To General Paul Kagame .pdf
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To General Paul Kagame
The President of the Republic of Rwanda
May 21, 2010
I am not sure if this letter will land into the hands of the proper addressee, but I just trust this
channel to join mine to millions of desperate voices.
Co-‐founder and former Managing Editor of Umuseso, I was appalled and stunned to learn that
Rwanda judicial system is to ban definitely this weekly. To my knowledge no Umuseso's
journalist has EVER had political ambitions, despite all kind of fabrications that people have
been trading in order to gain favors from you. In spite of financial hardships, Umuseso young
leaders and courageous reporters are known for resisting corruption. The moment we were
gearing for 10 years anniversary of these exceptional efforts, the bad news is spreading in the
World that the ONLY INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER is being shut down ON THE ORDER OF
you fought for people's freedoms, and many of us have contributed to that according to
everyone's means. We have lost dozens of our fellow journalists to the extremist militias' hand,
brutes who would not hear a different voice than the President's. We hoped we survived to
enjoy the new era of shared happiness, but I think this has become a nightmare for millions of
Rwandans, and the disturbing reality is that intolerance has been but increasing.
Mr. President, Umuseso newspaper has done a tremendous work as regards the
democratization of speech in our country. There have been mistakes, yes. But, the newspaper is
not as harmful as what corrupt advisers attempt to make you believe. Mr. President, I once
asked you to use King Salomon's wisdom to solve problems, but your advisers then interpreted
it as an insult. I was sent to jail for that. I will be a recidivist today: Please use Salomon's
wisdom, free Umuseso and other media for the sake of people's freedoms. Medias have no
guns, they have no grenades, they only have views and report people's jeremiads.
I thank you, Mr. President.