Kangura No. 40

Editorial: Why Do the Hutus Fail to Understand That They Have One Single Enemy?

At the time when the Government of Rwanda is engaged in talks bringing together representatives of Rwanda and the R.P.F. in Arusha, Tanzania, the Inyenzi-Inkotanyi, for their part, have a totally different plan. As demonstrated during their attack on 1 October 1990, the Inyenzi intend to take power by force and they are still determined to attain their objective.

The talks taking place in Arusha (if we can veritably speak of talks) remind us that Museveni took power with his own “Inkotanyi ” (N.R.A.) at the time when Tito Okello was being misled in Nairobi. We should not trust the international community. It is not talks that would prevent us from defending ourselves, for experience shows that a good number of countries had been conquered at their great surprise by guerillas at the time when their leaders were under the illusion that they were negotiating with the guerillas. Tito Okello (Uganda), Mengistu (Ethiopia), Hussein Habré (Chad), Siad Barré (Somalia), to mention just those, did not wish for what happened to them. If we too are not careful, the Inyenzi are going to capture us as partridges! Otherwise, how can it be explained that the Inyenzi flout the talks and continue their attacks at the time when the said talks were at the last stage? And yet, it was at this last stage of the talks that it as planned to consider the integration of the Inyenzi into the Rwandan Armed Forces and the repatriation of the Inyenzi refugees so that they do not perish in their wanderings. And it has been said, “too good, too stupid!”

However, the Inkotanyi, for their part, do not play that game. The clear proof of this is that they attacked Ruhengeri and Byumba on 8 February 1993. These attacks occurred following disturbances triggered in the country a few days previously by their accomplices like Nsengiyaremye. When we say that the Hutus must understand that they have one single enemy (the Inyenzi), we are saying this primarily to the Hutus and then to other patriots, for though few, they nevertheless exist. If we are speaking primarily to the Hutus, this does not mean the issue concerns them more than others. When the French want to say somebody does not look ahead, they say he “does not see beyond his nose.” In French, we say that “somebody does not look (see) further than his nose.” This has nothing to do with “the flat noses” of the Hutus, as some believe. On the other hand, the idea is well expressed in the Kinyarwanda in which it is said that the gluttony of the Hutus will lead them to their demise. And indeed, it is gluttony that will lead them to their demise.

When the Inyenzi attacked the Ruhengeri town and certain areas of Byumba on 8 February 1993, we were shocked by the conduct of the leaders of certain parties in the country. When the country is attacked, all its citizens go to defend it, led by their army. While our soldiers (our children, young brothers, elders) are serving at the front to defend us, it appears that politicians, most of whom have become gluttons, relate throughout the day that such and such persons (without proof) caused the disturbances. Would the Inkotanyi be the ones to seek peace? Does shooting at Rwandans constitute their way of quelling the disturbances triggered by their accomplices? It is regrettable that parties supporting our armed forces have low membership. To tell the truth, what remains may only be the C.D.R. Impuzamugambi and the M.R.N.D. Interahamwe (barring the Tutsi accomplices). In fact, how can you help defend the country when you are handing it over to the enemy?

Let’s ask the M.D.R. and P.S.D. Hutus and others this question: if Twagiramungu, Nsengiyaremye, Ngurinzira, Gatabazi had seized their share of money, would you the Inkuba and the Abakombozi, have received the money offered by the Inyenzi? They signed a contract with the Inkotanyi and they must respect it But then they themselves are driven by their gluttony, otherwise they ought to be ashamed of their crimes. Gatabazi is from Butare while Twagiramungu is Congolese (except that he lies that he is from Cyangugu). Both of them were certified gluttons. For sure Ngulinzira is a glutton, but that it is not a reason for him to put the Inkotanyi on the heels of his brothers and sisters to exterminate everyone, all the more so as they had besieged Butaro, his home region, a long time ago. One other thing that we should recall is that if the Inkotanyi came to besiege this country they would make no distinction among the Hutus of Gitarama, Butare, Ruhengeri, Gisenyi or Byumba. Everyone would be strangled. People from Byumba and Ruhengeri know this better than anyone else. For their part, the Tutsis cannot be trusted because they say it may be their parents returning from exile, indeed, “children” coming back home. But they also must bear in mind that if the Inyenzi continue to provoke the Hutus, such a stupid carefree attitude will end when the Hums are angry.

In reality, the gluttony of the Hutus will expose them to great danger! When we were attacked, Radio Rwanda, the country’s Broadcasting House, feared to say that we had been attacked by to Inyenzi! “It’s the R.P.F. soldiers fighting against the Rwandan Government soldiers, they said.” What would have happened at Radio Rwanda if it had announced that the Inyenzi had launched an attack? And when we say that it has become Radio Muhabura, it is said that falls in line with Kangura’s habitual allegations.

Twagiramungu once again amused the people by stating that parties collaborating with the Inyenzi (M.D.R., P.S.D., P.L.) had signed a document with the Inkotanyi in Brussels and not with the Inyenzi. Stanislas Simbizi, an Impuzamugambi, with eyes riveted in Twagiramungu’s baldness, replied: “As you wish! But in reality, is there any difference between the Inkotanyi and the Inyenzi?”