Rwanda Opposition Leader: How I Ended Up In Exile

physician "sans-serif";”>Based in United Kingdom, cost Karuranga further explains to our editor Giles Muhame (GM) what forced him into exile. Excerpts:

adiposity "sans-serif";”>JK: We will set up Rwanda – Import and Export Bank to support Rwandan business community. We will also set up Rwanda Chambers of Commerce and Industries jointly with our global trading partners to market Rwandan manufactured goods globally.

We will set up Association Rwanda Entrepreneurs Board to advise and provide free business studies, planning and trade finance to Rwandan who wants start-up new businesses. In addition, the RPP plans to set-up the Association of Rwanda Small and Medium Industrial Advisory Council to advise and encourage local and external industrialists to set-up industries in Rwanda.

The RPP aims at encouraging and supporting the establishment of an Independent Trade and Industrial Board to oversee Fair Trade and Competitions Practice in Rwanda.

Immigration policy: The RPP intends to continue none visa requirements to citizens of the EAC. The RPP encourages free movements of goods, labour and services and guarantee automatic citizenship to the people of Uganda, Burundi and the DRC.

RPP will also guarantee citizenships to all foreigners who have been living and work in Rwanda for the past 10 years. The RPP will allow foreigners that have been working and living in Rwanda for over 5 years to participate in the local council elections. These visitors affect us the way we affect them and as such it would be very appropriate for them to take a part in decisions that will affect all of us.

RPP aims at relaxing immigration worker’s restrictions such as Lawyers, Engineers, Doctors, Research, Consultants, and Teachers etc. who would like to come and work in Rwanda.

Communication: Rwanda is political and economically well advantaged in the Great Lakes of Nations. The country is also a hub for innovative and hardworking people. The RPP intends to make Rwanda the most competitive nation in the region in terms of communication industry.


To this extent, the RPP will build rail lines connecting Rwanda to all our neighbours, in the DRC, Uganda, South Sudan, North Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania and Burundi.

RPP also intends to build roads throughout Rwanda, ICT, modern telephone network and airport to link Rwanda to its neighbours and the International community. We aim at making Rwanda an international transit, trans-shipment and communication corridor linking visitors going to Uganda, DRC, Tanzania and Burundi and Southern Sudan.

Regional policy: The RPP will support the continuation of Rwanda membership of the EAST AFRICAN COMMUNITY. We will advocate for a single state, single currency and free movement of goods and labour.

In the absence of a single currency, the RPP will ask the Rwandan parliament to allow Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, DRC, Kenya, South Sudan currencies to be used parallel of the Rwandan Francs.

The RPP will work to harmonize the internal, foreign, defence, trade and cultural affairs with Uganda, Burundi and the DRC governments.

The RPP will work towards reviving the Habyarimana and Mobutu’s cooperation in exploration of mineral ores, gas and other energies in the DRC of Congo.

Regional security: We will work with the government and people of the DRC and regional powers to facilitate a lasting peace in the Eastern part of the DRC. We will also end the FDLR insurgency within 12 month and to bring home all Rwandan refugees within 24 months.

Foreign policy: The RPP aims at actively contributing to the creation of an Africa of peace, progress, friendship and cooperation among sovereign peoples and nations with equal rights, advancing the disarmament process, dissolving all political-military blocs, creating a collective security system that respects and guarantees the sovereignty of States and freedom of choice for peoples, realizing the African Standby Force (ASF) and Common Foreign Security Policy’s potential, protecting it from attempts to deface and manipulate it.

We also seek honourable close ties with Conference for Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE). The RPP will honour all the current RPF existing contractual obligations with the international community. These include arrangements with foreign governments, organisations and guarantees of global peace and fight against terrorism.

We aim to uphold and respect the Rwanda’s current deployment of Rwandan troops and police to Darfur, Haiti etc. The RPP will deploy Rwandan peace keepers etc. to any other countries including Somalia etc. where their noble duties may be needed to safe guard the rights of humanity.

GM: You have been living in Sweden since 1986, who forced you into exile?

Paul Kagame and other Rwandans whose names cannot be mentioned here, since there are no longer with us to defend themselves.

It happened after the formation of the Rwanda National Liberation Movement in 1986. I was arrested at my residence at 2am with about 30 armed soldiers. They took me to Lubiri Barracks where I was imprisoned for 2 months.

Then to Luzira maximum Prison where I spent 6 months. On 18/10/1986, they took me to Kabale, Uganda, where I was forced to meet a delegation from the late Habyarimana’s regime without my consent. On 28/12/1986 the authorities in Uganda told me that I will be sent to Sweden together with my family.

GM: Tell us about your struggle for freedom in Rwanda and relationship with fallen Uganda President Godfrey Binaisa.

I have been fighting for the rights, freedom and dignity of Rwandan people since 1983. I mean the innocent, the defenceless and the downtrodden ones whose voice cannot be heard because they can’t speak for themselves.

The late Binaisa was one of my best friends and someone whom you can relate to. We had a warm friendship like the one I had with late David Ruyondo.

The late Ruyondo was the Town Clerk of Masaka and was killed because of his closeness with Mr. Museveni. I would have said more if he is still around to justify my statement. Indeed, I had a good relationship with other Ugandan ruling elites, such President Museveni, late Paul Muwanga, Obote II and Idi Amin and as well as other Ugandan prominent politicians such as late Ponsiano Kafuma of Namagoma, Villa Maria, Masaka, Everest Nyanzi etc.

In the last part of this interview which will run tomorrow, Karuranga give us an insight into his life in exile and suppression of civil liberties in Rwanda.

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