Juvenal Habyarimana, Victoire Ingabire, Diane Rwigara

Today, March 8, 2018, Rwandans celebrate two events: the birthday of Juvénal Habyarimana, the 2nd President of the Republic of Rwanda and the International Women's Day.

Juvénal Habyarimana was born on March 8, 1937 in Gisenyi, Ruanda-Urundi, then a German colony. His father was a Catholic catechist. After receiving a primary education, he attended the College of Saint Paul in Bukavu, Belgian Congo, where he graduated with a degree in mathematics and humanities. In 1958 he enrolled in the University of Lovanium's medical school in Léopoldville. During the 1959 Rwandan revolution, Juvenal Habyarimana was called back to Rwanda and enrolled in the Military Academy located in the Capital Kigali. A brilliant student, he graduated with highest honors in 1961, and was appointed the deputy commander of the military forces in Rwanda, then still under the overall command of a Belgian officer. An able and well liked military officer, in 1963, he was appointed the overall commander of Rwandan Armed Forces. In 1965, he was appointed Minister of the Defense and Police.

On July 5, 1973, he became the 2nd President of the Republic of Rwanda. He served from 1973 until 1994. On April 6, 1994, he was killed when his airplane was shot down close to Kigali International Airport, by the suspected assassins from the then Rwandan Patriotic Front rebels.

Rwandans and international observers credit Habyarimana with developing the country as a whole, during his 21 years of presidency through community services, known as Umuganda, building paved roads crossing the country and linking major cities and border posts, improving the healthcare system, extending the education system and promoting investments.

The second event is International Women's Day. At this moment, Rwandans honor women who, through courage, resilience, intelligence and wits have become role models for others. Among these women are those who have struggled for the rights of others, and ofter payed a heavy price. Two Rwandan women in particular are remembered. The two courageous and selfless women dared to challenge the Rwandan dictator Paul Kagame, in presidential elections and to speak up against repression, corruption, and dictatorship. For that act alone, they have been imprisoned.

The two women are: Diane Rwigara (see here - Diane Rwigara - AfroAmerica Network Black Woman of 2017 ) and Victoire Ingabire (see here: Victoire Ingabire - AfroAmerica Network Black Woman of 2010). They both are held in Rwandan notorious prisons.

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In recent articles, AfroAmerica Network reported that the meetings between Rwandan General Paul Kagame and Congolese opposition leaders Moise Katumbi and Antipas Mbusa Nyamwisi, in Davos, Switzerland and Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia focused on how to outplay the Catholic church in the power struggle in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

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On January 27, 2018, AfroAmerica Network reported on the secret meetings in Davos, and then in Addis-Abeba, between Rwandan General Paul Kagame and the delegation of  Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) opposition leaders, Moise Katumbi and Mbusa Nyamwisi. Despite unconvincing, often awkward denials by Moise Katumbi's spokesperson Olivier Kamitatu, to the point of labelling AfroAmerika Network's article "fake news" and by Mbusa Nyamwisi, who denied the Davos meeting, while affirming that he had just arrived in Addis-Ababa, after spending days in Europe, the meetings in Davos and then in Addis-Ababa, between Paul Kagame and the delegation of Moise Katumbi and Mbusa Nyamwisi did happen. Several  news media outlets around the World confirmed AfroAmerica Network's report.  The question is: what was said in those meetings. 

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Congolese opposition leader Moise Katumbi, when he was still Governor of Katanga Province

Sources close to Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) opposition leader, Moise Katumbi, have told AfroAmerica Network that during the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, between January 23-26, Rwandan Paul Kagame invited and met opposition leaders, including Moise Katumbi and Mbusa Nyamwisi.  Paul Kagame flew the Congolese leaders  through Austria to Davos. The timing and purpose of the meetings between Paul Kagame and Congolese opposition leaders appear puzzling. Immediate questions include: why the meeting now, in Davos and in Addis-Abeba?  why meeting the Congolese opposition leaders, but not Rwandan opposition leaders?  and why Moise Katumbi and Mbusa Nyamwisi?

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