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President Paul Kagame plays another game of Chess with his CabinetDr. Theogene Rudasingwa for Salem-News.com
Making Sense out of Kagame's Unintelligent Reshuffles.
(KIGALI, Rwanda) - During the Cold War there was a proliferation of experts who made a living in making sense out of the Soviet complex power structures. Of particular significance was the May Day Parade, when signals could be picked about the rise and fall of personalities by just looking at who sat near the General Secretary of the Party, or with whom the Secretary exchanged smiles. Such is the state of Kagame's secretive and deadly police state. We have to attempt to decode Kagame's latest reshuffle in his spying, and increasingly criminal, network.
Just to remind the reader that Kagame runs both formal and informal networks that compete as well as conflict. One thing they have in common is that their loyalty is to one man, Kagame, and to an overall mission that he alone defines. In Kagame's Rwanda, the mission is to do all things necessary to maintain his absolute power even if this means killing opponents, spying on each other, eavesdropping on RPF's functionaries, senior members of the executive, the judiciary and the legislature. Principal among the formal security organs are the National Intelligence and Security Service ( NISS), till the reshuffle headed by Dr. Emmanuel Ndahiro, now fallen from grace, and the notorious Directorate of Military Intelligence ( DMI), previously headed by Col. Dan Munyuza, now to head the external wing of the NISS. Kagame personally staffs these organs with incompetent sycophants who he can use at will in his criminal schemes at home and abroad. The informal network, however, is even more deadlier. The likes of Maj. Gen. Jack Nziza who has a formal job as Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence, has, at least until now, the ears of both the President and the First Lady, in running the bigger part of the informal network.
In looking at who comes in and who goes out in these organizations, one can tell the deepening crisis in Kagame's camp:
Note that all of these gentlemen are all RPF and Tutsi. The Minister of Defence, Lt. Gen. James Kabarebe is a Tutsi. So is the Chief of Defence Forces, Lt. Charles Kayonga; the Army Chief of Staff, Gen. Caesar Kayizari; and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence, the notorious Maj. Gen. Jack Nziza. The writing is on the wall! Where else on this planet earth is a ruler who is so insensitive to the nature of his country's challenges to the point of being ridiculous? If one says the Hutu are particularly being marginalised, with grave implications, would this be treason, punishable with death, jail, or exile? If one says this small clique of Kagame's Tutsi kitchen cabinet is not representative of all Tutsi, and therefore endangers their future, is that betrayal?
Kagame is losing. The national democratic struggle for freedom is gathering momentum after Brussels, London, Chicago and London again. Rwandans are slowly but surely overcoming fear that is the main weapon Kagame uses against them. The world that Kagame has taken for granted as allies is slowly waking up to the realities of Rwanda and the danger that he poses to the Rwandan people, Rwanda's neighbors in the Great Lakes region, and the international community. Under pressure, he reshuffles, reshuffles and reshuffles. Unintelligent reshuffles will not save him. Nor will killing Rwandan people, taking away their resources for personal use, and absolute dictatorship intimidate them into silence and inaction. On the contrary, these reshuffles, and occasional cosmetic changes, are the sign that Rwandan people are winning in the struggle to co-create a free, united, peaceful, and democratic Rwanda in which the rule of law and shared prosperity are the rule, not the exception.
A graduate of Makerere University (Medicine, 1990), Dr. Theogene Rudasingwa holds a Master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (International Relations, 2006). He is a former Visiting Scholar at the Haas School of Business and a recipient of many awards. Today, he is the President, CEO, and founder of Haradali.org, a not for profit social enterprise whose mission is to promote health, wealth creation and the wellbeing of women and children in communities in Africa and other parts of the world.
Although Dr. Rudasingwa began his career as a medical practitioner, he subsequently became involved in politics, and served as the Secretary General of the Rwandese Patriotic Front (1993 – 1996). Dr. Rudasingwa was part of the leadership responsible for stopping the 1994 genocide. He provided support to the top leadership of the organization during the war and the post war reconstruction phase. Dr. Rudasingwa has also been engaged in advocacy for political reform in Rwanda and other parts of Africa. Dr Rudasingwa is one of the promoters of a new think-tank, the Institute for Peace and Democracy in Africa that will be devoted to the promotion of democracy, peace and respect for human rights in Africa, and an Interim Co-ordinator for the Rwanda National Congress (RNC), an advocacy umbrella organization that seeks peaceful and democratic reform in Rwanda.
Submitted by: Jennifer Fierberg, MSW; a correspondent, Assistant Editor, and Volunteer Coordinator for NGO News Africa through the volunteer project of the UN. Jennifer is also the media co-coordinator and senior funding executive for The Africa Global Village (www.africaglobalvillage.com)
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