NYAMIRAMBO - The Muslim community, yesterday, pledged to massively support the RPF candidate, Paul Kagame, saying that his government has, over the last seven years, accorded visibility and genuine recognition to their religion.
The pledge was made in Nyamirambo, a predominantly Muslim neighborhood, where the candidate held his third rally of the day.
Kagame had earlier campaigned in the Eastern Province districts of Rwamagana and Kayonza.
About 70,000 people braved a scorching sun, as they sang and danced waiting for the RPF candidate who arrived at around 4:25 p.m.
At the rally, Muslim women and men showed their support, adding a flavor of Arabic and Swahili to their songs, as they praised the RPF and Kagame.
Addressing the mammoth crowd, Kagame said that he, together with the Rwandan people will work to build a new Rwanda. He went on to say that Kigali City is fortunate to have residents like the people of Nyamirambo.
The candidate pointed out that what the new Rwanda needs is; peace, good governance, education and citizens with good health. He noted that these are the key elements that define democracy, adding that the RPF does not practice discriminatory politics.
Amidst loud cheers, Kagame asked those who claim that there is no democracy in Rwanda to come, and witness the massive turnout at campaign rallies that are characterized by excitement. He emphasized that democracy is about the majority of the people making the right choice.
The candidate, criticized sections of the western media for refusing to cover the massive rallies that speak volumes about what the Rwandan people want.
Kagame, went on to say that he is ready to struggle for the pride of his people, democracy and the development of the nation. The candidate added that nobody will ever manipulate Rwanda and that he will never stop speaking for Rwandans. He urged the people to clearly articulate their wishes so that the international community does not second-guess them.
After the rally, Kagame walked through the Nyamirambo neighborhood interacting with his supporters
In one of the testimonies that were given at the rally, a Muslim lady said that the RPF leadership in the past seven years gave her family opportunities in education and a good life.
“I am a mother of 11, I have every reason to praise Kagame because, before he came to power, my children did not have a chance of making it beyond primary six, now my last born is finalizing senior six, I have two children at the university while others have graduated and are working,” she said.