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March 16th, 2010
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Rwandan President Paul Kagame generated passionate feedback among the Amanpour audience.  While some defended his posture, others felt he was in the wrong and made strong accusations against him.  Overall, the reactions offered a mixed result that highlighted a very definite stance, either in favor of President Kagame or completely against him.

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Comments about Rwandan Pres. Paul Kagame

Gabriel Ameke Mcben Why are we always having issues with leadership in Africa? Selfish, corrupt, power-drunk and wicked leaders dominate the African continent.

Patrick Lumumba Kagame`s Rwanda has has 0 tolerance on graft,aid projects reach the rural poor and an efficient central government...his leadership style should be based on social,economic and political progress that Rwanda has achieved under his administration given it`s turbulent history... 

Collins Ifeanyi Nwokedi am in surpport of his leadership,if all africa president wll act like him i think is better

Fernando Gimenez He is an hypocrite. He supports Omar al-Bashir, and says that any action against him is a case of "selective justice", he rathers try American soldiers.

Arthur Ake Ngenzi Uzarama He is africa's worst war criminal responsible for killing 500.000 hutu refugees in Congo plus 6 millions congolese people. He is indicted for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and terroism by spanish justice (same judge who indicted Pinochet). His place in The hague to be judged for all his crimes...

Kimberly Vogel NO – it was Mugabe (Zimbabwe) who insulted the Archbishop. Paul Kagame is a great leader and a model of effective governance in Africa.

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  1. Cyomoro

    Kagame is a great leader.He stopped the killings of Tutsi by Hutus in the terrible genocide of our time that killed more than million tutsis while the international community was watching.He did not revange and kill Hutus, instead he let them go free and they are now killing a few Tutsis who survived. He save those Hutus but they are making noise around the world about him.He is the Hutus savior.They should love him.The only thing Kagame should do is to call his camarades of struggle;General Kayumba and others for reconciliation for the sake of survivor of the tutsis in Rwanda.Please Kagame you need to reconcile with Kayumba.Kayumba is a good man.
    Your son Cyomoro!

    March 17, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Reply
  2. John

    Paul Kagame is a ruthless dictator. He is a manipulator and has succeeded in portraying himself as a good guy. More and more reports about his crimes are coming out. Millions and millions who died at his hands, one day they will get the justice they deserve.

    March 18, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Reply
  3. Jeremy

    Unbelievable !!! The words from the named Cyomoro( son of Kagame???..I strongly doubt) are very racial and full of extremism and hatred.The guy who wrote that comment is already on the wrong way of history and he needs psychological therapy.

    March 18, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Reply
  4. peter

    Western powers’ interests in the Great lakes’ region shouldn’t be mutually exclusive to those of the population of DRC, Rwanda and Burundi. However it seems so when they support a such ruthless dictator. Kagame is the region’s Shah of Iran, and a reincarnation of Stalin. The support he receives is a grave error that must be urgently, peacefully, and skillfully corrected. There are alternative.

    March 18, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Reply
  5. Alice Umutesi

    Kagame is a liar. He is the one who occasioned the Tutsi genocide that took away my parents. Why didn't he accept powersharing after Arusha accord? He opted for power instead of lives of a million of the Tutsi people. He will pay for it.

    March 18, 2010 at 9:41 pm | Reply
  6. ignace mujaribu

    From: Ignace mujaribu,Rwandan, March 19th, 2010 140 GMT

    Hello,Amanpour and netters,
    1.Thanks to Kagame for his develpment programme of Kigali city,the mirror of foreigners,but main problems remain in rural area out of the capital Kigali,people are suffering with malnutrition,hungry,no clean water...
    2. In matter of tutsi-genocide,yes killings have stopped after RPA Kagame's forces took with control of power,but with many hutu killings 300.000(war crimes,crimes against humanity) done by RPF forces non judged and abroad DRCongo estimated 5 millions.
    Aquestion is why Kagame did he give 48 h ultimatum to MINUAR forces to live and go out quickly from Rwanda pending the tutsi genocide?there is record with public testimony ?
    3. Why Kagame does do economic business in names of his ruling party RPF companies of the high known "TRISTAR" in every business?He has two luxury jets in South Africa rented by Rwanda gvt
    4. Is it to correct for international community (USA,UK,UE,UN etc)eyes that Kagame has to maintain autoritarian full power of kill every person he wants or saving life to one?untill when?
    Is it sure?that universal main principes of democracy(independ strong,free,competent democratic institutions honestly elected) and basic universal human rights are not incompatible with real democracy?
    Kagame must be forced to be a democrat,honest leader by their foreigners supporters, organise by an independent commission,free and fair elections,withoud a lot of frauds like it has been in all past form of elections,promote basic civil and political human rights.

    March 19, 2010 at 1:59 am | Reply
  7. ORANGE Walter Babinga

    he was no able to answer in a logical way and he felt like the journalist was against his system while she wanted to point out the truth and only the truth.
    Leaders, especially african shall be ready to answer ta different questio regarding their manner of governance especially in mateer concerning political space.

    March 19, 2010 at 5:44 am | Reply
  8. Neza

    Alice do you know your self? Do you believe in your self, do you aspire for the future? Are your parents worthy of you where they are now? When you answer these questions come back to the forum with whatever comments you want to make.

    God bless you!!

    March 19, 2010 at 6:27 am | Reply
  9. Rugamba Rukabu

    Poeple who are not rwandan can not understand how liar Kagame is. He tends to show him self as a savior of rwandan people, especialy tutsis.Insteady he is the root cause of all the problems rwanda is now facing. He is the most brutal dictator that we have ever had, a man who can not even tolerate a mere opponent like Ntaganda!!! Shame to you Paul!! the history will judge you

    March 19, 2010 at 11:31 am | Reply
  10. Jacques

    Shame on you-I mean someone who tried to blackmail our young cadet-Ivan Cyomoro Kagame:

    By simple logic, the first comment on this blog-by someone who disguised as the son of the President and called himself/herself "Cyomoro" is a malicious move by a terrible extremist who is misguided. If you believe in what you are saying say who you are and leave alone the young boy! Your friend Kayumba is being haunted by the crimes he committed! If anything he should apologize to all Rwandans and RPF!
    By the way if Kagame wanted to put Kayumba into Custody who stopped him?? Why did people waste time to call him for the purpose of warning him and asking him to behave as a patriot, a practice that has been used to shape many of our freedom fighters and liberators! Why run away today? The guy has a mansion in SA and you are just making a noises I guess in an apartment in Europe, US or Canada…

    Rwanda shall continue to thrive regardless of such hopeless noises

    March 19, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Reply
  11. Imenagitero

    President Paul Kagame is a great leader who is envied by many. Short of arguments, his enemies would rather prefer to tarnish his image. Kagame is loved and admired throughout the country for bringing peace, stability and prosperity to Rwanda. He spearheads policies that have made Rwanda a shining star in Africa in the shortest time possible. The likes of Kayumba have no place in the new focused Rwanda. Kayumba’s nepotism, intrigues, divisionism and greed puts him out of place.

    March 19, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Reply
  12. Abdul Nzaramba

    The General who is being irked by his own horrible terrorist charges and deceitful acts thus can not be related to this young man, who has nothing to do with Kayumba’s tourist enterprise.

    Let the mess Kayumba himself created “serious criminal activities” splash against him. Regrettably what most people tend to forget is that Kayumba being an army General and a former Diplomat makes him immune from criminal activities himself orchestrated, most especially terrorism in the expenses of his own interests. Rwandans are aware that security in this country is affixed on a solid foundation and nothing can terrorize it.

    The persistent rumor on blog will save nothing to the self claimed “Cyomoro’s remarks” but expose him/her myopic mind to link Cyomoro and Kayumba. The achievements registered in the last sixteen years that have attracted the attention of analyst’s world politicians, and academics will not be hindered in anyway by Kayumba’s disclosed criminal activities and we have no doubt that we shall shrive as these criminals likes of Kayumba and his gang get unveiled to the public and the international community.

    I am a retired RDF Lieutenant who fought decisive battles and defeated the enemies both during NRA, 1990-1994 RPF war and 1996 Congo war with genocidal forces, we shall not fail to fight again for our country in case we are faced with terroristic acts of Nyamwasa’s and the gang.

    Nyamwasa should therefore beg for forgiveness to all Rwandans with no exception of the President Kagame, whom he let down in an attempt to create instability in the country. However, this doesn’t wave him from the arm of justice.

    March 19, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Reply
  13. Jeremy

    Jacques, Imenagitero, and Abdul Nzaramba

    Don`t be so fanatics. I don`t know how old you are but history will tell you and teach you to be honest and just. I am rwandan like you and maybe older than you.I saw many things happenig in our country. You are just saying and acting like those who are named "interahamwe" that were so fanatics to the level of making a president and his system an idol despite his failures and critics against him. The tribal passion pushes you too far to despise your fellow rwandans who don`t have same opinions like you. If history doesn`t teach you to be a good citizen and to live in ahrmony with one another and to avoid mistakes of the past ,then,you are on the wrong way. Extremism and hatred won`t solve any problem but on the contrary will create many more issues and tragedies. Come back on your senses and be who you are to be ...righteous rwandans who are able to give a good example to their peers and the generation behind them.Learn to say no to what is bad and yes to what is good then you will have a good vision of what is going on in our country. Don`t be so fanatics!!!!

    March 20, 2010 at 12:26 am | Reply
  14. Proud Rwandan

    I am appalled by this senseless and deceitful act by someone posing as the President’s son and using this platform to post comments of extreme ignorance and blatant propaganda. There is no surprise that these kinds of distractions would arise as President Kagame prepares for reelection. Rwanda has made significant progress as a country which includes the administration that governs it as well as it current residents, many of which have resettled after years of living outside the country. Kagame receives praise from the global community and from within the continent for his leadership skills. In my opinion, good leaders have to make tough decisions and then take action. He has taken such action with vigilance, determination and with the best interests of the Rwandan people in mind. Rwanda has become a symbol of economic growth, peace and security, business development, and good governance. Contrary to the human rights critics, President Kagame and his administration have established an effective system of criminal justice, democracy, and social progress. Kagame is a brilliant and extraordinary leader. By surrounding himself with some of the savviest businessmen in the world, Kagame is setting and achieving some very ambitious goals to make Rwanda a knowledge-based economy with a thriving economy. He deserves credit for the work that he has done not criticism for the policies he uses. He gets the job done.

    March 20, 2010 at 12:58 am | Reply
  15. Tabaro

    . Anybody with a good head on his/her shoulder will understand this fiasco for what it is-BLACKMAIL!!!! Pure and simple in its oldest and darkest cocoon. I have been an avid observer of this senseless drama as it unfolds. Cyomoro addressing his dad that way? Not in our culture! I can bet this guy-I mean whoever wrote the first comment on this blog-Pretending to be the son of President Kagame is a foreigner and I am blessed with smelling the source of these kinds of hypocritical and malicious moves! Soon or later you will be uncovered from your cocoon! President Kagame is a leader with tremendous integrity and honesty. He is determined to enforce national laws and make leaders accountable and responsible for what they do. Bloggers know full well that Kagame gave everybody enough time to understand his language; the language of accountability and some of them like Kayumba thought that the man will not walk the talk!! Now he and his fellow thieves are excruciating in a self imposed exile! They should instead apologize rather than asking Kagame to reconcile! Kagame and any good leader cannot be compromised by the wrong doers!!
    Kayumba profusely accumulated wealth in unthinkable ways. I am told he has villas, and factories within and outside Rwanda. A proverb in Kinyarwanda goes like this (direct translation)-“The Lion kills your child and it becomes furious than you”. How can Kayumba and his friends conspire against our government and steal taxpayers money and then become more furious than the President and Rwandans? Unacceptable!!!.
    Kagame we support you in this war against corrupt public servants and together we shall win! Ignore this digital media frenzy and focus on building our country!!

    March 20, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Reply
  16. Saimons

    Tabaro, I think you are right the comment could have been made by a foreigner trying to create confusion to the readers. I am an American and I have met with President Kagame and his family. I know his wife Jeanette and their four kids. Their up bringing is incredible. It is a wonderful family!! Cyomoro can’t write that stupid comment full of extremism and primitive arguments, he is a well behaved boy who enjoys being with his family! But assume the blogger was a Rwandan, who cares! Prersident Kagame employed Kayumba and he is well positioned to know the behavior of his employee-Plus Kagame has fostered reconciliation among Rwandans and I think nobody has any moral authority to teach him anything on this subject!!! His dedication to make his country a better place to live is unwavering! Leave alone the boy, West Point is good but a tough school, he needs to be focused, so give him a break!!

    March 20, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Reply
  17. Brendan

    Anybody with a good head on his/her shoulder will understand this fiasco for what it is-BLACKMAIL!!!! Pure and simple in its oldest and darkest cocoon. I have been an avid observer of this senseless drama as it unfolds. Cyomoro addressing his dad that way? Not in our culture! I can bet this guy-I mean whoever wrote the first comment on this blog-Pretending to be the son of President Kagame is a foreigner and I am blessed with smelling the source of these kinds of hypocritical and malicious moves! Soon or later you will be uncovered from your cocoon! President Kagame is a leader with tremendous integrity and honesty. He is determined to enforce national laws and make leaders accountable and responsible for what they do. Bloggers know full well that Kagame gave everybody enough time to understand his language; the language of accountability and some of them like Kayumba thought that the man will not walk the talk!! Now he and his fellow thieves are excruciating in a self imposed exile! They should instead apologize rather than asking Kagame to reconcile! Kagame and any good leader cannot be compromised by the wrong doers!!
    Kayumba profusely accumulated wealth in unthinkable ways. I am told he has villas, and factories within and outside Rwanda. A proverb in Kinyarwanda goes like this (direct translation)-“The Lion kills your child and it becomes furious than you”. How can Kayumba and his friends conspire against our government and steal taxpayers money and then become more furious than the President and Rwandans? Unacceptable!!!.
    Kagame we support you in this war against corrupt public servants and together we shall win! Ignore this digital media frenzy and focus on building our country!!

    March 20, 2010 at 8:20 pm | Reply
  18. J.N

    Dear Amanpour,

    You asked Kagame a question about Ingabire umuhoza Victoire and her party FDU, the one of the answer he gave you has made to move on to the other question sequences of our programme, as viewers I thought you we satisfied by his lie answer. In this matter would you one day give Ingabire umuhoza Victoire of FDU-Inkingi to explain herself on the underlined issue?



    March 20, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Reply
  19. Clemence

    JN, Imagine a brainless lady like Victoire Ingabire appearing on Amanpour! She is seriously lacking a political vision. I don't know who advised this woman! How can you live in Europe for a decade and half and still be stuck in divisive politics! Why didn't she challenge Mr. Kagame and his government on the basis of policy issues? I am pretty sure that she realized that on that front she has no point! Ethnicity is the only card she can easily play as her parents and grandparents did! Any conventional wisdom could have helped her to learn from the history. But I am reminded that racism/ hate is hard to cure. She still has the hangover. I know Amanpour is a high profile journalist and it would be demeaning to bring her to the level of Victoire!

    March 21, 2010 at 3:25 am | Reply
  20. Hakiza

    Anybody tampering with our unity should be harshly dealt with. I don't understand when Kagame claims to be tough with criminals especially corrupt individuals and those attempting to divide our nation, yet this lady Victoire Ingabire is still at large when she publicly touched a very sensitive national security issue-Inciting the public using ethnicity card. Someone must be kidding me by asking for a world platform to do the same. Amanpour cannot do that for a well known FDLR ally- a terrorist organization in Eastern DRC-Refer to the recent UN report implicating Ingabire in FDLR operations: The lady must go to prison period!!

    March 21, 2010 at 3:38 am | Reply
  21. Jeremy

    So called "Tabaro, Saimons , Brendan , Proud Rwandan

    You are just liars and you try to hide your extremism but you must know that you wont hide the truth for ever.Saimons,you are a rwandan even if you may have gotten the citizenship of the USA,but your heart and your whole life are still attached to rwanda and the tribal tensions and hatred. Your style and your vocabulary betray you.Don`t lie man!!!!

    March 21, 2010 at 3:44 am | Reply
  22. JN

    Clemence, CNN Television is the for everyone if Kagame can appear on CNN, must be the same to Ingabire of FDU party. People who are playing the ethnicity card are the one who are afraid to talk about it, 16 years Government Kagame praying the same card! Let me tell you It will requires a lot of courage to challenge RPF and Kagame and people like you (Clemence). Ingabire commitment is an inspiration for so many Rwandans if you are not aware, young and old! Ingabire is also aware that it won't be easy for her, but at the end, with support of Rwandans all forces and efforts she has made will be channelled towards bringing reconciliation, peace and prosperity in Rwanda. That's aim of Ingabire, we need true reconciliation, democracy. Development (if is there anyway!!) without peace won't help us at all.

    March 21, 2010 at 11:46 am | Reply
  23. Ciro

    Finally, history will tell us that Kagame is not tbe good man some of his supporters suppose to be. All to do is to wait... and we will see.

    March 21, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Reply
  24. Jeremy

    May God save Rwandans from dictatorship and ethnic hatred. We need a country where all people are equal before the law and have equal opportunities to build up their country. Justice,peace,democracy and true reconciliation,this is my dream for Rwanda.

    March 21, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Reply
  25. AScrantonian

    Real data from a recent Washington Post editorial on Kagame's Rwanda:

    "Rwanda is one of the few nations in the developing world spending more on education than on the military. Kagame re-wrote the constitution such that his party cannot have more than 50 percent of the seats in parliament. Though Kagame is from one ethnic group, his Prime Minister and 70 percent of his cabinet are from the other. Thirty percent of elected officials at the level of municipality, parliament, and cabinet are required to be women; and a world-leading 56 percent of parliament is now women. The country is secure and the World Bank's Doing Business report recognized Rwanda as the greatest reforming nation in the world last year."

    March 21, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Reply
  26. John Mbarutso

    The question is: can you have this debate and express all these diverse opinions on issues inside Rwanda? If you can, whichever side you are on, then you have an answer if Kagame is the savior or not. Rwandans can chose to kill each other or stop this nonsense! Today you may be victim or perpetrator, but you don't know what the future reserves for you, your children or relatives. We can continue to lie to ourselves or not. Kinyarwanda say: "Na nyina w'undi abyara umuhungu" Whatever you are, today may be me, tomorrow may be your turn! If we can think this way, we might be able to solve all nonsenses that went on and still going on in country.

    March 22, 2010 at 1:42 am | Reply
  27. John Mbarutso

    I can tell many of the people in this debate were not even in Rwanda during the genocide. You do not represent any side, you are just fanatics and don't have a clue of what was the real pain to people who were in Rwanda. One thing I learned, perpetrators did kill, but they did not get what they really wanted! Where are they? Happy today? They have been running and don't have any place to go! Kagame is not a victim of genocide! His family is intact and lives a happy life! What does Kagame has in common with the victims of the genocide? Just being Tutsi? I think extremists should actually learn from Interahamwe! What they did has really a good teaching for those who might be in the same box! Not necessarily killing, but any other evil plan towards other people! Whoever you are and whichever side you are on!

    March 22, 2010 at 1:57 am | Reply
  28. Solomon Gabiro

    Off course far less attention has been paid to Kagame’s achievements by his anti-regime campaigners, why is this hard to understand?, simply because they are failures and Kagame is a winner, who has just accomplished most of developmntal things in Rwanda with in no time. For Kagame opposers a good Rwanda is chaotic one. Kagame will never and never tolerate corruption, indiscipline and politics of ethnicity in whatever institution. Following Kayumba’s escape, Kigali regime anti-fanatics thought that, the worst was coming to the worst, Mind you this is undermining Rwandese way of thinking, to the expense of just one man. No man is above the law nor do we ask any man's permission when we ask him to obey it. Kagame is here to stay, provided we are proud of what he is doing not only in Rwanda, graeatlakes region but Africa in general, longlive Kagame. To hell with the genocidal ideology of Ingabire and supportrs, terrorist activities of Nyamwasa and the gang.

    March 22, 2010 at 3:56 am | Reply
  29. Tabaro

    In the last 7 years President Kagame received countless awards in the eyes of JN, Jeremy and others. It is hurting, isn't it? These awards came from top international organizations nobody can dispute this fact! Ngo uwabuze icyo anegura inka aravuga ngo "Dore igicebe cyayo"

    Listen, Kagame is a strong leader with qualities of true statesman, his will comes from unshakable confidence in being right and in doing what is in the best of interest of all the citizens. He will not sacrifice his values and principles for short-term populist goals at the expense of the wider long-term public good.
    He has communicated this through words and through actions. He has also consulted widely at all levels of his administration. And he has shown magnanimity, or greatness of soul, what we in Rwanda call "ubupfura".
    No wonder then that he has earned the love and respect of all Rwandans, who are now inclined to follow him and participate in the implementation of the policies and programmes that he has presented to them.
    So dear lost children of Rwanda, come and confess your sins, face justice, apologize and join this very exciting national building process!
    Erega namwe mwitwa ngo murashaka guhanagana na Mzee kijyana mwabuze umuntu! Ngaho namwe mumbwire Victoire wokamwe n’amacakubiri, Habineza, Ntaganda w’umujura….murambabaje na blogs muziveho !!

    March 24, 2010 at 12:06 am | Reply
  30. Mike Lindsey

    I have been eading these comments I was very suprised by some people accusing the Rwandan President of wrongdoing without providing substative and verifiable evidence.

    Sincerery speaking I have been in Rwanda but I read a lot about the history fo that tiny country and managed to know that more than one million of Rwandan people were killed by other Rwandans on grounds of the so called ethinc differences. During the Genocide, nobody intervened except a group of Rwandans led by President Kagame.

    I think people should be brave enough to recognise the achievements of Heroes like Kagame and His group. Why didn't the International Connunity intervine to prevent the death of innocent Rwandans?

    I was however not supprised by the kind of these person after reading an Article of By Gregory H. Stanton, President, Genocide Watch in his 8 stages of Genocide: The eighth stage which he called Denial shows that perpetrators of the genocide deny that they committed any crime by tring to accuse other people. If we can make a through research you can be surprised by finding that the majority of people that are disseminating false propaganda against the current leadership in Rwanda are those who committed genocide and/or related to genocide perpetrators who enjoy the development of thier host countries to spend days and nights on Internet triying to tarnish the Image of Rwanda.

    You Rwandans, you should that Kagame and ask god to give other Kagames for the sake of your country.

    March 24, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Reply
  31. samuel kwizera

    I'm outside of Rwanda KAGAME PAUL isn't talk like Rwandan outside leadership means INTERAHAMWE." the standard care skill is that expected from a reasonable man" LIKE HIM

    March 25, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Reply
  32. Jeremy

    Mike Lindsey, Tabaro, Solomon Gabiro, etc...,

    Whatever you are saying you cannot hide the truth forever.
    Here is the truth about Rwanda. :
    In 1994,there was a genocide committed by extremist Hutus against innocent Tutsi civilians.Those extremist hutus killed also many moderate Hutus and many others hutus who look like tutsis.
    But don`t forget that there was also crimes against humanity committed against innocent Hutu civilians by the side on power today.
    You cannot say that you work for peace and reconciliation when you ignore true justice. Let us work to establish the rule of law,with human rights for all,where evry single murderer whether Hutu or Tutsi gets punished. Otherwise there will never be lasting peace in Rwanda.

    March 29, 2010 at 2:33 am | Reply
  33. Ribanje Alex

    Kagame is my hero,our hero and your hero.
    God bless you mister president and keep you wise.
    Dont mind about critisism bcz u are a good person and interahamwe and their allies fiar you.
    long live.

    March 29, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Reply
  34. RwandanForever

    Kagame is ruthless dictator Africa (and the world for that matter) has ever known!! It is very sad that history doesn't teach us anything. Kagame fought the Habyarimana regime on the grounds that that regime was not allowing rwandan refugees to return home. In the last 16 years Kagame has been in power Rwanda has become the record country with many refugees around the globe. Even as we speak people are trying left and right to flee Rwanda and it is not only regular poor rwandans; it is instead ministers, generals, parliamentarians, etc (Hutus and Tutsis) and this will only be changed by Rwandans themselves by being honest and by saying enough is enough; otherwise yet another chaos may unfold (God forbid!). Over the years Kagame and his Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF), the party which has been in power since 1994 has built up control over public life (including the political and judicial organs) on the lines of a one party system Kagame and RPF, he has monopolized the business sector (through many disguised business units such as: MTN Rwandacell; Horizon, Inyange, Tristar, Umutara Enterprise, etc), his authoritarianism has started to be noticed by his western supporters, millions of innocent lives have been lost, many others are rotting in jails (HUTUS and TUTSIs), come on!! When is all this going to end? When will every rwandan feel proud of his own country?
    Brothers and sisters whether we like it or not we have the future of our beloved country in our hands!! And pretending, lying, supporting evil, etc will not do us any good!! Even Kagame himself should realizes his unfairness, terror, injustice, etc will help him stay in power but will not last forever!! Leaders (Good and bad) come and go but Rwanda will stay!!

    March 30, 2010 at 1:36 am | Reply
  35. kipkorir

    But, you Rwandans you are make people thinking that you can not think properly. Is any one in this world capable of halting a genocide with only kind words (or negociations). As we learnt, this genocide was conducted by Interahamwe (including some Hutu families), ex-FAR etc... so while fighting to make them stop... would you expect no blood shed. Be serious.

    Consult history how Allies in the WW 2 stopped Hitler forces and how they devasted Germany. Have you ever listen Germans saying that they want to prosecute Allies forces (USA, UK, France ...). Why?

    Ask you self? And be reasonable gays.

    March 30, 2010 at 5:47 am | Reply
  36. Asiimwe Esther

    I am really surprised that people who know how to read and write (ELITE) can waste their time writing things which are not beneficial to anyone.
    First of all, the person disguising him/herself as Ivan Cyomoro, i don't know what to tell u. U r just a disappointment to yr country and the whole world!
    Secondly, all u people uttering bitter words against our president shd be ashamed of yrselves. You are just HATERS and nothing more!
    Everyone, Rwandan or not shd engage themselves in activities which are beneficial to their families and stop wasting their time on blogs and yet they have nothing constructive to say.

    I am Rwandan, and i am proud of being one, proud of my president and his cabinet and above all, Proud of Having Jesus in my live. I guess u all need God to guide u in everything u do and then give u a better sense of direction.

    Being a Tutsi or Hutu means nothing as far as i am concerned, we r all rwandans and should be proud of that. Period.

    Now, all of u engage your good thoughts in something more constructive than hating your fellow countrymen/women. WE ARE ONE.

    March 30, 2010 at 11:27 am | Reply

    Telling the truth,i'm proud being in the country where Kagame is leader.I'm always get emotions when i think on this strong man from Great lakes region.Try to compare him with other African leaders,you guys will find difference.A big difference.Viva Kagame!Viva Rwanda.

    March 30, 2010 at 11:51 am | Reply
  38. sergio

    whatever you can say kagame will stay the best leader,he is making change,

    March 30, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Reply
  39. Muvuna

    Collegues or fellow commentatntors let me remind one thing, today is me and tomorrow is someone else, remember kagame himself said that he has no comrades and kayumba has never been his comrade, so even u who fancy him today your language might change tomorrow, it just needs someone telling him that u are afriend kagame's enemies and that will chnge your status period, am telling u Kagame is a paranoid leaader

    March 30, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Reply
  40. Hahahaha

    @ Tabaro,
    Don't be a such ignorant, Was Kayumba a Rwanda Revenu Authority? Where did he meet the taxes you are talking about?

    March 31, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Reply
  41. Fides

    Kagame is a dictator and a criminal. Whatever you are saying to make him an angel you are just being led by emotions and lies.If you love him as you pretend it,,you should pray for his conversion, At the end of the day,,there is the divine judgement waiting for him .He won`t escape that.

    April 1, 2010 at 6:39 am | Reply
  42. Etienne

    Dear Amapour,

    You are from a powerfull country, and strong media. Please help us to voice real problems we have in our great lakes, listen to other voices, help to stop genocide in Congo. There have been genocide of Tutsi in 1994 but also deliberate mass killings of Hutu by RPF in Rwanda and Congo. No one was allowed to talk about that in Gacaca and now they say there is reconciliation. It is a lie, we need processus like in south africa or in Burundi, a true dialogue to reach lasting peace, and negotiate the core issue of Rwanda Conflict: "power sharing between Tutsi and Hutu", democratization without frustrating, simulating and imposing a hypocrite "forum" without participation of key stakeholders in disputes, as it is now. Rwanda government did a lot but has fears to open talks on his responsability in genocide and killings. Otherwise, every politician has his way to shape his image and portray himself. It is human nature.

    April 1, 2010 at 9:48 am | Reply
  43. Etienne

    From 1994 till yesterday, we were in emergence strong emotions, mourning of lost lives in genocide and other mass killings, a shame of international community which preferred to close eyes to heal itself or to feel less guilt of Tutsi genocide in Rwanda, mass killing of Hutu in Rwanda and Congo. Now let a man be measured on allowing open democracy, its time. Unless one has interest to maintain RWANDA in emergency situation, arguing that democarcu do cause genocide. Rather, lack of open democracy can cause genocide.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:04 am | Reply
  44. safari

    I m' fascinated by these comments about kagame's regime but you ought to know kagame as president of state had not be judjed simply about the developpement of the country but also the resppect of the human right in the country,the partical democratic space for all political partis even opposition partis .independent justice,so when make your neutral analyses you get these fondamnetal bases of democracy don't existe in rwanda.

    April 1, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Reply
  45. ngabo

    Many people have said that Kagame is a strong leader. Rwanda does not need stronger leaders but stronger institutions like justice. Iam of the view that Kagame should stop being everything if he wants our country to develop and be peaceful. It seems that President kagame has chosen to be feared than loved as is the case in many African countries.

    April 1, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Reply
  46. Kiki

    "Isi irarwaye" and you plz remember that you are on that earth which is sick!
    Do you remember the remedy Rugamba proposed? Are you trying it now especially as we are facing ICYUNAMO? There are many things that might be true but what are you doing with your efforts? Are you praying at least for yourself and for those who need it for all those errors to be corrected by the power of the Most High God? I remind you the remedy: "Nimurere abana, umuco n'ubupfura; ....../.... abatabishaka mureke kubahishira mwikore mukosora" But, but, ....., but you plz start with yourself and do it as small or big as you can, to contribute to that healing of our nation!

    There are some saying that: "Uruvuga undi ntirugorama" and "Uwagushungura ntiyakuburamo inkumbi!"

    All the best!

    April 2, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Reply
  47. Mpozenzi G

    Dear all,

    1) Just to remember and let all of you know that "Rwanda nation" is not only made off by Hutus and Tutsis, but rather by a trilogy of Hutus, Tutsis and Twas. Do not ignore them as they are integral part and parcel of the nation.

    2) THINK TWICE BEFORE YOU REACT. We are all equal. "I have a dream that ........" is a good motto/speach for Rwandeses.

    3) STRONG INSTITUTIONS for future Rwanda are welcome.

    4) ACCEPT TO CHANGE OR TO BE A CHANGE AGENT (From bad to good)

    Thanks for your constructive ideas

    April 3, 2010 at 9:53 am | Reply
  48. John Mugabo

    Even though Paul Kagame demonstrated leadership in rebuilding Rwanda after the genonide, he should be held responsible for his role in genocide. He is the one who shot down the plane carrying the late president of Rwanda which was the triggle of the genocide. After the genocide ended, his army massacred thousands of innocent Rwandans (mostly Hutu but also Tutsi) and invaded Congo. He is a criminal who should be already in prison.

    Nonetheless, Victoire Ingabire should be also given an opportunity to respond to false accusations of Paul Kagame.

    April 4, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Reply
  49. Ribanje Alex

    who is victoire ingabire??????????nonsense.

    April 6, 2010 at 9:38 am | Reply
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  51. Fides

    He is a criminal and dictator!!!!!!!!Period.

    April 7, 2010 at 2:42 am | Reply
  52. Alice Umutesi

    I need a country without violance. We have suffered a lot and we are still suffering. Please help rwandans to have peace. Kagame is not a god for Tutsis. He is working for his familly, we also have families, we need peace and stabilities. I need no other genocide. Those who were in Uganda in Europe and America who did no suffer anything are the ones to call themselves victims of genocide. They do not know what it is. They need anotherone! And when it will start they will run away, they have now money and power ... they have all the means to save themselves.

    April 7, 2010 at 10:48 pm | Reply
  53. Natasha

    All that you can say is wasting your time. Kagame is a good president with an african mind of the past. He does not want any opposing voice. In addition he cannot leave power because of the French and Spanish judges looking for him. Rwandans have to endure him until his death/ old age or cout d'état. Anyway, I love him. He is a strong man and we need a strong man. Those who are going, leave them go, they know where they are going.

    April 8, 2010 at 9:26 pm | Reply
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