Kagame Speaks Out On Amending Constitution For 3rd Term

health geneva;”>“I don’t want a third term in office. I want to carry out my responsibilities to my level best, viagra buy ” said Kagame.

“I said what I said with outmost clarity. I am not responsible for other versions. This debate was started by the media; we are only putting issues into context.”

The President made the remarks on Wednesday afternoon during a monthly press conference with local and international journalists at Urugwiro Village in Kigali.

“Our history is complicated, so is everything that we have to deal with. The debate is about change, which is clearly outlined in the constitution,” said Kagame.

“But now I have now joined the debate. I asked my party officials to put this matter into perspective asking people concerned ‘where are u going?”

He added: “The responsibility of the President is to be bothered about what affects his people. I don’t want to say much to add in more confusion to an already confused situation.”

There is heated debate in Rwanda with some arguing that Kagame intends to run for a third term, having been President since 2000.

During several Citizen Outreach tours, some people have asked President Kagame to stand for president again.

One needs to alter the Constitution for Kagame to contest again.

“People don’t know how I am dying to get out of this place [State House],” said Kagame.

“I am not the person who needs a third term. I can continue serving my country in different roles. I don’t do this job to be paid or to please anyone. I am thinking about the future of this country not the third term.”

He said what is expected come 2017 is change, “that is what is in the Constitution, talking about continuity of progress…we need stability.”

However, towards the end of the press conference, Kagame said the Rwandan Constitution can be amended like others in different countries.

“Most people who ask and speculate forget the right of people who put the Constitution in place… Can you tell me which Constitution in the whole world that hasn’t been amended?” asked Kagame.

“Why forget the role of the people? This Constitution was put in place by the people and sometime back one person would write the Constitution,” the President elaborated.

He maintained Rwanda’s situation is unique which defines how the country deals with its affairs.

Responding to reports of internal clashes in the M23 rebel group, Kagame said “My major concern is the presence of FDLR in Congo not what goes on in M23; I am for peace in Eastern DRC.”

He said some people were blowing the M23 mutiny out of proportion to cover up bigger problems the eastern part of the war-torn country is facing.

Kagame expressed shock that some FDLR agents and genocidaires were “roaming in Kinshasha and other foreign capitals.”

“A lot happens behind the scenes that begs a lot of answers, we have to be constantly vigilant,” he said.


The President added his voice on Rwanda’s demand to retain ICTR genocide trial archives, saying “they are important for our history, Rwanda definitely interested in hosting them.”

Regarding change of Parliamentary elections system, Kagame said a broader debate to collect views rather than individual sentiments was welcome.

“I would have no problem if there is a general consensus on change,” he stated.

On the creation of the State Ministry in charge of Mining, Kagame said government was “happy to be clear to avoid persistent confusion on minerals,” adding, “minerals have contributed to economic growth.”

Speaking on this week’s Cabinet reshuffle, Kagame used the analogy of a coach, saying he had to be keen so as to make necessary adjustments for an effective team.

Asked whether opposition figures in South Africa and Diaspora were welcome in Rwanda ahead of the upcoming elections, Kagame answered:

“I am not in opposition. I am not in charge of creating opposition.”

He added: “They are welcome in any form and shape, they should come and face challenges other Rwandans are facing.”

On the DRC peace framework signed by 11 countries in Ethiopia on Sunday to consolidate peace in DRC, Kagame said the country’s problems also affect neighbors and vice versa.

He said cooperation was important to bring a homegrown and lasting solution to DRC.


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