Three Presidential Candidates Barred from Standing against Rwanda’s Incumbent Kagame

Rwanda’s electoral commission has barred three candidates from running in next month’s presidential election, while allowing two opposition figures to stand against incumbent President Paul Kagame.

Amnesty International, meanwhile, warned that the election would be held under a “climate of fear” and repression.

Diane Shima Rwigara – hitherto the only female contender – Gilbert Mwenedata and Fred Sekikubo Barafinda have been barred from running.

Rwigara, who was standing as an independent, said last week that local leaders threatened her supporters while they were collecting signatures for her nomination.

France 24