By Namugerwa Martha 

Rwandan voters queued in long lines on this morning to cast their ballots in a presidential election that incumbent President Paul Kagame is tipped to win by a landslide after 17 years.

Kagame has won international plaudits for presiding over a peaceful and rapid economic recovery in the tiny central African nation since the 1994 genocide, when an estimated 800,000 people Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed.

But he has also faced mounting censure for what critics and rights groups say are widespread human rights abuses, a muzzling of independent media and suppression of political opposition.