The need to allow younger people a chance to develop and aspire to the presidency was part of his urging the population to vote no.
There has also been criticism from Reporters Without Borders that Kagame keeps a tight hold on the media in his country, effectively quashing opposition.
One of the ways that tight control is kept in the capital city is through the use of Gikondo Transit Center aka Kwa Kabuga. It is where police are alleged to sweep the city streets clear of any they deem undesirable. Human rights abuses are common.
Former detainees at Gikondo told Human Rights Watch that up to 800 people could be held at the center at one time, in several large rooms. Some described up to 400 detainees held in one room. HRW
Human Rights Watch has characterized this trend in Africa of rulers changing their country’s constitution that limits the terms eligible for re-election as “a constitutional coup”.
Other countries currently in the midst of constitutional coups are Burundi and the Congo Republic. Both are experiencing some degree of civil unrest.
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A road project with Uganda showed a USD $300 thousand difference in the per kilometre costs, much to the Ugandan officials chagrin.
Now Kagame’s methods have spawned a nickname – Kagamercracy. The recently elected Tanzania president, John Pombe Maqufuli, has taken a page from Kagame and has paid surprise visits to institutions and begun to get a handle on questionable spending by government employees.
In order to bring Rwanda into the 21st electronic community, he instituted a law that requires new city buildings to be wired for fibre optics. The following is an excerpt from News of Rwanda that shows how far the country has come since the dark days of 1994.
In Rwanda, people take so many things for granted because they feel entitled to anything. The latest craze; pedestrian sidewalks and cycling lanes are being dug out of road pavements. Kigalians now want space to ride their bikes!
Not all is easy in the much changed country. They are coping with about 80 thousand refugees that have fled Burundi after their president flouted the two term presidential rule.
News of Rwanda
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