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What is Really Behind President Kagame's Anger at France?

The welcoming of two former members of the RPF and current opponents to Kagame is believed to be the true and accurate reason Kagame shunned France from the commemoration ceremonies...

Kagame and UN Chief Ban ki Moon
Kagame and UN Chief Ban ki Moon

(WASHINGTON DC) - In a surprising turn of events, President Paul Kagame of Rwanda made disparaging comments about France’s role in the Rwandan Genocide in 1994. In response, the French delegation cancelled their plans deciding not to participate in the 20th Commemoration ceremonies of the Rwandan Genocide.

France and Rwanda have had strained relations for many years due to numerous reasons but in a 2011 meeting with former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, President Kagame is quoted here saying, “he was no longer seeking a French apology for its alleged role in the killings -- which French officials have always denied -- and both men said they hoped their countries would enjoy warmer ties in future.”

Yet, in an interview last week with French publication Jeune Afrique  due to  President Kagame’s mercurial nature he changed his mind and stated that, “both France and Belgium had played a "direct role ... in the political preparation of genocide and participation in its execution".

In, what I am sure came as a surprise to the French government; they were quoted as saying, “"These accusations are in contradiction with the process of dialogue and reconciliation that has gone on for several years between our two countries."

However, what would cause such a change of heart between Kagame and his French counterparts?

Dr. Theogene Rudasingwa

According to very reliable sources, President Kagame was furious at a symposium held in Paris, France on April 1, 2014 in which both Dr. Theogene Rudasingwa and Dr. Gerald Gahima of the Rwanda National Congress both made presentations at the invitation of THE COLLOQUE AU PALAIS DU LUXEMBURG (THE CONFERENCE AT THE PALACE OF LUXEMBURG) which houses the French Senate. Dr. Rudasingwa spoke via videotaped presentation entitled THE RWANDAN DRAMA: TRUTH FROM ACTORS.

Dr. Gerald Gahima

Dr. Rudasingwa spoke in detail, sparing nothing, about President Kagame’s rule for the past 20 years as well as his crimes against humanity before, during and after the 1994 Rwandan Genocide as well as his failed relationships throughout the world due to his international diplomacy based on guilt and manipulation. Dr. Gerald Gahima presented in person on the topic of RPF: How they managed and mismanaged their military victory.

The welcoming of two former members of the RPF and current opponents to Kagame is believed to be the true and accurate reason Kagame shunned France from the commemoration ceremonies, just as a child stamps his foot in protest when his sippy cup is not filled promptly.

Numerous supporters were present at the ceremonies including UNSG Ban Ki Moon and President Museveni of Uganda who made some very interesting threats against opponents of Rwanda in his speech; as well as numerous others from around the world.

Out of curiosity, where were former Presidents Bush and Clinton who are longtime allies of Kagame? They were taking in an NCAA game in Texas. Although, former President Clinton did send a tweet stating that Rwanda inspires him.



Jennifer Fierberg is a social worker in the US working on peace and justice issues in Africa with an emphasis on the crisis in Rwanda and throughout the central region of Africa. Her articles have been published on many humanitarian sites that are also focused on changing the world through social, political and personal action.

Jennifer has extensive background working with victims of trauma and domestic violence, justice matters as well as individual and family therapy. Passionate and focused on bringing the many humanitarian issues that plague the African Continent to the awareness of the developed world in order to incite change. She is a correspondent, Assistant Editor, and Volunteer Coordinator for NGO News Africa through the volunteer project of the UN. Jennifer was also the media co-coordinator and senior funding executive for The Africa Global Village. You can write to Jennifer at Jennifer comes to with a great deal of experience and passion for working to stop human right violation in Africa.


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