Rwanda: Tanzanian Media Mogul Investor Raps Western Media Over Genocide


A Tanzanian investor has lashed out at the international media for only portraying Rwanda as a Genocide-stricken country and paying less attention to achievements it has registered over the years. Reginald Mengi, who IPP Group in Tanzania, made the remarks during the first East African energy conference that kicked off yesterday in Dar es Salaam.

The investor is also the chairman of the East African Business Council (EABC) a body that organized the three-day conference."There is a lot of peace and security in Rwanda. Actually there are more chances of being shot on the streets of New York or Paris than being shot in Kigali, but the media chooses to report only unfortunate events," he said.

Mengi was discussing challenges partner states of the East African Community (EAC) are facing in attracting investors to the energy sector, and said negative publicity of Africa in the West is one of them. "We are not asking people to praise us, we want them to report accurately and objectively. They should report the truth and not exaggerations," he added.

He called on Africans to do anything within their ability by starting up medium income investments other than waiting for investors to come from overseas.