How the situation in Burundi is different from the situation in Rwanda?

Pierre Nkurunziza and Paul Kagame

The situation in Burundi is similar to the situation in Rwanda. The war criminal and dictator Paul Kagame  has  already started to campaign for  the change of Rwandan constitution  order to be allowed to stand again for a third term in 2017. In Burundi , there is free speech, freedom of assembly and  an opposition and active multi-party system which is opposed to  the current President’s third term. In Rwanda the only freedom of expression that is allowed  is to say that Kagame  will stand for a third term.

In Rwanda there is no opposition. And this is what Kagame calls peace and support to his leadership. There is a cosmetic parliament that is composed by women chosen by Kagame. As you know, in Africa women obey men and this is why Kagame has more than 2/3 of women in the Parliament. These women were selected without any  transparent and fair democratic process.  Kagame counts on these women to  make modifications on the constitution to an indefinite Presidential term.

In Rwanda the people who could oppose to Kagame’s third term are  in jails or in exile, other have been killed by Kagame himself.  The remaining are the ones who cannot say anything else than saying that  Kagame must  stand for a third term. This is what Kagame calls  ‘African democracy way ’ that  is different from western democracy which is being dictated to African people.

The difference between Burundi and Rwanda is that  through Andrew Mitchell MP, Kagame received substantial UK aid that has been used to crack down the opposition  and to commit human rights violations. Kagame has used the genocide cards to attract the sympathy from the international community  that led to  massive foreign aid to Rwanda. While more than 75% of Rwanda people live on less $1.25 a day, most  foreign aid channelled to Rwanda has been used to sustain Rwandan military institutions , buy more arms to destabilise DR Congo, to provide finances to  the minority Tutsi who control 100% of Rwanda financial and economic assets and institutions, and to overspend on the capital Kigali where the  minority community lives.