Kagame Draws Dozen African Leaders for Inauguration

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By Godfrey Ntagungira

Kagame draws dozen African leaders for inauguration

At 08/18/2017 12:03, President Paul Kagame took the oath of office to lead Rwanda for another seven year term, amidst strong show of support by his peers, with at least a dozen current and former African heads of states graced the inauguration ceremony.

In attendance at the Amahoro stadium are presidents Faustin Archange Touadera of the Central African Republic, Brahim Ghali of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti, Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger.

Also in Kigali are presidents Edgar Lungu of Zambia, Macky Sall of Senegal, Sasou Nguesso of the Republic of Congo and Hage Gottfried Geingob of Namibia,Uhuru Kenyatta –Kenya, President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda.

The Prime Minister of São Tomé and Príncipe, Patrice Emery Trovoada is also representing his country for the swearing-in including the Vice-President of Ivory Coast, Daniel Kablan Duncan; and Acting Vice-President of the Gambia and Minister of Women’s Affairs, Fatoumata Jallow-Tambajang.

Kagame won the August 4, presidential elections after garnering 98.7% of the votes against opposition party leader Frank Habineza and the only independent candidate Philippe Mpayimana.

The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat also arrived in Kigali on Thursday with former Botswana President Festus Mogae and former Tanzania President Benjamin Mkapa.

Among them was former Bostwana president Ketumile Masire, Obasanjo Nigeria, Pierre Buyoya of Burundi, Ivory Coast and special envoys from China

They were joined by other African leaders including by the Speaker of Parliament of Equatorial Guinea, Gaudencio Mohaba Mesu also arrived early as well as the Speaker of the Moroccan House of Representatives, Habib El Malki and the Speaker of Parliament of the Democratic Republic of Congo Aubin Minaku.

Bashir, Kenyatta and Museveni Get Biggest Welcome

The three presidents of Sudan, Kenya and Uganda respectively excited Rwandans as they made a big entry. Kenyatta has won the recent controversial elections in Kenya this August, Bashir still is not in good terms with the ICC and Museveni of Uganda has been a long standing friend of Rwanda and its liberation struggle 23 years ago.

Oluyemi Oluleke “Yemi” Osinbajo, the current Vice President of Nigeria and acting president of Nigeria as President Buhari continues to recover from sickness.

The dignitaries witnessed the swearing-in of Paul Kagame on Friday at the Amahoro National Stadium for his third term of office.

After taking oath of office, Mr. Kagame said that “there’s no fight that scares Rwanda because God has been/is always on our side”.

He also noted that “when we are fighting for a just cause, there is no reason to fear anything because God is always on Rwanda’s side”.

While addressing the delegates and Rwandans after a colorful inauguration-Kagame recognized the eight other Political parties which helped in nominating him as candidate for presidency and congratulates the two candidate who brought their message to the people and no vote was cast against but for Rwanda.

“This is who were are for now and all time” Kagame said on the choice of Rwandans, “To work for Rwanda is an honor to me to serve Rwandans”

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