Daily Archives: July 3, 2015

President Paul Kagame’s Behaviour In Rwandan Parliament Proves He Is Unfit For High Office

“We have the power of anger…”

June 25, 2015 will be remembered as a sad day in the history of Rwanda. Speaking in Parliament, Rwandan President Kagame addressed the arrest of General Karenzi Karake at the United Kingdom’sLondon Heathrow Airport on June 20. The arrest was executed under European Warrant provoked by the 2008 Spanish indictment of Rwandan military officials for ordering massacres and the killings of Spanish and other European aid workers between 1997-2000. Kagame called both the Spanish and British authorities as “rubbish” for their respective roles in Karake’s arrest.

The President then unleashed his anger at the U.S. Congress’ House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, for holding a hearing on May 20 to examine Rwanda’s deteriorating human rights record. Kagame described businessman Tribert Rujugiro and David Himbara as “petty criminals and thugs” for allegedly financing and organising the congressional hearing.

Sadly, on the same day Rwanda President was abusing the British, Americans, and fellow Rwandans, the U.S. State Department released its “2014 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.” The Report is further indictment of the Kagame government. According to the Report, “The most important human rights problems in the country were disappearances, government harassment, arrest, and abuse of political opponents, human rights advocates, and individuals perceived to pose a threat to government; disregard for the rule of law among security forces and the judiciary; and restrictions on civil liberties.”

Adds the Report: “Other major human rights problems included arbitrary or unlawful killings, torture, harsh conditions in prisons and detention centers, arbitrary arrest, prolonged pretrial detention, and government infringement on citizens’ privacy rights.”

President Kagame resorts to the old ploy of attacking the messenger and not the message. Kagame should face the reality that he is unfit to govern. A government that is reported to kill, torture, and arbitrarily detain citizens has no redeemable qualities whatsoever. And rather than engineer the scheme of ammending Rwanda’s Constitution to enable himself to cling to power for life, Kagame should peacefully exit the political scene to allow fellow Rwandans to move on.


Rwandans forced to fund Gen Karenzi bail


Lt Gen Karenzi Karake was arrested by British police on war crimes and genocide charges pending his extradition to Spain.

There are unverified facts about the arrest of Karake Karenzi saying that he sought it to embarrass president Kagame, as did for example the production of BBC Rwanda Untold Story, so he cannot pretend to run for a third term.

However, whatever the circumstances of the Rwandan general’s arrest in LONDON, the entire Rwandan population inside is being affected because they are being forced to contribute to the £1,000,000 bail that has been requested by the judge to allow the suspect to be available for the court without staying in prison.

Boniface Twagirimana, who is in Kigali, is reporting that in Matimba of Nyagatare, every household is being asked to contribute 4000 RWF to KK Bail Fund, on top of which they have to add another 2,000 RWF to pay for a motorcycle for the police force.

The irony of the request is that, in that area of Byumba, that is where General KK and his killing squads started in 91/92 ethnic cleansing and sweeping it of hutu population to give space to his tutsi community.

Many people are being seriously harrassed and treated as enemies of state in case they show any reluctance to contribute, particularly because they don’t have the means. There is also fear that corrupt officials might use KK Bail Fund to exhort money from the population. Apparently there isn’t even any receipt being provided to prove that someone has contributed.

Rwandans have for many years been squeezed financially by many demands from RPF system without this one even giving them the means to earn a decent income from their labor. There are times that enough becomes enough and one needs to take a step to refuse from being indefinitely exploited.

Like in 1959 when the hutu majority made an end to its centuries-long exploitation by the tutsi monarchy, I think the time has come to end also the RPF discrimitaive and repressive system which uses all means to impoverish the population and keeps it constantly under the lowest of the aspirations: survival.

Forcing Rwandans to fund KK bail might trigger a social revolution.

Ambrose Nzeyimana

United States has suspended upcoming training for the Burundian military

usdos-logo-sealPress Statement

John Kirby
Department Spokesperson
Washington, DC
July 2, 2015

Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza’s continued disregard for the Arusha Agreement has resulted in dozens of deaths, the exodus of over 144,000 Burundians to neighboring countries, and a freefall in the Burundian economy causing suffering to millions of Burundians. The Burundian Government’s decision to push forward with the June 29 parliamentary elections despite the complete absence of the necessary conditions for credible elections and widespread calls, including from the African Union and United Nations, to delay the voting further exacerbated an already dire situation.

With presidential elections now scheduled for July 15, the United States joins with the African Union, the United Nations, the European Union, and other regional bodies and leaders in urging President Nkurunziza to place the welfare of Burundi’s citizens above his own political ambitions and participate in dialogue with the opposition and civil society to identify a peaceful solution to this deepening crisis. This solution should include the delay of the July 15 presidential elections until conditions are in place for free, fair, and peaceful elections.

Due to the precarious political and security situation in Burundi and the Government of Burundi’s unwillingness to engage in good faith efforts to negotiate a solution, the United States has today suspended several security assistance programs on which it has cooperated with Burundi. In response to the abuses committed by members of the police during political protests, we are suspending all International Law Enforcement Academy and Anti-Terrorism Assistance training that we provide to Burundian law enforcement agencies.

Recognizing that Burundi’s National Defense Force has generally acted professionally in protecting civilians during protests, the United States continues to value our partnership with the Burundian military and urges them to maintain professionalism and respect for the rule of law. However, due to the instability caused by the Burundian Government’s disregard for the Arusha Agreement and its decision to proceed with flawed parliamentary elections, the United States is unable to conduct peacekeeping and other training in Burundi. As a result, the United States has suspended upcoming training for the Burundian military under the Department of Defense’s Section 1206 Train and Equip program, as well as training and assistance under the Africa Military Education Program. We remain deeply concerned that the current crisis will further hamper our ability to support the important contribution of the Burundian military to international peacekeeping.

Finally, during our upcoming review of Burundi’s eligibility for the trade preferences available to it under the African Growth and Opportunity Act, we will be taking into consideration ongoing violence and instability and the Government of Burundi’s lack of respect for the rule of law in determining their eligibility for these trade preferences moving forward.