Rwanda: President Kagame proud to have killed Hutu refugees in DRC
Kigali – Senior army officers were sworn in On Tuesday afternoon to take new responsibilities. These are new defence minister General James Kabarebe, new Chief of defence staff Lieutenant General Charles Kayonga, new army chief of staff Lieutenant General Ceaser Kayizari who is the new army chief of staff, and commander of the reserve forces Lieutenant General Charles Muhire.
In his speech President Paul Kagame praised the four sworn-in officers for unwavering service they have offered to their country and for their contribution to the struggle to make Rwanda the better country it is today. According to him, their experience and commitment give assurance for Rwanda’s security.
However, President Kagame noted that the responsibility to guard national security was not for the military alone. He said every leader in all posts of leadership, and every citizen in Rwanda, must take this responsibility seriously.
“We have done all we promised”
President Kagame spoke with pride how the military pursued the Rwandan rebels “across the borders” – which eventually brought much needed security.
He said those who preferred repatriation were safely brought into the country, but those who chose otherwise were shot. “We did that,” he said in Kinyarwanda, adding in English, “That’s what we did.”
As he was winding up his 20-minute address, not reading a prepared speech, the President repeated that “on good or bad terms,” whoever tries to “provoke the country into war” should be prepared to face the repercussions. He ended pounding the podium as he reminded his team to get to work.
Other themes developed by President Kagame during the same ceremony:
– “Rwandan exiled officials are like excreted human waste”.
– President Kagame vows to stop newspapers who sell rumours.