The ones that thought the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame would step would be naive at this point. His the sort of leader who took power with the guns, who lives by the gun and dies by the gun. There is really no reason or justification for him to step down or retire. Kagame is just the ordinary character who will die in office. There is no way he will secure a peaceful transition or a legit transfer of power.
Kagame has a stranglehold on the political landscape. The only way to possible topple him or takeover is by armed rebellion. That’s because any sort of critic is losing their businesses, licenses or even career. If you voice your opinion or is a legit opposition. You will either be arrested, charged with superficial charges and possible killed by an “accident” or by “default”. That is just the way the regime works.
The ones that is defending Kagame is doing it for all possible reasons of the development and his extraordinary ability to look like a statesman. However, his far from that. His a former military intelligence agent and worked together with Museveni directly in the Bush-War before getting help from the NRA to topple the regime in Kigali in 1994. Therefore, his whole career has been based around violence and he has pursuit that ever since.
Kagame has been parts of proxy wars in the Democratic Republic of Congo since the 1990s. He has been part of installing Laurent Kabila in office. The officials and military of Rwanda has since then used the provinces bordering to Rwanda as a way of looting and massacres for vast profits. That’s why rebellions and militias has been supported, trained and operated from Rwanda. This is well document and not just hearsay.
While Kagame wants everything to look perfect and sincere. There is a deeper and a sinister side. His the sort of man that bans satire and political cartoons. The sort of Demigod who walks among us and no one can utter a joke about him. People cannot discuss politics or state affairs on YouTube. Bloggers are taken out and so are government critics who are singers or anyone else.
So, when people are shocked that this man wants to run again and plans to run another 20 years. Well, Kagame and his kind will die in office. He will either die in a hospital in the West or Nairobi. If not he will be killed by an assassin. There is no way his retiring unless a general is able to sway him to step down, because of a crisis or a renegade officer plans a coup d’etat against him.
A man like Kagame isn’t built for democracy or for freedom of speech. Neither is he a visionary of liberty or justice. His the man who believes his vision is supreme and above the rest. He fought and everyone else should just be lucky to have him in-charge.
Well, that’s the sort of leader he is and people are just supposed to blindly support him. If they doubt him or questions him. There will be no mercy or even soft consideration. That’s why there is no real alternative to state media or even critics who is allowed to speak.
That’s why I am not shocked that his returning for another election. This is just a scheduled affair and the “opposition” of the race is just pawns anyway. Secondly, the real opposition is behind bars, dead or in the diaspora. Thirdly, this man will die in office. Either by natural death of ageing or by assassination. Peace.