Kagame Blasts Kabila, Gen. Nyamwasa
President Paul Kagame blasts his Congolese counterpart Joseph Kabila for “playing games” and renegade General Kayumba Nyamwasa of announcing plans to carry out a coup in Rwanda.
In an interview with Time magazine reporter, Alex Perry, Kagame gives an insight into his telephone conversations with Kabila, saying his relationship with the DRC leader has been “gradually eroded.”
“My relationship with President Kabila has been gradually eroded by things that have happened in the last few weeks. Kabila is used to playing games and the international community entertains that and plays games with him,” says Kagame.
“They tell you one thing and mean something else. We have been talking and trying to find a solution. At the same time, he was sending emissaries all over the world to abuse us,” a seemingly frustrated Kagame notes.
“He (Kabila) says we can be part of the solution and at the same time he is making very serious allegations against us. The relationship has been affected.”
Kagame could have been referring to several DRC ministers who have been attacking Rwanda in the press at a time when the two countries are engaged in talks to solve the security crisis in the Eastern part of Congo.
In fact recently, DRC Foreign Affairs Minister Raymond Tshibanda, in total disregard of the resolutions of the Kampala Summit which resolved to put in place a neutral force to crush the rebels in Eastern Congo, asked the U.N. Security Council to place sanctions on Rwanda's defence minister and two top military officials for backing the M23 mutiny.
"We believe that all the consequences must be drawn from the conclusions in the report of the group of experts and that sanctions should eventually be envisaged," Tshibanda told a news conference at the United Nations after discussing a report on the country's security issues by an U.N. expert panel.
DRC accuses Rwanda of supporting a mutiny in its army, allegations Kigali says have no basis.
In the interview published online by Time on September 14, Kagame rubbishes claims by Human Rights groups that Congo warlord Bosco Ntaganda owns a house in Rwanda, saying several Kinshasha ministers own properties in Kigali.
Chimpreports recently reported that the rapid escalation of a hostile rhetoric between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) seemed to suggest that the distance between provocation and a regional flare-up could be several seconds long.
Pressed on reports that opposition groups and exiles’ claims that there are assassination teams wandering around trying to kill them, that when it comes to opposition, whether it’s expressed in journalism or politics, that Rwanda is a narrow space, Kagame responds:
“We have a very narrow space for people who feel they are not accountable. If there anybody who thinks they are above the law, who thinks they are not accountable to the systems and the laws of this country, and if somebody thinks they can use any means for their political ends, they discover very quickly that this is not going to work. Some of things that happened here will never happen again.”
He adds: Now, unfortunately, while I’m putting it this way, people build on it and say: ‘He is saying something else. It’s political space.’ But let me say this. If you look at all these people who are outside – all of them who are active, whether it is in South Africa, a couple in the US, and the others – there is not a single one who does not have a serious case, a charge here in Rwanda. In some cases, not even political, outright criminal.”
Kagame maintains that if some exiled Rwandans are claiming persecution of some kind it’s because they are running away from prosecution of cases such as corruption.
“How does that become lack of political space? Nobody here who tried to have a different political view was punished for that,” says Kagame.
Kagame also speaks out on an assassination attempt against his former army Chief of Staff Gen. Kayumba Nyamwasa in South Africa in 2010.
“This one in South Africa, [dissident General] Kayumba [Nyamwasa, former Rwandan army chief of staff, now living in self-imposed exile in South Africa, where two attempts have been made on his life] is saying in the press in South Africa, actually I was trying to make a coupe happen,” says Kagame.
“If you have somebody out there saying ‘I wanted to carry out a coup,’ and later on he is shot, maybe he deserves it.”
Nyamwasa was recently quoted by City Press admitting he was involved in plans to topple President Kagame.
“Because a coup means he wanted to kill people here. You are really indicting yourself by saying ‘I wanted to kill people in order to make a change happen.’ It’s like you are really declaring war on a country,” elaborates Kagame.
He also slams the former prosecutor-general Gerald Gahima who is exiled in the United States.
“This fellow was involved in a gross case of corruption. He was a prosecutor general. He was in charge of an investigation of a bank that has serious issues and took money from the very bank he was investigating,” says Kagame, adding, “The facts are there and in the end when he was found to have done that – and by his own admission, he used his mother’s name and stole millions – he did not even deny that…”
Kagame says when this came out very clearly and he had just been appointed vice-president of the Supreme Court, “we actually were obliged to fire him. “
The President says Gahima stayed a few days here before escaping. “And when he reached there, he says: ‘Oh, politics, RPF!’ It has nothing to do with lack of political space. It is lack of space for space for people to do corruption and I have no apologies for it.”
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Updated on 2013-06-04 10:39
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