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Thursday's Connector: Paul Kagame

September 15th, 2010
06:14 PM ET

Paul Kagame has been president of Rwanda for more than a decade and helped lead the country with its first government after the devastating Rwandan genocide in 1994 that claimed more than one million lives.

Over the past ten years, Kagame has helped take Rwanda out of poverty to some degree and many people have called the country Africa's biggest success story under his leadership.

Kagame was born in 1957 to a Tutsi family, and fled with his family in 1960 after Tutsi pogroms by extremist Hutus  – there were several genocides of Tutsi every decade between 1959 and 1992, 1994 was considered “the final solution."

While living outside of Rwanda, Kagame helped form the Rwandese Patriotic Front (RPF)  which comprised mostly Tutsi refugees in Uganda who had been refused the right to return to Rwanda by the extremist Hutu government.

The RPF attacked Rwanda in 1990, Kagame who was at the Staff and Command College at Fort Leavenworth in Texas, left to join the guerrilla army which fought the government army for four years.

After serving as vice-president in an interim government, Kagame was elected to president in 2000. While Kagame was initially regarded positively in the west, recent questions have risen over the government's policies and motives - including the disqualification of opposition parties in the 2010 presidential election and Rwanda's involvement in the Congo war.

Here's your chance to ask Rwanda president Paul Kagame your questions.

Do you want to know what it was like fighting before the genocide in 1994? Do you want to know how he helped mend the divisions afterwards? Where does he see the future of the country headed?

Please leave your questions below and be sure to include where you're writing from.

soundoff (75 Responses)
  1. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello Paul Kagame and CNN friends,

    I would like an answer from the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, on the following questions:

    – What needs be done to Improve the Education rate in Rwanda, so that there is Education for ALL?

    – What needs to be done to make Rwanda more attractive for Investors?

    – What needs to be done to Improve the Rwanda currency(Rwandan franc)?

    I am looking forward to hear from Paul Kagame soon.

    Greetings,
    Jurgen R. Brul
    Hometown: Paramaribo
    Country: Suriname

    September 15, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Reply
  2. Edu

    Leading to the elections, there were suspicious arrests and killings. All non-government-controlled media was hushed, and there was no credible opponent to run against you.

    What do you say about that?

    September 15, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Reply
  3. Edu

    Was your military involved in any way, shape or form, in the genocide against Hutus that took place in DRC?

    September 15, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Reply
  4. Vivien

    My question is:
    After UN tries to accuse Rwanda forces to have committed Genocide in Congo, what is the President's comment? Has he ever planed so? What happened in refugee camps while repatriating refugees back home?

    Regards.

    September 15, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Reply
  5. Vivien

    I am in Rwanda.

    September 15, 2010 at 7:09 pm | Reply
  6. kamanzi

    Mr President:

    You have categorically denied any implications of you army in the killing of hundreds thousands civilians (mostly Hutu) in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Without admitting the guilt, can you at least acknowledge the death of so many people and show support and solidarity to so many of your citizens who lost so many relatives during the wars in Congo and Rwanda?
    Can you start the healing of the country by honoring all the dead from both sides and making sure that their deaths are not forgatten?

    Thanks.

    September 15, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Reply
  7. kamanzi

    I forgot to say that I am writing from Boston, MA, USA

    September 15, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Reply
  8. Porrhan

    I have two question:
    1)Mr President(Paul Kagame), You have banned all political oppositions,You have taken all freedom from journalists prior presidential elections,you have silencied everyone in your country prior presidential elections.My question is are you really proud you have won the Rwandan election 2010?
    2) It is known that 1994,some moderate Hutus were targeted and killed by miltianmen (Interahamwe).However in the term you and your government use is (Tutsis genocide) putting aside those Hutus killed alongside their compatriotes Tutsis. while recognising Tutsis genocide,in your 7 years term, what are you going to do to make sure that all those Hutus killed in 1994 are remembered as well?

    September 15, 2010 at 7:43 pm | Reply
  9. Porrhan

    I forgot to say I am asking questions from UK.

    September 15, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Reply
  10. Franco Lena

    Hello Mr. Kagame,

    Despite the lessons learned from, and regret expressed towards the Rwandan genocide, the international community still continues to be generally apathetic or hesitant to intervene in continuing acts of genocide. How do you feel about the international community's response to the Rwandan genocide, and to what extent do nation's have a responsibility to intervene in the conflicts of today?

    Also, you have governed with an expressed purpose of uniting a divided Rwanda and promoting peaceful co-existence. Do you believe that suppressing opposition is beneficial to this goal, and will a free democracy play a rold in Rwanda's overall success?

    September 15, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Reply
  11. POLO

    Mr. President Paul KAGAME,

    I have two questions:

    1. Could you please explain to me what does 7 years term mean to Rwandese people? I mean why not 4 years or 5 years term.

    2. Front of Members of Parliament yourself told them that you've done well to kill some refugees (Hutu) and to bring back (repatriation) to Rwanda. Are you sure proud of that killing of millions of HUTU in CONGO? Did Rwandese constitution give you the right to go there (Congo) to bring them back or Kill them by guns? What really was your mission in CONGO (RDC) from 1996 up to now? How many Hutu do you think you killed there as you told your house of representative?

    Many thanks...

    ONEDAY

    September 15, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Reply
  12. POLO

    Sorry Mr President,

    I Live in UGANDA(near your former office)

    September 15, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Reply
  13. Solange T

    From Goma in DRC: Mr President, how do you reconcile your role as MDG special advocate, and Broadband Commission champion, both UN initiatives, with the fact that the UN abandoned Rwanda during the genocide in 1994 and are now accusing your army of an alleged genocide in DRC?

    September 15, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Reply
  14. Robert

    Hello,
    I have the following question to Paul Kagame.

    – Do you intend to stay the president of Rwanda forever?

    Robert
    Amsterdam, Netherlands

    September 15, 2010 at 9:01 pm | Reply
  15. Alain Kamanzi

    My question is the following:
    Your Excellency, do you believe a legal action can be envisaged for defamation and false allegations made by UN Experts that Rwanda carried out genocide in Congo? If proven that the leaked report was baseless, shall Rwandan government sue the reporters? If so, which tribunal has the authority to judge the UN?

    I take this moment to congatulate H.E Paul Kagame for his recent re election and don't doubt Rwanda would achieve more under his leadership.

    Thank you your Excellency.

    Alain Landry Kamanzi

    I am writing from Port Au Prince – Haiti

    September 15, 2010 at 9:12 pm | Reply
  16. James

    Mr President,

    Many hutus have been killed by Tutsi RPF soldiers and supporters in Rwanda and Congo. Do you accept that perpetrators be brought to justice. Yes or No. If yes, when? For reconciliatory justice do you agree for a second gacaca to judge those who commited the crimes?

    James

    September 15, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Reply
  17. Verite

    From The Netherlands
    I have 3 questions for Mr. Kagame:

    By RFI
    A team of French judges and experts investigating the shooting down of Rwanda's former president Juvenal Habyarimana's plane 16 years ago questioned witnesses and visited several sites in Kigali on Monday. A political analyst tells RFI the probe is likely to reawaken sensitive political issues.http://www.english.rfi.fr/africa/20100913-rwanda-france
    1. What are you going to do if you and your RPF are founded guilty of this assassination? in other words that you and RPF by shooting your predecessor's plane, you trigged the genocide?

    (Reuters) – A group of exiled Rwandans has warned that the central African nation could descend into conflict unless Tutsi President Paul Kagame shares more power with the majority ethnic Hutu.
    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6882X120100909

    2. What do you make of all the accusation made by your former allies?

    3. why are oppositions leaders still in prison (Ingabire Victoire, Deo Mushayidi, Bernard Ntaganda and others) since it more than obvious that all those accusations against then are fabricated?

    Thank you

    September 15, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Reply
  18. Rwandan

    Mr. Kagame, Do you beleive in UN? Do you beleive that people in your army who committed genocide of Hutu in DRC should be punished?
    Would you resign if you or your army were found guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity?
    Mr. Kagame, why don't let Ms Ingabire Victoire see her kids in Europe?

    I am writing from NY, USA

    September 15, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Reply
  19. Francis Muhoozi

    Mr. President Kagame,
    From my own personal conviction, from all recorded evidence available, and from the way you have boasted openly, I have no shred of doubt that because of your greed for poltical power in Rwanda, you ordered the killing of President Habyarimana and sent the Rwanda population into total confusion and anarchy in 1994.

    With the amount of innocent blood on your hands Mr. President, do you think you are the right person to lead Rwandan people into a real reconciliation they urgently and badly need?

    Francis Muhoozi in Manchester UK

    September 15, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Reply
  20. Mr Johannes Baillou

    Mr President,

    what was the reason why English has become the language of tuition?
    All the best to all people of Rwanda

    Johannes Baillou, Vienna/Austria/Europe

    September 15, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Reply
  21. Voulu

    Let's start by just giving links to some articles I read about Rwanda and after these links, I write a question I would like to ask His Excellence President Kagame.

    [1] http://www.newslineea.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=212:former-rpa-major-pins-kagame-on-killings&catid=65:headline

    [2] https://docs.google.com/fileview?id=0BzL0v-ZpWCAIMGM1MWVkMTQtMWY0Zi00NjNmLTgxZDgtOTI3NWNkZDhmYTMy&hl=en

    [3] http://www.srilankaguardian.org/2010/06/worst-dictators-named-by-us.html

    [4] http://observers.france24.com/en/content/20100823-rwandan-elections-voters-had-no-real-choice

    [5] http://www.truth-out.org/rwandas-kagame-begins-new-term-amid-controversy63174

    Question:
    [1] President Kagame, in your speech after your re-election you said
    “The biggest problem Africa faces is not the lack of democracy but poverty and the dependence which comes with under-development,” and based on this quote I would like to ask the following question: President Kagame, what is your take on the assertion that 'democracy is a factor of sustainable development' for all developped and developping countries?

    Thank you.

    From South Africa

    September 15, 2010 at 11:05 pm | Reply
  22. Kevin

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Mr. President,
    why does your army have killed these Rwandans who were at Kibeho?
    look at this link :
    http://www.anzacday.org.au/history/peacekeeping/anecdotes/kibeho.html

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kibeho_Massacre

    Mr. President,
    why are you afraid of the publication of the UN report that accuses you of crimes against humanity or even the crimes of genocide? I was there and I survived!
    Mr President, do not you see like me that to get a true reconciliation and prepare a good future of Rwanda, all presumed criminals whether the Twa, Hutus, Tutsis and foreigners should faced justice ?
    And this court independently determined that the guilty be punished and not guilty?

    Mr. President, what do you think about the murder of over six million men, women and children in great lakes? look at this link:

    http://www.opednews.com/articles/President-Paul-Kagame-is-a-by-Augustin-Munyemana-100912-227.html

    I thank you.
    Kevin
    From Montreal, Canada

    September 15, 2010 at 11:18 pm | Reply
  23. Franco Lena

    I am writing from Nelson, Canada

    September 15, 2010 at 11:37 pm | Reply
  24. Hello President Kagame

    I have the following questions for Kagame.in October 1990 you invaded Rwanda on the motto of installing democracy in our country Rwanda. the first place your troops attacked was in my village in Byumba. You killed my families and relatives, when you were asked you said it is because you had been living in exile for 30 years. Now you took the country many hutus and tutsis as well were killed others left the country. i was 5 years then when you took over power now you know I am 21 and still living in exile simply because you killed my family and relatives and even those who returned to Rwanda you killed them in 1997. now my question is when I finish 30 years in exile will I be justified to mobilize Rwandans rebels to overthrow you because I have been denied to come back to Rwanda peacefully?

    KARENGANE from SOUTH AFRICA

    September 15, 2010 at 11:45 pm | Reply
  25. MPIRANYA

    Dear President Kagame
    first congrats for your landslide victory after forcing us to vote through intimidation and coarse. we survived thank God but I wanted to know if you are ready to also accept another genocide your men committed in DRC so that we have an equal balance of crimes for a genuine reconciliation thus all the criminals leaving Rwanda for us and you join Mr Bagosora in Arusha

    September 16, 2010 at 1:42 am | Reply
  26. Kamuzinzi

    Mr president what is your take about this killing in DRC done by your military

    September 16, 2010 at 1:43 am | Reply
  27. Jerome RUGARUZA

    I had a dream on Monday night the 14th of September that President Paul Kagame and the Lt General Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa were reconciled. This dream came to me four times in the same night. I also had this same dream on Saturday night the 4th of September and Tuesday night the 7th of September.

    Would President Kagame be willing to forgive his enemy so that neighbours live in harmony since forgiveness is the only key to open the doors of prosperity and blessing for the whole nation and Africa?

    Through this, your reputation will grow in Africa, and Rwanda will be known as the place of hope, healing and freedom throughout Africa.

    Australia
    http://gatimbo.com/

    September 16, 2010 at 2:14 am | Reply
  28. Rwemezamihigo

    Heloo President Kagame,

    I am a Rwandan who grow up as an orphan in exile after my parents to be massacred by your army in Remera. All hutus from Remera, hundreds of them were massacred, i survived by a miracle, and they were killed simply because they were hutu intellectuals, is that not a genocide you did to us???? Then how did you stop genocide while you were doing genocide at the same place?

    It is said that you killed all your close friends who you helped you to come on power, do you think you are still safe?? This killings brought much division in your army, don't you think one day war can erupt in rwanda because of your greedy and crime?
    I am in America.

    September 16, 2010 at 2:46 am | Reply
  29. Innocent

    Hello Mr President, CNN en everyone
    My question is why are you trying to bribe the UN by withdrawing your troops from their international duties, you have expirienced war and you know you will be risking a lot of Darfur lives. Don't you think your commitment to internatioanl duty should come from the heart, do u do it as an excuse for the international communities to see that you are committed to peace or its our duty to protect other's?

    Am asking from Antwerp

    September 16, 2010 at 3:38 am | Reply
  30. Beatrice

    Mr. President,

    While we thank you for restoring stability your ruling style is more than wanting. Lately, there are growing cases of human rights abuses, most of them depicting your contempt for democracy.

    During your inauguration speech you indicated that democracy without corresponding economic gains is meaningless. You might be right, but history has shown that economic prosperity without respect for human rights is unsustainable and a recipe for chaos.In addition, the same logic you give has been often the ready-made defense of dictators around the world.

    I will be straight to the point. Mr. President why are you an enemy to human rights? and don't you think the people of Rwanda deserve democracy? If not, instead of playing the watermelon (red on the inside and green on the outside) are you ready to join the Mugabe's/Kim Jong II club? Frankly, you cannot have it both ways.

    September 16, 2010 at 4:03 am | Reply
  31. Keira

    Hello,

    I would like to ask Mr. Kagame, what is the one thing you would like the world to know about Rwanda that we don't already know? Also, what do you think is the most important issue facing Rwanda today & how would you go about solving it?

    Thanks,

    Keira
    NY

    September 16, 2010 at 4:03 am | Reply
  32. Beatrice

    Mr. President,

    While we thank you for restoring stability your ruling style is more than wanting. Lately, there are growing cases of human rights abuses, most of them depicting your contempt for democracy.

    During your inauguration speech you indicated that democracy without corresponding economic gains is meaningless. You might be right, but history has shown that economic prosperity without respect for human rights is unsustainable and a recipe for chaos.In addition, the same logic you give has been often the ready-made defense of dictators around the world.

    I will be straight to the point. Mr. President why are you an enemy to human rights? and don't you think the people of Rwanda deserve democracy? If not, instead of playing the watermelon (red on the inside and green on the outside) are you ready to join the Mugabe's/Kim Jong II club? Frankly, you cannot have it both ways.

    Beatrice, USA

    September 16, 2010 at 4:04 am | Reply
  33. Damien Taylor

    Mr President:

    You have been very successful at promoting women's participation in government and civil society since you officially took office in 2003. My question is why your regime has not been more successful in promoting opportunity and rights for other groups traditionally marginalized from the political realm-particularly Ba'Twa and homosexuals. If you are truly committed to remaking Rwanda as an egalitarian society where all citizens enjoy equal rights, doesn't this demand greater efforts to promote the economic opportunities and the rights of Ba'Twa as well as equal rights for gays and lesbians? If you agree, how do you plan to do this?

    Thank you for considering my questions.

    September 16, 2010 at 4:20 am | Reply
  34. Blaise Buma

    Mr. President, do you have any link whatsoever in the persecution of opposition members during the run up to the recently held elections? Will you be willing to allow an independent and transparent investigation into the death of Andre Kagwa Rwisereka?

    After your current term ends, will you be willing and ready to relinquish power so that a peaceful and democratic handover to a new president take place?

    Thanks.

    Blaise Buma
    Washington and Lee University,
    Virginia, USA.

    September 16, 2010 at 4:26 am | Reply
  35. ramba bagosora

    i am wring from eastern congo.

    Mr president, i am 22 years old and i left Rwanda wen i was six. my parents and relatives all death because of your invasion to hunt Ex-Far and interahamwe.i dint know much when i left Rwanda. because of what i have seen i consider myself to be worse than interahamwe. i can tell you now that there are over 100, 000 just like me.

    my question is, where will you put us? we are more than ready to fight you. holy war against you and your people. why wait for this to happen?

    September 16, 2010 at 5:33 am | Reply
  36. Jean Sauveur Kamnzi

    Hello your excellency,

    I have two questions for you.

    1. How many people really died in the Kibeho massacre? Former president reported there were about 300 hundred people yet the UN report states otherwise. What have you truly done to make sure that this kind of carelessness and atrocities by the army you head does not happen? You seem to have lost control of your army or you yourself are responsible.

    2. Does giving the troop return ultimatum to UN in regards to the recent report of your army's involvement in the mass massacre ( genocide) against hutus the only solution to the problems rwandans face today? Are you selfishly seeking your way out of the crimes you have committed and are scared of true justice?

    September 16, 2010 at 5:38 am | Reply
  37. Jean Sauveur Kamnzi

    Thank you Mr President,

    I am writing from Atlanta, Georgia

    September 16, 2010 at 5:39 am | Reply
  38. G. P. H.

    Dear Your Excellency,

    I visited your country in 1995 and did not return again until 2005. The changes in the country were tangible and, quite honestly, impressive! I have a great deal of respect for you having focused on healing in your country and focusing on economic and social development for the betterment of the lives of your citizens. This said, it is important to continue to remain true to your ideals so as to safeguard your legacy and pass on the key leadership tenets that you have instilled in the country to the next generation. In the last few years, there has been increasing criticism which could potentially derail your project. My question is this: Do you not feel it important to face your critics with tangible efforts of dialogue and reconciliation so as to safeguard your legacy and leave the country with strong democratic institutions that will ensure that Rwanda continues to grow and prosper? Thank you. G.P.H. Cape Town, South Africa

    September 16, 2010 at 5:59 am | Reply
  39. John Brothers

    I have two questions to his excelency.

    question1. Mr President, After this term you will have been in power for 21 years.ou The Rwandan constitution limits, the presideny to only two terms. As such you cannot run again. What are you doing to make sure that there is peace in the country after you?

    Question 2. Mr President,
    You government asserts that there are no Hutus or Tutsi in Rwanda, we are all Rwandans. However, every time you say genocide, you have to name the perpetrators and the victims. I hear you say many time that extremist Hutus killed Tutsis and moderate Hutus. I have a
    suggestion for this issue: rivalries between Hutus and Tutsi are old, they have been there for centuries. In order to stop this, people need to talk about it openly. Let there be a truth and reconciliation commission like in South Africa; teach them to respect their differences instead of telling them to ignoring the divide.

    John Brothers
    Fairfax, Virginia

    September 16, 2010 at 6:00 am | Reply
  40. Arnaud

    Mr President

    Do you think your administration has done enough to recruit and attract bright college graduates who are abroad to return to Rwanda?

    What are the steps the government is taking to reduce the 50 percent of budget coming from foreign aide?

    How is the new US law that force electrical manufacturers to trace exactly where they got their minerals from affect Rwanda minerals industry and economy?

    Thank you.

    Arnaud

    Washington D.C , United States

    September 16, 2010 at 7:56 am | Reply
  41. Munyemana

    Hello CNN

    I strongly believe that this is a very important discussion and platform for people to ask their questions to President Paul Kagame. However as a Rwandan I find it offensive to let some comments above pass yet they are insulting to the person of the President.

    While we need to have this debate, lets have it in a civil manner without attacking and heckling at the head of state. He deserves that respect accorded to Heads of states. I am sure if some of the comments above were directed to President Obama, the Moderator would not let them pass.

    Even Bush who made it seem legal to invade two countries during his time in office leaving millions dead and Iraq and Afghanistan devastated could not be given such kind of treatment. Is it because Kagame is an African leader?

    September 16, 2010 at 10:14 am | Reply
  42. Tony Mitchell

    Mr. President,

    When will you stop harassing your main opponent Mrs. Ingabire Victoire and accept her party as well as release all opposition leaders who have been jailed by your government?

    Thanks
    Tony Mitchell
    From Texas, USA

    September 16, 2010 at 11:37 am | Reply
  43. gahutu

    you always tell people to go hung, when are you going to do it yourself?

    nc

    September 16, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Reply
  44. Fabius

    Mr. President,

    You and your government always reject any involvement of killing innocent Rwandan people (whithin Rwanda and abroad) who you are supposed to protect, according to the Rwandan constitution. The list is too long but I can give my personal case. Your army surrounded on Febraury 27,1997 the commune of Kigombe in Ruhengeri and moved house to house killing innocent hutu people. At least 500 people, including my 2 brothers and a dozen of my cousins died that day. Up to now I have never heard any arrest. To add more insults to the injury, instead of punishing the commander in charge of Ruhengeri operations for these heinous crimes, you promoted him for doing an excellent job.
    Here is my question. Do you think Hutus do not deserve to mourn officially their loved ones as well as justice in Rwanda?

    September 16, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Reply
  45. Fabius

    From USA

    September 16, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Reply
  46. Cyitatire Mutabazi

    Mr President,

    I am Rwandese,from the North region and live here in Usa.

    It's seems like you try to write Rwandan History by starting on April 6,1994. But as you well know,RPF started a war on 1st october 1990.
    Between that period there was more than 50,000 death from Byumba,Ruhengeli executed by your Army,those were innocent women,kids and elders.

    What you think should be done so the justice can be done for those victims?

    Cyitatire.

    September 16, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Reply
  47. Michael Senyonjo

    Mr President,
    (1) How come the killings in Luwero Triangle, Northern Uganda, DR Congo, Rwanda and Burundi are similar. Is it a coincidence that you participated in all the wars that resulted in these killings?

    (2) Wasn't Rwanda a peaceful country until Tutsi Refugees from Uganda invaded Rwanda having refused to honour a peace agreement?

    (3) Why would Hutus be worried about democratic rule when they outnumber Tutsis by 4/1?

    (4) It is possible for any refugees fleeing the Congo to access privilleges without discrimination in Rwanda or Uganda (as you did) and become as 'successful' as you have been?

    (5) You were the Commander of the Central Brigade in Kampala at the time of Prof. Kayiira's death. What role did you play in his murder?

    September 16, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Reply
  48. Kagabo

    The divisions among your RPF movement is so deap that another civil war is or may be coming soon. When are you going to reconcile with other Tutsis? When are you going to let the Rwandan King Kigeli to be back in Rwanda?

    The President Museveni helped you to get to power in Rwanda. Yet, your army humilated his troups in Congo(Kisangani). When are you going to apologise to him? Are you sure he will not remove you from power if you continue ignoring his frustration?

    High intelligence indicate that your are almost ready to help the west to remove President Bashir of Sudan from power. Don't you think that action will ignite a crazy war in the region as Muslims will be furious?

    September 16, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Reply
  49. Olive

    Hello CNN and Mr. President

    You have been called a great men by few mostly by individual who does business with Rwanda, which is great for you and the businessmen , I was wondering when the will be a memorials services for all people who left us from April 1994 to now Twa , Hutu , Tutsi and other ? Up now one group to have a memorial service which is Tutsi why is that? Are other groups not important?

    In August 10/1994 you wrote a letter to Jean Baptiste Bagaza (Burundi) telling him how you were very thankful for all the help that he provided to you and RPF. Can you tell us or CNN how he helps you? On the end of the letter you said the plan of Burundi need be executed a soon as possible before the Hutus of Rwanda organized themselves. Did the Hutu get killed when they were looking for refugee to Burundi ?
    Thank you very Much
    Olive,
    Bethesda, USA

    September 16, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Reply
  50. Kagabo

    Do you take pride to have eliminated all the Hutus bishops? Do you plan to apologise to the Cathololic church? Can you help th church to reconcile?

    Writing from USA?

    September 16, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Reply
  51. Kelly

    Your Excellency Paul Kagame,

    I would like to first congratulate you on your amazing victory – once again, it is proven that the winning team mustn't be changed.

    Secondly, Your Excellency, allow me to applaud you for the great success popur beautiful country has. Despite the lies and negativity floating around in the recent weeks, the facts remain: numbers don't lie – Rwanda is the examplary model in Africa and a rising star in the worl.

    Your Excellency, I wonder: with the so-called 'report' (which I refuse to accept as true) and people talking without any prove whatsoever, how are you planning on dealing with the UN? The same entity which refused to help us while millions were being killed are falsely accusing us of perpetrating these horrible crimes.

    It is a mere thought, inquiry, not a question per say. I wonder how they dare saying such things. Their hypocrisy is shameful.

    We love you, Excellency, and thank you for all that you've done, are doing and will do. Abatwanga ni bagende.

    Respectfully yours,

    Kelly

    September 16, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Reply
  52. Umulisa

    President Kagame – you have done a fantastic job in rebuilding Rwanda, beyond what any of us would have imagined. if you were not president, what would you have liked to be?

    September 16, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Reply
  53. Emmanuel

    Hello everyone,
    I want to ask president ,when will he visit us in Canada ?

    September 16, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Reply
  54. Ismail Mbonigaba

    A question to President Paul Kagame:

    Are you ready for a National Conference for the Truth and Reconciliation?

    To CNN:

    Are you ready to cover the reality on Rwanda instead of being President Kagame's propagandists? (See Anderson Cooper's last trip to Rwanda)

    Thank you very much!

    September 16, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Reply
  55. Agaculama mu Kibuunda

    Hi Mister Paul Kagame, life President ad interim and CEO of Rwanda Business Inc.,

    1/ First of all, there have been now two consistant warrants of arrest (one French, Judge Bruguières; one Spanish, Judge Andreu Merelles) against you and high officers of the RANU/RPA/RPF/RDF army, and a recent "Mapping Exercice" about the criminal activities of your armed forces in Eastern Congo/Zaïre/DRC between 1993 and 2003.

    2/ Secondly, you have been recently elected President of the by RPF occupied Rwandan nation, after having neutralized all the opposition, by killing, torturing, kidnapping, or (house) arresting their leaders.

    3/ Question 1: Do you think that your kind of governing Rwanda could be defined as being a democratic rule? Is there any concrete difference between you, Kim Il Soung, Pierre Mugabe, Saddam Hussein, Atila, or Mobutu Sese Seko Nkuku Ngbendu wa za Banga?

    4/ Question 2: Will you accept a trial against you in front of an international tribunal, for facing the accusations of war crimes, crimes of genocide and crimes against humanity that are pending? Are you afraid to be hung once a day like your colleague Saddam Hussein?

    5/ Question 3: Can you still sleep during the night, taking in account the more then 5.000.000 innocent Central African Great Lakes Countries' persons who died because of your apocalyptic politic of personnal control of all the power in Rwanda and Central Africa?

    6/ Question 4: Why are you crushing all the opposition leaders in Rwanda? Why did Deogratias Mushayidi disappear from the 1930 Kigali prison yesterday, where he has been kidnapped from by D.M.I. agents? As President of ALL the Banyarwaanda, you are responsible for the life of ALL the Banyarwaanda.

    Thanks for answering to your beloved opposition bat.

    Agaculama

    September 16, 2010 at 9:01 pm | Reply
  56. Sayinzoga rwango

    Your Exellency Paul Kagame, I can't help but mention how proude I and other positive people are to have our Rwanda on the world map under your leadership.

    My question sir.

    What can you tell the world today in terms of what Rwanda has achieved under RPF government in the passed sixteen years in comparison, if any , with the president Habyarimana's regime given the fact that he ruled almost double the period RPF has been in power ?

    Talking about Habyariman; one of his 'god sons' Mr. Muhozi Francis, of recent has been very critical and bitter towards president Kagame in the name of love , peace and freedom for rwandans. Mr. Muhoozi sir, charity begins at home.Could you please first of all put aside sentments and remember to pick up your own son that you left in the middle of nowhere in kampala eating dust before you pretend to care much about Rwandans. All you are missing is the luxurious life you shared with Habyarimana's son while growing up.Now self-exiled in England life is never the same.

    Mr Ndagabanye would not be proude to know that after he left, instead of working hard like he did, you embarked on running away with hundreds of thousands of loan money and attacking Mr. Kagame and his Government not to mention making baseless accusations.

    Sayinzoga.
    UK

    September 16, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Reply
  57. Nziza

    Hello Mr President

    From CANADA and I am rwandese

    I was in Rwanda when RPF attack the country, To 1994 until 1999 I have also worked in your gouvernement. I confirmed that you have ever worked than Habyarimana because all infrastructures dated to habyarimana (all roads, national stadium, all building of ministries, etc.). Only you have contrbuted to build all Nyarutarama and Gisozi by money from coltan of Congo.

    I knew also that you have killed many hutu people (congolese and rwandese). Mr President, the report of UN approved t your act and you must accept this. For your idea, youn have given the autorisation to kill the hutu people. You are a genocide man.

    Again, you have told to all rwandese that you have killed the hutu refugee, and you told also that all apponents are mouskitoes to kill. Mr President, you must go back to school.

    Please explain the situation and accept to demand the pardon to the GOD and all Hutu people.

    Thanks

    September 16, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Reply
  58. Toto

    Mister President, on 13rd april 2010 in the rwandan parlement, you claimed that you plannified to kill Hutus refugies in Zaire, and you were somehow happy for being realised that successfully. Actually, you are saying that the UN repport on that crimes is not true.Why do you change today, as this repport is out?

    Toto,
    From Rwanda

    September 16, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Reply
  59. kagome

    Mr. President,
    You and the FPR (your group army) stated that the reason you attacked Rwanda in 1990 is because you wanted to return to your native country by force since the then government would not allow you to return.
    However, from a real fact it shows that that is not true at all because your wife, Murutubarwe and her family (Murefu, your father in law), also Tutsis, were living in Rwanda peacefully doing businesses before the invasion in 1990.
    How can you explain this contradiction?
    This shows that you are countable of many things including lying the world.

    I am a rwandan-american

    September 16, 2010 at 10:24 pm | Reply
  60. J. Kayiranga

    Hello Mr President Kagame

    I have 2 simple questions for you Mr. President :
    1. Some people say that you are preparing your son Cyomoro to replace you as president when you retire .Is it true ?
    2. Do you accept that human being can do mistakes ? If yes why don`t you accept your own mistakes and take seriously all critics against you and your government ?

    I am from San Diego

    September 16, 2010 at 10:38 pm | Reply
  61. Em Uwayo

    "Over the past ten years, Kagame has helped take Rwanda out of poverty to some degree and many people have called the country Africa's biggest success story under his leadership."
    That is BULL CRAPS
    The truth is Kagame killed more people than any other human killers in both Rwanda and Congo (Kinshasa). Kagame is very skilled in twisting the truth and making other people responsible for his own crimes.

    September 17, 2010 at 1:34 am | Reply
  62. Heritier L.

    Hello Mr President of Rwanda,

    1- Many reports suggest that you are the darling of the West ( UK, USA, Belgium,Israel) because you accepted the role of a proxy army to secure Congo's mineral wealth form them. Is this true?

    2- To achieve the goal, from Uganda, you made you way through Rwanda ( leaving a million dead) and since then to Zaire(Congol) leaving over 6 millions dead!
    This said,
    ...do you plan one day to expose to the western and world public opinion those non-africans "genocidaires" who have trained, financed your amy and given diplomatic and media (e.g. CNN) cover-up to you regime with devastating effect to the african Great-Lake region since 1990's?

    3- Your government rejects the UN mapping-report suggesting your army committed genocide again Hutu ( congolese or rwandese Hutu) in DR Congo, what about the ongoing holocaust of over 6 millions congoleses (Bantu?) with the help of congolese...Tutsi militia (RCD,CNDP,etc)?

    Thank you your excellency for taking time to answer my questions.
    With all respect.

    Heritier H.
    Congolese (Zaire).

    September 17, 2010 at 4:02 am | Reply
  63. Timothy

    I'm sorry I'm late your Excellency but this is for me the opportunity to dispell some of your long time myths that have sustained your oppressive and cynical regime for the past 16 years.

    Myth #1: RPF attacked Rwanda in 1990 to repatriate long time Tutsi exiles who had been denied return to their mother land.
    Truth: RPF and its leader Mr. Paul Kagame attacked Rwanda to do a coup d'etat. They had tried unsuccessfully for over 28 years until the opportunity presented itself with big brother Museveni in power in Uganda and a new era of angloamerican influence in the Great Lakes Region after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

    Myth #2: RPF and its leader Mr. Paul Kagame resumed the war in 1994 to stop the genocide.
    Truth: RPF and its leader Mr. Paul Kagame did not and never had the intention to stop the genocide, since they are the ones who planned it, triggered it by shooting President Habyalimana's aircraft, and opposed foreign intervention to stop it (Belgium and France) to gain legitimacy for their coup d'etat. They finished it out by killing women children and the elderly hutus on their way the Rwandan capital and later in the DRC , where, according to the Leaked UN report they may have committed a genocide of their own on the Hutu refugees and the congolese hutu population through devastating repeated armed attacks. Instead of protecting Tutsi areas under siege by the Interahamwe in 1994 Rwandan genocide they only were interested in assaulting former government military barracks to neutralize them and take over power.

    Myth #3: RPF brought about security, development and reconciliation for all Rwandans
    Truth: RPF has been the major attacking force to Rwanda since its independence in 1962. After Kagame's coup d'etat, the long time ennemy of Rwanda had infiltrated the country. The new exiled Hutus military tried to regain power but were quickly neutralized by an unfavorable international community policy against percieved perpetrators of the Rwandan genocide. Development is in the hands of the few and is concentrated in Kigali city. The Rwandan people are hungrier and sicker because of ill-conceived agricultural and market policies to benefit President Kagame newcomers concentrated in the city of Kigali and their agents accross the country. Reconciliation is a mockery of the Oldtimers (Hutus and Tutsi alike) through a collective humiliation of the Hutu population (gacaca) and an exploitation of the old times Tutsi population misfortunes for President Kagame's newcomers personal wealth.

    September 17, 2010 at 4:28 am | Reply
  64. Didier Karerangabo

    Victoire Ingabire, has been jaled becouse he denounce your army to be responsable of mass killing, even genocide! This is now confirmed by the UN report! Are you going to free her?

    September 17, 2010 at 7:38 am | Reply
  65. Bandi Bandi

    Few questions, Mr President:

    1. Could you tell us to what extent your experience as a refugee who left his country at the age of 2 following the Hutu Revolution that outset the monarchy (to which your family was part) has shaped your relationships with Hutus? Can this explain your brutal and merciless handling of Hutu refugees in Congo and in Rwanda?

    2. Three of Rwandan Presidents who preceded you in the country's highest office have been killled and one ended up in prison on your request, how do you see your end?

    3. Is it true that you are a coward and fearful man who resorts to extreme violence to silence dissident voices instead of confronting the reality and engage them in dialogue? Remember that you said recently in parliament that you are ready to use a harmer to kill a fly (you were comparing dissidents like General Nyamwasa, Karegyea and other refugees to flies that you want to get rid of)! Don't you find this extremely insane and lunatic of you?

    September 17, 2010 at 8:28 am | Reply
  66. Paul Bahizi

    Mr. President,

    "With the amount of innocent blood on your hands Mr. President, do you think you are the right person to lead Rwandan people into a real reconciliation they urgently and badly need?" (Muhozi)

    In other words, can a CRIMINAL of your kind have legitimacy to rule on a distressed people? Why don't you dare to appear before a criminal Court?

    I'm writing from Essex, MD

    September 17, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Reply
  67. Sayinzoga rwango

    Good morning Mr. President.

    CNN.please save your breath as regards my question to H.E Kagame. He already answered it in his public address/lecture yesterday at IISS in Londan.

    Enjoy

    President Kagame giving his lecture at the IISS yesterday (Photo Urugwiro Village)

    KIGALI – President Paul Kagame yesterday delivered the 2010 Oppenheimer Lecture at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), in London.

    Contents of the Lecture

    Addressing over 200 participants, Kagame explained that for Rwanda to be where it is today, it has had to deal with parts of its history that led to the country being underdeveloped.

    Speaking on the theme; “The Challenges of Nation Building in Africa – the Case of Rwanda”, President Kagame pointed out that the period between Rwanda’s independence in 1962 and 1994 was dominated by politics mainly based on ethnicity and exclusion, thereby destroying the identity and unity of the nation through conflict.

    “The conditions of conflict and destruction were made possible by this type of leadership which championed divisionism and sectarianism,” he said.

    “Because of this fundamental deficiency, when faced with the challenges of legitimacy, this leadership fell back on the ideology they were familiar with; the so-called ethnic identities, which effectively fragmented Rwanda”.

    The President added that the politics of exclusion led to coercion and as a result, leaders diverted national resources, pouring them into their preferred regions, and leaving other areas in dire need.

    Kagame explained to the audience that what followed was an impoverished disunited country with limited investments in technology, education and business that were required for socio-economic transformation.

    “This state of affairs had two related consequences; first, the economy stagnated and levels of poverty remained high. Second, it led to heavy dependence on foreign aid that had devastating consequences on the development of the country,” he said.

    The President added that donor funds remained in the hands of a few people and were used to entrench the leaders in power. He noted that before 1994, the country’s budget was entirely financed by external funding, yet today donors contribute less than 50% of the national budget.

    Kagame pointed out that the new government that came into power after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi developed a new approach that put forward unity, reconciliation and development.

    “We have adopted and implemented policies that foster national unity, promote reconciliation, peace, security and development. We have set out to build a nation of laws and institutions,” he said.

    Noting that the country had learned from its difficult past, Kagame said that Rwanda today has adopted a model that builds on inclusive politics of power-sharing and consensus building.

    Kagame also spoke about the role of the state in service delivery, decentralisation and the establishment of an inclusive decision making process. He noted that transparency and accountability continue to be important aspects of development.

    The President highlighted the important role Gacaca Courts had played in delivering justice after the Genocide and how the country has embarked on a long journey to invest in ICT and trade.

    Kagame highlighted how Rwandans have the resolve and determination to build their country, restore dignity and work hard towards making the country self-sustaining.
    After his lecture, President Kagame responded to questions from the audience, mainly about Rwanda’s reconstruction process, from the devastating effects of the genocide to where it is today.

    Previous high profile speakers at the IISS include President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President Ali Zardari of Pakistan, former President George W. Bush, former Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Gen. Stanley McChrystal from the United States.

    The President’s lecture as well as the question-and-answer session was streamed live on the IISS website, http://www.iiss.org.

    Ends

    September 17, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Reply
  68. Nduwayezu

    Mr President,
    my 1.question is : do you think that the interahamwe killings wash your own crimes?
    my 2.question: Why did your army kill the 3 catholic bishops in Gakurazo(Gitarama) and many priest in Rwesero in in 1994?In Byumba, in Kibungo ,in Kibeho , in Congo ,anywhere your army killed innocent people. Did you think nobody woud know it?
    my 3.question is : Mr President do you know what means to be psychopath or autist?

    Nduwayezu from Germany

    September 17, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Reply
  69. Claudine

    Mr President,

    I would like to congraculate you for everthing that you have made our country to be.You have made us Rwandans proud, the feeling of proudly telling the world that iam a rwandan is once restored.
    You have restored peace, you have healed and reconciled us and today we say we are proud of you sir.
    I never thought i would feel normal again after genocide, where we were being hunted down like insects.
    Long live mr president, i owe you.

    Claudine from Rwanda

    September 17, 2010 at 6:46 pm | Reply
  70. Jean-Christophe

    Mister President,

    Question : Do you agree with me that confusion has always been profiting criminals? Why do I raise such a question?

    Your reaction to the UN Report was :" Rwandans refute such an assertion. You insisted saying that the RDF didnot commit any atrocities in Congo. What do you mean by Rwandans? RPF members, Hutus, Tutsis,etc.

    If your hands are clean, why then are you threatening UN to withdraw RDF peacekeeping forces in Darfur?

    Why dont you help Hutus :
    – To investigate about their murderers?
    – To honor those millions of deaths in DRC?

    September 17, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Reply
  71. Saad Koshan

    Dear Mr Kagame.
    What is your reaction to Spain's extradition request for Kayumba Nyamwasa accused alongside key officials in your army for terrorism, genocide and other high crimes?
    Secondly Carla Del Ponte has alleged that you and key officials in the UN and the US Department of State frustrated efforts to indict key RPF officials by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda?
    Thirdly, what is your version and theory over what happened at Kibeho Camp in 1995 and do you believe you are a victim of an international conspiracy?
    It is alleged that most of your initial comrades have left you. Explain.
    Saad Koshan

    September 19, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Reply
  72. Rwemezamihigo

    Hallo Mr President,

    I would like to thank the CNN to have asked Kagame my concern about the killings in Remera. But while answering my question, you said that i have been influenced by others. No, by the time i was in my early teen age, bright at school and i followed everything.

    To strengthen my point, I would like to tell the CNN reporters, that on the small road where i lived, you massacred almost 10 consecutive houses, killing all the one family, and you know African families are large, between 5 and 10 members. You didn't have mercy on babies, teenagers, women, elders.....you massacred everything.

    If you are ready Mr President, i am ready to give the directions, and answers where those familiea who inhabitted that road went? i know you can't be able to answer that unless in court.

    This that happened in my small area, happened in the whole Remera and everywhere wherever RPF soldiers were present. Because it was in Kigali, many intellectual from hutu tribes never had a time to free your troupes, because you captured Remera the same night you shot the plane of president Habyarimana, and you were very ready for war.
    I said you shot the plane because i fled to UN stade Amahoro troups and your soldier narrated everytime with laughter and splender how they killed president Habyarimana, an innocent murdered while coming ti sign a peace treaty that hated and killed him.

    And the tension which were in Rwanda between Tutsi and Hutu, you knew ofcourse that if you kill Habyarimana whom Hutu's regarded and nicknamed Umubyeyi w' u rwanda "a father of Rwanda", You must have known very well that the country would loose contol and tutsi would be killed! and then as making them a sacrifice, you would get the reason to ascend on power in the context that hutus did genocide.
    Kagame even tutsi's knows what you did especially those tutsi of interior whom you consider them inferior because they lived and intermarried with Hutu's, but they can't do anything because they helpless.
    Good Journey with your leadership, but if i were you i would ask God and Rwandans forgiveness because one day in this life or in the life to come Justice shall ask you all the evil you did.

    September 20, 2010 at 9:40 am | Reply
  73. Admin

    Mr Kagame Rudasingwa,
    Q1.
    Why are you holding Laurent Nkunda in detention without trial and access to his family , don't you think that you're just a criminal by kidnapping a national of a another country against their will?
    Q2.
    When are you setting free, thousands of Congolese Tutsi locked up in Rwanda by you?
    Rutshuru, RDC-drc Congo

    September 24, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Reply
  74. Jane

    Mr. President , do you think that harrassing opposition and everybody that has a different opinion than your is , is good idea? from Norway.

    September 24, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Reply
  75. Charlotte

    Well guys, i don't see the reason as to why you are this bitter? After committing genocide you ran way from Rwanda now you are talking of your relatives who died in congo of hunger and AIDS!!! Why don't you just talk of Innocent Tutsi's who died of genocide???Habyarimana's and other hutus were in power for more than enough years, Rwanda was Ghetto full of rotten small houses similar to traditional poultry farms, but now come and see what President Paul Kagame has done in only 17years! Rwanda has developed now we are living a western life! Why don't u appreciate that atleast your brothers are accessing free primary education, gira inka projects, your families are accessing clean water, bye bye nyakatsi etc!!! Nuwanga urukwavu ntabura kuvuga ko ruzi kwiruka! Wamma long live our President! Twakoowa!

    Kigali – Rwanda

    February 28, 2011 at 8:40 am | Reply

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