Will an International investigation ever bring the dead back to life, why are the so called rights groups and propagandists hostile to the Government of Rwanda keep on playing cheap politics and propaganda over Kizito Mihigo who decided taking one’s own life intentionally?
The death of Kizito Mihigo has been turned into a political capital for subversive groups and hostile individuals against the Government of Rwanda. It is as if Kizito is going to become their redeemed messiah and they are waiting for resurrection day. The reason I say this is because subversive groups against Rwanda are singing Kizito’s death as their redemption song. These groups are inefficient and they are living a hopeless life and busy fighting among themselves like grasshoppers. However, a fight between grasshoppers is a joy to the crow. They forget that if the hill is on fire the grasshoppers are roasted and whatever the case, a restless grasshopper eventually ends up in birds teeth.
Back to the death of Kizito who committed suicide after attempting to flee the country and bribing local citizens in Nyaruguru district, Charles Michael Palahniuk an American novelist once said that the only difference between a suicide and martyrdom really is the amount of press coverage. We all die and the things you own end up owning you.
Since his release from prison , Kizito wanted to gain his fame at all cost and failure to achieve that he turned into a depressed person . For a psychotically depressed person to kill himself does it so because of hopelessness and conviction realising that life’s assets and debits do not square. It is evident that Kizito Mihigo had reached that stage of committing suicide. Though morally, killing oneself is, anyway, a misnomer.
For those calling for an International investigation, the law stipulates that in case of suicide in a Rwandan prison or police cell, investigation by Rwanda Investigation Bureau is the norm. This investigation is always carried out in an independent and transparent manner, without any external interference, especially if the inmate was a Rwandan citizen residing in Rwanda. Those calling for the investigation should not hold their breath.
Kizito’s past and unpredictable nature
Kizito’s past was characterized Greed, selfishness, ambition; all had slyly snatched into his mind. The growing feeling of appreciation of the genocidal clique around Kizito Mihigo has outweighed his genocide survivor memory. Day after day, he could find himself deeply entangled in the dilemma opposing the survivor’s instinctive distance and the sweet thrills of the pinnacle where he was sitting, with the imaginary importance and authority he had garnered around him in genocidal circles. Given the powerful influence of positive and negative emotions on his unconscious, one would be tempted to believe he should have made decisions based on objective and logical analysis. Yet the latter option was to do without the human unpredictable nature.
The story, told and untold
Kizito Mihigo was raised in a Christian family, educated in a seminary, was taught music in his early childhood. Many say that he composed his first song at the age of nine. He is a fervent catholic adept, who questionably left the seminary after five years of frequentation, despite being promisingly called for priesthood. A musical prodigy, at 19 years of age, he had composed a 200 songs’ repertory sang in catholic churches throughout the country and beyond. His father’s death during genocide impacted his unconscious for a style of music that was highly emotional to arouse the survivors’ minds, to the outrage of the genocide ideology torchbearers who still nourished the lethal intentions to wipe out the remaining Tutsi survivors, if given a chance.
Then came the drift. The prolix university graduate composer from France was teaching music in Belgium. As Andre Breton put it, tell me whom you haunt and I’ll tell you who you are. His acquaintances in Belgium were among the most notorious fugitives once executioners of the genocidal agenda in Rwanda, genocide deniers and other trivialisers. He was always present in their family seasonal festivities, if not in their orgies. He was an entertainer, a preacher, even at times, it was said, a Tutsi subjected to mockery in the homes of the genocide ideology mongers he believed to impress. On all occasions, however, he inevitably made sure to secure his pay, very smart as he was.
Preaching reconciliation brought him to be considered as the savior, to be identified with the long awaited messiah to some in these circles. Imagine a survivor who was calling to honour the memory of genocide victims as well as their perpetrators’. He was soon seen to utter an enigmatic discourse, profaning the genocide victims’ memory through his own vision of reconciliation and undisguised advocacy for the double genocide hypothesis. He turned out to be the icon proclaiming boastfully that: Uburyo Abahutu banyemera bingana uko Abatutsi banyanga…literally meaning “the reverence of the Hutus for me equals the resentment of the Tutsi towards me!”
The Icarus syndrome
In Ancient Greek mythology, Icarus disobeyed his father Daedalus and was fatally punished. Daedalus fashioned two pairs of wings out of wax and feathers for himself and his son to fly. Before taking off, he warned his son not to fly too close to the sun, nor too close to the sea. Overcome by the giddiness that flying lent him, Icarus soared through the sky curiously, but in the process he came too close to the sun, which melted the wax. So Icarus fell into the sea in the area which today bears his name, the Icarian Sea. The Icarus Syndrome describes people who get carried away by their own success. They begin to believe that, like Icarus, they can ignore what normal mortals cannot. Having risen to these heights, sufferers seek greater thrills, the greatest of which is the unconscious hatching of their own annihilation.
Government leaders, heads of industry and movie stars are typical victims of this syndrome, which usually ends in impeachment, disgrace or prison. Treatment is difficult: part of having the syndrome believes that they are cleverer than everyone else.
Hatching up the treason, the self-fulfilling prophecy
Shakespeare’s Macbeth is a classic example of a self-fulfilling prophecy. Macbeth is given a prophecy that he will eventually become king, but afterwards, the offspring of his best friend will rule instead of his own. Spurred by the prophecy, he kills the king and his friend, something he, arguably, never would have done before. In the end, the evil actions he committed get him killed in a revolution.
The singer enters a plot to remove the Government. He is proposed a simple Ministerial position; out of his own testimony, he himself proposes to eliminate the Head of State. Was his (hidden) agenda the topmost position? According to his own declaration, when Sankara tells him that “At this point, war is inevitable because he (Head of State) cannot agree to negotiations”, he proposes a better solution: Isn’t there a way to force him? Or why don’t we kill him (Kagame) only?”. Analysts have established that his motive was not money, but a political position once RPF was ousted from power. Much has still to be learnt in this regard.
A similar example of the self-fulfilling prophecy is the one adventurer Rusesabagina of the renowned film ‘Hotel Rwanda’. Promoted by the success of a fiction movie, he would rise from an ordinary man he is claiming to be with false modesty, to a greedy politician who now seeks to remove an elected Government and become president.
The warning signs and the song of the cursing
As the artiste was upholding his rise to the sky, as a highly emotional individual who also knows to exploit the emotivism of grieved souls, he soon moved from the spiritual to the more profane musical compositions. The field was fertile, as the recovery and resilience of the survivors’ community was high on the agenda, especially within the youthful receiving audience.
He would alternately move from messages of love, tolerance, pardon (e.g. Umujinyamwiza praising determination for survival and resilience) to gradually shift to self-aggrandizing and soon provocative themes like: Iteme in which song he is the self-proclaimed instrument of peace called to bring love where hatred elected domicile; Igisobanuro cy’Urupfu (no death is good, be it victims of genocide or war, vengeance, road accidents or illness; I am a genocide orphan, but I cannot forget other victims of persecutions other than genocide); Ibyishimo bibi, whereby he calls for patriotism only when there is unity; castigating complacency in the wrong and hailing people to accept suffering but not betray (who?). Akira uru Rwanda Mana ihoraho is another song full of confusion where the singer prays to God to bless orphans and widows, genocide victims and perpetrators and transform them into saints.
For the linguists as well as the common Rwandan, the Kinyarwanda language has got a particularity of different and sometimes ambiguous and equivocal meanings in statements one must always put in a context.
Those with sensitive minds who had been moved by earlier messages transmitted by Kizito did not realise immediately the scope of the new sly spells. Others with numbed spirits looked deeper and detected some hidden meaning that could soon be assimilated to… genocide denial, save trivialisation.
The controversial character
The reconciliation crusade brought the controversial singer to be awarded a prize by Imbuto Foundation CYRWA programme. He also founded a non-profit “Kizito Mihigo for Peace”, or KMP, foundation which was for long sponsored by official public institutions and many philanthropists. His long recognised musical public performance earned him recognition and audience, especially within the church frequenting communities, the youth and the Genocide survivors.
It is now history that, just as highlighted above, from a mere music composer, his fame grew wider up to when he believed he had not enough of what he deserved. The unquenchable thirst for even more publicity incited him to be carried away by his success; he convinced himself to be designated as the reconciliation flag bearer, he betrayed even those who had been the origin of his success, he finally now falls down on his back. After all, he is but a singer, a crooked character led by his greed and overambitious aspirations. As you make your bed, so shall you lay on it.