Rwanda’s Parliamentary campaigns gain momentum
Written by: Ernest Nyetera and George Kalisa
Friday, August 17th, 2018, 4:55
Rwanda’s political parties are in upbeat mood for Parliamentary elections just after entering the fourth day since the hot race started. Campaigns for Parliamentary seats officially kicked off August13, ahead of the polls scheduled September2-3.
The ruling Party, RPF-Inkontanyi and the Social Democratic Party (PSD) on Thursday intensified the campaigns each canvassing for support in different regions of the country.
The campaigns are expected to close on Sempber1, a day away to the polling period.
RPF-Inkontanyi took their campaign trail to parts of the Eastern Province soliciting votes for the party’s candidates. While members of PSD, the second largest party, were seen in Shyogwe Sector in Muhanga District, South of Rwanda drumming for support.
Meanwhile, the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda (DGPR) cancelled its campaigning programme following the robbery of the home of its President Dr. Frank Habineza yester-night by unknown people still at large.
“Thanks to Rwanda Police and RIB Rwanda for quick intervention this morning after the robbery at my home last night. Let’s hope the culprits will be brought to justice and the property stolen will be recovered soon” Dr. Habineza said through twitter.
At least 7.1 million voters are projected to take part in this election up from 5,953,531 in 2013.
The Parliamentary elections’ budget oscillates between Rwf5 and 6 billion to be exclusively provided by government, official sources said.
President Paul Kagame’s ruling party, FPR-Inkotanyi is expected to win the September polls with a huge margin as a sign of voters' appreciation for the socio-economic transformation and stability Rwanda enjoys today.
Kagame won last year’s Presidential election with 98.7% and hence political pundits in Rwanda and the region maintain that the space between the previous elections and the Parliamentary elections is too short to predict a fall in the party’s popularity, especially when the country’s development continues upwards.