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Rwanda’s presidential campaigns kick off

first_imgRwanda’s three presidential candidates vying for President begin the campaign trail today.The incumbent Paul Kagame, of the RPF Inkotanyi; Frank Habineza, of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda; and Philippe Mpayimana, an independent , all chose to begin their campaign rallies at sites out of the capital Kigali, the New Times reports.The candidates will spend the next 19 days travelling to the different parts of the country, holding rallies and searching for votes.The country’s President Kagame who is the flag bearer for the ruling RPF-Inkotanyi, will launch his campaign in the country’s Southern Province’s Ruhango District today.RPF’s manifesto mainly focuses on further strengthening the economy, boosting social welfare, and good governance as well as justice.The opposition leader, Frank Habineza will launch his campaign in Western Province’s Rusizi District. According to his manifesto, he that pledges to re-enforce the rule of law in the country, promote food security, reduce taxes, and grow an economy that is more environment-friendly, the report said.The independent opposition leader, Philippe Mpayimana will launch his campaign in Eastern Province’s Bugesera District pledging to strengthen democracy, promote trade and agriculture, foster more unity among Rwandans and empower the Rwandan youth, including those in the Diaspora.“The most important thing is to give farmers the freedom to sell what they grow to markets and control prices for them. So far, they sell their produce through cooperatives, which work as intermediaries and farmers need to be better entrepreneurs, who are strong enough to influence prices on the market,” he told The New Times yesterday.Mpayimana says he also wants to promote unity and reconciliation in Rwanda by sensitising more Rwandans to move on from their tragic past and embrace unity and a peaceful life in their communities across the country.The presidential campaigns will end on August 3. Elections are set for the 4 August, while those in the diaspora vote on August 3.About 6.8 million people will participate in this year’s presidential elections, a significant increase on the 5.7 million who participated in 2010 presidential elections, according to the NEC.last_img

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