Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Paul Kagame Ordered Shooting Down of Habyarimana's Plane - Abdul Joshua Ruzibiza

Hirondelle News Agency (Lausanne)
November 14, 2005
Posted to the web November 15, 2005


The major allegation in a book entitled "Rwanda. L'histoire secrete" by Lieutenant Abdul Ruzibiza, recently published, is that the current Rwandan president, Paul Kagame, ordered the shooting down of a plane carrying former president Juvenal Habyarimana on April 6, 1994 thereby triggering off the genocide.

"It is him who gave the order to shoot down the plane", firmly says 35-year old Ruzibiza - a defector from the former rebel Rwandese Patriotic Front (RPF) now in power in Kigali.

Ruzibiza claims to have been a member of the "network commando" which shot down the plane.

His book published by editions Panama in Paris is a war diary that retraces "the October war day by day" and the ensuing atrocities committed by different factions especially members of the RPF.

The armed conflict which took place in Rwanda between October 1990 and July 1994 was christened the "October War".

Nearly all books on the Rwandan genocide gave a wide coverage to human rights violations committed by the government side but very little has been documented in the zone controlled by the RPF.

As an "insider", Ruzibiza was on many fronts and had first hand information on what went on in the "liberated" zones where the population was huddled together and killed en masse.

Ruzibiza does not hesitate to use the term "genocide of Hutus" and according to him, the rebel high command "had given orders to commanders of different units and intelligence officers to kill as many Hutus as possible especially if they were found grouped together".

The author considers April 1994 "the worst month in the history of Rwanda". Apart from the massive genocide of Tutsis, "a large number of Hutu citizens were massacred because of a crime not all of them committed; that of having exterminated Tutsis".

Ruzibiza is quick to warn those who might be tempted to misinterpret his book to forward the "double genocide" theory. "It should not be understood that way. The Genocide of Hutus should neither be blamed on Tutsis nor that of Tutsis on Hutus. The gravity of these crimes surpasses ethnic dimensions. Those who committed these crimes are savages who should individually answer for them".

All specialists on Rwanda agree that the systematic massacres that took place in Rwanda between April and July 1994 were triggered off by the assassination of President Juvenal Habyarimana on the night of April 6, 1994.

Grabbing power

Of the 491 pages in the book, Ruzibiza narrates in 15 pages details of the preparation of the air attack and points out the authors. According to him, Paul Kagame chaired many meetings to plan the assassination, the last of which was held at the RPF headquarters in Mulindi (Byumba, northern Rwanda) on March 31, 1994.

Many of Kagame's associates were present, among them Colonels Kayumba Nyamwasa, Theoneste Lizinde and Lieutenant Colonel James Kabarebe.

In Ruzibiza's opinion, Habyarimana's death "was not an answer to Rwanda's ills but a way to grab power".

The author continues that the RPF first considered shooting Habyarimana "at close range on the route" but that that option was abandoned because he had reduced his travel by road.

The only remaining possibility was shooting down his plane. RPF then decided to transport to Kigali SA-16 missiles from the Ugandan arsenal. They could shoot the plane as it landed at Kigali airport.

The RPF managed to smuggle the missiles into Kigali by hoodwinking the Ghanaian contingent of the UN peacekeepers.

The weapon "was chosen because of its power, speed, and preheating which took less time".

Habyarimana "was almost killed on April 5, 1994 as he returned from Zaire, but it was not possible to place the missiles at the site in broad daylight".

The right occasion came up the next day when the president was returning from Dar es Salaam. He arrived over Kigali as night was falling.

Missiles had been placed on Masaka hill. Lizinde, a former officer in the Rwandan army, had picked out the spot.

The attack was carried out by two gunmen, a soldier who was deployed to protect them and a driver.

"The first person to fire, Captain Eric Hakizimana, touched the plane on its right wing but without bringing it down. 2nd Lieutenant Frank Nziza sent the next missile flying 3-4 seconds later and shot down the plane".

"I am an eye witness to what took place when the SA-16 was fired because I was present", writes Ruzibiza.

After the attack, soldiers of the RPF who had been readied in advance were assembled to immediately launch attacks which culminated in the fall of Kigali on July 4, 1994.

Abatabizi bicwa no kutabimenya.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe that it is time for the region of Great Lakes to embrace doors of opportunities for peace, stability and development.

I don't believe that these kind of messages help in any way.

As a Burundian citizen, I always ask myself this question:"Why is it that people are more keen to listen to what can cause destruction than rebuilding people's lives?"

At the time when the genocide of 1994 occured in Rwanda, we had already massacres in 1993 in Burundi,...the excuse was "First Burundi democratically elected President, had been assassinated. I don't see any relevance that a Baby has to be chopped in pieces because a President has been killed, I don't see any relevance that a Government is conspiring to kill Tutsi, and you go around assassinating members of the Government, there is no justification to take a life.

In 1993, I lost family, who were butchered, a friend who was chopped into pieces because his Dad was accused of being part of the military plot against President Ndadaye of Burundi.

Until we learn a lesson from what has happened in history, whether it be assassination, civil war, genocide, corruption, slavery, World war, we will never achieve anything for generations to come.

But if we be inspired by models such as Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, we'll be building a strong generation of integrity, success and purpose.

God bless you all!

4:43 AM

Blogger Angel said...

I totally agree with Desire-Joseph, why should we be happy to tear each other apart, I think it is time for us, the people of the great-lakes to focus on what unites us not divide us, what makes us strong not weak, what builds us not destroy us, what gives us life not kill us. It is time to choose life, people died... people were hurt, and people lost, I think almost all of us did, in big or small ways. But for the sake of our children for the sake of the future let us choose Peace please! that choice is hard I tell you, harder than war, but for our future let us make the hard decision. Peace to you all

11:49 AM

Blogger HAGANIRIMFURA said...

Tutsis have to pay what they have been doing to hutus over 500 years.they think they are better than others just coz they have a USA-UK support to come and enslave us.Ndadaye wennt to the same school with my uncle.he was butchered,by who?of course tutsis,Habyalimana protected them from Kanyarengwe, what did they to instead?killing him.Rusesabagina hid them from the fury of interahamwe, where is he now?in exile. so what are you saying.Kagame himself said in Gbdolite that there is no relationship Huts and Tusis have in common expept the land.that is alright.let's fight to the last.what I know we shall all be buried in that common land he talked about.Tutsis are bad people they despise other tirbes as second class. visit" www.rwandarwabanyarwanda.over-blog.com or www.rwandaonline.wordpress.com to learn how Kagame has made us suffer. we shall teach him a lesson if he doesnt sit with Kanjogero and reconcile with Hutus if we dont do that my kinds are learning the history of Rwanda they will do that

1:46 PM

Blogger TINGI said...

Amayeri ya Kagame n'ibinyoma bye byamaze kujya ku mugaragaro, dusigayee twibaza icyo communote internationale itegereje. ariko nitinda twe ntituzatinda. tumutegeye ku irangira rya manda ye ya kabili habaye kure, n'avaho tumujyane mu rukiko niyiyongeza tumurase.

12:10 PM

Blogger Unknown said...

No one will be able to move until the Truth is Told about what happened leading up to April 6/1994.Eastern Congo is being pillaged as we speak-Exactly because of happened in 1994. Those who insist we FORGET and move on--are probably Kagame Stooges/ Internet Trolls / Propagandists.

4:24 PM

Blogger Unknown said...

No one will be able to move until the Truth is Told about what happened leading up to April 6/1994.Eastern Congo is being pillaged as we speak-Exactly because of happened in 1994. Those who insist we FORGET and move on--are probably Kagame Stooges/ Internet Trolls / Propagandists.

4:25 PM


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