Refer to Joseph Rwagatare’s article, “Two versions of Rwanda; fact and fiction” (The New Times, September 30).
Poor senile Professor Reyntjens, the so-called “Rwanda expert” who has not set foot for over twenty years in the country that he bases his long outdated expertise on, but who wants to continue to wave his long expired expertise in the faces of everyone, both the willing, the duped as well as the unwilling or those who could care less for his no longer relevant expertise.
Professor Reyntjens reminds me most of the crazy old aunt that relatives in Victorian England would keep locked up in the attic to prevent her embarrassing them with guests, but who now and then would still find ways of drawing attention to her presence.
What Reyntjens lacks in facts on today’s Rwanda; he amply compensates with his prolific, even if thoroughly fictionalized pronouncements on the country from his fevered imagination.
The decaying of his Rwandan expertise and associated loss of authority and influence has embittered our wacky old professor to such a degree his relatives would be well advised to find an attic and hide him there to put a definite stop to his continuing to embarrass them.
The world has become too small due to advanced technology. Prof Reyntjens’s article is read and partly believed by majority of the readers especially those who never open their eyes and see beyond the West.
My idea would be that the government appoints a team that will always respond to these so-called experts on Rwanda or even write good stories about Rwanda on these forums like World Politics Review for everyone to have different sides of the nation.
Otherwise they will continue to intoxicate the world with their poison.
This is a well argued and accurate piece on the Rwanda of today. Reyntjenses and his cohorts have stopped the clock, and are embittered by the fact that they are no longer relevant and have no place in our new Rwanda.
They are very pained that their ideas and hate-mongering are not registering with Rwandans.