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US Ambassador’s Comments on Rwanda ‘hold no water’. Gasana Blasts her

Rwanda’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations and also the state minister for cooperation, Gasana. E. Richard, has attacked and dismissed the comments made by his US counterpart as false and doesn’t hold any sense and that they have no any impact they will make on Rwanda in general, Nobody should take her words as serious.

Samantha Power, the United States Ambassador to the United Nations.

According to Amb. Eugene-Richard Gasana, attacking on how the regional countries are performing positively or negatively is something that Samantha should not think of anytime, let her mind about her own business because all her accusations on Rwanda are misleading.

However, it was during a UN Security Council open debate on the prevention and resolution of conflicts in the Great Lakes Region, on Monday, when Power the U.S. Permanent representative to the UN, made remarks that, despite Rwanda’s progress in different sectors, the country has a bad record on protecting and promoting civil and political rights of the country.

She also said that Rwanda like Uganda, Burundi and DR Congo, have something in common, especially on the issues related to democratic accountability, human rights, the rule of law, peace and stability and economic progress.

“The allegations of absence of political space and democratic accountability in Rwanda as Power said, are baseless and besides, Power does not have any power over Rwanda,”, Gasana said.

“We need first of all to caution her in lumping together the approaches of the four countries as there is no ‘one size fit all’ solution in responding to the challenges the region is confronted with.”

The envoy said while Rwanda commends Power’s remarks as to Rwanda’s gains since the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in economic and social fields and Rwanda’s key role in maintaining peace and security in the international arena – there was need to emphasize that Rwanda’ achievements did not occur in a “vacuum” but through the “good leadership” of President Paul Kagame.

“Rwanda’s success stemmed from many factors, including good governance and an enlightened leadership led by President Kagame that put together solutions tailored to the Rwanda situation in the immediate aftermath of the Genocide against the Tutsi.

Gasana added that the Genocide, which claimed over one million lives, wouldn’t have stopped had the RPF, led by Kagame, not taken it upon them to stop the killings and bring the nation to order.

“And you were all here, the Security Council, in 1994; tens of thousands being killed (everyday); what did you do to save the country? Nothing,” Gasana said.

“We want this man (Kagame) … he was the only one to take responsibility and stop the Genocide; he is our hero.

So we will never, ever accept whoever tries to deny what the Rwandans want to achieve, or what is the choice of Rwanda.”

The Rwandan diplomat said the “well-tested system” has prompted the people of Rwanda to opt massively to keep their President at the helm of the nation.

“You don’t need to agree with us, but you can respect our choices. There are some of the things we might disagree with your country, but there is nothing we can do about it. We leave it to you,” Gasana added.

Gasana concludes. Meanwhile, he used the platform to challenge Burundian leaders to concentrate on seeking solution to the political turmoil their country find itself in rather than being fixated on Rwanda and President Kagame in particular.

By Robert Muriisa.

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