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Rwanda: Current President Kagame confessed ordering predecessor’s plane shot down

October 1, 2011

Kagame’s former ambassador to the U.S. makes startling announcement about event that triggered Rwandan Genocide

This interview of Theogene Rudasingwa by Minister of Information JR was broadcast Dec. 8 on KPFA’s Hard Knock Radio

by Theogene Rudasingwa

Now revealing in this article that Paul Kagame (above), who is credited with ending the Rwandan Genocide, confessed that he, in effect, started it is Dr. Theogene Rudasingwa, former secretary general of the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), ambassador of Rwanda to the United States and chief of staff for President Kagame.
On Aug. 4, 1993, in Arusha, Tanzania, the government of Rwanda and the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) signed the Arusha Peace Agreement. The provisions of the agreement included a commitment to principles of the rule of law, democracy, national unity, pluralism, the respect of fundamental freedoms and the rights of the individual. The agreement further had provisions on power-sharing, formation of a single National Army and a new National Gendarmerie from forces of the two warring parties and a definitive solution to the problem of Rwandan refugees.

On April 6, 1994, at 8:25 p.m., the Falcon 50 jet of the president of the Republic of Rwanda, registration number 9XR-NN, on its return from a summit meeting in Tanzania, as it was on approach from Dar-es-Salaam to Kanombe International Airport in Kigali, Rwanda, was shot down. All on board, including President Juvenal Habyarimana, President Cyprien Ntaryamira of Burundi, their entire entourage and flight crew, died.

The death of President Juvenal Habyarimana triggered the start of genocide that targeted Tutsi and Hutu moderates and the resumption of civil war between the RPF and the government of Rwanda. The RPF’s sad and false narrative from that time on has been that Hutu extremists within President Habyarimana’s camp shot down the plane to derail the implementation of the Arusha Peace Agreement and to find a pretext to start the genocide in which over 800,000 Rwandans died in just 100 days. This narrative has become a predominant one in some international circles, among scholars, and in some human rights organizations.

Outside Carnegie Mellon University while President Paul Kagame was speaking inside, Kambale Musavuli, student coordinator for Friends of the Congo, led a demonstration by Rwandan, Congolese and American students denouncing Kagame’s crimes against humanity. – Photo: Lindsay Dill
The truth must now be told. Paul Kagame, then overall commander of the Rwandan Patriotic Army (RPA), the armed wing of the Rwandan Patriotic Front, was personally responsible for the shooting down of the plane. In July 1994, Paul Kagame himself, with characteristic callousness and much glee, told me that he was responsible for shooting down the plane. Despite public denials, the fact of Kagame’s culpability in this crime is also a public “secret” within RPF and RDF (Rwandan Defense Force) circles. Like many others in the RPF leadership, I enthusiastically sold this deceptive story line, especially to foreigners who by and large came to believe it, even when I knew that Kagame was the culprit in this crime.

The political and social atmosphere during the period from the signing of the Arusha Accords in August 1993 was highly explosive, and the nation was on edge. By killing President Habyarimana, Paul Kagame introduced a wild card in an already fragile ceasefire and dangerous situation. This created a powerful trigger, escalating to a tipping point resumption of the civil war, genocide and the region-wide destabilization that has devastated the Great Lakes region since then.

Gen. Kagame uses his satellite phone from the field. The Rwandan Civil War, culminating in the 1994 genocide, had been raging since Kagame’s Rwandan Patriotic Front invaded Rwanda from Uganda in 1990. By assassinating then Rwandan President Habyarimana, Kagame prevented the Arusha Peace Agreement the president had just signed from taking effect.
Paul Kagame has to be immediately brought to account for this crime and its consequences. First, there is absolutely nothing honorable or heroic in reaching an agreement for peace with a partner and then stabbing him in the back. Kagame and Habyarimana did not meet on the battlefield on April 6, 1994. If they had, and one of them or both had died, it would have been tragic, but understandable, as a product of the logic of war.

By killing President Habyarimana, Paul Kagame … created a powerful trigger, escalating to a tipping point resumption of the civil war, genocide and the region-wide destabilization that has devastated the Great Lakes region since then.

President Habyarimana was returning from a peace summit and, by killing him, Kagame demonstrated the highest form of treachery. Second, Kagame, a Tutsi himself, callously gambled away the lives of innocent Tutsi and moderate Hutu who perished in the genocide. While the killing of President Habyarimana, a Hutu, was not a direct cause of the genocide, it provided a powerful motivation and trigger to those who organized, mobilized and executed the genocide against Tutsi and Hutu moderates.

Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana, assassinated by Gen. Paul Kagame – Photo: AP
Third, by killing President Habyarimana, Kagame permanently derailed the already fragile Arusha peace process in a dangerous pursuit of absolute power in Rwanda. Kagame feared the letter and spirit of the Arusha Peace Agreement. As the subsequent turn of events has now shown, Kagame does not believe in the unity of Rwandans, democracy, respect of human rights and other fundamental freedoms, the rule of law, power sharing, integrated and accountable security institutions with a national character, and resolving the problem of refugees once and for all. This is what the Arusha Peace Agreement was all about. That is what is lacking in Rwanda today.

Last, but not least, Kagame’s and RPF’s false narrative, denials and deceptions have led to partial justice in Rwanda and at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, thereby undermining prospects for justice for all Rwandan people, reconciliation and healing. The international community has, knowingly or unknowingly, become an accomplice in Kagame’s systematic and shameful game of deception.

By killing President Habyarimana, Kagame permanently derailed the already fragile Arusha peace process in a dangerous pursuit of absolute power in Rwanda, to which the international community has become an accomplice.

I was never party to the conspiracy to commit this heinous crime. In fact, I first heard about it on BBC around 1:00 a.m. on April 7, 1994, while I was in Kampala, where I had been attending the Pan African Movement conference.

I believe the majority of members of RPF and RPA civilians and combatants, like me, were not party to this murderous conspiracy that was hatched and organized by Paul Kagame and executed on his orders. Nevertheless, I was a secretary general of the RPF, and a major in the rebel army, RPA.

It is in this regard, within the context of collective responsibility and a spirit of truth-telling in search of forgiveness and healing, that I would like to say I am deeply sorry about this loss of life and to ask for forgiveness from the families of Juvenal Habyarimana, Cyprien Ntaryamira, Deogratias Nsabimana, Elie Sagatwa, Thaddee Bagaragaza, Emmanuel Akingeneye, Bernard Ciza, Cyriaque Simbizi, Jacky Heraud, Jean-Pierre Minaberry and Jean-Michel Perrine.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame and former U.S. President Bill Clinton tour Clinton Foundation projects in Rwanda. The two have become close friends, as have the governments of Rwanda and the U.S.
I also ask for forgiveness from all Rwandan people, in the hope that we must unanimously and categorically reject murder, treachery, lies and conspiracy as political weapons, eradicate impunity once and for all, and work together to build a culture of truth-telling, forgiveness, healing and the rule of law. I ask for forgiveness from the people of Burundi and France, whose leaders and citizens were killed in this crime. Above all, I ask for forgiveness from God for having lied and concealed evil for too long.

In freely telling the truth before God and the Rwandan people, I fully understand the risk I have undertaken, given Paul Kagame’s legendary vindictiveness and unquenchable thirst for spilling the blood of Rwandans. It is a shared risk that Rwandans bear daily in their quest for freedom and justice for all. Neither power and fame, nor gold and silver, are the motivation for me in these matters of death that have defined our nation for too long.

In freely telling the truth before God and the Rwandan people, I fully understand the risk I have undertaken, given Paul Kagame’s legendary vindictiveness and unquenchable thirst for spilling the blood of Rwandans. But Rwanda cannot rebuild and heal on lies.

Truth cannot wait for tomorrow, because the Rwandan nation is very sick and divided and cannot rebuild and heal on lies. All Rwandans urgently need truth today. Our individual and collective search for truth will set us free. When we are free, we can freely forgive each other and begin to live fully and heal at last.

Dr. Theogene Rudasingwa is a former secretary general of the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), ambassador of Rwanda to the United States and chief of staff for President Paul Kagame.

 

31 thoughts on “Rwanda: Current President Kagame confessed ordering predecessor’s plane shot down

  1. Billy

    I can't believe this is someone who pretend to talk on behalf of rwandan people. What is very sad, he went on to involve God in his selfshness agenda!!! My fellow Rudasingwa, don't be decieved, God can't be mocked!! Whataver you saw is what you reap. I advise you to ask forgiveness to the people of Rwanda, then to God before it get late.

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  2. Rishan

    A former ambassador to the U.S. and a former secretary general of the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), making senseless accusations of this sort… shame on you SIR. I hope one day, you really seek forgiveness from those that you're harming.

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    1. Mukarwego

      Rishan a person like Rudasingwa (kigaraha sorry) should be isolated from any human beings, because he is so dengerous. I wonder if he still has a brain and heart

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    2. Mungwa

      rishan, i am very convinced that you are one of those who went out killed many Rwandans under Kagame's clarion call. Shame on you, and the Lord God of all creations will pay you hard in this life. Nobody lives forever, remember. I am from Cameroon, but i share the grief of the Rwandan people under such manipulation and loss.

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  3. Ken W

    Is this how you deceive innocent Rwandans and get approval from your baseless supporters- just so that you can pay your bills. Please get a real job and earn your true living. Stop selling Rwanda. People of Rwanda need to live in peace and harmony and you have become a stubbing block and hindrance to their peaceful lives.

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  4. Sagakiga

    This group of critiques never builds a nation nor does it show any truth to support the Rwandese rights to have a better living like today. Whether it’s Rudasingwa or Anne confessing all that is propaganda with forged tittles “opposition” what will you ever say that looks like being supportive in people’s rights to leave a better life. As a Rwandese I see you people dangerous but very weak to win a battle of distraction. World is too open minded to see whatever is happening and who to deal with for positive results.

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  5. Hope

    Now, Rudasingwa is living op to his name, ikigarasha. I think, supposingly that were true or not, is he doing the rwandans inside and outside a favour? are they going to have a better or worse life from his declaration? Where is his dignity and integrity? If he was really a man of integrity,he should have done this for a long time ago, but, he does it first when he is in exile because of a corruption case against him in Rwanda. Funny huh!! what next is he going to say to, just to get attetion or to try to destroy kagame and his reputation? I thinks foreigners look at rwandans and laugh, instead of contributing to the construction of their country, they do whaterever they can to destroy it, and hope to gain a little power.
    paul Kagame isn't perfect and wil never be, but what he and other people did for Rwanda is the better than the best scenario the west imagined for Rwanda after the genocide and he did it his way, not dectated from outside. I hope that Rudasingwa realize that,what he's doing is not going to get him anywhere and he'is not getting more respect from Rwandan people. Actually, they see stupidity and power hunger in him.

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  6. kalegeya-clinton

    This canning despot Kagame ordered the killings of many none Tutsi senior officers during the luwero war and was hence nick named "PILATO".
    There is evidence from a girl he used see in 1987 that he was strongly behind the elimination of many UFM /FEDEMU/UNLA Soldiers Who were integrated and more sadly and painful the murder of Dr.
    Kayira.
    ThIS Girl noted how Kagame and other Tutsi were furious at Kayira's suggestion that the National Army should be recruited from Ugandan NATIONALITIES.
    Eye witness has it that Kagame beat up, Kakoza Mutale like a school boy infront of many yTutsi officers accussing him training Baganda boys in Bugerere before he was ,mutale , then coerced to join NRA.

    A cruel bandint who robed banks in Uganda and has huge chunks of land in Uganda!!!!!

    Surely how long should Africa be held captives by Despotic african leaders with lots of blood and being baby seated by super powers of the west, the self rightoues Ku-klux klan supporters like MACAIN!!!!

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  7. seamus

    I don't think Kagame did order the plane shot down. He certainly has not said he had it shot down, as the article title suggests. I think this is just a resurgence of the Hutu Power movement, the movement responsible for the genocide against Tutsis and moderate Hutus.

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  8. Dunia

    Nothing is new apart from confiming this tragic moment for all Rwandan.

    All Rwandese people should follow the same steps by telling the truth. Of course all mature Rwandese know that Kagame is behind the shooting down of the Rwanda ex President but they keek in their mind as revealing this has death consequences.

    Even most of soldiers and politicians (Seth Sendashonga, Theoneste Lizinde,Luzibiza,….) who were involved at that time or who witnessed this tragic moment, were all killed by Kagame in order to hide the truth or they live outside the country.

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  9. Dunia

    Nothing is new apart from confiming this tragic moment for all Rwandan.

    All Rwandese people should follow the same steps by telling the truth. Of course all mature Rwandese know that Kagame is behind the shooting down of the Rwanda ex President plane but they KEEP in their mind as revealing this has death consequences.

    Even most of soldiers and politicians (Seth Sendashonga, Theoneste Lizinde,Luzibiza,….) who were involved at that time or who witnessed this tragic moment, were all killed by Kagame in order to hide the truth or they live outside the country.

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  10. Jean Pierre Papin

    Kagame saying “i don’t care” to the question he was asked whether or not he ordered the shooting down of the airplane carrying ex rwandan president habyarimana, is not tantamount to admitting the act. Basically, the reasoning behind his answer was that if he was him being killed habyarimana would’nt have agonized over his death. ALUTA CONTINUA!

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  11. Mukarwego

    Rudasingwa you are just a useless peron in a society and people like you should just be ignored. How do you say things with no evidence? do you think you are address people with no brain? sorry for you but you are so sick and you need a Doctor. May God help you realise what pit you dumping your self in.

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  12. imanirahari

    Rudasingwa amazes me. For him growing up and becoming a mature person is equivalent to finding cold water in hell. Kagame told him? Does he know when this was?, where was this? Why did he tell him? what were the cicumstances? forgiveness from God, the Burundi people and the Rwandese? Is this an attempt of a people's leader at truth and reconciliartion? What else did kagame tell you on that day mr rudasingwa? Or you will be revealing your truth peacemeal, as suits scheme?

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  13. gahigankwavu

    Damn schemer and perpetual liar, Rudasingwa, thats what you are. So Rwanda should go up in flames just because you stole and you ejected?? Uzarucira akobo imana irucire akanzu. Neither will your wishful thinking nor your hate campaign cleanse your soul. And we will always grow stronger just by imagining how much venom from you and your brother we survived by the act of you ejecting from our leadership!!! So God loved us that he ensured you can only bark from outside of the leadership. You can bark but thats about it. You wont bite.

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  14. theopista

    Dont waste our time conman. We have better things to read. The world is no longer infinite. In time you will reach your waterloo. You can bet on it.

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  15. Jean Pierre Papin

    Mr. Kigarasha, give me one reason why i should trust your words. All i’m asking is proof that Kagame told you what you just wrote here. Until i’m proven otherwise, you’re just a liar seeking self-aggrandizement at the expense of all Banyarwanda. Leave Rwanda Alone, sucker!

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  16. GBR

    This is confirming what the investigators of the ICTR found at the time and which Louise Arbour suppressed suppressed at the request of Clinton & cie. Good that one of Kagame's former cronies confirms it as well.. Clearly, there are a bunch of his henchmen who are monitoring these sites…

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  17. Jonah

    If you have personal beef with our President why involve fellow Rwandans? Your venomous tripe is obviously going to hurt Rwandans, especially genocide survivors. Why do this?!! Over personal beef? Over being accused as a former corrupt offical? Kagame loves Rwanda and we Rwandans realize that because the proof is in the pudding! You stand against progress in your motherland..shame on you!

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  18. KWITONDA JUMA

    let me pray that this message to finds all users in good health am kwitonda vicent from kisoro distric.uganda kagame is one who killed habyarimana.becouse i know how kagame is?

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  19. kwitonda

    kagame kuki abayobozi bigoma yahabyarimana yabafunze niki ? why president trapping an important person of kingdom of habyarimana?

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  20. Janet

    At the time of the shooting down of the plane, was Kagame in Rwanda? Was he near the scene? Did he fire the missile himself? Did he order someone to shoot, if so, we would have heard about it because the shooter would have told another person, who in turn would have told yet another person. The only likely scenario for Kagame complicity would have been if he shot the plane himself. But would he have been in Rwanda at the time, not somewhere safe, monitoring the Arusha peace talks?
    The plane was shot inside Rwanda, was it not?

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  21. kwitonda

    Iam kwitonda juma i born 06/02/1983 in kisoro district,muramba sub-county bunagana parish gakoro village.my parents both are still alive educationally status i completely primary level in giharo primary school i joined secondary school in 2000 at bunagana pride education centre in 2004.until now i dont have job in government of museveni

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  22. kwitonda

    Last year i send message to web-site of uganda at heart about kagame.kagame is cruel man becouse he killed habyarimana but this days he rebels to congo to fight whith government,he first send nkundabatware to fighting in congo he failled but now he send ntaganda johnbosco to fight again in congo but it is not good becouse people are lost his things other i lost his life becouse kagame.we are already to fight with sturbons guys but we are still young.given kadafi he died what about kagame

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  23. kwitonda juma

    let me writer this letter to finds all users in agood health.please kagame is kill man becouse he killed all peoples in rwanda and north kivu.

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  24. kwitonda juma

    Iam writing this message to all peoples who can support {NYATURA} in congo and there is another guy in Tanzania to turn back homeland before two years we want to chest kagame and his cambined

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