The New Times (Kigali)

26 March 2010

Rwanda: It's Time for Human Rights Watch to Apologise

editorial

Kigali — When her right-hand man, Joseph Ntawangundi, was exposed as a wanted Genocide criminal, Victoire Ingabire, and her network of Genocide revisionists cried blue murder.

They jumped to Ntawangundi's defence, demonised Gacaca courts and dragged the government in the mud. As usual, the so-called human rights activists and quack 'Rwanda experts' jumped on the bandwagon.

Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, revisionists and their sympathisers, swallowed whole the cheap political hyperbole fabricated in Ingabire's backyard, portraying Ntawangundi as a victim of the alleged government repressive laws.

This newspaper was not spared their insulting missives, calling it all sorts of names, despite publishing results of a meticulous research which proved that Ntawangundi was not exactly a choirboy.

Their make-believe world came crumbling down when Ntawangundi came clean, pleading guilty and seeking forgiveness for his crimes.

It's interesting to note that once evidence against Ntawangundi became increasingly insurmountable, with his subsequent court appearance, Ingabire and her human rights supporters dropped him in quick order. Not a single one of them showed up at any of the hearings.

Her tirades, in the face of her assistant's admission of guilt, has not only brought out the true picture of the political manipulator that she is, but has also confirmed her genocide denial stance.

Indeed, if the Human Rights organisations that stood in Ntawangundi's corner, viciously attacking the Government of Rwanda, for allegedly arresting Ingabire's assistant on trumped up charges, had any conscience, they should apologise to the Rwandan people.

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