You would think that the opening of a new Parliament should be a joyful day for the new Members of Parliament and the other representatives, as they are starting a new legislative career and also become a vital part of the government. Instead, a major part of the speech made by the President Paul Kagame is more of fear and intimidation, than of trying to tell what is their mission, the plans for this term or even scheduled affairs for this Parliament by the Executive. That really just shows the passion and heart for the Republic, that Kagame has.
I have taken a piece of the Transcript to prove what he was saying, and that the President says this. Shows his attitude and his will power to control. This is not said by a man, whose peaceful or really caring about the lives he touches with his power. As Kagame are saying, if your saying things, which I deem as not true, you might end in prison like these so-called political stars. This shows, that it wasn’t really mercy, but they might end back there if they doesn’t follow the will of the President.
“Our political system is to mind our own business not to mind other people’s business. We have become familiar with that kind of political system whereby those who have stolen or made other mistakes are out there talking about political issues in their countries. So, they are hosted but they should know that they cause problems to their hosts and to Rwandans in general as well. After they had taught you that they would host you in case of anything because they will do it in the name of someone who wants to see a change here in Rwanda. In Rwanda things will change according to they way we want them to, not according to how others wish. Recently, as usual, because it is not the first time as a way to solve those problems, we have mercy, not mercy as such but as a way to solve problems. If we did not give clemency, how many people would still be in prison? We would still have hundreds of thousands in jail because that is where they should be. But to build our country, we made the decision to rehabilitate our citizens and enable them to contribute to our country. Recently, when we released people including the political stars as from outside the country, that it is how we do it, it is not for the first time. But some people were saying that they did not and cannot ask for forgiveness but said it was because of the pressure. Which pressure here? In Rwanda, it is not pressure we respond to, it is our own thoughts. Where this country comes from has taught us that we must refuse to be a submissive people. If you keep on saying so, you will find yourself back in jail” (Paul Kagame, 19.09.2018 – ‘President Paul Kagame’s full speech after the swearing in of newly elected MPs’ IGHE, link: http://en.igihe.com/news/president-paul-kagame-s-full-speech-after-the.html).
President Kagame is really showing his force and lack of tolerance. Not that this is new, because intimidation and fear is his tools of control. Now he has to tell this to the MPs as well, so they know that they have to follow him and not speak ill of him or the Republic. Because if they do so, they are not following the wish of him and his closest allies.
This sort of speech shows his true character, as he wouldn’t do this in an international forum or as an African Union Chairman. Then he will be polished and sound like a decent man. But the ones that has followed his career, knows he is a gangster uniformed into the Executive of the Republic. He is maybe dressing smart, but his acts are sinister and use of arms have never been far away from him. The President is clearly also offering this to his MPs.
The MPs should now know, that the prisoners who has been offered pardon, can easily return and if they question the President’s power. They could follow them behind bars. As the thoughts of the President is the ones that matter, not the other voices. If you listen to them, you might serve time, as your a submissive soul, who listen to others than Paul. Peace.