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Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Paul Kagame? Keynote speaker at a genocide conference?
Congolese in Australia protested Kagame's presence at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), 10.28.2011.
KPFA Weekend News Host: Congolese and Rwandans gathered to demonstrate against Rwandan President Paul Kagame's appearance at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth, Australia yesterday. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported that some of the most vocal protestors were a group of Africans from Congo calling Kagame the Hitler of Africa and demanding to know why he had been allowed to attend the gathering after killing more than 8 million Congolese people within 10 years.
Kagame will be traveling to Northern California this week to give a keynote speech on Thursday, November 3rd, at a conference on genocide at Sacramento State University. KPFA's Ann Garrison has the story.
Rwandan President and General Paul Kagame
KPFA/Ann Garrison: Many scholars, human rights investigators, genocide survivors, and now, Rwandan President Paul Kagame's own former Chief of Staff TheogeneRudasingwa, hold him most responsible for the Rwanda Genocide of the1990s, for the ensuing Congo Wars and Congo conflict, and for the plunder of eastern Congo's vast natural resource wealth. Sacramento State University's invitation to Kagame, to give the keynote speech at a genocide conference, has therefore caused many to ask what Sacramento State, and its California State university system partners in the conference, can possibly be thinking.
Mimi Mandiangu, President of the Northern California Congolese Congress, otherwise known as the INGA Association, explained why Congolese activists plan to gather at Sacramento State University, in Sacramento, to protest Kagame's appearance on Thursday, November 3rd:
Mimi Mandiangu: We just want to stop him keep telling lies about the genocide. The UN already did a report. People need to read this report, to see what he did, the killing of our women, children, and men. They keep killing in our country and we just want to know that people know that he is a killer. And we need to stop him lying in this conference. So we're gonna be there to try to stop him, stop saying lies, and we're gonna bring posters, and we're gonna talk more when we're there.
As Rwandan President Paul Kagame travels to Sacramento State University to give the keynote speech at a genocide conference, Rwandan opposition leader Victoire Ingabire is shuttled back and forth from a Kigali prison to a Kigali courtroom. Ingabire is on trial for saying that not only Rwandan Tutsis, but also Rwandan Hutus died in the Rwanda Genocide. Photo: Alice Muhirwa, FDU-Inkingi
KPFA: The UN report that Mimi Mandiangu refers to is the UN Mapping Report on Human Rights Abuse in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 1993 - 2003, which was leaked on August 26th, 2010, and officially released on October 1st, 2010. The report documents war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocidal massacres of Rwandan Hutu refugees and Congolese Hutus committed by Kagame's Rwandan Patriotic Army in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The Northern California Congolese Congress is asking any and all peace and justice activists to join their protest, outside the Redwood Room, on the Sacramento State University campus, at 6000 J St., Sacramento, California, beginning at 9 AM, on Thursday morning, November 3rd.