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Just how democratic is Rwanda?


The anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International has found Rwanda to be the least corrupt country in East Africa.

It is the latest in a long line of accolades heaped upon President Paul Kagame, the man credited with ending the unimaginable horror of the 1994 genocide.

The president has been hailed as a hero and visionary, but now there are doubts about his commitment to genuine democracy.

Rwanda's critics say corruption is so low because it is a police state.

It is holding elections in August but opposition groups say they have been barred from taking part.

Zeinab Badawi spoke to Alfred Ndahiro, an advisor to President Kagame.

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