Election 2016

Mbabazi: Museveni has Failed to Get Successor

Amama addressing crowds in Kabarole on Tuesday

The Senate of Rwanda voted on Tuesday to pass the draft review of the National Constitution, information pills find http://cogocapital.com/lp/wp-content/plugins/thrive-visual-editor/landing-page/templates/review-resources-page.php allowing President Paul Kagame to stand for a third term in office after 2017, http://danielpyne.com/wp-content/plugins/bbpress/templates/default/extras/single-reply-edit.php Chimp Corps report.

The draft amendments were in October passed by the lower house of parliament.

This means Rwanda will now go into a referendum for people to decide their future.

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After today’s voting, http://decisionpro.biz/templates/yoo_revista/warp/systems/joomla/layouts/com_tags/tags/default.php Senate President Hon Bernard Makuza told the media in that “This Constitution Review does not only concern the Presidential term limits,” adding, “so many other articles were amended.”

During a previous debate, MPs decided to slash presidential terms to five years from seven with a limit of only two terms, but President Kagame was given an exception.

3.7 million Rwandans signed a petition calling for removal of term limits, saying they could not afford to risk the transformational path taken by President Kagame to rebuild the country.

The amended Article 172 of the Rwandan Constitution now allows President Kagame to seek a third term after the expiry of his current reign in 2017.

He can as well go for another 7-year term and more two five-year terms.

Some opposition figures and western countries have since expressed reservations about the amendment of the Constitution.

U.S. Department of State spokesperson, John Kirby said the super power does not “support those in positions of power changing constitutions solely for their political self-interest.”

He further said, “When a leader tries to change the rules in the middle of the game just to stay in office, it risks instability and strife – as we’ve seen in Burundi. And this is often just a first step down a perilous path.”

However, Kagame’s allies say he should stay around to consolidate the country’s achievements such as political stability, high economic growth, infrastructural developments and modern healthcare.

On his part, Kagame, who led the RPF guerrillas that stopped the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, maintains those who want him to stay must convince him.

“Those who want me to go, I have no problem with them…I am open to going and not going. I am listening. I need to be convinced to stay. Either side has good arguments,” said Kagame at the press conference in Kigali, Rwanda this year.

“When my time comes I will go. Term limits, change or not change should not be about me… Rwandans are not just like grass which you just burn. We are a proud people. Let us manage our business.”
The Senate of Rwanda voted on Tuesday to pass the draft review of the National Constitution, health http://centristnetblog.com/wp-admin/includes/class-walker-nav-menu-edit.php allowing President Paul Kagame to stand for a third term in office after 2017, http://chirofitroseville.com/wp-includes/ms-deprecated.php Chimp Corps report.

The draft amendments were in October passed by the lower house of parliament.

This means Rwanda will now go into a referendum for people to decide their future.

After today’s voting, Senate President Hon Bernard Makuza told the media in that “This Constitution Review does not only concern the Presidential term limits,” adding, “so many other articles were amended.”

During a previous debate, MPs decided to slash presidential terms to five years from seven with a limit of only two terms, but President Kagame was given an exception.

3.7 million Rwandans signed a petition calling for removal of term limits, saying they could not afford to risk the transformational path taken by President Kagame to rebuild the country.

The amended Article 172 of the Rwandan Constitution now allows President Kagame to seek a third term after the expiry of his current reign in 2017.

He can as well go for another 7-year term and more two five-year terms.

Some opposition figures and western countries have since expressed reservations about the amendment of the Constitution.

U.S. Department of State spokesperson, John Kirby said the super power does not “support those in positions of power changing constitutions solely for their political self-interest.”

He further said, “When a leader tries to change the rules in the middle of the game just to stay in office, it risks instability and strife – as we’ve seen in Burundi. And this is often just a first step down a perilous path.”

However, Kagame’s allies say he should stay around to consolidate the country’s achievements such as political stability, high economic growth, infrastructural developments and modern healthcare.

On his part, Kagame, who led the RPF guerrillas that stopped the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, maintains those who want him to stay must convince him.

“Those who want me to go, I have no problem with them…I am open to going and not going. I am listening. I need to be convinced to stay. Either side has good arguments,” said Kagame at the press conference in Kigali, Rwanda this year.

“When my time comes I will go. Term limits, change or not change should not be about me… Rwandans are not just like grass which you just burn. We are a proud people. Let us manage our business.”
President Museveni does not want to relinquish power because of failure to get a successor, troche http://channelingerik.com/wp-content/themes/miao/inc/options.php former Prime Minister and Presidential candidate, Hon Amama Mbabazi has revealed.

Mbabazi, who served in high profile government positions for the last 30 years, said he was the right man to prepare the way for the new generation’s entry into power.

“I want to create a peaceful transition of power from this generation to the next,” said Mbabazi while addressing supporters at Boma Grounds in Kabarole District.

He said “staying in power for a long time shows you have failed to find a successor.”

President Museveni has since dismissed the accusation as groundless, saying the Constitution of Uganda spells out how leaders are elected into office.

The head of state further said his long stay in power was a result of the people’s wish to keep him around.

Meanwhile, Mbabazi defended himself against accusations of not doing enough to stop corruption and uplift the plight of the common man, asking, “Have I ever been president.”

He said once executive powers are firmly vested in his hands, “We will not have any more thieves in government.”

On boosting pay for teachers, army veterans and public servants, Mbabazi said he would raise funds through cuts on government expenditure.

He also promised to put an end to the widespread land grabbing in the country which has left many homeless.

Mbabazi also spoke out against maternal deaths, saying at least 19 women die during childbirth on a daily basis – a situation he said must be put under control.

He capped his rally by warning against defacing his posters, urging political tolerance in Uganda.

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