17th November 2015: Rwanda’s senate unanimously approved a draft constitution that will allow President Paul Kagame to run for a third term in Office.
The Senate’s approval gives the leeway for a referendum that is expected to face very little opposition once presented to the Rwandese public.
Rwandan senate on Tuesday unanimously approved a draft constitution that allows President Kagame run for a third term in office as head of state. The draft is expected to go to a referendum which is project to encounter very little opposition.
Kagame joins his counterpart Nkurunziza of Burundi among other African leaders who have amended the constitution to allow them to vie for another term in office. He has been in power since 2000 and has received widespread acclamation for his efforts in rebuilding and reconciling Rwanda since the 1994 genocide that claimed the lives of 800,000 Rwandese.
The amendments that have already been approved by Rwanda’s lower house could see Kagame staying in office until 2034; he was first elected as president in 2003.
Despite several accusations leveled on his administration of trampling on the media and political freedoms Kagame enjoys a huge support from the citizenry who view laud him for reconciling the nation and rebuilding of the country’s economy.
The referendum dates are set to be decided.