After losing the 2017 Rwanda Presidential elections, both Independent candidates, Phillip Mpayimana and Frank Habineza of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda have conceded defeat and congratulated President Kagame for winning the elections.
Mpayimana who was the first to congratulate President Kagame on his victory in Friday’s presidential poll said he was satisfied with the results and thanked supporters, Rwanda Broadcasting Agency, National Electoral Commission, local administrators "that helped me to conduct my campaigns despite difficulties in the first week.”
Mpayimana who finished second with 0.72 per cent votes ahead of Frank Habineza ( 0.45 per cent) said he had achieved his main objective of “inspiring the first steps of democracy of our country” and pledged to carry on with the same cause when he returns to stand after seven years.
National Electoral Commission announced that Kagame had attained an unassailable 98.66 per cent with 80 per cent of total votes cast announced.
Meanwhile Habineza in a press briefling also congratulated President Kagame upon winning the election when he said; “We had high expectations. We are not pleased with the outcomes but we congratulate the winner RPF-Inkontanyi incumbert President Paul Kagame and we wish him all the best."
Habineza pointed out that RPF candidate won and hopes that as the winner they will take into account the Green Party manifesto as he believes it contains elements that can help transform the country even more.
Habineza went on to thank his voters for believing in him saying that they have all given him more confidence to continue working for a more democratic struggle for Rwanda.
Habineza also thanked National Electoral Commission, the media, security organs and other government institutions for their role to ensure a peaceful electoral process and further added the campaign was good and well organized.