In the BBC’s special edition of Africa Have Your Say later today, Rwandan President Paul Kagame will be responding to the questions you ask (and he wants to answer). Questions abound for this leader, but here are a few that Kagame should be asked:
1. Why did you threaten to withdraw peacekeeping troops from the Sudan when the UN mapping report on violations committed in the DRC was released? Isn’t it just a tad ironic that you would try to hold a UN peacekeeping mission hostage that is trying to stop a genocide because you don’t like what the UN said about you?
2. Given the recent success of rooting out FDLR leaders in the Eastern Congo, what are your military and security plans for a post-FDLR Great Lakes?
3. Isn’t there a legal contradiction in the fact that you have yet to try former CNDP rebel leader Laurent Nkunda because his military position requires he be tried by a judge that is a general when you expedientely tried oppositional leader and ex-army chief of staff Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa in his absence? What date will Laurent Nkunda be tried?
4. Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Journalists without Borders, and other human rights organizations have criticized Rwanda’s repression of political opposition and dissent. In light of the ongoing democratic revolutions in North Africa, do you plan to open up the political space in order to create a more stable democracy?
5. Any particular reason you decided to use the Jurassic Park font on your election victory t-shirts? Do you think of yourself as a velociraptor?