Rwanda Ombudsman dares to compare Kagame with Nelson Mandela
Kigali – In an interview offered to The New Times journalist Fred Oluoch-Ojiwah, the Rwandan Chief Ombudsman, Tito Rutaremara, goes to the surprising length of comparing Paul Kagame with Nelson Mandela!
… Let me interject by saying that while there is political progress some critics of the progress you are pointing out, are saying that Rwandans have been starved of political space. What is your response?
Such critics have to define political space.
For instance these critics say that the upcoming polls are not likely to be competitive.
What these critics need to know is that the President Kagame, as an incumbent is just about the only good leader Rwandans can relate to as the polls approach. What is wrong with that? That is not the incumbent’s problem. I must point out that such situations are not unique to Rwanda even right here in Africa. Look at South Africa’s situation with Nelson Mandela.
If Nelson Mandela would make a come back no one would stand a chance of beating him. It is all about a leader’s character. When such a situation obtains, one cannot say that there is no political space. That assumption would be totally wrong.