Today is a historic day in Rwanda. President-elect Paul Kagame will be swearing in for his second seven-year term in office. And as such, all roads will lead to Amahoro National Stadium, the venue for the event, which has attracted many foreign dignitaries, from the continent and beyond.
The RPF Chairman won the August 9 poll election with a landslide of 93.08 percent, leaving the remaining votes to the three opposition candidates, Dr Jean Damascene Ntawukuriryayo, Prosper Higiro and Dr Alvera Mukabaramba.
As we usher in a new chapter in our country’s development, a team of The New Times analysts and senior writers take stock of the major highlights of the election season. We take a look at how the election, largely billed as the most successful poll the country has organised, was planned and executed.
Our analysts put into perspective both the election and Kagame’s subsequent victory; what it means to Rwanda and the rest of the region.
The ultimate choice of the electorate and the tranquillity that prevailed during and after the campaigns speaks volumes about the people of Rwanda. What is the magic behind all that? Women are also relishing the prospects of continuity of women empowerment programmes.
Ordinary Rwandans also give their own assessment of their country’s second democratic presidential election, their hopes for the future, and share with us their thoughts on democracy and human rights in Rwanda. They have spoken and their voices should not be muzzled.