Kagame to Muhanga: RPF is for unity, devt & security

RPF-Inkotanyi presidential candidate, Paul Kagame, yesterday campaigned in Southern Province’s Muhanga District where he called on over 100,000 supporters gathered at the Muhanga stadium to vote for RPF to continue on the journey of unity, development, and security.
RPF-Inkotanyi Presidential candidate Paul Kagame waves to crowds at a rally in Muhanga District 
yesterday. Village Urugwiro.
RPF-Inkotanyi Presidential candidate Paul Kagame waves to crowds at a rally in Muhanga District yesterday. Village Urugwiro.

RPF-Inkotanyi presidential candidate, Paul Kagame, yesterday campaigned in Southern Province’s Muhanga District where he called on over 100,000 supporters gathered at the Muhanga stadium to vote for RPF to continue on the journey of unity, development, and security.

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The crowd waits for its candidate Paul Kagame to arrive at Muhanga REgional Stadium on Tuesday. Faustin Niyigena

“It is unity, it is development, it is security,” he said as he described for the voters what voting for the RPF’s candidate in the forthcoming elections is about.

 

Kagame thanked Muhanga residents for turning up en masse at his rally and said that the next task is to fast-track the country’s journey to prosperity.

 
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Cameramen capture Kagame's campaign at Muhanga REgional Stadium on Tuesday. Faustin Niyigena

“We are determined to achieve transformation. We have made progress but it is not enough. But what we have achieved so far shows that nothing is impossible,” he said as his supporters cheered.

 

Kagame also thanked eight other political parties that have supported him in the presidential elections.

Muhanga resident Césarie Kantarama, a farmer, shared her testimony of transformation from a stay-at-home wife to a successful businesswoman.

She thanked Kagame for having encouraged people like her to have confidence in themselves and stand up to rebuild their lives.

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People with disabilities also come to support Kagame at Muhanga REgional Stadium on Tuesday. Faustin Niyigena

“You brought us back our value and we have changed our mindsets. Today, we feel more confident. I am a widow but I am a very confident woman and I work to develop my family and country,” said the local entrepreneur who has specialised in cassava growing.

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The RPF campaogn give a chance to the local singers to sing to a big audience. Here it's at Muhanga district on Tuesday. Faustin Niyigena

“Our candidate, you are the one and only (one),” she said, stating her eagerness to vote for the candidate come August 4 and urging other residents in the district to do the same.

The Governor of the Southern Province, Marie-Rose Mureshyankwano, told Muhanga residents that Kagame is a unique leader and rallied all their support around him.

“We have a special leader,” the former MP said, highlighting some of the current government’s good policies such as building roads, rolling out electricity in the country, and improving healthcare, among others.

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Intore Masamba greets his songs' fans in Muhanga on Tuesday. Faustin Niyigena

Genocide survivor Therese Nyinawankusi, who lost three children in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, said that Kagame saved her from death and that she is absolutely ready to vote for him.

“I will vote for Paul Kagame because he saved us during difficult times. The plan was to exterminate us all but he stopped it. Voting for him is very crucial given the big role he played in our lives,” she said.

The man who stopped the Genocide is also credited with nurturing unity and reconciliation in the country whose future was uncertain as a result of the Genocide and a long history of discrimination policies.

That promotion of unity is the single most important reason why 40-year-old Viateur Minani will vote for Kagame.

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Different artistes dance Ikinimba on the same stage at Muhanga district on Tuesday. Faustin Niyigena

“He should keep promoting the unity of Rwandans because he has been able to do it while so many other leaders had failed. For me, its his biggest achievement,” he said, adding that unity is important because it makes it possible for Rwandans to live happily.

“Life is a lot better when Rwandans live together and get along well with each other,” Minani told The New Times as he sat at Muhanga stadium waiting for the RPF candidate.

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Some of the women who came to support Kagame at Muhanga REgional Stadium on Tuesday. Faustin Niyigena

In this area, which is historically known for being the very first home base of politics of division as leaders like former president Grégoire Kayibanda preached Hutu majority power from here in the 1960s, history has turned the page and today residents uphold the importance of unity.

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Some RPF's supporters on their way to Muhanga REgional Stadium on Tuesday. Faustin Niyigena

The RPF candidate, who concluded yesterday’s rallies in Muhanga after campaigning in Western Province’s Ngororero District, will today campaign in Nyarugenge District, Kicukiro District, and E Bugesera District.

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