"...determination is the key to success in politics, in the broadest sense of the word. You don't need many resources to make your voice heard when you are defending a cause you believe to be just..." Padre André Sibomana
the 1st October 2011, I published a confession in which I stated that
Paul Kagame, then overall commander of the Rwandese Patriotic Army, the
armed wing of the
Rwandese Patriotic Front, was personally responsible for the shooting
down of the plane on April 6, 1994, in which President Juvenal
Habyarimana of Rwanda, President Cyprian Ntaryamira of Burundi,
Deogratias Nsabimana, Elie Sagatwa, Thaddee Bagaragaza, Emmanuel
Akingeneye, Bernard Ciza, Cyriaque Simbizi, Jacky Heraud, Jean-Pierre
Minaberry and Jean-Michel were killed. I stated that Paul Kagame himself
had told me, in July 1994, that he was responsible for the shooting
down of the plane. I stated that Paul Kagame has to be brought to
account for his role in this terrorist crime that provided a trigger for
the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.
I have also stated that myself and other witnesses are willing, able,
and ready to provide further evidence to national or/and international
jurisdictions interested in contributing to truth, justice,
reconciliation and healing in Rwanda.
myself nor other new, willing,
and able witnesses have yet been able to meet Judge Marc Trevidic, or
any other international tribunal/court. to give the true account of the
events surrounding the shooting down of the plane.
10th January, 2012, the French Judge, Marc Trevidic, investigating the
1994 terrorist crime, made public the findings of the Technical Report
by ballistic experts. Among other things, the technical report stated
that a) the experts were leaning more towards the version of the events
that the missile that shot down the plane originated from several areas,
especially around the Kanombe area in Kigali; b) the missiles were made
and supplied from the former Soviet Union and, c) lawyers and other
interested parties have up to three months to contest any matters
arising from the report.
In this regard, I would like to state the following:
That the missile was fired from a number of areas in the Kanombe area
does not exonerate Paul Kagame from having committed the crime; 2.
That the missiles were of Soviet Union origin will prove to be of
substantive help in establishing who the real culprit is, and; 3.
That there is time for us ( myself and other interested and new
witnesses) to respond fully to the technical report and provide credible
testimony to Judge Marc Trevidic, or any other in the international
jurisdiction, to pin down Paul Kagame as the culprit in this terrorist
I stand fully
behind the letter and spirit of my October 1st, 2011 confession. Judge
Marc Trevidic’s technical report has not proved me wrong. Nor has it
exonerated Paul Kagame from this crime, and yet Kigali is spinning the
of context to celebrate what it calls “victory”. In the coming months
and years, myself, other witnesses, Rwandans and others in the
international community who heed the call, will continue to endeavor to
have Paul Kagame account for his role in this and other crimes.
would like to remind all Rwandans and the international community that
this is not Judge Marc Trevidic’s final judgement on the matter.
Furthermore, matters of truth and justice for Rwandans will primarily be
decided by us Rwandans. Even when the international community and
foreigners in general have had the reputation of disappointing Rwandans,
we must have faith in our struggle for truth, justice, healing, and
Let us mobilize and organize, for truth and justice shall ultimately prevail.