William Penn: Another US University seeking Paul Kagame’s partnership

Time will come when world experts will tell us the nature of the complex personality of the Rwandan president, Paul Kagame.

What is absolutely certain is that he must have several personalities. Otherwise it is impossible to logically link some of his actions.

Victoire Ingabire, chairperson of the political party FDU-Inkingi, after almost eighteen months in prison, has just been recommended for a life sentence by the Rwandan general prosecutor and Paul Kagame is soon flying to US [Iowa] to receive an Honorary Doctorate from the William Penn University.

One would wonder why he does not behave like other African dictators who avoid the spotlight when it comes to foreign travelling, always nearly adopting a low profile.

In Roman history there is an emperor, Nero, who put Rome into flames for him to enjoy the scenery. Paul Kagame must surely be enjoying his criminal activities towards his compatriots. There cannot be any other explanation of him not putting an end to his despicable attitude towards his political opposition, and then does as if there is no problem.

While the hearing of the sentence for the FDU- Inkingi leader is expected for next month, other political leaders in the opposition continue to be imprisoned and harassed.

Paul Kagame has been in power in Rwanda since 1994. Despite the millions of people in Rwanda and the Great Lakes region who have suffered from his policies of war, killing political opponents and ethnic discrimination among Tutsis and Hutus, he continues to benefit from the support of his Western allies and sponsors as long as he protects their local and strategic interests.

Unless Rwandans take responsibility for the change they want for their country, nothing will change. It is in this perspective that those and their Congolese  colleagues living in US are calling for protest against the butcher of Africa on May 12, 2012, the day he plans to visit William Penn University.

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