President Paul Kagame does not understand why foreign missions should interfere the elections, instead of letting the National Electoral Commission freely do their job, underlining that such sort of interference would be considered ‘unacceptable’
He was speaking on Tuesday July 4th, 2017, during a special Kwibohora23 discussion on Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RTV) moderated by RTV host Eugene Anangwe, who was joined up by fellow journalist of Le Monde Yann Gwet and the East African’s columnist Dr Christopher Kayumba.
Kagame said he trusts the National Electoral Commission’s great work so far and sees no reason to hear any interference from foreign countries representatives trying to push the electoral body as if failure of holding elections as expected has been noticed, adding that it would be a bizarre situation if different diplomatic missions representatives from their respective countries interfere NEC’s job.
He said, “: The diplomatic missions are not here [in Rwanda] to for elections purpose but to represent their countries. They should not replace the electoral commission and I didn’t understand the electoral commission work as waiting for EU representative to tell them how to do their work. The commission has their way they do their work. Does the electoral commission clarify things they should, because the EU has said so?”
He also expressed his discontent and discomfort over such interference and felt the idea of Diplomatic missions summoning presidential candidates to explain themselves is unacceptable insisting that only NEC has the elections in its own hands from the beginning up to the end of elections process, adding the elections body’s decisions and proceedings should not depend on foreign missions representatives’ ideal wishes but basing on fairness and transparency.
“The same people are the ones crying saying people have interfered in their elections. If they could decide which candidate should win, they would be happy to do that”
Kagame on Liberation Day
For President Kagame, “Liberation means getting rid of bad politics. But it is not enough, we have to deal with what has come as consequence. Providing security and making people happy that together we can find this path to prosperity”
He once again urged youth to get involved in politics, and start to learn and predict what the future holds for the country, making their own judgment on they have to do for their country, and draw the future from its past.
“We need to tell youth these stories so they don’t take anything for granted and play their role for the better of their country. The more they learn about our past, the better they will be able to contribute to the future,” he said.
He concluded saying that the past 7 years can open up a new chapter which requires efforts to move another distance that will allow Rwandans to overcome fears and take some risks.
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