Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Stephen HARDtalk: Sackur talks to Rwanda's president, Paul Kagame.

By Stephen Sackur
Thursday, December 7, 2006

The following is a must see interview of Kagame with Stephen Sackur of the BBC.

For the first time, Kagame had to face a journalist on the BBC who really knew what he was talking about.

None of Kagame's usual arguments of having fought to liberate Rwanda would stop this journalist from cornering him, in spite of Kagame's multiple interruptions.

For 23 minutes, President Kagame had to give answers, in his manner, to very sensitive issues of the day, such as:

- The assassination of Juvenal Habyarimana
- Democracy muzzled- Bizimungu emprisonnement
- Supporting Congolese rebel Laurent Nkunda

Here is the link to the whole story:
BBC NEWS Programmes Hardtalk Paul Kagame

In the spring of 1994 up to one million Rwandans were slaughtered in a modern day genocide.
Twelve years on, Rwanda's president, Paul Kagame, is in London on a mission to tell the world that his country has overcome its terrible past.

But President Kagame is, himself, dogged by that past.

A controversial report by an internationally respected judge has accused him of the political assassination which triggered the genocide.

How can he deliver in the face of such allegations?

HARDtalk can be seen on BBC World at:

04:30 GMT
09:30 GMT
14:30 GMT
19:30 GMT
00:30 GMT

It can also be seen on BBC News 24 at 04:30 and 23:30.
BBC News

Related Materials:
The Truth Behind The Rwandan Tragedy

The Rwanda Catastrophe: Its root-cause and remedies to pre-empt a similar situation in Rwanda

Rwanda: Declaration on the shooting down of Habyarimana's aircraft on April 6, 1994

Major General Paul Kagame behind the shooting down of late Habyarimana's plane: An eye witness testimony

Testimony of Abdul Ruzibiza about how mistakes by both the Rwandan Government and the RPF led to the Rwandan genocide of 1994

Provoking genocide: a revised history of the Rwandan Patriotic Front.


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