History has often been a victim to manipulation and mis-interpretation but one Rusesabagina Paul has taken the game too far. After hoodwinking the entire western world, thanks to that Holy wood movie, the Man has cunningly woven a heroic aroma around him. His lies are quite rude and blatant but as often said, a big lie often is easily believed. Why doesn’t he move with his so called survivors to confirm his heroic deeds? Contrary to Rwandan Hero, it is him talking of his deeds alone. But the survivors have a different story of the Man, only that the Western World has refused to hear from them.
Demistifying his Hotel Rwanda Heroism
He was involved in the movie Hotel Rwanda, exaggerating his role and risk he took to save Tutsi by sheltering them in the Hotel Mille Collines during the Genocide against the Tutsi. Rusesabagina was portrayed as a “hero” in the movie, in a bid to represent composite heroic characters of some Hutu who showed their courage in saving their compatriots sometimes at the expense of their lives.
The movie enjoyed unexpected fame so did the “hero” of the movie, Rusesabagina. Though in the beginning the portrayed hero was humble to recognize the genocide, by the effect of megalomania, Rusesabagina misappropriated the composite characters built in him and deliberately put confusion between facts and fictions surrounding the movie, by claiming that he saved more than 1,268 people at the Mille Collines Hotel.
His claims have been rebuffed by the Genocide survivors who were in the Hotel including those portrayed in the movie. Rusesabagina did not play any role in helping people survive at the Mille Collines Hotel. He simply helped some of his few friends to get to the Mille Collines Hotel and later exploited the misery of the Hotel occupants for his personal enrichment; a motivation that still characterises him today.
In a move to clarify the controversy surrounding Rusesabagina’s portrayed heroism in the movie, a Rwandan private radio station Contact FM organized, on February 5, 2006, a show wherein Rusesabagina had agreed to debate with some survivors of the Mille Collines Hotel. At the last minute, Rusesabagina decided not to participate in the debate. In the “Crossfire” show, the survivors demystified the “heroism” of Rusesabagina
Pasa Mwenenganucye, a survivor who worked at the hotel recounts: “after taking the hotel keys from me, Rusesabagina started charging money from people camping in the hotel… He immediately cut off all telephone lines in the hotel leaving only one in his office for which he would charge people making calls…”
Rusesabagina is also said to have thrown out of hotel rooms people who could not afford to pay. Senator Wellars Gasamagera, also a survivor at the Hotel recalls: “He charged me Frw 180,000 (US$1,509 then) for four days in a single room I shared with 23 family members. I later decided to get out of the room and stay in the hotel corridors,” the Senator said, adding that he arrived at the hotel on April 18, 1994.
After his arrival at the Hotel on 15 April 1994 during the genocide, Rusesabagina cut off the free phone service that was helping people to call for rescue. He only spared one phone and fax machine in his room which would be used by either his friends and relatives or the rich”. He also began to throw out those who could not pay the hotel.
Rusesabagina availed rooms in the hotel to a few of Kigali’s well-to-do who could afford to pay him,” Senator Odette Nyiramirimo, a survivor at the Hotel who was also a personal friend to Rusesabagina revealed.
Senator Odette Nyiramirimo revealed that she personally paid for her stay at the hotel. She said that she signed a cheque of US$600 from her Rwanda Commercial Bank (BCR) account, and she realized that the amount was transferred from her account to the account of the hotel after genocide.
Rusesabagina himself in his autobiography agrees that some people signed cheques promising to pay Sabena (owner of the Hotel): “Some guests of mine who were wealthy came to me with a proposal that they would sign a letter of guarantee promising to pay Sabena when the trouble was over, and I accepted this.” (Paul Rusesabagina, An Ordinary Man, p. 137).
If they were not asked money, why should they volunteer to sign letters promising to pay Sabena? The proposal of signing letters resulted from pressure exerted on them by Rusesabagina to pay in cash.
Rutaganda Georges, the ICTR inmate and Rusesabagina’s close confidant and business associate during the genocide as depicted in “Hotel Rwanda”, revealed in a testimony made in March 2005 that Rusesabagina didn’t play any special role at the Mille Collines Hotel.
Linda Melvern, a British investigative researcher, in her correspondence of May 23, 2006 to The New Times, confirmed the above factors that led to the survival of people in the Hotel and commented on the content of Rusesabagina’s book, “An Ordinary Man”: “The version of events described in this book [An Ordinary Man] and concerning the genocide in Kigali seems to deviate from the facts as I have researched them. I do not understand the claim that Paul Rusesabagina was responsible for saving the lives of those Rwandans trapped at Hotel des Mille Collines”. Linda Melvern is an investigative researcher who published books on the 1994 genocide, including A People Betrayed, and Conspiracy to Murder.
Rusesabagina’s Involvement in Subversion against Rwanda
Proceeds from “Hotel Rwanda” helped Rusesabagina in founding PDR-Ihumure, a subversive political organisation. He is also a founder member of RNC. He has actively defended genocide suspects (e.g. Emanuel Munyambuga, held in the United Kingdom). Rusesabagina is also a close friend to some of the masterminds of genocide such as Georges Rutaganda, Augustin Bizimungu and Théoneste Bagosora. In his interview with the VOA in October 26, 2010, he testified that he never saw Gen. Bizimungu killing people that he instead saw him saving them. In a conference that was held in Concordia University on 12th January 2006, he expressed his readiness to go to the ICTR to defend Gen. Bizimungu. He also signed a number of affidavits in support of genocide suspects including Dr. Vicent Bajinya, a renowned genocide suspect facing trial in the UK.
Having suddenly turned into a public figure, he uses this status to preach the theory of double genocide and confusing members of the public in certain countries. In addition to the double genocide theory and defending the genocide perpetrators, Rusesabagina has devoted a lot of efforts in attacking the GoR and H.E the President making allegations against good governance in the country.
Paul RUSESABAGINA has openly been involved in subversive activities against the Government of Rwanda since 2006 with the creation of PDR-Ihumure, with the aim to rally the support of all anti-Rwandan groups in removing the Government of Rwanda. There is a lot of online literature on Rusesabagina’s participation in the denial of the Genocide against Tutsi and double genocide theories.
Additionally, there is compelling evidence confirming that Mr. Paul Rusesabagina (using his true name), has been sending money through Western Union, an American company, to armed groups in the DRC including individuals associated with the FDLR, an armed group that committed genocide against the Tutsi.
Basing on the available evidence, Mr. Rusesabagina aided, abetted and conspired with or provided material support to terrorists. The specific aim of this conspiracy was to destabilize and undermine the Government of Rwanda.
Currently, he is the president of an armed coalition that recently claimed attacks in Rwanda. In his quality as President of the PDR-Ihumure subversive group, he is the co-founder of a platform named Mouvement Rwandais pour le Changement Démocratique (MRCD), as per the platform’s press communiqué dated 4 July 2017 (Attached) and communiqué Nr. 2018/03/02, issued in Brussels, on 18 March 2018, related to the partnership agreement co-signed with CNRD-Ubwiyunge, the FDLR splinter group led by Laurent Ndagijimana a.k.a. Wilson Irategeka Lumbago, and Rwanda Revolutionary Movement (RRM), the RNC (Rwanda National Congress) splinter group led by Callixte NSABIMANA a.k.a. SANKARA.
MRCD, through its spokesperson Callixte NSABIMANA a.k.a. SANKARA, admitted for having launched armed attacks in Rwanda, with intent to remove the Government of Rwanda, including the attack of Nyabimata, Nyaruguru District, on 19 June 2019, where they killed two persons, injured three others, including the Executive Secretary of Nyabimata Sector, looted people’s properties and burned the Vehicle of the Executive Secretary of Nyabimata sector. The MRCD spokesperson Callixte NSABIMANA a.k.a. SANKARA claimed their responsibility on various international radios including BBC and VOA, adding that they will not stop such activities until they overthrow the Government.
Rusesabagina’s concealed plan
While Rusesabagina has his rights to invest in politics, he has no right to use the Genocide against the Tutsi as a capital to achieve his political agenda. It is unfortunate that Rusesabagina exploits the status he took from the movie “Hotel Rwanda” to conduct propaganda designed to defend genocide perpetrators and to reverse historical facts for the sake of his political ambitions.
It is unfortunate that some of the reputable international univesities, media groups, and members of the international community have not yet understood the role individuals of the kind can play in propagating genocide. It is unfortunate that despite Rusesabagina’s hate messages, some universities and associations are still giving him the opportunity to poison the brains of their people by hosting him, while they should be denouncing his dirty genocide-ridden propaganda.