Rwanda's Kagame hits out at critics as he starts third term
Saturday August 19 2017
President Paul Kagame appends his signature to the oath of office at the Amahoro National Stadium, to start his third seven-year term on August 18, 2017. On the left is his wife, Jeannette Nyiramongi Kagame. PHOTO | CYRIL NDEGEYA | NMG
President Kagame said efforts to ‘denigrate’ the electoral process a few weeks ago only made Rwandans more defiant and determined to express themselves through the vote.
President Kagame, however, pointed out that, given Rwanda’s history, the country had chosen to do things differently, opting for a consensual political model rather than confrontation and divisive ones, which he said critics want to impose on the country.
Buoyed by the presence of many African leaders, the Rwanda leader, who is now poised to take over the chairmanship of the African Union next year, used the opportunity to advance “African ideals”, pointing out that the continent was ready to plot its own path without being shoved around.