28 February 2013

Rwanda: Kagame Clears Air On Third Term Debate

President Paul Kagame has put an end on reports that the Rwandan constitution will be amended to allow him run for a third term in office. He made the revelation during a press briefing in Kigali on Feb.27.

The constitution allows a maximum of two seven year terms and president Kagame is currently in the third year of his second term which ends in August 2017.

"Look at me; I am not the person who needs the third term. I don't need it. I don't need your third term," Kagame said, blaming the media for having started the third term talk.

"I want to do my business for which the Rwandans entrusted me to do and when am done I will be done...I can continue to serve my country in very many different ways."

Kagame said he was thinking about the future of Rwanda not the third term.

Referring to the Feb. 8 meeting of the extended National Executive Committee (NEC) of the ruling Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) of which Kagame is the Chairman, he said, "My version was clear. I said everything I had to say and I meant what I said."

The President said he raised three important issues during the NEC, which are change, continuity and stability.

"I raised the issue of change and which is indeed entailed in the constitution of Rwanda. And what is expected in 2017 is change subject to term limits."

"I also raised the issue of continuity: Meaning continuity of progress Rwanda has been making. I believe the country has been making progress but you might have your own views," Kagame said.

"Lastly I talked about Stability-Rwanda's situation is very complex and unique. We have our history that is complicated," he further said, adding that there should not be any ambiguity on what was discussed in the NEC meeting.

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