Uhuru heads to Rwanda for Paul Kagamae's inauguration

James Marshall
August 18, 2017

President Paul Kagame said the presence of the African leaders for his inauguration is a sign of unity and gives the country strength.

The 59-year-old Kagame, re-elected with almost 99% of the vote, took a swipe at critics who regularly highlight repression and lack of freedoms in the tiny east African nation.

He said attacks on the country's character only makes her stronger provided she acted with decision and conviction. "There is exceptional leadership and ingenuity amongst us". At the root of any success are good choices, built on a mindset which can be summarised in three words: Do It Yourself.

He also congratulated President Kagame for the trust that Rwandans have shown in him.

Kagame won the August 4 presidential elections after garnering 98.7% of the votes against main opposition party leader Frank Habineza and independent candidate Philippe Mpayimana who performed poorly in the polls.

Others were Touadera (Central African Republic), Brahim Ghali (Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic), Mahamadou Issoufou (Niger), Edgar Lungu (Zambia), Macky Sall (Senegal), Sasou Nguesso (Republic of Congo) and Hage Gottfried Geingob (Namibia).

Kagame, who swept to a landslide victory in Rwanda's presidential election, securing a third term in office and extending his 17 years in power, arrived at the stadium accompanied by the First Lady, Jeannette Kagame.

The ceremony was attended by several African leaders, including Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes.

Prime Ministers Hailemariam Desalegn of Ethiopia and Patrice Trovoada of São Tomé and Príncipe were also there.

Other dignitaries included African Union Commission Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat and former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo (Nigeria), Festus Mogae (Botswana) and Benjamin Mkapa (Tanzania) among others.

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