Rwanda: controversy after Kagame's remarks on the assassination of an opponent - RFI

New controversy around President Paul Kagame. During the traditional annual government retreat, the head of state

By RFIPalled on 14-03-2019Modified 14-03-2019 at 07:24

New controversy around President Paul Kagame. During the government's traditional annual retreat, the Rwandan head of state once again spoke of the assassination of one of his opponents. This time it is Seth Sendashonga. For the Rwandan head of state, the former minister of the interior was killed because he had crossed a red line seeking support from Ugandan generals. A warning veiled when, for several months, Rwanda and Uganda are at loggerheads. After these statements, Seth Sendashonga's relatives say they are angry and call on the international community, especially France, to react when opponents continue to be killed in the country.

In the face of the country's main officials on Sunday, Paul Kagame mentions one of the books of French researchers, GĂ©rard Prunier, who allegedly suggested, according to the Rwandan president, as the reason for Seth Sendashonga's assassination in 1998 of meetings with Ugandan generals. to overthrow the regime in Kigali. " There are elements of truth in what Prunier writes, we had this information. In fact, Seth Sendashonga died because he crossed a red line. I do not have much more to say, but I will not apologize for that, " said the Rwandan president.

On May 3, 1998, Seth Sendashonga met Salim Saleh, the brother of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni. On the 16th, he is assassinated by a commando in Nairobi. Former Minister Jean-Baptiste Nkuliyingoma was close to Seth Sendashonga. He is now a member of the institute created in his name. " We knew very well that Paul Kagame had ordered the attack against Seth Sendashonga but we were nevertheless surprised to entandre a head of state to recognize such a serious crime ..."

Opponents demand investigation of politically motivated crimes

For this close to Seth Sendashonga, even the motive evoked by Paul Kagame to justify this assassination is fallacious since the former interior minister had escaped a first assassination attempt in 1996 and many other opponents were killed since.

Jean-Baptiste Nkuliyingoma notes with bitter note that on March 10, while Paul Kagame was saying these words, a new opponent was found dead in Rwanda. Anselme Mutuyimana, the UDF president's assistant, Victoire Ingabire, was found dead last weekend, strangled. Rwandan police say they opened an investigation. The few remaining opponents in Rwanda, Victoire Ingabire, Diane Rwigara and Bertrand Ntaganda, call for an international investigation into politically motivated crimes in Rwanda.

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