INTERVIEWING THE DEVIL : Jean Kambanda

Since when did vicious convicted felons get the right to air their views in the media?

The recent ITV interview — billed as a scoop — of Rwanda’s former genocidal prime minister Jean Kambanda in Mali’s top security prison is an outrage.

Kambanda is the world’s first head of government to plead guilty to the crime of genocide.

Looking healthy and smarted in what appears to be an expensive suit, this vicious devilish-looking genocidal sorry excuse of a man protested his conviction, insisting that his “conscience” is clear. What conscience? Utter nonsense.

During the genocide against Tutsi in 1994, Kambanda not only made sure that local authorities in all Rwanda’s pronvinces had enough people to carry out the killings, he also made sure that those unwilling to take part in annihilating Tutsi were eliminated.

In his confession Kambanda revealed how the policy of genocide was the subject of cabinet meetings. “We discussed the evolution  of the massacres in each prefecture,” he said.

Kambanda headed a government created with the purpose of controlling the administration of the genocide of Tutsi and ensuring  the rapid execution of the “final solution.”

There are serious questions that need to be answered, and government should take this matter up with the government of Mali: why does one convicted of crimes against humanity have access to the media? Why is he not clothed in prison gab?

With access to a gym, library and church, Kambanda seems to be living a life of luxury, not that of a prisoner convicted of heinous crimes. This interview was an assault on decency, and an insult to genocide survivors.

Under ICTR rules convicts are forbidden from spreading their hateful “Hutu power” propaganda, and they are banned from peddling their vicious genocidal rhetoric.

Kambanda has never expressed remorse. After he fled Rwanda with his criminal gang of followers, former ministers and government officials, he continued to promote a policy of genocide denial. And in this interview Kambanda continued with his falsification of history and utterly denying responsibility for his crimes of which he has been convicted.

Genocide denial distorts truth and attempts to destroy memory. Giving an unrepentant genocidaire air time is offensive and should not be tolerated, unless Mali is of the same mind set as Kambanda.

Every Rwandan should be incensed, offended and pained. I am.

About Willis Shalita

I am a writer who is very impassioned about Rwanda and its remarkable journey from the barbaric carnage of Genocide against Tutsi. I am an avid photographer. I believe the African story should be told through African lenses. Our time has come. If not now, when?
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