Could Rwanda’s Paul Kagame be Africa’s worst ‘serial killer?’

Laurent-Desire Kabila was assassinated in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic Congo allegedly on orders of President Kagame. He became the alleged third African head of state allegedly ordered killed by Kagame.
Laurent-Desire Kabila was assassinated in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic Congo allegedly on orders of President Kagame. He became the  third African head of state allegedly ordered killed by Kagame.

We use a similar method in Enduring Lies, taking Rwanda census data breakdowns of Tutsi and Hutu numbers as of August 1991, and post-July 1994 estimates of Tutsi survivors ranging from 300,000 to 400,000. Without going into too many details here, we found that, for example, on the assumption of 800,000 total deaths for the period April through July, 1994, plausible estimates of Hutu and Tutsi deaths ranged from between 100,000 and 200,000 Tutsi deaths, and between 600,000 and 700,000 Hutu deaths. We also show, again relying on the logic of Davenport and Stam’s method, the crucial lesson that (quoting from our book) “the greater the total number of deaths, the greater the number of Hutu deaths overall, and the greater the percentage comprised of Hutu.”

Hence, the following crucial exchange between Corbin and Stam:

Allan Stam: If a million people died in Rwanda in 1994—and that’s certainly possible—there is no way that the majority of them could be Tutsi.

Jane Corbin: How do you know that?

Allan Stam: Because there weren’t enough Tutsi in the country.

Jane Corbin: The academics calculated there had been 500,000 Tutsis before the conflict in Rwanda; 300,000 survived. This led them to their final controversial conclusion. Allan Stam: If a million Rwandans died, and 200,000 of them were Tutsi, that means 800,000 of them were Hutu.

Jane Corbin: That’s completely the opposite of what the world believes happened in the Rwandan genocide.

Allan Stam: What the world believes, and what actually happened, are quite different.

Notice the conditional “if” with which Stam begins his explanation. He could have stated “If 500,000 people died,” or “If 2 million people died,” and their method would have generated different results. It is also notable that the 38 dismiss Davenport and Stam simply as academics who “worked for a team of lawyers defending the génocidaires at the ICTR”. In fact, Davenport and Stam started work in Rwanda under the auspices of the U.S. Agency for International Development, and at one time Stam served in the U.S. Army Special Forces. And the defense counsels before the ICTR often were defending clients eventually found to be innocent of all charges, but here the same clients are found guilty in advance by the 38, who call all of them “génocidaires,” and would presumably deny them the right to defend themselves.

The 38 are also pained by the BBC2’s raising doubts over whether Paul Kagame’s RPF stopped the genocide. They quote Lt Gen Roméo Dallaire, the Canadian force commander of UNAMIR, as the “authority on this subject.” “Dallaire is categorical,” the 38 write. “‘The genocide was stopped because the RPF won and stopped it’, he says.” This is actually a bit ambiguous because the mass killings could have stopped because the powerful army then conquering Rwanda—the RPF—had won its war and could itself stop doing the killing. We have elsewhere cited the report by Robert Gersony to the United Nations claiming that in several of Rwanda’s southern prefectures he found an “unmistakable pattern” of “systematic and sustained killing and persecution of their civilian Hutu populations by the RPF,” with between 5,000 and 10,000 Hutu killed per month.

4 thoughts on “Could Rwanda’s Paul Kagame be Africa’s worst ‘serial killer?’

  • November 20, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    A very well-written article. Indeed, it is a pity the world has been fooled too much and nearly too long on the Rwandan case especially about the events in the 1990s. “Enduring lies” – this is indeed a proper term. Maybe the truth will eventually triumph? And lies and liars on Rwanda’s case are still there: An economic miracle, an economic model in Africa, a clean city, etc. And yet, the majority of the population can hardly afford one meal a day! When will the donors to Rwanda be able to find out the truth behind cleverly doctored reports ? The practice of producing fabricated data in reports is very well-known in Kinyarwanda as “GUTEKINIKA”. Of course, Westerners do not know this, or the simply ignore it!

  • November 21, 2014 at 1:51 am

    Rwandans know very well how this president is a serial killer. Not only he kills, but also his political system is all about lies. Western countries are very manipulated by his propaganda and lies .Kagame will do everything he can to keep power and to manipulate the western people who don`t know who he is . Rwandans suffer a lot under his criminal dictatorship but his admirers continue to defend and praise him. Why ? Are lives of Rwandans, being killed or kidnapped for unknown destination, not worth of respect and protection like other human beings on the earth ?

  • November 21, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    The truth must be said. Paul Kagame is nothing else than a serial killer. Why is he still on power and supported by the West? Many Rwandans, especially Hutu, have been seeking justice for a long time, and they hope that this man will soon go to ICC.


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