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Kagame likened to Mugabe

Published on : 15 October 2012 - 3:39pm | By RNW Africa Desk (Photo: AFP)
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A senior opposition leader in Rwanda has likened that country’s leader Paul Kagame to Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe who wants to rule forever.

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Twagirimana said Kagame was determined to rule for as long as he could. He was responding to a pledge by Kagame that he will step down in 2017 after serving a second term in office.

"Maybe they will change the constitution so he can continue. I think he would like to rule for 20, 30, 50 years like Robert Mugabe," Twagiramana said.

"President Kagame is a dictator. He's operating like he's still in the forest as a rebel. He's not a president for the whole country, only RPF members. He doesn't want to open the political space to allow freedom of expression." Mugabe has ruled for 30 years and does not seem to be ready to step dwon despite his advanced age.

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Just like Mugabe, Kagame is accused of stifling democratic space in his tiny central African country. Western powers including the European Union and the United States have stopped aid to Rwanda.

On his part, Kagame claims the West should not impose its own notions of democracy on Africa

The Western powers have often clashed Kagame over his tight and dictatorial grip over Rwanda. But most recently they accused him of supporting armed rebels operating in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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