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9 Février 2010 , Rédigé par Editions Sources du Nil Publié dans #Rwanda: élections 2010

Critics warned on divisive politics: "There is a wall"
Monday, 08 February 2010 15:25

Kigali: With a stern warning to politicians who supposedly hide behind the Kinyarwanda language and proverbs to make comments that could disturb the harmony within the country, President Kagame said Monday that there is a "wall" which will stop any such individuals.

Referring to regular outbursts by opposition critics such as PS Imberakuri's Bernard Ntaganda and now Ms. Ingabire Victoire of yet-to-be registered United Democratic Forces, Mr. Kagame said Rwanda has "come a long way, which should give everybody confidence that nothing unusual will happen".


Mr. Ntaganda's deserting party members have accused him of speaking in Kinyarwanda proverbs and descriptions which were used to spread ethnic politics during the previous governments. Mr. Ntaganda for example says his party is coming to "work for the majority" – a reference which was used to mean "Hutu".


"Just like me, no Rwandan should be left sleepless about this because I know there is a wall constructed from laws, truth, institutions, and coupled with the will to establish stability, independence [and] development," Mr. Kagame said with a tone of emphasis.


"It could be that the will has not been manifested but it certainly arises when there are people who want to reverse the path Rwanda has taken."


Trying to send the message that all the political squabbles fiery statements are not very important, the President said: "There is so much that we have gone through which should give people confidence that Rwanda cannot be undermined from within or without. I don't why people do not get used to this fact".


In a stern warning, Mr. Kagame finalized saying: "But whoever wants to test [this will], should do so. I have no problem."

ICC accused of dividing "instead of uniting"

Kigali: Despite ongoing discussion to have Rwanda loosen its stance on the International Criminal Court and eventually sign up to its statute, President Kagame affirmed Monday the Hague-based court has to do more to gain the confidence of its fierce critics including him, RNA reports.


"Our position that international justice be rendered on equal basis to everybody and ever country, does not only concern the ICC, but also the entire international judicial system in general as well," Mr. Kagame told a lengthy press conference.


In November, the chief prosecutor of the ICC, Luis Moreno-Ocampo was in Rwanda – holding talks with the President, but details of what transpired have not been readily available. Last month, Justice Minister Tharcisse Karugarama was in The Hague to follow up on an invitation for Rwanda to consider joining the court which President Kagame has repeatedly described as "meant for Africans and poor".


"The starting point of our discussion…is that international justice is not enforced differently," Mr. Kagame told the three-hour press briefing. 


"But from our history - as we are aware, that justice and other issues …usually create inequality among countries instead of uniting them. That is our position and that is where our discussions are based" he added.


The Sudanese President Omar El-Bashir has been inducted by the court, and several African rebel commanders are in its detention. But all through, President Kagame has dismissed it as colonialistic and partial.


Rwanda has some 4000 troops serving on the joint UN/AU peacekeeping force in Sudan – reason for which some have speculated that Mr. Kagame has stood by his Sudanese counterpart.

ICTR on spot

The President said international justice is influenced by the "colonial legacy" and the economic strength of nations, whereby the poor are being targeted. 


On the International Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) which is trying the suspects of the 1994 Tutsi Genocide, Mr. Kagame said Rwanda will continue to seek for justice even when the court closes down as planned in two years.


Rwanda, according to him has supported several available mechanisms of how Genocide fugitives can be brought to justice including either countries handing them to ICTR, extraditing them to Kigali, or the host countries trying them.


"Unfortunately, [our opinion] may not be listened to and we may not have it the way we would like it to be but we still continue with the efforts [for justice]", he said.


The issue of homosexuality also came up during the press conference, but the President, like previous occasions pushed it to other government officials. This time, he asked the Justice Minister Karugarama to explain the government position. 


Adding to what the Minister had explained, President Kagame said the issue of gay marriages has not been in the discussions on gay rights. The debate arose after Parliament tried to add an article into the reviewed Penal Code slamming harsh penalties on gays. The controversial article 217 was dropped, but there are already other existing instruments to punish gays.


Instead, the issue was how the gays should be handled and how they use their sexual orientation, according to the President.

Source: RNA

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