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Kenyans roast Kagame for 'rude' comment on 'life' presidency

Wednesday August 12, 2015

Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta (Kenya), Yoweri Museveni (Uganda) and Paul Kagame (Rwanda) when they meet on the sidelines of the Infrastructural investment summit in Entebbe, Uganda.

Kenyans on Twitter have taken shots at Rwanda President Paul Kagame over his reply to a Kass FM presenter over a possible 'life presidency'.

Trouble began when Kagame lauded his "tireless" legal team, friends and Rwandans for their "unbreakable" spirit in a tweet on Tuesday.

Levi Kones, a Kass FM journalist replied, telling Kagame he hoped he would not ruin his legacy by being "president for life".

The reply from the Rwanda president's account read; "Worry more about your own legacy... If you got any at all to think about!!! (sic)."

Using hash tag #SomeoneTellKagame, one person shared an article on who should handle presidents' social media accounts.

Many focused on Kagame's bid for a third term in office, one calling him the "carbon copy of presidents whose leadership had failed but did not want to admit it".

Others condemned the remark as "rude", saying dictatorship begins with requests for a"third and last term".

Rwandan lawmakers found that only 10 of millions of people, who participated in nationwide consultations, opposed constitutional changes allowing Kagame to run for again, the AFP reported.

The MPs, who began a national tour in July, submitted their report to parliament on Monday.

In July, lawmakers voted unanimously for a motion to let Kagame run for a third term, paving the way for a referendum to amend the constitution.

Kagame, whose ruling party has controlled the country for the last decade, has not directly said he wants to run again.

But he has said he is open to persuasion that the two-term limit in the constitution needed to be changed, and a petition to that effect has collected 3.8 million signatures.


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