KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
Rwandan President Paul Kagame who is also the
chairman of the ruling Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) on Thursday
started canvassing for votes for the RPF candidates as
parliamentary elections draw closer.
Rwandans will go to
the polls from Sept. 2 to 4 to elect members of the Chamber of
Deputies, the lower house, for a five-year term, according to
the National Electoral Commission (NEC).
RPF has 70 nominated
candidates and its six coalition parties have 10, according to
Kagame started his
campaigns in Muganza sector, Gisagara District of Southern
province, where he addressed thousands of RPF supporters.
party supporters, Kagame said that RPF has laid the foundation
of the Rwanda’s progress and the party still needs time and
enough support in the parliament to accomplish what it started.
The RPF manifesto
for the 4th parliament highlights job creation,
agriculture transformation, private sector development, urban
development and enhancing economic development.
According to NEC,
the RPF had selected 80 candidates but left 10 places to other
political parties including Centrist Democratic Party, Rwanda
Socialist Party, Party for Progress and Concord, Democratic
Union of the Rwandan People and the Prosperity and Solidarity
The elections of the
lower house use one single nationwide constituency, where 53
seats will be directly elected by proportional representation.
The other 27 seats reserved for special interest groups
including women, the young and the disabled will be elected
The number of
parliamentary candidates is 521, including 302 from political
parties, four independent candidates, 26 for the youth, 10 for
people living with disabilities, and 179 for women slots,
according to NEC.
candidates are tussling out for the parliamentary seats with
candidates from the opposition parties of Social Democratic
Party, the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda as well as
Disasters caused by heavy rains
claim 222 lives in Rwanda in six months: official
KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
At least 222 people lost their lives in natural
disasters caused by heavy rains across Rwanda between January
and June this year
Rwandan Minister of
Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs De bonheur Jeanne d’Arc
told Xinhua in a phone interview on Wednesday that heavy
downpour destroyed 8,978 hectares of crops, 49 bridges, and 754
livestock lost their lives in the same period.
“The government has
so far spent more than 911,915 U.S. dollars as relief aid
packages to the affected population,” she noted.
According to her,
the damage caused by the heavy downpour was exacerbated by poor
construction and substandard materials, poor drainage systems
and unplanned communities springing up in high-risk areas.
The minister said
that the government has embarked on a campaign to sensitize the
public about the dangers of residing on high risk zones and