Kagame’s inauguration in pictures


President Kagame takes the presidential oath in the company of First Lady Jeannette Kagame (left) at Amahoro National Stadium in the capital Kigali on Friday, August 18. The inauguration ceremony was witnessed by 19 Heads of State and Government and other high-ranking government officials, including prime ministers and ministers, from scores of African countries and beyond. / Courtesy

President Paul Kagame was on Friday, August 18, sworn in for another seven-year term, after he was overwhelmingly re-elected president during the August 4 poll, collecting 98.79 of votes cast.

Chief Justice Sam Rugege administered the Presidential Oath at a fully packed Amahoro National Stadium in Remera, Kigali. Over 20 current and former Heads of State and Government from across Africa witnessed the inauguration.

Over 30,000 people followed the ceremony inside the stadium, while thousands others watched it on giant screens that had been mounted the arena. Millions others followed live broadcasts around the country, with many others, including those outside the country, watching the event on live stream.  

Below are some of the pictures taken from the inauguration:

President Kagame signs documents sealing his re-inauguration as Head of State, shortly after he was sworn in by Chief Justice Sam Rugege (right). Looking on, centre, is First Lady Jeannette Kagame. / Courtesy
Chad President Idriss Déby Itno greets first son Ivan Kagame as President Kagame, First Lady Jeannette Kagame, and the other members of the First Family look on. / Courtesy
President Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon bids farewell to President Paul Kagame, who was accompanied by First Lady Jeannette Kagame and their children, as the visiting Heads of State and Government exited one after another after the inauguration ceremony at Amahoro National Stadium on Friday. / Courtesy
The Archbishop of the Province of the Anglican Church of Rwanda, Rt. Revd Onesphore Rwaje, leads a prayer at the opening of President Kagame’s inauguration at Amahoro National Stadium on Friday. / Courtesy
RDF servicemen and women during a march-past at the Presidential Inauguration at Amahoro National Stadium in Remera, Kigali on Friday, August 18. / Courtesy
Over 30,000 people were inside the Amahoro National Stadium to witness the Presidential Inauguration. / Courtesy
A cross-section of the about 20 Heads of the State and Government that witnessed Kagame’s inauguration in the capital Kigali on August 18. / Courtesy
Drummers entertain guests at the ceremony. / Courtesy
A woman holds aloft small replicas of the Rwandan Flag at the inauguration ceremony at the Amahoro National Stadium on Friday. / Courtesy