Dear Ugandans at heart,
Some of you might be getting it all wrong to say that Kagame is better than Museveni. It is a strategic mistake to conclude that Kagame is better than M7. Of course, we need to remind ourselves that comparing two different people in different places, facing different challenges, too, is a complex issue. In any case, my submission is pegged on the following:
a) My knowledge of the two systems and people i.e. M7’s system in Uganda and M7 as a person – I never had a chance to get close to M7 but I used to work with people who were CLOSE associates of M7, My knowledge of M7 and his system pre-Luweero war. on the other hand, my knowledge of Kagame and his system is actually first hand, by and wide, at least up to well about 5 years ago
b) Ever since I left Kagame Junta, I have been involved in International Politics at a relatively very high level. In particular, my involvement in the our Great Lakes Sub-region ‘regional Politics and Military strategies is, to say the least extensive. My access to major development partners too wouldn’t be under looked, anyway.
- I have similar interests to protect in both countries.But, why do some people wrongly say Kagame is better than M7?
- Kagame has absolute control over every institution – civil or military – and he has absolute control over everybody. In addition, Rwanda being a small country with almost everybody known to each other, then the absolute control Kagame has has been translated into systematic control of both private and public livelihood of each person. In this situation, certainly, Kagame controls communication and, generally, Kagame determines which information the world should access about Rwanda. The only information he allows the world to access is that which will bring credit to him. Remember also, Rwandans that have completed University education make less that 5% of the population. I was discussing this issue with one President in that region who agreed with me. He said that actually Kagame has become a liability for the region. The donors seem to view him as a model. Little do they know that no country in the region can handle its people in such a humiliating manner like Kagame does to his people. Know country can deny its people of their rights like Kagame does and it goes unnoticed!!!!
Uganda, which M7 is dealing with is absolutely different. People are educated, people have their own social systems which can even seal off M7’s influence. More people in Uganda have access to economic resources in comparison with Rwanda. Leading Uganda one must be ‘a man’. You are leading equals. Some people do not care what you are!!!Not in Rwanda, anyway!!!! There are more free men in Uganda in comparison to Rwanda. That is why you can hear many cases of corruption being made public. Not in Rwanda!!
In Rwanda, Kagame selects which cases OF CORRUPTION TO TELL TO THE Public. And, he gives an impression that there are no other hidden corruption cases.I will give you a good example of corruption cases in Rwanda that are worse than Uganda’s but they are never mentioned:
# No tender to wire -electricity wiring – any government building has ever been given to anybody except Mr. Nkusi – a former minister – whose family was the god father of Kagame’s family in Nakivale. It is believed also that some of this money goes into Kagame’s private pocket
# Nobody is allowed to look into ‘military procurement’ process and/or to question anything that the military buys. It is Ndahiro, Kagame’s relative – who works for the Kagames – that is the final man over this.
# No individual member of Parliament is voted in by the people, directly. All people do is to vote the entire list that is presented to them by Kagame. That list comes out around two days before people go to vote. Nobody discusses the names on the list.
# People voted the 2003 Constitution before they even saw the Constitution!!! The document came out just three days before the vote. Even the most educated class in Rwanda did not read the Constitution before voting
# No member of Parliament is allowed to question the Government’ s proposals to borrow money. Rwanda’s external debt has increased by 130%!!!
# Paramilitary training – Mukyakamukyaka, Ingando is compulsory. But all expenditure are ‘classified’. Not even the Auditor General is allowed to view these.
b) Rwanda’s kings had absolute control over each individual in the Kingdom. All Rwandans had only one King! It is on record that the Rwandan Kings and chiefs were the most brutal against their people in the entire Africa of that time. Read the first Explorers’ records!!! When Rwanda went Republic, the style of administration did not change so much. People remained under extreme fear especially in relation to their ‘leaders’. Actually, Rwanda has had a great experience of State Inspired Terrorism against its people. The climax is, I believe Kagame Junta. Such terror institutionalized, Kagame can do anything at anytime, to anybody, and nobody can say anything to oppose the guy. Those of us who tried it know what it means!!!
Look, I would write volumes over this issue. I just want you not to Compare Kagame with M7. I believe, if it were possible for the two countries to switch Presidents, and Kagame came to Uganda as a President, he would not survive the heat for another day!!!
Forget the Propaganda by Andrew Mwenda, the Ugandan journalist, for Kagame. This Mwenda is on Kagame’s pay roll to ‘market’ Kagame. I am sure of this. Did u know that for this reason, when Mwenda was in The Monitor, it was compulsory for all Government institutions in Rwanda to buy the monitor everyday? But do u know what happened when he was forced out of the Monitor? There was an official communique prohibiting Government and Private institutions from buying the Monitor in Rwanda!!!!
Period in power
It is true Kagame has been in power for a relatively shorter period in comparision to M7. Kagame started in 1994! Ok, let us give him 1995. Of course, you might say, he was not the President that time!! But, for our information, Bizimungu was ‘a shadow’ President. The real President was Kagame. You might remember that M7 and Nyerere advised Kagame not to take over as President; they wanted a Hutu just to ‘convince’ the World that it was not a Tutsi takeover of power. It was a good strategy though!!!
Finally, it was Kagame who, after looking at the Hutus that were being presented, he insisted that Bizimungu would be a lesser evil. M7 wanted to bring in Majambere while Nyere wanted Gasana. Gasana was already known to Kabira the Father – Kabira the father was being sponsored by Nyerere; he used to sell the minerals through TZ!!!! So Nyerere wanted Gasana who had actually done a great deal to undermine Habyalimana regime. In effect, that is why Gasana, who was supposed to travel with Habyalimana that fateful day, was held up in Arusha by ‘a meeting with M7’!!!
Of course, Nyerere, M7 and Kagame knew what was going to befall Habyalimana… that aside, we are justified to say Kagame has been in control for over about 16 years now!!!!
Yes, some people say apparently the roads are so nice, in Rwanda. The health sector is much better, etc. BUT little do you notice that compared to the levels or volumes of aid, grants and loans Rwanda has been getting in return for the ‘guilty conscience’ of Western nations, these few repaired roads and a few Clinics are like a droop of water in the Sea. There are only two new roads Kagame had constructed: Kigali Bugesera and the Branch to Nyanza – from Kigali Butare. These two roads, put together are shorter than Kampala Masaka road!!! Let anybody challenge this!
Where is the rest of the money that is being pumped into RWANDA?
My friends, come to USA, go to Maryland and you will see the palaces owned by our uncorrupt Kagame and his senior officers!!! I passed by New York and I noticed that almost all Kagame’s Generals’ families live in New York!!! Again, challenge me over this!!!At the same time, I want you to remember that most of us went to the 1990 war without even an extral pair of shoes left in our respective homes!!! Most of us were very poor junior officers in NRA!!!
Yes, Kigali is clean! People praise it for that. But did you know that there are roadblocks around Kigali beyond which poor people who do not have “shoes” cannot go? Yes, even as I write now!!! What would be making this city dirty, anyway? Who limits anybody to come to Kampala? Why then shouldnt Kampala be dirty when everybody can come to Kampala?
Schools in Rwanda
Schools!!!!! God, leave alone Green Hills ( For Madam Kagame) and Rivena (Jane’s school, the owner of Jaguar Buses …Jane is also believed to have had intimate relationship with the PC when she was still in RPA!!!) how many new schools do we have in the whole country? How many pupil study under trees in Rwanda, even as we talk now? Just recently the donors put Pressure on Kagame, they asked him where the money for schools went. Do u know what he has now decided to do? Each civil servant is going to pay 10% of his/her salary ‘for construction of classrooms!!! I have an official e-mail from the corridors of power in Kigali to this effect. On top of that, each civil servant is going to pay 6% of the salary, the whole of next year, for the Presidential elections!!!!! This is imposed on the people. Can M7 do it in Uganda???????
Remember, every civil servant pays what they call ‘umusanzu’ contribution for the Ruling Party. It is deducted under ‘solidality’ – check these people’s pay cheques!!!!
The NSSF saga!!!!!! God, in Rwanda, you contribute to this NSSF every month but you can only access this money after retirement and, even then, you only redeem the figure you have there!!!!No interest. But, go into Kigali, almost all real estate and big buildings belong to NSSF!!! The only signatory to the cheque is Musoni, the minister of Finance. My brother Gaperi, the director, just looks on ‘angazi’!!!! Where do profits for these workers go? In whose names are these buildings??? Check, it is the kagame family!!!!!!
What about the Congo money? Have you ever heard of the Congo desk? It also operates in Dubai!!!That is Kagame’s money!!!!!! Kagame is the second most paid President in the region. He earns about $25,000 amonth on top of all other ‘facilitation’ and security he enjoys as a President!!!! I have documentary evidence to this effect!!!
To cut it short, if we went to balance books, looking at the huge volumes of foreign Aid, Grants AND Loans Rwanda has had, and looking at the entries from Congo business on the one hand, and balance it against what is claimed as achievements by Kagame, then you would see how much Kagame is getting away with!!! He is only benefiting from ‘the genocide’ cover. That is why he have never made any mistake not to mention it in any speech!!!!!!
Remember, over 90% of all the registered business Co. in Rwanda, which are doing business in the country are for Kagame under the name ‘RPF income generating projects”. These ones do not compete for tenders. They only acquire them. When you question such inside dealing, they call u ikipinga!!!That is why some of us are in foreign land after having been refugees in Uganda for so long!!!
Nze ndi musajja wa Kabaka Omunarwanda