Rwandans vote in referendum on Kagame third term

This means President Paul Kagame could potentially stay at the helm until 2034.

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

PRETORIA - Rwandans are voting in a constitutional referendum that will allow President Paul Kagame to seek a third term in office.

He could potentially stay at the helm until 2034.

Most of Rwanda's 6,5 million registered voters are expected to give the nod to Kagame, who is clinging to power.

He has brought development and economic growth to his country that survived a genocide 21 years ago.

However, he has been criticised for his heavy-handed style as his opponents were found either jailed or killed.

The United States warns that its relationship with Rwanda will be detrimentally affected if Kagame breaks his promise and doesn't step down.

He says he'll wait for the outcome of the referendum before deciding whether to run in 2017.

(Edited Shimoney Regter)