Rwanda Moves to Debate Lifting of Presidential Term Limits – ChimpReports

Rwanda Moves to Debate Lifting of Presidential Term Limits

Kagame meeting students at the University of Rwanda, Huye Campus recently

Makerere University Business School (MUBS) are the new champions of the Pepsi National Beach Soccer league title following their 7-5 convincing victory over Stormers in a final held at Lido Beach, stomach diagnosis Entebbe on Sunday.

The university lads finished the regular season and playoffs unbeaten winning all their matches en route to the cup glory.

Star striker, viagra 100mg Brian Nkuubi, advice inspired the champions past Nkumba select with six goals to his name in the semifinals earlier on the day.

MUBS eliminated the Nkumba select side with a 12-7 drubbing. In the other semifinal game, Stormers rallied from four goals down to defeat Real Galacticals 7-4. The Galacticals crashed again in the third place playoffs to Nkumba select losing by 5-3 margin.

Stormers striker, Mathias Kigonya, was named the league’s best player and also bagged the golden boots with 38 goals in his account.

Mubs coach Charles Ayiekoh was chosen the best coach. Last year’s winners, Kira Young did not take part in the just ended league allowing MUBS to win their record second trophy since 2012. The winners and loosing finalist were awarded with Shs 2M, 1.5M and 1M respectively.


Champions- MUBS

1ST runners-up – Stormers

2nd Runners Up – Nkumba Select

Pepsi MVP – Mathias Kigonya

Pepsi Golden Gloves – Michael Kalule

Pepsi Top Scorer- Mathias Kigonya (Stormers)

Pepsi Best Coach- Charles Ayiehko (MUBS)

Pepsi Fair Play Award – Dalumba Richmond
The Rwandan Parliament has commenced its ordinary session during which a Bill seeking the removal of presidential terms limits to pave way for the re-election of President Paul Kagame will be discussed.

The proposed constitutional amendments have drawn support from thousands of Rwandans who have sent petitions to the Senate for consideration.

The move has as well sparked off resistance from the international community and opposition groups.

The U.S. State Department said last week that it believes democracy is best advanced by developing “strong institutions, what is ed not strongmen.”

The Bureau of African Affairs said the U.S. is “committed to supporting a peaceful, more about democratic transition in 2017 to a new leader elected by the Rwandan people.”

The opposition Democratic Green Party of Rwanda (DGPR) also announced last Thursday its decision to file a lawsuit at the Supreme Court, patient “demanding the court to block Parliament from changing the constitution in regard to the lifting of presidential term limits (Art 101).”

DGPR President Frank Habineza quoted Article 101 of the constitution which stipulates that: “The President of the Republic is elected for a term of seven years renewable only once,” adding, “Under no circumstances shall a person hold the office of President of Republic for more than two terms.”

As the debate on lifting term limits heats up, the Senate President Hon. Bernard Makuza on June 5 announced that the debate on the Bill will proceed as planned.

“The session has an agenda that comprises the following activities:  The supervision of the implementation of fundamental principles; Approval of different pending bills and the appropriateness of draft bills that will be sent by the Chamber of Deputies; Presentation of findings of different reports; among them a report on petitions requesting the amendment of article 101 of the Constitution limiting presidential mandates,” said Makuza.

“As you know there are petitions that have been submitted to both chambers regarding the amendment of Article 101 of the constitution of the Republic of Rwanda since the end of the first session in mid-April until now. The bureau after making a condensed report of the findings will present it to the Plenary Assembly so as to let it decide the next step,” he added.

Makuza said it should be clearly noted that the Parliament did not start the amendment of the Constitution as reported by sections of the international media.

He explained that Parliament “has the right to amend some articles of the Constitution and initiate a process for the referendum for others so as to let the people express their will which is the case for Article 101.”

The plenary debate on lifting presidential term limits is expected to be concluded this month.

Kagame has ruled Rwanda since 2003, a reign his admirers say has seen unprecedented economic growth and rapid development of the health, infrastructure and education sectors.

He is also praised for maintaining peace and stability in the country.

However, critics say Kagame has ruled Rwanda with an iron hand by suppressing dissent and jailing opponents.

Kigali vehemently rejects the accusations, saying it has put in place enough platforms for people to express their grievances in accordance with the Constitution.


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