By Henry D Gombya
The killing of more than a million Rwandans during the 1994 Rwanda Genocide must be blamed squarely on the shoulders of the Uganda Government for having invaded Rwanda in 1990 as well as the Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) that allegedly shot down the aircraft in which then Rwanda President Juvenal Habyarimana and his Burundi counterpart Cyprien Ntaryamira lost their lives as they returned from Arusha in Tanzania where both leaders had been attending a one-day regional heads of state summit that discussed, among other things, a peace agreement that Habyarimana had signed allowing the RPF to be integrated in his government.
This was said by Mr Paul Rusesabagina whose protection of fleeing Rwandans in a hotel in Rwanda was made into the film “Hotel Rwanda’. In an exclusive interview with The London Evening Post, Mr Rusesabagina who now leads the opposition Party for Democracy in Rwanda – Ihumurwe, said Uganda’s invasion of Rwanda on October 1, 1990, led to the massacres four years later that will be commemorated in April for the 20th time.
Between 2500 and 4000 Ugandan troops led by senior officers of the Uganda National Resistance Army among whom was Paul Kagame who was then the chief of Uganda’s army intelligence but is now the Rwandan leader, invaded Rwanda after crossing from Western Uganda. They then formed themselves into the Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) which was made up of officers and men who had been fighting in Uganda since 1980 and had just helped now President Yoweri Museveni overthrow the governments of then President Milton Obote and Gen Tito Okello Lutwa.
In our second interview of the month where we will be talking to various stake holders and those that were on the scene during the Rwanda massacres and witnessed one of Africa’s worst mass killings that took place on 6 April 1994, Mr Rusesabagina who has been honoured the world over for his bravery during the 100 days of the Rwanda genocide during which he saved the lives of 1268 frightened Rwandans by hiding them in Hôtel des Mille Collines where he was General manager of a sister hotel, Hotel Diplomat, warned that Rwanda is tittering on the verge of yet another genocide that will take place unless there is a change of leadership.