By Henry D Gombya
Presidents Yoweri Museveni and Paul Kagame (glasses) join other dignitaries including former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and former Ireland President Mary Robinson during the 20th commemoration of the 1994 Rwanda genocide at Amahoro Stadium in Kigali.
Speeches made Monday during the 20th commemoration of the Rwanda genocide in Kigali by President Paul Kagame and his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni have been ridiculed as being an “alchemy of militaristic threats, myths, deceptions and denials”.
Speaking at the event which took place in Amahoro, the Kigali National Stadium where in 1994 thousands of Rwandans took refuge, barely escaping the murder and rape that stalked the country, President Kagame said, among other things, that the truth about the genocide “must be told in full, no matter how uncomfortable”.
In what is clearly the hardest hitting response yet to Kagame’s 20-year rulership, his former Chief of Staff and Ambassador to the United States, Dr Theogene Rudasingwa, has written a reply, a copy of which was emailed to The London Evening Post in which he has thoroughly discounted what both leaders said about those believed to have carried out the genocide. In a sort of language that not many Rwandans inside the country dare use against President Kagame, Dr Rudasingwa, who was among the Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) leadership that planned and carried out the invasion of Rwanda from Uganda on October 1, 1990 to embark on the overthrow of the Juvenal Habyarimana regime said: “The people who carried out genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and continuing human rights abuses were, and still are, Rwandans. And those Rwandans include Paul Kagame who provided a trigger for the genocide (the shooting down of President Habyarimana plane) [his brackets], and his leading role in the war crimes, crimes against humanity, and even possible acts of genocide against the Hutu in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). That is the truth to be told.”
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