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Meet Diane Shima: Rwanda’s first-ever female Independent presidential candidate

IN THE RUNNING: Diane Shima Rwigara

MEET DIANE Shima Rwigara, first-ever female Independent presidential candidate.

The 35-year-old accountant and businesswoman declared her interest to run for the Rwandan presidency this week and said, if successful, said she will work to eradicate poverty, champion free speech, and provide health insurance for all Rwandans.

She said the ruling RPF party has “failed to tackle poverty or to provide security and justice. What RPF has failed to do in the last 23 years, they cannot do it in the coming years. As a president, I will ensure that I deliver on all these”.

Diane, who is the daughter of deceased Kigali tycoon Assinapol Rwigara, who died in a road accident in February 2015, joins a growing list of independent candidates including former journalist Phillipe Mpayimana, and controversial Catholic priest Thomas Nahimana who have expressed interest to run against President Kagame in the August 4 polls.

The commission will receive nominations from candidates from June 12 to 23. A provisional list of qualified candidates will be announced on June 27.

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