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RESPONSE TO YOUR LETTER ADDRESSED TO Mr. JIM GREY OF BBC

UMUCO UKURI 1

Posted: 2014-12-07
Source: Ihuriro ry'Inyabutatu - RPRK

Ref: 12/14/RPRK

08th December 2014

Alain Destexhe

Senator, Belgium

Palais de la Nation

1009 Bruxelles

Belgium

Dear Senator Alain Destexhe,

SUBJECT: RESPONSE TO YOUR LETTER ADDRESSED TO Mr. JIM GREY OF BBC

I read with sadness your recent letter addressed to Mr. Jim Grey, head of TV current affairs at BBC. In that letter, you rebuke BBC for producing and broadcasting a documentary called “Rwanda: Untold Story” that you unfairly denounce.

In that same letter, you praise Paul Kagame for his role in the 1994 Tutsi genocide, and discredit Professor Filip Reyntjens and Colonel Luc Marchal without any shred of evidence.

Simply put, you talk about Professor Filip Reyntjens and Colonel Luc Marchal in terms of character assassination as a way of silencing the truth. When you find it “shameful that the BBC chose to broadcast such a biased documentary”, I disagree with you: the BBC documentary tells the truth and as the saying goes “any unpleasant truth hurts.”

Those who see the truth as a bitter pill to swallow fight it with lies, more sophisticated lies, intimidation, or any means necessary including the shedding of innocent blood.

The truth is that Paul Kagame triggered the genocide against the Tutsis of internal Rwanda, and thanks to the BBC documentary, his web of poisonous and endless lies has been exposed in the public arena, for all to see.

Despite his powerful lobbyists and his sinister propaganda machine, he can no longer lie to the whole world that he stopped the 1994 Tutsi genocide. Instead of defending himself by telling his own version of the story, he chose to use dictatorial means: he put so much pressure on the Rwandans forcing them to manifest against BBC, an internationally respected media powerhouse; he banned on the Rwandan soil the BBC program that uses the Rwandan language; he deprived Rwandan prisoners of their own radios.

You are trying to discredit BBC in the same way you are trying to destroy the reputation of Professor Filip Reyntjens and Colonel Luc Marchal. I read with great attention Professor Filip Reyntjens's comment on the BBC documentary.

After reading it, I made a personal research on his role when he was in Rwanda as a Constitutional scholar before Juvenal Habyarimana’s death and here is what I found: because of the October 1990 war, hundreds of Tutsis were jailed unfairly by the dictatorial regime of President Habyarimana but were finally rescued and thanks to the efforts of Professor Filip Reytjens and other Human Rights activists.

My conclusion is that in the coming days I would not be astonished to find Professor Filip Reyntjens intervening for a fair trial of Paul Kagame, when the later will be jailed and brought to justice to respond to his abominable crimes against humanity.

Coming back to the BBC documentary, I am not wrong to say that, at least, thanks to the BBC, the victims of that tragedy can now start to rest in peace because Paul Kagame's lies have been discovered.

Those victims know now that instead of rescuing them, he chose cynically to sacrifice them in order to satisfy his hunger for power and sordid selfishness ( before deciding to trigger the genocide by shooting down President Habyarimana's plane, he made sure that his mother, children, sisters, wife and their closest friends and family were out of Rwanda and obviously out of danger).

As far as I am concerned, I learned nothing new by watching the BBC documentary because of my background and my past closeness with Paul Kagame. I served in Paul Kagame’s High Command Protective Unit during the war and in the presidential guard (Republican Guard) after the war.

In May 1992, when the High Command was located at Rushaki in Byumba prefecture, I was one of the soldiers assigned to protect the two SA-16 missiles whose purpose was to defend Paul Kagame against any hostile air attack.

In 1993, the High Command shifted from Rushaki to Mulindi in Byumba prefecture, and was headquartered there in shelters around the tea factory; I and my colleagues were guarding the two SA-16 missiles contained in two dark green wooden boxes. Written in white letters, the words: “ in Russia letters” appeared on those boxes.

The two SA-16 missiles had an army green color, a length of  between 1,4m - 1,6m, one hand grip, a trigger, a battery behind the hand grip, rear sight and fore sight assembly, etc. I know those missiles very well to the extent that I can draw them with my hand on a piece of paper, by using only my memory.

The gunners of these two misiles were Four: Lt Alphonse Kayumba, Second Lt Frank Nziza, Sgt Twagira and Cpl Eric Hakizimana. At the end of February 1994, my colleagues who belonged to the same Section like me whose duty was to guard those missiles loaded them on a truck parked inside the tea factory mentioned above before, covering them with a lot of fire wood in order to hid them and smuggle them to Kigali. Paul Kagame had an elaborated system of smuggling soldiers and weapons between Kigali and Mulindi under the nose of the UN peace keeping force.

The missile gunners who went with those two missiles to Kigali are Lt Frank Nziza and Cpl Eric Hakizimana; they are the ones who executed the Commander in Chief 's mission (Paul Kagame) of shooting down the plane of President Juvenal Habyarimana.

The two missile gunners came back to the High Command in July 1994 with empty hands, without the two missiles. They told us the way they had succeeded in crashing down Juvenal Habyarimana's plane. Right now, they are still Paul Kagame's trustees in the unit responsible for his security known as Republican Guard and they are on the payroll of the Rwandan Ministry of Defense.

There is no doubt in my mind that the act of shooting down President Habyarimana's plane at night was done by Paul Kagame's escorts under his order.

In April 1994, Mr. Charles Kayonga with the rank of Lt colonel was Chief of escorts of Paul Kagame's High Command and the commanding officer of the 3rd Battalion in Kigali. He is the one who coordinated and controlled the operation of shooting down the President Habyarimana’s plane.

I do not have doubt for one second that the act of shooting down Juvenal Habyarimana’s plane at night was an act of a detestable coward: he betrayed the Arusha Peace Accord, hid himself in the darkness of the night before killing his victims in the air, and is still lying about his atrocious deed.

The BBC documentary tells a true story based on facts and as the saying goes “facts are stubborn.” Before BBC made its documentary, I knew that President Paul Kagame never stopped the genocide against the Tutsis of internal Rwanda; on the contrary, he triggered it and cynically ordered the execution of some of my colleagues who went to rescue their relatives.

Paul Kagame’s strategy was to use the genocide as a quick way to seize absolute power and to use that power to crush anyone who wants to tell the truth about his cold-blooded cynicism.

I am convinced that Rwandans, particularly those who were Paul Kagame's closest body guards in High Command like me during the war, can testify that the BBC documentary tells the untold truth. They should follow the good example of BBC and spill out Paul Kagame’s evil secrets; if they do so, they will create a chain reaction that may stop his despicable obsession of killing innocent lives.

I kindly invite you, Senator Alain Destexhe, to Click on this link to access a letter I wrote to the BBC management:

Appreciation of the documentary "Rwanda's untold story "http://inyabutatu.org/index.php/english-articles/138-appreciation-of-the-bbc-documentary-rwanda-s-untold-story

Appreciation of the documentary "Rwanda's untold story" Dear Mr. Hall, With warm and heartiest feelings and on behalf of Ihuriro ry'Inyabutatu-RPRK ..

Yours Sincerely,

Jackson Munyeragwe

Secretary General for Rwandan Protocol for a Rwandan Kingdom - RPRK

(Ihuriro ry'Inyabutatu)

See Sanator Alain Destexhe's letter to the BBC:

Dear Sir,

I am writing to protest the partiality of the BBC’s documentary, "Rwanda: The Untold Story", and I would like to do this from a Belgian perspective.

During the documentary, appeared many times, a thread woven into the documentary. Jane Corbin seems to ignore the fact that Filip Reyntjens was very close to the Habyarimana regime, and that he wrote the draft of a new Rwandan Constitution in 1978, waiting until 1992 before taking some distance with the murderous Habyarimana regime and its gross human rights abuses.

The 1978 Constitution put in place a single party system and gave a leading role to the MRND, the party of Habyarimana. Reyntjens was a teacher in a University where Tutsis were discriminated because of the existence of quotas.

In Belgium, Filip Reyntjens is well-known for his partiality, his analysis of Rwanda along ethnical lines, his “pro-Hutu stance” and for having always been from the onset against the RPF including when, in May 1994, it appeared very clearly that the international community and the UN were not going to intervene to stop the genocide and that the RPF was the only armed group able to save the few Tutsi still alive.

You should also know that in Belgium because of the colonial past and the very strong support for Habyarimana and his regime, there are many people in political circles who refuse to accept that their contacts and “friends” have ended up as murderers and genocidaires.

In addition, no serious Belgian TV channels or newspaper will interview Filip Reyntjens as a credible source concerning Rwanda. So, it is curious that the BBC considers him as a reference in the documentary as « a world leading expert on Rwanda ». He may be an expert but a very politically oriented one.

On the other hand, Luc Marchal, a former Belgian army Officer, second in command of the UN operation in Rwanda (UNAMIR), who also appears in the documentary, is considered today in Belgium as very close to the Hutu extremist circles who are denying the genocide.

After the slaughter of the ten Belgian paratroopers on 7th April 1994, Luc Marchal was indicted by the Belgium Military Tribunal (Cour militaire).

He was acquitted. In the 1997 report of the Belgian Senate (Committee of Inquiry on the Rwanda Genocide), there was much critiscism of how the UN military operation was handled and of the leadership of Luc Marchal, Deputy of the General Dallaire.

Again, in the Belgian press, no serious journalist will consider Marchal, who changed his mind several times over the years, as a credible source of information.

I would like also to mention that the documentary failed to even mention the conclusion of the French Judge Trévidic who took over from Judge Bruguière and who reached totally different conclusion about the shooting down of the President’s plane on April 6, 1994.

Finally, even if the shooting of the plane was the trigger, as claimed in the documentary, there were hundreds of thousands of Tutsi who were massacred by the Interim Government which succeeded the Habyarimana regime.

It is a shameful that the BBC chose to broadcast such a biased documentary.

Yours Sincerely,

Alain Destexhe

Senator, Belgium

Fmr Secretary General of Médecins Sans Frontières (in 1994 during the genocide)

Secretary of Special Committee of Inquiry on the Rwanda Genocide, Senate, Belgium (1997)

Fmr Président, International Crisis Group

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