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35-year old Businesswoman Diane Shima Rwigara Joins Rwanda’s Presidential Race



“I will be tackling poverty, I will be tackling injustice, I will be tackling insecurity. In the last 23 years RPF has been in power, they have not been able, not only to eradicate poverty but even to give Rwandans the minimum. Most Rwandans are dying of hunger, they have nowhere to live,” said 35-year old Diane Shima Rwigara who has declared her interest to run for Rwanda’s highest office.

She will run as an independent candidate in the election scheduled for later this year.

President Paul Kagame, who was elected in 2010, is expected to run for a third term

According to AFP, the National Electoral Commission will receive nominations from candidates from June 12 to 23. A provisional list of qualified candidates will be announced on June 27.

The third candidate is Frank Habineza of Democratic Green Party of Rwanda, the only registered opposition party to Kagame’s government.

In February 2017 Phillipe Mpayimana, a former journalist and author, announced that he’ll be joining the race.

In a 2015 referendum, Rwandans approved a constitutional amendment that effectively enables Kagame to stay in power until 2034.

The accountant and businesswoman, in her announcement on Wednesday, criticised the referendum.

“When time comes for leaders to leave power, they get excuses to stay and then say that it is the people who are asking them to continue to lead. This is a bad habit across the continent,” she said.

Rwigara is the daugther of late businessman Assinapol Rwigara who died in an auto crash in February 2015.


  1. mba mba mba

    May 5, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    that will a breath of fresh air! wishing her the very best!

  2. blackbeatle

    May 5, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    good news

  3. nnenne

    May 6, 2017 at 12:50 am

    Good luck, honey! !!

  4. john

    May 6, 2017 at 6:50 am

    thay are all the same

  5. Nzabandora

    May 6, 2017 at 8:49 am

    GOD gives power to who HE wants. HE chose David among his stronger brothers. Pray to Diane. Sa bravour mérite une attention particulière. Je la trouve porteuse de l’espérance pour les Rwandais de tout bord. Diane que DIEU te protège et te bénisse. Amen!!!

  6. Rubby

    May 6, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Wow so proud of u…jus the courage alone…Amazing,she looks kenyan though…she looks like uti’s kenyan Sheila..Go Gurl…All da best!

  7. Tosin

    May 6, 2017 at 10:29 am

    Now did is what we need in Nigeria also. Instead we keep voting our grand fathers to rule us instead of them resting and reaping the fruits of their labour . This generation has issues we need God guts and faith.

  8. Tosin

    May 6, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Correht! Very correht! Unfortunately, this won’t go anywhere, as far as winning.
    Why is Kagame running again? What is wrong with Africa and failing to learn the lessons of sit-tight presidency?

  9. Lala

    May 6, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    Old men is the problem with Africa

    • Sankawale

      May 7, 2017 at 5:10 pm

      Rwanda as a nation denotes people who have made a living out of ripping off and betraying Mother Africa Continent.

  10. Condom Hollota

    June 12, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    A courageous but dangerous move! I wish her the best of lucks, but advise her to be prudent enough not to fall prey of Rwandan giant called Kagame, a friend and trainee of the notorious Ethiopian dictator and tyrant Meles Zenawi. Viva, sis Rwigara!!!!!!

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