Rwandan UK resident sentenced to death by Kagame
“How do you view the popular uprising in North Africa and do you think the same could happen in Rwanda?” That is the question UK resident Rwandan Rene Mugenzi asked on 22 March to Rwandan President Paul Kagame on BBC. Introducing General Paul Kagame during that Have-Your-Say broadcast, BBC journalist Alex Jakana had said in Kagame’s presence:
In recent years, there has been a sharp increase in the number of voices criticising him and his government. Most of the accusations are along the lines that he is a despot who doesn’t tolerate any form of opposition; that under his leadership, Rwanda has become a dangerous place for those who publicly disagree with him or his ruling party.
Now, it appears that Mugenzi’s audacity has earned him an immediate death sentence!
Less than 2 months after that exchange on BBC, the Metropolitan Police informed Rene Mugenzi in writing that they had reliable intelligence showing that Rwandan Government poses an imminent threat to his life. The warning stated that the life threat could be carried out in any form, conventional or unconventional.
“Reliable intelligence states that Rwandan Government poses an imminent threat to your life. The threat could come in any form. You should be aware of other high profile cases where action such as this has been concluded in the past. Conventional and non-conventional means have been used.” Metropolitan Police.
A similar warning has been issued to another Rwandan UK resident Jonathan Musonera.
Perhaps a reminder to those who still believe that Kagame cares about his people or even about his own reputation. They should remember his most common answer: “I don’t care”.