Rwanda’s president Paul Kagame has reiterated that he never wished to be president again.
According to him, standing for another term of office as Rwanda’s president was in response to the overwhelming pressure from his supporters who demanded he leads them.
He made the remarks on Wednesday at the ongoing three day World Economic Forum on Africa (WEF) in Rwanda’s capital Kigali.
The remarks followed a question from former United Kingdom (UK) Prime Minister Tony Blair who had asked him why he stood for a third term instead of leaving for other capable leaders.
Kagame ascended to power as Rwanda’s president in 1994 following a genocide in which more than one million people were killed.
Kagame who had been invited for today’s swearing in of his long-time friend President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda will miss the ceremony because he’s busy hosting the World Economic Forum.
A referendum held in December 2015, about 6.5 million people – 98 percent of all votes cast – gave way to the amendment to the Constitution, allowing Kagame to stand for another term.