Kagame Nominated for ‘Last’ Presidential Term

Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF), the country’s ruling party, has nominated incumbent president Paul Kagame as its candidate for the August 2017 presidential election.

Kagame told RPF members not to front him again after the seven-year term that ends in 2024.

He suggested it was time for the youthful blood to take over from where he will have left the country.

Rwanda goes to the polls in August and Kagame is highly expected to win another seven-year term.

Kagame has been Rwanda’s president since 2000. He has  also been at the helm since RPF captured power following the end of the 1994 genocide.

Kagame would be ineligible for reelection in 2017 had the constitution not been altered.

Under the “changed” constitution, he can now run until 2024 – for a seven-year term in 2017, and two five-year terms thereafter.

But Kagame seems “not interested” in making himself Rwanda’s eternal leader, at least according to his recent interview with Rwanda’s New Times, and today’s nomination remarks.

Tricia Ishimwe