by Dr. Noel Twagiramungu
Kagame personality in its particular characteristic of initiating and committing genocides in the Great Lakes region inspires artists. This is one of the results of his inspiration. At least once he won’t be around, his life will have served many purposes.
The final irony is that the regime’s oppression in Rwanda has proven so successful that the victims of the prevailing tyranny are the ones who call for its perpetuation.
“Let me be honest with you — I just don’t understand this.” Taking a jab at those African leaders who, often unconstitutionally, over stayed their welcome, President Barack Obama on his recent trip to Ethiopia wondered why these men with enough personal funds to cash out would refuse to give up power. President Paul Kagame, who has ruled Rwanda with an iron-fist since 1994, is one such example of this phenomenon of “stayism” in Africa. But like so many others, Kagame’s regime began in hope.
Stayism, which Kagame’s regime aptly represents, is less an intrinsic characteristic of African societies than it is a distinctive feature of a new form of governance fueled by the prevailing international political economy. It is a form best understood as Alex de Waal puts it, “a contemporary system of governance, characterized by pervasive rent-seeking and monetized patronage, which takes the form of exchange of political services or loyalty for payment.”
Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, imprisoned woman leader of the Rwandan political party of the opposition FDU-Inkingi. On December 13th, 2013 she was sentenced to 15 years of imprisonment. Her crime: having in 2010 attempted to challenge democratically through elections the Rwandan dictator Paul Kagame.
Five years have just passed. It was on October 14th, 2010 when she was first sentenced. Her flame of real peace and reconciliation among Rwandans demands being kept alive.
On January 09th, 2010 I was in Brussels at the farewell event that gathered more than 300 people to see Victoire Ingabire going back to Rwanda. A week later she landed in Kigali.
What she encountered in the hands of the Rwandan Patriotic Front once there has been widely reported and documented by different news outlets and human rights organisations. Continue reading
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“We are the ones we have been waiting for,” Explo Nani Kofi.
THE UPRIGHT MAN
This is an inspiring quote from my pan-africanist friend Explo Nani Kofi. In life, we very often look too far away from ourselves, for solutions to the problems we face or have identified. We focus on the so called legendary figures or role models, and forget the strength that lies within ourselves. We underestimate our possibilities. For example, at least that is my view, the only difference between those we look up for and us is that they realised early on that they were the solution, and nobody else. Continue reading
We call for Rwandans and friends of Rwanda to join our campaign to demand for change in Rwanda in 2017.
The ruling regime in Rwanda has been forcing people to vote for a change in the constitution that will allow General Paul Kagame to rule Rwanda indefinitely. This is being paraded to the world as “the will of the people” however the reality is far from that. The people of Rwanda are oppressed and are facing at least another 7 years at the hands of a brutal regime without any say. Amahoriwacu campaign is advocating for a change in 2017. This is a demand that we believe will be met as Rwandans and friends of Rwanda join hands and stand up against a repressive regime that has destroyed the fabric of that nation of Rwanda.
Submitted to 94.1 KPFA Radio by Ann Garrison on Sat, 08/22/2015
Washington D.C.-based Ethiopian activist Obang Metho says that Ethiopian and Rwandan dictators have been allowed to terrorize their own people because they provide troops for the U.S, War on Terror. Metho is a founder of the Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia. Continue reading