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Post by sol_drethedon on Mon Apr 28, 2014 6:04 am

Why Kagame’s charm offensives in U.S. universities ‘are lies’

Paul Kagame has been touring top American universities giving speeches deceiving unsuspecting students and uncaring top brass at these academic institutions about what he calls accomplishments of his reign: peace, human rights, democracy, development, etc. This is vintage Kagame: he has the whole Rwandan population under lock and key, assassinates and imprisons dissenting voices, and then goes to the land of his benefactors to taunt the West as if to say, “I do what I want, you can go to hell!”

Other than his love of a million dollar luxury travel (money that ends in his private pockets because he rents the private jets bought on public money to the Rwandan state) and expensive $20k a night hotel, and an opportunity to visit his children studying here in the USA, Kagame seems to be thrilled to receive honorary doctorates and rub shoulders with academics. For a man who never stepped in a university out of indiscipline, and not lack of intelligence, has he discovered that universities are useful centres of learning, contributing to human progress?

Universities have historically been places where intellectual freedom, openness, and innovation have been nurtured. It is then ironical that Kagame, the enemy of freedom and openness in Rwanda, would be welcomed to Harvard, Tufts, MIT, Brandeis, and Stanford to extol the same values that he lacks and fights. He should be grateful to Tony Blair, Bill Clinton, Michael Porter, Rick Warren, Michael Fairbanks and other hired mercenaries whose greased hands can return favours that enable him to hobnob with academics who do not care about the plight of Africans.

Of late Kagame has not been received with fervour at U.S. State Department and the White House. He must be secretly lamenting that. Universities provide an alternative opportunity to be around here, and to continue his campaign of deceptions and denials. On this particular trip he seems to be indirectly telling his strongest supporter, the United States, that he will change the constitution, and run for as long as he wants, and nobody will stop him.

Nobody should ever not take Kagame’s threats seriously. He has killed and waged wars with impunity. He is fond of saying privately that the West and the so-called international community lack the interest and will to stop him from doing what he wants. He is right in this regard but wrong in another sense. Rwandans have the interest and will to stop and reverse the effects of his murderous madness.

And when that happens, and Kagame survives the coming change in Rwanda, Tufts, Harvard, Brandeis, MIT and Stanford should perhaps crown him with a tenured professorship of dictatorship. After all, he has stolen enough money to offer generous endowments to these otherwise prestigious but heavily commercialized institutions. Shame on you Tufts, Harvard, MIT, Brandeis, and Stanford!

Dr Theogene Rudasingwa is a former Rwandan ambassador to the United States who now lives in New York after falling out with President Kagame. He is a member of the opposition Rwanda National Council.

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