Every Rwandan is welcome home regardless of their past

Editor, I wish to respond to the story, “Why I returned to Rwanda - Uwizeyimana, a known detractor shares his story” (The New Times, February 24).
Uwizeyimana speaks to journalists in Kigali on Sunday. Edwin Musoni.
Uwizeyimana speaks to journalists in Kigali on Sunday. Edwin Musoni.

Editor,

I wish to respond to the story, “Why I returned to Rwanda - Uwizeyimana, a known detractor shares his story” (The New Times, February 24).

It’s natural that money might tempt people and push them to do things they haven’t intended. Mr Evode Uwizeyimana’s past statements, combined with what he himself revealed to the journalists, prove how truthful he is.

It’s clear that he knew about the good leadership in Rwanda and the Government of Unity’s commitment to improving people’s lives, yet he distorted that truth on air for some worldly gains.

Nonetheless, I congratulate him for taking a wise decision to come back home and help in rebuilding the country. Welcome home.

Amin Ndikumana, Paris

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I thank Mr Evode Uwizeyimana for telling Rwandans the real truth about the ill plans of the so-called giant media houses. To prove them right or wrong, let’s wait and see if they will ever call him again to speak on their radios if they really needed his skills than his earlier position.

Welcome home and please also help in informing those you left behind to do the same.

Robert Ssali, Rwanda

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This is the first time I hear about this man; perhaps because I stopped listening to BBC and VOA or read their online “news” a long time ago.

These are their governments’ mouthpieces – part of their information diplomacy establishment, but if I want to know their masters’ foreign policy positions I can always visit the websites of the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office or the US State Department. I don’t need a third party.

But on the matter of Mr Uwizeyimana, let us welcome back our prodigal son. No matter what any Rwandan may say about their country, and more specifically about its government, while out there, this is still as much their home as any one of us.

As Robert Frost said, “Home is where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in – no matter what you have done”.

Welcome home, Mr Uwizeyimana.

Mwene Kalinda, Rwanda

 

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