Paul Kagame, Rwandan president, published an article in the Financial Times dated August 19th, 2010. He claimed his democracy was no different from what is prevailing on the continent. ‘Rwanda’s democracy is still the model for Africa,’ he says.
The journey referred to here does not track his model of democracy. Instead it relates to the openness and political pluralism which are underpinned by the struggle that the real Rwandan opposition parties have been involved in for more than a year to get democratic change in their country.
Values which sustain their efforts and resistance are universal and embedded in freedom of association, speech, and other fundamental human rights. Steps of the journey are explained by highlights of prevailing issues that pave the way to get to destination.
- On Kagame’s Rwanda – some similarities between political practices under the Rwandan Patriotic Front rule and Germany of the Third Reich
- The accountability of leadership in relation to term of presidency – an ideal situation for peaceful political change.
- Dictatorships are the real problem. Not rebel movements – violence and oppression that have been embedded into policy and are fueling the existence of rebellions
- Sending observers on election days to undemocratic regimes: an absolute irrelevance and waste of taxpayers’ money, particularly when there are huge public finances deficits
- Using rebels as a pretext to cling onto power and illegally exploiting African mineral resources – FDLR, LRA and others in the Democratic Republic of Congo
- A letter to General Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa – what he could help Rwandans with despite his past as Paul Kagame’s colleague in crime
- A note to Paul Kagame from 1930 Prison – a case of thousands of Rwandan criminal and innocent people living in inhuman conditions
- Rwandan police lies on divisionism by opposition party – when ‘We Need Democracy and Real Democracy’ on a T-Shirt becomes a national security threat
- Unconditional aid and militarization: serious obstacles to Rwandan democratization – or the weight of foreign powers in the oppression of citizens
- Abuses of Human Rights in Rwanda – January to July 2010 – the list is not exhaustive as it only refers to widely publicized cases
- Kagame’s attempts to stifle democracy in Rwanda – with nepotism and false allegations against his real political opponents
- Rwandan elections 2010 as predicted – with a non changed script from 2003
- Paul Kagame’s endorsements urge Rwandans for their own solutions – nobody else can do for you a journey you are meant to make
- A call for a different and sustainable Rwanda – goodwill Rwandans and real friends of the country cannot let it be the way it is
- Need for raising up the game for African threatened democracy – as a response to the money being paid to PR firms to launder Paul Kagame’s reputation
- Rwandan elections: an inspiring sham case – or a case when an electoral fraud makes an activist to bring out unpunished crimes of the victor