Rwanda's New Road Map
Rwanda: What the dictator and war criminal Paul Kagame need to do to address the negative impacts of foreign aid cuts ?
It is good news that foreign aid was cut by the major funders of Rwanda dictatorial regime led by the war criminal and dictator Paul Kagame.
Rwanda foreign aid benefits a small majority of Rwandan people mainly Tutsi and Hutu elites who are supporting Kagame's regime.
Foreign aid for Rwanda has been used by Kagame to open new Embassies abroad, paying salaries for military personal fighting in Congo, construction of new hotels and business centres in the capital, building a new airport and purchasing new civil and military aircrafts.
Rwanda's aid cuts were overdue even without being caused caused by Kagames' support to ongoing fighting in DR Congo.
While many public workers in the UK have lost their jobs due to economic downturn, Kagame pay higher salaries to military and civil servants than any developing county in Africa. Kagame pays himself more than 15,000 euros per month excluding benefits he get as a Head of State.
Imposing Rwandan people to pay contributions to the new created fund is to ask them to help Tutsi elites to keep their higher salaries paid from foreign aid.
Foreign aid should resume or new foreign aid should be provided to Kagame on the following conditions:
• Kagame must allow the freedom of expression and assembly in the country
• Kagame must allow the freedom of political parties
• Kagame must allow exiled political parties to be registered and operate freely in the country
• Kagame must allow Hutus to express opinions about Hutu killed by Kagame during the genocide and during Kagame's war
• Kagame must allow Hutus to mourn the death of their relatives killed in Rwanda and in DR Congo during Kagame's war and invasion of DR Congo.
• Kagame must ensure the implementation of property rights in relation to housing and land
• Kagame mut review the payments for expropriation of lands and houses to Hutus who have been paid less than the real value of their properties by the government and Tutsis entrepreneurs
• Kagame must ensure the Tutsi vacate the properties that belong to exiled Hutus
• Kagame must ensure that political prisoners are released from prison and are allowed to exercise their political rights.
What Kagame needs to do to respond to the foreign aid cuts is the following:
• Reduce the number of Embassies abroad and the number of staff working in foreign Embassies
• Reduce international travels which are mainly aimed at killing of and gathering intelligence about Rwandan refugees and political opponents
• Reduce the costs of national and foreign intelligence
• Cancel the sports awards and events sponsored by Kagame
• Abolish scholarships that he pay for some Tutsi students to study abroad
• Stop fighting in DR Congo
• Cancel larger infrastructure projects such as construction of new hotels, airports and business centres in the capital
• Reduce military spending in relation to salaries and purchasing new military equipment and ammunitions
• Reduce the size of Rwandan army
• Reduce the numbers of State own quangos
• Use foreign aid to fight against poverty in rural areas.