RWANDAN PARLIAMENT VOTED FOR CHANGE TO THE CONSTITUTION TO KEEP THE PRESIDENT IN POWER: IS IT INSTITUTIONALIZING THE LAW OF THE JUNGLE?

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Professor Charles Kambanda

Professor Charles Kambanda

By Professor Charles Kambanda
 
Rwanda has never, since its independence from Belgium, experienced peaceful transfer of power from one "elected" president to another. Each president that grabs power declares himself the only Rwandan capable of ruling. Each regime comes in power because they want to remove the dictator from power and hand the mantle of state power to " the people." Change from one regime to another has always been bloody in Rwanda.
 
General Habyarimana overthrew president Gregoire Kayibanda, the first elected president of Rwanda, after President Kayibanda had secured a constitutional amendment which had given him an indefinite tenure in the country's top job. The lawmakers of that time, the early 70s, argued that " the people" of Rwanda were sure President Kayibanda was irreplaceable. In support of the coup that brought General Habyarimana into power, Habyarimana argued that the army could not stand a life long president. General Habyarimana slaughtered President Kayibanda's entire cabinet. The 1973 Coup leaders starved president Kayibanda and his family to death
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In 1994 General Paul Kagame defeated General Habyarimana after a bloody four year civil war. General Habyarimana had made himself " the father of the nation" and an irreplaceable president of Rwanda. General Kagame and his RPF/A waged the 1990-1994 war because General Habyarimana had closed all the possible venues for peaceful transfer of power. General Kagame and his RPF/A sounded determined to hand power over to " the people" after the war. Over a million Rwandans perished during the war.
 
General Kagame and his Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) party: More of the same.

After the war and massacres that brought Gen Kagame and his RPF/A into power, Gen Kagame's diagnosis of Rwanda's problem was " bad political leadership and clinging on to power. To address this problem, Gen Kagame and his RPF/A wrote the 2003 Rwanda Constitution. Article 101 of the 2003 Constitution provides, inter alia , " no person shall be president for more than two terms". Each term is 7 years under the 2003 Constitution of Rwanda.
Gen Kagame's second and last term under the 2003 constitution of Rwanda is due to expire in 2017. General Kagame claims that no Rwandan is capable of leading the country and " the people" need him to consolidate his "achievements".
 
Constitutional amendment to keep General Kagame in office:

In a bid to legitimize his broad scheme to cling to power, Paul Kagame deployed his brutal security apparatus, at all levels of his administration, to compel " the people" to petition Parliament to change the law regarding term limits. Millions of Rwandans, including those who cannot read and/or write, "wrote" to Parliament " begging" for a constitutional amendment. The General then instituted a " constitutional review commission" which " consulted" the people before Parliament passed the constitutional review proposal on October 28th, 2015.
 
The new law of the jungle:
 
Parliament approved various amendments including Article 167 which provides that: Considering the citizen petitions preceeding [preceding] the coming into force of this revised Constitution that were informed by the nation-building achievements and creation of a sustainable development foundation, the President of the Republic completing the term of office referred to in Paragraph One of this Article may be re-elected for a seven (7) years term of office. The President of the Republic who has completed the term of office of seven (7) years referred to in [ ...] this Article may be re-elected as provided for by Article 101 of this Constitution.
 
Article 168: Senators Senators in office at the time of commencement. Article 167 comes under a Section termed " Transitional Provisions". Article 101 provides that " The President of the Republic is elected for a term of office of five (5) years. He/she may be re-elected only once."
 
A most unusual law:

Article 167 read together with Article 101 has many implications. First, the "amendment " has created an exception for the current president and military commander of Rwanda. Article 101 will be shelved until after seven years - the exceptional term created for him after 2017 - when Kagame will start running for a five year term, renewable only once, giving Kagame a chance to rule for 17 years after 2017. This is confirmation that "some animals are more equal than others " in this Animal Farm, thereby rendering the constitutional principle of equality before the law null and void.
 
Second, the law does not mention whether or not, if Kagame died or otherwise becomes incapacitated after 2017 but before 2024, Article 101 would come into force immediately. In any case, a constitutional provision ( the proposed Article 101) that shall not come into force until after 7 years is a most unusual law.
 
Third, the amendment creates " transitional provisions" in a constitution without a provisional government. "Transitional provisions" without a transitional government prove that what Kagame's junta has completed is a constitutional coup, not an "amendment to the constitution," as they call it.
 
Professor Charles Kambanda is a Rwandan American legal scholar, and professor at St. John’s University in New York City, formerly a professor at several East African universities.
 
Source : http://www.democracyinrwandanow.org

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Padiri 02/11/2015 22:14

Kambanda Charles, niba asoma aha sinzi, abanyarwanda bizera Kambanda sinzi, uyu njye namwitaga ingirwa mugabo muli za 2002, muli UNR ibutare yigishagayo ariko ibintu yakoreraga abanyeshuli cyane babakobwa cg ibyo yavugaga nagahoma munwa, nikigabo cyari kizi kwigisha aliko icyitwa uburere nimyifatire byo birakajya, ibikosa byinshi, gukora ibyashaka nkinyeshyamba yatsinze......
None agaciro kumuntu na credibility ye ntibiva kumico ye???
Njye mbona

Chief 31/10/2015 03:31

Iyi nkuru mwadufasha mukayishyira mu kinyarwanda

Azizi zenawi 30/10/2015 18:24

Erega nubwo mbona mu rwanda tuzapfiramo. Ariko mbona hari byinshi byakababaje abanyarwanda, nka evode na bandi nkawe, ariko nanone mbona aribyiza cyane kuko bituma gashenzi kagome adatekerza neza nuko nibyahanuwe bigakomeza byigira imbere. Kandi impyisi ikunda indi mu mureke rero evode yiboboneye impyisi mwene wabo. Nge mbona ntakibazo anteye, ari mubihutusha amasezerano nyagasani nawe akoherza ibyo yasezeranije abe.

Mutoni 29/10/2015 20:57

Rero Charles Kambanda niba ari umunyamategeko wuzuye nabaze amerika ibyo yakoreye urwanda nabanyarwanda nabaze abanyamerika icyo bash aka muri afrika nabaze genocide Zoe's zakozwe na FPR/Inkotanyi mu Rwanda no muri Congo. Niba ari umunyakuri nasabe democracy ko yubahirizwa kimwe na Republic y'urwanda yubahirizwa hatitawe kumuntu uwo ariwe wese. Ndabihamya Charles Kambanda ya rates citizenship yo muri amerika niyibuke ko kavukire iruta ibyo bipapuro byo kugura ngo ni ubwenegihugu. ayo mamillion yamadollar amerika isukira kagame yaburi munsi niyo yakoze byose, niyo akora byose. Nkeneye kumenya icyo amerika igamije ko ari ukurimbagura abanyarwanda no kubatsembatsemba kwisi gusa cg niba hari ibindi amerika igamije muri afrika.

Ndategereje ibisubizo kubibazo mbajije.

AN EXCEPTION WAS MADE FOR P.KAGAME!!!! 29/10/2015 20:31

vely took power.

Lawmakers voted unanimously to approve cutting presidential terms from the current seven to five years, and maintain a two-term limit.

But an exception was made for Kagame, who would be allowed to run for another seven year term after his current mandate ends in 2017.

After that seven years, he could then potentially run for another two terms of five years each

BURYA P.KAGAME SI UMUNYARWA NK'ABANDI KUKO AKORERWA AMATEGEKO YE BWITE! 29/10/2015 20:34

Lawmakers voted unanimously to approve cutting presidential terms from the current seven to five years, and maintain UNTIL 2034!!!

BUT AN EXCEPTION was made for KAGAME, who would be allowed to run for another seven year term after his current mandate ends in 2017.

After that seven years, he could then potentially run for another two terms of five years each

BURYA P.KAGAME SI UMUNYARWA NK'ABANDI KUKO AKORERWA AMATEGEKO YE BWITE! 29/10/2015 20:34

Lawmakers voted unanimously to approve cutting presidential terms from the current seven to five years, and maintain UNTIL 2034!!!

BUT AN EXCEPTION was made for KAGAME, who would be allowed to run for another seven year term after his current mandate ends in 2017.

After that seven years, he could then potentially run for another two terms of five years each

BURYA P.KAGAME SI UMUNYARWA NK'ABANDI KUKO AKORERWA AMATEGEKO YE BWITE! 29/10/2015 20:34

Lawmakers voted unanimously to approve cutting presidential terms from the current seven to five years, and maintain UNTIL 2034!!!

BUT AN EXCEPTION was made for KAGAME, who would be allowed to run for another seven year term after his current mandate ends in 2017.

After that seven years, he could then potentially run for another two terms of five years each

BURYA P.KAGAME SI UMUNYARWA NK'ABANDI KUKO AKORERWA AMATEGEKO YE BWITE! 29/10/2015 20:33

Lawmakers voted unanimously to approve cutting presidential terms from the current seven to five years, and maintain UNTIL 2034!!!

BUT AN EXCEPTION was made for KAGAME, who would be allowed to run for another seven year term after his current mandate ends in 2017.

After that seven years, he could then potentially run for another two terms of five years each

BURYA P.KAGAME SI UMUNYARWA NK'ABANDI KUKO AKORERWA AMATEGEKO YE BWITE! 29/10/2015 20:33

Lawmakers voted unanimously to approve cutting presidential terms from the current seven to five years, and maintain UNTIL 2034!!!

BUT AN EXCEPTION was made for KAGAME, who would be allowed to run for another seven year term after his current mandate ends in 2017.

After that seven years, he could then potentially run for another two terms of five years each

IKOTE 29/10/2015 20:23

PK ARASHYIZE IKOTE ARARIDOZE. ESE AHO AZABERWA YE! SANKARA NADUHIMBIRE AKANDI KARIRIMBO. ARIKO MUTUMENYERE ABANTU BIHISHE INYUMA YAYA MANYANGA. KUKO BAZABIBAZWA.

BIRENZE UKWEMERA 29/10/2015 19:14

UYUMWENDA BALIMO BADODERA KAGAME, AZAWAMBARA NARANGIZA INDI MANDA YA 7 ANS NI UKUVUGA MULI 2024. ITEGEKO LIKABA LIGIYEHO MULI 2015. APFYUYE BYAGENDA BITE? IMANA IMULINDE KUZAJYA GUSURA ASSINAPOL NA KAREGEYA.

mutoni 29/10/2015 16:26

Mbese kambanda numuhutu cg numututsi? Ayo mazuru ye ameze gute?
Ariko azi hitory y'urwanda nange mboneyeho kumenya uko urwanda rwategetswe kugeza uyu munsi.
but I do not get who is Kambanda?

GATARAYIHA 29/10/2015 19:10

UJYE KULI GOOGLE URAMENYA NEZA KAMBANDA. NI UMGABO UVUGISHA UKULI. NI UMUTUTSI. NI IMPUGUKE MUBIREBANA N'AMATEGEKO. NI UMUHANGA WUZUYE. NTASHYAKA LYA POLITIQUE ABAMO. NDAMWEMERA BIRENGEJE URUGERO.

Cyomoro 29/10/2015 15:40

Kagame ni umuswa cyane Mazuru Evode aramushutse. Amwibagije KO Magayane yavuze KO ihene izabyara isekurume 7 zikanga Konka !

rwaki 29/10/2015 11:28

PROF .KAMBANDA NUMUGABO UZUBWENGE KANDI UKORESHA UKURI KOMERA