Rwanda: President Kagame vows to stop newspapers who sell rumours
Kigali – Media organizations publishing rumours which undermine state security “must stop”. The President Paul Kagame made the call in his speech at the Parliamentary buildings during the ceremony in which four senior army officers were sworn in to take new responsibilities.
He wondered why some media “sell rumours” as government officials looked on.
The President was speaking about media reports which suggested, among others, that newly appointed Lt. Gen Charles Kayonga and other top officers were under house arrest over coup plot links. Some were claimed to have left the country.
Local tabloids, particularly UMUSESO, have alleged that Lt. Gen. Kayonga was in deep trouble with the Commander-in-Chief. Other senior officers in the army and intelligence apparatus were reported to be fleeing or in detention.
“There are people who survive on selling rumour… Surprisingly, Rwandans even buy the rumour. Why cant you buy what feeds you or what has value instead of rumours,” he said.
The President said the “profession of trading in rumours” – which disturbs the harmony and security of the country cannot be allowed to continue. “It must stop…on good or bad terms,” he said.
“I promise you that will happen, ” he said gesturing to emphasize his point, amid applause from the audience of the country’s elite.
“Those rumour mongers who keep saying officials have been arrested – with the goal to destabilize the country…confuse Rwandans…that one has no right over that,” he said.
As though he was not done yet, the President said if the outsiders accept that, “fine”, then threw the bombshell:
“…Or they take them to live in their countries. It is impossible here,” Mr. Kagame said pounding his podium, adding that “never” will he accept anybody to undermine the blood that Rwandans have spilled rebuilding their country.
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