President Paul Kagame has been elected as the candidate of the Rwanda Patriotic Front for the Presidential elections in August this year. The members of the RPF’s national congress elected him unanimously, at a meeting held on Saturday at the party’s new headquarters in Rusororo, which was inaugurated by Kagame who is also the RPF chairman.
Addressing the national congress, the President said he had been in the situation of being called on to lead the people of Rwanda at several occasions, but that he had never gotten used to it.
“I should be standing here today talking about a new leadership, but you decided otherwise,” he said. “I have been in this position many times but I never get used to it. I will double my efforts so that together we can keep reducing the factors that compelled you to ask me to continue. We must work harder so that what made you ask me to stay longer can be addressed in these seven years.”
“Here is the deal: we have to do things differently, work harder so that the next seven years give us some kind of transition,” he added. “Now that you brought me here to accept it, I will give you my all; I will do it to the best of my ability. The pressure not to run again was less informed and meaningless than the pressure for me to accept it. I had no role in this but to accept it.”
To the youth of Rwanda, Kagame said it was inevitable to get involved in politics, because if they don’t, bad leads would fill the void.
“If you don't get involved in politics, bad politics steps in and the next day you are led by people you don't deserve. You can be President, but it is not just about being President, it is not a right. Aspire to be a leader, even a President, but above all aspire to be a good leader,” he remarked. “That's what Rwandans need and deserve. Reject the idea that someone else is better than you and has the right to tell you what you should be.”
President Kagame called on Rwandans to be participants in the development of the country, so that they could together fight for a better tomorrow.
The event was also attended by representatives of leading African political parties and China, and political parties registered in Rwanda, who all wished Rwanda and the people of Rwanda the best during the upcoming elections and to continue unwaveringly on the path of transformation.