Society

Faux rescapés: Suite et fin..

J’aimerais apporter une lumière – en français cette fois –  sur les propos que j’ai tenus sur Twitter en réaction à une lettre de Diane Rwigara. En réalité, tout de suite dans mon deuxième tweet je clarifie qui j’ai qualifié de ‘collabo’ et qui, selon moi ne l’était pas. Je dis: « sont collabo les personnes qui ont eu des affinité ...

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25 ans plus tard, l’Etat français n’arrive toujours pas à faire face à ses demons du Génocide perpétré contre les Tutsi.

S’il y a un Français qui de son vivant a pu heurté la conscience des rescapés du Génocide perpétré contre les Tutsi en 1994, il s’agit bien de Pierre Péan. Son livre “Noires fureurs et Blancs menteurs” était d’un cynisme sans nom. Confondant les bourreaux aux victimes, et accusant ceux qui ont stoppé le genocide, à savoir l’Armée Patriotique Rwandaise d’avoir provoqué la mort de leurs propre frères et soeurs pour accéder au pouvoir. Le livre de Péan ...

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Rwanda and Uganda: A frustrating friendship

‘with friends like these eh, who needs enemies…’ Following a quadripartite summit held in Angola under the auspices of President João Lourenço and bringing together Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, Rwandan President Paul Kagame and DRC President Felix Tshisekedi to discuss security issues within the region, I would like to come back, for the layman to the outstanding issues between Rwanda ...

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We are here, 25 years later…

I am standing here with my sister Yolande. In the Car Free Zone, in Kigali, in Rwanda, in April 2019.  It has been 25 years since the Genocide against the Tutsi ended. Behind us is a #Kwibuka25 sign. Kwibuka means remember.  On the right is former president Habyarimana’s office, which also housed the media. On the left is the former headquarters of #RTLM, ...

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Besigye on relations between Rwanda and Uganda

In a candid interview, the head of Ugandan opposition, Colonel Kizza Besigye explains in details the source of conflicts between Rwanda and Uganda. The interview is in Luganda on this link: https://youtu.be/sBmf3_iECmE “If you want to understand the problem between Rwanda and Uganda, you have to understand two things: One: Mr. Museveni thought that since President Kagame was here as ...

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Ababiligi bagarutse (Belgians have returned)

The war has ended and peace has returned to Rwanda. Dr. Emile Rwamasirabo, a senior cadre of the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), the movement that stopped the Genocide is now serving as Rector of the National University of Rwanda. On a trip to Brussels, a Belgian professor who claims to be an expert of Rwanda at the University of Antwerp ...

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Positively reversing the course of nature..

Inside the Kigali Genocide Memorial, a saying is written on the wall: ‘If You Really Knew Me and You Really Knew Yourself, You Would Not Have Killed Me’ I thought of this saying as I learned that the mountain gorilla is no longer critically endangered. ‘In the @IUCN Red List of Threatened Species that has been updated today the mountain ...

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Dear Louise, I hope you had the time of your life.

It’s a classic from the 90s by Green Day, one of my favorites, it’s called ‘Time of your life.’ It goes: ‘another turning point a fork stuck in the road, time grabs you by the wrist, directs you where to go, so make the best of this test and don’t ask why, its not a question but a lesson learned ...

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Historic: The Democratic Green Party and PS-Imberakuri enter Parliament!

In a previous column on this blog I indicated that the Rwandan political system as enshrined in the constitution is no ‘Zero-Sum Game’, but an inclusive, power-sharing arrangement, based on the ‘Constant quest for Solutions through dialogue and consensus’. It is against that backdrop, that I dare suggest that, in light of in-coming electoral results, the Democratic Green Party (DGP) ...

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My response to fake news on Rwandan women

The CNN article is right about one thing: It is no accident that a statue of a strong, gracious Rwandan woman stands tall at our main round about – fittingly! I have elaborated, in legal terms and with evidence, on the crimes of the two ladies portrayed as saviors of women in Rwanda by western media, in this article: and this ...

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