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Has the rewriting of the Rwandan genocide history started?

1012867_524694980999201_7863107306939607755_nWhen International Criminal Tribunal prosecutor Carla Del Ponte learned from a Canadian newspaper in 2000 that the Rwandan Patriotic Front and its leader Paul Kagame were prime suspects in the April 6, 1994, assassination of the presidents of Rwanda and Burundi, she reportedly said: “If it is the RPF that shot down the plane, the history of genocide must be rewritten”. Robin Philpot
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Kagame didn’t end it; he started it.

Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa and Paul Kagame

Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa and Paul Kagame

Please stop saying “Paul Kagame ended a genocide in which mostly Tutsis (and a few moderate Hutus) were killed”!

• He did not come riding in to stop killing in 1994; he was already in Kigali since November 93 with his 600 men battalion and between 3000 to 6000 infiltrated agents across the country. Continue reading

Kagame’s dilemma

Paul Kagame

Paul Kagame

Six to eight million of people died. The majority of the deaths occurred mainly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. A significant number of the dead has been Congolese. There have however also been Rwandans, Burundians and Ugandans among those victims.

While the Rwandan president Paul Kagame  masterminded and implemented the strategies for the killing of civilians using among many other tactics a manipulative narrative on regional issues, he ensured that the flow of Congolese mineral resources continued without too much of international outcry. Continue reading

So full that detainees are handcuffed on windows

Jean Baptiste Icyitonderwa: one of the four who are still detained by the police and whose head has been seriously injured by the beating according to sources in Kigali. With his colleague Emmanuel Ntakirutimana, they are in a very critical condition.

Jean Baptiste Icyitonderwa: one of the four who are still detained by the police and whose head has been seriously injured by the beating according to sources in Kigali. With his colleague Emmanuel Ntakirutimana, they are in a very critical condition.

On Tuesday September 17th, 2013 we reported about the 40 Rwandan students who were highhandedly taken into custody by the police in Kigali. Luckily some 20 were released the same day, but for the rest of the group people were still unaware of where they were detained.

Boniface Twagirimana, who spoke on Radio Ijwi Rya Rubanda on Wednesday evening, reported from Kigali that four detainees, namely Jean Baptiste Icyitonderwa, Martin Ntavuka, Emmanuel Ntakirutimana, and Samuel Hitimana, were also still in detention. The police consider them as the leaders of the group who took their grievances by writing to the prime minister. Continue reading

DRC: the danger of focusing on the messenger rather than the master

The board that these Congolese protesters in Goma - Eastern Congo reads "UN is mocking us." For Congolese people it  is time to end that mockery by demanding immediate removal of MONUSCO. As the situation evolves presently, it appears that Congolese population national uprising against UN presence and Kabila government in Kinshasa might start in the Kivu provinces.

The board that these Congolese protesters in Goma – Eastern Congo carry reads “UN is mocking us.” For Congolese people it is time to end that mockery by demanding immediate removal of MONUSCO. As the situation evolves presently, it appears that any national uprising of the Congolese population against UN presence and Kabila government in Kinshasa will start in the Kivu provinces.

There is a saying in my language which translates closely as this: “ one who beats a dog means that they are after its master.” In the case of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the moral underlying this statement does not seem unfortunately to fit because there appears to be a lack of focus on the master, while people are attempting to beat the dog. Continue reading