President Kagame stops again Thomas Nahimana from returning to Rwanda

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The first time was on November 23rd, 2016 when father Thomas Nahimana, leader of the political party Ishema, and his delegation, were stranded in transit in Nairobi, after Rwandan borders’ authorities requested from Kenya Airways not to bring them home.

This time, on Monday 23rd, 2017 Nahimana delegation was stopped in Belgium, ready to go on their KLM flight which was meant to take them to Kigali.

The delegation was apparently shown by the airline desk bureau at Zaventem airport in that country a letter from the Rwandan Embassy indicating that they were not to authorise Nahimana team to get into the aeroplane.

Nadine Claire Kasinge, spokesperson of the party, who had travelled from Canada to join her colleagues in Belgium, could neither carry on with her journey.

What next? After this nth unsuccessful attempt to go to Rwanda and participate in the upcoming general elections, le leader of Ishema is calling Rwandans to steer up more courage to fight for their fundamental rights. He also invites his peers of the Rwandan opposition to form an alternative government in exile.

More on the new direction of Ishema party is included in the press release which was published immediately after the refusal to fly back to Rwanda. On Wednesday January 25th, 2017 a press conference is scheduled in Brussels for journalists and the general public.

Between October 1st, 1990 and July 1994, RPF of incumbent president Kagame waged a civilian war against Rwanda from Uganda. It killed hundreds thousands of Rwandans and displaced millions inside and outside the country.

Mainly consisting of former Tutsi refugees who fled Rwanda in the 60s, – after a Hutu social revolution took political power from their monarch -, RPF and its members wrongly accused the Hutu government of Habyarimana of refusing them to return to their country. This was at the end of the 80s.

The accusation was baseless, given that in 1990, going back home for Tutsi refugees was at the time being resolved through political negotiations between concerned parties: Rwanda and Ugandan governments, plus UNHCR. But the reality was that RPF was not interested in talks that would’ve allowed them to share power with the majority Hutu. It wanted it all for itself.

It gained it in the middle of massive killings which became to be defined internationally by UN as the Rwandan genocide. On April 6th, 1994, president Kagame then rebel leader murdered 2 seating presidents by ordering the shooting down of their aeroplane.

Juvenal Habyarimana of Rwanda and Cyprien Ntaryamira of Burundi died instantly at the impact of the missile. Their assassination has never been investigated until today on orders of US administration.

With the backing of Anglo-Saxon powers, mainly US and UK, Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi invaded DRC in 1996 and occupied it in 1997. Despite change of actors on the ground, that occupation has not ended until today.

RPF led by president Kagame has instead caused the death of more than 8 million Congolese and 500,000 Rwandan hutu refugees, and dire impoverishment of the surviving population both in Rwanda and DRC.

The said occupation has also enabled a massive plundering of Congolese mineral resources and systematic weakening of the country’s institutions. And beneficiaries of that stealing of DRC wealth are primarily President Kagame and his inner circle, Ugandan elite and Museveni’s entourage, then western US, UK, Canadian, Australian, German and other multinationals.

Ambrose Nzeyimana

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