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Open Letter to Paul Kagame Urges Rwanda PeacetalksJohn V Karuranga Rwanda People’s Party
A turning point to the lives of the innocent, the defenceless and the downtrodden Rwandan, is at hand...
(LONDON) - Today, Rwanda is a ticking time bomb that could explode like a volcano. This is only the tip of the iceberg. An iceberg that might still sink this beautiful country of ours in a new wave of genocide, if no dialogue is commenced.
We believe, it is still possible to avert the outbreak of yet another civil war and in our view, the Rwanda Road Map to Peace that we offered is one way out.
Our party works inside Rwanda and in the Diaspora but its current leadership is temporarily in Europe.
UNITY, JUSTICE AND PROSPERITY
Your Excellency, you are aware that 17 years of RPF rule has not resolved the problems of Rwanda. The RPF has some credit which our party accepts, but our party also believes any governing must be committed to continuous excellence in service delivery, and in particular in meeting the needs of the common people and improving their conditions and this is where we think your party and government have totally failed and let down the Rwandan people.
I am herein attaching 16 pages of my party documents titled the Rwanda Road Map to Peace for ease of your reference. Your Excellency, there are serious concerns about the direction and trajectory that our country is going and these are principally to do with the aloof nature of your government and your complete failure to implement a genuine policy of national reconciliation and to address genuine grievances within our country.
Your Excellency, since you came to power in 1994, there has been a deep schism in our country and society and we want to tell you now and very frankly that you cannot deny these schisms. They were initially attributed to the FDLR but are now manifesting themselves inside the RPA itself. Former cadres of the RPF (RPA) broke away and there is a prospect of a new civil war breaking out in our country, a prospect that my party and Rwandan people want to avoid.
As of today there have been mysterious grenade attacks and other terrorist activities in our country but nobody knows the perpetrators of these acts. As a party we don’t think our people should be subjected to anxiety and fear, nor risk physical harm or even death on there own streets.
Our proposal for peace talks is predicated on the following grounds:
1. We do not want another civil war in Rwanda. This will lead to a new genocide.
2. We want a new Rwanda that is at peace with itself and its neighbours. UNITY, JUSTICE AND PROSPERITY
3. We want all Rwanda refugees to return home and contribute to the rebuilding of our country.
4. We want to put an end to civil war, whether inside Rwanda or outside it, principally in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
5. We want a new democratic Rwanda that accommodates rather than threatens its citizens, many of whom are scattered around in the Diaspora.
Your Excellency, a failure by your government to accept our offer of peace talks may have very negative consequences. First, it may mean an end to the peace and confidence building measures we and other leaders have been trying to extend to your government. Then Rwanda may have an escalation of armed conflicts inside and outside probably lasting for decades. More and more Rwandans will in consequence flee into exile and the original problem we set out to solve, namely the return of the refugees and national reconciliation will even be made worse.
Your Excellency, our Peace Talks Offer on the other hand is open-ended. We do not come to you with pre-conditions and neither do we expect pre-conditions from you. We come to you with open hands and open hearts. We believe you must talk to us and other concerned Rwandan because we have a lot to contribute to the solution of the current dangerous situation in our country.
Your Excellency, we believe that as a political party that works across all of the ethnic communities in Rwanda and Diaspora, we are in a better position to negotiate a credible national reconciliation policy that will serve Rwanda, unite its peoples, forge and foster good relations with her neighbours and give hope to all our people.
Your Excellency, we come to you, willing to shake hands, wipe away the tears from our children’s eyes, but we come also willing to listen and to be patient.
Your Excellency, we would be grateful to have an audience with you, to discuss this matter further so UNITY, JUSTICE AND PROSPERITY that we can achieve a resolution to the long-running conflict in our country, and so that together as Rwandan, we can do it for the sake of our children and for this beautiful country of ours Rwanda.
Our party hopes you respond positively to this request.
John V Karuranga, President
Rwanda People’s Party (RPP)
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