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Vol 52 No 11

Published 27th May 2011


Rwanda

Prosperity and paranoia

Sinister rumours and grenade attacks coexist with the government’s proud economic record

Weapons at the ready, soldiers and police line the main roads out of Kigali in the afternoons. Few of President Paul Kagame’s critics speak out within Rwanda (AC Vol 52 No 3). Two of them, René Mugenzi and Jonathan Musonera, in exile in Britain since 1997 and 2001 respectively, were warned last week by London’s Metropolitan Police that their lives were in danger from the Rwandan government. Kigali dismisses the claims. Yet the incident signals new difficulties in relations between London and Kigali. We hear the British police who warned Mugenzi and Musonera were acting on a tip from France’s external security body, the Direction générale de la sécurité extérieure, which closely monitors Rwandan dissidents in France and Belgium. Growing security concerns in London have boosted scepticism towards Kagame among some British officials.

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