The Rwandan Ambassador to Nigeria, Stanislas Kamanzi, has defended President Paul Kagame’s decision to seek a third term in office in a lecture he delivered at the American University of Nigeria, AUN, recently.
Speaking on “Two Decades of Inclusive Nation-Building”, Mr. Kamanzi defused fears that Rwanda is joining a sinister trend in Africa, in which political leaders hold on to power after their tenures have expired.
Currently, some African countries, including Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo, are suffering the effects of sit-tight leaders, and only last year in Burundi, the president’s decision to seek a third term caused violent clashes in the country.
However, Mr. Kamanzi expressed confidence that Rwanda would be different from these other African countries; he added that his country has come up with effective measures aimed at keeping the peace, reducing poverty, addressing cases of malnutrition as well as empowering women.
He also spoke of Umuganda, which he said, is a measure Rwanda initiated to reconcile the communities and people of the country.