Kagame Speaks Out on Karegeya in Al Jazeera Interview

nurse geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Renowned journalist Sorious Samura interviewed the leader on the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, unhealthy where over 500, click 000 Tutsis were killed by Hutu rebels in April 1994.

Under the leadership of Paul Kagame, Rwanda has emerged as one of Africa’s most unlikely success stories.

It is now one of the safest countries on the continent, with a fast-growing economy, free education, and universal healthcare; a country where the average life expectancy has doubled.

Kagame says, “I think the amount of work we have done to change things, to change the mentality, to change the thinking of people, and the very lessons brought by the suffering and all the horrific things that happened to us in the genocide, I don’t think there would be any grounds for the country going back to those bad days. That is my belief.”

However, critics of Kagame accuse him of being strong-fisted.

When asked by Samura about Rwanda’s alleged involvement in the murder of former chief of intelligence Patrick Karegeya in January, Kagame responded:

“So what we are accused of, we have been waiting for anybody to provide even the slightest evidence to point to that, to prove what they are saying.”

Samura also asked Kagame to address alleged comments made by Defence Minister Gen James Kabarebe about Karegeya’s death, “When you choose to live like a dog, you will die like a dog.”

Kagame told Al Jazeera: “The meaning is: Somebody who has been serving the country he chose to call his own, and later on turns against it, starts to get involved with organisations that are carrying out terror in this country, from whose hands, many have been killed, others maimed. Here it feels like this person deserved it. Deserved the death whatever the cause was. This is where it comes from.”

Government accuses Karegeya, whose body was found in a South Africa hotel on New Year’s Eve, of masterminding the grenade attacks in Rwanda in which over 45 people were killed.

Samura also probed Kagame on his governance style, to which he responded: “I’m here because the people of Rwanda have chosen me, have elected me and actually accepted me as their leader and respect me as their leader. So calling everybody dictators, authoritarian, tyrant, I really don’t understand it.”

According to Al Jazeera, Kagame’s interview on People and Power will be available for the Ugandan audience at 01.00 this Thursday, 10 April 2014.

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