Prime Minister Anastase Murekezi has called on Rwandans of voting age who have not yet registered to do so in order to put their right to vote to good use.
He was speaking yesterday in Jali sector, Gasabo District in Kigali after the monthly community service (Umuganda) where he joined residents to dig a water drainage trench to prevent soil erosion.
“The presidential elections will be held in august. We have made a decision of the kind of destiny we want to have,” he said.
“People that need to register should do it quickly. Those who have not yet received their national identity cards yet should go and get them so that we all use our rights as Rwandans to vote.”
He called on local grassroots leaders, the electoral commission, National Identification Agency, among other stakeholders, to work together to make sure that the whole electoral process is smooth.
The presidential elections which will take place on August 4 and over 6.6 million Rwandans are expected to take part. The process to update the voters’ register is ongoing under the commission’s supervision until May 2017.
Among other things the Prime minister also urged the residents of Jali to conserve nature by planting trees, digging terraces and trenches to fight soil erosion and landslides, making good use of water as well as using gas to cook.
“Let us look around and see what we need to do and we do it to preserve nature. Trees are important on all humans and other living things,” he said.
He also took time to remind people of the importance of the forthcoming commemoration period of the Genocide against the Tutsi.
He referred to it as “a responsibility for all Rwandans” to remember the dark history of the poor leadership of the 1994 government that prepared the Genocide that killed over a million people.
He noted that it was a time to thank the former RPF soldiers who stopped the Genocide and pledge to protect and continue building what has been achieved so far.