I wish to respond to Pan Butamire’s article, “There is no friend like a neighbourly one”, published in The New Times issue of September 13.
It was a well thought out piece. The problem is that his views fell on deaf ears. What is happening in the neighbouring Tanzania, with the exercise of expelling the “illegal immigrants”, all along was known as part of implementing the same “anti-Tutsi ideology” though people from other neighbouring countries also became victims.
The intention to specifically target “Tutsis” became evident when Tanzanian authorities expelled Tanzanians whom they claimed resembled “Tutsis”. We watched those pictures on TV and we understood what it meant.
Tanzanian women were expelled to Rwanda simply because they were married to people of Rwanda’s descent.
Some French politicians must now be celebrating that they have sandwiched Rwanda between two hostile neighbours – DRC and Tanzania. They forget this country has navigated deeper waters before and came out victorious. The people of Rwanda and the Great Lakes region will prevail.
Mashara K, Rwanda
I think that this whole mess is about geopolitical interests. France thinks it has the momentum because it is currently helping the Americans to tackle the security situation in the Middle East, precisely Syria.
Even though the US Government would like to strike Syria, there is a sentiment across the country that they don’t want another war that doesn’t have any positive outcome. But guess what, France jumped to this opportunity and said it was ready to stand with President Barack Obama should he decide to strike without the approval of the American people.
We should ask ourselves: Why would a country like France want to go to war in Syria today, and what would they want from the US Government in return? Probably a blind eye on what they are doing in the Great Lakes of Africa wouldn’t be a wild guess!
As far as Tanzania is concerned, I believe they have already been part of this scheme since its trying to become a France darling. Are they ready for whatever misfortune that might come their way? Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.
Erick, Boston, United States