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Rwandan President Paul Kagame extends 17-year rule with 3rd term Win

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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 will 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 denied 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.

14 Comments

  1. Ec

    August 5, 2017 at 7:34 am

    I am sure he things he is the only one that can govern an entire country.
    This continent of mine.

    • Rw

      August 5, 2017 at 12:04 pm

      He does not think of such a thing, Us Rwandans asked him to gouvern us again for the next 7 years as we want our country to keep growing in all aspects. And again not everyone can love you right? so haters like you do exist…..#RwandansforPK

    • Exquisite

      August 6, 2017 at 2:44 am

      The way you guys throw the word hate, with all dew respect; what’s it about Rwanda that anyone should hate? You’re even lucky to be featured here. Some of you guys throw the word hate carelessly. I wonder what’s there to hate in leading a country for 17+ years. Get over yourself.

  2. kenz

    August 5, 2017 at 8:18 am

    This is ONE of the major reason africa countries don’t get develop… one person will think it’s his birth right to rule and govern a country forever……..mtchewww see him ugly face

    • Rw

      August 5, 2017 at 12:13 pm

      Ugly face yourself….check your information first before critising about development whoever you are. Please do yourself a favor and come visit Rwanda then later u can jump to your useless conclusions #PKforever

    • Thompson

      August 5, 2017 at 5:35 pm

      Rwandans aren’t u basicaly Somalians assimilated into Bantu territory and eryone in central Africa hates your guts and annihilation is a promice rather than a fantasy. u r literary building ur future one second away from extinction. Yea! wat a stable future promice that is. . sort we don’t envy you Rwanda.

    • Belema

      August 6, 2017 at 2:48 am

      “Ugly face”? ???? How can you tell? You Rwandas are jokers, I swear.

    • Belema

      August 6, 2017 at 2:50 am

      Rwandans*

  3. Jordan Kingston

    August 5, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    Rwanda will never be the same.

  4. I_I

    August 6, 2017 at 12:37 am

    In Kagame’s defense, he has stabilized a war-torn country, and made judicious use of its resources to put it on a path of growth. Hate him or love him, he is not incompetent nor a thief like the idiots running Nigeria.

    • Olanma

      August 6, 2017 at 2:47 am

      You are the idiot. What do you know about Nigerian politics? You fools hate Nigeria, yet you’re always on Nigerian blogs, listening to Nigerian music, etc. Get off this blog and stay on Rwandan blogs. You losers think there’s anything to hate about your country. It’s not your fault, it’s cause Bella Naija even featured you pathetic and forgotten asses.

    • Ephi

      August 6, 2017 at 9:33 pm

      Chai. Not your fault at all. It’s truly our politicians I blame cos if not people like you won’t have mouth to talk. Yeye dey smell. As others have rightly pointed out, I wonder what you are doing on a Nigerian blog? Mscheeeew.

  5. Wamahoro

    August 6, 2017 at 4:20 am

    Rwanda, Rwanda, Rwanda!!! where do I even begin? give it few years and everything he thinks he has built will explore into pieces!!! For sure our Rwanda is beautiful in the eyes of the world; but the tension and hatred among our people is so deep and strong that in no time people will start snapping!!! This “RW” person is either an idiotic fool or is in denial like most Rwandan who actually believe that Kagame’s way of ruling will keep the so called “peace” in Rwanda for a long time. People keep saying he is “building” Rwanda; of course he should since him and his people are the ones who destroyed it in the first place. However, I will give him and Habyarimana credit because both of them were/ are dictators that use their corrupted minds to build their country, even though that means it is not being built on a strong base, which is what caused the mess in 1994 and will for sure cause another mess soon. And then you have blind, ignorant foolish people saying he made use of Rwanda’s resources very well, it should be more like he made use of Congo’s recourses very well… . I just pray that Rwandan people will stay strong and keep the hatred buried deep in their hearts because I don’t think we can survive another war.

    • Rw

      August 7, 2017 at 8:11 am

      “Since him and his people are the ones who destroyed it in the first place” Do you hear yourself talk? How did he destroy the peace in Rwanda??? show me evidence that he did. Seriously who ever you are, you need a life

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