The Rwandan political opposition Platform would like to condemn in the strongest terms possible the sickening cynicism of the Rwandan General Mubarak towards the vulnerable people like survivors of genocide, his sectarianism and incitement to hatred against survivors of genocide as well as the thinly veiled policy of regional destabilization and expansionist policies.
On April 1, 2017, while addressing members of the association of students, survivors of genocide (AERG) and former students, survivors of genocide (GAERG), General Mubarak Muganga, new military commander of Kigali and the Eastern region, told them that their problem of unemployment is just temporally, because they will be the first to be picked to go to fight in any new external military expedition. He said that he was only waiting for his boss, the commander in chief, i.e. President Kagame to decide where and when to move and hence end their unemployment issue. He reminded them that they were part of the Rwandan army.
In a thinly veiled expression of the Rwandan expansionist policy, the General said any place that has one Rwandan is considered a Rwandan territory and anyone attacking him or her, immediately becomes a target of the Rwandan military expedition.
In order to win their hearts, the Rwandan General told them that the existence of the Rwandan army was to protect survivors. He revealed that the President has bought enough arms to protect survivors of genocide and their children against anyone harbouring genocidal ideology.
Indeed, the least that the young survivors of genocide want as a job, is to die in expeditionary wars to plunder resources of neighboring countries to enrich the current political/military oligarchy or to cause regional chaos in order to make Rwanda look like an oasis of stability, hence giving a new lease of life to the repressive regime of RPF. They deserve better support and empathy.
In addition, by singling out young survivors of genocide as the primary concern of the Army and not every citizen of the country and bragging that the President has brought them enough arms to defend them and their children against people with genocidal ideology, the General is inciting the rest of the population against them, particularly critics of the government. We may recall that every critic of the government, irrespective of ethnicity or religion is labelled as revisionist, genocide denier, or someone with genocidal ideology.
Furthermore, the thinly veiled expansionist and destabilization policy, declared by General Mubarak Muganga is likely to arouse animosity against people of Rwandan origin in the whole region.
We call upon the international community, particularly donors to ask the government of President Paul Kagame:
- to put an end to the cynical policy of using survivors of genocide and particularly vulnerable young people for political survival
- to refrain from recruiting forcefully or by deception young survivors of genocide
- to stop all the sectarian policies or statements used to elicit the support of survivors of genocide, which make them a target of hatred by other young people who feel excluded.
- to stop its expansionist and regional destabilization policies
Ottawa, April 6, 2017