Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Erica Kabera andJoseph Sebarenzi on Kagame

This week noteworthy posts:

Eric Kabera, a Rwandan filmmaker who organized the Rwanda Film Festival writes on an Ugandan newssite: "Kagame is a tolerant leader".

Director of Umuseso, Charles Kabonero, to which Eric Kabera refers in his article, does not agree with the views expressed by Eric Kabera.

Joseph Sebarenzi, speaker of the Rwandan parliament from 1997-2000 speaks to NPR in this interview "A Seething Below Rwanda's Surface" :
But Sebarenzi has a very different view. He argues that Kagame is an autocrat who refuses to tolerate dissent in government or in the media. Although he says his political relationship with Kagame was amicable at first, it eventually deteriorated until Sebarenzi was pressured to resign as speaker, which he did.

"A few days after I resigned, I learned from many sources that there was a plan to kill me, and I decided to leave," he says. His book recounts how he hid in the bed of a truck filled with furniture to escape his bodyguards, who he suspected were Kagame's spies. He drove north until he reached the river at the border to Uganda and waded across to safety. There, he came under the protection of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and was allowed to move with his wife and children to the United States.

I also came across the book by Colin M. Waugh, which seems to be a very interesting source.

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