Saturday, August 21, 2010

Rwandan President Paul Kagame's "radical" move, or, how dumb does he think we are?

Does Paul Kagame think we're all stupid?  Or is he still counting on the West's ignorance and indifference to Rwanda and Western powers' manipulations there, and in neighboring D.R. Congo? 

How generous!!!  Rwandan President Paul Kagame's "radical move"!!!   He's offering to silence critics by forming a government of national unity with his handpicked opposition candidates and parties in the faux election that concluded with polls on August 9th.  That's no doubt better than assassinating critics, but since his critics now include Barack Obama and other western heads of state and foreign ministers, a new strategy, however implausible, was clearly overdue.

So, faux election, followed by faux compromise.  And, dare I say, Faux Truth and Faux Reconciliation? Faux Commission?   

Faux development miracle?  (One-third of Rwanda’s population now suffers from nutritional deficiencies, and life expectancy is among the 20 lowest in the world at only 44 years. -"When Foreign Aid Hurts More than It Helps," 

No mention, in news of Kagame's "radical move" of FDU-Inkingi candidate Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, who remains under arrest and indictment, unable to leave the city of Kigali, or P.S. Imberakuri Party candidate Bernard Ntaganda, who remains in prison, or Democratic Green Party of Rwanda candidate Frank Habineza, who was not allowed to register his party, and, whose party vice president, Andre Kagwa Rwisereka, was found beheaded in the wetlands of the Mukura River in southern Rwanda on July 14th?

Anyone else's intelligence insulted?  

If so, let's hope Barack Obama and the State Department, and their English, Dutch, Canadian, Australian, otherwise Euro, and European Union counterparts aren't going to come out cheering for this democratic opening and expect us to buy it.

Extra extra!  Read all about it; breaking "news" from the Africa Press Agency: 

"APA-Kigali (Rwanda) Rwandan President Paul Kagame in what looks like a radical move to silence critics questioning his democratic credentials has offered to form a government of national unity with the opposition candidates and their parties who lost to him during the recently concluded presidential elections, APA learns here Saturday."

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