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Rwanda has enemies, says Minister

Question to Foreign Affairs Minister, Louise Mushikiwabo:
Don’t you think the recent throwing of grenades in Kigali and the arrests of the two military generals is creating some kind of panic?

Minister’s Answer:

Again, this is the psyche we are talking about. With our history, Rwanda has enemies. When the leadership stopped the genocide, it didn’t stop people who think genocide.

All is not that fine in Rwanda. Though we have been a very secure country, we have people outside the borders who want to come back and finish the work of the genocide; we have people internally, too, who are unhappy and disgruntled with the current leadership.

This government has fired people because of failure to account and people linked to the genocide. Why would it be surprising that someone can plant a grenade? This country still has enemies.

Rwanda’s military has high standards of discipline, shouldn’t it be surprising that generals are arrested on counts of misconduct?

Minister’s Answer:

The Rwanda Defence Forces is made up of human beings, but still there is almost no tolerance for certain behaviour in our army. To me it is not surprising and alarming.

It is the timing that makes people bundle everything together to create a situation of panic.

[Source: Kezio-Musoke -The East African]

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