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Rwanda’s President Kagame: ‘We have a problem’

January 28th, 2013
12:38 PM ET

By Samuel Burke, Claire Calzonetti & Juliet Fuisz, CNN

Rwanda's president, Paul Kagame, has been a darling of the West ever since he led his country out of the terrible 1994 genocide that left up to one million people dead.

After the genocide, Kagame brought economic and social progress to Rwanda by effectively using the foreign aid flowing in from the international community. These funds make up nearly half of the country’s budget.

But now, the country's economic lifeline is in jeopardy since the United Nations accused Rwanda of backing rebels in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo. The U.N. says the country has helped to create and militarily support the “M23” rebel group that wants to overthrow the democratically-elected government of President Joseph Kabila.

The White House says that President Obama called Kagame to emphasize “the importance of permanently ending all support to armed groups in the DRC.” Kagame denies backing the M23 rebels.

“It's a big ‘no’ on the issue of saying that I am accepting this kind of responsibility,” Kagame told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an interview Friday. “The solution is for us to come together as two countries, as a region and be forward looking and find solutions. Rwanda is very active in this and we want a positive solution out of that.”

Despite Kagame’s denial, some of its major donors are already withholding money and financing for projects. As a result, the country’s finance minister has lowered the projected economic growth for 2013.

“I think we already have a problem,” Kagame said – acknowledging the situation in DRC is costing his country, regardless of whether or not the accusations are true.

“It has led to a problem where there is this discomfort we found ourselves in, that affects the progress of my country and also, of course, creates other problems within the region,” he said.

In addition to these accusations, Kagame finds himself increasingly criticized for a growing authoritarian streak at home.

However, Kagame does not appear worried about his legacy being tarnished – pointing to many of his achievements: “We have registered economic growth 8% year in, year out for almost last ten years. We have seen women empowered like nowhere else,” he said. “I don't know what is being talked about.”

Will Kagame step down in 2017?

Africa has been plagued by leaders who refuse to hand over the reins of power.

The Rwandan constitution says Kagame must step down in 2017. By that time he will have served as president for 17 years.

“Don't worry about that,” Kagame told Amanpour when asked if he would hand over power by that time. “We have the constitution in place. We have always tried to do our best to satisfy the needs of our people and expectations of our people.”

Amanpour asked if that meant “yes,” he would step down.

He replied, “No. It is a broad answer to say you don't need to worry about anything.”

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  1. Bohle

    I wonder why western are so proud to think that what a guy from State or Europe writes or does about Africa is always correct, why can't you just give a chance to that country and try to listen their arguments on that controversial reports and stop take it as if it's bible!! Seriously reduce your pride on pour countries!!

    January 28, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Reply
    • celestin Bgabo

      May be if you don't understand this situation I can update you, Kagame is al white liar, he would diny just any think, he is a murderer who never has mercy for anyone in his way!!! what do you know about this guy?!! he killed our children, parents and you think you can give him more to kill? If you want to know the colour of his heart criticise him even once then go to Rwanda??!! when you come back you will have a lot of testimonies and iam sure when you board the plan out of Rwanda you will become born again, because you will believe that the death is never far!!!

      January 28, 2013 at 4:30 pm | Reply
      • Isabelle

        One word.....NON SENSE!!! You full of CRAP!

        January 29, 2013 at 4:25 am |
      • mo

        A liar can't lead a straggle front line and succeed this 1, the 2nd a liar cannot bring unity and reconciliation broken by the 1994 Tutsi genocide between Rwandans, 3rd a liar can never shift one million citizen from poverty, 4th a liar cannot give a chance to all citizen,5th a liar will not fight up and down the diseases against Rwandans, 6th a liar will never give equal opportunity to the people with disabilities and women etc , 7th a liar will not promote the good governance, justice, economy and social welfare, 8th a liar will never develop Rwanda as it is today. HE Paul Kagame did all of this and even more

        January 29, 2013 at 6:10 am |
      • Alain

        TRUE Mr Bagabo. Kagame is a cold blood killer and that why the West like him. They use him a tool to do their duty work, in order to protect their interests. With no doubts, Kagame is the MASTERMIND of Laurent Kabila's death. And now he is trying to kill Joseph Kabila.

        January 29, 2013 at 7:19 am |
      • peace in africa

        Those of you who do not believe on what this guy is capable of


        a political opponent to Kagame who was arrested for being just that a political opponent to Kagame. Seriously a leader who arrest his opponents for their political views are called dictators in my dictionary and should not be supported!

        January 30, 2013 at 2:38 pm |
      • Patriot

        @ Balala it is good to talk with Evidence instead of creating confusion among the people first you're a pure Racist i am wondering wich research is your Statistic besed on accusing all whites the Apartheid you're lieing and am from Africa but i consider this as pure Racism again if you're denying rwanda Progress then you have to read the FMI report and then when you say that Rwanda is Developed by Congo Mineral you should consider that Congo have more than Rwanda and it's still more poor than Rwanda which means that the two country's Leadership is no equal and it's the only Difference please Think critically not like blind minded man! Shame on You!

        February 10, 2013 at 6:34 am |
    • Alain

      Kagame is a criminal and will end up the same other dictators in Africa and Middle east did. His arrogance seems to have come short. He can't give any plausible explanation why he denies to supporting the M23 (a terrorist group). The International community accused him because they know and have all resources than anyone else to do so.

      January 29, 2013 at 7:11 am | Reply
    • D.B

      Let me talk to you cause I can't talk to people who just talk without evidences
      Let me appreciate for the good message but mostly let me ask you one thing and other people who doubts about Kagame's governance and his contribution in the security of other country from different parts of this world would please and do your on research
      Then you will be more understand who is Mr. Paul Kagame
      And how much he loves country, his people and all Africans

      January 29, 2013 at 1:51 pm | Reply
      • Kab

        Who is Kagame?
        He is the big criminal who killed 8 millions of Congolese people because he wants the coltan.

        January 31, 2013 at 7:35 pm |
  2. celestin Bgabo

    Iam sad that the cut of aid will affect some people in Rwanda, obviously I say some becouse many people would never know the difference. One question that Kagame left in my mind is this, do we have to start fundraising for arms and guns???? he seems to be dreaming???!!! We will not seat and watch him racking our country again.

    January 28, 2013 at 4:23 pm | Reply
    • Ngango

      'we' !! who are 'we'? and guns for what??? HE Kagame is one of the best president that Africa has known.

      January 28, 2013 at 4:34 pm | Reply
      • eve adamo

        ......Best president in Africa?! Puhleez! How did you reach this decision? Paul Kagame is a drem gone sour to rwandans, our hopes were dashed and we are stuck with a despot.

        January 29, 2013 at 4:52 pm |
    • emma

      Bgabo why should in any way stand in ones way? can you stand in the of America if its interests are threatened can you? please respect Africa and its leaders i URGUE Kabila to sought out the problem of Congo then Rwanda will relax from the threat of FDLR who recently killed pple in Rwanda.

      January 29, 2013 at 5:43 am | Reply
  3. Miliband

    It's really sad that a long time mess that has existed in DRC is affecting an organized State like Rwanda. The problem of Congo is anarchy and an ideologically bankrupt political sphere. Rwanda is like paradise for women, in Congo the national army rapes women!!!!

    January 28, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Reply
    • Simon

      Are you out of your mind or you are one of those guys on his (Kagame) payroll?

      January 28, 2013 at 5:01 pm | Reply
      • emma

        Simon, if your not an FDLR then your their pay roll continue earning your bloody money but know one thing one time evry one will account for his deeds.

        January 29, 2013 at 5:49 am |
    • Alain

      Mr Miliband do not confuse a post conflict county to a bankrupt one (such Rwanda). It's hard see it know but cannot survive for 5 years without international aid. All DRC needs to prove to the world that it's capable to stand to its own feet, is Rwandan regime to stop its involvement in DRC matters.

      January 29, 2013 at 7:34 am | Reply
      • risingcontinent

        Congo of Mobutu, though poor and under dictatorship was more peaceful without interference of the like of Kagames.

        January 29, 2013 at 6:07 pm |
      • Miliband

        @Alain, No one is happy to see what is happening in DRC. However, the problem is not Rwanda. Moreover, comparing congo and Rwanda, it's like hell and heaven.

        January 30, 2013 at 2:18 pm |
    • Jean Waku

      Let’s be rational and go through the evidences in those numerous reports linking Kagame to wars and pillage in DRC. Once again, let’s be rational and read those appalling evidences. The fact that Anglo-Saxon news channels such as Financial Times, Newsweek, CNN, etc. are now disclosing widespread human right abuses and pillage by Paul Kagame and the Rwandan army is very eloquent. The fact that anglo-saxon countries such as UK and USA that have been adamant backers of Paul Kagame are now turning their back is more than eloquent. Let’s be rational and read all these reports. The truth is that Mr Kagame is a conqueror and the psychology of conquerors is very complex. I suggest you to read “The conquerors”, written by Albert Camus the Nobel Prize winner, and you will understand. You’ll discover that Mr Kagame is a cynical conqueror that will end up like Mobutu.

      January 31, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Reply
    • chacal

      shame on you miliband, if you knew how many ppl, have been killed woman raped in eastern DRC by so called M23 M26...backed by rwandan goverment you wouldn't say that.
      rwanda creat this war to still ressources in eastern DRC to growth their econ. and coming with all bluddy liars trying to solve probleem.
      come 2017 why he can't just step back, asame as apply for his freind J. kabila.

      February 2, 2013 at 5:53 am | Reply
  4. Maza

    @celestin Bgabo

    Don't fool people, 'he killed your parents' really? or he stopped your parents from killing? maybe you are one of these fugitives always on the run.

    January 28, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Reply
    • Zairean

      Get a life he his an Evil bustard, one day Bill Clinton will drop him.

      January 28, 2013 at 5:55 pm | Reply
    • Patsonn Rwanda

      once, in rwanda history, i think future rwandese generations will say "we had an historical accident to have Kagame as the Rwanda president"! It will be said in the future history of our country!

      January 29, 2013 at 6:45 am | Reply
  5. John R

    Who came up with this report that Rwanda was assisting in the DRC? What/who makes these reports Gospel? Who wrote these reports? Did they have any ill intentions? What was their evidence? Why hasn't their evidence been made public so we can all see and judge for ourself? It's just funny and condescending in the same breath how the media and the West have taken these reports as gospel. The only solution to this is for progressive African countries such as Rwanda to look to the China and Brazil for more trade and business investment in order to become free of aid. President kagame was and has been making some economic progress which is poised to make Rwanda aid free in the near future, and as a result, some people in higher places seem to have been rattled by this and the Congo allegations seem to be a blanket over the proverbial eyes. Wake up Africa!!! We must solve our own problems and hold our own leaders accountable. I really doubt anyone can give a strong argument that Rwanda has been responsible for the lack of political and economical progress in Congo. Keep up the great work president Kagame!! Rwandans are proud of you and appreciate everything you have done for our country.

    January 28, 2013 at 5:31 pm | Reply
    • Zairean

      Lol you people makes me laugh, without the western aid Rwanda it's nothing. Now without the east of Congo where Kagame his killing people more than Hitler have killed it would be a disaster, therefore stop talking crap without what his stealing in the Congo with his former bodyguard Kabila ( Kanambe) Rwanda it's nothing. You have nothing simple as that.

      January 28, 2013 at 5:52 pm | Reply
      • Isabelle

        At least we are smart enough to progress with "nothing" (...or wt what we "still" from DRC),what have you Congolese achieved with all your wealth??? You just good at tallking and dancing ndombolo...If you aint able to govern yourself just ask your former master the belgians to come back!!

        January 29, 2013 at 4:46 am |
      • Cloclo

        1- Why not you come to Kigali and get everything you claim?
        2- Which country in Africa doesn't get foreign assistance? The question is how you use it wisely to benefit the mass and work toward free aid. That's exactly what Rwanda is doing and that's exactly what's making many in DR Congo sad.
        3- Not all Congolese are like you. Many of you counterparts see things in a different way, a positive way. Many things when working together we can all end this useless war in the East. Can you sense that?

        January 29, 2013 at 2:52 pm |
      • Dr Liz
        January 30, 2013 at 1:55 pm |
      • Alquarrah

        @ Isabelle: Do you know why congolese like to dance?? Simply because of their amazing Bantu culture. A contry of Joy from the Beginning till 1994, when a certain Laurent Désiré Kabila came in whith bizzarre people from Rwanda and their machetist regime.At that time, war started in Congo, along with mai-mai militias,FDLR,Banyarwanda,and all kind of disorders.BUT THE TRUTH IS:IN 10 YEARS,KABILA AND KAGAME WILL NOT BE IN POWER.AND THINGS WILL CHANGE!!! GUESS WHAT!!

        February 3, 2013 at 3:30 am |
      • Patriot

        when you Say that Rwanda is nothing without Congo do you consider everyone here as Kids how a poor and Disorganized country like Congo can be Compared to Rwandan Leadership wich helped one Million of it's Citizen to emerge from poor Stuation how do you say that Rwanda is nothing without congo yet congolese the most African Naturalised in developed Country can you say that Congo Sport have been under Developed failed to win African cups because of Rwanda do you consider the wellknown stars player Makerere,Karembe,Mutombo dikembe, and others who are Developing Europians instead of their Country Please @ Least thing a bit!

        February 10, 2013 at 6:43 am |
    • peace in africa


      January 30, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Reply
      • Patriot

        Honestly when you accuse Kagame the instability of Congo by Supporting M23 whom else do you accuse to support Mai Mai,how Monusco with ,ore than 17,000 Solders failed to asure congo's Security but Remember a country without Leadership is a Dead Nation Kabila might be Responsible of the congolese chaos

        February 10, 2013 at 6:50 am |
      • Alquarra

        @Patriot, The Mai-Mai rose just when they saw that their Country was menaced by bizzarre people (Tutsis), machetists from Rwanda stepping in the country,rapind and causing genocide. If ever those machetists disappear,the mai-mai will resume their farming. M23,FDLR,etc... are simply Kagame's yoyo.

        February 21, 2013 at 6:50 am |
  6. John R

    And to Christiane Amanpour....for a decorated journalist, you could have crafted a much more substantive interview with president Kagame. Instead you seemed to be more concerned with bogus reports whose basis is questionable to begin with.

    January 28, 2013 at 5:36 pm | Reply
    • eve adamo

      John R, you must be sitting in the president's office fighting his battles and earning your bread! Christiane Amanpour is not "Andrew Mwenda" or Yvonne Makolo......... neither is CNN the rwandan tabloid "Newtimes". You people need to curb your sycophancy >>>!!!!!!!

      January 29, 2013 at 4:59 pm | Reply
  7. Ignace Gashayija

    Why does Chroistine asks Kagame if he would step down at the end of 2017? I s this a CNN business? The main thing here is that the country will be well governend.What matters is not who will lead but what people need, and period

    January 28, 2013 at 6:13 pm | Reply
    • eve adamo

      Amanpour can smell a despot from a mile away!!!! If anything, she was too soft on him

      January 29, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Reply
  8. Segun O.

    "What do we do about it? What we try to do is to make do with what we have...what we don't have, we don't have. What can we do about what we don't have?!" Well said...don't let them hold you to ransom over "peanuts" they call foreign aid...if only more African leaders could learn to make do with our resources...there will be more innovative ideas on the continent...Africa would be a better place!

    January 28, 2013 at 6:37 pm | Reply
  9. Bomboo John

    "We are trying to find a solution with DRC..." how can you find a solution with yourself? there is no DRC. I am amazed that the west is still thinking DRC exists. On the other hand the west can not stand Rwanda being the colonizer of DRC and that's the reason all those reports are being produced.

    January 28, 2013 at 8:49 pm | Reply
  10. El Rut

    Why don't you just post the interview so that we can hear by ourselves rather than just conveying the very same biased views that the media keep feeding people instead of informing them?

    January 29, 2013 at 1:48 am | Reply
  11. Nestor Ike

    But remember that the problem has been existing in Zaire long before Rwanda invaded it and placed LDK in power...then his 'son' JK.

    I really think Congolese should learn from all the misery that they've experienced since Belgian colonization, to Mobutu to Kagame...then take action! Would it be pushing Kabila to step down and organize true elections.

    But again, don't worry about Rwanda, Kagame is not the powerful leader he pretends to be. The only reason why Kagame and RPF tutsi led army and government are in power now is because of the stupid interahamwe ideology of exterminating the tutsis! Had late Habyarimana and Co. understood that democracy was the way to development, peace, justice, and real power for the long oppressed hutus, then Kagame wouldn't have gathered blind support from the tutsis and the international community!!!

    But what happened happened. Now RPF massacred hutus and congolese with total impunity...for now! But God is watching; and soon the Lord will bring judgement to the wicked.

    January 29, 2013 at 2:19 am | Reply
    • koko20131

      I say Amen! God better understands this issue.......

      February 7, 2013 at 8:21 pm | Reply
  12. Nestor Ike

    Thanks Adam for thinking clearly on the situation in the Congo. What men have built will be what men will destroy in Rwanda once Kagame's payback draws nearer. Kagame has reigned with all impunity in taking our innocents' lives in the Congo and Rwanda. Kagame pillages the Congo, with its minerals and other natural resources. Kagame is the only African leader whose former close colleagues have both resigned from government key posts and left Rwanda out of fear for their lives. Rwanda is a boiling pot, without the so-important safety valve (true democracy, basic human freedom and transparency) that's needed for its human development and freedom for all. God hears the cry of the Congolese.

    January 29, 2013 at 2:19 am | Reply
  13. Sad African

    All,,you are talking nosence,,Kagame (African Adolf Hitler) is suported by all ulliminate Tony Blair,Family Clinton,Pr Rick Warren.....Allways when he has problem, this African Butcher he get a paid intervieuw with AMAMPOUR???why?????why AMAMPOUR why you play with our life????why you never give one minute to political party which has no voice in our country??? why you AMAMPOUR you blame MUGABE and forget your best payer KAGAME you are all responsable for our misery,misery of RWANDANS ,CONGOLESE people.

    January 29, 2013 at 4:06 am | Reply
    • Dembe

      No one but yourself can be blamed for your misery! Come in Rwanda you will get a job, of course if you can work, I doubt!
      Life is good here, almost everyone has a health insurance, so you mental disorders will be treated.

      January 30, 2013 at 1:51 pm | Reply
  14. Michael

    Those who say Pres. kagame killed their parents are those who were commiting genocide against the Tutsi before the RPF took power and stopped the genocide, the remnants of the genocidaire system and their brainwashed offsprings. President Kagame ended genocide and apartheid in Rwanda and kickstarted socioeconomic transformation in that country. Both national, regional and international actors who understand this history are on President Kagame's side, while those who don't understand, are misled by genocidaires and their supporters. However, history is on Kagame's side and God is also. President Kagame and what he stands for will prevail in the end. just wait!

    January 29, 2013 at 4:14 am | Reply
    • CKN

      Don't waste your time. They all know the true; they just ignore it! Yes, time will tell.

      January 29, 2013 at 2:58 pm | Reply
    • eve adamo

      If you are Rwandan, start counting your blessings, history will not be kind to Kagame at least NOT in Rwanda

      January 29, 2013 at 5:05 pm | Reply
  15. Sad African

    Let me reply to you mr KAGAME sorry I dont say mr President because nobody voted you you took power by gun and you stolen 2 times the ballot.1)8% economy growth!!!big liies think about your technicians who falsify the numbers to lie to European for the extra aid.2)you give place to women!!!! big lies,,you put all high educated men ,with experience ,in jall,other you forced them to run away and you give to uneducated rural wife with no sense of nothing they are now in parliament to give big YES to your requests,is that democracy???? big LIAR..3)education to all chirdren!!!big lies!!!you diveded rwandans like never before ,what is Green hillis???your wife`s school only TUTSI chirdern are allowed after they finish their secondary school they go abaord USA,UK,to ruturn to reinforce your dictaturschip,,,,,KAGAME steep dopwn this is your time you have in your hands 8millions of souls,Rwandans including Congoles even Satan will not accept you.

    January 29, 2013 at 4:45 am | Reply
    • Maza

      @Sad African, You are really sad! In fact it's not sadness, it's rather madness! Education in Rwanda is merit-based, ask how many Rwandans are on presidential scholarship in USA . You are a big loser, beyond help!

      January 30, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Reply
    • koko20131

      I wonder if you know what you are talking about. Did Kagame offer the Ph.Ds these women have? or did they even earn them from any Rwandan university......I think you are more to something else.......

      February 7, 2013 at 8:29 pm | Reply
      • Cecil

        That's also a bad take on Paul Kagame and the RPF. They did not "cause" the genocide, which was awful, in three mohtns about the same body count as Auschwitz over 3.5 years. But mostly with rocks and machetes. About 800k to 1 million total.Periodic mini-genocides had been done for decades, whipped up by the French who egged on existing hatred by the Hutu of the more successful Tutsi. The Tutsi like Kagame fled, because they did not want to get killed. Any White fleeing Detroit, or Birmingham, or Baltimore, can understand. As can Serbs from Kosovo, Afrikaaners from South Africa, Armenians from Turkey, Chaldeans from Iraq, Baluchis from Iran and Pakistan, or Hazaras from Afghanistan.The 1994 Genocide was senseless, half Hutu/Tutsis, infants, old people, women, children, "moderate" Hutu, all killed in a frenzy egged on by the Interamhamwe on the radio supplied by the French who sought to erase Anglophone Central Africa and feared Tutsi control and alliance with Anglophone Uganda. Instead of fighting the RPF coming from Uganda, the Interamhamwe spent their entire time massacring old women, children, and infants.Nor did Kagame dissaude Western involvement (despite what lies Clinton is peddling to rehab his image). No one after Mogadishu wanted to pay the political price which was dead US soldiers and dead Africans. The fiasco did expose the utter futility of "soft power" when it comes to stopping violence. About as useful as a butter knife on D-Day. France actively supported the Interamhamwe and , with Rwanda charging that France is harboring war criminals and engaged in systematic corruption (likely true) with the prior Hutu regime.Long before Kagame and the RPF ever existed, Hutus were killing Tutsis. As such defacto Tutsi dominance and a great pretending is probably the best solution to be found. The government is competent by African standards, reasonably efficient and not paralyzed by total corruption like the Congo, or Nigeria. If not the RPF and Kagame, who? A return to what was before?

        March 12, 2013 at 3:51 am |
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  16. Angry Congolese

    Looks like some people are going to hang themselves here. Rwanda will help you out of the troubles you find yourselves.

    January 29, 2013 at 6:00 am | Reply
  17. Robert

    Rwandans are happy we are progressing day after day, stop making negative comments and come back to build your nation, home iz always home, i know you miss Rwanda

    January 29, 2013 at 6:27 am | Reply
  18. Patsonn Rwanda

    once, in rwanda history, i think future rwandese generations will say "we had an historical accident to have Kagame as the Rwanda president"! It will be said in the future history of our country!

    January 29, 2013 at 6:42 am | Reply
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    January 29, 2013 at 6:43 am | Reply
  20. Matt Forest

    This first sentence that seems to guide Western countries policies toward Rwanda is already false: "Rwanda's president, Paul Kagame, has been a darling of the West ever since he led his country out of the terrible 1994 genocide that left up to one million people dead." At the scene of a CRIME, any crime, when looking for the criminal, there are always few questions: (1) the beneficial of the crime; (2) the modus operandi or how the criminal operate; (3) who are the potential victims and so on... First, Kagame and colleagues from Tutsi minority (10% of the population) wanted absolute power over Hutu majority. Without a full controled chaos, there was no power to them. Second, if you look carefully on how criminals operated, you will find one single trend taking you to authors of the genocide. Through the UN "Mapping Report", there is no doubt, Rwandan army under Tutsi minority committed a genocide in DRC. Then, if you look at how the massacres were done in DRC, you compare the killings to those done early in Uganda just before Museveni came to power in 1986, you will see a common actor. Finally, if you see similarities in these killings, you compare them to those which happened in Rwanda, you will find that Kagame and his men are mostly responsible for crimes committed in the Great Lake Region of Africa from 1980ies to now. But, some western leaders such as Bill Clinton, Tony Blair and the UN share the responsibility. The international system tend to cover these Big Fish and the smaller benefit from the whole situation. Yes, Kagame is a big liar, but the international system covers his actions.

    January 29, 2013 at 8:35 am | Reply
  21. Sagakiga

    "We have a problem": That's the topic in hand So lets discuss the solutions. its very interesting to see how comments end up with more words of accusations. I think President Kagame's answers were a clear picture that Rwanda is interested in peace for Rwanda, DRC and the Great lakes..forward looking! How to do.. All stakeholders need to be involved to listen to their interests and the west should create a leveled playing field not to take advantage of the problem and camouflage with blames games.

    January 29, 2013 at 11:26 am | Reply
  22. David

    Kagame is a liar. So UN reports all evident that DRC suffers over 15 years of world war and genocide. Obama's administration did a good job. Right now, DRC need basic infranstructure which raise its economic and control import-export such as rail road, aeport, ports in deep sea, and road. Unfortunately DRC's governemnt is corrupted. It can't work with IMF??

    January 29, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Reply
    • David

      The major problem in Great Lake region is DRC. We need a new leadership in DRC who can work with community international to build infrastructure for controling import-export of mineral, petroleum and other resources. Open factory of diamond, copper, cobalt, coltan, gold, peutroleum...etc in DRC. Don't forget from 1960 to 1986, Rwandese, Angolese and Burundese came in DRC to looking for a good life.

      January 30, 2013 at 3:12 pm | Reply
  23. higiro

    The truth about Congo's minerals...

    And ya ..try to think critically about this

    January 29, 2013 at 1:33 pm | Reply
  24. elijah

    Ifkagame is not supporting the rebels then whu is? It is rife with African dictators to support murderers. From the comments it is clear that this leader was. A Western darling and leaders qho are western darlings are idiots used and then the west no longer need them they dump them and sanction them. Let's hope Kagame is not one of the fools who doesn't want peace in Africa!

    January 29, 2013 at 1:47 pm | Reply
  25. elijah

    If Kagame isn't supporting the rebels then who is? It is common with African murderers to be darlings of the west at first. When the West is done with them they dump and sanction them. If he was used then he deserves African wrath! He sounds like an idiot who's full of revenge and a war monger who doesn't want peace in Africa.

    January 29, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Reply
    • Sad African

      There wil be no solution with Kagome ,,,he has one strategie half TALK AND full FIGHT!!!!!!! kagame doesnt know talk nor negociations ,only he speaks GUN S language,,so if you want to talk to him pick up your GUNS he will understand and may be react,

      January 31, 2013 at 4:21 am | Reply
  26. higiro

    For the Kinyarwanda speaking ones..

    Funny but on point..check it out


    January 29, 2013 at 3:41 pm | Reply
    • John R

      Well said!!!!! Agree with every point he made. These recent allegations and false reports against President Kagame and the republic of Rwanda are just a form of "modern day colonization". A classic case of Divide and conquer. I mean just look at how Africans on this post are going at each other....all based on false reports. Not one single person has held the Congolese government responsible for their failure to govern their state. It's somehow President Kagame's doing??? C'mon...Y'all gotta be smarter than that!!!!!

      January 29, 2013 at 10:18 pm | Reply
      • peace in africa

        No false report, that Bosco ntnganda, nkunda and Sultani Makenga are supported by James Kabarebe and the Rwanda army is not a false report and YOU KNOW IT

        January 30, 2013 at 3:04 pm |
  27. mukila nkoyi

    Dear CHRISTIANE Amanpour, in your next interview with Paul kagame,I will be most grateful if we can ask direct questions to him.

    January 30, 2013 at 9:22 am | Reply
  28. peace in africa



    Maybe then we will give you some credibility...

    January 30, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Reply
  29. Be true!

    First and foremost I want to say that I am a Congolese woman so that you can all say that I am biased against Rwandans...I will just ask questions, why the Rwandan priest and human right activist Andre Sibomona has been refused an exit visa to go and have access to medical assistance, which led to his death? Why and by whom Seth Sendashonga has been murdered? Who is his murderer Francis Mugabo? Why and by whom Théonèste Lizende has been murdered? Why and by whom Assiel Kabera has been murdered? What you Rwandans called the Manpower? if you try to investigate all these murders you will have an answer on what Kagame's regime looks like. After we wiil start speaking about what is happening in Congo. And please, all of you Rwandans out there that are willingly mesmerized by a person who holds a Phd in malfeasance , stop the lies and wake up yourself!

    January 30, 2013 at 6:11 pm | Reply
    • peaceinafrica

      True, I second that, dictators should not be given a platform as this guy is given...

      February 1, 2013 at 4:08 pm | Reply
  30. Jean Waku

    Let’s be rational and go through the evidences in those numerous reports linking Kagame to wars and pillage in DRC. Once again, let’s be rational and read those appalling evidences. The fact that Anglo-Saxon news channels such as Financial Times, Newsweek, CNN, etc. are now disclosing widespread human right abuses and pillage by Paul Kagame and the Rwandan army is very eloquent. The fact that anglo-saxon countries such as UK and USA that have been adamant backers of Paul Kagame are now turning their back is more than eloquent. Let’s be rational and read all these reports. The truth is that Mr Kagame is a conqueror and the psychology of conquerors is very complex. I suggest you to read “The conquerors”, written by Albert Camus the Nobel Prize winner, and you will understand. You’ll discover that Mr Kagame is a cynical conqueror that will end like Mobutu.

    January 31, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Reply
  31. Anthony Njoku

    Interesting interview of the Rwandese president that focused mostly on DRC. Considering his involvement in the wars of DRC and evidence of his involvement in sponsoring M23 rebellion its hard to see what moral right he's got to pontificate on the DRCs problems.
    The Congolese issue has long lacked proper press coverage in the west and it is further injustice against the 6 million dead Congolese that a perpertrator of crimes against them is set in judgement over their destiny.
    It is time we heard the voice of the Congolese themselves and I look forward to Congolese advocates receiving equal air time to show another side of this sordid story.

    January 31, 2013 at 11:01 pm | Reply
  32. ian koko

    Total patronising.There is no justice and fairness to this world as far as african issues.This guy is proper liar,killer mathemathically he can't be in power but because is loved by western countries leader from clinton,blair...But one day Africans natives will speak out loud and exposed such traitors.

    January 31, 2013 at 11:15 pm | Reply
  33. RK

    Dear President, we are realy proud you, proud of our country, RWANDA

    February 1, 2013 at 6:49 am | Reply
    • peaceinafrica

      Are you proud of VICTOIRE INGABIRE being illegally detained and all these Kagame opponents who are detained or worst killed, are you proud of millions killed or displace in eastern DRC? What exactly are you proud of murders, rapes, looting????

      February 1, 2013 at 4:19 pm | Reply
  34. salino333

    For my friend, who comes from Rwanda and had to leave the country during the genocide, the country was a little paradise before this all happened. They had to hide outside in the dschungle and eat bananas and she only escaped a group with machetes, because she was so naive and allowed to pass by. Now she can't believe what is happening politically in her country. So many people died and her family members are spread all over the region. You can't wash this away and bring luxery and wealth and economic growth, without paying tribute to the victims. Kigame was never really trying to bring justice and investigate who was actually behind the killings and the massakers. My friend told me, that it was of political interest and a kind of plot. You can't earn money in a rural country – a green paradise! If people are dead, they don't need their piece of land any longer!

    February 1, 2013 at 8:04 am | Reply
    • Anonymous

      "a little paradise"???? Gimme a break!!!!

      February 2, 2013 at 2:09 pm | Reply
  35. peaceinafrica


    February 1, 2013 at 4:11 pm | Reply
  36. Hat

    I just wonder what these two – Bill Clinton and Tony Blair – will do or say when their 'visionary leader' is fallen. Are they aware that he might expose their secrets before he disappears and leave their names tainted by bad company in the name of the murderer Kagame? We know Tony Blair makes fortunes in his support to the infamous presidents, how about Clinton, does he get some share of the coltan mined in the Congo thru' his best friend? I don't think we need an other 'mercenary' bloody thirsty President like Kagame who has been serving the interests of the west for over 18 years instead of serving his citizens; it's time for him to leave the scene and allow Rwandans to have real and lasting peace; enough blood has spilled and no more 'depopulation' of the world by more African deaths (just to use the term used by Kagame's bosses down in the new world!).

    February 6, 2013 at 9:44 am | Reply
  37. Balala

    Rwanda is an overpopulated, impoverished and unsustainable rural country. Don't be fooled by the street lights in Kigali and other social benefits funded by blood minerals from the DRC and aid extorted from the west through blackmails. Almost 90% of the french speaking elite in Rwanda today were trained at Universities in Zaire with Zairian taxpayers money. Rwanda will never survive on its own. For how long does Kagame think a mere 8% of the population will continue to dominate the other 92%? The apartheid regime in South Africa tried that, 5% white dominating 95% non-white, with the help of the USA and the UK. They achieved great economic success, but in the end public opinion shifted, the same USA and UK imposed sanctions on the apartheid regime, and everybody knows what happened next. Does it sound familiar? Is this what is happening to the tutsi regime in Rwanda? As smart and visionary guy as he pretends to be, is he aware of the situation he is putting his tutsi brothers when the wheel of life will turn? Because it is already turning. Where will they DRC...again like their Hutu brothers did in 1994?

    February 7, 2013 at 8:06 pm | Reply
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  39. james muvunyi

    people who hate mr Kagame's leadership either dont live in Rwanda to see the changes that have been made

    April 11, 2013 at 3:30 pm | Reply
  40. Kaz

    Looks like some people are going to hang themselves here. Rwanda will help you out of the troubles you find yourselves

    April 24, 2013 at 1:10 am | Reply
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  42. Ben Bizi Shyaka

    If you know needs of people, you satisfy those needs. With Rwandan leadership, if they know Rwandese needs, why have they not resolved the Hutu and Tutsi issue, other than saying-–We are Rwandese. Ethnicity existed millions of years, no politcal idiology will stop this. Rwandese must not postpone problems. It will be sad, to see kagame who grew in exile in Uganda with many of us leaving power before this is resolved. We do not need to see Rwandese as refugees after the genocide. Who did what should be forgotten. All political players played partin Genocide, who killed how many should not be an issue. Rwandese peolple should not be fooled, politicians are as dangerous as Hiv,after all, they killmore than these viruses.

    August 16, 2013 at 10:57 am | Reply
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