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Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda. BBC Hard Talk


This interview, see below, between the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame and Stephen Sackur is an interesting exercise in don’t ask me embarrassing questions.

Paul Kagame is one of Africa’s intelligent leaders but still suffers far from being able to be open and frank. He is nervous in being questioned on his government’s role in the eastern Congo and the role his organization the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), played in the events, if any,  leading to the death of Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana, a Hutu, when his plane was shot down above Kigali airport on 6 April 1994. that sparked the terrible genocide against the Tutsis of Rwanda of which some 800,000 plus were massacred by extremist Hutus.

Unfortunately, when questioned in regard to the trial in Paris of  The Director of State Protocol, Rose Kabuye,  I’m not clear what the French are trying to do in this case and I would have, given their past role in Rwanda, decisions about who should be on trial were beyond the judgement of one state and any serious charges should be dealt with by the International Criminal Court. So in this sense Paul Kagame has a valid point.

Questioned on the International Criminal Court decision to arrest President Bashir of the Sudan he wheels out the old colonialist baggage.

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