Why Rwandans cannot lose sleep over Reyntjens

Editor, Reference is made to the letter, "How Reyntjens continues to mislead the world on Rwanda" (The New Times, December 1).

Editor,

Reference is made to the letter, “How Reyntjens continues to mislead the world on Rwanda” (The New Times, December 1).

There is a good reason Filip Reyntjens remains firmly stuck in the pre-RPF Rwanda and, especially, in its Habyarimana era.

It is the period that made a callow, inexperienced nonentity like him something— a central player in shaping the destiny of an African nation in his own ethnically-inclined vision, probably modeled on the conflict between his own Flemish against their traditional Walloon rivals.

The extinction of his constitution’s “ethnic”-based politics has embittered the professor. The refusal of the RPF-led government to allow him to set foot in this country has further inflamed his hatred of this government and its leadership.

In my own view, Reyntjens is a completely spent force. The best option is to just ignore him. Do not provide him with any oxygen at all by responding to his bitter denunciations of a country he does not know since he has not visited it for the last 20 years, even though it is the only one on which he bases his much elapsed claim of expertise.

Let him moan and bark; he can’t bite.

Mwene Kalinda

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