Hate them for Me: The politics of Rwanda

President Paul Kagame delivered the commencement speech at William Penn UniversityA few weeks ago President Paul Kagame delivered the commencement speech at William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa USA. I attended this event to cover his speech as well as the protester that were there to peacefully object to a learning institution welcoming such a controversial leader. My time was equally spent interviewing protesters; parents, students and listening to President Kagame address the graduating class. It was a long day full of overwhelming passion and excitement for all involved. I recorded the speech President Kagame gave and analyzed for an article entitled “Two Recognitions and one Dictator from Rwanda” (http://www.salem-news.com/articles/may142012/kagame-visit-jf-1.php) .

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Rwanda urged to end clampdown on dissent as Charles Ntakirutinka released

The release today of a former government minister following a decade in prison has prompted Amnesty International to call for an end to the ongoing persecution of political opponents and journalists in Rwanda. “Charles Ntakirutinka spent 10 years of his life in prison because he formed a political party,” said Erwin van der Borght, Amnesty International’s Africa Director. “Ten years after Charles Ntakirutinka was jailed, political opponents and journalists still spend years in prison for speaking out. “The Rwandan government should put promises to respect freedom of expression and association…

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IS RWANDA’S CUT-THROAT LEADER ABOUT TO LEAVE POWER?

The wary blur of President Kagame’s 2017 promise to relinquish power   By: Charles KM KAMBANDA, PhD A Rwandan newspaper, the Chronicles, reported that the former rebel leader and all-powerful iron-handed leader of Rwanda said, “I will not be around as president come 2017”. On the issue of whether or not President Kagame will amend the constitution allowing him to remain in power. The Chronicles quoted President Kagame  saying, “…on this issue, I am  almost taking it personal with people who keep asking […] you are going to change the constitution,…

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RWANDA SECURITY OPERATIVES ASSASSINATE A RWANDAN JOURNALIST IN KAMPALA, UGANDA

RWANDA NATIONAL CONGRESS PRESS RELEASE December 5, 2011 On Friday 2nd December 2011, Andrew Bagala of the Monitor Newspaper in Uganda reported that the editor of Rwanda’s Inyenyeri news Charles Ingabire who had sought refuge in Uganda for political reasons was shot dead at a Kampala pub. Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Mr Ibin Ssenkumbi confirmed the murder. On Sunday 4th December 2011, Andrew Bagala again reported in the Monitor that mourners at the requiem of Ingabire funeral were hiding their faces. Andrew Bagala further reported ‘One by one, the mourners…

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The Rwandan Government: When the tree falls, birds are in misery

By: Jennifer Fierberg, MSW In the small country of Rwanda buried deep in the heart of Africa continues to make loud noises despite their assumed desire to keep things quiet and inconspicuous.  Within this small country lies a government that oppresses its own people through intimidation, lack of open political space and fear to speak honestly and openly about the government in personal circles as well as in the press. In the larger city of Kigali, the Capitol of Rwanda, there is much development and financial progress since the 1994…

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GETTING RID OF THE RPF SECTARIAN ADMINISTRATION, A PRE-REQUISITE FOR STABILITY

By: Jean-Baptiste Mberabahizi ” Leaked cables from the US Embassy in Kigali posted by the renowned whistleblower website Wikileaks confirmed last week what every Rwandan knows since July 1994 : that the Rwandese Patriotic Front government is dominated by a tiny minority of (English speaking) Tutsis in a country where 85% of the population are Hutus or Rwandans from mixed ethnic descent.” The man who authored the cable is the US Ambassador to Rwanda Michael Arietti. Had Mr Arietti been a Rwandan, he would have been thrown in jail for…

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The Fall of a Dictatorship requires sacrifices

Over the weekend of July 30th and 31st there was a joint meeting between the FDU-INKINGI and the Rwandan National Congress in Brussels.  This joint meeting was to discuss a number of topics related to the stability within Rwanda and on issues related to the Rwandan community in Europe.  There were around 500 attendees from all over the world with speakers from both sides with the common goal of seeking peace and justice within Rwanda.

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