News that Rwandans voted to allow President Paul Kagame to receive extra terms in office immediately alarmed the international community and prompted concerns from human rights organizations worldwide.
Kagame has been in office since 2000, however he has basically been in control of the country since 1994 when he led rebel forces to overtake the Hutu extremists in the capital city of Kigali.
Many praise Kagame for his role in uniting the country of Rwanda after years of being a war-torn nation. However, despite these praises, some activists, like those at the New York-based Human Rights Watch, have said that the Kagame-led government have violated many individual rights of their citizens. The alleged violations include restricting speech and political opposition.
Throughout Kagame’s rule over Rwanda, many political opponents and journalists who criticized his actions have been jailed for false charges, and it is believed that many Rwandans censor themselves out of fear.
A former Rwandan army chief, Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa, who has himself been the victim of two failed assassination attempts, said in 2014, “It is not the first time and it is not the last. Most of President Kagame’s political opposition are in exile or in prison or are dead.”
Now is the time to put an end to this “democratically elected” dictatorship in Rwanda. What will the rest of the world do to stop this man from continuing his reign of terror over the Rwandan citizens?