The Social Democratic Party (PSD) and Liberal Party have declared their support for president Paul Kagame in the upcoming presidential polls slated for 4th August 2017.
The RPF of which Paul Kagame is chairman has not yet nominated a presidential candidate.
The political parties made decisions over the weekend on separate days as PSD unveiled its Kagame support on Saturday and PL on Sunday during their congress in Kigali Conference and Exhibition Village.
PSD congress on Saturday celebrated 25 years of existence.
The decision was announced following PSD political bureau meeting which shared outcomes with members who didn’t hesitate to accept to back President Kagame given his good leadership.
The congress was attended by the party’s president Dr Vincent Biruta, Premier Anastase Murekezi among others.
Supporting Kagame’s candidacy among PSD members was also based on their contribution to amending the constitution especially article 101 to allow president Paul Kagame extend tenure.
Following the decision of supporting Kagame, Dr Vincent Biruta called on members to campaign for him saying it is easy because Rwandans witness positive transformations he brought to the country.
Dr Biruta told media that declaring support for Kagame is beneficial to both the party and Rwanda interests in general.
“We have declared support for a candidate with abilities to lead the country in the next seven years. We have considered national interests and wishes from our political party members,” he said.
Meanwhile, the president of PL, Donatille Mukabalisa which has also declared backing Paul Kagame for presidential candidacy yesterday said; “PL members also petitioned for amendment of the constitution to allow president Kagame extend leadership.”
The National Electoral Commission will receive presidential candidacies between 12th and 23rd June 2017 while the final list of approved candidates will be produced on 7th July 2017.
So far, Rwanda has three independent candidates who have expressed presidential ambitions including; Philippe Mpayimana, Diane Rwigara and Mwenedata Gilbert.
Green Party nominated its president Dr Frank Habineza as the flag bearer in the upcoming presidential elections.