It is election season here in sunny Rwanda, and the public is highly enthusiastic. This morning instead of awaking to the usual “Alllaaaah Akbaaar” call to prayer mixed with noises of chickens and screaming children, the entire neighborhood was filled men wearing FPR t-shirts and blowing plastic horns. Noisy crowds of people have never set well with me, peaceful or otherwise. On this particular morning waking up in a foreign country to a mob of screaming men at the gate was not my idea of a peaceful morning. The presidential stadium was projecting music and speeches starting at about 6:00am and as of 8:00pm tonight they still have not stopped. Cars in the city are plastered with posters and stickers of the current president (those of you following the Rwandan election will note there aren’t many other choices) Transportation within the country has virtually come to a stand still, every public bus has been devoted to bringing people to the stadium for rallies. The excitement has even reached to the villages where young children play with paper hats and red and blue flags.
This is a short post, but I will be sure to update you on the election excitement as the week goes on.