General Paul Kagame’s psyche.


Reacting on a piece in Inyenyeri newspaper that Kagame exhumed his father and brother’s remains and ‘reburied’ them on his farm (Kagame’s father died 40 years ago, his brother died 27 years ago), a  certain Shaquana is of the view that Kagame has a psychological problem with “human remains”. Shaquana calls upon psychologists to analyze Kagame’s psyche in relation with human remains.

Shaquana is stunned by Kagame’s inclination to exhume human remains. First, in his facebook, Shaquana argues, it was the Hutu remains, allegedly killed by Kagame himself, from Byumba and other parts of Rwanda, then the Tutsi victims of the 1994 genocide. Kagame did not spare the first President of Rwanda ( Mbunyumutwa)’s remains. Last month, Kagame exhumed his father ( buried 40 years ago) and brother (buried 27 years ago).

In his comments, Professor Charles Kambanda, a law professor at St. John’s University finds the author’s analysis interesting:

“It gives RESEARCHERS an insight into how Kagame’s psyche probably operates. The fact that Kagame exhumed his father and brother is amoral if not moral and certainly legal. However, viewing the exhumation in relation with Kagame’s problematic personal traits, the author provides a relevant entry point into General Kagame’s psyche.

FIRST, Kagame appears to find gratification in killing people or ordering people’s death, including his very close friends and/or enemies, real or perceived. (1) Most former and current Kagame’s close associate agree that for Kagame, killing a person or ordering a person’s death is as normal as ordering a cake. Kagame’s history as person, from his early days in Uganda’s army, confirms this. He was nicknamed “Pilato”, the Biblical figure who condemned Jesus Christ to death!! The bloody wars he commanded/commands in Rwanda and Congo also confirm this. Some people call him the Hitler of Africa! The list of the insane assassinations Kagame is alleged to have ordered is inexhaustible (2) whenever interviewed regarding the assassinations he allegedly ordered, the General’s demeanor is self revealing; it has never been short of admission! Refer to the relevant interviews including BBC’s Hard Talk

SECOND, Kagame has deliberately refused to bury millions of remains. For unknown reasons, he has resisted calls to bury the people he calls victims of the Tutsi genocide. He has decided to keep them in transparent boxes, paraded in different centers, apparently for tourists to see. These poor human remains have been paraded for close to 2 decades now! Almost every party has called for burial of these human remains. The General has simply not yielded!!! The General knows how traumatizing these paraded human skulls are to everybody! The General knows that it is a sign of disrespect to parade human remains! For which proportional good is he keeping these human remains out there? Is there anything in the General’s psyche that we might discover through his “bizarre” handling of human remains? Does exhuming his father and brother NOW add anything for analysts to get deeper into Kagame’s psyche?

Questions: if Kagame appreciates the importance of according decent burial to the dead, as he has expressed it by exhuming his father and brother who were buried 40 and 27 years ago respectively, why doesn’t he allow decent burial for the remains he has paraded for close to 20 decades? (2) Why does Kagame defy the deep-rooted African culture and indeed Rwandan culture to respect the dead and bury them?

THIRD, Kagame exhumed the first Hutu president who had been buried for close to 30 years. There is no official mention of where this decedent’s remains were taken. There was concern that Kagame had done this in revenge; the Hutu president was active in the 1959 events that led to the Tutsi Exodus. The world wrongly thought Kagame was trying to “get back” to the dead Hutu leader!

Question: Does exhuming the dead or generally killing and dead bodies an expression of a psychological challenge in Kagame’s psyche?

For the above reasons, and certainly many other reasons, I find the author’s analysis of Kagame’s decision to exhume his father and brother ‘ground-breaking” for us to “penetrate” the General’s psyche.”