Kangura No. 30

The Gitarama Hutu Refused to Demonstrate Together With the P.L. Tutsi

Issa Nyabyenda

All Rwandans know very well that in Nyamabuye commune, Grégoire Kayibanda’s native region, there are Hutus who cannot tolerate Tutsis. The reaction of these Hutus comes from the fact that they are among those who experienced the injustice of the feudal regime. Besides, you also know that during the regime of militant Grégoire Kayibanda, who did a lot for many Hutus, some of his own kind persecuted him because he favored the Abakiga. Kayibanda responded that the Abakiga and the Abanyenduga were all Rwandan. He further specified that he liked the Abakiga because they cannot tolerate ousted (by Kayibanda) Tutsis to come back to power to enslave the descendants of Gahutu.

In their demonstrations on 7 January 1992, these inhabitants of Kayibanda’s native region proclaimed that they did not support the Tutsis and members of the P.D.R. party broke away from those of the P.L.

In fact, during these demonstrations, right at the beginning the Tutsis simply watched what the Hutus were doing. Hutus from Gitarama (apart from the M.D.R. leaders who for the time being want to betray the motto Kayibanda passed on to his party), do you think that the M.D.R. should continue to associate with the P.L.? Be reasonable and say what the Tutsis did during these demonstrations that you could not do yourselves!

Do you not remember that when you were dancing and barricading roads, the minority members of the P.L. regrouped and sang only about the evils of the Himas and the Bagogwe, as if the Bagogwe and the Himas were the only inhabitants of Rwanda? Did you not notice that during these demonstrations P.L. Tutsis would stop and seem to make fun of you by inviting you to continue to insult your own kind! It is these Tutsis who invited the Hutus to fight one another so that they can get an opening in their path to taking power! No. Let’s stop being used by the Tutsis.

Moreover, since your region is the cradle of the 1959 revolution, will there be a single Tutsi who was satisfied with Hutu power, whereas, as you know, the two republics favored them! Are you therefore not convinced that each time the Tutsi want to be involved together with Hutu in politics, it will merely be in order to oust him from power? Will there be another truth which surpasses the answer that Mr. Gitera gave to President Habyarimana’s question to him about defining what could unite the Hutus and Tutsi.

Gitera replied by saying that the Tutsis are only interested in the Hutus because of power. So, if the Tutsis cannot accept to be lead by Hutus, the unity of the Hutus and Tutsis means the ousting of the Hutus from power which then goes back to the Tutsis. Isn’t it true that those who associate with the P.L. (which has yet to recognize the 1959 revolution as we have been shown in issue No. 7 of Isibo), want to restore power to the Tutsis?

When will the Tutsis understand that given that they are the minority, at they cannot come to power in Rwanda through the ballot box? The Tutsis should understand that the blatant wickedness toward the Hutu under the feudal regime that they wish to reestablish, would not allow the people to trust them to the extent of giving them the power.

Given the atrocities of this war and its numerous unfortunate consequences, we Hutus, in following the example of His Excellency Grégoire Kayibanda, should unite in order to conquer the Tutsis once and for all. In that way, we shall build Rwanda in peace, without any dissension.