In Kigali, Rwanda – Rwandan President, Paul Kagame yesterday backed his counterpart, President Yoweri Museveni, for another term in office.
Museveni is the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party flag bearer in a three horse race for power in 2016.
The other closest rivals in the race are Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party flag bearer Rtd Col Dr. Kiiza Besigye and former premier Amama Mbabazi.
Kagame made the surprise revelation yesterday when a journalist from NTV Uganda, Suhail Mugabi, asked him at a press conference to comment on the Ugandan election.
“Mr. President, there are many Banyarwanda in Uganda and Rwandans living in Uganda who are participating in this election together with the rest of Ugandans. In view of what is happening in Uganda especially some reported cases of violence, what is your view on this elections?” Mugabi asked the President.
“If you want my preference, I have been working with the incumbent leaders very well. We have worked very well on regional peace and stability. We have a number of projects we have been working on. I wish them (NRM leaders) success,” Kagame replied the journalist as he concluded an hour-long presser at Rukari Hall at Camp Kigali.
However, Kagame, one of the 27 armed men who launched a guerilla struggle on February 06, 1981 in Luweero Triangle that brought Museveni to power in 1986, was quick to go cagey about his views of the electoral process in Uganda that has seen the camps belonging to the three rivals met violence on one another.
“You think I am interested in deeply getting involved in Ugandan or any other country’s politics? I don’t think so,” Kagame started.
“However, whenever there are things like that going on, I always wish people success irrespective of their differences. I am sure Ugandans are mature enough to know how to resolve their political differences through an electoral processes. ” Kagame reasoned.
He added that he was sure that whatever the outcome of the 2016 poll, it will be what Ugandans deserve although this doesn’t mean that if the poll was to result in any disturbances then it’s what Ugandans deserved. Not at all,” Kagame clarified.
He however reasoned that Ugandan voters deserve leaders who will continue to work for the country’s stability and progress, the ones that will continue to work for the development and Uganda’s future.
“As Ugandans go into these elections, I am sure everyone has this (stability) at the back of their minds about what is best of Uganda and that is a result that should maintain stability, progress and peace for Ugandans and progress.
Kagame is not the first leader to back President Museveni.
A few weeks ago, Kenya’s Vice President William Ruto openly campaigned for the president in the North East of the country attracting criticism from the main rival candidates, Kizza Besigye and Amama Mbabazi.
The Rwandan President talked about the Burundi crisis and the recently concluded Rwandan referendum on the country’s constitution details of which will be published tomorrow in an in interview.