RWANDA: THE LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT OF CPC TO HIS EXCELLENCY PRESIDENT BARACK H.OBAMA

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RWANDA: THE LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT OF CPC TO HIS EXCELLENCY PRESIDENT BARACK H.OBAMA

 

His Excellency, President Barack H. OBAMA

THE WHITE HOUSE

WASHINGTON, DC

 

August 4, 2014

Mr President,

It is in my capacity as a Rwandan citizen, former prime minister after the genocide and president of the Coalition of Parties for Change in Rwanda that I feel compelled to write this letter to you. With all due respect, I’d like to express my anger and profound sadness at your decision to invite General Paul Kagame, Rwanda’s president, to the White House this week. You and I both know the enormity of crimes for which Mr Kagame is responsible.

Half a century after a wave of independence movements swept through Africa, hopes for peace, freedom and prosperity for our children have given way to despair and disillusion. Millions of Africans suffer every day in immeasurable ways.

Many live like slaves in electoral dictatorships that cynically pass themselves off as legitimate. Some of these dictatorships -- such as Rwanda -- are openly tolerated and protected by the West, in particular the United States, in a bid to pursue economic and strategic interests that are dangerously misguided.

As you know, Mr Kagame has no respect for the law and sanctity of life; he has refused to cede any political space in his country. He also kills or threatens anyone at home or abroad who challenges him.

To deflect from his own record, Mr Kagame regularly accuses his critics of committing crimes or conspiring against him. If Rwandans are guilty of anything today, it is of opposing a daily stream of human rights violations meted out under the guise of pursuing ‘good governance and political stability.’

Rwanda’s violent past – its history of genocide and wars of reprisal – are well known. Well known too are the hegemonic wars waged for nearly two decades in mineral-rich Democratic Republic of Congo, where millions of innocent people have died and a host of multinational companies -- chiefly from the United States and Canada -- have profited.

There is no doubt Mr President that these conflicts and ensuing tragedies are known to you, to your Amassador to the United Nations Mrs Samantha Power and to your National Security Advisor Mrs. Susan Rice. Both women have been longstanding admirers of Mr Kagame.

Despite accolades that exaggerate Mr Kagame’s governance and only serve to provide cover for his impunity, I must tell you that the vast majority of Rwandans know better.

Before having invited a criminal into the White House, the US government should have carefully considered his record, the scale and gravity of which are as follows:

1.The massacre of tens of thousands of unarmed Rwandan peasants by Mr Kagame’s Rwandan Patriotic Front in the regions of Ruhengeri and Byumba since October 1990.

2.The assassination of scores of political figures, including Emmanuel Gapyisi in 1993, Felicien Gatabazi in 1994 and Seth Sendashonga in 1998, to name merely a few.

3.The assassination on April 6, 1994 of the presidents of Rwanda and Burundi respectively, Juvénal Habyarimana et Cyprien Ntaryamira (documented in numerous testimonies from Mr Kagame’s former friends and colleagues, including former chief of staff Kayumba Nyamwasa and Patrick Karegeya his former chief of intelligence, assassinated in South Africa on December 31, 2013.)

4.The asssasination during the genocide of senior Catholic clergy, including Archbishop of Kigali Vincent Nsengiyumva, Bishops Thaddée Nsengiyumva of Kabgayi and Augustin Ruzindana of Byumba, along with Monseigneur Gasabwoya and nearly a dozen priests. These clergy members were murdrered on the direct orders of Mr Kagame, who is today your guest in Washington.

5.The murder of Patrick Karegeya, whose body was found strangled in a hotel room in Johannesburg on New Year’s Day. In 2006, Karegeya accompanied Mr Kagame to the White House to meet with then president George Bush, who hailed his Rwandan counterpart as a ‘man of action’.

6.The plotting of other murders, including attempts on the life of his former chief of staff General Nyamwasa, and of myself, the author of this letter.

It is clear that there are no world events escaping your attention, in particular the strife gripping the Middle East and war in the DRC. But it must be pointed out that Mr Kagame invaded Congo in 1996, unleashing a war and stoking conflict by supporting militias there ever since. His troops are responsible for the killing of an estimated 300,000 Rwandan Hutu refugees, including women and children chased and murdered like wild animals in the Congolese forests between 1996 and 1997. A UN investigation known as the MAPPING EXERCISE REPORT released in 2010 concluded that these killings could constitute genocide if prosecuted in a court of law.

These crimes – systematic and monstrous in nature -- were carried out on the orders of Mr Kagame, a man lauded by your colleagues and now in the prestigious confines of the White House.

Mr Kagame is also responsible for the massacre of an estimated 8,000 displaced Rwandans – men, women, children and babies -- from a UN monitored camp in Kibeho, in southwestern Rwanda in April 1995. The international community remained silent in the face of that gruesome slaughter, exempting Mr Kagame of responsibility, presumably because of the 1994 genocide. Yet when more than 6,000 mostly Muslim civilians were massacred in July 1995 in Srebenica, the UN recognized this crime as genocide. Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic paid the price, facing justice in the Hague. But what about Mr. Kagame? Should crimes in Africa be judged differently than those committed in Europe?

Finally, more than five million Congolese have died from violence or illnesses related to a war in the DRC that Mr Kagame unleashed, fed and profited from since 1996, under the false pretext of ensuring the security of Tutsis in Rwanda and the DRC.

Mr President, I am personally disappointed that a leader accused of crimes of such magnitude is invited to speak at the White House, as though his actions could ever be whitewashed.

Although I appreciate your efforts at the US-Africa summit to tackle tough issues and promote dialogue, your decision to provide a legitimate platform for Mr Kagame is discouraging for Rwandans everywhere, especially our youth who pinned their hopes on you to change US policy in the Great Lakes and on the continent as a whole.

We have not forgotten your words : Africa doesn't need strongmen, it needs strong institutions.

With my highest regard,

Faustin Twagiramungu

Former Prime Minister of Rwanda

President of the Coalition of Parties for Change in Rwanda (CPC)

 

 

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humura 07/08/2014 14:14

Enough is enough,the end of idiot is coming soon!!!you who are singing the deaf of your neighbor,who are you?
You will see what will happen when the time arrives and in that situation none who will come in your help as like before.we believe and you will be taken out and going back where you were from.

Niyorurema Emmanuel 06/08/2014 18:36

UBU NANDIKA IYI NKURU MU RWANDA ABANTU BARISHIMYE ABAFATA AGATAMA BARI KUGAFATA BISHIMIRA KO AMAHANGA N'ISI MURI RUSANGE YAVUZE ICYO ATEKEREZA KURI BARIYA BA RUKARANKABA BARI MU MASHYAMBA YA CONGO. AGAHURU K'IMBWA KARAHIYE! MUZE TWISHIME NSHUTI IMANA NTIRENGANYA! HUHUUUUU! FDLR = INTERNATIONAL CRIMINALS

umuvumbuziwintore 07/08/2014 01:53

Ubwose niwowe usimbuye Kantano kuri RTLM yewe abicanyi ntimugira ubwoko koko impinja abagore abasore abana bato ngo nibarukaraba nkaba? Ndumiwe umugome azabibazwe abere barenganurwe cyakora ubumwe iwacu buragoye ndabona uwabagushyikiriza wabarya ari babisi!!!!

umuvumbuziwintore 07/08/2014 01:49

ishime kuko uzi ayo wakarabye uwakugeza mumitima yabaherutse gutwikirwa amaduka namadeni yamabanki ataboroheye, ngaho ishime kuko utareba agahirinagahinda kabari mumazu yimbohe ba Mushaidi, Ingabire Mihigo nabandi ibihumbi, ngaho soma ucurure unyarukire i Kinyinya urebe abarikuborera muri kasho za Nziza abarikumvirizwa amatelephonne yewe nubundi barusahurira munduru bahozeho kandi koko ngo UMUGABOBWA ASEKA IMBOHE!!!

semana 06/08/2014 10:14

Erega, Inyenzi ntizizahoraho.
Mzee Twagiramungu, icyo tuzi ni uko ari we mzee kimenywa na bose bahanuye uzacyura ituze mu rwanda. Kandi ntibitinze ntibizarenza 2016. Naho Abagifite ubugoryi , ni akazi kabo.
Umuntu wese utemera FDRL =INYENZI. FDRL bavandimwe, mwihangane kandi mukomere ku muheto, igihe gisigaye ni gito.

Niyorurema Emmanuel 06/08/2014 17:06

FDRL IRI KURIRIRA MU MYOTSI NYUMA YAHO BARI BATEGEREJE KO BAHABWA IJAMBO! MBEGA BYIZA WEEEEEEEE! BA RUKARABANKABA NTA JAMBO BAKWIYE KUGIRA MURI IYI SI YA NONE. IBARUWA SE YA TWAGIRAMUNGU MWAKANGISHAGA IZANYE IKI? NGAHO NIMURIGITE RERO URETSE KO NTA N'UMWOBO UZEMERA KUBAMIRA!

Niyorurema Emmanuel 05/08/2014 22:32

KUGAMBANIRA IGIHUGU BIGIRA INGARUKA. MWESE AHO MURI HARAZWI. HABA UYU MUNSI, EJO, HABA RYARI, UWAGAMBANIYE IGIHUGU ARI CYO CYAMUGIZE ICYO AGENDA YIRATANA " NGO NARI THIS OR THAT........" KANDI ARI ICYO GIHUGU CYABIMUGIZE NONEHO YABAZWA ACCOUNTABILITY AGAHUNGA YAGERA IYO HAKURYA AGATANGIRA GUTEGURA IBIKORWA BIBI BYO KWANGIZA IGIHUGU CYAMUGIZE IBYO AGENDA ARISHA, ABO BOSE BAMENYE KO " KUGAMBANIRA IGIHUGU BIRASAMA" HABA VUBA CYANGWA CYERA. NI TWE TUBIBABWIYE KANDI MUZABYIBONERA!

semana 06/08/2014 10:18

siborurema, iterabwoba ry'inyenzi turarimenyereye.
Iyaba wamenyaga ko kugambanira igihugu bisama, ntiwaba urimo uvuga ya ndongo nkaya uvuga

auto ecole 92200 05/08/2014 17:36

Je vous vante pour votre éditorial. c'est un vrai charge d'écriture. Développez .

De 10h à 12 points essention de par leader dans l'appréhension extrême imposant à savoir une mesure de la routes singuliers nouvelle meilleure bureau. 07. 11. 2013 11:46 par corinne. Lire la suite. Vous permis de jugement du radars fictimes nous ?

Mbonyingabo Jean 05/08/2014 15:28

Nubwo bwo aba American bashobora gukomeza gufunga imitwe ntibumvi ibyo Twagiramungu ababwira ndamwemere yuko yababwije ukuri kose kudaciye kuruhande. Kandi byanze bikunze bazageraho babone yuko ukukuri ariko bafate ibyemezo. Kuko no kubwa Afrika yepho abantu barayamaganye yemera ukuri ibintu birahinduka. Nuko rero kubatwagiramungu ababwije ukuru yuko bashigikira ibibi bya Kagame kubera umutungo wakongo basahura bazageraho babone yuko isi yabatahuye. Ntabwo America izareke kuguma gushigikira Israel bahanye igihango ngo ikomeze yigaragure mumaraso ya Kagame.

UMUSHIKAZI 05/08/2014 16:35

Erega ukurikugenda gahoro ariko kugashyika naho ikinyoma kikihuta ariko kigwa vuba .Ukurikwaramenyekanye ntabwoba tugifiterero.Niba kagame nagatsiko ke batari babizi Twagiramungu abivuye imuzi.

FDLR:Faustin Twagiramungu komera! 05/08/2014 11:44

sha Faustin Twagiramungu ararikocoye too!!!!tuzarebe ko KAGAME yirata agahindura itegeko nshinga. bazamwica

UMUSHIKAZI 05/08/2014 15:56

uwo KAbeba wese aracyarota ntaramenya aho isi igeze igenda ,kuba injijiwe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!ahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!birababaje,mwe mukome amashyi gusa niryo herezo ryibicucu nka kabeba.

UMUSHIKAZI 05/08/2014 15:48

Umwana wumushintagwa nabi Twagiramungu komera kumuheto guas turebe ingegera Kagame imaze abantu icyo iravuga!umushi yamutanzyodaaa!!!!! ubundi yababwiye ko azkina iyo mukirere nuko mutumva!singaho abahagaritse umutima nubundi ntawo mwagiraga.Ngahose kagame gira icyo uvuga nawe tukwemere avuga iki nyagasega nako gutontomera aho kicaye gusa,abagufashije kurwinjiramo urubasohoyemo ngo uzarugiramo umutekano nibagusengere naho ubundi ntukiryama iminsiyarujindiri rurya ntiruhage irageze, mbega ukuntu uzapfa nabi uzaribwa nibisiga aaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!urababaje.

FDLR:birimo biraza mwa!! 05/08/2014 11:08

uko twababwiye ko DIALOGUE ari ngombwa ku neza;murabona ko ibintu bishobora guhinduka mu mwanya muto mu Rwanda. Arega isi yahinduye imirishyo!! FDLR ishaka amahoro muri DIALOGUE

humura 05/08/2014 10:26

Kabera warukwiye kwitwa"Kabebera".Kagame si so kandi niyo yaba so sinumva ko wakwibagirwa iyo yavuye.FDLR yabarijije ngo murashaka abo munigisha .Karegeya.Gahima,Rudasingwa,Umwami Kigeri nabandi ni Twagiramungu se?wa kayongwe ntugatuke umuntu ushaka democratie,yapfushije nkabandi bose surtout abatutsi twakundaga bazize mwe mwo karara mu kiguri cy'intozi.Kagame wogagiza azi neza aho yerekeza.bwirwa bukururuka inyuma ya kagame boshye imiziha .wa muhopfu we gasopo.Nako uri umususwe.cyangwa ni Morel wihinduye Kabera dore biriya binyenzi birihinduranya nka za cameleon,ubwo bugome buvanze n'ubupfapfa nibwo bwahekuye igihugu.urataKagame kuki?reba imyaka amaze ku butegetsi ibiro yavanye mu rugano nibyo agifite bamwe muli mumeze nkabahetse inyonjo.none uratuka umugabo w'igikwerere wiciwe akarenzaho ngo mugire amahoro wa mwaku we?umugozi wanize Karegeya uragutegereje wo karuka umutima we?

humura 05/08/2014 10:26

Kabera warukwiye kwitwa"Kabebera".Kagame si so kandi niyo yaba so sinumva ko wakwibagirwa iyo yavuye.FDLR yabarijije ngo murashaka abo munigisha .Karegeya.Gahima,Rudasingwa,Umwami Kigeri nabandi ni Twagiramungu se?wa kayongwe ntugatuke umuntu ushaka democratie,yapfushije nkabandi bose surtout abatutsi twakundaga bazize mwe mwo karara mu kiguri cy'intozi.Kagame wogagiza azi neza aho yerekeza.bwirwa bukururuka inyuma ya kagame boshye imiziha .wa muhopfu we gasopo.Nako uri umususwe.cyangwa ni Morel wihinduye Kabera dore biriya binyenzi birihinduranya nka za cameleon,ubwo bugome buvanze n'ubupfapfa nibwo bwahekuye igihugu.urataKagame kuki?reba imyaka amaze ku butegetsi ibiro yavanye mu rugano nibyo agifite bamwe muli mumeze nkabahetse inyonjo.none uratuka umugabo w'igikwerere wiciwe akarenzaho ngo mugire amahoro wa mwaku we?umugozi wanize Karegeya uragutegereje wo karuka umutima we?

Joffrey Kabera 05/08/2014 04:26

Ariko ba sha ko ikibi gisekwa nk'ikiza. Uyu Twagiramungu yahigwaga bukware nyuma y'urupfu rwa Habyarimana n'aba bari kumwamamaza ubwo bari mo bica inzirakarengane z'abatutsi muri 1994. Uyu munsi bamubona mo iturufu yo kugaruka mu Rwa Gasabo aho birirwa bamwamamaza kuko nyine nawe yiyemeje kubasanga Kubera ko nta yindi choix afite aho yameshe kamwe kuko kuza mu Rwanda nyakubahwa Paul Kagamé akiri perezida ntibyamushobokera kubera ibirutsi by'ibitusti yirirwa acira byuzuye ubumara nk'ubw'inzoka y'inshira, aho yirirwa yifuriza ikibi urwanda. Nako ngo ni umushi burya Kayibanda niwe wari uzi kubabwira kuko iyo yajyaga kuvuga ijambo yagiraga ati" Banyarwanda namwe banya Cyangugu!" Uyu munsi FDLR na Twagira ni bamwe ariko bahuriye ku butegetsi wareba! Yewe uwapfuye yarihuse!

semana 06/08/2014 10:22

Kabeba wowe, uri imbwa, west countries zabicaye ku rwanda, mugiye kuruvanwamo nk'ubufindo nkuko byahanuwe. Nta mbwa yurira urugo ntawuyurije! Wigeze ubona imbwa yurira igiti? Byose bizashira vuba. U regret in next few days

Mbonyingabo Jean 05/08/2014 15:17

Kabera rero bererekana yuko udasonanukiwe ibya politic mucyongereza bavugango "There is no permanent enemies in politic" mukinyarwanda bivuga yuko ntabazibahoraho muri politic. ninkuko ntashuti zihoho muri politic. Mwebwe abanyarwanda baba mu Rwanda mwigishijwe yuko iyo umuntu adahuje ibitekerezo nundi ubwo baba babaye abanzi. Ibyorero sikobiri muri politic. Muribeshacyane niyombamvu wumba yuko bidashoboka yuko Twagiramungu avuga rumwe na FDLR; ariko sibyo iyo abantu muri politic babona ikibazo kimwe barumvikana. Kandi ntibivuze yuko ibintubwose Twagiramugu abibona kimwe na FDLR.

MURASHIJE 05/08/2014 03:43

"You can even make laugh he who just has lost his mother"!
YOU ARE ASKING THE SEED OF THE DEVIL to chase away their loyal disciple, i.e. Mr. Kaga (me) Saul/Paul?
I wish you know who American Caucasians are? These peoples are the worst of worsts... Ask them where they lay the vestiges of "American Indians", African Americans,...

Can't you open your eyes wide and see what American Caucasians are doing to Palestinians, hiding behind those impostoring "Jews"?

If you wanna learn about Americans you better read in the Book of Isaiah 14:14-16! I guess you won't believe it... Wil ya?