By Dr. Charles Kambanda
The Rwandan genocide, – I insist on this for those who are interested to know, – the way it is being explained to the world, it is full of lies. They are lying, they are lying, I repeat, that is not the truth.
Professor Charles Kambanda is a dissident voice against the government of Kigali. He is particularly adamantly opposed to the perpetual lies from the regime of Paul Kagame on the official narrative of the genocide of 1994 as widely and extensively promoted by the Rwandan Patriotic Front. In the following lines, which are from a translated transcript of an interview in Kinyarwanda he had with Serge Ndayisenga on Radio Itahuka, he expresses his outrage and explains, among other things, that what has been acted upon and promoted so far around the issue of the victims, was initially engineered in Uganda but failed to succeed with Joweri Museveni.
“You see, the crime of genocide has become a political crime in Rwanda. Normally there are political crimes like treason, i.e. planning to remove the government from office. From this one can understand that genocide as a crime has become a political one. It is used politically. It is part of political tools and aimed at intimidation, stopping people from claiming their rights. It is almost the only reason it was established [looking at the way it is used – my emphasis].
Let me go back and refer to a conversation I had recently with someone at the Security Council, one of the important officials at the UN. We were talking about how the genocide law is used in Rwanda. Kagame has been using that genocide in the way which arranges him mainly with a purpose of remaining in power. The Rwandan genocide, – I insist on this for those who are interested to know, – the way it is being explained to the world, it is full of lies. They are lying, they are lying, I repeat, that is not the truth. They are lying when they claim that it is genocide against Tutsis only, they are utterly lying.
Genocide means that in such crime, there is evidence of a clear deliberate intention to totally eliminate one ethnic group, to plan such objective, and to operate criminally with such mindset, because [members of that group] are who they are as people, because of what they believe in, or the way they live [their culture]. When you consider this understanding of genocide, and then come out and claim that the Rwandan genocide was only against Tutsis, you become a malicious liar.
Facts which are today available on how events took place in Rwanda, nobody could pretend they don’t know that genocide was committed against both Tutsis and Hutus. Anybody who wants to take me in front of a court for advocating this truth, claiming that I am a genocide denier, I am ready to defend my position on the issue. I have available plenty evidence and witnesses to back up what I am saying.
Why has Kagame taken genocide and its victims, and then defined these two realities the way he wanted [the truth is one, you cannot twist it as you wish – my emphasis]. There are several motives for him in acting that way. Firstly Kagame wanted to hide his personal responsibility in the genocide against Hutus. That is the reason he gets always angry when journalists ask him about the genocide; because the next logical question he expects is to ask him about his role in that genocide. …”
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