By Najibu Mulema
Rwanda has moved another step to boost its people’s confidence in their government.
A couple of days ago, Rwanda air bought a big plane that they showed off across the region, to the excitement of Rwandans, and now drones delivering vital medical supplies have been launched by President Paul Kagame.
Some critics argue these were nothing but Kagame propaganda to divert the public attention from the investigation reopened in France over the 1994 Rwandan genocide, a painful episode in the history of Rwanda.
However, some people think Rwanda was on a path to prosperity.
Rwanda launched a drone delivery network to transport vital blood supplies to far-flung areas of the country.
The project will see unmanned aerial vehicles or drones used to deliver small packages by parachute, bypassing traffic or washed-out roads in a country dubbed the Land of a Thousand Hills.
It was introduced on Friday in Rwanda’s Muhanga district, but is expected to expand to the rest of the country by early 2017.
On demand, the drones are expected to make around 150 deliveries of blood to 21 facilities each day, according to Zipline, the company behind the project.
Health professionals can order the emergency packages by text message and deliveries will be made in approximately 30 minutes, officials said.
Speaking at the launch, President Paul Kagame said the use of commercial drones to transport essential medical products ought to be considered a milestone for Rwanda.
“Technology becomes relevant and meaningful when it works for people and addresses challenges they face,” Kagame said.
As it goes, Uganda can borrow a leaf from Rwanda instead of talking with envy.