US rejects third term bid by Rwandan President, Paul Kagame

Barack Obama

The United States said on Saturday it is “deeply disappointed that President Paul Kagame has announced his intention to run for a third term in office”.

The spokesperson for that country’s Department of State, an equivalent of Nigeria’s foreign ministry, said with his decision to take a third shot at the Rwandan presidency, “President Kagame ignores an historic opportunity to reinforce and solidify the democratic institutions the Rwandan people have for more than twenty years laboured so hard to establish”.

The statement by John Kirby added, “The United States believes constitutional transitions of power are essential for strong democracies and that efforts by incumbents to change rules to stay in power weaken democratic institutions.

“We are particularly concerned by changes that favour one individual over the principle of democratic transitions.

“As Rwanda moves toward local elections this year, presidential elections next year, and parliamentary elections in 2018, we call upon the Government of Rwanda to ensure and respect the rights of its citizens to exercise their freedom of expression, conscience, and peaceful assembly — the hallmarks of true democracies.

“The United States remains committed to supporting the free and full participation of the Rwandan people in the electoral processes ahead.”

Mr. Kagame recently instigated a constitutional change in his country which cleared him to run for a third term of office.

The adjustment of the presidential term rules was done despite the unfolding political crisis in neighbouring Burundi.

At least 200 people have died and tens of thousands have left the country after months of violence and protests since President Pierre Nkurunziza declared he would seek a third term in office, which he then won in a contested vote in July.

Mr. Nkurunziza, a former Hutu rebel leader, became Burundi’s first democratically elected president after its civil war, but is now reluctant to leave power.

In a touch of irony, Mr. Kagame recently gave a speech pointedly critical of Mr. Nkurunziza, saying he was allowing his people to die.

“No one knows where he is, no one can talk to him, how he leads his people, people are dying every day, dead bodies are being dragged on the streets every day,’’ Mr. Kagame said.

In October, Congo Republic voted in a referendum which cleared its 72-year old President, Denis Sassou Nguesso, to legally stand for a third consecutive term in next year’s election.

In October 2014, Burkina Faso’s leader of 27 years was toppled, amid violent protests as he made to stay put in office.


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  • amazing2012

    USA should also be deeply concern about the queen ?

    • Nkem

      Or rather they should be concerned about Saudi Arabia’s ‘democracy’.

  • bigbang

    Not the US business. Rwanda is a sovereign country.

    • StormRider1

      Funny! The Americans are entitled to their opinion even if it’s flows with the Rwandan opposition ad not Kagame. By the way, Kagame also opined his views on Burundi freely

      • bigbang

        You are right as long as they realize that it is just an opinion. Can’t really tell if it is an opinion or a command.

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    What does it matter what America thinks about Rwanda? Premium Times should spare us this kind of belittling news report. Is America now the chief superintendent for all countries of the world. Are we re-enacting slavery? Is this imperialism guided by brainwashing? What exactly is going on? 21 yrs ago, the Americans positioned their satellite and watched live from Pentagon the genocide in Rwanda as hundreds of thousands fell by machete cuts and several buried alive. America refused to act then because there were no oil wells in Kigali BUT kept the video clips so they could use it 16yrs later to prosecute a participant and prove to the world in their usual deceptive manner that they are champions of democracy and justice. If 1/1,000th of the resources spent in Syria was spent in Rwanda 1.2m lives would have been saved. But for 93days of carnage there was not a single US jet flew over the skies of poor Rwanda. Why must US now tell Rwandans what to do? The Americans should STOP this unsolicited and provocative interference in the affairs of countries. This is partly responsible for terrorism today. They should mind their own business. Solve their own crimes at home and stop racism in America. They should respect the fact that black lives matter. You can’t be killing black people at home and pretending to love the ones far away in Rwanda.

    • mai goro

      Yet they were able to impose Buhari on us—-and even honored Jega for rigging Buhari a global monster on us

      • No one imposed Buhari on Nigerians. This false narrative has been repeated ad nauseam.
        A lot of factors contributed to the unprecedented defeat of PDP in the elections. People genuinely yearned for a change, the Buhari tsunami swept all over the whole country including states that were PDP strongholds before.

        • Barrister Nseobong Aniefiok

          There was no Tsunami anywhere. Do you classify election results of 14m (Jonathan) VS 15m (Buhari) as a Tsunami? It does not even qualify for a harmless wave on a calm stream. This is where deception begins for Yoruba folks like you who cannot even use their real names or names suggestive of their place of origin, rather you use an alien identity intended to mislead people. The only people who signed on to change that we know of are the Yorubas who expectedly were cowed by the personal threats from Buhari and then the fright from Boko hram Islamists. Aside these 2 reasons, or if u like, one reason, there exist no other factor or factors as you suggest. 45% of the Cabinet of Buhari are Ex PDP members with various records of theft. So what has changed?

          • Dy

            God bless u.

          • It’s a tsunami because
            i) Buhari was able to win the elections with a margin of 3m despite being in the opposition.
            ii) PDP lost the majority in both the House of Reps and the Senate.
            iii) APC won in states like Jigawa, Benue and Plateau which were formerly PDP states.
            Now ponder on this:
            i) Have you forgotten that APC is a constellation of three former opposition parties?
            ii) Have you forgotten that most of the founding fathers of PDP left the party including Chief Obasonjo?
            iii) Have you forgotten that Jonathan reneged on the gentleman agreement that power should go back to the North?
            iv) Have you forgotten that Buhari has a cult-like followership in the North and that contributed handosmely to his elections victory?
            v) Have you forgotten the five governors that left PDP to APC including our Hon Minister Rotimi Amaechi?

          • Citizen

            Feel free to check history to understand which of the regions is cowed. Even during the civil war ur people were treated by their Igbo neighbours ad second Class., till date they are derogatorily called “muur”. In the larger national politics your people are always collaborating with the Hausa/fulani while Yorubas have always maintained their distinct identity . Yorubas played opposition politics for more than 50 years, they formulated their own polices, promoted their political parties and unapologetically negotiated their interest in the entity called Nigeria with the outcome favourable to their people.
            In your case, what is the standing of your people who are not only cowed by the Hausa/Fulani but by your immediate neighbours and what is your ground for self identification and at what level of development are your people. I love Nigeria and Nigerians irrespective of our background but a blight like you will always make other good people from your region to have “mud stains” sometimes

        • PeaceAmbassador

          And is still sweeping through.

      • I Hate Sycophant Truly

        So Americans came to Nigeria to vote. What a message from a demented brain. Please can you go to the tribunal and make this complain that Americans came to vote.

      • Kill Korruption

        Everybody go vote in support of President Buhari’s efforts to Kill corruption in Nigeria. Lets vote to counter these frivolous petitions being written to discourage and distract the anti corruption efforts of President Buhari. Copy and paste the link below (remove all spaces within the link when you paste) into your browser to go to voting website. Also copy and paste the link to as many Naija news sites and blogspots as you can and encourage everyone to vote and support the ongoing campaign against corruption that has nearly killed our great nation.

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    • Kill Korruption

      Everybody go vote in support of President Buhari’s efforts to Kill corruption in Nigeria. Lets vote to counter these frivolous petitions being written to discourage and distract the anti corruption efforts of President Buhari. Copy and paste the link below (remove all spaces within the link when you paste) into your browser to go to voting website. Also copy and paste the link to as many Naija news sites and blogspots as you can and encourage everyone to vote and support the ongoing campaign against corruption that has nearly killed our great nation…

      http: //goo .gl/PXZ0FD

  • BUDGET _of_ DOOM

    “I thought that with the Muhammadu Buhari change mantra, the era of budgeting huge amount for frivolous things in the Presidency would become history in Nigeria. Unfortunately, the reverse is the case as seen from the 2016 budget submitted to the national Assembly.”
    In spite of the poverty, disease, hunger and malnutrition pervading this country, the Buhari administration had the effrontery to budget about the following: —– Yemi Adebowale: yemi.adebowale=AT=thisdaylive

    1. N3.7 billion = Purchase of BMW salon cars for the Presidency’s principal officers.
    2. N189 million = was voted to “buy tyres” for vehicles being used in the Presidency.
    3. N1.415 billion = Local and international travels to N1.415 billion as against the N944,672,109 spent in 2015.
    4. N326 million = allocated for Aso Rock Wildlife Conservation, purchase of exotic animals (Abacha also kept Lions in Aso Rock)
    5. N89 million = Allocation of presidential canteen materials and kitchen equipment for the Presidency.
    6. N104.7m = State House budget for refreshments and meals.
    7. N102.9 million = Foodstuff and catering materials for presidency
    8. N764.67 million = was proposed for “construction of recreational facilities in the Presidency
    9. N3.65 billion = Presidential fleet maintenance expenses in 2016.
    10. N16.6 million = for supply of foodstuff and catering services for Vice President in 2016

    From the above, it is clear that Buhari,his wife Aisha and their 2 resident children in Aso Rock will feed themselves everyday in 2016 with the sum of N286,800 (two hundred and eighty sic thousand Naira) everyday. This is what it will cost from the N104.7m budgeted for one year feeding.This is pure madness. How can 4 persons eat food worth N286,800 everyday? Why is PT not analizing these for the public?

    Dear Nigerians, thee 2016 budget for the Presidency is filled with all sorts of repulsive expenditure. So, this is the change Nigerians voted for?

    • Frank Bassy

      N286,800 spent by Buhari & Family on food daily? This is FRAUD. Someone must go to prison for this. There must be a thief somewhere? Who is eating the food?

      • PeaceAmbassador

        Why are u people shouting? Did my friend and brother Goodluck Jonathan not budgeted 1 Billion naira for food at an average of about N3million every day? Check your records.

        However, my understanding of the State House is that visitors are entertained everyday every minute as the visit in a presidential manner. This is not the village palace or the emir’s palace. To me, 286,000 is not too extraordinary compared to what was budgeted by PDP govt. Check your records.

        • I Hate Sycophant Truly

          Please stop dignifying these cowards with reply to their shit. They no nothing about the system of governance, all they hear is go and no more.

    • Ed

      In contrast how much is spend everyday to feed the 1.2m people in the IDP camps? Haaaaaaaaaaa Nigeria! Is this change? I am beginning to lose the initial confidence I had in this govt

    • Olu (from South Africa)

      What is America saying about this budget?

    • THE SOURCE

      It is really sad very sad indeed–the thing again is that Buhari is a pathological liar–Nothing like truth in his mouth–He is now using Dasuki as a cover up for his evil ways-same as the Chibok girls–Let him tell us what he did with the 5.6b Mrs. Madueke left in the coffers of NNPC–AND WHY HE HAD TO BORROW FROM THE WORLD BANK WHEN WE HAD SUCH AN AMOUNT OF MONEY IN THE VAULT OF NNPC?

    • Olu (from South Africa)

      This budget is DISCRIMINATORY. How can the President spend N104.7m on food and then the VP spends only N16.6m on food? This is confusing? Nigeria is really a zoo. In some countries, this is sufficient to proceed on accelerated impeachment. It is as if these African leaders are blighted by corruption and thieving spirits once they get into office.

      • Proudly Yoruba

        I agree with you my brother. PMB must increase the budget for food for the VP. N16.6m against N104m is too much difference. No cheating please.

  • think2wice

    It is not mandatory you follow constitution all the time. I am sure colonialism and slavery were not in the British and American constitutions. I am sure the principle of exploitation and provocative extraction of the resources of African countries by Europe and America is not in any constitution anywhere. Neither is it written in any constitution the grand plot to continuously sell arms rebels and terrorists so that these so called ‘industrialized’ nations make billions of Dollars and Pounds while we Africans die in the conflict. Have you ever reasoned that ISIS has no weapons manufacturing plant? Have you ever wondered who manufactures the bullets, gunns, mortals, RPGs, grenades etc used by ALL combatants in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Lybia, Nigeria, Sudan, Ethiopia etc? – Europe & America. So, my dear, who is the full here? Wipe ur brain from dust.

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      The “full” is that ediyot who cannot comport himself reasonably and decently on a public platform like this; YOU.

  • There are two important issues here:
    i) What’s really wrong with most African leaders? From Zimbabwe to Burundi and now to Rwanda- the story remains the same. Leaders who have refused to vacate their office at the end of the tenure. Leaders who would rather hang on to power precariously than give room for continuation of governance.
    ii) Why is America always trying to interfere in areas beyond her jurisdiction? What’s really their agenda? Why this overbearing attitude and why do they think they can control everyone especially people living in the so-called third world countries?

    It is time for Africans to hold their leaders accountable, the citizenry must overcome apathy and their natural diffidence, they must tolerate each other’s foibles so they can forge ahead. They must oppose any form of dictatorship either by Western juggernauts or forces within the continent.

    • REDEEM

      Did u Nigerians appreciate what Jonathan did for the Nation–handed over peacefully—Yet the Fulanis and Yorubas have been abusing him and doing all in their power to instigate the people of the Niger Delta to war- again-Investigating security votes—-and questioning the soul of Jonathan—-in relation to the arms purchase–Yet 7 months after Buhari took over, he has been using the same weapons that Jonathan bought to kill Shiites and boko haram fighters—in the North————-In spite of the embargo the USA placed on Jonathan concerning the purchase of weapons—————separation is the only answer

      • Hey, Nigeria is too complex for one man to control, otherwise OBJ could have easily had his third term and Sani Abacha could have transmuted himself into a civilian president and ruled us ad infinitum.
        Jonathan had no choice other than to concede defeat. i respect him for that but he knows how he would have ended if he had attempted to try otherwise- the Ivory Coast case comes to mind.
        No one is instigating the Niger Delta people. Look around the Niger Delta and to be candid there is no tangible achievement or projects executed by the Jonathan administration during his six years rule.
        Jonathan lost his goodwill, despite his humble beginnings and the fortuitous opportunity that ushered him in as the president…he failed woefully.

        • I Hate Sycophant Truly

          Why wasting your time replying an imbecile, Pharaoh’s son? He’s born to cause confusion and to instigate one against the other. Tomorrow you will see him saying worse than this. Please ignore the coward and don’t dignified him with response

        • I Hate Sycophant Truly

          Why wasting your time replying an imbecile, Pharaoh’s son? He’s born to cause confusion and to instigate one against the other. Tomorrow you will see him saying worse than this. Please ignore the coward and don’t dignified him with response

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      You were supporting the extra-judicial killing of men, women and children just recently in Zaria,you supported the shooting of unarmed protesters in the SE both here and other fora . That is what fuels dictatorships,when people like you ignore their civic duties and start supporting evil under whatever guise like fighting quarruptian. Buhari is going to be worse than Kagame but at least Kagame brought development to Rwanda,Buhari cannot even develop his town.Daura.

  • budget of doom

    “I thought that with the Muhammadu Buhari change mantra, the era of budgeting huge amount for frivolous things in the Presidency would become history in Nigeria. Unfortunately, the reverse is the case as seen from the 2016 budget submitted to the national Assembly.”
    In spite of the poverty, disease, hunger and malnutrition pervading this country, the Buhari administration had the effrontery to budget about the following: —– Yemi Adebowale: yemi.adebowale=AT=thisdaylive

    1. N3.7 billion = Purchase of BMW salon cars for the Presidency’s principal officers.
    2. N189 million = was voted to “buy tyres” for vehicles being used in the Presidency.
    3. N1.415 billion = Local and international travels to N1.415 billion as against the N944,672,109 spent in 2015.
    4. N326 million = allocated for Aso Rock Wildlife Conservation, purchase of exotic animals (Abacha also kept Lions in Aso Rock)
    5. N89 million = Allocation of presidential canteen materials and kitchen equipment for the Presidency.
    6. N104.7m = State House budget for refreshments and meals.
    7. N102.9 million = Foodstuff and catering materials for presidency
    8. N764.67 million = was proposed for “construction of recreational facilities in the Presidency
    9. N3.65 billion = Presidential fleet maintenance expenses in 2016.
    10. N16.6 million = for supply of foodstuff and catering services for Vice President in 2016

    From the above, it is clear that Buhari,his wife Aisha and their 2 resident children in Aso Rock will feed themselves everyday in 2016 with the sum of N286,800 (two hundred and eighty sic thousand Naira) everyday. This is what it will cost from the N104.7m budgeted for one year feeding.This is pure madness. How can 4 persons eat food worth N286,800 everyday? Why is PT not analizing these for the public?

    Dear Nigerians, thee 2016 budget for the Presidency is filled with all sorts of repulsive expenditure. So, this is the change Nigerians voted for?

  • I Hate Sycophant Truly

    All these sit tight presidents God has to help us uproot them in Africa. See a one time rebel leader, agitating for the freedom of his people now became rebel to his own people. God need to come wipe these people out, because they’re animals.

  • Citizen

    Your post is alway rich and mature. Many right thinking people will agree with the America’s position.

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      Thanks, bruv.

  • Kill Korruption

    Everybody go vote in support of President Buhari’s efforts to Kill corruption in Nigeria. Lets vote to counter these frivolous petitions being written to discourage and distract the anti corruption efforts of President Buhari. Copy and paste the link below (remove all spaces within the link when you paste) into your browser to go to voting website. Also copy and paste the link to as many Naija news sites and blogspots as you can and encourage everyone to vote and support the ongoing campaign against corruption that has nearly killed our great nation.

    http: //goo .gl/PXZ0FD

    • .BUDGET_of_DOOM

      “I thought that with the Muhammadu Buhari change mantra, the era of budgeting huge amount for frivolous things in the Presidency would become history in Nigeria. Unfortunately, the reverse is the case as seen from the 2016 budget submitted to the national Assembly.”
      In spite of the poverty, disease, hunger and malnutrition pervading this country, the Buhari administration had the effrontery to budget about the following:

      1. N3.7 billion = Purchase of BMW salon cars for the Presidency’s principal officers.
      2. N189 million = was voted to “buy tyres” for vehicles being used in the Presidency.
      3. N1.415 billion = Local and international travels to N1.415 billion as against the N944,672,109 spent in 2015.
      4. N326 million = allocated for Aso Rock Wildlife Conservation, purchase of exotic animals (Abacha also kept Lions in Aso Rock)
      5. N89 million = Allocation of presidential canteen materials and kitchen equipment for the Presidency.
      6. N104.7m = State House budget for refreshments and meals.
      7. N102.9 million = Foodstuff and catering materials for presidency
      8. N764.67 million = was proposed for “construction of recreational facilities in the Presidency
      9. N3.65 billion = Presidential fleet maintenance expenses in 2016.
      10. N16.6 million = for supply of foodstuff and catering services for Vice President in 2016

      From the above, it is clear that Buhari,his wife Aisha and their 2 resident children in Aso Rock will feed themselves everyday in 2016 with the sum of N286,800 (two hundred and eighty sic thousand Naira) everyday. This is what it will cost from the N104.7m budgeted for one year feeding.This is pure madness. How can 4 persons eat food worth N286,800 everyday? Why is PT not analizing these for the public?

      Dear Nigerians, thee 2016 budget for the Presidency is filled with all sorts of repulsive expenditure. So, this is the change Nigerians voted for?

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    GOOD MOVE USA !! ALL “ELECTED” DICTATORS MUST GO INCLUDING THE LEADER OF THE KILLING CABAL IN NIGERIA WHO SHOOT PEACEFUL PROTESTERS TO DEATH IN MASS EXTRA-JUDICIAL EXECUTIONS.

  • Dan

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    • adeade

      Cheaper than Telbo and Rebtel?

      • Dan

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  • KILL KORRUPTION

    What is budgeted for food for the people in IDP capms in 2016?

  • Evidence

    N326 million budgeted for Aso Rock Wildlife Conservation, purchase of exotic animals. How does this improve the economy? With people sleeping under the bridges and the markets? Nigerians ARISE!

  • Pollution in Niger Delta

    BREAKING! – New report says life expectancy in the Niger Delta is now 41 yrs due to decades of pollution and federal government cover u and refusal to clean up the pollution. The people breathe in polluted air, drink polluted water and eat contaminated food & aquatic animals because they plant on polluted land and fish from polluted water. What is Buhari doing before this time bomb goes off? Will Nigeria survive the revolt in the Niger Delta?

  • tundemash

    Saudi Arabia which executed 47 persons in a day sits on the Human Rights Council of the UN. What does Obama have to say about this?

    • Onike24

      What is he going to say? Saudi Arabia is no better that North Korea, a man was sentenced to death for blasphemy( which is not a crime in Islam) but the worst thing is that the man says he has repented and is sorry, do you know what Saudi ‘s courts said? They said it was too late! I don’t know who God complained to O! They are just a despicable tyrannical regime.

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      Buhari and Buratai executed more than 300 in a two day sustained attack on an extra-judicial basis, at least the Saudi’s arrested and tried those people,In Buhari’s Nigeria such niceties of due do not exist.

  • Onike24

    America should mind it’s own business, and stop sermonising to the rest of us.

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      The USA plays a vital role in helping eliminate tyrants . GOD BLESS AMERICA !

      • Gugurus Ekpa

        Tawanda,

        You actually said, “GOD BLESS AMERICA !”? Did the Holy Spirit visit you last night?

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          That is exactly the phrase Americans use so this is nothing to do with religion

  • amazing2012

    My problem is not Rwandan internal politics as a sovereign state. But involvement of US ! With that statement US has already open away of supporting crises and arming rivals in the country that just come out from bitter genocide in the history of mankind.
    If Kagane will rule forever to restor hope and sanity in Rwanda then let it be !!

  • Mockme

    Africa is a pitiable continent. At least Nigeria and South Africa still holds the ace.

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