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Rwanda: What to think about the recent Kagame’s Cabinet Reshuffle?

by: Dr. Theogene Rudasingwa.


1. Kagame is in a deep crisis and would like to give the impression to Rwandans and the international community that things are changing.

2. Kagame is responding to pressure from pro-democracy voices, notably Rwanda National Congress (RNC), FDU-Inkingi and other pro-democracy voices.

3. Aloysea Inyumba is being retrieved from a long period of marginalization, as a reward for her recent redeployment to counter RNC and lure Hutu into Kagame’s RPF fold. Her European trip has paid her handsomely. She is on her way to the United States to pay more dues to Kagame’s reward.

4. Dr. Charles Murigande, now to be posted to Japan as ambassador, begins his final journey to complete retrenchment after a long period of marginalisation. The Burundi factor in RPF politics that has saved Murigande before no longer matters to Kagame, who now must punish those who are not “adequately” loyal even among the Tutsi.

5. Claver Gatete, formerly ambassador to UK (during which tenure he oversaw Kagame’s financial misdemeanors in that country) and Vice Governor at Central Bank, now elevated to Governor of Central Bank. With the Finance Minister John Rwangombwa, the two are Kagame’s most obedient servants who will help in continuing to siphon off public resources into Kagame’s pockets.

6. Vincent Karega, now posted to South Africa as ambassador, has been chosen to specifically deal with Gen. Kayumba and Col. Karegeya (read this as a mission to complete a previously abortive operation to assassinate both). He has no diplomatic skills to mend diplomatic relations between SA and Rwanda, now at their lowest. The most important credential he has is that he will execute orders unquestioningly.

7. Solina Nyirahabimana, now posted to Switzerland as Ambassador, is being deployed to sweet-talk Hutu into RPF, and to deal with the growing opposition to the Kigali regime in Europe, notably from RNC and FDU-Inkingi and other pro-democracy voices.

8. It does not matter that Kagame has included Hutu and women to put on a facade of an ethnically balanced and gender sensitive government. Rwanda remains a police secretive state, firmly in the hands of a violent and corrupt dictator who marginalises mainly the Hutu, as well as Tutsi and Twa. The structure of power remains intact.

9. Ideas are a very powerful force, just as the power of organised and mobilized citizens are a potent force whose time has come. It has been a few months since Rwanda Briefing was written, and RNC was born. Clearly, ideas about a shared future among Rwandans (Hutu, Tutsi, and Twa), anchored on truth telling, justice for all, the rule of law, freedom, democracy and sustainable prosperity for all has thrown Kagame and the state he has criminalised into panic. Now resources (money, time, talent..) are being squandered left and right to stop the unstoppable—Rwanda’s march to freedom!

10. Finally, the Prime Minister Bernard Makuza has been handed a sweet formality to sign the statement on the cabinet reshuffle, that he rarely, if ever, has anything to do with! Kagame is trying to deceive Rwandans that the formal government works. The truth is that his informal network of a few Tutsi military officers and RPF civilian cadres run the secret state behind the scene. Still, Makuza must be grateful that this small token has finally been extended to him thanks to the efforts of pro-democracy voices.

What is needed in Rwanda is not shuffling chairs on the sinking Kagame-RPF ship. Rwandans need to work together to prevent their motherland from sinking into more civil war and bloodshed, and chat a new direction in durable peace and freedom. Kagame can deceive some people, for some time. But he cannot deceive us all for all the time.

[The Africa Global Village]

1 comment

1 Bob { 05.31.11 at 12:11 am }

Mr . Rudasimgwa, has learn nothing and probably forgot nothing. There could be no level of Moral legitimacy or fairness for you to start questioning his HE Kagame, especially on morality . You can only deceive those who don’t know you Sir. I was young at the time you were at the helm of Rwandan decision making. You had the powers. You never cared at all to the needs of Rwandans. Now you are a self claimed saved. Angel has resurrected to “save” Rwandans, ariko ye. Any Rwandan who lived in Rwanda can write essays about you and your brother, how you guys behaved. Am sure, if you walked on the streets of kigali, you would be stoned because of your past behaviors. Its a shame to read these postings by you aimed at confusing those who don’t know you. Do you remember the embezzlement case against you. Do you remember, your brother’s case with the bank. Do you remember how you both welded enormous powers in the RPF? When they stripped you off the powers you welded, you felt the anger and now you have turned the anger against the Kagame, and you have become a self proclaimed politician. Its a shame. Chill, look for another job and get employed like other people. An appointment is not a career. You should know that. The fact that you lost privileges of flying first class, shouldn’t be a stepping stone for you to tarnish the image of your own country. You are hurting Rwanda, but you should know that you are hurting the future of your own children. Can’t you even have the mercy for the innocent little Rwandans visa vis your ego for pride and regaining your supremacy. You are fighting for power, not Rwandans. Lets be open. Please Mr Rudasingwa, we are Rwandans and you know that we Rwandans know you and you are here deceiving Americans . What is wrong with you, can you guys in opposition come to your normal senses? When you close your eyes and look into your heart, you know the truth. I will ask you: Please do this for me: Close your eyes: Look into your heart: What you see in your heart is the truth. Stop egoistic ventures. Rwanda belongs to all Rwandans.
Your Political Party–RCN, has not offered any alternative better way for how Rwanda can be governed. Stop personal attacks to HE Kagame. You are portraying immature Politics. Save your self a breath. Stop selfishness. Chill, and Concentrate on your family, they need you.
Good luck in your life.

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