“Rwanda needs to be led by someone who feels love for Rwandans in them, who has the patriotic spirit in them, who can fight for their country if necessary. Who can sacrifice their life for Rwandans if need be, who does not just care for themselves” – Yvonne Iryamugwiza Idamange (31.01.2021).
From Kigali there isn’t a bunch of people coming out with their rebuke of the regime. The ones who does usually ends up in legal trouble. For Yvonne Iryamugwiza Idamange dropped a Youtube Video on the 31st January 2021. Where she dared to address the government and its action. Now today, the Rwandan Police Force addressed the arrest of Yvonne. If the Police haven’t dropped a Press Release. This arrest wouldn’t have caught my eye. That is why I looked into it and I understand why she is behind bars.
She is not behind bars because she did something directly illegal. Maybe her words and her video sparked fury at Office of the President or anyone in-charge. Nevertheless, she just spoke her mind and the government couldn’t handle it. That is why she is charged with inciting public disorder. When someone get these charges the words being said should be very powerful.
What she said on the 31st January have been translated and here is a passage. That maybe was to close to home for the regime:
“It’s true that I agree with the fact of washing our hands and respecting the social distancing measures and not scattering everywhere, but however not forgetting the life of Rwandans. If the Cabinet Council decides that Rwandans should stay home ignoring that there are Rwandans who do not have what to eat, ignoring that ¾ of Rwandans get what to eat because they have gone out to work, that citizen you are taking care of facing coronavirus will die of hunger. What is the importance of that? You say that you assist us, you assist citizens when you urge them to stay home, what do you give them? The rotten bitter flour? Let me tell you that they cannot even make bread from that flour. Instead, they boil porridge from it because it has been impossible for them to eat bread from it. Do you really think that you are assisting that citizen or it’s the punishment?” (David Himbara – ‘Rwandan Women Will Liberate Rwanda – The Case of Idamange Iryamugwiza Yvonne’ 12.02.2021).
Because Yvonne dared to address the poverty and the regulations in concern to the pandemic. Yes, there is important with regulations and safeguard the public. Also, ensure they can live through it. She is basing it on the fact of the gig-economy and hustling to surviving. If you are living hand-to-mouth… then the state needs to provide extra of the basics when they are closing everything down. Something the government haven’t and that is why it’s hurt the pride of the regime.
This passage here was maybe even more direct and damaged someone’s calm:
“Those ordinary people, when they go out, are asked where they go, but you, no one asks you where you’re going. That is why you underestimate the problems of Rwandans. Those are words frustrating Rwandans, they are not words of a leader standing for Rwandans, you utter it while there are many who are hungry and have no way out. Therefore, for this issue of urging Rwandans to stay home, I as a Rwandan who dares to speak up, because I know there are so many who wish to say something but are afraid, I as a Rwandan who has overcome fear, I request the Rwandan Government to open doors for us so that we go out and work, and subsequently we care for ourselves and not depend on those minor quantities you are giving us, which are received but some and others are not reached” (David Himbara – ‘Rwandan Women Will Liberate Rwanda – The Case of Idamange Iryamugwiza Yvonne’ 12.02.2021).
Here she shows the dire reality of the fear of questioning the power and the regime itself. She wouldn’t have said this, if there wasn’t any truth to it. Yvonne dared to say these things and that is why she is behind bars. It all makes sense. Just by these passages alone.
FDU-Inkingi wrote a statement on the 8th February 2021 about her. It stated: “Instead of responding to the grievances exposed by MSIDAMANGE, the authorities remain silent and react by discreetly orchestrating a smear campaign against her through online newspapers close to the government such as Igihe.com and Rushyashya.com, as well as on social networks (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube etc.).At the same time, the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG), the state body fighting against genocide, published on 5/02/2021 a press release intended to intimidate her for exercising her freedom of expression,under the pretext that her criticism of government policies can be interpreted as propagating genocide ideology” (FDU-INKINGI – ‘THE AUTHORITIES IN RWANDA MUST OPENLY ASSUME THEIR RESPONSIBILITY TO TAKE CARE OF EVERYONE AND STOP PLAYING HIDE AND SEEK THAT EXERCERBATESCONFLICT AND INJUSTICE’ 08.02.2021).
It really says it all and the wordings of her speech is a reason in itself. That is why a 100,000 views was seen of the video within a few days. She has sparked not only interest, but she has sent red flags to the leadership. She dared to question them and do it in public. Yvonne has shown her courage and that she’s fearless. That is why she is now detained and charged.
However, her speech is only validated by it. As the state cannot be criticised and be questioned by the citizens. Because, if they do … then they are ending in the slammer. So much for a regime and a President getting 98,66% of the votes in the recent election. Peace.
The recent days the militants of the militia Red Tabara has caused headlines as they have crossed the borders of Burundi into Rwandan territory. Speculations into who supports them and such. Has been lasting long.
However, this week its clear, that Red Tabara is not at home in either of the Republics. As Red Tabara first fought Burundian Army in the Municipality of Kabarore in Kayanza Province and in Bukinanyana in Cibitoke Province on the 26th ad 27th September.
While the same fighters crossed from the skirmishes in Burundi into Rwanda. Where the Rwandan Defence Forces was ready to apprehend them.
As they stated in their Press Release: “On 29 September 2020, nineteen (19) Burundian combatants who identified themselves as members of Red Tabara armed group crossed from Burundi to Rwandan territory. The combatants, armed with guns, were apprehended in Nyungwe Forest, Ruheru Sector of Nyaruguru District where they are being held” (REF:RDF/MPR/A/07/10/20).
This means the militants isn’t home at either places. The CNDD-FDD calls Red Tabara a gang of “bandits” in their Communique de Presse on the 2nd October 2020.
What we are seeing is movement and actions made by the Red Tabara. They fought in Burundi, but got caught in Rwanda. A UN Report from 2019 stated that the militia has about 500 – 750 combatants. Therefore, the capture of 20 in Rwanda is a minor loss for the militia. They also have all their military training and recruitment in the high plains of Uvira in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
We can wonder what sort of aftermath this has. Clearly, the Burundian government is against this group and the Rwandan authorities have intercepted them. The Red Tabara works against the CNDD-FDD government and not against the RPF. Therefore, the ones wanting this behind bars are in Bujumbura or in Gitega and not in Kigali.
So, we have to see how this one plays out. If there will be more or if the Red Tabara will cross the borders of the DRC into Burundi again. Before fleeing after yet another attempt to weaken the armed forces of Burundi. Peace.
Well, in several of international and western publications, there been pieces of defence and of open disregard of this man’s action. Yes, Rusesabagina have held questionable company with motives to topple a government with the use of proxy arms. That is just a mere fact.
Paul Rusesabagina is a warlord in his own self and could be deemed a “terrorist” for his activities. That he has sponsored and connected various of armed militias in the Democratic Republic of Congo to attack Kigali and on Rwandan soil. This being through the FNL or MRCD. All of this with an effort to undermine and trying to get rid of President Paul Kagame.
Just because Kagame is supporting militias, using vile force against opponents and detains critics on the regular. Doesn’t equate to the righteousness of others to take arms and wanting to do a coup d’etat. I understand people want to get rid of their tyrant, their President for Life, but a peaceful transition should be the goal through civil disobedience and systemic destruction of society. In such a manner, which the revolution cannot be stopped and the forces against the man cannot be contained.
Alas, a military enterprise, a use of militia to do so. Is just a way of answering blood with more blood. There will just be another bloodshed before the dust is settled. The MRCD will only create new enemies and create another vacuum of force, as they cannot add to democratic values. Since, they would have taken over with guns and be similar to the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) which is at the helm today. Maybe, not with the same genocide and bloody war, but still they would have caused another civil war to get their way. That is all hypothetical, but still the end-game of gentlemen like Rusesabagina.
Rusesabagina with that knowledge shouldn’t be defended. They are calling him a humanitarian and is praising his role in “Hotel Rwanda”. Just because made a movie about you. That doesn’t save you from your sins. Yes, you did a good deed in the past, but in the present and lately, you have been associated and working with a violent aim.
Rusesabagina knows this and for some reason, some publications are eating out of his hand. Yes, Kagame is violent tyrant. He kills his critics, detains them and silence them. There is no denying in that and that his state is a vile attempt to use pressers to be called the “Switzerland of Africa”. The hegemony and peaceful plateau over the Great Lakes and the 1000 hills. Alas, we know that is lie.
Still, with that in mind. That doesn’t justify men like Rusesabagina. He is using the same tools, which Kagame employs in proxy and at home. When they are both hiring guns and doing the bidding of merchants of death. Then there is no peaceful return, there is no salvation and no way you can run away from the fact.
Rusesabagina is maybe able to influence the naive and the ones who is fans of Don Cheadle. His maybe even able to get a few lobbyist running a few miles for him. However, those stories doesn’t justify the means, which he was intending and using. The aggression and violence would only hurt civilians. One evil being answered with more evil will only cause more heartache and loss of innocent lives.
People shouldn’t hail or try to save the image of Rusesabagina. He has done this all by his own self. There is no need to salvage and spin the hurt. The damage is already done. The rest is just deflections. We need to be better than this and be able to hold two thoughts in our heads at the same time. Just because the regime is brutal, doesn’t mean we should accept brutality for its enemies as well. Because, how can we see the difference between who is good and who is bad? Peace.
Today Paul Rusesabagina, the man known from “Hotel Rwanda”. The leader of PDR-Ihumure who together with several of other groups went into form the Mouvement Rwandais pour le Changement Democratique (M.R.C.D) or Rwandan Movement For Democratic Change in March 2018.
Two years later his arrested, charged with terrorism and is paraded in Kigali. A man who has formed a political group and been part of the foundation to form a militia, a rebel group and a militant outfit with the sole basis of toppling Rwandan Patriotic Front and President Paul Kagame.
That has been known, because the founding documents was quickly leaked. The spoils of the war and the methods of warfare was also sending waves. The machinery behind the organization and the means. Came all out. All the members and the various groups who became the collective effort, named M.R.C.D.
Rusesabagina was stationed in Brussels, Belgium. Safely away from Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. Where the M.R.C.D and the powers remain. They have assaulted and attacked the Republic. Even at one point claimed they held a piece of it too. Alas, the militia must have gotten weaker. As this is the second big-fish the state has arrested.
Rusesabagina clearly underestimated the intelligence gatherings and the state apparatus. If not, he thought because of stature and known persona. That he could get away with this. Yes, I will not defend Kagame’s record nor his history. He has enough blood on his hands and cause enough havoc, pain and suffering over the years in power.
However, when you aim at a tyrant, you best not miss. You better keep you friends close and your enemies closer. Think five steps ahead and not two steps behind. Rusesabagina clearly didn’t get the memo.
Yes, his support of the militia and being part of it has caused bloodshed. It has caused harm and devastation. That was the sole cause of the operation anyway. It was not like they planned to hold a peaceful transition or participate in elections. No, these gentlemen wanted a coup and putsch. They wanted to use arms to get rid of the RPF and Kagame.
That is why he can use the state and the legitimacy as rule of law to arrest, detain and charge him of terrorism. They could even use “treason” and “treachery”. All of it would fit this sort of enterprise. Alas, the rebellion and the acts of violence is now haunting him.
This is weakening the M.R.C.D as they have lost Callixte Nsabimana aka Sankara, the spokesperson of the militia already. Now, they have lost a political operative and possible face of it. That means most of the armed brigade and the ones from FNL/FDLR and CNRD might be left to run it.
We can only speculate. However, for Kagame, this is a victory. He got one of the men aiming for his head. Kagame can knowingly celebrate, that yet another one is out of the game. He got him and he can ensure his demise. Kagame has won again.
Rusesabagina made his bed and he got to sleep in it. You cannot go after someone as cunning as Kagame and think he will do it softly. Especially, when you do it with arms. He even kills musicians mercilessly in custody. What do you think he would do with militants? Let them sing hymns?
No, he will let them suffer and let them repent in the after-life. Peace.
This isn’t the first time a sponsored militia goes separate ways. The Forces Democratiques de Liberation du Rwanda (FDLR) have created many different outfits and the biggest currently of those is the Rwandan Movement for Democratic Change (MRCD).
In July this year the Rwanda National Congress is split into two parts. This being the RNC run by Kayumba Nyamwasa, who has support from Kampala. While in Canada, the diaspora of RNC have launched the Rwanda Alliance for Change (RAC) on the 6th July 2020. The signatories to the manifesto, which is also online is Bellamin Bakamira, Tabitha Gwiza, Achille Kamana, Anicet Karege, Saleh Musoni Karuranga, Pacifique Mukobwajana, Dr. Etienne Ndagijimana, Jean Paul Turayishimye and Benoit Umuhoza.
Clearly Nyamwasa is losing his support in Canada and that is weakening the RNC. The RNC have been run by him and with his orders. That has over time caused friction and therefore, the new one is created. We can wonder, if the diaspora based RAC will try to convene a meeting in Kisoro or elsewhere in Uganda too. As the RNC have been recruiting in Uganda.
The MRCD is already weakened, as they caused issues for Kigali last year. However, we can wonder how the operations are going. As they have been known for attacks from Burundi. While the RNC have only lost people after high ranking officials held talks in Uganda last year.
This has all created diplomatic entanglements between Kigali and Kampala. As the proxy wars are hitting home. The Kigali based diplomats wants Kampala to stop supporting efforts to undermine their reign. While Kampala doesn’t listen to it. They are continuing it.
We can wonder, other then t he main objective to topple the Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF). Like all of these outfits are claiming is their will. While they cannot work together for too long.
Now that its another militia with goal and objectives in the sphere. That for some reason will be around. We can wonder how big it is and where it will recruit. Even the manpower and their planned operation. Other than going after the RPF and President Kagame.
The only looser here is Nyamwasa and his allies. They are loosing support and getting another competition. While Kigali will get it easier, as there are smaller fractions and will have less suction. It will also be easier for intelligence operations get a whiff of what is going on.
However, we cannot know until more information is out. Clearly, there are shady works being done behind closed doors. Nevertheless, 2020 continues to deliver and we can wonder what costs the RAC will have. Peace.