US criticises Kagame on recent polls

By SAM SEBULIBA:

The United States Department of State has expressed concern over the lack of transparency in determining the eligibility of prospective candidates for the just concluded presidential race in Rwanda.

In a statement, the department’s spokesperson Heather Nauert says they are also disturbed by irregularities observed during voting and reiterates long-standing concerns over the integrity of the vote-tabulation process.

She however says the United States congratulates the people of Rwanda on their active and peaceful participation in the presidential election held on August 4.

Nauert also expressed hope the new electoral law to be debated in the next session of Parliament will clarify that process well before the 2018 parliamentary elections.

She reaffirms the United States commitment to support the people of Rwanda in their efforts to build strong democratic and inclusive institutions in order to ensure long-term stability and a democratic, prosperous future for all.