What next for Rwanda’s opposition politics after poor showing in polls?
Sunday August 13 2017
Supporters for the Rwandan independent candidate Philippe Mpayimana. PHOTO FILE | NATION
Initial reports indicated that Mr Habineza, considered the country’s opposition pillar, was pondering quitting politics after performing poorly, but the 41-year-old has vowed to soldier on, saying he will contest again in 2024.
Observers say that Mr Habineza and Mr Mpayimana’s poor showing confirm the state of Rwandan opposition, with the ones inside the country weak and unable to challenge the incumbent, while those outside Rwanda are “scattered and disoriented.”
Despite earlier criticism, the August 4 poll received a thumbs-up from the European Union and observers who termed it fair and transparent but expressed concerns on the lack of inclusiveness.