Rwanda: Presidential campaign kicks off to day

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By Robert Mugabe

Four out of 10 parties in Rwanda have started neck to neck campaign in the bid to find the head of the state who will lead the country for seven years as prescribed in the constitution

Social Democratic Party (PSD), Party of Peace and Concord (PPC), Liberal Party (PL) and the ruling party Rwanda patriotic front (RPF-Inkotanyi) have begun there campaigns in a bid to seek for the President on August 09 general election

As RPF-Inkotanyi and its flag bearer Paul Kagame takes it to the national stadium with thousands and thousands sing “Tora Kagame” vote for Kagame with placards and banners with Kagames’ website as they clad in RPF branded T-shirts and caps, sang and danced for there party

RPF-Inkotanyis’ Kagame promises creating opportunities to all
Kagame thanked the party members for the great achievements realized so far, saying that their efforts have led to the remarkable development of Rwanda.

He added that dignity for Rwandans is based on good governance, democracy and that the Rwandan people have to make their choices as to how they want live.

Kagame pointed out that development rooted on women empowerment is a key element for the growth of the nation but hastened to add that the role of a man is equally critical.
If re-elected, Kagame said, his key priorities would include, creating opportunities for all, health care for every Rwandan, advanced farming, technology and infrastructural development, fighting corruption, job creation and the development of the skills of the Rwandan people.

PSD promises to fight for injustice and corruption
The Social Democratic Party (PSD), launched its campaigns for the Presidential elections with its flag bearer, Dr .Jean Damascene Ntawukulilyayo, at Muhanga stadium promising to work for unity, fight injustice and corruption, promote development and social transformation.

The party agenda was officially unveiled by party chairman, Dr. Vincent Biruta, at Gitarama Stadium, where he also presented Dr. Ntawukulilyayo, as the party’s candidate for the top office.

Dr. Biruta urged Rwandans to vote for the PSD candidate so as to maintain the party’s 19 years old legacy of democracy, solidarity and development.

“If voted into power, the party will base its leadership on five pillars, which include: good politics and democratic governance, improved economy and investment, social welfare transformation, increase regional integration and foreign affairs relations, unity, reconciliation and fighting the Genocide ideology.”

Ntawukulilyayo added that the party will transform justice, agricultural and livestock, education, business; and environmental protection for sustainable development.

The party, he added, will also consider training and capacity building among workers while embracing power sharing amongst political parties in key leadership posts.
PPC takes it to Eastern Province in Rwamagana promises free education

The Presidential candidate for the Party of Peace and Concord (PPC), Alvera Mukabaramba, have promised to offer free education from kindergarten to high school and improve the health insurance scheme, once she wins the presidential election due for August 9.

Mukabaramba is the only female candidate in the four-person run.
Addressing hundreds of cheering party supporters at her first rally in Kibaba village, Rubona Sector, Rwamagana District, Mukabaramba, talked of the need to merge local health insurance scheme known as Mutuelle de Santé, with others like RAMA, ‘for the benefit of the lower class people.’

“Free education should start from the lowest level…giving it from primary to senior three is not enough. Similarly, for you people to benefit from the existing health insurances, we need to harmonise the little money you pay with that of the middle class. PPC will do this, once in power,” she said.

Mukabaramba hinted at the need to create a system that caters for the unemployed, promising that her party would create a separate ministry to cater for people’s welfare.

MP Thierry Karemera, one of the party leaders, said they were sure of sailing through the election.

Liberal Party PL goes also to East in Kirehe promises to support agriculture
The Liberal Party (PL) Presidential contender, Prosper Higiro has promised residents of Ngoma and Kirehe Districts in the Eastern Province introduction of modern farming methods once elected which will compete favourably on the world market.

Higiro was yesterday addressing hundreds of party supporters in the two districts where he kicked off his campaign trail.

“Agriculture will be modernized into a profession for those who practice it, and this will help farmers to grow crops for sale rather than subsistence consumption only,” Higiro said

He promised to help Rwandan investors to venture into small factories to mainly process their agro-products and build more vocational institutions to get manpower to work in these factories.

Higiro, who commended the steps the country has taken in development since 1994 in areas like security, unity and reconciliation, economic development, education, health and people’s welfare, promised to continue strengthening all these systems to achieve the development a country desires.

“There is a lot that was done, but there is still a long way to go. PL has the capacity and zeal to address some of these challenges that remain,” he said

He singled out injustice, poverty, corruption, and lack of enough infrastructures as some of the challenges still faced by the country “and together all these will be ironed out. There will be no more queuing before the President to have their issues solved when there are leaders supposed to solve them.”

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