Kagame Warns FDLR: We'll Shoot You


information pills geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>Kagame was responding to claims by Human Rights Watch (HRW) and U.S. State Department that several suspected collaborators of the DRC-based genocidal militia were being held incommunicado.

“We cannot allow anyone to compromise our security and our development. It starts with each of you playing your role,” warned Kagame on Thursday as he addressed a gathering in Nyabihu District.

“Those who were unable to run the country and chose to run away are the same ones attempting to compromise our development.”

Kagame, whose RPF rebel group toppled the genocidal regime of Juvenal Habyarimana in 1994 to seize power, expressed shock that collaborators of the militia were still determined to kill innocent people.

“Why cause insecurity to innocent Rwandan men, women and children? What do they gain?” he wondered, adding, “You should not allow anyone to compromise your security.”

The trip was part of the Citizen Outreach tour.

Addressing reports by human rights groups, Kagame charged: “Whenever we arrest those who cause insecurity some quarters start complaining – we might be compelled to shoot them in broad daylight.”

This is the latest warning against FDLR, whose suspected agents were recently arrested in different parts of Rwanda on charges of subversion.

The FDLR’s leadership and ideology are blamed for the 1994 genocide and mass atrocities in DRC.

Kagame urged his enemies not to “throw grenades that kill babies” but come for him personally.

“What type of politics is that which throws bombs that kill babies?” wondered Kagame.

He emphasised that citizens, not law enforcement agencies, are the foundation of security.

Turning to leaders, Kagame said they should not stop at pointing out problems of society but solve them.

“We are here to work toward the betterment of every Rwandan with no exception. When we know what the solution is to better ourselves, we have no reason to delay its implementation. We have come a long way but the journey ahead is still long. We cannot afford to be complacent or slow down.”


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