Did a climate of fear keep Paul Kagame in power? Al Jazeera asked
« It was seen by many as a done deal. Paul Kagame was returned as Rwanda’s president in a landslide win. His leadership in the past 17 years has been viewed by many as a success story.
The 59-year-old has been credited with bringing stability and economic development after the horrors of the 1994 genocide. But he’s also been criticised for abusing civil liberties and suppressing his opponents. He had two challengers in the election.
But Kagame’s critics are asking: did Rwandans dare vote for them? And has the west turned a blind eye to a leader accused of creating a climate of fear?
Guests: Justin Bahunga – Member of the unregistered FDU-Inkingi Opposition Party TK Gatete – A senior researcher at the Institute for Policy and Research in Rwanda, and a government supporter. Nii Akuetteh – Executive Director of the African Immigrant Caucus, in Washington D.C. Presenter: Hazem Sika