Video Duration 25 minutes 15 seconds
From: Inside Story

Did a climate of fear keep Paul Kagame in power?

Rwandan president gets a third term with 99 percent of the vote, extending his 17-year rule.

It was seen by many as a done deal. Paul Kagame was returned as Rwanda‘s president in a landslide win.

His leadership in the past 17 years has been viewed by many as a success story.

Kagame, 59, has been credited with bringing stability and economic development after the horrors of the 1994 genocide. But he has also been criticised for abusing civil liberties and suppressing his opponents.

He had two challengers in the election. But Kagame’s critics are asking: Did Rwandans dare vote for them?

And has the West turned a blind eye to a leader accused of creating a climate of fear?

Presenter: Hazem Sika


Nii Akuetteh – Executive director of the African Immigrant Caucus in Washington, DC

TK Gatete – Senior researcher, Institute for Policy and Research in Rwanda and government supporter

Justin Bahunga – Member of the unregistered FDU-Inkingi Opposition Party


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