President Paul Kagame last week won presidential elections by 95 percent of the vote. Such high performance was common in Sadam Husseinâ€™s Iraq and other dictatorships. Basing on this analogy, many observers have concluded his victory was a product of political repression. But such an approach ignores the internal political dynamics that drive Rwanda and thus strip it of its history, context and specificity. A serious discussion of Rwanda must be rooted in its internal dynamics.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
In the summer of 1995, former US president, Jimmy Carter, organised a conference on Rwanda in Tunis to â€œconvince the RPF to be more ethnically inclusive by appointing Hutu politicians to cabinetâ€. In attendance were the presidents of Rwandaâ€™s neighbours: Zaireâ€™s Mobutu Sese Seko, Ugandaâ€™s Yoweri Museveni and Tanzaniaâ€™s Ali Hassan Mwinyi. Rwandaâ€™s Pasteur Bizimungu was in attendance as well as former Tanzanian president, Julius Nyerere. During the coffee break, they sat down for an informal chat with Carter.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
I read with particular keenness President Yoweri Museveniâ€™s article on July 25 where he defended Ugandan troop presence in Somalia. I use the words â€œparticular keennessâ€ because I highly respect Museveniâ€™s analysis of security issues. While his article is strong and persuasive, I was not convinced about intervention in Somalia.