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Rwanda’s Kagame, keynote speaker at a Sac State genocide conference?

November 2, 2011

Join the protest Thursday, Nov. 3, 9 a.m., outside the Redwood Room, Sacramento State University campus, 6000 J St., Sacramento

by Ann Garrison

KPFA Weekend News broadcast Oct. 29, 2011

Congolese demonstrators “greet” Kagame at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth, Australia, on Oct. 28, 2011. – Photo: Bryce Green, Australian Broadcasting Corp., Local

KPFA Weekend News Host: Congolese and Rwandans gathered to demonstrate against Rwandan President Paul Kagame’s appearance at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth, Australia, yesterday [Oct. 28]. The Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported that some of the most vocal protestors were a group of Africans from Congo calling Kagame the Hitler of Africa and demanding to know why he had been allowed to attend the gathering after killing more than 8 million Congolese people within 10 years.

Rwandan President and Gen. Paul Kagame
Kagame will be traveling to Northern California this week to give a keynote speech on Thursday, Nov. 3, at a conference on genocide at Sacramento State University. KPFA’s Ann Garrison has the story.

KPFA/Ann Garrison: Many leading scholars and human rights investigators, genocide survivors and now Kagame’s own former Chief of Staff Theogene Rudasingwa hold him most responsible for the Rwanda Genocide of the 1990s, for the ensuing Congo Wars and Congo conflict, and for the plunder of Eastern Congo’s vast natural resource wealth. Sacramento State University’s invitation to Kagame to give the keynote speech at a genocide conference has caused many to ask what Sacramento State and its California State university system partners in the conference can possibly be thinking.

As Rwandan President Paul Kagame travels to Sacramento State University to give the keynote speech at a genocide conference, Rwandan opposition leader Victoire Ingabire is shuttled back and forth from a Kigali prison to a Kigali courtroom, where she is on trial for saying that not only Rwandan Tutsis, but also Rwandan Hutus died in the Rwanda Genocide.
Mimi Mandiangu, president of the Northern California Congolese Congress, otherwise known as the Inga Association, explained why Congolese activists plan to gather at Sacramento State University in Sacramento to protest Kagame’s appearance:

Mimi Mandiangu: We just want to stop him keep telling lies about the genocide. The U.N. already did a report. People need to read this report, to see what he did, the killing of our women, children and men. They keep killing in our country and we just want to know that people know that he is a killer. And we need to stop him lying in this conference. So we’re going to be there to try to stop him, stop saying lies, and we’re going to bring posters and we’re going to talk more when we’re there.

KPFA: The U.N. report that Mimi Mandiangu refers to is the “U.N. Mapping Report on Human Rights Abuse in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 1993 – 2003,” which was leaked on Aug. 26, 2010, and officially released on Oct. 1, 2010. The report documents war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocidal massacres of Rwandan Hutu refugees and Congolese Hutus committed by Kagame’s Rwandan Patriotic Army in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The Northern California Congolese Congress are asking any and all peace and justice activists to join their protest outside the Redwood Room on the Sacramento State University campus, at 6000 J St., Sacramento, beginning at 9 a.m. on Thursday morning, Nov. 3.

For Pacifica, KPFA and AfrobeatRadio, I’m Ann Garrison.

San Francisco writer Ann Garrison writes for the San Francisco Bay View, Global Research, Colored Opinions, Black Star News, the Newsline EA (East Africa) and her own blog, Ann Garrison, and produces for AfrobeatRadio on WBAI-NYC, Weekend News on KPFA and her own YouTube Channel, AnnieGetYourGang. She can be reached at


4 thoughts on “Rwanda’s Kagame, keynote speaker at a Sac State genocide conference?

  1. Dunia

    If this conference is about how to prepare and implement the genocide; then Kagame is the man for the right speech because he is expert in genocide implementation. He has more experience in organised killings, massacres and hiding evidence by lies, burning the human bodies as he has done it in Congo and Rwanda. He has experience and expert friends to help him to organise conference and tells lies and hides the truth. He has friend who invite him just to tell lies about Rwanda and Congo genocide.

    If the conference is about the truth, reconciliation, genocide and conflict prevention, and then this invitation is completely wrong and Kagame should not be allowed by any human rights organisation, independent instructions in a such conference.

    1. ubuntu

      Are u from Congo? Blaming Kagame will not help u. If u ar Interahamwe, I understand ur charges against Kagame.

  2. EAC

    Human rights violations were committed against the Hutus as an act of vengeance. Kagame's government has nothing to do with the killings of the congolese. Why would he kill congolese for? The massacres and rapes are being committed by the FDLR, they acting the same way they were acting during the genocide in 1994. There's even a testimony from congolese soldier being interviewed about rape. Its on Youtube. You guys are blaming the wrong president. Blame your president, he does not know how to run a country with so much potential

  3. Badirisha moyo

    What do you guys gain from ignoring the truth and destroying your own region by telling lies? Don't you know very well that your women and children are raped by your own people with the help of FDLR? Kagame is a strong man who is able to make things happen where others have failed. I know that you are aware of it but you prefer to stay in denial. Just be brave and ask him for help and he will provide it gladly despite all the nonsense you have been spreading around wasting your time.Come on brothers and sisters, get a grip. It's never too late to act positively. Hatred and jealousy will never be an answer to our African problems. It will only worsen them. Those who are pushing you to that self-destruction will watch you suffer with pity and laughter: poor African idiots. We got them! That is what we want to be?


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