Saturday, July 3, 2010

Louise Mushikiwabo's Name Surfacing

While Dutch expats and friends in Kigali celebrated the football victory over Brasil, Rwandan Ms. Alice MUHIRWA, the FDU-Inkingi Party  (follow link for great article on the meaning of "Revolution" by 2nd party vice-president) Treasurer, was still bleeding due to boots kicks into her stomach and being denied access to a medical doctor. In the meantime in New York at the UN, Rwanda's Foreign Minister Louise  Mushikiwabo's name is surfacing to head the new U.N. entity to promote equality for women: "UN Women". Let's take a closer look at this powerlady from Rwanda.

Louise Mushikiwabo has been spearheading the Rwandan public relations effort culminating in this recent gem (June 27th):
"As a government, we don't work like that. We do not kill Rwandans (Kayumba Nyamwasa). If we have a problem with anyone, we go through the right channels. We are a government that does not kill its people".
This is a blatant lie considering the fact that the ink of that  statement had not yet dried when (July 1st):

"Mr. Ayanda Ntsaluba, the director general in the foreign ministry, told reporters that "foreign security operatives" were involved in the shooting of General Kayumba on June 19 in Johannesburg."
Off course Mr. Ayanda Ntsaluba was talking about the Virgin Islands.

Louise Mushikiwabo's spin in relation to Victoire Ingabire's immediate visit to the genocide memorial museum in Kigali  when she set foot on Rwandan soil was another deliberate media twist people should remember. Ethan Zuckerman writes at the end of may :
"When Victoire Ingabire returned to Rwanda, she visited the genocide memorial museum in Kigali and questioned why it didn’t commemorate any of the Hutus who died in the violence. This question led Kagame’s foreign minister Louise Mushikiwabo to characterize Ingabire’s actions as “very deliberate, controversial ethnic politics, this woman really has a genocidal ideology”.
Louise Mushikiwabo's words obviously did not miss their intended goal on smart writing expat blogger (in Kigali at the time) Christoper Vourlias (march 8th):

"The more I hear about Ingabire around town, the less credible I find her as a viable opposition candidate."
In my view Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza had three options when she returned to Rwanda as the leader of the Rwandan opposition:
  • A) Not visit the memorial
  • B) Visit the memorial and not make the statement
  • C) Visit the memorial and make the statement she made
 The question should off course be: Would Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza have been a viable opposition candidate if she had chosen options A or B? Option A would have been interpreted as an insult to all victims of the genocide. Option B would have increased the risk of her party being used as excuse for the US and Europe to make statesments similar to this:
"There is no perfect democracy, there may have been irregularities: the process should continue" 
 Statement by Rwandan Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo, june 25th on elections in Burundi in the name of the regional East African body following a meeting Friday with Nkurunziza.

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