People must bring a machete, a spear, an arrow, a hoe, spades, rakes, nails, truncheons, electric irons, barbed wire, stones, and the like, in order, dear listeners, to kill the Rwandan Tutsis. - From a Radio station in Congo.
The fact that a Tutsi was elected president for the first time by Hutus, Tutsis and Twas is proof that these communities have reconciled themselves after the genocide.His election is a good thing for Rwanda.- A resident of Rwanda in 2003, after Kagame won the elections.
But soon we had 130,000 in jail—and many more outside,The genocide in our country involved a huge percentage of our population, both in terms of those who were killed and those who killed.
His commitment to free trade and private enterprise, was what made Kagame, the darling of the Western leaders, with high praise from Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, as well as media figures like Fareed Zakaria. All the effusive praise, cannot however unmask an appalling human rights record which is one of the worst in Africa. Paul Kagame actually makes Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, seem a paragon of free speech, democracy and human rights, and that says a lot. Rwanda is ranked by Reporters Without Borders as the worst place for journalists along with N.Korea, Syria, Myanmar and Yemen, certainly not company of which one would be proud . This article by African Dictator says it a lot of the lack of press freedom in Rwanda. Most of the independent press has been suspended, and Kagame has followed the Chinese, in allowing the Net, but censoring it for his own advantage. In June 2010 Jean-Léonard Rugambage a Rwandan editor of Umuvugizi, one of their leading newspapers was shot dead in front his residence. Rugambage had been one of Kagame's harshest critics, and was about to expose him in an attempted murder of Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa, a former Army General, who had fallen out with Kagame. Add to it Kagame's use of child soldiers in the conflict in Congo, and worse of all the excesses during the 2010 election. André Kagwa Rwisereka his political opponent in the elections belonging to the Democratic Green Party was found murdered and beheaded. These were just some of the more high profile cases, there have been thousands of ordinary Rwandans, political dissidents, journalists, reporters, who have simply disappeared.