Protests Planned As Kagame Jets In United States
Dozens of Rwandese and Congolese in United States will Saturday hold demonstrations at William Penn University where President Paul Kagame is expected to receive an Honorary Doctorate.
Chimp Corps have learned the anti-Kagame demonstrators have joined hands with Oskaloosa community to protest the Rwanda President’s commencement address and his Doctoral Honoris Causa award in Humane Letters at the Iowa-based University.
The activity has been organized by opposition party Rwanda National Congress (RNC) top shot Providence Rubingisa, FDU-Inkingi’s Theophile Murayi and IDD/USA coordinator Celestin Muhindura.
The organizers say the rally is a protest against Kagame’s “war crimes and crimes against humanity” in the African Great Lakes Region and beyond and his repression of human and civil rights of the Rwandan people.
They claim this is a record incompatible with a Doctoral Honoris Causa award in humane Letters by an American University on American soil.
We are informed the protest kicks off at William Penn University 201 Trueblood Avenue
Oskaloosa, IA 52577 starting 9:00am till 5:00pm central time.
Observers say this is a ploy to embarrass the visiting head of state.
The organizers appealed to the public:
“Please join us in our effort to honor the spirit of William Penn University founding fathers, the members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) known for philanthropy and social justice.”
They further noted that “such core values don’t fare very well with the human and civil rights repression and the crimes against humanity President Kagame is accused of.”
The demonstration comes at a time when Kagame is being internationally hailed for transforming the tiny state into Africa’s model country in areas of infrastructure, agriculture, economy, Information and Technology and citizens’ welfare.
During a recent trip to Uganda, Kagame told press that his government fully respects human rights and civil liberties of his political opponents.
He described as baseless allegations that he had launched a systematic campaign of witch-hunting and sometimes killing his political rivals.
At William Penn University, Kagame will be recognised for his contribution to human welfare, playing a key role in rebuilding Rwanda, improving lives of Rwandans and empowering young people and women.
According to Rwanda’s pro-state Igihe, in July 2008, William Penn University signed an agreement with the Rwandan Ministry of Education to accept four Rwandan “Presidential Scholars” to enroll at William Penn University.
Three of these four students will be among today’s graduants.
William Penn University renewed this agreement with the Ministry in September of 2011 and will enroll an additional five students from Rwanda per academic year, beginning this year.
The University also has an established cooperation the Institute of Agriculture, Technology and Education of Kibungo (INATEK), since 2008.
The cooperation between William Penn University and INATEK includes staff and student exchanges, according to Igihe.
In March of 2012, President Ann Fields led a group of eight graduate and undergraduate students on a two-week study abroad trip to the Republic of Rwanda as part of that exchange program.
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Updated on 2013-06-04 10:39
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