We belatedly bring our readers the last section of the amazing revelations concerning the leadership of President Paul Kagame of Rwanda. The authors of this article, Edward S Herman and David Peterson have written a book ‘Enduring Lies: The Rwandan Genocide in the Propaganda System, 20 Years Later (The Real News Books, 2014), which is now on sale in good bookshops around the world. In the final part here, they accuse Kagame of having been involved in the killing so far, of three African leaders. In addition to having already agreed with a BBC documentary on Rwanda that it was indeed Paul Kagame whose actions started the 1994 Rwanda genocide, the authors believe he is also not only responsible for assassinating Rwandan exiles but has ‘personally’ ordered the killing of at least 17 Rwanda Patriotic Army officers. Read on:
The list of former Kagame associates who eventually testified to Kagame’s responsibility for the shoot-down [of President Habyarimana’s plane in 1994] is impressively large; Peter Erlinder, the U.S. defense attorney and former lead defense counsel before the ICTR, estimates that the number “now exceeds eight,” but we suspect the total is considerably higher. But any number is especially impressive, given that former members of Kagame’s inner circle who provide such testimony, place themselves at great risk, as Kagame and some of his underlings have been regularly engaged in the permanent silencing of critics [e.g. Patrick Karegyeya].Estimates vary of the number of former allies who were later killed on orders from Kagame.
Particularly vulnerable and at highest-risk are figures who possess “knowledge of the regime’s darkest secrets and had themselves been involved in its crimes,” as Reyntjens puts it. Reyntjens quotes a former RPF member “exiled in Europe” who claims he was ordered to assassinate Kayumba Nyamwasa (who in fact has survived four assassination attempts), and could name 17 other former RPF officers “murdered on Kagame’s orders.” Anyone “considered a threat, Hutu and Tutsi alike, were physically eliminated.” Exiles from Kagame Power were eliminated either because they had knowledge of Kagame’s responsibility for the assassinations of the Rwandan and Burundian presidents in April1994, or because Kagame suspected them of disloyalty and plotting against him, or of leaking sensitive information to the world outside his base of supporters.
According to Reyntjens, Ruzibiza claimed the “physical elimination of over twenty military, in addition to several foreigners working in Rwanda who were suspected of having leaked information on RPF abuse….” Kagame is also implicated in the January 2001 assassination of yet a third head-of-state, Laurent-Désiré Kabila, Kagame’s handpicked successor to Mobutu after Rwanda and Uganda drove Mobutu from power in May 1997. In 2010, many of the most prominent surviving exiles from Kagame Power went on to found the Rwanda National Congress, and called for the end of the Kagame dictatorship, once and for all. But the establishment U.S. and U.K. media have rarely given Kagame’s regime of terror and assassination the attention that it deserves, paralleling the United States’ and Britain’s longtime support of Kagame, and of course the 38 slavishly follow the same apologetic silence on this matter.