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Rwanda: President Kagame proud to have killed Hutu refugees in DRC

Paul Kagame: Those who preferred repatriation were safely brought into the country, but those who chose otherwise were shot "That’s what we did".

Those who preferred repatriation were safely brought into the country, but those who chose otherwise were shot "That’s what we did".

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.

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in Kinyarwanda.

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.

11 comments

1 Alex Gordon { 04.14.10 at 2:42 pm }

this is a ridiculous article. who is publishing this stuff? what is the EXACT quote that Kagame said? way to go on the quality journalism guys!

2 Colored Opinions { 04.15.10 at 6:06 am }

Based on what Rwandan politicians have said in the past, this is entirely plausible http://www.fordschool.umich.edu/video/?bcpid=28911012001&bclid=32920159001&bctid=44939157001

3 Zima { 04.15.10 at 8:08 am }

If this text reports what Kagame said, then it does not mean “he’s proud”. The attack on Zaïre camps was not aiming Hutus, but our killers (interahamwe, CDR and ex-FAR). Hutu does not mean killer. War means deaths. And death on a large scale, indeed there was. The targets were behind millions of families and no choice given to RPA: someone in this world had to kick them out of these camps across our border. Again, there was just NO WAY OUT!

4 Colored Opinions { 04.15.10 at 4:37 pm }

Zima, many witnesses tell a very different story. That is why 40 RPA officers stand accused in Spain of crimes against humanity and acts of genocide both inside Rwanda and Congo. Ask Robert Krueger, ask many hutu refugees who survived the RPA butchers. Justice is still taking it’s course. These officers will have to defend themselves in court.

5 I Nsengiyumva { 04.18.10 at 7:38 am }

I am sure whether from the words of President Kagame one can construe categorically that he was proud to have killed hutu refugees is anyone’s interpretation . It is one of many possible interpretations.
What is important is the evidence he gives on the question on who killed the estimated 200,000 hutu refugees who included women and children. The evidence is also good for historical records.
He is honest to take responsibility for it. Those who were following orders and are being accused by the international courts must be feeeling relieved.

The second question regarding the identity of the estimated 200,000 killed : whether all of them ( men, women, childen, babies) were interahamwe, if they were killed in fightig or in cold blood, if there were prisoners of war or not if some were, where they are, is a matter for the international community to follow up or to complete their investigations.
They must establish if the massacres of the 200000 hutu refugees did not violate international law. Some trbunals are follow up this issue, it seems.

The 3rd question is how can people aplaud when someone says that he is responsible for the killing of an estimated 200,000 people, even if they were enemies. We are reading reports that soldiers fighiting in Afganistan and Iraq , even those who have not killed so many people but just witnessed killings, are suffering post war traumatic psychological disorder. Are some rwandans in high positions ( I imagine that the people who were invited for the swearing in ceremony and were applauding are very senior military and civilian authorities) so insensitive to shedding blood or witnessing bloodshed, in which case we are heading for more carnage, especially that the President is promising another war if the needs of the Party RPF require it in order to protection its hold on power?
God forbid!

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7 F. LeFever { 05.19.10 at 10:54 pm }

I Nsengiyumva says: “…We are reading reports that soldiers fighting in Afganistan and Iraq , even those who have not killed so many people but just witnessed killings, are suffering post war traumatic psychological disorder…”

Yes, the consequences for many ordinary soldiers have been severe. However, I don’t know if those higher-ranking officers who ordered the killings have felt any remorse or conflicted emotions and disruption of their subsequent lives. Even less affected, I think, are those politicians who acquiesced (for the sake of their careers) and even authorized money to pay for the killing.

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11 Carl { 09.15.10 at 7:54 pm }

hey alot of this stuff don”t make any sens a sentence can be taken out of the whole speech context…he was speaking specifically to military personnel about “security” rapatriation was here meaning of those who waged war ex military types ….those who stayed in this context means those who chose the path of going against the country….dumb ass , let me ask this because this shaddy website is my only source of news from rwanda , but it seems to me its partisan , like as if it never says anything good about the country , mr journalist , let me ask u , who do u want on power ? what kind of country would u like to have , a divided one? because thats what u’re doing right now , how small-minded can we african be ?do u know that if we continue this path of having low-lives like u enticing division and anger, we’ll basicly stay in this hell hole we call a country and never push forward … the likes of india , china and brazil zooming past us !
dont u guys wanna give the country a shot at a brighter future ????
anyways it just saddens me to see jerk-offs coming around unconstructive subjects like these……
start up forums , form up ideas to reunite the younger generation that hasnt been wash through this ethnicity bullshit
i MEAN GIVE SOLUTIONS , not just like the republicans in the USA, playing cock-blocker types… help move forward
because our country needs to wake the fuck-up….its been 14 year…or more since the genocide and we trying to go it again???

sir if u cant do this get a real job and stop blogging

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