17 Jul '17, 5am

President Kagame wants his country to be the "Singapore of Africa"

President Kagame wants his country to be the "Singapore of Africa"

The run-up to the election illustrates how narrow is the space for dissent. No independent media are tolerated (though foreign journalists can visit easily enough). Opposition candidates are allowed, but barely permitted to campaign. One of Mr Kagame’s opponents is Diane Rwigara, whose father, a businessman, died in a car crash in 2015. The family believes he was murdered, perhaps because he did not let ruling-party bigwigs muscle in on his business. Two days after Ms Rwigara announced she was running, naked photographs of her appeared on the internet. She sees this as an attempt to intimidate her. “To resolve issues in our country, first we need to be able to talk about them,” she says. Few Rwandans have heard her message. The election commission has refused to let her register her candidacy.

Full article: https://www.economist.com/news/briefing/21724982-rwanda-m...

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