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Oct
31

“People shouldn’t be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people”

In a recent four day trip to Washington DC, meetings and interviews filled my schedule during the US African Leader Summit. Fifty heads of state from Africa descended upon DC to discuss topics of growth, infrastructure, food security, trade and various other political topics.…

Oct
31

Facing a Dictator Kagame: By Which Way?

In 1990, the RPF and her armed wing the RPA invaded Rwanda, promising, among others, the restoration of democracy, rule of law, human rights and an end to a refugee problem. The revolution begun with a prophet, but 21 years later, it has…

Oct
31

RWANDA: GENOCIDE OF TUTSIS, Who is Responsible?

The posting of this article on the Proxy Lake is not intended to minimize or deny the Rwandan genocide. It seeks to bring out debatable information from the author to further clarify what actually happened in Rwanda. Rwanda: “Genocide of Tutsis”, the anatomy. On…

Oct
31

Video: CONGO Soldiers Explain Why They Rape

Why they Rape: Magic Portion. “The weapon of rape is proving more effective than the barrel of the gun. It has the power to kill off communities, ostracize women, destroy families and tear the fabric that holds Congolese society together.” Chris Jackson “I…

Oct
31

Victims of Tutsi genocide: Controversial Statistics

The New Times, a national English language newspaper recently quoted Dr Jean Pierre Dusingizemungu, the president of Ibuka, an umbrella body of Genocide survivors: “Ibuka strongly condemns President Kikwete’s statement as no negotiation is acceptable with a known terrorist group that is responsible…

Oct
31

The Second of 5 Illusions a Naïve Visitor to Rwanda Falls for

 ILLUSION 2: Rwandans are now reconciled On arrival, our gullible guest to Rwanda has been received by highly courteous immigration officials. And after collecting her luggage downstairs, her plastic bags have been taken away to protect mother earth. And once outside, her taxi…

Oct
31

The Third of 5 Illusions a Naïve Visitor to Rwanda Falls for

ILLUSION 3: Rwanda is a role model in empowering women As our gullible visitor moves steadily from the airport and reaches the Nyarutarama junction, she is shown by the taxi driver a magnificent set of buildings sitting on top of an imposing hill.…

Oct
31

The Fourth of 5 Illusions a Naïve Visitor to Rwanda Falls for

President Paul Kagame personally launched the “the National Information Communication Infrastructure (NICI) Plan” in 2000, which aimed to transform Rwanda into a knowledge based-economy by the year 2020. Phase 1 of NICI (2000-2005) was to create the enabling environment for building a knowledge…

Oct
31

The Fifth of 5 Illusions a Naïve Visitor to Rwanda Falls for

ILLUSION 5: If our gullible visitor has over the years swallowed the idea that Rwanda is zero-tolerant for corruption, that is because every year you see screaming around the world such headlines as “Rwanda is the least corrupt state in the East African…

Oct
31

Is Obama Calling Out Congo’s Neighbors Enough For Peace In The Congo?

U.S. President Barack Obama concluded his trip to Africa on Tuesday, July 2, 2013. After visiting Senegal and South Africa, President Obama’s last stop on his African tour was in Tanzania where he visited President Jakaya Kikwete. Both President Obama and Kikwete have…