Kama mambo yenyewe ndio haya kila siku hivi huyu jamaa ataachia madaraka kweli? Beyond Rwanda's all-rosy image Rwandas President Paul Kagame at a press conference in Frankfurt, Germany, on November 11, 2008. Kagame's critics say he is turning Rwanda into a police state By DEO LUKYAMUZI Posted Wednesday, July 7 2010 at 11:53 I am sure this came as no surprise to the good general since it was not the first time it was happening. When Lt-Col. Wilson Rutayisire (Shaban) was murdered in Congo in June, 2000, I was in Kigali. I say murdered in spite of the official version that he killed himself, because I have very good reasons to counter the official story: It is only Gen. Kayumba who represented the government and army at the burial. Those who were present can attest to the anger on Kayumbas face. Like a leper In Rwanda, since the coming into power by RPF, once you are perceived to be on President Kagames watch list, you are treated like a leper. Even close friends distance themselves as much as they can. That explains why there is not a single person still living freely in Rwanda after disagreeing with the government. They are either dead, in prison, under house arrest or in exile. President Kagames government is allergic to opposition even if some two years ago he declared, tongue-in-cheek, that it is not for him to do the job of the opposition, but the opposition itself. It is an impossible mission to be an oppositionist in Rwanda and not be called a genocidaire, negationist, revisionist or genocide denier. You are lucky if you are a Tutsi because you cannot fit into these categories. You are instead a thief, corrupt, a terrorist or treacherous. You can be all those depending on the mood of your accuser since prosecution is at the pleasure of the powers that be. Genocide is less a national tragedy than it is a political tool used to ensnare genuine political opposition in the country The RPF government made a strategic choice that being feared is better than being loved. Rwanda under President Kagame is a classic police state. The enemy of the state is defined as more internal than external. The result has been the terrorising whoever does not agree with President Kagame. (Deo Lukyamuzi is a former assistant to general-secretary, Pan African Movement On the Great Lakes and Horn of Africa Region. He lives in Montreal, Canada: firstname.lastname@example.org) Africa Review*- Beyond Rwanda's all-rosy image Source Daily Nation.