Residents across the country are massively pushing for the constitution amendment, particularly article 101 that limits the President to run for two presidential terms.
The article sets presidential term limits at two with each running for seven (7) years. Rwandans of all walks of life demands for the amendment of article 101 of the constitution to allow President Kagame for another term.
In Kimironko sector in Gasabo, Gaspard Bugingo, a resident, said term limits should be waived only for Kagame, while Joselyne Ingabire, a resident of Kibagabaga Cell, said the President deserves more terms because of his “exceptionality”.
Adrienne Nyiranshuti , a resident of Gashora sector in Bugesera district said that president Paul Kagame promoted women rights and as well as stopping the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi, this compels me to demand for the constitutional amendment for allow president Kagame run for a third term.
For Nirere Marie Louise, from Rwamagana her fears are that women would likely lose their rights and be subjected to domestic violence if President Kagame does not run again, with tears rolling down her cheeks, she says “If President Kagame is not voted again women rights could be violated again.”
“Today almost every Rwandan woman is a member of a savings and credit cooperative and women are no longer afraid of acquiring loans to invest in income-generating projects to develop themselves, the President has truly empowered women. It is also true that every Rwandan has right to education, which was not the case previously.”
President Kagame said earlier, that the powers to change the Article lie with citizens.
“I don’t ask that you change that article, instead you delete it,” Mazimphaka Cyprian expressed his view during the on-going consultations.
Like Mazimphaka, residents of Cyanika sector in Burera District neighboring Uganda said that the president should rule for another term (seven years) and if he rules well, he would be allowed by citizens to continue ruling.
Member of Parliament, Deputy Mukayuhi Rwaka Constance while speaking during consultations in Rwamagana District said that such expression of views by citizens on the change of article 101 indicates that people know their rights.