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President Paul Kagame is a Master of Political Assassinations

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Even though Kagame did not finish the high school and has no school diploma, he has mastered the techniques of killing, especially with regard to assassinations of his political opponents. The failed assassination attempt of General Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa in South Africa on June 19, 2010, is obviously the last attempt by Kagame's death squads to silence a high profile political opponent. Even if this assassination attempt has attracted much public attention it only is a drop in ocean.

Besides numerous targeted political assassinations, Kagame has ordered mass killings of Hutu and Tutsi civilians in Rwanda since October 1, 1990. People have been rounded up away from public view (mostly during the nights), executed and dumped in mass graves. Kagame also sent bulldozers to destroy camps for internally displaced people in Kibeho, Rwanda (1995) and refugee camps in Goma, DR Congo (1996-1997), killing hundreds thousands of people. The unpublished Gersony report about mass killing inside Rwanda in 1994 as well as the recently leaked UN report about Hutu genocide in RDC from 1993 to 2003 are clear proofs of Kagame's crimes against humanity if not genocide.

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The list below is not exhaustive, it however shows clearly how Kagame and his death squads have killed so many people both inside Rwanda and abroad since the launch of the Rwandan war by the RPF on October 1, 1990 from Uganda.

1. Political Assassinations Inside Rwanda

Between 1991 and 1993, Kagame's death-squads infiltrated Rwanda from Uganda to conduct targeted assassinations of prominent politicians and local administrative leaders who had actively denounced the RPF invasion of Rwanda and the killings of civilians by RPF soldiers in northern regions of Ruhengeri and Byumba. He also launched several raids on border towns targeting politicians and civil leaders.

On January 23, 1991, the RPF launched a raid on the city of Ruhengeri, killing score of Hutu civilians selectively and rooting administrative offices and shops. The same day RPF killed Congressman Telesphore Munyaruyenzi, an outspoken opponent of the RPF and its war.

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On February 28, 1992, the RPF launched a second raid on the city of Ruhengeri, targeting local administrative leaders and politicians. During the raid, Mr. Thaddee Gasana, the influential Mayor of Kinigi Commune, was assassinated together with score of Hutu civilians.

On May 18, 1993, Kagame's death squads killed Mr. Emmanuel Gapyisi, a prominent political leader and Vice-President of the Republican Party. Mr. Gapyisi was a critical voice of the atrocious killing methods used by the RPF rebels led by Kagame.

In June 1993, Kagame's death squads killed Mr. Fidele Rwambuka, Mayor of Kanzenze Commune. Mr. Rwambuka's death prompted much tension between Tutsi and Hutu in the South-Eastern part of the country.

On February 21, 1994, Kagame's death squads struck again in KigaliCity, killing Mr. Felicien Gatabazi, the Chairman of the Social Democratic party (PSD). It was reported that before his assassination Mr. Gatabazi had vehemently expressed his opposition to the military takeover of power by Kagame and his RPF rebels.

On February 23, 1994, Kagame's death squads disguised as the Abakombozi militia (PSD) struck in ButareCity, killing Mr. Martin Bucyana, the Chairman of the Coalition for the Defense of the Republic (CDR), a staunch opponent of the RPF.

In March 1994, Mr. Gacamumakuba, Mayor of Tumba Commune, was killed by Kagame's death-squads.

On April 6, 1994, Kagame's commando launched a missile attack that destroyed the plane carrying Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana and the Burundian President Cyprien Ntaryamira, their respective delegations and the French crew members. The death of these two Hutu Presidents is widely believed to have triggered the resumption of hostilities that culminated into what is known as the genocide against the Tutsis.

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On April 7, 1994, Kagame's death squads conducted selective assassinations of 120 people in Remera neighborhood, KigaliCity. They mainly targeted intellectual Hutus. Among the victims were Mr. Sylvestre Baliyanga, former Governor of Ruhengeri, Mr. Claudien Habarushaka, former Governor of Kigali and Mr. Emmanuel Bahigiki, former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Planning.

On June 23, 1994, the RPF soldiers massacred clergymen at Rwesero Seminary. Among the victims were Abbot Joseph Hitimana, principal of the seminary, Abbots Christian Nkiriyehe, Athanase Nkundabanyanga, Alexis Havugimana, Faustin Mulindwa, Fidele Mulinda, Celestin Muhayimana, Augustin Muhayimana and Gaspard Mudashimwa. Other victims include Sisters Annonciata and Carolla.

On June 5, 1994, the RPF soldiers decapitated the Rwandan Catholic Church, killing three Bishops, numerous priests and deacons at Gakurazo in Gitarama. Among the murdered clergymen, most of which Hutus, were the Archbishop of Kigali, Vincent Nsengiyumva, the Bishop of Byumba, Joseph Ruzindana, the Bishop of Kabgayi Thaddee Nsengiyumva and Mgr Innocent Gasabwoya.

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Augustin Munyemana is a Rwandan expatriate. He is an independent investigator and a civil rights activist

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