A number of local artists have come out in public support demanding that the two-term limit be erased from the Constitution to allow president Paul Kagame stand for re-election for a third term come 2017 presidential elections.
These include Urban Boyz rapper aka Manzi James, songstress Knowless Butera, Ahmed Nizzo.
However the article is under the section of the constitution protected from easy tampering, that only a Referendum can overturn.
This comes following the MPs and Senators second week tour in the countryside consulting Rwandans on the 3.7 million petitions after both chambers endorsed the amendment.
In an interview with this website, different artists gave out their reasons as to why they want president Kagame to stay.
“As you see I made my own T-shirt asking change of article 101 because its president Kagame who stopped the genocide, brought us back in our home country and gave us opportunity to execute our talents, seriously if it wasn’t for President Kagame, I would be somewhere else looking after cows,” says Manzi James.
“I am ready to record new songs and also throw free shows to my fans calling them to support the constitutional amendment so that we keep our beloved president Kagame in office because as a female artist I very much appreciate his efforts for gender promotion in our country” said songstress Knowless Butera.
Singer Nizzo Ahmed also said that “Trust me, youth makes up a bigger percentage of entertainment industry and we all became who we are today due to the good leadership of president Kagame –so there no reason for him to retire since we still need him”
It’s not only local musicians that see the tremendous change of the country brought by Kagame regime but also foreign artists find it hard to leave the stage without talking about the leadership of president Paul Kagame.
Of recent the Uganda’s dynamical duo Radio& Weasel while live on KT Radio said that Rwandans have a great leader they should not allow to retire because of his good leadership style.
“If you Rwandans want your country to continue shinning, keep supporting Kagame’s vision to lead the country because the power lies into your hands” Radio& Weasel advised during the live show.
Eddy Kenzo also showed support while on stage last week during the Kigali Up Music Festival.
“I have always admired President Kagame the way he rules the country” and he called on Rwandans to support him.