Kangura No. 35

Who Benefits From the Current Attacks?

Bonaparte Ndekezi

Who is behind the attacks?

Do not look any further.… The tragic attacks which are threatening public law and order are no doubt the work of the P.L., whose sole declared and desired objective as spurred by the Tutsis from all the planets, is to destabilize the lawfully established Hutu regimes and cause their total collapse. Thus the P.L. is now recruiting into the Inkotanyi ranks, specialists in planting mines and other explosives and showing them sensitive areas in which they will carry out their evil plan.

However, the situation would not be disturbing if the country as a whole, with all its energy, rose up and condemned this ethnic terrorism. I insist on the ethnic nature of the troubles for the simple reason that they are intimately linked to the war that has torn apart our country since 1990, resulting in heavy human losses and disrupting the entire political, economic and social fabric of the population. In any case, I would not have learnt… [missing text] …article if I could confirm that this dirty war sparked off by Tutsi refugees massively supported by their fellow Tutsis in Rwanda, Burundi and elsewhere and by President Museveni and his NRA, with the aim of taking over power in Kigali and massacring all the Hutus. Given that their drive for a full-scale war ended in a total, absolute failure, the Inkotanyi and all their Tutsi congeners decided to opt for terrorism.

As a matter of fact, and for reasons some people would qualify purely naïvely and silly as political strategy aimed at breaking the M.R.N.D. State, a good number of misled members of some political parties and their leaders, avid for power, do not hide their pathological and irresponsible sympathy for these wrong-doers. The M.D.R., a respectable party, has actually disappointed its top members when… [bad text] …with the club of feudal-monarchists and embraces the clearly anti-Hutu ideas of the terrible R.P.F. The frequent announcements… devoid of all substance and totally unpopular, are sufficient proof of the unflinching complicity of this couple with the Inkotanyi -Tutsi aggressors.

And yet, there is still a way of forming a constructive opposition with a policy that is capable of adequately solving all the problems, without necessarily setting the country ablaze or dragging it into a bloodbath, or even supporting those who mastermind the crazy and inhuman attacks. Remember that during the Second World War, the allies had already embraced multiparty politics, but despite the fact that they had divergent views on how to run State matters, the various political parties all aligned themselves behind a single command and focused on the war. Their immediate concern was first and foremost to wage war against their common enemy, that is, Hitler’s Nazism. But if each of the parties had stupidly wanted the other to take responsibility, as is the case in Rwanda today, the enemy would have found it easy to break through and… (illegible text)…

Indeed one can draw similarities between Hitler with his Nazi party and the Inkotanyi chiefs with their R.P.F., and Museveni with his NRA. But we shall not tire to repeat that: all the parties are under obligation to aim at the common good. All other considerations, political, regional or otherwise must never, under any circumstances, take precedence over public security and the key, vital interests of the Muhutu. Of course this means nothing to the P.L., the P.S.R. or their satellites, which are faithful and committed representatives of the invader. All men of good will, who love their country and the truth, are therefore called upon to make the leaders and members of political parties of popular “obedience” understand that their infighting will only benefit their common enemy, the Inyenzi, and their Tutsi kith and kin. They, therefore, are under obligation to dismantle the dangerous trap set by the enemy and dissociate themselves completely from the harmful claims of those who pretend to be their confidants.

When all is said and done, the sordid crimes perpetrated by the Inkotanyi and their Tutsi accomplices in Bugesera, Nyabisindu, Rusumo, Biryogo and elsewhere do not benefit anybody. The government does not stand to gain in any way, apart from exposing its blatant failure to protect its own citizens. And those who believe they are gaining anything at all in flirting with the devil are not showing real maturity that can transcend the recurrent turbulence, in order to work towards ensuring security in the medium and long term, as well as the full emancipation of the Rwandan people in general and the majority in particular.

As for the blood-thirsty and power hungry feudalists, their congenital barbarism which has now culminated in a futile war and crazy acts of violence and sabotage, does nothing but stir up ethnic hatred [missing text] Hutus; they also forget that patience has its limits and that the cruelty suffered by the Hutus and the Twas over the decades is still fresh in their minds. Moreover, the Tutsis must not deceive themselves: their selective intelligence with Hutus, motivated in the first instance by the annihilation of what they dare call the “SHIRU” empire, might not last as long as the detractors of the Hutu regimes resulting from the 1959 Revolution would wish. Very soon, the lost sheep will return to the fold and the real patriots will, for sure, repent for having and sown seeds of unwarranted an unnecessary discord among the members of the same ethnic family. These Nilotic people’s satanic race against time will only end up discrediting them, and forever, in this era where conformism and truth are victorious over speculation and lies and where the universal golden rule in any policy is democracy based on the power of the majority.

What is the attitude of the authorities?

As a matter of fact, right from the beginning of the hostilities, the official voices took the embarrassing step of blaming the October 1990 events on some obscure rebel movement or on some alleged Rwandan opponents of the Habyarimana regime, whereas it was clearly an attack from without, and more precisely, from a neighboring country, namely, Uganda. According to some other reliable sources, the Burundian authorities are also directly and effectively involved in the conflict. And the Rwandan government went ahead and released the accomplices correctly identified as Inkotanyi, without trying or punishing them, and yet the majority of whom were caught red-handed. It further portrayed very humiliating viewpoints… (illegible text)…

But the government’s unjustified naivety and panic once again reached its peak when in Nsele, Zaire, its representatives went ahead and agreed to sign bogus accords compromising national security with bands of lawless, unfaithful and stateless savages.

Today, one notes for example that the P.L.—which does not hide its direct collaboration with the Inkotanyi—manages to get its concerns and whining fully addressed. Such a party, does not inspire any confidence in the authorities, who show exaggerated sympathy for these fierce enemies of the I959 Revolution. For example, the Bugesera skirmishes are not presented tactfully enough. In fact, some of the official statements only discredit our administration and wrongly condemn the poor Hutus on the international scene.

For the moment, the Justice system is bent on locking up only the Hutus, leaving the Tutsi guides of the R.P.F. killers in peace. The Tutsi families in the affected areas are provided with abundant supplies of foodstuffs and clothing, while the Hutus of Butaro, Kidaho, Muvumba, Ngarama, Kiyombe and so on, are under the constant threat of Kalashnikov bullets and Katyucha rockets fired by the Inyenzi-Tutsis from Uganda and are left to horrible deprivation and misery.

If it is indeed true that the “slip-ups” of our ambassadors are due to an attempt to please the West, they must realize that if the Inkotanyi had attained their objective and carried out their deadly intention of systematically exterminating the Hutus and subjecting to merciless slavery the few survivors of… [missing text] …the kamikazes, they would have smacked their lips and applauded the barbaric acts of the new Tutsi regime with great satisfaction. The frequent massacres perpetrated in Burundi and of which the only victims are the Hutu majority, have clearly shown that West openly connives with the Hamite minority, who are the main beneficiaries of all Western aid and unflinching political support.

Reinforcing public safety, by all possible means, should be one of the most urgent measures to be taken. The Government must spare no effort in ensuring public safety, even if it runs counter to political party interests or meets with the disapproval of the outside world, which is always confused and manipulated by our aggressors. The roadblocks that have been mounted on the public roads would be more useful if they were put to better use. We should, for example, have mobile roadblocks and more discreet and random checks at all the times, in all places and for everybody. Day and night searches, systematic searches at work places and in homes, could help to avert certain dangers. The Government must always see to it that the national defense and security services are provided with more and more dissuasive and decisive means.

Another measure that can help save the country from the present serious crisis—which has fortunately been embarked on—is the setting up of a broad-based transitional government with the participation of various parties. However, it should be pointed out that the way the various political parties have shared the cake is regrettable. Selfish ends have clearly got the upper hand. Furthermore, the popularity gauge that was used (organizing political rallies, number of membership cards issued.) has not been convincing. [missing text] essential and an unwavering desire to consolidate the gains of the 1959 Revolution and to fight tooth and nail in defending the democracy and the Republic, which are currently threatened by the Tutsi feudalists bent on pursuing their evil ends, does no doubt have a real and potential electorate by far stronger than that of any other party. It would therefore be illogical and very dangerous for the majority to try and exclude it from the direct management of State affairs at a time when, the P.L., the equivalent of the Inyenzi’s R.P.F., is allocating itself strategic ministerial portfolios and other important posts. Likewise, the P.D.I. which, on national level, rivals the P.L., the P.S.D. and the P.D.C. in representation, must be shown all the respect it deserves.

In increasing the number of portfolios in order to satisfy all the parties in the fray, the head of state and the prime minister must take into account the budgetary constraints and the disastrous economic and financial situation the country is in It is therefore recommended that they reduce the number of ministries by grouping some under one ministry and abolishing a good number of costly but unprofitable state and parastatal bodies or by integrating them into ordinary administrative departments. Stringency, accountability and austerity in the management of public assets will constitute one of the essential tests of the credibility of our new leaders in the eyes of the public and the various organizations on which we depend for funding.

So, what happens to the Head of State become in the current political imbroglio? The President of the Republic, in his capacity as guardian of the institutions and guarantor of the Nation’s independence shall fully exercise all the …[illegible line] …his right and duty to give his last ruling whenever something of public interest is in dispute… [illegible line] …to promote frank and fruitful dialogue between people of all political leanings which harass him, in a spirit of mutual understanding and the flexibility, required for the common good. But, as expected, such a show of weakness on his part in the effective handling of the situation would be disastrous for the political future, security, economic development and the social wellbeing of Rwanda and its people. He must, therefore, assume all his responsibilities and take all the necessary measures, regardless of the pressure exerted on him. And, without necessarily modeling our institutions on those of America or France, I believe that in order to build our institutions on firm ground - for obvious security reasons - some fields like national defense and foreign affairs should be reserved solely for the Head of State, while the Parliament—and that is where the paradox lies—is granted all the necessary powers to have their opinion heard on the matter.