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Rwandan citizens react to US attitude towards Rwanda dictatorship

A Message to the US State Department
in reaction to the USA on the 16th Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide
by JB Uwumuremyi.

Thanks for remembering the victims of the Tutsi genocide. But many Rwandans continue to ask this:
What about the people that were killed by the Tutsis? What about all innocent people that were killed by Kagame and his soldiers from Byumba, throughout all Rwanda, all the way to the Congo?
Were they not humans?
Not all were interahamwe.
The population of Byumba, decimated by Kagame in 1990, were they interahamwe?
How about some justice for them?
In your message, you say that

“Rwanda’s vision for its future is one enlightened by all Rwandans who live together in respect”.

That is what most of us Rwandan want.
But in reality, today Rwanda belongs to a small group of Tutsis from Uganda.
The rest of Rwandans have no room whatsoever in Rwanda. Their rights are abused, stepped upon every single day.
Today, Rwanda has more refugees than any other time in its history. And if you speak up and condemn injustice, you are a genocide denier, an enemy of the state.

Kagame and his Akazu (entourage) are the real threat to the peace and security in the Great Lakes Region.

Before Kagame’s military ventures, the Great Lakes Region was peaceful. Kagame set in motion wars that killed millions of Rwandans and Congolese.

You say that

“The United States will remain a committed partner in Rwanda’s efforts to improve the well-being of its citizens and promote peace and stability in the region”.

If you mean it, help us remove the dictator Paul Kagame because many Rwandans are so sick and tired of him. Sixteen years of him is more than enough.

I find it amusing ( or you are not informed ) when you say that

“the United States applauds Rwanda’s progress and wishes its people continued success in their efforts in securing a peaceful, prosperous and democratic future”.

Democratic? The fake election Kagame is planning so he can secure another 7 years of power, you call that democratic!
Frankly, I find it shameful the fact that the US state department hasn’t stepped out and condemn Kagame and his shameful political games.
Is the US an ally of Rwandans or an ally of dictator Kagame?
If the US is an ally of the Rwandan people, these are the times that the US should act and side with the people.

[JB Uwumuremyi – rwandarugali.blogspot.com]

1 comment

1 Innocent Nsengiyumva { 04.17.10 at 7:45 am }

The comments of the State Department leaves me wonder who is the overall in charge of foreign policy between the White House and the State Department for it seems to me that the statement of the State Department contradicts the commitment made by Obama in his visit to Africa. Or are we coming back to the cold war era, when dictatorial and corrupt leaders such as Mobutu of Zarie, Bokassa of the CAR were supported for geopolitical interests or a scrumble for for resources irrespective of the cherished values of democracy and freedom.

I would liek first of al to invite you to comapare the statement of the Department Department and extracts from the speech made by President Obama in Ghana.

Extracts the statement of the State Department as brought up in the article above:

“Rwanda’s vision for its future is one enlightened by all Rwandans who live together in respect”.
“The United States will remain a committed partner in Rwanda’s efforts to improve the well-being of its citizens and promote peace and stability in the region”.
“the United States applauds Rwanda’s progress and wishes its people continued success in their efforts in securing a peaceful, prosperous and democratic future”.

Extracts from President Obama speeach in Ghana.

“history offers a clear verdict: governments that respect the will of their own people are more prosperous, more stable, and more successful than governments that do not”.

This is about more than holding elections – it’s also about what happens between them. Repression takes many forms, and too many nations are plagued by problems that condemn their people to poverty. No country is going to create wealth if its leaders exploit the economy to enrich themselves, or police can be bought off by drug traffickers. No business wants to invest in a place where the government skims 20 percent off the top, or the head of the Port Authority is corrupt. No person wants to live in a society where the rule of law gives way to the rule of brutality and bribery. That is not democracy, that is tyranny, and now is the time for it to end.

In the 21st century, capable, reliable and transparent institutions are the key to success – strong parliaments and honest police forces; independent judges and journalists; a vibrant private sector and civil society. Those are the things that give life to democracy, because that is what matters in peoples’ lives.

all Rwandans who live together in respect”.

“capable, reliable and transparent institutions are the key to success – strong parliaments and honest police forces; independent judges and journalists; a vibrant private sector and civil society”

One does not need to have a world renowned intelligence service, an embassy in Rwanda to realise that the key pikllars for a prosperous, stable, and more successful nation that President Obama is enumarating are lacking: democracy and good governance ie strong parliaments and honest police forces; independent judges and journalists; a vibrant private sector and civil society” are absent in Rwanda. Only one area might be going well that is a vibrant private sector which is dominated by those close to the power who pay part of their dividents to the party in power and Also some foreign private business thrive better in an auhtoritarian regime where the government dictates the terms and the citizens cannot oppose unjust labour laws.

I find it quite insulting to the intellect and dignity of Rwandans that someone wants to let believe that all is well in Rwanda and we are marching to progress, when the World Bank report quoted in Rwanda’s Turning vision into reality” reports that 51% of the national wealth goes to only 20% of the population, compared to before 1994, when 39% went to 20% of the population, when as already mentioned the country has now the highest number of political refugees: civilians including two former Prime Ministers, 3 Former Foreign Ministers, a speaker of the National Parliament who is a tutsi genocide survivor, a former Minister of Defence and many ambassador, Military officers including Generals and Colonels now labelled as human waste who were instrumental in bring the present regime to power, at a time when oppositon politicians are not only are harassed, vilified and intimidated and labelled as political hooligans and useless and oneis kidnapped from a neighbouring country, political parties are denied their right to register, at a time when newspapers are suspended for being critical of government.
It is quite scary whenin under the circumstances the State Department of a Country champion of democratic values declares that it applaudsa Rwanda country for its “efforts in securing a peaceful, prosperous and democratic future”.

I agree with the statement made by President Paul Kagame on the day of the commemoration of Tutsi genocide when he said that foreign influence is partly ” responsible for many of the things that have us here to commemorate this genocide” (we all know how the US administration opposed military intervention to stop genocide and even refused to call it genocide to prevent intervention) and that we are the ones to fight for our respect and dignity.
The lesson is clear and I share it fully with Paul Kagame, nobody else cares, you have to care and the outside help is secondary and will come in when their interests are met.
As he also stated “we want to be as free, as happy, as democratic” and it has to be a ” life commiment”. Up to you all rwandans. “Dont agonise, organise”, for democracy and the rule of law.

Nsengiyumva

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