Rwanda

Rwandan political leaders have embraced the power of Twitter to converse directly with their constituents and friends and foes around the world. President Paul Kagame is an avid user of the micro-blogging service, frequently holding impromptu Twitter chats with his followers and anyone who wants to engage with him.

President of Rwanda Paul Kagame

“Yes I answer questions from followers....!”, Rwandan President Paul Kagame tweeted and he is the second most conversational world leader on Twitter with 87% of his tweets being @replies to his followers and anyone who wants to discuss African issues with him. It is unclear whether the Rwandan president actually tweets personally after his account was linked to a notorious troll in early 2014. While the @PaulKagame account connects directly with his followers it does not follow any other Twitter, not even the 37 presidents and prime ministers who unilaterally follow him. Paul Kagame tweets from his BlackBerry and his iPad generally in the evening, and the account is most active on Sundays.

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Paul Kagame

@PaulKagame

President of the Republic of Rwanda, write to: paulkagame@gov.rw

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Tweet analytics (as of June 2014)

Tweets:2,387
Following:0
Followers:407,515
Joined Twitter: 05/04/2009
Language: English
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 1.29
Retweets: 0%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.82
Replies/Tweet: 0.87
Tweets retweeted: 39%
Most mentioned @pkuiper (39), @carolinekere (32), @JohnFMoore (27), @opio1970 (25), @coldtusker (24), @keeping_itreal (20), @jess (17), @kasujja (17), @LucyMbabazi (16), @Natabaalo (16).

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Presidency of Rwanda Presidency | Rwanda

The institutional Twitter account of the office of the Rwandan President is named after the village where the official residence is located. The account is largely dedicated to the daily activities of President Paul Kagame who is mentioned in the majority of all their tweets. President Kagame is by far the most prominent word on the Twitter stream. The @Urugwirovillage account is dedicated to live tweeting quotes from his activities and has also tweeted in Kinyarwanda, the local language during a presidential rally in front of 25,000 people in Muramba, Ngororero District, Rwanda’s Western Province in February 2012.

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Presidency | Rwanda

@UrugwiroVillage

Official Twitter account of the Office of the President of Rwanda.Your unique opportunity to follow the work of President Paul Kagame on a daily basis.

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Tweets:7,463
Following:342
Followers:35,774
Joined Twitter: 01/04/2011
Language: English
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 6.18
Retweets: 3%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.07
Replies/Tweet: 0.03
Tweets retweeted: 96%
Most mentioned @PaulKagame (23), @UKenyatta (22), @jiminhofe (10), @Saddleback (6), @HarvardHBS (5), @billclinton (4), @agahozoanne (4), @RickWarren (4), @ITU (4), @onduhungirehe (3).

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Prime Minister of Rwanda Habumuremyi P.D

Prime Minister Pierre Habumuremyi’s personal Twitter account has been active since 28 October 2011, sending on average three tweets per day. @HabumuremyiP only really started to tweet consistently towards the beginning of 2012. His account is among the most conversational Twitter accounts with a third of his tweets being @replies. #Rwanda is the most prominent hashtag used. Previously the tweets were in the local language, Kinyarwanda, which is spoken by most Rwandans, however in 2014 this has shifted to English. @HabumuremyiP follows 20 other world leaders but he is mutually connected only with Uganda’s Prime Minister @AmamaMbabazi and French Foreign Minister @LaurentFabius.

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Habumuremyi P.D

@HabumuremyiP

The Prime Minister of the Republic of Rwanda

Tweet analytics (as of June 2014)

Tweets:2,346
Following:68
Followers:13,373
Joined Twitter: 10/28/2011
Language: English/Kinyarwanda
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 2.41
Retweets: 22%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.48
Replies/Tweet: 0.34
Tweets retweeted: 48%
Most mentioned @RwandaGov (35), @gatjmv (24), @nelsongashagaza (21), @PaulKagame (20), @TheServiceMag (15), @yannicktona (13), @agnesbinagwaho (10), @CityofKigali (10), @JamesMUSONI (10), @ssugira (10).

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Government of Rwanda Government of Rwanda

The Rwandan government’s Twitter account is characterized by an abundance of retweets. 59% of its tweets are retweets, mainly tweets from the presidential administration @UrugwiroVillage and Rwanda’s national dialogue council @Umushyikirano. Almost every second tweet contains a hashtag with #Rwanda being used in over a third of all its tweets. The Rwandan government is connected on Twitter with the governments of neighbouring Burundi (@bdipresidence and @burundigov) and Mali (@Presidencemali).

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Government of Rwanda

@RwandaGov

The official Twitter handle of the Government of Rwanda communications@gov.rw

Tweet analytics (as of June 2014)

Tweets:8,700
Following:265
Followers:38,557
Joined Twitter: 10/26/2009
Language: English
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 7.08
Retweets: 49%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.22
Replies/Tweet: 0.02
Tweets retweeted: 48%
Most mentioned @RwandaGov (71), @AfDB_Group (57), @PaulKagame (47), @DonaldKaberuka (42), @LMushikiwabo (32), @statisticsrw (16), @MthuliNcube (13), @Vbiruta (10), @GasinzigwaOda (10), @jeune_afrique (10).

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Government of Rwanda Primature

@PrimatureRwanda is the Twitter account of the office of the Prime Minister of Rwanda and has been operational since 30 January 2012. Tweets are an even mix of the local language Kinyarwanda and English, focused on providing information on Rwanda, service delivery and the activities of the prime minister. The user most mentioned on the account is obviously Prime Minister @HabumuremyiP and #Rwanda and #Kagame hashtags are used in two-thirds of its tweets.

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Primature

@PrimatureRwanda

The Office of the Prime Minister of Rwanda

Tweet analytics (as of June 2014)

Tweets:2,871
Following:376
Followers:8,100
Joined Twitter: 12/19/2011
Language: English
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 3.33
Retweets: 21%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.66
Replies/Tweet: 0.05
Tweets retweeted: 52%
Most mentioned @HabumuremyiP (1523), @RickWarren (28), @RwandParliament (16), @claverGatete (11), @agnesbinagwaho (11), @PSFRwanda1 (11), @habumuremyi (10), @PaulKagame (10), @RwandaGov (10), @Umushyikirano (10).

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Foreign Minister of Rwanda Louise Mushikiwabo

Rwanda’s Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo (@LMushikiwabo) is among the five most conversational world leaders. 75% of her tweets are @replies and she often mentions @KenRoth Kenneth Roth the executive director of Human Rights Watch as well as President @PaulKagame. Louise Mushikiwabo tweets most favourited was on 7 March 2014 and related to the expulsion of six South African diplomats over concerns of them harboring dissidents responsible for terrorist attacks in Rwanda.

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Louise Mushikiwabo

@LMushikiwabo

Minister of Foreign Affairs & Cooperation, Rwanda

Tweet analytics (as of June 2014)

Tweets:1,082
Following:130
Followers:39,156
Joined Twitter: 02/16/2011
Language: English
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 0.88
Retweets: 2%
Mentions/Tweet: 1.44
Replies/Tweet: 0.75
Tweets retweeted: 67%
Most mentioned @PaulKagame (97), @LMushikiwabo (39), @RwandaInfoEng (34), @KenRoth (32), @ianbirrell (32), @MikaSakombi (29), @mukizaedwin (27), @yasmalika (22), @ruhumuza (21), @DrTedros (21).

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Foreign Ministry of Rwanda MINAFFET Rwanda

The official Twitter account of Rwanda’s foreign ministry (@MinaffetRwanda) was created on 19 August 2011. @MinaffetRwanda tweets four times per day with retweets constituting more than half of them. Rwanda is the main topic of the tweets. The users most retweeted are @UrugwiroVillage, @RwandaGov and @Kwibuka20, the official account for the 20th Commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. The foreign ministry also retweets tweets from its embassies around the world.

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MINAFFET Rwanda

@MinaffetRwanda

Welcome to the Official Twitter account of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Republic of Rwanda. facebook.com/pages/Rwanda-M…

Tweet analytics (as of June 2014)

Tweets:3,635
Following:275
Followers:10,189
Joined Twitter: 08/19/2011
Language: English
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 4.12
Retweets: 62%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.29
Replies/Tweet: 0.04
Tweets retweeted: 34%
Most mentioned @LMushikiwabo (252), @Umushyikirano (46), @RwandaGov (40), @RwandaUN (29), @UrugwiroVillage (27), @RDBrwanda (20), @Kwibuka20 (19), @PaulKagame (17), @RwandaDay (16), @ashyaka (14).

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