Sunday, July 4, 2010

Paul Kagame's Crocodile Tears

Faustin Twagiramungu,  former Rwandan prime-minister (1995), accuses Paul Kagame of the assassination of Rugambage and asks all Rwandans to boycot the august "elections":
"Paul Kagame's claims at a press briefing 28 juin 2010 "that an orderly investigation would shed light on the assasination of Journalist Rugambagee" are merely an effort to confuse the international community. Far from being moved by compassion for the victim and his family, General Kagame's crocodile tears are aiming to impress his friends and financial backers in the west during this election campaign season"
 Faustin Twagiramungu, reminds us that Paul Kagame has a history of assassinating journalists:

"Edouard Mutsinzi,  was killed and left dead in Nyamirambo in 1995  by death squads of the RPF. Former director  of the journal Le Messager-Intumwa, mister Edouard Mutsinzi was turned into a mental patient and physically handicapped due to torture inflicted on him by Paul Kagame's death sqauds. Why has Paul Kagame to this day kept silent on the assassination of all these other journalists that were savagelly murdered, among them Appolo Hakizimana in 1997, Emmanuel Munyemanzi in 1998 and Jean-Marie-Vianney Hategekimana in 2002, to name just these?  why does General Kagame care nothing about scores of journalists that were forced into exile and that continue to flee the intolerance of his regime? "
Faustin Twagiramungu also states in the same piece:
"Contrary to Kigali's affirmations, Jean Léonard Rugambage has never been condemend of participation in genocide"

Apparently  the Rwandan regime of Paul Kagame has a hard time resisting the temptation of using the genocide as a weapon to fight it's ennemies. Timing of these accusations seems to be linked to the upcoming elections. I am sofar not convinced at all European and American governments are keeping enough distance from the regime in Kigali to ensure free, fair and swift procedings that limit the dammage these accusations undoubtedly will inflict on the lives of these people. As Sharon Schmickle wrote, a fierce fight over the record of the Rwandan genocide is still ongoing and these Rwandan immigrants are caught up in the eye of this  storm. To get an idea of what this fight is about read  "Genocide Denial and Genocide Facilitation: Gerald Caplan and The Politics of Genocide" by Edward S. Herman and David Peterson.

Karen Langley wrote yesterday the article "genocide claims doubted" which discusses this subject in relation to Beatrice Munyenyezi, a Rwandan immigrant living in Manchester who is being accused of having participated in the rwandan genocide:

"Members of central New Hampshire's small Rwandan community have watched the case, and for some it has reinforced their suspicion of the government that has led Rwanda since the genocide. Acquaintances of Munyenyezi, like Gakwaya and his father, who was a government minister in Rwanda, are quick to say that anyone who committed a crime should be punished.
But they believe the charges against Munyenyezi were more likely motivated by her opposition to the Rwandan government, as seen at protests in Boston and Washington, D.C., as well as the fact of her Hutu ethnicity. They claim the government of Rwanda steered the investigation of the American agent so that he unknowingly interviewed people bribed to frame Munyenyezi"
A Rwandan immigrant living and working in Europe is caught up in this complex debate as well. This is Eugène Rwamucyo, who has started a website to give his side of the story. Eugène Rwamucyo was arrested as a "genocide suspect" in France may 26th:

"His arrest came nearly three months after police detained Agathe Habyarimana, the widow of Rwanda's assassinated ex-president, and one of the alleged masterminds of the genocide of Tutsis and moderate Hutus. It also follows President Nicolas Sarkozy's landmark trip to Kigali in March during which he said France would do everything possible to ensure that "all those responsible for the genocide are found and are punished."
"Eugene Rwamucyo, who in april was dismissed from his hospital post in northern France, is wanted by Kigali for allegedly planning and carrying out atrocities in the Butare region of southern Rwanda. "
April 27th Eugene Rwamucyo interviewed Faustin Twagiramungu (Rwandan Prime-minister in 1995, run for President in 2003 and is now member of Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza's UDF-Ingkingi party) concernirng Agathe Habyarimana's case:

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