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Rwanda no longer needs a ‘strongman’ say Kagame opponents ahead of 2024 poll

By Ivan Mugisha

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Posted on April 20, 2023 14:40

 Rwandan President Paul Kagame in Kigali, 2021 © Paul Kagame/FLICKR
Rwandan President Paul Kagame in Kigali, 2021 © Paul Kagame/FLICKR

As Rwanda’s 2024 presidential elections approach, opposition leaders are urging President Paul Kagame to retire, arguing that the country no longer needs a strongman like him to lead.

That said, all indications suggest that Kagame will run for a fourth term, potentially extending his tenure to become one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders.

Kagame has been in power for 23 years and can run for two more five-year terms under the current constitution, which was controversially amended in 2015 to allow him a fourth term.

He is credited with stabilising Rwanda after the devastating genocide in 1994, which claimed over 800,000 lives. However, his administration has been criticised for authoritarian tendencies, including the suppression of political opposition, free speech, and press freedom.

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