Dear world citizens,
Sorry, President Museveni of Uganda was kept in the dark as far as the intent and date of our going home were concerned. Ask the Ugandan forces that tried to stop our guys from leaving what they met. As for the death of Habyarimana as the cause of the genocide against the Tutsis, please just read the Arusha testimonies of the designers to that genocide. You will learn as to when the pangas were bought, which was way before Habyara died and which meetings came up with the list of the Tutsis in Rwanda and how fast they can be killed. You have also to acknowledge the killings of Abagogwe that was way before the Habyarimana’s death to mention the few who were killed because of being Tutsis.
The return of Rwandans to Rwanda was in Uganda’s national interest. The Uganda People Congress (UPC)’s that are preaching pretentiously about the genocide in 1994 were the same ones subjecting those same Rwandans to ethnic cleansing in 1982-83 in South-western Uganda.
I do not know whether some UPC supporters understand clearly what they mean when they say “..what triggered the genocide was the assassination of Habyarimana..”. Do they mean that the mass murders of Tutisis and moderate Hutus would never have taken place if that plane had not been downed? Does he mean that all the previous waves of Tutsi massacres were preceded by mini-Habyarimana plane crashes? Had Tutsi and moderate Hutus been dying before or not? Were the machettes bought in anticipation for the Habyarimana plane crash?
Or for that matter, what is a “trigger”? As a corporal, I know that where there is a trigger, there is a round of ammunition with an explosive charge, there is a corking handle, there is a magazine, there is a firing chamber etc. Is it YK Museveni of Uganda that concoted the Rwandan explosive mixture? If indeed UPC supporters fully understands what they means by “trigger”, is it the same thing as the structural and historical causes of that genocide? And in crisis analysis, do we previlge triggers over structural causes? Unless we are UPCs who, when it comes to analysis, they highlight the first four letters of the word.
Why didn’t President Samora Machel’s death in a plane crash in 1987 spark off a genocide in Mozambique? Yet many of us are the same people that were constantly calling those same Rwandans names, and claiming that they were taking all the good jobs. When someone helps to find a way of getting them back where they rightfully belong, we again turn up talking the same nonsense of the Otikas, the Mulindwas and the rest of the loud-sounding-nothing horde……..just like the peasant husband who tells his wife, “do not peel the food and do not cook it but I should find it ready”.
Lance Corporal (Rtd) Otto Patrick and