U.S. May Have Finally Realized Who the Real Kagame Is

By: David Himbara Two top diplomats in the Obama Administration have confirmed that reports about Rwanda destabilization of the sister nation of Burundi” are credible.” Addressing the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Thomas Perriello, US envoy for the Great Lakes region of Africa, and Linda Thomas-Greenfield, US assistant secretary of state for African affairs, pointed the finger at Kagame’s Rwanda. THIS is the first time the United States has publicly accused the Kagame regime of involvement in causing chaos in neighboring Burundi. The Americans may have finally realized who they are…

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US Congress to Hold Hearing on Rwanda’s Troubling Human Rights Record

By: Jennifer Fierberg Democracy in Rwanda Now released the following press statement today stating: The House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations announced today that it will hold a hearing on May 20 to examine Rwanda’s deteriorating human rights record under President Paul Kagame. The hearing, “Developments in Rwanda,” will feature testimony from several experts on Rwanda including David Himbara, a former top economic aide to President Kagame and coordinator of the North American branch of Democracy in Rwanda Now (DIRN); Robert Higiro,…

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How Has President Paul Kagame Performed Economically Since 2000?

By: Dr. David Himbara The one-sided debate inside Rwanda that calls for 3rd presidential term for Kagame pushes the line that he is a rare and economic miracle performer. But hold on. Take look at this data from the just published 2015 World Development Indicators by the World Bank. We can use the indicators to make evidence-based judgment on what Kagame presidency has actually meant for Rwandans. Structurally, Rwanda’s economy remains the same as it was in 2000.* Growth domestic product was $1.7bil in 2000 and grew to $7.5 billion…

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International Community on alert for Paul Kagame’s brutality

Press release Montréal, March 22, 2015 The Rwanda National Congress-RNC demands that the Canadian government expel members of the Rwandan Commondo or bring them before the Canadian justice system The Rwanda National Congress informed the minister of public security of Canada and the media of the presence of a Rwandan commando whose objective is to kill, injure, or intimidate several people who criticized the government of Rwanda. Some are travelling with diplomatic passports, others have Canadian documents and are led by a former advisor from the Rwandan Embassy in Ottawa…

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Who Is Afraid Of The Rwanda Regime?

By: David Himbara The building which houses the Rwandan High Commission in London belongs to president Paul Kagame. The Rwandan government rents it from him. This is one of the case studies of good governance that Rwanda should be praised for: centralisation of assets and revenues in one place. Contrary to what some would think, this is not a case of corruption. This is how Rwanda Inc. operates. Here we are in London, UK on March 19, 2015. We are at the Rwandan High Commission in London. Four of us…

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A dream in tatters: former Rwanda aide says he has faced threats

  ANDREW FRANCIS WALLACE / TORONTO STAR Order this photo Over the past four years, David Himbara says he has been the target of a failed assassination attempt and a failed kidnapping bid in Kenya. Today, David Himbara lives in partial fear — and with no hope of ever returning to Rwanda. At least, not so long as Paul Kagame remains president.   David Himbara is the kind of chief of staff any president would die to have. Loyal, dedicated, committed and extremely hard working. I know for I saw him…

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How To Talk To Rwandan Rulers: First Flatter Them, And Then Hit Hard With Truth

By: Dr. David Himbara Managing Directors of IMF are supposed to be dull and boring economists obsessed with balancing countries’ books. Not Christine Lagarde. A former finance minister in France, she is a clever political operator. She proved this in her visit to Rwanda, the high mark of which was her speech in Rwandan parliament on January 27, 2015. Her strategy was simple – first flatter the Rwandan rulers and then hit them hard with gospel truth. Take this early praise in her speech: “Today Rwanda can take pride in…

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What Will Likely Become The Ugliest “Non-Political” Fight In Post-Kagame Rwanda?

(Editors note: The following article was written by Dr. David Himbara in January of 2013, A Rwanda native, Mr. Himbara spent a total of six years working for President Paul Kagame: from 2006 to 2010 as the head of strategy and policy in the Office of the President and from 2000 to 2002 as the principal private secretary to the president. He has worked on numerous development projects thoughout the world and is a published author. Dr. Himbara is working on a new book currently.) My readers often ask me all…

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The African Leader Obama Shouldn’t Invite

When President Obama holds an historic meeting with African leaders this week, one guest will be especially awkward: Rwanda’s increasingly authoritarian president, Paul Kagame. Unless the United States wants to wink at assassinating adversaries, stifling opposition and subverting neighboring nations, Kagame should be stricken from the guest list. Since Kagame won a second seven-year term in 2010 with a reported 93 percent of the vote and an opposition cowed into submission, Rwanda has descended into despotism. This is a story I watched up close: Having served as a presidential aide…

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Rwanda seizes Tribert Rujugiro Ayabatwa’s investment in tea sector and private residence: UTC Founder

President Paul KagameJOHANNESBURG, July 5, 2014 /CNW/ – Rwanda government seized Tribert Rujugiro Ayabatwa’s shares in Nshili Kivu Tea Factory (NKTF) on 25 June 2014. The Commission of Abandoned Properties in Nyaruguru District instructed NKTF to deposit any monies or any other benefits due to Ayabatwa in the District’s own bank account for “safekeeping.” By this action, government replaced Ayabatwa as shareholder in NKTF.

In a separate development, the Rwandan authorities seized Ayabatwa’s personal residence in Gikondo, Kigali. In this case, the Rwandan police forced their way into the property, ejected security and staff, and installed their own personnel. This private residence has since been converted into a bar and lodge.

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