Archive for August, 2010

By: Tom Ndahiro

What does it mean to deny past atrocities like genocide? How does it affect the future of a country like Rwanda where it was carried out? How does it affect the memories of surviving victims and families of those who have been permanently silenced by perpetrators? What of the negative message to the rest of the world, the denial of the life of certain groups of people, and the implications for prevention of future atrocities? (more…)

” The search for the Truth on the Rwandan Tragedy:The war of October 1990 and the tragedy of April 1994” Is a document  also available in the archives of the International Criminal tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). It was written in the ex- Zaire in December 1995 by the former government army which planned, organised and supervised the genocide against the Tutsi in 1994. Many genocide deniers use it without quoting it. The Spanish Judge Fernando Andreu Merelles, seems to have been inspired by this document in the indictment he issued in 2008 against Rwandan government officials.  It is evil, but can be very useful to any scholar of Tutsi genocide denial. Click on the following link to open the document: EX-FAR and BIGOTRY

Victoire Ingabire is the President of RASSEMBLEMENT REPUBLICAIN POUR LA DEMOCRATIE AU RWANDA (RDR)  initially  was called the Return and Democracy in Rwanda. In March 1996 the RDR Cameroun branch made up of ideologues and planners of genocide, accused the United Nations Special Rapporteur of not being conversant with the social, political and historic realities of Rwanda, and of compiling his report on the basis of information furnished by persons who were implicated in the conflict. Otherwise, so they say, “he would have noted that those massacres had always stemmed from extremism, arrogance and murderous provocation by certain members of the Tutsi population”. For more click here: RDR Cameroun .

By Tom Ndahiro

The moment the mass murder of 1994 ended, the killers, switched tactics to killing the truth of what they had done and plotting their return to power.  It is important to keep this in mind when assessing critiques of democracy and governance in Rwanda today.

Genuine critics are important to the proper running of the country but there are others who utilise critique as a strategy to bring the genocidal program of Hutu Power back to legitimacy.  They assume the dress of democrats, hiding their blades and their murderous intentions.  Theirs is a strategy that was fashioned soon after the genocide. (more…)

By Tom Ndahiro

In the Vatican the three letter word “sex” makes the City’s insiders shudder. Pope Benedict XVI’s legacy is endangered as the scandal is sucking him in.

His role in the “mismanagement” of sex abuse cases in the 1980s – as the archbishop of Munich, and as head of the Vatican’s disciplinary Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith – has put him in a weaker position. (more…)

Jean Kambanda’s testimony in the ICTR-Day one

By Tom Ndahiro

On Monday 29, March 2010 the Guardian published Martin Kimani’s article with a title: “For Rwandans, the pope’s apology must be unbearable: If sexual abuse in Ireland warrants his contrition, what contempt is shown by the Vatican’s silence over its role in genocide”.

Martin appropriately said: “This turning away from the Rwandan victims of genocide comes at a time when the Catholic Church is increasingly peopled by black and brown believers. It is difficult not to conclude the church’s upper reaches are desperately holding on to a fast-vanishing racial patrimony. Perhaps it is time Catholics forced the leaders of their church to deal with a history of institutional racism that endures, if the church is truly to live up to its fine words. Apologies are not sufficient, no matter how abject. What is demanded is an acknowledgment of the church’s political power and moral culpability, with all the material and legal implications that come with it.” (more…)