This declaration was made during an interview with Jeune Afrique, where President Kagame responded to questions about his recent re-election as the Chairman of RPF Inkotanyi, where he received an impressive 99.8% support, raising speculations about his role in the forthcoming elections.
In response to the interviewer’s inquiry, Kagame expressed his appreciation for the trust bestowed upon him by the people of Rwanda. He emphasized his commitment to serving their interests to the best of his abilities.
Furthermore, he unequivocally confirmed his candidacy for the 2024 presidential polls, acknowledging the apparent nature of his potential rerun, as suggested by the interviewer.
Expressing his gratitude, Kagame recognized the continuous trust placed in him by cadres and citizens alike. He stressed the profound significance of this trust, acknowledging that it deepened his sense of duty and indebtedness to the Rwandan people.
Reflecting on his political journey, it’s worth noting that Kagame initially assumed office on April 17, 2000, following his election by the Parliament and cabinet members. He stepped into the leadership role after Pasteur Bizimana’s resignation, leading the country during a three-year transitional regime.
In 2003, Kagame was elected as President for his first term, securing an impressive 95% of the votes. He was subsequently re-elected for a second term in 2010, with a substantial 93% of the votes. At that time, the Rwandan constitution stipulated a two-term limit for the head of state.
In response to the request of over 5 million citizens, the Parliament revised the Constitution, allowing Kagame to run for the 2017 presidential polls. In that election, he garnered a commanding 98.79% of the votes, facing competition from other contenders, including Mpayimana Philippe, who received 0.73%, and Dr. Habineza Frank, who obtained 0.48% of the votes.
Now, after serving six years in his third term, Kagame has announced his candidacy for the 2024 presidential elections.
This decision aligns with the Constitution’s revision in 2015, which permits the President to contend for presidential polls until 2034. Notably, these upcoming terms will be reduced to five years instead of the previous seven, while maintaining alignment with constitutional changes.