Death Threat to President Kikwete and Advocacy for Collective Guilt of All Hutus Are Not Acceptable

NCDC Press Release

Speaking at an event dubbed « Youth Connect Dialogue » in Kigali, on June 30, 2013, once again, Gen. Paul Kagame shocked Rwandans, the Great Lakes region, Africa and the World when he called upon every Rwandan of Hutu descent to apologize for the crimes committed « in their name » during the 1994 Rwandan genocide and promised to hit his Tanzanian counterpart, President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete and confront Tanzanian troops in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The pretext for the Rwandan dictator to launch such criminal, uncivilized and ill-conceived verbal attacks against our Tanzanian neighbors is that President Kikwete suggested direct talks between the current Rwandan government and its opponents as a way of ending the recurrent instability in the East of the Democratic Republic of the Congo where Tanzanian forces are deployed as a part of the Special Intervention Brigade of MONUSCO to help restore peace in that region. Paul Kagame’s utterances reveal once again the ethnocentric, supremacist, warmongering and criminal essence of the Rwandan Patriotic Front regime established in July 1994, whose manifestations are evident, be it in domestic issues or external relations. His speech was neither accidental nor isolated. The event was organized by his wife’s foundation, the « Imbuto Foundation », who had selected the Hutu youth from all corners of the country including youth from the infamous Iwawa work camp located on Ijwi Island in the middle of Lake Kivu. It’s part of nationwide indoctrination campaigns organized by a State funded permanent structure in charge of RPF propaganda called « Itorero ry’Igihugu » In April 2007, taking advantage of the climate surrounding the commemoration of the tragic 1994 Rwandan genocide, he publicly expressed regrets that his soldiers, that is, then Rwandan Patriotic Army, were unable to prevent the exodus of millions of Rwandan Hutu citizens to the East of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and hence couldn’t quench his thirst for revenge nor extinguish the anger he nourished at the time. At the first graduation ceremony of the newly established « Rwanda Defence Forces Command and Staff College » in Nyakinama (Northern Province) on the 10th of June 2013, then while speaking to Musanze District residents, the following day on June 11, 2013, and later during a press conference held at Amahoro Stadium on the 15th of June 2013, he expressed his « deep contempt » for the Tanzanian Head of State whom he didn’t hesitate to call a « godfather for genocidaires » and an ignorant harbouring the genocide ideology. These remarks must be treated with all the seriousness they deserve. Indeed, Paul Kagame is reported to have been involved in the murder of the Burundian first democratically elected President, the late Melchior Ndadaye, as well as in those of President Habyarimana of Rwanda and President Cyprien Ntaryamira of Burundi killed when the Rwandan presidential jet on board of which they were flying was shot down on April 6, 1994, while it was preparing to land at the Kigali International Airport, and in the murder of President Laurent Désiré Kabila of the Democratic Republic of the Congo who was shot in his office on January 16, 2001. Since 1994, any critic of the regime, be it a national or a foreigner, is labelled and treated as « an enemy of Rwanda », a « genocide denier » who deserves either death, imprisonment or forced exile. For the National Council for Democratic Change, Paul Kagame’s threats to kill a foreign Head of State in office and his current diabolical campaign against all Rwandans of Hutu descent, present or to come, are not acceptable by any ethical, legal or political standards, national and international alike. The National Council for Democratic Change condemns in the strongest terms Paul Kagame’s statements and calls upon all Rwandans to mobilize, organize and join forces with all well-wishers, across the region, the continent and all over the world so that Rwanda and the Great Lakes region can get rid of such a tyrant, which will allow our peoples to achieve the democratic, inclusive, stable, peaceful and prosperous dispensation that they deserve. Done at Sion, July 7, 2013 For the NCDC, General Emmanuel HABYARIMANA President