Sábado, 24 de Julho de 2010

Rwanda, the day that never came

By Vasco Martins

 

This August will mark the legislative elections in Rwanda, which were promised to be free and fair by RPF President Paul Kagame. Yet, mysterious deaths and accounts of missing people have been shadowing the electoral procedure.

As the first campaign rally started, Democratic Green Party Vice-President Andre Rwisereka was being buried, after having been found brutally decapitated in the south of country. Other reports account missing journalists, several politically motivated arrests and even the assassination of a former army General. What happened to the saviour of the Rwandan 1994 genocide?

The answer is that Paul Kagame has been in a down spiral ever since. His involvement in the second civil war of the Democratic Republic of Congo and the disappearing of prominent people across the country has cast serious doubts about his rule. In a country tragically marked by ethnic conflict and genocide, the path towards peace and stability is always hard and bumpy. However, embracing classical African systems of one-man party while cracking down the opposition and sponsoring ethnic conflict in neighbouring countries is not the way to recover from the violence of the 1990’s. Indeed, if Rwanda had a long road ahead, Paul Kagame’s regime seems to be taking steps backwards, instead of nurturing the free democratic process a complicated ethnic map like Rwanda’s requires.

 

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