KIGALI, (Xinhua) --
Rwanda’s ruling Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF)
Wednesday unveiled its manifesto, a policy document the party
hopes to convince the electorate to give incumbent President
Paul Kagame another elective seven-year term.
The manifesto puts
emphasis on economic development, social welfare, and good
governance as well as justice with an aim of transforming Rwanda
into a knowledge based economy.
manifesto in Kigali, the RPF Secretary General Francois Ngarambe
said the manifesto is mainly about consolidating achievements of
the past 23 years in the different areas once given the mandate.
“In the RPF’s new
manifesto, we want to continue working with all Rwandans in
finding quick solutions. Activities to promote our candidate
will reach everyone,” Ngarambe said in a statement.
A pocket size
booklet outlines promotion of well-being of Rwandans, quality
education, promotion of women’s and children rights and
strengthening of social protection programs for vulnerable
Rwandans, and strengthening unity of Rwandans, urbanization,
increasing agricultural production among other areas of focus.
“We have our
manifesto ready and we shall explain to Rwandans in detail what
we intend to bring to them in the next seven years,” said
Campaigns for three
qualified presidential candidates will officially begin on July
14 and end on August 3, just a day before the elections.
About 6.8 million
people will participate in this year’s presidential elections,
up from 5.7 million who participated in 2010 presidential
elections, according to the NEC.
Kagame has been president since 2000 when he was elected
transitional president by ministers and members of parliament
following the resignation of then President Pasteur Bizimungu.
Kagame was then reelected in 2003 and 2010.