Kagame rebukes West for “terrorizing” Rwanda

BACK OFF: President Paul Kagame of Rwanda has had enough of the West's "lectures" and "terror"

BACK OFF: President Paul Kagame of Rwanda has had enough of the West’s “lectures” and “terror”

President Paul Kagame has lashed at Western countries yet again (two weeks ago he lambasted UK and other Western countries for disrespecting Africans) for using terror as weapon against countries like Rwanda instead of cooperating on global challenges like terrorism.

“What we need to do is to work together with respect of each other, but not trying to terrorize us. We don’t use terror in our culture and we cannot allow that to happen here. Liberation starts with saying no to this terror and this starts with us,” Kagame said.

Kagame was addressing Rwandans at the celebrations to mark the 21st liberation day held in Gicumbi district, one of the historical areas that Rwandan Patriotic Front/Army (RPF/A) launch and sustain their liberation movement that eventually ousted the Genocidal regime of President Juvenal Habyarimana in 1994.

General Karenzi Karake will fight extradition to Spain

General Karenzi Karake will fight extradition to Spain

Kagame’s remarks were a veiled attack on countries like the United Kingdom (UK), and Spain.

The UK last month arrested Rwanda’s intelligence Chief General Karenzi Karake for allegedly masterminding mass “revenge” killings in the wake of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda.

London authorities were acting on the European Union arrest warrants issued by a Spanish Judge in 2008 for Gen. Karenzi and other 39 current and former high ranking officers in the Rwandan military.

He has since been granted bail but he is still barred from leaving the UK pending his extradition proceedings. His next court appearance is due in October.

Kagame and Rwandans have angrily protested Karenzi’s arrest and the campaign for his release is ongoing.

Kagame called on Rwandans to strive for their dignity as a way of showing the world that they are a liberated country which has its own goals and objectives twenty one years after the liberation struggle.

Kagame stressed that need for Rwandans to own the liberation and say no to anyone who undermines the country at whatever cost and stated that the struggle for Rwanda’s dignity is the new liberation struggle.

The president also underscored that Rwandans know better the meaning of human rights, liberation and independence and no one should be in position to lecture Rwandans what they are aware of and have had to sacrifice their lives to achieve over the years.

He also lashed at donor countries which continue to control Africans because of the aid and support they give to African countries.

“Self dignity is the new liberation struggle and we shall not accept to be undermined, each country has its own burdens and we can only have dialogue to resolve such issues, but we don’t need someone else to come and dictate to us how to fix our issues,” he said.

In 2012 the UK and other donor countries suspended aid (it was later reinstated) to Rwanda after a UN report indicated the Kigali government was fueling the conflict in neighbouring Democratic of Congo (DRC) by supporting the then M23 rebels in the eastern part of the vast central African state.