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Thanks to the anonymous commenter who left the link to Rob Walker's brilliant investigative reporting on the situation in Rwanda for BBC's Assignment. This is a must-listen if you're at all interested in the country's politics.


Blogger Nkunda said...

This is so brilliant. A refreshing change. Thanks for sharing!

Thursday, August 05, 2010 12:11:00 PM

Blogger ewaffle said...

Thanks for highlighting this terrific report.

One of the great quotes in the piece, from a government spokesperson in reply to a question concerning the government's culpability in the shooting of General Nyamwasa:

"The record of reconciliation, forgiveness and toleration of this government cannot be questioned."

What she left unsaid was, "If you do question it you might get killed."

Thursday, August 05, 2010 2:08:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

FYI, BBC Great Lakes aired a version of that piece in Kinyarwanda last night... followed by a furious response from Louise Mushikiwabo

Friday, August 06, 2010 1:51:00 AM

Anonymous Jean Umutima said...

So what if our government needs to kill a few dissidents to maintain peace an order. It is no secret who is behind the killings. H.E. has made our country a safe place to live. And that means eliminating a few people who jeopardize it for the rest of us.

Our government shouldn't have to hide that from you westerners who want to see this government fall into chaos.

Friday, August 06, 2010 2:06:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do not agree with Umutima. To "kill a few dissidents" [or anyone in fact) is not acceptable . Maybe Umutima knows more than me but there is no evidence that I am aware of that the govt had any responsibility for the killing of Rugambage (in fact a contract killer has confessed) or the deputy head of the Green Party ( a man reportedly involved in loan sharking - "Bank Lambert") or the alleged attempt to kill Kayumba (from which he recovered remarkably quickly).

The Rob Walker reports - there is also one on BBC Newsnight (TV) - do not disclose any evidence of that either.

Not all Rwandans are interested in developing the country. Resentment at people who are doing well is a more common feeling than concern about the poor. Most urban types are not that concerned about the rural poor. Kagame IS doing something for them. His political will - and that of the others who are on message - is vital. There are also many who think they should be in charge or have a bigger slice of the cake or want a return to ethnic govt by French speakers. Why should the press believe the Kalegeyes and Ingabires rather than Kagame (whose reply is given on the Newsnight film)? It is puzzling. You need to consider whether each of the people in the reports is credible. The fact that a BBC reporter gets followed in a car does not mean there is responsibility for someone's death. The interests of Kalegeye and Ingabire in trying to create bad publicity at this stage is obvious.

Friday, August 06, 2010 6:07:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is also an interview on the BBC TV with the Foreign Minister - I have never been able to paste links here - but if you go to Kigali Wire the link is there.

Friday, August 06, 2010 6:23:00 AM

Blogger ColoredOpinions said...

Those who accuse Victoire Ingabire of playing the ethnic card are distorting the point her party is trying to make to the international community: crimes against humanity have been committed by the RPF. Those who want to deny those crimes are in my eyes part of the problem in the great lakes region. The cases in France and Spain against RPF military leadership are not political. They were initiated by French and Spanish citizens that were killed in Rwanda and Congo.

Friday, August 06, 2010 10:11:00 AM

Anonymous PDX Pete said...

Kagame is a Rorschach test.

If infant mortality declined by 50%, would it be worth this price? Why or why not?

If per capita income increased by 7% annually for the next 10 years, would it be worth the price?

What, exactly, is "the price"? A sham election, complete with brutal discouragement of participation? Or something much worse?

I suppose it's good people have strong opinions about Rwanda. For me, though, I cannot escape my ambivalence.

Sunday, August 08, 2010 3:57:00 PM


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