The Chairman of RPF Inkotanyi, President Paul Kagame, on Friday addressed his first rally of the 2017 Presidential campaign in Ruhango town of Ruhango District, where over 100,000 people had gathered.
Kagame, who is the flagbearer for RPF Inkotanyi in the elections on 3 and 4 August, thanked the party for its continued trust in him.
“I thank RPF and its members for the trust you have put in me. I owe my candidacy to your support,” he said amid cheers from the tens of thousands of supporters.
“The RPF brought unity to this nation. We may have different views but we are all united by being Rwandans and building our country,” he added.
He also thanked all those parties that chose to ally themselves with the RPF Inkotanyi by supporting its flagbearer, saying that this underpins the peculiar context of the country.
Leaders of the eight political parties – the Liberal Party (PL), the Social Democratic Party (PSD), the Centrist Democratic Party (PDC), the Ideal Democratic Party (PDI),the Democratic Union of the Rwandan People (UDPR),the Workers’ Party (PSR),the Party for Progress and Concord (PPC) and the Progressive Prosperity and Solidarity Party (PSP) – attended the rally in Ruhango.
Kagame said that Rwandans should pay no attention to those critics who blame Rwanda for elections with a clear favoured winner and call it undemocratic, saying that Rwandans already spoke in December 2015 during the referendum.
“Pretending not to know the will expressed by the people during the referendum would be a lie, not democracy… you can choose not to hear the truth but you cannot deny what your eyes show you here today,” Kagame said.