The news has been circulating around that recently, a former top aid to Rwandan President Kagame and top RPF official Rose Kabuye was arrested in Germany per the arrest warrants issued by French Judge Jean-Louis Bruguière for the assassination of Juvenal Habyarimana, former Rwandan President, and Cypriene Ntaryamira, former Burundian President in 1994.
These arrest warrants are no joke people. I know Kagame et al are very comfortable and they think that just because they have the US’s backing that no one will challenge them. And anyone who does risks being labeled a genocidaire sympathizer. But that’s just empty propaganda meant to silence. Looks like Germany is not falling for that one.
This arrest signifies a stride towards carrying out justice no matter how politically incorrect it may seem to the rest of the world. Some of the greatest achievements in history have been reached by overcoming violent opposition from the status quo. If you are a Christian, think about JESUS!
The culprits who assassinated two African Presidents in a power hungry move that led to and contributed to the massive killings in Rwanda should all be rounded up and prosecuted. That includes the current Rwandan President Paul Kagame. Hopefully if the fullest extent of justice is carried through, perhaps the complicit, enabling parties, and partners in crime like Ugandan President Museveni, as well as former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and Bill Clinton and Albright will all be brought to Justice as well. However it is a long road, and it is uncertain how and what the arrest of Rose Kabuye means in the context of justice for the Rwandan genocide globally.
Germany played its role and arrested Rose Kabuye. It has not been a full week since Kabuye was arrested in Germany. However, as of today, a facebook group in her honor titled, “Support Rose Kabuye” has managed to attract over 800+ supporters for this criminal. That is 800+ people joining this group in support of a criminal who in large part is responsible for the mass murders during the Rwandan genocide. Yet many people are unabashedly standing up for her, and providing her with public support.
I am embarrassed to say that when I checked the number of signatures on the recent petition to President Elect Obama, asking again from the USA what Germany has done, there were hardly 300 signatures. I know that the official genocide story is pervasive, but I have a difficult time believing that less than three hundred people believe that the contents of that petitions are important enough to support, even with fear of prosecution. How is it, that a public facebook group, where people are shown with their pictures next to their names can have more public support than a hidden and protected list of people?
Look, I’ve been involved in this story for a while now, and have done a lot of research to know that anyone who criticizes the Rwandan government puts themselves at risk for who knows what. But that should not stop anyone from challenging, holding accountable, and doing what is right. Because having been involved in this story for a while now, I also know that by doing nothing, people are surely putting themselves at risk for who knows what as well.
The truth must and will come out. However, fierce support is needed from the community of people who are aware, and who are engaged. Everyone should be doing outreach, educating, and making sure to question discrepencies, lies and frabrications to this story. What Germany did was arrest one person. This means little to people who are unaware of what went on, and what still goes on in Rwanda. It is also hardly challenging the main story line that is perpetuated. What it does instead is put Germany at odds with Rwanda just like France. They get viewed as genocidaire sympathizers, and considering Germany’s past with genocide, this is not a good look.
One woman arrested? While we should celebrate, we should also keep in mind that there is a much bigger goal to reach, a much more difficult goal to attain than simply removing a few individuals off the street and incarcerating them. The story line must be changed and the record must be set straight. We do nothing by removing individuals, who will inevitably be replaced by other individuals, who in turn will perpetuate the same story line.
We challenge future President Obama not to follow in the footsteps of Bill and Hillary Clinton as well as Albright. And hearing how it is rumored that Hillary may become his Secretary of State, we must act swifly and aggressively to hold him accountable. There is a serious danger of reverting back to the Clinton policies of the 1990s. Even if Barack Obama has immediate African blood, he is American first, and will support American foreign policy. Therefore, we must challenge him. Let him know we will not stand for it. We should let him know that even if the Clintons are working for him, they should not have major influences on his foreign policies, which in the African context means, countless deaths and spilled African blood. We must have visibility and a presence in our communities not just when Germany arrests one of Kagame’s lackeys.