Why Statements on Karegeya’s Death by President Kagame, Defence Minister Kabarebe and Foreign Minister Mushikiwabo are Very Scary

* Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo spoke first – Karegeya was an enemy of Rwanda and deserves no pity.

* Defence Minister James Kabarebe followed – Karegeya chose to be a dog and died like a dog.

* President Paul Kagame was third – it is a matter of how and when traitors wherever they may be to meet similar end.

I have been flooded with demands from my Facebook friends that I say something Rwandan leaders’ statements. But I just could not do it.


Because I find these Rwandan leaders,’ statements to be extremely scary.

Don’t get me wrong – I don’t mean scary in the sense that I am running scared about what happens to me given the Rwandan President just issued a death sentence on “traitors” read critics that include me.

No – I mean scary as in a horror movie.

Horror movies belong to a film genre that deal with nightmares, fears, and terror . Plots and characters within the horror genre include serial killers, zombies, vampires, vicious animals, and monsters. Horror films are almost always horrific.

Looking at Rwanda leaders talk about death as any other subjects is one’s nightmare. Watching especially the President is particularly troubling! He seems like someone possessed by aliens advocating killings and even expecting applause from his audience which he repeatedly received! And from God-fearing Christians at Prayer Breakfast! Think Habyarimana and his brotherhood the Catholic Church!

We cannot predict the future but we can learn from the past to avoid previous mistakes. Any sane person can see that Rwanda has once again entered a scary zone where madness appears to consume everyone beginning with top leadership. We have been here before. Look in the mirror and dare say no.

Will we Rwanda tame the madness this time around? I sure hope so. It is apparent that we do not learn from history. To quote the great German philosopher Hegel: “the only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history.”

David Himbara