Amanpour interviews Kagame

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

3 Responses to “Amanpour interviews Kagame”

  1. A Scrantonian says:

    According to a recent Washington Post article: “Rwanda is one of the few nations in the developing world spending more on education than on the military. Kagame re-wrote the constitution such that his party cannot have more than 50 percent of the seats in parliament. Though Kagame is from one ethnic group, his Prime Minister and 70 percent of his cabinet are from the other. Thirty percent of elected officials at the level of municipality, parliament, and cabinet are required to be women; and a world-leading 56 percent of parliament is now women. The country is secure and the World Bank’s Doing Business report recognized Rwanda as the greatest reforming nation in the world last year.”

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  3. Brian says:

    I think we should give credit where it deserves. President Paul Kagame has done a great job. He stopped the genocide against the Tutsi in 1994, when a gang of Rwandan genociduers ran amock and killed 1million innocent Tutsis. The international community not only shamefully turned away during the hour of need but i should say was complicit in one way or another(we leave this for another occasion). Now they are the ones together with the supporters of FDLR/Interahamwe filling all available media and literary space decampaigning Rwanda about human rights and political space? For what in Gods sake! Rebuilding a country from scratch, against the evil of the perpetrators who fled enmasse to DRC and reorganised into FDLR with the objective of finishing the genocide in Rwanda and exporting it in the region was not easy. Remember that the architects of the genocide used the ethnic card, trapping the hutu to portray them as killers on one and a cover in future. President Kagame has done the impossible whereby he has eradicated ethnic identity politics, whereby no one will be a victim of who he is. This has brought practical reconciliation in Rwanda except those who would want to benefit from its revival who are mainly those in exile). Rebuilding a society based on that background is not only challenging on the ground in Rwanda, but recieves lots of opposition from the international community. The so called Human rights groups and some in the academia are architects of this background or have been a platform for the genociduers and the seemingly “innocent” fdlr supporters/genocideurs, using the veil of human rights to oppose President Kagame and his government. It is amasing how President Kagame has managed to succeed with all this kind of detracters. It definately takes a courageous man as he is to prevail.
    Rwanda was the topmost performer in the third world when it comes to doing business in 2009 according to Wolrd Bank Report. Jumping from 148 to 67 position was no mean achievement. Even the critics from human rights organisations and hutu extremists supporters of fdlr/interahamwe cannot deny this. Having a parliament 56% composed of women and women holding 38% in executive branch is no where comparable in the world. 11%ge economic growth in 2008 and an average of 9% since 2000 is no mean achievement. How can you have all these marmoth achievements in a country with no politicial rights, where the freedom of the press is non existent and the country is led by a dictator? Who is fooling who here? What is the defintion of such high sounding principles? May be it is time to look at the agenda of these so called human rights activists and all the lot that is so critical of Rwanda and its leadership. Some of these people have either a political agenda so intrinsic and destructive that they should not be taken for granted or they are so ignorant that they need to be educated. Either way they remain one of the main obstacles that Rwanda and its leadership have to contain.
    We as Rwandans know what is best for us, and we are very happy with our President. Mr. President, dont be swayed by these detractors as Rwandans appreciate you hard work for your country, The 11 million Rwandans are behind you – as Proud Rwanda, which has existed as a nation since the 12th Century has to be a Proud Rwanda of the 21st Century. Keep the mantle and vision 2020 will be realised by 2015. Rwanda should remain a model for the developing world and we need to be among the emerging powers. Let those skeptics and apologists continue their propaganda. You give them jobs by your achievements!
    God bless Rwanda and her leadership