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Paul Kagame on How Lies Have a Shelf Life.

March 16, 2017

I can’t believe I’m quoting Paul Kagame today. At the closing of the 14th Umwiherero retreat he really did spill the beans.

“There are things you lie about and people believe you…but there are matters you can’t fool people about”. “Poverty…you may say that you have eradicated poverty all you want, but as soon as we open the door we find poverty at our very doorstep”…

“You can’t hide that.”

“Power distribution, building industries…there is no power. “Sorry we can’t serve you a cold drink because of power shortage…”

“Building hospitals…how can you accept funds to build a hospital and when the donors come to visit, they find and empty building with no doctors instead of a functioning hospital?”

 

Watch the whole speech on YouTube.

Who’s been setting Rwandan jails on fire during the World Cup 2014?

July 17, 2014

While the world was passionately watching the World Cup in Brazil, news kept coming from Rwanda about jails inexplicably catching fire. Here is what inyenyerinews.org says about it. This is my rendition of the article originally in Kinyarwanda.

A SURVIVOR OF THE MASS MURDER IN RUBAVU JAIL CALLS FOR HELP

The witnesses of the deaths caused by fires in Rwandan jails can find no words to describe the horror. One of them told us about what he(or she) saw when a jail burned. He also tells us about his worries regarding the future. «  We lost hundreds and hundreds of inmates », said the witness.

 

« Kagame is exterminating us. If it is within your power, please help us without delay. Over 1000 prisoners perished in the fires KAGAME ordered for Rwandan prisons. By reading this you might think that I am exaggerating but it is 500% true because I personally witnessed it.

 

The first action KAGAME has planned to accomplish before his own death is to kill all the inmates in the country in the shortest time possible because he considers them likely to be recruited and fight him in the last war that is about to break out in Rwanda.

 

His second action will be to exterminate all the opponents to his regime. He calls them all FDLR. As they too are likely to take up arms against him at short notice, they must be killed very swiftly.

 

The first action has already started, and preparations for the second action are well advanced. Those who predicted what is about to happen in Rwanda and who dared tell Kagame about it were immediately thrown in jail.

 

If you doubt this news, I challenge you to produce the names of any survivor of the mass murder in Nyakiriba Prison. While you’re at it, try and produce the name of any Muhanga Prison survivor who would have been transferred to another location. I have seen with my own eyes hundreds and hundreds of corpses, mixed with tree trunks and stones, thrown in a huge hole inside the Nyakiriba jail. Whoever has the power to request an independent international investigation about these horrifying murders should act swiftly so that the truth comes out.

Soma iyi nkuru mu kinyarwanda.

 

Mud slinger mud slung?

March 29, 2012

Rudasingwa, Nyamwasa and Gahima are disgruntled RPF big shots who are now trying to topple Kagame. They all were involved in mass murder campaigns against Hutu civilians. Seeing them fighting today is like watching a pub brawl between Lord Voldemort, Count Dooku and The Joker.

Dr Rudasingwa used to be Rwanda’s Goebbels (read evil smart guy with great communication skills). He helped design and implement the RPF cover-up of its genocidal operations against Hutu peasants and assassinations of educated hutus after it had seized power in 1994. Among his many accomplishments was the use of Tutsi women who would testify in Gacaca courts to being raped by the accused, who invariably happened to be prominent Hutu figures: former members of government, high ranking church members, teachers or doctors…anybody who happened to be in RPF’s crosshairs and who the RPF wanted to be in jail.
Today it looks like Rudasingwa is getting a taste of his own medicine by the hand of his former boss Paul Kagame. A Tutsi woman is telling the world on YouTube about how the good Doctor repeatedly tried to rape her while she lived at his home as a genocide orphan.

I couldn’t resist but post facebook Diane Mugwaneza Ndabaga’s remarks about the mud slinging offensive . Here is her original post in Kinyarwanda. I’ll translate it when I get a chance.

Maze kureba video leta Kagame yashyize ku rubuga rwa youtube aho umugore wiyitaMarie Irene Rwizihirangabo yivugira ati “Rudasingwa…yanyikubyeho ararangiza” binyibutsa bimwe Abanyarwanda bavuze ngo “Inkubisi…yayo, irayitarukiriza”. Jye uriya mugore Fillette simuzi. Sinzi niba ibyo avuga ari ukuri cyangwa se ikinyoma. Icyakora naterefonnye incuti yanjye y’i Kigali, imbwira ko Fillette uyu ari indaya izwi na bose, ariko ko no kwiba atabikizwa cyane. Icyakora ngo ni n’umurokore da, wawundi wabonye agakiza. Ibye binyibutsa ibintu byinshi biteye agahinda muri uru Rwanda rwubakiye ku kinyoma. Ndavuga bibiri byonyine. Ahasigaye urubuga ni urwacu twese. 1.Gahima n’amalisiti y’abajenosideri Umugabo Gahima Jerari ubu nawe ubarizwa mu buhungiro, ni we wadukanye ibyo gukora amalisiti y’abajenosideri. Nta n’ubwo yabitaga abakekwaho jenoside, nk’uko amategeko mpuzamahanga avuga. Ubusanzwe umuntu wese uba atari yahamwa n’icyaha, aba ari umwere imbere y’amategeko. Oya ! Kuri Gahima, biriya bihumbi byose yashyize kuri lisiti ni abajenosideri. Kugira ngo asembure iyo mvugo kandi agaragaze ko ibyo kuri iyo lisiti ari ukuri, we n’abo bakoranaga birutse igihugu cyose, bifashisha IBUKA na AVEGA, bashishikariza abagore batabarika kwishinja ko bafashwe ku ngufu n’Abahutu. Bararira muri za Gacaca, bararira imbere ya za gereza, bashishimura imyambaro mu masoko, n’imbere y’inzibutso aho batangaga ubuhamya badatinya amaso y’abarebyi. Yemwe n’abatanze intsinzi bose, biyitirira Interahamwe. Ariko wenda birimo ukuri : Harya Interahamwe n’Inkotanyi ubundi batandukaniye he ? Ibyo ari byo byose, bamwe mu bari bogejwe ubwonko, aho basubirije ubwenge ku gihe, baragenda batinyuka bati : “Jyewe rwose n’umuryango wanjye twabeshyeye Masabo Nyangezi”. Harya ubwo nta ndishyi z’akababaro ku kinyoma kingana gityo ? Iyo ubivuze barasubiza ngo ababeshyera abandi babiterwa n’ihahamuka ! Harya Abahutu bo ntibajya bahahamuka ? Aha munyunve neza. Simpakana ko Interahamwe zitafashe abagore b’Abatutsikazi ku ngufu ndetse benshi bakabikuramo ubumuga n’ubwandu bunyuranye burimo na SIDA. Ariko kubona umugore ajya hariya ati : “Jye Musenyeri Misago yamfashe ku ngufu!” ; “Jye ministiri Ntagerura Andreya yamfashe ku ngufu” ; “Perefe Bagambiki yamfashe ku ngufu”, n’abandi, byatumaga bamwe bagira bati : “ibi bintu ariko birimo imitwe”. Na none babinegaga biherereye, naho ubundi byahindukaga “gupfobya jenoside yakorewe Abatutsi”. I Cyangugu umugore witwa Beyatirisa ati : “Jye Padiri Mategeko yamfashe kungufu
”. Kubera ko Padiri Mategeko yari azi neza ko uwo Beyatirisa arwaye SIDA, ati : “Niba naramufashe ku ngufu, wenda namuteye SIDA. Ngaho nimudupime”. Beyatirisa ahindura imvugo ati : “Oya! Ahubwo padiri yoheje Abatwa aba aribo bamfata ku ngufu”. Ubu se Mategeko ntiyakatiwe burundu y’akato ! Buriya se Gahima Jerari ko ari mukuru wa Rudasingwa Tewojeni, yaba yarakoze ariya malisiti, agashyushya imitwe y’abantu murumuna we atabizi ? Ibyo ntibishoboka. Dore ko Rudasingwa yari Umunyamabanga mukuru wa FPR. None ibyo gufata abagore n’abana ku ngufu bimugezeho. Ibiri amambu, Fillette avuga ko yanze ibyo Rudasingwa yamusabaga ngo kuko yatinyaga ko amutera SIDA! Eeeh ! None se Rudasingwa yafashwe ku ngufu n’Abahutukazi ? cyangwa SIDA yayitewe n’abafashwe n’Interahamwe ? Ubu ni nde utabona ko ibi bintu bya FPR bitangiye kuyigaruka ? Icyakora igice cya Rudasingwa cyihutiye gushyira ku mbuga inyandiko ngo “Leta ya Kagame igeze aho yitabaza abakinnyi b’ikinamico nka Fillette mu gusebanya !” Ubwo se iryo kinamico ni bwo mukiribona, cyangwa ni uko ngo “agahwa kari ku wundi gahandurika ?” Nta gihe batababwiye ko mukabije guhimba amashyirahamwe y’abashinjabinyoma, ngo ababivuga ni ibipinga bipfobya jenoside. Ariko reka nibarize Rudasingwa. Ko yatangaje ko Kagame yamwibwiriye ubwe ko ari we wishe Habyalimana, ariya malisiti yakorwaga na mukuru we, Rudasingwa yari ataramenya ko Kagame ari we warashe Habyalimana, cyangwa yumvaga ibyo byo atari ikinamico ? Ikinyoma ! Umutego mutindi utangiye gushibukana nyirawo. FPR yigishije abana kubeshya, none bibagezeho mutangiye kwishaririza ! Erega n’akataraza kari inyuma ? Ngo “intebe y’ikinyoma ntiyicarwaho kabiri”. FPR yubakiye gahunda yayo ku kinyoma, none gitangiye kugaruka abahoze ari abambari bayo, ari nabo bacuraga iyo migambi y’ikinyoma ! Igihe kirageze kugira ngo Abanyarwanda aho bava bakagera bumve ko ubugizi bwa nabi ntawe busiga. Ikinyogote nicyo bavugiyeho ngo kirya abandi byakigeraho kikishaririza. Kugumya kwemeza ko Kagame ari we mugome wenyine, ni nko kuvuga ko ari we utekerereza FPR, akanashyira imigambi yayo mu bikorwa wenyine. Ibi ni ukubeshya abanyarwanda. Niba Fillette akora ikinamico kuri Rudasingwa, ubwo muri Gacaca harimo ba Fillette bangana iki ? Dore inzira ni imwe. Abitandukanije n’iyi ngoma y’abicanyi nibajye imbere basabe imbabazi, babwize Abanyarwanda ukuri amabi babakoreye, ahasigaye abe aribo babatera icyuhagiro. Ibindi byose ni ikinamico nyine, ni ikinyoma kigikomeza. 2.Safari Stanley n’amalisiti y’abafite ingengabitekerezo ya jenoside Ikindi ibya Fillette byanyibukije ni umugabo Safari Stanley. Uyu mugabo FPR yaramukoresheje mu guhirika burundu ishyaka rya MDR. Umunsi umwe yaratinyutse ku minara ya radiyo na televiziyo nyarwanda, ati : “Abantu bose bafite ingengabitekerezo ya jenoside, niba badashoboye gufungwa nibaraswe, kuko ari urumamfu mu ngano”. Ubwo yari amaze gusoma lisiti y’abo yemezaga ko bafite ingengabitekerezo ngo bizweho mu nteko. Muri abo harimo na Padiri Fortunatus Rudakemwa, uyu uri mubashinze leprophete. Icyambwira niba aho Safari agereye mu Bubiligi yaratinyutse kujya gushaka uwo mupadiri, bakagirana ubwiyunge nka bwabundi bwa Musenyeri Misago (Imana imwakire mu bayo) na Pasiteri Bizimungu (Imana imuhe ukwicuza gushyitse) ! Abantu b’abanyabwenge bemera gukoreshwa mu gushyiraho amategeko y’amafitirano atagendera ku butabera n’ukuri, amaherezo na bo arabahitana. Muzaba mureba amaherezo y’abagabo nka Alani Mukurarinda na bagenzi be. Ubu bicaye ku ntebe z’ikinyoma. Barashinja Ingabire Victoire ibinyoma babizi neza, bagakatira Deo Mushayidi urwa burundu bazi neza ko arengana. Sinirirwa ndondora abo barenganya barimo Ntaganda Bernardi, abategarugori b’abanyamakuru, ba Runyinya Barabwiriza, n’abandi batabarika. Ubwo nibibageraho, nabo bazavuga ngo “Ingoma ya Kagame igeze aharindimuka ?” Umwanzuro Italiki ya 6 Mata, ni umwanya wo kuvugira hamwe tuti : “Twanze ikinyoma, turashaka ukuri ku byabaye. Dukeneye kumenya amateka yacu”. Naho ubundi, nitugumya kurebera ibyabaye kuri Habyalimana na bagenzi be nk’aho bitatureba, tukumva ibiri kuba kuri Rudasingwa tugaseka ngo ni we wenyine, iyi ngoma y’ikinyoma iramara abantu. Kandi amaherezo bizagere kuri buri wese. Rudasingwa, Gahima, Kayumba n’abandi, turashima ubutwari bwanyu bwo kwitandukanya n’ikinyoma. Ariko turashaka ibirenze ibyo. Nimwifatanye n’abandi banyarwanda bifuza ko ikinyoma, agasuzuguro, kwikubira, n’ibindi bibi byacika mu gihugu. Ubu namwe mumaze kumva uko kubeshyerwa biryana.

At last a movie telling the truth about Rwanda. Let’s fund it!

May 7, 2011

For 17 years now, Hollywood has been producing “Rwanda movies”. Basically, propaganda-laden tear jerkers invariably portraying Hutus as the bad guys, Tutsis as the victims and white folks as the good guys. Hotel Rwanda, Some time in April, Munyurangabo, Shooting Dogs…all tell the same Rwandan Government-approved story: Rwanda, 1994. Ugly, mean, brutal Hutus kill pretty, defenseless Tutsis. Every white resident of Rwanda jumps on a plane and leave the poor Tutsis to meet horrible death by Hutu machete. All of this might change today. An independent movie is about to cast an unbiased light on Rwanda- as well as on Burundi, the Congo and Uganda- thanks to the combined efforts of war reporter Keith Harmon Snow and movie maker A. M. Simone. Now we Rwandans of the diaspora need to fund this movie into existence. There are so many of us all over the world that, if each Rwandan living in Europe donated 10 euro, we’d be watching the movie next year. Or this year. But let’s hear it from Keith Harmon Snow himself “… our feature length documentary will explore the facts and propaganda about genocide and war crimes in Central Africa. Following the rise of Yoweri Museveni and Paul Kagame, the film will explore contested terrain about genocide and war crimes in Burundi, Congo, Rwanda and Uganda—and Western involvement—exploring the competing narratives about Hutus versus Tutsis, savages versus saviors, victims versus killers, entrepreneurs versus dictators, bystanders versus perpetrators, machetes versus machine-guns, masters versus slaves, white men versus black men and, at the root of it all, good versus evil. My heart breaks each time I review footage of survivors whose stories of suffering—interrupted by bouts of weeping—remain unheard and unacknowledged. Their tales of being hunted by foreign troops, eating roots and leaves, watching brothers drown in wild rivers, surviving massacres and “humanitarian” sector betrayals, carrying children who died in their arms—stories of utter hopelessness—are edge-of-your-seat real life tales of survival again and again and again. Having lived to tell the tale, these survivors now find hope in our efforts to make their stories known and reveal the deeper underlying truths that history seeks to bury along with the millions of dead. Their compassion, courage, resilience and humanity will bring people into greater consciousness about the essence of life and loss, hopes and dreams, liberty and love. Working in collaboration with Los Angeles based film director Ada O. Shaw, Water From the Roots of the Grass is becoming an award-winning and eye-opening documentary uniting journalism, art, politics, and cinema. This is an independent film production—the kind of work that does not get foundation grants easily or at all. Combining our efforts in our respective fields, we have the experience and the expertise necessary to create a truly groundbreaking film. This will not be a dry documentary listing facts and drowning the viewer in details, but a compassionate and moving story. It will not be Hollywood fiction built out of a billion dollar budget and billed as “a true story”, and it will not be my prejudiced version of events, but a colossal and cooperative effort in balance, perspective and equanimity, at once real and alive and shocking and compelling and beautiful. We hope to show you a trailer soon. But we need your help. I am also working on a book exposing the devastation wrought by multinational corporations and western interests in Central Africa—the extraction of timber, gold, diamonds—and the devastation of the rain forests. The book and film will confront the propaganda and expose the truths that involve us all, no matter how remote we might imagine them to be, and no matter how much we want to ignore it. Both book and film will address the “politics of genocide”, demand accountability and challenge impunity, because without this we cannot hope to build a better world. Understanding our seriousness and commitment, many people are putting their faith in us and supporting this project in non-financial ways. This is wonderful, and essential, but it is not enough. We recently received $300 in donations that went straight to Africa to rescue one of our sources, an incredibly courageous human rights defender who was on the run. Please make any donation you can as a way to help with what often seems like an impossible situation. Everything helps. Can you make a $1000 donation? If you donate $500 or above I will personally bring you back something special from Africa in proportion to the level of your support. Every $100 helps us bring this film to the screen. If you can only support us at the $20 or $10 level, please do: you are supporting my daily meals. The names of all donors (who so choose) will appear in the film’s thank-you credits. Please use PAYPAL on my website (www.ConsciousBeingAlliance.com) or send a check directly to: keith harmon snow, 84 Goshen Road, Williamsburg, MA 01096. We will soon have a dedicated web site for this film, with donation buttons there, but for now please use my current site. And, in the meantime, please also notify me by email so that we can add you to our mailing list and keep you abreast of developments. Please make a “FILM PROJECT” notation with your donation.”

Paul Kagame on dead aid…and human rights

March 7, 2010

Believe it or not, this is a genuine Paul Kagame quote: “Of course, African leaders should take good governance and human rights seriously…” strange statement from the African leader with probably the WORST human rights record ever. I wish Dambisa Moyo had better advocates for her Dead Aid theory, which I otherwise find very appealing. Here is the full article from The Guardian.

Rwandan beggars in the Congo

February 27, 2010

Here is an interesting article in French about Rwandan street children who regularly cross the border to the DRC looking for that next meal. Some of them are not even 10 and they live on the street, performing menial jobs or begging for a living. Paul Kagame’s response to the street children problem has always been to cover it up. Keeping the poor out of sight seems to be the approach Kagame’s government has taken.  In Kigali, the Rwandan capital, entire neighborhoods were bulldozed with an extremely short notice to the inhabitants and little or no compensation. The stated reason was to build better housing facilities. It was declared illegal to walk barefoot in Kigali. Those who can’t afford shoes have to rent plastic slippers before entering the squeaky-clean city. Tourists just love this. To the naked eye, Kigali looks cleaner than most cities in African, Europe or Asia. No beggars, no shanty towns, no visible poverty. In a sharp contrast, in the countryside people are suffering so much from poverty- largely government-induced – that even Kagame’s terror tactics against Rwandan people can no longer contain the visible signs of famine. While Kagame maintains that Rwanda doesn’t need food assistance from anyone, Rwandan children are reduced to becoming BEGGARS in the Congo in order to survive.

Les enfants de la rue rwandais affluent à Goma
(Agence Syfia 26/02/2010)

Attirés par les activités commerciales de Goma, la grande ville du Nord Kivu, de jeunes Rwandais traversent chaque matin la frontière qui sépare leur pays de la RD Congo pour tenter d’y gagner de quoi se nourrir. Ils s’ajoutent ainsi aux enfants de la rue congolais que les autorités et Ong ont bien du mal à prendre en charge.

Très tôt le matin des enfants rwandais se faufilent entre les maisons qui s’enchevêtrent le long de la frontière entre Gisenyi au Rwanda et Goma en RD Congo. Ils évitent ainsi les formalités douanières qui commencent à 7 h et sont de bonne heure dans cette ville, grand carrefour commercial du Nord-Kivu à l’Est de la RDC, où ils viennent chercher de quoi se nourrir. “Nous avons commencé à constater le passage régulier des enfants de la rue rwandais vers la ville de Goma l’année passée, avec le renforcement des liens entre les deux pays et la libre circulation des biens et des personnes.

Il nous est difficile de contrôler leurs mouvements, à l’entrée comme à la sortie, car peu sont ceux qui empruntent les voies autorisées”, indique André Masumbuko, agent du service des migrations à la frontière congolaise.

Petits boulots
Commerçants, transporteurs, porteurs et enfants de la rue, tous trouvent leurs comptes dans cette ville. Chaque jour, elle accueille un flux important de véhicules venus du port de Mombasa au Kenya et Dar es Salam en Tanzanie avec des marchandises de divers continents. C’est aussi là, principalement dans les dépôts du quartier de Birere, que sont déchargés les produits vivriers et manufacturés en provenance du Nord du pays et des villages voisins. Des biens qui seront ensuite acheminés vers les différents marchés du pays, du Rwanda ou du Burundi.
“Ici à Goma au moins nous trouvons à manger et nous rentrons à Gisenyi, au Rwanda, le soir avec un petit quelque chose grâce aux petits boulots que nous faisons. Chez nous il y a moins d’activités commerciales, les porteurs s’arrachent les colis entre eux et nous repoussent. Ils nous disent que ce n’est pas notre boulot”, déclare Buregeya, 11 ans, enfant de la rue rwandais. Les plus âgés lavent des voitures et des motos, transportent des colis … “Après un service, les gens nous donnent 100 ou 200 Fc (de 0,10 $ à 0,22 $). C’est avec ça qu’on se débrouille”, affirme Kazungu, âgé de 10 ans. Les plus jeunes, moins forts, abordent les passants, le regard implorant, miné par la faim. Si vous feignez de ne pas les voir, ils vous poursuivent de leurs jérémiades : “j’ai faim papa, j’ai faim…”.
Les enfants rwandais et congolais se confondent, ils sont habillés de la même façon et connaissent bien le swahili (langue la plus parlée à Goma). “Nous les reconnaissons seulement lorsqu’ils parlent entre eux en kinyarwanda (langue rwandaise)”, témoigne Alphonsine Masika, commerçante propriétaire d’un dépôt de vivres et produits manufacturés.

Freiner l’afflux
Le Commandant de la Police urbaine souligne que : “l’afflux des enfants rwandais est venu empirer la situation déjà précaire des enfants de la rue de la ville”. Deux centres d’hébergement prennent en charge depuis quelques années les enfants de la rue congolais : le centre CAJED (Concert d’Action pour Jeunes et Enfants défavorisés) situé à 5 km du centre-ville et le Centre Don Bosco, proche de Goma, appartenant aux missionnaires Salésiens. Mais faute de moyens suffisants, ceux-ci sont souvent abandonnés à eux-mêmes. “En 2009, avec nos petits moyens, nous n’avons pu accueillir que 125 locataires”, confie frère Mario, Responsable du Centre Don Bosco. La ville y va de ses initiatives aussi comme l’explique son Maire, Rachidi Tumbula : “L’année passée, avec le concours de la police urbaine j’avais déplacé un bon nombre d’enfants de la rue vers un centre que nous avions installé à Mushaki, village situé à 35 km de la ville, mais les Ong et certains organismes internationaux qui nous avaient promis leur concours n’ont pas respecté leurs promesses. Lorsqu’il y a eu coupure brusque de l’assistance en vivres, ces enfants ont regagné Goma”.
Pour les associations des droits de l’homme qui oeuvrent dans la province du Nord-Kivu, le gouvernement, avec l’aide des organismes internationaux et les Ong locales, devraient tout d’abord freiner l’arrivée des enfants, en collaboration avec le gouvernement rwandais, et ensuite récupérer ceux de Goma pour les initier à des métiers. “La tâche n’est pas des moindres mais avec de la bonne volonté et des efforts conjoints, on peut aboutir au résultat escompté”, conclut Maundu Djeton, activiste des droits de l’homme et Président urbain de la Socinoki (Société Civile du Nord-Kivu).

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