Rwanda’s Kagame dilemma

The president is congratulated by other countries for his excellent administration and showered with foreign aid, while his opponents and critics keep being killed.

UN Photo: Paulo Filgueiras
Rwandan President Paul Kagame listens to a speaker at an event at the United Nations headquarters in New York in May. Mr. Kagame has effectively led his country since the 1994 genocide.
Gwynne Dyer
Published: Wednesday, 09/03/2014 12:00 am EDT
Last Updated: Wednesday, 09/03/2014 10:43 am EDT

“Whoever betrays the country will pay the price, I assure you,” Rwandan President Paul Kagame told a rally soon after the country’s former intelligence chief, Patrick Karegeya, was found strangled in a South African hotel room last January. Karegeya had quit the government and become a leading opponent of the regime, which President Kagame would certainly see as a betrayal of the country.

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