CNN reporter Christiane Amanpour interviewed President Paul Kagame earlier this week.
It was a wide ranging interview. She asked him about the upcoming presidential election in Rwanda, the political opposition, the presidential hopefuls, recovery from the genocide in 1994, human rights, press freedom, DR Congo and Laurent Nkunda.
These are all big issues to discuss. Giving each of them a couple of minutes apiece necessarily means the interview is mostly gloss – but that’s TV. You can watch a small segment of the interview below or listen to the podcast.
“If you are talking about people in the human rights community from outside… I have an issue with this,” Kagame said, 16 years after he was hailed as a hero for ending a genocide that killed at least 800,000 people.
“You tend to make a judgment of a country, 11 million people, on what a couple of people have said and (they) don’t take into account what Rwandans say.”
Kagame added, “Nobody has asked the Rwandans … it’s as if they don’t matter in the eyes of the human rights people. It’s our own decisions in the end.” link