The dalliance between Genocide deniers and The Guardian. When you read much from what shaped this media outlet’s reporting about Rwanda and the kinds of the narratives it propagates, you easily notice a perennial relationship between the paper and the anti-Rwanda elements- mainly made of former members of the genocidal regime as well the influence that these people have had as far as blackmailing Rwanda is concerned.
The paper allowed to offer a platform to members of that camp to air their divisive views and hate speech to derail the unity, and reconciliation efforts which have been a key cog in the peace building and the fast development that Rwandans have enjoyed under the leadership of President Kagame. This is demonstrative of a determined and devoted efforts from The Guardian and its allies to defame the Rwandan leader and his government.
My view is also evidenced by the fact that a colossal amount of the articles published in the Guardian are run in form of a harmful propaganda intended at attacking the personality of the Rwandan Leader and his policies. Shame that these people don’t mention a thing about Rwanda’s tremendous achievements that have turned her into a lab and a benchmark where other developing countries draw lessons from.
Forget about the Guardian’s clownery, the entire BAL process was aboveboard and a no mean feat for not only Rwanda but also the entire African continent. This and many other are the stories which the self-opinionated Guardian won’t tell about Kagame and his nation or twist them in a way that pleases it’s sponsors.
For instance, the just concluded Basketball Africa League is a case in point. The inaugural, first of its kind Basketball competition brought up together African talented youngsters, as congratulatory messages across the globe poured in, the paper found it fitting in its agenda-driven editorial line to politicize the BAL. They shamelessly cooked up a ‘sensational’ headline themed ‘The NBA alignment with Rwanda’s repressive leader was head-scratching’ as a mean of its usual sabotage of President Kagame’s resolute efforts to deliver on his development agenda.
Nonetheless, the BAL’s success didn’t come overnight, it was a result of President Kagame’s unwavering support, his African spirit, commitment to support African initiatives for the betterment of the entire African people. The partnership between the hosting country, together with the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the American- based National Basketball Association (NBA), the tourney was established and is expected to serve as a turning point on nurturing the African talents for international exposure. The whole idea is worth all praises and support not the politicization.
Away from that, the BAL was flawless, it’s was beautifully and successfully hosted by Rwanda in spite of the deadly pandemic’s challenges. Thanks to functional health systems, and all concerned institutions. The tournament was completed incident free without a single Covid-19 infection, it’s in fact sounds magical but Rwanda did it. According to the organizers “Rwanda’s exceptional hospitality, the environment and the people made the historical BAL debut a success.” The Guardian could have at the very least picked up something of this sort but then it’s bias-driven perspective towards Rwanda would never allow that.
The leader that Guardian labeled ‘repressive’ stopped the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi. President Kagame led the Rwanda Patriotic Front’s army-RPA Inkotanyi in the resilient struggle that stopped the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi. He spearheaded the formation of an all-inclusive Unity Government bringing Rwandans from all walks of life irrespective of their past mistakes, and background to build the nation. It’s on such principles that Rwanda is where it is today. It’s as well worthy to note that this was opposed to The Guardian’s allies and friends who reigned over a terror, sectarian regime that killed over a million Tutsi and deprived thousands of their fundamental rights.
The Guardian’s intimate is a convict of Genocide denialism enjoying President Kagame’s parole. When one surfs through its website, you come across a series of opinions authored by Ingabire Victoire Umuhoza. This is a lady who was convicted on Genocide denialism, belittling crimes. Besides that, her family’s track record is horrible, both of her parents committed Genocide crimes in Rwanda. The other part of Kagame that Guardian won’t tell its audience, is that the same unrepentant convict Ingabire was released before completion of her jail term, she was released on the presidential clemency by the Head of State.
Today Ingabire is pending investigations on her role in the terrorist attacks on the Rwandan territories carried out by one RUD-Urunana, an offshoot of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda- FDLR whose members committed genocide crimes. Ingabire’s political alignment with genocidal and terrorist group is on record.
In actual sense, it’s now beyond any reasonable doubt that The Guardian partners with terrorist outfit leaders, members like Ingabire to shape up and propagate narratives to sow divisions amongst Rwandans with intentions to spark a fallout between the Rwandan government and its people.
Readers are in fact mortified to see the once much-praised media outlet running series of single sided, defamatory and cherry-picked stories about a country that has defied all odds to take quick strides to develop and lift the lives of her people in spite of her dark history.
The cracks in the Guardian’s reporting about Rwanda confirms yet again its long-held misconception about the Rwandan Head of State and the people he leads. As for the objectivity and credibility will only remain a thing of the past for this media house.
There are quite a number of success stories about Rwanda and her leadership that any right-thinking person pick interests in reporting, but the fact that The Guardian picks on its sponsored themes vindicates my earlier statement that ‘The Guardian has transitioned into a political tool to defame President Kagame, thus taint his rich legacy’.
Fortunately, what Kagame has done for his country and continent is itself enough to fend off The Guardian’s scathing attacks.
Sam Abdul Aziz Sewanyana-Junior is a Political Analyst & Researcher based in the Great Lakes Region.