Rwandan President Paul Kagame says he will not seek the third term .
Kagame’s remarks at a press conference on Wednesday quells the speculations of critics who have for long accused him of authoritarianism and trampling on media and political freedoms,perhaps laying background for the third term as Rwanda’s President.
On Feb. 8 Kagame met the National Executive Committee of his political party and directed them to plot the way forward for the country after 2017, fueling speculation he had asked the party to study how he could serve a third term.
However Kagame says he is not interested in another term.
“I don’t need this job”, but did not clearly rule out the possibility of extending his time in office.
“I am not the person who needs a third term,” Kagame told a news conference on Wednesday when asked about speculation prompted by the articles.
“Just look at me, I don’t need it. I don’t do this job I am doing as a job for being paid, or as something that benefits me,” he said.
Of recent there has been a lot of speculation in the media of Kagame clinging on Power like other African Countries ,on justification of having rebuilt Rwanda after the 1994 genocide .
One article this month in The New Times, a pro-government newspaper, reported calls by members of Kagame’s Rwanda Patriotic Front for the president to stay on.