Monthly Archives: February 2014

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Nadine Claire Kasinge: “Dictatorship is out of place in Rwanda”.

Rwandans are lucky to have the dictatorial regime of Paul Kagame“, says Francois Munyabagisha, one of the radio participant panelists brought together and referred to in this post.

On Saturday February 22nd, 2014, while intervening in Kinyarwanda on Radio Itahuka, one of the many online broadcasters of the Rwandan opposition, Nadine Claire Kasinge explains that Rwandans don’t need a dictator to rule over their country. This statement was made following a panel discussion held between opponents and supporters of the Rwandan Patriotic Front regime. Continue reading

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As Rwanda Piles Up Yet More Debt, Paul Kagame Is Still Not Telling Full Truth To Investors.

By Bosco Mutarambirwa, MBA

Due to understandable fear that his dictatorial regime is coming to an end, Paul Kagame is rapidly mortgaging the country to ensure that he’s not the only loser. He wants to force the people of Rwanda to support his ill-conceived plans, or else risk losing their lifetime savings in case the regime collapses. Continue reading

Why Africans should support justice in DRC by acknowledging the Congolese genocide

By BK Kumbi

The sadness of the woman in the picture is the same as that of millions of Congolese and it calls upon on our common humanity to do something.

The sadness of the woman in the picture is the same as that of millions of Congolese and it calls upon on our common humanity to do something. Picture – Courtesy of Keith Harmon Snow

Last year friends such as Ugandan Josephine Apira and Rwandan comrades of a same struggle Ambrose Nzeyimana and Rene Claudel Mugenzi agreed to support a petition we as Congolese had written regarding the situation in the Great Lakes.

Since the focus of the document is on the Democratic Republic of Congo, many Rwandans feel not concerned though through the content of what we are asking for, namely the acknowledgment of the Congolese genocide as a prerequisite to any peace agreement [for the entire region], this necessarily impacts on Rwandans. Continue reading

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RPF sustained propaganda on Hutu being rapists

The most recent occurrences of such propaganda were on 10 and 14 February 2014, in Paris and Seattle respectively. During the ongoing court hearing of the case of Captain Simbikangwa who is accused of genocide in Paris, the French journalist Francois Dupaquier claimed that raping Tutsi girls was part of a Hutu ritual for young males of that community in order to become adults. This was publicly stated on 10 February 2014.

Being Rwandan well aware of the culture of my country, unless RPF might have changed it since 1994 as this is when I left it – even with that no contact back home has mentioned the raping new culture by young Hutu, I was astonished to read such story of raping Tutsis as a rite of passage. The question which came to mind was this: Having learnt that that Jean-Francois Dupaquier was married to a Tutsi woman, could his statement come from explanations from his partner as part of certain realities of their intimate life, or was it the result of his investigative work as journalist? I could not be fixed.

Four days later, after the public claim of Dupaquier in Paris, more than 10,000 miles away in Seattle – California, President Paul Kagame of Rwanda stood in front of an American audience and uttered the same insanity about Hutus. He highlighted his story showing how fundamentally rapists they were from a more subtle and soft perspective. He referred to a story [see and listen to the clip] of a Tutsi woman raped in 1994 who came to him seeking his assistance about the child born out of such regrettable incident. The story was narrated on 14 February 2014.

I realized that these two statements were not made almost in the same period by pure coincidence. Similar stories about Hutus are being propagated around in Rwanda, Africa and the rest of the world. Probably the Rwandan Patriotic Front of President Kagame, seeing its rating among Westerners going down dramatically, has spotted that playing the Hutu rapist card could change the trend.

Since 7 January 2014 the Rwandan regime is out and loud remembering the 20th anniversary of the 1994 genocide. Everything is being done using all available imagination to tarnish further the image of Hutus, particularly when plenty of evidence is today pointing at direct responsibility of the Rwandan president in that national tragedy.

Another point is that 20 years have passed and the regime has committed enormous atrocities inside and outside the country, this under an indescribable dictatorship. Victims amount in millions, Rwandans, Ugandans, and more significantly Congolese. Kagame and his power are declining dangerously. As a consequence, he needs to use the opportunity of the 20th anniversary of the genocide to rebuild his image by especially tarnishing more Hutus, who are gradually getting politically organized.

Related documents

Petition: Denoncer la declaration anti-Hutu du journaliste Jean Francois Dupaquier

Ongoing hearing of Simbikangwa in Paris

Response to genocide expert Dr. Gerald Caplan’s most recent hysteria about Rwanda on Rabble.CA

By Keith Harmon Snow

Dear Rabble:

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. Picture – Courtesy of Keith Harmon Snow

While Dr. Gerald Caplan is often appropriately ranting about some huge injustice or other, on the subject of Rwanda you (Rabble) do your selves and your readers a grave disservice by allowing him free rein to pontificate hysterically about something he needs to be deeply challenged on: his understanding, position, “facts” and diatribes on “genocide in Rwanda”. If you want to allow him to present his (often) venomous position, you should also allow this to be challenged on your pages.

For example, where does Rabble (or Caplan) elucidate his interests on the matter? He is a close confidante of one of the world’s leading terrorists — President and former General Paul Kagame — but he does not disclose his financial and other ties to the regime in Rwanda. Continue reading