Friday May 17, 2013
A Nation Gripped by FearJennifer Fierberg, MSW Salem-News.com
One thing for sure is that Kagame can feel and smell an impending revolution.
(WASHINGTON DC) - In classic dictatorial fashion, President Kagame has thrown caution to the wind and exposed his fear and insecurities by stripping the families of General Kayumba, Colonel Karegeya, businessman Tribert Rujugiro and others of their Rwandan Passports. These actions have been done out of fear because in true Dictatorial character President Kagame has acted in the following manner:
By stripping children and wives of Rwandan passports, he is clearly sending a message to Rwandans that he is prepared to make life intolerable for families of dissenters. It is public knowledge that the parents, siblings and extended families of Dr. Theogene Rudasingwa, General Kayumba Nyamwasa and Colonel Karegeya have endured constant harassment, isolation, imprisonment and brutal death in the case of Karegeya’s cousin. For Kagame, Tutsi’s are his bargaining chip especially since he rose to power as the hero who saved them from a Hutu-led Genocide and used that tragedy to receive enormous donor fundsing, worldwide fame/recognition and boundless entry into Congo’s mineral rich territories.
Secondly, if Tutsi support for Kagame was to waiver and there was a mass exodus of refugees again, he would be extremely vulnerable to the Rwandan opposition abroad that increases by the day and is hungry for his resignation. The International support he once enjoyed has quickly fizzled and the ICC has suddenly taken notice of the raging wars he started in Eastern Congo which would reveal a Pandora’s Box should his blue-eyed boy Bosco Ntaganda be captured and reveal Kagame’s implication. But, for those who are conversant in the way Kagame operates, they need to continue holding onto Tutsi support led Kagame and his cohorts to invoke the cessation clause to the UNHCR which will be effective in June 2012. This clause will prohibit any Rwandan to declare refugee status. In short, we either toe his line or we are doomed.
For these reasons, it is not difficult to decipher that Kagame is a Paranoid Megalomaniac. Another reason Kagame is in fear, is because he no longer trusts his Intelligence Organs and rightly so, it has been sloppy to say the least;
Within the Rwandan population that President Kagame continues to hold hostage in perpetual fear are the enablers. We all know them. They are the source and backbone of the dictatorial regime in Kigali. They are the single most dedicated individuals and groups in defending Kagame’s regime and the biggest obstacle to Rwanda’s future. They have no sense of right or wrong. They have a conscience that fails to oppose injustice, gross human rights violations and eagerly devise measures to secure the dictatorship at hand. They eagerly protect him internationally in return for lucrative postings, business deals and favoritism. For example, when Former army chief General Kayumba Nyamwasa was shot in an assassination attempt in South Africa in 2010, the Minister of Foreign affairs Louise Mushikiwabo had the audacity to publicly say that he had shot himself in an effort to make President Kagame seem like the culprit. When she was cornered, she offered another explanation to the effect that it was a robbery case which was not surprising seeing that Johannesburg is a crime riddled capital, another diplomatic blunder! The enablers of the Kigali regime are there to deceive and distort the truth in all fora. Another enabling example is when two Rwandan dissidents living in Britain, Jonathan Musonera and Rene Mugenzi, were warned by British security services that their lives were in danger from Rwandan spy agents sent to exterminate them. Kagame’s enabler in chief, Mushikiwabo Louise went on BBC to deny that they had no idea of even who they were. When President Kagame made a visit to Britain that same year, he was presented with a telephone voice recording of his then National Security Chief, Dr. Emmanuel Ndahiro giving orders for the “hit” to be made by his operatives. President Kagame was embarrassed to say the least, because Dr. Ndahiro was fired as NSS chief. The examples are many but for how long shall Rwandans continue to bury their heads in the sand when they look on as these enablers continue to lead the country to destruction?
Edited by: Jennifer Fierberg, MSW
_________________________________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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Jennifer comes to www.Salem-News.com with a great deal of experience and passion for working to stop human right violation in Africa.
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