On his swearing-in on Friday, August 18, 2017 at the Amahoro stadium (Peace), for a new seven-year term, Rwandan President Paul Kagame sent what is perceived as a kind A small reply to his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, who put the problem of Africa in a “civilizational challenge”.
Faced with 20 heads of state and government and 25,000 people, the strong man of Kigali called on Africans to be wary of the “precepts” that some want to impose on the continent. “Every African country must face attempts to force us to live under the terms of someone else. They demand that we change systems that work well for us with dogmas in which their own people quickly lose faith. Africa has no problems of civilization, only of the assets “. And the Rwandan president to add in French the phrase “Without doubt”, added later on his Facebook page. A way to specify the identity of the recipient of the message?
“Africa is on the right track and we are going to make it through,” said the strong man from Kigali who also oversaw a meeting on the reforms of the African Union at the end of his swearing-in. Many analysts see Kagame’s speech as a response to criticism from the international community in the face of its long reign that began 23 years ago and which could last until 2034 thanks to the constitutional amendments voted by Rwandans at a Overwhelming majority. “Any attempt to denigrate the process and to glorify the former policy of division has only made Rwandans more determined to vote,” said President Kagame re-elected With more than 98, 97% of the vote.
And President Kagame to be Pan-African. “For centuries of adversity, our civilization has sustained us. Today, it gives us ambition, compassion and creativity. All the inspiration we need is here in Africa. There is exceptional leadership and ingenuity among us everywhere that we have been accustomed to not recognizing as such. “ And to finish in incantation: “Let us ensure that those who fought and perished to build this new Rwanda and to liberate Africa did not sacrifice themselves in vain.”
President Kagame was elected with a high score of 98.79% for a next seven-year term, while his competitors, independent candidate Philippe Mpahimana and Green party Frank Habineza, Score of 0.72% and 0.48%.
Among the Heads of State and Government present at the ceremony are Alpha Conté of Guinea; Yoweri Musevenu Kaguta of Uganda; Idriss Deby Itno of Chad; Sassou Nguesso of Congo Brazzaville; Macky Sall of Senegal; Issoufou Mahamadou of Niger; Ismaëll Omar Guelleh of Djibouti; Faure Essozima Gnassingbe of Togo; Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon; Hailemariam Desalegn of Ethiopia; Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya and his wife; Patrice Trevoada of Sao Tome and Principe; Edgar Lungu of Zambia; Salva Kiir of the Sud Sud; Hage Geingob of Namibia and his wife; Archange Touadera of Central Africa; Omar El Bashir of Sudan; Yemi Osinbajo of Nigeria; Brahim Ghali of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic entity, (not recognized by the UN).
Also of note are the Presidents of the Prime Minister of Madagascar, the Presidents of the Parliaments of the DRC, Equatorial Guinea, Morocco, the Delegate of the King of Swaziland and the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of The Gambia, Lesotho, Comoros, Eritrea, Ghana, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Tunisia, and Liberia.
By Gakwaya André, Kigal