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Opinion: The NRM is fishing, but will anyone be tricked?

We are at a stage and time, when the National Resistance Movement (NRM) are trying to play smart by getting Butchaman, Kusasira and Jennifer Full Figure on their team. They are trying to be wise by making new sub-groups like the NRM Yellow Power. We can all see the mix.

While the old game of paying for relevance and need for meal tickets have come too. As in the past there was a big pushing group within the NRM called the Poor Youths, in 2019 it has become the Isolated Youths. We just know that the NRM is busy scheming and someone wants to get a handshake.

We all see the drill as we are in 2019. Two years ahead of 2021. We know what is up and what’s at stake. That is why the government is busy scheduling cities and new districts, even if the previously created ones cannot be sustained, neither have addressed the legally bound institutions nor buildings. Therefore, the state is crippling itself without any outside forces looking in.

While the government is busy finding new schemes to hurt the opposition. The Yellow Power group is just a mere reflection of the People Power Movement, but just a continuation of the NRM itself. We can be adviced that Bebe Cool might show up and the neera neera movement sings its songs.

There will be no fanfare, only a paid escorts and enterprises, which consists of old cronies and old slogans made lit by a new generation. The sort of build-up, where the saviour and the creator of the party will be a blessing until eternity. That is the sort of acts the NRM is up too.

They can lie about it, they can make splendid promos and photo-ops. They can look like a picturesque Hollywood movie, but the end of it is a Tarantino flick. Where everyone dies, except for the anti-hero, the President and the Self-styled President for life. His the one that survives it all and is the only person walking on earth.

We can laugh, but we know the game that is played. It is a mockery of the institutions, of the state and the republic. Where the President is only residing over whose eating and whose at the table. He controls and micro-manage the events together with his handlers. There are no middle ground. Because, the opposition is dancing in tear-gas, arrests and safe-houses. That is just the way it is.

The NRM Yellow Group is only a challenge to Bobi Wine and his folks. We all know that, the Isolated Youths and Poor Youths are only made because of the hunger, the lack of resources and places to go. Just like the justification of the ghetto-fication of the President and his party, that is only done to answer to Bobi Wine too. We can only look and wonder, why didn’t the government give a crap 20 years ago about ghetto?

Because, the voters didn’t matter. That’s why, not like they matter too. Only for shows and for tours, but not for real. Since, the elections are shams, rigged and prefixed to hail the king. That is what it is. We can lie, but than we’re like the NRM and we shouldn’t.

So, lets be real. If the NRM didn’t see Bobi Wine and People Power as a threat, why coping and why suddenly hire the Ghetto? Well, that is because they have seen what it does and how it connects. That is why they suddenly care and are there. Not because the President has any passion or concern, but because his image needs a boost. He will never play games on the streets, he will never ensure the safety of the kids in the ghetto. He will only play the façade and get the preside over the throne. That is what he does and nothing else.

The president and his men are building, but only for the need of themselves, but not for the real fundamental change. Because, that train has left a long time ago and the causes to do so are also not functioning anymore. We are at a point, where everything is done for short-term gain and not for building proper institutions. Since, everyone is supposed to have blind loyalty to his highness.

You do not challenge the Leopards Anus, only praise him. Not write poetry or words that express your concern, because then your in trouble. Peace.

Opinion: Butchaman take a chill-pill

Without me NRM was not going to defeat Bobi Wine. I would like to thank President Museveni for appointing me as his advisor, I promise to be loyal to him. My brother Bebe Cool told me that Bobi Wine has one trick that he beats them with, he does not respond to people who attack him. I would like to tell you that I have come with 45 tricks to end Bobi Wine’s political fame” – Butchaman aka Mark Bugembe on 29th October 2019

If Butchaman thinks his an big-shot, his not. Just like plenty of the other Presidential Advisors he will be forgotten in a minute or two. There was over 146 Presidential advisors before the appointments of him and Catherine Kusasira.

If they think they are special. They should be reminded about Boda-Boda 2010 and Abdullah Kitatta , who was useful during the campaign of 2015, but easy a victim and criminal after that. His serving time now for the duties he did while being at the reigns of Boda-Boda 2010.

That is why Butchaman should take it easy. He might be useful like Mbabazi, Bukenya or anyone else. His a fitting the program of having someone with knowledge and speaking the language the ghettos understand. But his not fighting for their cause, only pocketing money like the artists who made ‘Tubonga nawe’.

Butchaman can kid himself. Make him feel important now that he has a government function and a title. Still, his only relevant because Museveni fears the popularity of Bobi Wine. That is why Butchaman even was considered. Since, Museveni don’t know how to relate or be a part of the generation that grew up post-1986. That’s why the likes of Butchaman comes into the picture.

However, Butchaman doesn’t see that. He thinks he has it all figured out. The Ghetto and creed will carry him. Like he doesn’t become a sell-out doing this, just like the artists of the gig-song of 2015 wasn’t shunned for a while after the General Election of 2016. Did Butchaman forget that? Who knew right?

Well, Butchaman might be on his high horse, but he doesn’t know the play it seems. His part of a game he doesn’t know. He has to steady the boat, ensure that he gets to safety. Right now his burning his bridges and he hasn’t even started in his office.

NRM is using Butchaman, not Butchaman using the NRM. Even if Butchaman thinks it differently, because he doesn’t know this play. His a pawn played by the King. The King commands and the pawn has to obey. Therefore, when the pawn is lost, the King will not save him, but will do what ever he can to get “check-mate”. Peace.

Opinion: Otafiire better line-up a viable argument next time

I have heard all this noise about People Power, which power do you represent, where all these people? The one we know is the LC 1 Chairperson, People Power is exercised by LC1 chairpersons through the ballot box and we will guard this power using the army and air force. Whoever tries to disrupt this power, you are welcome but what will come next don’t regret”Kahinda Otafiire on the 28th October 2019

First and foremost, it is rich and funny that the Minister of Justice Kahinda Otafiire speaks of the value of the ballot box in concern of the LC1 Chairperson elections of 2018 wasn’t done through the secret ballot, but through the art of peer pressure or should I say by lining up behind the one the village or town wanted to have to represent themselves. Therefore, the Honourable clearly have forgotten how the state and the Electoral Commission did their work in 60800 villages last year.

Secondly, that he will guard the lining up of villagers for an election is showing that the backwardness of the National Resistance Movement (NRM). Instead of moving forward and doing elections with secret ballots, the Minister of Justice wants to defend the ideal of school-yard picking football captains in the villages. He will go so far to send the army against the ones going against that. That is loyalty towards the President and his self-styled President for life.

Well, thirdly, the Minister of Justice really thinks his smart, but I have already destroyed his arguments before he started. Because, the People Power is the power of the people. That they are stronger together and has the initial power of the government. Because the government is supposed to represent the people. As they are representatives of the people. Therefore, it is rich that that army has to defend that and not defend the people from enemies invading the territory of the people.

That is why you know the former NRA fighter and for life loyalist of Museveni sounds like this. His trying to sound wise, but instead sounds stupid. He sounds ignorant and dumb. That is a feat in itself.

But we can never take away this from him: “I can’t be a Minister for Crocodiles” and in the same regard. He cannot be the Minister for a Good Memory either. Peace.

Bobi Wine blast Museveni’s Ghetto Stunt!

 “Tired of indignity, the ghetto rose up to speak – led by the Ghetto President. He dismissed us. We persisted. Very scared and desperate, he now returns as ‘Man of Ghetto’. Museveni used and dumped all people who were telling him the truth about Uganda. It is not surprising that he now has the likes of Bryan White, Catherine Kusasira, Bebe Cool and Buchaman as his advisers, he will do it all, he will soon adapt to the ghetto behaviour and ‘smoke some’,” – Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine (28.10.2019).

Today, the MP and the Ghetto President Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine addressed the Ghetto Weekend of the President Yoweri Kaguta Musveni. We all knew this was bound to happen. Because, this had to be challenged.

We all know this is a stunt and trying to be relevant where his long been missing. We know that the President never really cared or done anything else than empty pledges and handouts. The recent efforts are only creating positions, but not elevating the public away from their circumstances. Because there are no policy, nor budget to create significant different.

Bobi Wine and the public knows this. It is all a ploy for 2021. Nothing else. All of these people he says are involved with Museveni only there because it pays, but they are not generating changes on the ground. Only a play for the stage, but none actually change for the citizens in the slums, in the ghettos. They are as lost as they have been, neither with the local councils, the mayors nor the KCCA doing anything. That’s because there are no money, no works or departments to actually work with all of the challenges at hand.

Therefore, the acts of the President is just a ploy and façade for the upcoming election. His screwed ways will backfire. Because, his just a visitor, even more than the NGOs and their volunteers. They are there for a while and get a feeling in their bodies of the environment, but the Executive or His Excellency are soon in his esteemed halls and homes. While he knows of the dire state of the citizens in the ghetto. Which he haven’t brought Steady Progress or anything of substance. Except for some free t-shirts and food for rallies every 4 years or so.

We can all see this, there will postponed and played around with, if the state cares they might start works that last as long as the Northern Bypass. Since there is common ground or nothing substantial. Only small handouts to new officials and SACCOs, but they are not doing anything that matters.

That’s why Bobi Wine blasts him and rightfully so. When there is no end product and only fanfare, we know something is up. Let’s see the President smoke some ganja and do the dance on the streets. Peace.

Opinion: [Alert] Museveni’s Ghettofication

We got our leaders too but where they lead us ?

Do they leave us or they see it through?

Yeah we packin’ precious metals

Our shit is next level

We raise the threat level” – (Talib Kweli on ‘Every Ghetto’ from the LP Indie 500, 2015).

We see the scheme ahead of the General Election of 2021. The focus will be on the ghettos, the slums and the areas close to home of Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine. Just like he has now a Presidential Advisor for Kampala Affairs and the Ghetto Youth, and there is another one in the making too. Therefore, his focus is there now.

However, when it’s coming to President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, I feel these bars are more fitting for him: “I’m on the porch like a slummy Ralph Lauren model” (Yelawolf – ‘Daylight’ from the LP Trial By Fire, 2017).

His not a gangster, a slum-dweller, someone who has cared for the ghettos or slums of Kampala. No, his now a poser and a model. Like the one mentioned by Yelawolf. That is who the President is. His starting all sorts of initiatives, but it only happens because his preparing for 2021. There are no other reasons for it.

That’s why he did this today:

Launched the NRM empowerment office for youth living and working in the areas of Kibuye and Katwe. The office will be a registration point for SACCOs and will make it easy for us to support the youth in their different productive groups” (Museveni, 27.10.2019).

We can lie to ourselves, but he hasn’t really been initiating much. He dropped 100 millions shillings last year too. But that is about it and this is a continuation of it. Instead of finding proper remedy his giving away charity and hoping it sticks. There is no difference between this and sudden drop from an NGO. As the NRM might open an office, but what is the budget and mandate? Who does it answer to? Is it under the State House, KCCA or the City Hall? Will they answer to the needs of the Katwe Council or is that not important?

Since, if the President did care or wasn’t only a visitor doing photo-ops and photo-bombing in the area. He would sincerely try to involve all the stakeholders and check their needs. Instead of patching the hurt by dropping a few dimes, hoping that would save someone’s day. Because, that’s how it looks.

We can anticipate that the President will do similar things now in Kamwokya, Kalerwe, Kisenyi and elsewhere. That is if he cares, but right now his just tasting the grounds and trying to eat of the spoils. He is dropping small currency and hoping to triple it in support. To think otherwise is naive at this point. The President is a screwed politician and to not think this is calculated is to think to well of the old man.

Therefore, he will go all ghetto. He will even hum the tunes of Elvis if he got too, with the sounds of “And his hunger burns

So he starts to roam the streets at night

And he learns how to steal

And he learns how to fight

In the ghetto”Elvis Presley on ‘In the Ghetto’ from the LP ‘From Elvis in Memphis’ 1969).

The only reasons he sings these tunes now is because of Bobi Wine. There is nothing else too it. He might soon make an Ghetto MP or even a Ghetto Ministry. Just to show that he cares, even if he never really has. Unless donors has paid for programs and ensured shelters. Some figments of micro-loans schemes and such. There aren’t much proof of care or change. Only, that his now boosting it up ahead of a up-coming election. That is the sad reality.

The President has had the time to fix and find avenues to make change in over 3 decades, 33 years and still not achieved anything. From 1986 until present day, he has had the time and ability to do something. But he hasn’t. This is a generation left behind by him and his accepted that. Until, the rising starlet and popular politician Bobi Wine MP showed up. Than he had to change the guards and move.

Well, to quote the old man: The power stays in the hands of the people. . . . I don’t see what opponents are so panicky about”Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in 1995. That might me 24 years ago. But still a friendly reminder, that the Poeple Power is powerful and that is why he suddenly cares about the slums/ghettos. Peace.

Opinion: Have Kagame put a spell on the West?

You can wonder if the sins of old haunts the West, if the support and the strategies that worked back-in-the-day is now a lost tale. The hope for change and for a different outcome is gone. President Paul Kagame will run indefinitely and never step down. I don’t know if the West feel in debt for the crisis it didn’t prevent and didn’t manage properly in 1994. Where Kagame together with the rebel-militia supported by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni entered Rwanda. They had already been apart of the National Resistance Army (NRA) and the new government under National Resistance Movement (NRM). Kagame has done the same with the Rwandan Patriotic Army (RPA) and made it into a party with the Rwandan Partriotic Front (RPF). Just after the model in Uganda.

Therefore, what you see in Rwanda is similar to what you have seen in Uganda. However, there are difference, that is why the chilling relationship between the neighbors. Kagame has worked closely with Uganda, they have sent armies together in the Democratic Republic of Congo, they have worked together to support the M-23 there too. They have been weapon brothers and brothers in arms. Still, the West let them both go. It is weird, but that is where we are. Both Museveni and Kagame can do whatever and get away it.

Kagame is either detaining or killing his enemies. He is doing it just like the Russian do. Rwandans has been poisoned in the United Kingdom, strange fatal accidents in South Africa, even in exile there are dangers if you have crossed Kagame. No-one is hidden from him and if they did him bad or even questioned him. He will find you and make sure you pay. Everyone can be touched and everyone can be taken.

Kagame has total control, nothing that he doesn’t have a stake in, there are clear that the state is part of all society. If there a dissidents or people questioning him, even if they are challenging him in public. They will be tarnished and detained, their family enterprises will be seized. There is no mercy and he never shows that to anyone.

That is maybe why the Western media, NGOs and States in general are walking on needles, they need the minerals he is thieving from the Kivu provinces and therefore, let him off the hook for the support of militias within the DRC. Let him of the hook for the human rights violations, for the killings of opposition and for the totalitarian activities. Where no one but his will matters. Kagame is the king and the sun first shines on him.

We should be worried, because he doesn’t lack use of violence and harassment, he hurts and kills. He might be successful to a certain extent, but we should be worried about the efforts and his involvement across the border. There are even claims of his use of spies and such in Burundi. Clearly, that could be the truth, since he has used all sort of manipulation and militias to get funding from abroad. Therefore, it is weird he is a donor friendly person, but also someone who has no issues with silencing his enemies. That should be worrying and that should cut him off the gravy-train, also sanction the companies that are importing his conflict minerals. Peace.

Opinion: You know that Kagame didn’t really win with 98,66% when he has to intimidate Rwigara!

I know I will shot-out of the gates and say that Paul Kagame, who won with 98,66 % in the Presidential Election in August 2017. Didn’t really win by that margin and have that sort of support. For some this might be controversial, others saying I’m hater. I will take that any part of the day and close my eyes in content. Kagame didn’t win by that margin and he didn’t have that massive support.

For the simple reason, ever since the election he has had to silence Diana Rwigara and her family. Latest stint was in Court this week. She has been arrested on unknown locations and been taken away from home. Why is Kagame so afraid of Rwigara? Well, he is afraid of being questioned and having real opposition. That is because Kagame does whatever he can to have none. The ones who has been is either in exile, detained or gotten the arrested for treason against the state. That means they don’t have loyalty to Kagame or his almighty Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF).

If the President was a legitimate executive and head of state, he wouldn’t have cared about the candidacy of Rwigara. She wouldn’t have the party-organization or even the structure to compete. It would be like Jill Steins Campaign in 2016 in the United States. She would be a part of the race, but all the eyes would be on Clinton and Trump. It’s not like Frank Habineza of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda has a size, neither independent Phillippe Mpayimana. If the playing-field between the candidates was fair, they would have gained more popularity, but they are just needed props into the sham of an election.

That Forces Democratiques Unifiees (FDU-Inkingi) is not involved and other parties are not in the elections. Proves my point, that the mere sacrifice of Kagame to run again. Is mere a sham and his own rule is not on popularity, but on fear and oppression. If he was democratic he wouldn’t fear Rwigara and throw phony charges her way. He wouldn’t make a mockery of her family and associates. But he has too, because his popularity isn’t as soaring as he tries to make believe.

President Kagame, don’t have stomach or the bravery to play fair, because he came with the guns and will be like many before him. Only leave by the gun. He is like Rwandan answer to Museveni. If you have real competition, they either end in exile or they are treasonous against the state. Just ask the Ugandan opposition about their toils and intimidation.

Rwigara case is proof that Kagame don’t have the popularity he subscribes. He don’t, if he did he would never step beneath his office and done this to his citizens. But he has too, because he don’t have their support. The only way he keeps the system intact is to spread fear and intimidation. That is why he is charging and shaming Rwigara for opposing him. Peace.

Opinion: President Kagame won with 98.66%, just like his predecessors Kayibanda and Habyarimana!

Its been 17 years of RPF rule and will be 7 more years with President Paul Kagame. The ones that thought differently has lived under a rock and thought the whole world would stop spinning. The world stop and the hearts would stop pumping if there was a different result at this point. This was massaged and made ready for the world. The whole campaign and the race to the polls. You don’t manage a race of significance and get 98% by coincidence, that is measured and made sure off. Just like the Presidents before him.

Incumbent President Paul Kagame took a major early lead in Friday’s presidential polls with 5,433,890 votes (98.66 per cent) of the total votes counted by 12:30am. By press time (around 1am), the National Electoral Commission had managed to count about 80 per cent of the votes cast (5,498,414 votes) from 1,732 polling stations. There were 2,340 polling stations across the country. Independent candidate Phillippe Mpayimana was in a distant second having just garnered 39,620 votes (about 0.72 per cent). Frank Habineza, of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda, trailed with a measly 24,904 votes, which is 0.45 per cent of the votes counted” (Mwai, 2017).

Because if looks into the Rwandan election history, it is not like the history isn’t telling of similar elections like the one seen this week. Not like the Republic of Rwanda has different results. If you go back to voting on the monarchy in September 25th 1961, if the Kingdom should be preserved it got 78,5%. So the people abolished it 1961 and the other ballot if the King Kigeri V to remain king or had to abdicate, the result that day was 79,60 % who voted him to become a civilian. So even in the 1960s the now Republic voted in high numbers for one thing.

The President George Kayibanda was voted for in 1965 election and he was elected unopposed with 100% support. The same happen in 1969. When Kayibanda was reelected. Then again it took sometime before the next election.

In an unopposed election of President Juvenal Habyarimana in the 24th December 1978, where he got 98,99 %. Again on the 19th December 1983 he got reelected and was unopposed who got 99,97%. The third election with President Habyarimana, again went unopposed on the 19th December 1988, that time he got 99,98%.

After that, there been lots of issues and the civil war, that ended in genocide in 1994. When the Rwandan Patriotic Army (RPA), who became the leading party Rwanda Patriotic Front. In the first Presidential election after the genocide, it was in 2003, when President Paul Kagame got 95,05%. So 7 years later in 2010, the incumbent President got 93,08%.

Now in 2017 and unleashing yet another term for the Rwandan President, who follows his predecessors. The ones that was overthrown and killed. These took so much control that they created a violent legacy. Certainly, President Kagame doesn’t want that, but he is following the footsteps of the leaders in the past. Nothing with is different from them, just another name and another time, but with the same controlling state and dark secrets. Kagame got this year 98,66% in the Presidential Election in 2017. Which, is very much alike like Habyarimana, who was shot down while flying in the 1990s. While the death of Kayibanda is still unknown. Therefore, if Kagame follows his predecessors it will end in genocide and a horrible assassination.

Not that we wish that, but the history repeats itself, as seen with the election and state control of society. As well, as internal affairs are controlled from the state. To way that even banished the World Bank from studying the poverty and analyze it to create programs to fight it. This was because the Rwandan state wanted to control the numbers and make sure the propaganda was fitting the vision of Kagame. Therefore, nothing is surprising.

That Kagame got 98% in the election was waited, just like the generations in the past expected Habyarimana and Kayibanda to win with overwhelming numbers. It is all repeating itself and going in circles. To overlook that is to be blind and trying to overshadow the history, which is the propaganda of the state. But that is to be expected. Peace.

Reference:

African Elections – ‘Elections in Rwanda’ link: http://africanelections.tripod.com/rw.html

Mwai, Collins – ‘Kagame wins presidential poll’ (05.08.2017) link: http://www.newtimes.co.rw/section/read/217433/

Bill Clinton’s remarks honoring genocide survivors in Kigali, Rwanda March 25, 1998

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Thank you, Mr. President. First, let me thank you, Mr. President, and Vice President Kagame, and your wives for making Hillary and me and our delegation feel so welcome. I’d also like to thank the young students who met us and the musicians, the dancers who were outside. I thank especially the survivors of the genocide and those who are working to rebuild your country for spending a little time with us before we came in here.

I have a great delegation of Americans with me, leaders of our Government, leaders of our Congress, distinguished American citizens. We’re all very grateful to be here. We thank the diplomatic corps for being here, and the members of the Rwandan Government, and especially the citizens.

I have come today to pay the respects of my Nation to all who suffered and all who perished in the Rwandan genocide. It is my hope that through this trip, in every corner of the world today and tomorrow, their story will be told; that 4 years ago in this beautiful, green, lovely land, a clear and conscious decision was made by those then in power that the peoples of this country would not live side by side in peace. During the 90 days that began on April 6, in 1994, Rwanda experienced the most extensive slaughter in this blood-filled century we are about to leave – families murdered in their homes, people hunted down as they fled by soldiers and militia, through farmland and woods as if they were animals.

From Kibuye in the west to Kibungo in the east, people gathered seeking refuge in churches by the thousands, in hospitals, in schools. And when they were found, the old and the sick, the women and children alike, they were killed – killed because their identity card said they were

Tutsi or because they had a Tutsi parent or because someone thought they looked like a Tutsi or slain, like thousands of Hutus, because they protected Tutsis or would not countenance a policy that sought to wipe out people who just the day before, and for years before, had been their friends and neighbors.

The Government-led effort to exterminate Rwanda’s Tutsi and moderate Hutus, as you know better than me, took at last a million lives. Scholars of these sorts of events say that the killers, armed mostly with machetes and clubs, nonetheless did their work 5 times as fast as the mechanized gas chambers used by the Nazis.

It is important that the world know that these killings were not spontaneous or accidental. It is important that the world hear what your. President just said: They were most certainly not the result of ancient tribal struggles. Indeed, these people had lived together for centuries before the events the President described began to unfold. These events grew from a policy aimed at the systematic destruction of a people. The ground for violence was carefully prepared, the airwaves poisoned with hate, casting the Tutsis as scapegoats for the problems of Rwanda, denying their humanity. All of this was done, clearly, to make it easy for otherwise reluctant people to participate in wholesale slaughter.

Lists of victims, name by name, were actually drawn up in advance. Today, the images of all that, haunt us all: the dead choking the Kigara River, floating to Lake Victoria. In their fate, we are reminded of the capacity for people everywhere, not just in Rwanda, and certainly not just in Africa but the capacity for people everywhere, to slip into pure evil. We cannot abolish that capacity, but we must never accept it. And we know it can be overcome.

The international community, together with nations in Africa, must bear its share of responsibility for this tragedy, as well. We did not act quickly enough after the killing began. We should not have allowed the refugee camps to become safe havens for the killers. We did not immediately call these crimes by their rightful name: genocide. We cannot change the past, but we can and must do everything in our power to help you build a future without fear and full of hope.

We owe to those who died and to those who survived who loved them, our every effort to increase our vigilance and strengthen our stand against those who would commit such atrocities in the future, here or elsewhere. Indeed, we owe to all the peoples of the world who are at risk because each bloodletting hastens the next as the value of human life is degraded and violence becomes tolerated, the unimaginable becomes more conceivable – we owe to all the people in the world our best efforts to organize ourselves so that we can maximize the chances of preventing these events. And where they cannot be prevented, we can move more quickly to minimize the horror.

So let us challenge ourselves to build a world in which no branch of humanity, because of national, racial, ethnic, or religious origin, is again threatened with destruction because of those characteristics of which people should rightly be proud. Let us work together as a community of civilized nations to strengthen our ability to prevent and, if necessary, to stop genocide.

To that end, I am directing my administration to improve, with the international community, our system for identifying and spotlighting nations in danger of genocidal violence, so that we can assure worldwide awareness of impending threats. It may seem strange to you here, especially the many of you who lost members of your family, but all over the word there were people like me sitting in offices, day after day after day, who did not fully appreciate the depth and the speed with which you were being engulfed by this unimaginable terror.

We have seen, too – and I want to say again – that genocide can occur anywhere. It is not an African phenomenon and must never be viewed as such. We have seen it in industrialized Europe; we have seen it in Asia. We must have global vigilance. And never again must we be shy in the face of the evidence.

Secondly, we must, as an international community, have the ability to act when genocide threatens. We are working to create that capacity here in the Great Lakes region, where the memory is still fresh. This afternoon in Entebbe leaders from central and eastern Africa will meet with me to launch an effort to build a coalition to prevent genocide in this region. I thank the leaders who have stepped forward to make this commitment. We hope the effort can be a model for all the world, because our sacred task is to work to banish this greatest crime against humanity.

Events here show how urgent the work is. In the northwest part of your country, attacks by those responsible for the slaughter in 1994 continue today. We must work as partners with Rwanda to end this violence and allow your people to go on rebuilding your lives and your nation.

Third, we must work now to remedy the consequences of genocide. The United States has provided assistance to Rwanda to settle the uprooted and restart its economy, but we must do more. I am pleased that America will become the first nation to contribute to the new Genocide Survivors Fund. We will contribute this year $2 million, continue our support in the years to come, and urge other nations to do the same, so that survivors and their communities can find the care they need and the help they must have.

Mr. President, to you, and to you, Mr. Vice President, you have shown great vision in your efforts to create a single nation in which all citizens can live freely and securely. As you pointed out, Rwanda was a single nation before the European powers met in Berlin to carve up Africa. America stands with you, and will continue helping the people of Rwanda to rebuild their lives and society.

You spoke passionately this morning in our private meeting about the need for grassroots efforts, for the development projects which are bridging divisions and clearing a path to a better future. We will join with you to strengthen democratic institutions, to broaden participation, to give all Rwandans a greater voice in their own governance. The challenges you face are great, but your commitment to lasting reconciliation and inclusion is firm.

Fourth, to help ensure that those who survived, in the generations to come, never again suffer genocidal violence, nothing is more vital than establishing the rule of law. There can be no place in Rwanda that lasts without a justice system that is recognized as such.

We applaud the efforts of the Rwandan Government to strengthen civilian and military justice systems. I am pleased that our Great Lakes Justice Initiative will invest $30 million to help create throughout the region judicial systems that are impartial, credible, and effective. In Rwanda these funds will help to support courts, prosecutors, and police, military justice, and cooperation at the local level.

We will also continue to pursue justice through our strong backing for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. The United States is the largest contributor to this tribunal. We are frustrated, as you are, by the delays in the tribunal’s work. As we know, we must do better. Now that administrative improvements have begun, however, the tribunal should expedite cases through group trials and fulfill its historic mission.

We are prepared to help, among other things, with witness relocation, so that those who still fear can speak the truth in safety. And we will support the war crimes tribunal for as long as it is needed to do its work, until the truth is clear and justice is rendered.

Fifth, we must make it clear to all those who would commit such acts in the future that they too must answer for their acts, and they will. In Rwanda, we must hold accountable all those who may abuse human rights, whether insurgents or soldiers. Internationally, as we meet here, talks are underway at the United Nations to establish a permanent international criminal court. Rwanda and the difficulties we have had with this special tribunal underscores the need for such a court. And the United States will work to see that it is created.

I know that in the face of all you have endured, optimism cannot come easily to any of you. Yet I have just spoken, as I said, with several Rwandans who survived the atrocities, and just listening to them gave me reason for hope. You see countless stories of courage around you every day as you go about your business here, men and women who survived and go on, children who recover the light in their eyes remind us that at the dawn of a new millennium there is only one crucial division among the peoples of the Earth. And believe me, after over 5 years of dealing with these problems, I know it is not the divisions between Hutu and Tutsi or Serb or Croatian; and Muslim and Bosnian or Arab and Jew; or Catholic and Protestant in Ireland, or black and white. It is really the line between those who embrace the common humanity we all share and those who reject it.

It is the line between those who find meaning in life through respect and cooperation and who, therefore, embrace someone to look down on, someone to trample, someone to punish and, therefore, embrace war. It is the line between those who look to the future and those who cling to the past. It is the line between those who give up their resentment and those who believe they will absolutely die if they have to release one bit grievance. It is the line between those who confront every day with a clenched fist and those who confront every day with an open hand. That is the only line that really counts when all is said and done.

To those who believe that God made each of us in His own image, how could we choose the darker road? When you look at those children who greeted us as we got off that plane today, how could anyone say they did not want those children to have a chance to have their own children, to experience the joy of another morning sunrise, to learn the normal lessons of life, to give something back to their people? When you strip it all away, whether we’re talking about Rwanda or some other distant troubled spot, the world is divided according to how people believe they draw meaning from life.

And so I say to you, though the road is hard and uncertain and there are many difficulties ahead, and like every other person who wishes to help, I doubltless will not be able to do everything I would like to do, there are things we can do. And if we set about the business of doing them together, you can overcome the awful burden that you have endured. You can put a smile on the face of every child in this country, and you can make people once again believe that they should live as people were living who were singing to us and dancing for us today. That’s what we have to believe. That is what I came here to say. And that is what I wish for you.

Thank you, and God bless you.

NOTE: The President spoke at 12:25 p.m. at Kigali Airport. In his remarks, he referred to President Pasteur Bizimungu of Rwanda and his wife, Sarafina, and Vice President Paul Kagame and his wife, Janet. A tape was not available for verification of the content of these remarks.

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