By Emmanuel Senga


Why do we need to pity the Rwandans in the inner circle of Kagame? Very simple: they don’t know what speech for whom and for when. How a so-called intellectual can write a nonsense article against a US Congressman, trying to suggest he has accepted a bribe from lobbies? This is a crime, and no politician is allowed to commit this crime here in USA. Once you go through a situation like this, the next day you announce your resignation. This is how big is this accusation, without any evidences, without nothing. And by a simple article like the following one, you poison an entire relationship between two countries (Rwanda-USA), especially if the article is published by a governmental journal. The problem with Rwandans under Kagame, they think they are the center of the world, with their clichés of Singapore, self-worth (agaciro), uniqueness (ubudasa)… the list is endless. They don’t know who they deal with. By « excess of zeal » they throw their nonsenses everywhere without paying attention to the aftermath. This happens with the New Times, the leading governmental Newsweek. How can a man who has a degree in something believe in such insanity like bribing a Congressman with $440,000 and then argue with? The same man does not even verify his sources, when he confuses by confirming that President Barack Obama pronounced this phrase « Africa doesn’t need strong men, it needs strong institutions » at the University of  Alexandria in Egypt, when we know for sure this had been said before the Ghanaian Parliament at the International Center of Accra (see picture)! Something is rotten somewhere…and  after a while, being aware they have gone too far, they deleted the article, but the wrongness had been done, and we have already saved it for the records.

Read the article.

How much is the US Congress worth?
By: Gatete Nyiringabo, Published in The New Times: September 29, 2017
‘Africa doesn’t need strong men, it needs strong institutions!’ Barack Obama declared in an epic speech at the University of Alexandria in Egypt, amid cheers of young Africans, NGOs and activists who have been repeating the catch phrase ever since.
If he says this, one would think, it means in his country institutions are ‘Strong’. Imagine my shock then, when I learned that Rwandan dissidents paid $440,000 in order to appear before the US Congress, to profane Rwanda and it’s leaders at wish.
It’s easy!’ someone said to me: ‘you pay money; you get to meet and sway the American congress’ opinion about any country…’
Was Obama an impostor? Are they all? Saying one thing to us, practicing the exact opposite? How do the American people feel, when the actions of their country towards other nations are driven by interests of cartels and syndicates’?
Do they even know who David Himbara is? Who his sponsor Tribert Rujugiro is? Or to rephrase the questions; do they know who their congressmen hang out with?
Is the American Congress like the FIFA executive committee, a club of old cutthroat crooks, auctioning away the future of young talents?
As I watched the hearing, I felt pity for the American people. You see, being victims is something we Rwandans have gone through, but at least we were well aware of what was happening to us and why, which is how we managed to come out of it.
Being a blissful oxymoron to one’s betrayal and exploitation; that’s a terrifying thought!
In Rwanda we have a word: Agaciro! It means self-worth. It is a historical concept, enshrined within the Rwandan culture. A fund created recently to facilitate the gradual phase-out of foreign aid was given the same name, to signal that within our little means, we believe that our dignity is not for sale.
How much is the US Congress worth? How much money does one pay to spend the evening with an American Congressman? Or two of them, and that regardless if the client is a cigarette, drug dealer or a terrorist? How many foreign policy decisions has the United States of America taken, because an evil person paid off their politicians?
Many do not know this, but Himbara comes from a long line of masters of intrigues.
His great-grandfather, Nzigiye, was a famous wine handler for Rwandan King Kigeli Rwabugiri; what we call in Kinyarwanda: ‘‘Umunyenzoga’, who used his skills to calumniate the entire king’s circle and got them executed one by one, until he was left alone next to the old, drunk king.
True to his legacy, the progeny must have pulled the same tricks when he worked for President Kagame, whom, unfortunately doesn’t drink; so it didn’t work.
For 440,000 American Dollars, Himbara has bought a Member of the American House of Representatives, before whom he and his acolyte Higiro have appeared twice now.
In this post I have not commented on their allegations towards the Rwandan government, because the hearing was simply inconsequential.
For one, unlike the US Senate, the US Congress is one of the least trusted of any US public institutions: about 16%; Second, as a friend remarked, ‘they brought the same two guys, two years later, to say the same things, as they continue to pay 150.000 USD per year to a top flight Washington lobbying firm… taints the whole process and discredits it.’ The firm in question is Podesta – a name, as Americans would know, is associated with humiliating failure.
Thirdly, all those allegations were extensively rebutted in the same hearing last time, by the testimony of Mzee Willis Shalita, who appeared alongside them before the US congress.
As for the ‘flavor of the month’, Diane Rwigara, their new hero, I went on a debate with Himbara on Al-Jazeera and had the opportunity to debunk all his sheer nonsense.
The debate was moderated by Mehdi Hassan and it is airing this Friday evening at 7:30 GMT; don’t miss it!