Court to hear argument on Kagame’s third term run

Rwandan President Paul Kagame is clinging to power like his neighbour in Burundi, Pierre Nkurunziza.

FILE: Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame. Picture: AFP.

PRETORIA - Rwanda's Supreme Courts ruled it will hear argument against a proposed change of Constitution that will enable President Paul Kagame to run for a third term.

The central African country's top legal body's dismissed government arguments that the case should be thrown out.

President Kagame's clinging to power like his neighbour in Burundi Pierre Nkurunziza.

It raises the spectre of violence between Hutus and Tutsis.

Both countries have genocide histories.

The United States, which is Rwanda's major benefactor, has expressed concern about Kagame's reluctance to observe his constitutional term limit.

He argues that four million people want him to retain the reins.

The Supreme Court ruling to hear the opposition argument against this could frustrate any bid he might make to run again in 2017.