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January 31, 2007

Paul Kagame – War Criminal?

Paul Kagame's choice of words during an interview with the BBC will come as a shock to say the least as the world once again watches Rwanda from a distance. The genocide will not be forgotten for another 100 years however hard we try - it will infact become a huge situation in the coming years. (Kenyans investing in Rwanda know this but only listen to one side of the story) 

The allegations by the French judge, Jean-Louis Bruguiere, that the current president of Rwanda, Paul Kagame was the mastermind behind the shooting down of President Juvenal Habyarimana's plane are nothing new. The judge has gone on to say that Kagame also used the shooting down of the plane to spark the genocide and subsequently cease control of the poorly African country. This isn't the first time I've heard these allegations - there are many articles out in cyberspace that implicate the leader of the Rwandese Patriotic Front (RPF) who spent much of his time in the Ugandan military before plotting to overthrow the Habyarimana government. 

Why would Paul Kagame say the following in response to such allegations?

"Would I care that bloody Habyarimana died? I don't give a damn."

These comments are surrounded by the claims of discrimination of the minority Tutsi's by the Hutu's during the Habyarimana presidency.

If Kagame's choice of words were different I would probably still be on the fence about the allegations against him but suddenly he's convinced me he was behind the genocide that the world quite simply sat and watched. His angered response to any such allegation whenever they surface is stubborn denial of any wrongdoing akin to the unskilled liar.

A certain blame should be put on the Belgians for leaving the country divided when they granted independence and the French are no better for supplying arms and fueling the tensions. But, Hon President Kagame, you deserve to be taken into custody, held in the cells of the International Criminal Tribunal Court in Arusha and tried hopefully before 2010.


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