Buffet, Americaâ€™s philanthropist endorses Kagameâ€™s third term
It caught everyoneâ€™s attention and attracted cheers from the audience, not because it was a new event but rather rare statement no one expected from Americaâ€™s Businessman and philanthropist, Howard buffet.
Buffet who was asked during a session on the ongoing World economic Forum on Africa-WEF Africa 2016 in Kigali on Wednesday on whether he supportsÂ presidentâ€™s Kagameâ€™s third term bid said that he sees no problem Kagame going for third term.
The philanthropist saidÂ thatÂ the bottom line of the whole issue surrounding the third term is notÂ whether president Kagame goes for Third term but rather what the country is benefiting adding , â€˜ itsÂ not about â€¦Â but substance,
The session chaired by former Britainâ€™s Prime Minister Tony Blair focused on Rwandaâ€™s relations withÂ Development partnership and mainlyÂ looked atÂ Howard BuffetÂ Foundation and the African Governance Initiative-AGI founded by Tony Blair was part of theÂ session on the ongoing World economic Forum on Africa-WEF Africa2016.
The forum that is hosted in Kigali from May 11-13,2016 has broughtÂ has broughtÂ together over 1,200 business, political, policy making and other leaders to discuss current economic and social issues, problems, ideas and possible solutions and mainly looking atÂ using technology to spur continentâ€™s growth.
The Howard Buffet foundation is involved in several projects in the agriculture sector in the country and has already pumped over U$ 500 million
The approval of the third term came after a referendum that was held in Deemebr , 2015 whichÂ ananimouously voted for the amendment of the constitution mainly theÂ article 101 that allowed president Kagame to run for third term when his official two terms expire inÂ 2017.
TheÂ call for third term raised a lot of criticism especially in theÂ international community with manyÂ Rwandaâ€™s devleoemtn partnersÂ calling on president Kagame to abandon the third term.
While reacting to the question that was raised by Tony Blair presidentÂ Kagame continued to insists that heÂ did not ask for third, in instance he said was torn between abounding peopleâ€™s wish for him to continueÂ running the country or follow his wish to retire 2017.
The President while reacting on the criticismÂ on new yearâ€™s eveÂ insisted that the international community should notÂ decide the future of Rwandans and should respect theÂ choice of Rwandans adding that Rwanda and its future belings to Rwandans.