Academics affirm Kagame’s tactical action to sacrifice Tutsi in 1994 to gain power

Since the 80s the Great Lakes region has experienced genocides, war crimes, crimes against humanity, so much so that the entire area has become like a cemetery with dead on display. There are human skeletons everywhere, some more respected than others.

Since the 80s the Great Lakes region has experienced genocides, war crimes, crimes against humanity, so much so that the entire area has become like a cemetery with dead on display. There are human skeletons everywhere, some more respected than others. Photo courtesy of keith harmon snow, 2006.

Photo courtesy of keith harmon snow, 2006.

Photo courtesy of keith harmon snow, 2006.

Christian Davenport, Allan C. Stam and Andre Guichaoua are not the only ones to claim that Kagame used the killing of Tutsis by his infiltrated militia, his soldiers, and Hutu interahamwe to access political power in Rwanda. RuzibizaAbdul Joshua in his book – Rwanda: la guerre secrete [Panama, 2005], and Jean Marie Ndagijimana, author of How Paul Kagame deliberately sacrificed the Tutsis [Paris, 2009] support that view. And they are a few out of many witnesses and analysts who confirm such understanding of the Rwandan genocide. The following extract from the book of Patrick MbekoLe Canada dans les guerres en Afrique Centrale, [page 495] indicate what Christian Davenport, Allan C. Stam and Andre Guichaoua explain about Kagame’s attitude towards Tutsis who had remained in Rwanda and why he got them killed and somehow deliberately avoided saving them.

“Researchers Christian Davenport and Allan C. Stam … have, during their research in Rwanda found that members of the Tutsi diaspora who returned back after the conflict had completely lost contact with the reality of the country. They affirm to have been strangely surprised by “the total lack of empathy or knowledge of the other’s condition” that tutsi from the diaspora had towards their peers who had remained in Rwanda. “After all, they write, Tutsis who lived in exile claimed loudly that they had invaded Rwanda from Uganda for the sake of Tutsis of inside – a group that the former seemed to ignore and for which they demonstrate little interest.” According to Davenport and Stam, there is no single doubt that “the primary objective of the [Tutsis] invaders” from the diaspora “was the conquest” of power and “they did not care about the lives of the Tutsis of inside”. Such analysis has been explicitly developed by the expert on Rwanda, professor Andre Guichaoua, who stresses that: “Whatever the strategic hypothesis that prevailed, lets note today that the official narrative of the Rwandan history acknowledged since the end of the war by the victorious side covers up an essential element to the understanding of events: the Tutsi rebel movement did not start war, nor did it engage in it to save Tutsis”, it took power in Kigali by military force in exchange of the lives of its compatriot Tutsis.”

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