Rwanda: Do not politicize Memories, Honor and Rebuilding


 Usually, around this time I write a piece on a topic dear to my heart. As I was thinking about the compelling thoughts I should share,  I surprised myself:  I found myself  reading a speech by  General Paul Kagame of Rwanda.
      On April 7, 2013 he said in his speech: “In remembering, it is important that we comfort those who lost loved ones and were left orphans, widows and or without any family so that they are not overwhelmed by the immense sorrow. They need reassurance to give them the courage and hope to carry on.». 
    Yes, we have to remember, comfort, support and show our love to those who lost loved ones,  were stolen their joy to live a full life  and their sense of humanity by  the worst criminals. We owe our compassion to  our neighbors,  friends and compatriots who have been living with sorrow. It is our duty as Rwandans, but most importantly, as human beings to console, reassure, and look after each other
    Yes, in spite of everything I stand for, I  was intrigued by  General Kagame’s speech. On first impression, I thought General Paul Kagame had made an impressive step forward from his past speeches  that fueled  the demons of discord among the Rwandan people.

  Unfortunately,  I do not expect the speech to be  genuine and  General Kagame to match his actions to his words. Why? I have consistently and strongly disagreed with General Paul Kagame because through his speeches, policies, and actions, he led the Rwandan people to believe  that,  depending on their ethnic background, there are good orphans and widows, Tutsi,  who have the right to be comforted and supported and bad orphans and widows, Hutu,  who must be condemned, blamed, cast away and banned. The opening of his speech  is a clear indication that his usual message of discord has not evolved. General Paul Kagame’s speeches have thrown around the  neck of the Rwandan people the shackles of fear, division, and degeneracy.


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Long ago, the people of Rwanda suffered through a terrible famine. The rains did not come to help the crops grow, the grass withered, and the soil became so dry that it cracked. The people looked to their village chiefs for guidance, but the chiefs could not help. They looked to the king, but he could not bring the rain. Only the magical tail of a mystical creature could save the kingdom. Maguru is Rwanda’s best hunter, even better than the king—and certainly better than his jealous village chief. He’s hunted the buffalo, the antelope, and the leopard, but he has never hunted the deadly imparambwe. To save his people, Maguru must now learn to outrun the wind and outwit a creature that can change shape in the wink of an eye. If he succeeds, he’ll be a hero. If he fails, his people will die of starvation. Maguru is determined not to fail.

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