Theogene Rudasingwa VS Paul Kagame on Habyarimana’s plane.

imagesSince Rudasingwa and Kagame fell out about four years ago, the first has tirelessly repeated that Habyarimana’s presidential plane was shot down on orders given by current  President of Rwanda,  and then commander of RPF Paul Kagame. Although no investigations were done concerning this terrorist attack, the international community and diverse Non Governmental Organizations, legal and political organizations as well as independent reporters and members of academia confirmed that the shooting sparked genocide. Of course it is somehow dubious, but strong enough to try convince us why mass killings started after Habyarimana was shot down, and not before. Therefore genocide is hereby understood as a reaction or a consequence of the  shooting down of the presidential plane.

Yet what remains a puzzle is the silence over that critical matter in Rwanda’s history. It is not because the UN or key players in international decision-making bodies ignore the importance of this case. Many times this case was raised in different courts of law but was turned down for unknown reasons.

While one would be pushed to think the case was avoided because it would have been very difficult to gather evidence especially after the black box “disappeared” within the UN Secretary General office, Dr Theogene Rudasingwa has come out to make the task easier. “Kagame is the man you want” Theogene’s testimony resonates.

But again, why this former lieutenant and comrade of Kagame’s seems taking pleasure in speaking out? Views on this question differ tremendously. For some, Rudasingwa was fired by Kagame and he is trying to revenge. For others, he ( Rudasingwa) wants to take over RPF after it will have been decapitated of Kagame and other key politicians, and yet for others Rudasingwa is taking advantage of time given unto him by the situation to do a good job for his motherland, Rwanda; by telling the truth and providing his contribution towards the long-lasting peace. “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8, 32.


Kagame never said he did not give the order to shoot. He was heard saying that it was the war time, that Habyarimana was his enemy, and that even Habyarimana would have wanted him to die,…  but he did not explicitly accept his role. For this unclear position of Kagame’s, Rudasingwa gives another medication: Let Kagame take a lie-detector test. Wow! That is interesting, isn’t?  Rudasingwa goes on to say that he is willing to take it as well. Following is his statement:


I am inviting President Paul Kagame to join me in taking a lie-detector ( polygraph) test, under international supervision, on the question of who shot down President Juvenal Habyarimana’s plane in 1994.

In April 2012, I testified before the French Judge, Marc Trevidic, to confirm that President Paul Kagame is responsible for the shooting down of the aircraft in which President Habyarimana of Rwanda, President Ntaryamira of Burundi and all others on board perished.

Both of us could take the test under the auspices of a joint panel of investigators constituted by the African Union and the United Nations.

Dr. Theogene Rudasingwa
Washington DC


What do you think will be Kagame’s reaction? Please let me hear you.

Chaste Gahunde

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