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Rwanda opposition challenges Kagame in Chicago

Discussion in 'International Forum' started by engmtolera, Jun 13, 2011.

  1. engmtolera

    engmtolera Verified User

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    CHICAGO — Rwandan opposition leaders called President Paul Kagame a corrupt dictator and war criminal Saturday at a protest outside the Chicago hotel where Kagame was set to address the Rwandan diaspora.
    "Kagame is the worst dictator you can even think about because the entire political space has been closed," said Theogene Rudasingwa, Kagame's former cabinet chief and a leader of the opposition in exile.
    "If you tried to write this story in Rwanda you'd be dead," he told AFP.
    "Opposition leaders have been killed. Journalists have been killed."
    The human rights violations resulting from Kagame's stranglehold on Rwanda and proxy war in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been well documented, Rudasingwa said.
    "We are here to say can the world help us to bring accountability for these crimes and also for these crimes to stop because they are still going on," he said.
    "On a positive note, the message of hope we are telling Rwandans and the international community is we Hutus and Tustis and Twa want truth, reconciliation, and healing."
    Rudasingwa said he has been inspired by the democratic movements sweeping the Middle East and is hopeful that Rwanda can find a peaceful path to democracy, even though he does not believe Kagame will "easily relinquish power."
    "We want freedom and of course the basics of democracy, that is something we aspire for," he said. "It's possible. We only need to work towards it."
    Paul Rusesabagina, the man who inspired the film Hotel Rwanda by saving 1,268 people during the 1994 genocide, helped organize the protest.
    "What happened in Rwanda in 1994 is not yet over," he said in an interview.
    "It has been going on in the Congo led by these men who have been looting blood minerals and killing Congolese."
    Rusesabagina cited human rights reports which show that approximately 4,500 people are killed every month in the Congo, where rape is used as a weapon of war.
    Kagame's war crimes and dictatorship must end, he said, so that Rwanda can achieve reconciliation through open political dialogue and true democracy.
    "What happened in Arab countries in North Africa might also be the next step in sub-Saharan Africa and if it is, it will start in Rwanda," Rusesabagina said.
    "Dialogue -- not guns -- will solve our conflicts. Guns have failed. Let us silence guns and give hope."
    Nathan Ndajeh was among the dozens of protesters who chanted "Kagame! War criminal!" outside the Rwanda Day conference.
    "If you say something against the government you are signing your death," he said as he clutched a photograph of two jailed female journalists.
    Ndajeh was out of the country when the genocide ravaged Rwanda and has been too afraid to go back.
    "I know they have been killed, but I don't know how they've been killed," he said of his father and other relatives.
    "It will trouble me for the rest of my life, and this is the guy who did it," he said of Kagame.
    But Kagame got and extremely warm welcome inside the hotel, where thousands of Rwandan emigrants cheered his arrival and applauded his work in transforming their homeland.
  2. K

    Kasanga Member

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    To be honest Kagame has done alot to his contry! He is ano nonsencse man! Those who are shouting for his exist let the go to HELL!
    Just compare how the country has changed compared to its neighbours such as Tanzania where we are just singing the song of PEACE ADND TRANQULITY and emracing FISADIS! It is acountry of bla bla!
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    Kinyungu JF-Expert Member

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    Waoga sana hao wapinzani wa Kagame badala ya kwenda kuandamana Kigali wanaandamana maelfu ya km toka alipo mlengwa wao. Shame to them au wanaogopa virungu vya police wa Kagame?
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    Mponjoli JF-Expert Member

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    Kagame hapigi virungu kaka, unatumiwa vijana wanapiga risasi au upanga. Polisi wakipeleza wanasema ni visasi vya mauaji ya kimbari. Siyo Siri Kagame amejitahidi kuibadilisha Rwanda na hata PR nayo iko juu sana. Lakini mauaji yasiyo na maelezo ni mengi sana yanayohusishwa na serikali yake. Fuatilia mauaji/majaribio ya mauaji ya maadui wa Kagame utajua utata wa nchi ya Rwanda na Rais wake.
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    Stuxnet JF-Expert Member

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    Kasanga compare apples to apples and not the contrary, economic development is meaningless if citizen of own country are denied freedom of speech, freedom of association and especially when democracy is abused.To compare Rwandan development to Tanzania by all means it is an expression of lack of knowldge in geography of own county as well as socio-economic set up. Fair comparison of Rwanda will be with Malawi, Burundi, CAR and Congo Brazzaville
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    boma2000 JF-Expert Member

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    Kagame is one the best leader in Africa who has vision and has achieved a lot in his tenure
  7. engmtolera

    engmtolera Verified User

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    mimi kiujumla namkubali sana kagame,hebu angalia alikoitowa Rwanda na mpaka sasa anaelekea kutupiga bao kwa mambo mazuri anayo itendea nchi yake,
    unajuwa ni bora afanyavyo kagame kuwanyamazisha ili mambo yaende,kuliko kumchekea mtu na mambo yanazidi kubaki nyuma

    kaza buti kagame tuache tz tukilalama