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Exiled Rwandan Official Calls for Release of UN Report on Rwanda-led genocide in DR Congo

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Gahima, Karegeya, Nyamwasa and Rudasingwa call for change in Rwanda

A former chief of staff to Rwandan President Paul Kagame says the draft U.N. report that accuses the Rwandan army of committing war crimes in the Democratic Republic of Congo should be made public.

Theogene Rudasingwa, who is also former secretary-general to the ruling Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF), said those who would be found guilty, including himself and President Kagame, should face justice.

This comes as Rudasingwa and three other exiled Rwandan leaders have released a 60-page document calling for the overthrow of President Kagame’s administration.

Rudasingwa said the dictatorial regime of President Kagame has denied Rwandans their basic freedoms.

Listen: Rudasingwa, former chief of staff to President Kagame, spoke to Butty (VOA)
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“Like many other Rwandans, both within the country and outside the country, we say that the country is facing triple problems, all emanating from the dictatorial powers that the current leader, General Kagame, holds in the country, and the first problem being the denial of the fundamental freedoms of the people. There are so many who died in Rwanda since 1994 and most of these deaths can be traced to General Kagame himself, or those under his command,” he said.

Rudasingwa said the other problems facing Rwanda under President Kagame include corruption and failing to bring about reconciliation between Rwanda’s ethnic groups.

In their 60-page document, the exiled group said an armed conflict in Rwanda was inevitable and called on Rwandans and the international community to work together to end what they called the repressive system of government in Rwanda.

We said that, if the current conditions in Rwandan persist, then, as has happened in the past, civil conflict seems to be inevitable. But, we also said that it does not need to be like that because certainly we know some kinds of other things that need to be done in order to make sure that does not happen,” Rudasingwa said.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon will meet with President Kagame in Kigali Wednesday in an attempt to calm the diplomatic tension created by the leaking of the upcoming U.N. report which accuses the Rwandan army of committing war crimes in the Democratic Republic of Congo should be made public.

Rudasingwa said those who would be found guilty, including himself and President Kagame should face justice.

If I were him, if it is true and he thinks he is innocent, I would say let everything be investigated and then let the people responsible for these crimes be brought to justice. So, if you ask me what is my opinion on the U.N. report, I would wish that this report is tabled as is, and I hope the United Nations and the rest of the international community will simply rise to the occasion and make sure that those who are investigated and found to have committed these crimes both in Rwanda and also in the Congo are brought to justice,” Rudasingwa said.

Rudasingwa said some elements of the RPF, which makes up the current Rwandan defense forces, committed human rights abuses before, during and after genocide in Rwanda.

He said President Kagame does not want these crimes to be investigated. But, Rudasingwa said he is willing to face the investigation.

I am proclaiming in broad daylight in front of VOA that, if I am ever to have committed any crimes, I’ll be the first one to appear before the commission. So, I have nothing to fear. But, I’m making the same challenge to General Kagame that, if he is found that he is responsible for this, then, equally, he should be brought to justice,” Rudasingwa said.

[VOA News]

5 comments

1 I. Nsengiyumva { 09.09.10 at 7:46 am }

I would like to congratulate Dr Theogene Rudasingwa.
For someone who has been so close to the regime, this is a very brave statement. It is a challenge to every rwandan to be bold enough to make the same statement calling each one to accept to take responsibility for their actions, including betraying the rwandan people, deliberately working against their interest, under any regime that has ruled Rwanda.
What we demand is proper justice system not kangaroo courts.
This could be that defining moment for Rwanda. This is where strong leadership is needed: not going with the crowd but leading the crowd to genuine national interest: durable peace and development.

2 manyamuala { 09.10.10 at 7:54 pm }

The people who do not want the truth to come out are the foreign investors who had cast their dice in favor of Paul Kagame. These are the people who are targeting those Rwandans with opposing views for elimination. Kagame is not a lone wolf assassin!

3 umusomyi { 09.20.10 at 12:16 am }

It,s verry good if people like those are still alive.Bravo!!it’s true and anderstamndable,every one who is guilty of a crime must face justice.If kagame is innonent this not for him to say so.but the justice!!make him facing the justice and see.why is he afread if innocent!!!

4 jHabimana35 { 10.26.10 at 12:28 pm }

This Rudasingwa is just an opportunist, selfish and corrupt personality and the world know that. Ask him why he left Rwanda ?? Because he stole lots of money from the president office ! Only opportunist can sell their countries for their own self ish good !

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