Rwanda’s Kagame Ready To Quit
Sit-tight-syndrome is ready for the gallows in Rwanda.
After being in office for 17 years, Paul Kagame who is the president of the east African country is ready to retire.
But not until after another 7-year term.
Kagame has said a time has come for his countrymen to start thinking of a Rwanda without him at the helm.
He told the media on Friday that the assertion that it is impossible to succeed him during his lifetime is a baseless claim by politicians.
Rwanda’s The News Times reports that the president is expected to participate in the August 4 2017 presidential election after the constitution was amended to allow him contest for another term.
Asked by French magazine Jeune Afrique whether the possible next seven-year term will be his last one, Kagame said “I think so, yes.”
“And it is likely that I will clarify this point when we begin the electoral campaign. There is a sort of contract between me, on one hand, the Rwanda Patriotic Front party and the Rwandan people, on the other.
“They wanted, through the constitutional referendum of December 2015, that I continue my work, which I accepted. But the time has come to tell them that they must start thinking, beyond me,” he said.
Kagame said what his government has built for the landlocked country is irreversible and will last, with or without him.
“Similar to our economy, our institutions and our abilities, our society is moving forward on a dynamic path.
“Even though the Rwandan people want me to continue leading for some time, this dynamism will not stop with my departure,” he said.