Stella Dimoko Rwanda's President Wins 3rd term Presidential Elections Extending His 17years In Power...


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Sunday, August 06, 2017

Rwanda's President Wins 3rd term Presidential Elections Extending His 17years In Power...

Rwanda ’ s incumbent leader Paul Kagame has sealed a crushing victory in presidential elections that granted him a third term in office , extending his 17 years in power .

Kagame has won international plaudits for presiding over a peaceful and rapid economic recovery in the Central African nation since the 1994 genocide , when an estimated 800, 000 people Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed .

But he has also faced mounting censure for what critics and rights groups say are widespread human rights abuses, a muzzling of independent media and suppression of political opposition .

With 80 per cent of votes accounted for , the 59- year -old former guerrilla leader secured 98. 66 percent, the National Electoral Commission’ s Executive secretary Charles Munyaneza told a news conference.

“ We expect that even if we get 100 percent of votes, there will not be any change, ” he said .
The board expected turnout to top 90 per cent in the East African country of 12 million citizens once full details emerged, in elections that fielded only a single opposition candidate, Frank Habineza , and an independent.

Kagame, who cast his vote in Kigali’ s Rugunga polling station earlier on Friday, said he would work to sustain economic growth in the tiny nation .
“ This is another seven years to take care of issues that affect Rwandans and ensure that we become real Rwandans who are ( economically ) developing, ” he said in a speech broadcast live on television .

Under his rule , some dissidents were killed after they fled abroad , in cases that remain unsolved . The government denies any involvement.
Kagame, a commander who led Tutsi rebel forces into Rwanda to end the 1994 genocide , banned the use of tribal terms after becoming president .

He won the last election in 2010 with 93 per cent of the vote and during this campaign for a further seven -year term, said he expected an outright victory.
Habineza , who has so far won 0. 45 percent of the early count , had promised to set up a tribunal to retry dissidents whose convictions by Rwandan courts have been criticized as politically motivated .
Another would -be opponent , Diane Rwigara , was disqualified by the election board despite her insistence that she met all the requirements to run .
“ To me I see this as a one- man race . I simply did not go to vote, ” said one man in Kigali who asked not to be named.
From the Punch.

*He seems to be doing something right and his people love him....His govt works for them....*tongue click*


  1. I dont really care if he's been there for 17 years. The question is: is Rwanda making progress or not? Last time i checked they have at least 22 hours electricity everday. Does Niaja have?
    Yes democracy is leadership of, for and by the people. But poeple practice democracy in different ways, as they please. It doesn't have to be 4 years in 4 years out. In African nations, I think democracy needs to be redefined. This is because the 4 year change of leadership isn't encouraging sustainable progress. Every new leader comes with new projects/ideas trashing predecessor's own before citizens can evaluate the viability of the strategy. And the cycle continues.
    China, on the other hand seems to practice a 10 year democratic system and they are making remarkable progress, Becoming world leaders etc. If this man is making economic progress and keeping tribal wars at bay, they should let him seat Well biko.

  2. If Baba was given 3rd term I'm sure we would have landed better than where we are now. Unfortunately my younger mind didn't understand then.


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