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Vol 65 No 10

Published 9th May 2024


How authoritarianism and sycophancy damage the energy industry

The President's obsession with boosting electricity generation created massive debt and over-capacity

Unthinking obedience to directives from President Paul Kagame to meet unnecessarily high targets for greater generating capacity have damaged Rwanda's electricity industry and restricted public access to power, a new paper in the journal African Affairs claims. Because no criticism of the appropriateness of the policy was permitted from civil servants or consultants, the country is saddled with unsustainable long-term debt, high prices, and massive over-capacity, the authors say.

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