President Paul Kagame was re-elected Chairman of the ruling Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF-Inkotanyi RPF-Inkotanyi) at the party’s headquarters in Rusororo on April 2 at the 16th national congress.
Senator Marie-Rose Mureshyankwano supported Mr Kagame’s candidacy, stating that he has proven himself to be a selfless leader who has already delivered positive results for the party.
He was running against Abdul Karim Harerimana, who declared his candidature by stating that he had spent sufficient time with his opponent during his chairmanship and would deliver comparable results.
Kagame was elected by 2,099 voters out of 2,102, while Harerimana was elected by only three voters. Console Uwimana, who was endorsed by party elder Tito Rutaremara, was elected by 1,945 votes to become the party’s first female Vice President since its inception.
Uwimana is the first woman elected to the party’s number two position. Former senators Uwimana and Gasamagera succeeded Christophe Bazivamo and Francois Ngarambe, respectively. In addition, the party elected a new Secretary General, Wellars Gasamagera, who received 1,899 votes.