By Noble Marara
As a Rwandan, I feel compelled to apologize to our neighbors from the East African Community for the hysteric antics of our President, Mr Paul Kagame .
To put it bluntly , the man has lost the plot as you can see from the clearly deranged rendition of his opening remarks at his ( dreaded ) 16th Leaders retreat .
Over the past few years , the east African Community and the great lakes region in general have been the theater of disputes and tensions that , as it happens , always involve Mr Kagame .
Mr Kagame who “ will not be brought to his knees “ as he said , has nonetheless imposed the same to his people . He demands sycophantic loyalty and diligent praise . He tolerates no criticism , constructive as it may be . He is THE State . He Rules over Rwanda like one does over personal property and those who do not agree with him are hunted and either jailed or assassinated even when they choose to self exile.
This is what happened to Mr Seth Sendashonga , a man of integrity that Mr Kagame now proudly brags to having eliminated because ” he crossed the line ” .
Mr Sendashonga’s only wrong, like many after him was to call Mr Kagame’s human rights violations to his attention .
The recent border crisis between Rwanda and Uganda points the finger at Mr Kagame’s increasing loss of control and failure to rationalize with regards to the seriousness of governance and of matters such as regional trade .
Rwanda and Rwandans have tolerated Kagame ‘s mental health situation for years but it is now clear that he cannot be contained and needs a sleeping dart .
With this apology to our brothers and sisters within the East African Community , I call on neighbouring heads of government to help Mr Kagame before he plunges the region in a suicidal conflict.