A rocky odyssey with Rwanda’s democracy

Paul Kagame, Rwandan president, published an article in the Financial Times dated August 19th, 2010. He claimed his democracy was no different from what is prevailing on the continent. ‘Rwanda’s democracy is still the model for Africa,’ he says.

The journey referred to here does not track his model of democracy. Instead it relates to the openness and political pluralism which are underpinned by the struggle that the real Rwandan opposition parties have been involved in for more than a year to get democratic change in their country.

Values which sustain their efforts and resistance are universal and embedded in freedom of association, speech, and other fundamental human rights. Steps of the journey are explained by highlights of prevailing issues that pave the way to get to destination.

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