5 Questions for Paul Kagame

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?

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2 responses to “5 Questions for Paul Kagame

  1. Anon

    1. It is not up to Rwanda to stop a genocide in Sudan. Rwanda believes that the Mapping Report is untrue and intended to destabilise Rwanda and frustrate its development.
    2. The question is premature. We are not there yet.
    3. Presumably you will have to ask the prosecutor in Rwanda.
    4. AI, HRW and JWB are not objective.

  2. Gigi

    1. If a neighbor is attacked thieves and you go to help and he accuses you of being one of the thieves – what would the most logical thing to do be? Rwandan troops went to help prevent genocide in Sudan. The report comes accusing the same troops of genocide. Wouldn’t the most logical response be to withdraw them and save the situation?
    2. There is a regional security mechanism in place through different groupings: SADC CPEGL and EAC. Being a regional threat, stakeholders will devise ways of dealing with the situation in the best way possible to avoid a relapse
    3. There is a confusion of issues here. The two cases are different in nature. This is a judicial matter
    4. If the organizations were objective they would be able to put things in context. Rwanda’s situation demands that you come up with a completely new template for looking at issues in contest. The organizations have failed to change their ways of looking at things and insist on placing blind accusations that greatly differ from the situation on the ground
    5. Campaign materials were printed by not only the RPF but also supporters and they were in varying fonts. What mattered was the message and not the font

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