Scott Straus and Lars Waldorf reflect on Rwanda in HuffPo. The donor darling and authoritarianism trends are old news, they say.
The recent period has also signalled new – and more destabilizing – trends. First, Kagame turned on four of his top generals. Two fled the country and another two were arrested. After denouncing Kagame, General Kayumba Nyamwasa barely survived an assassination attempt in South Africa. His exiled colleague, General Patrick Karegeya, is openly calling for Kagame’s violent overthrow.
Second, the government did not just target challengers from the Hutu majority that it feared might play the ethnic card; it also prevented Tutsi politicians and Tutsi-led newspapers from opposing Kagame. And this period’s most gruesome violence was the beheading of the Green Party’s Tutsi vice-president.
Donors also need to stop doing penance for the 1994 genocide by unconditionally backing Kagame. Surely, they have made enough failed bets on big man politics in Africa
h/t: Congo Siasa