 2021

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