PAUL KAGAME; MESSIAH OR OPPRESSOR?


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    Dan Mwangi

    dan@mtkenyatimes.co.ke
    Tall, soft spoken and assertive, Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame portrays himself as a modern-day politician who sees social media as a way of championing democracy and development. Labeled by some as a friendly dictator, viewed by others as a “messiah” of some sort to a country that had been ravaged by one of history’s worst genocides and heralded as a modern age pan Africanist who exactly is Paul Kagame?
    Born in October 1957, the Rwandan military leader and politician, who, as leader of the Rwandan Patriot Front, defeated Hutu extremist forces to end the 1994 Rwandan genocide has a very inspirational “rugs to riches” story. Kagame grew up in exile in Uganda, where his parents had taken him as a young child when Hutu violence toward the Tutsi flared in 1959 during the buildup to Rwandan independence from Belgium. In Uganda he studied at Makerere University in Kampala, before joining the forces of Yoweri Museveni, who overthrew Ugandan Pres. Milton Obote in 1986. Kagame became Museveni’s chief of intelligence and gained a reputation for incorruptibility and severity by enforcing a stringent code of behavior.
    Many Ugandans resented the Rwandan presence in their country, however, and, as the 1980s closed, Kagame and three other expatriate Rwandan military leaders formed the Tutsi-led Rwandan Patriot Front (Front Patriotique Rwandais; FPR) and plotted an invasion of their homeland. In 1990, while Kagame was studying at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, that invasion—mostly……Subscribe to Readmore………

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