Rwanda: A Poster Child for Development With a Dark Side

East African nation emerges from genocidal past with substantial growth, but critics question the numbers and what they say is President Paul Kagame’s authoritarian rule

Supporters and critics describe Mr. Kagame—a former rebel commander who now has 1.4 million followers on Twitter and hobnobs with Ellen DeGeneres and Bill Clinton —as a disciplinarian with little tolerance for the corruption that has plagued other African nations. In his early days in power, Mr. Kagame would go on drives through Kigali with the capital’s mayor, pointing out things that should be improved. The result is visible today on its palm-lined, trash- and pothole-free streets.

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