Augustine refers to Cicero on the subject of Greek philosophers in the City of God:
But, as Cicero says, mere logomachy is the bane of these pitiful Greeks, who thirst for contention rather than for truth.
He is referring to De Oratore, where Cicero writes:
…what impressed me most deeply about Plato in that book was, that it was when making fun of orators that he himself seemed to me to be the consummate orator. In fact controversy about a word has long tormented those Greeklings, fonder as they are of argument than of truth…
This post provides another example of Bishop John Rucyahana’s close ties to the Kagame government, not that any more evidence is needed. A bit of background to set it up:
Rose Kabuye was a fighter in the RPF invasion force that took over Rwanda before and during the genocide of 1994. She rose to be a Lieutenant Colonel and was later the mayor of Kigali and the Chief of State Protocol, a position close to the Dictator, Paul Kagame. As part of an investigation into the assassination of Rwanda’s President Juvenal Habyarimana, whose plane was shot down in 1994 precipitating the genocide, a French Judge issued an arrest warrant for Kabuye in 2006. In 2008, Kabuye was arrested in Germany as part of this French investigation. According to this Guardian report:
Rwanda’s information minister, Louise Mushikiwabo, said the German authorities had forewarned Kabuye that she was likely to be detained, but she chose to travel to Europe anyway because a trial would expose France’s politically motivated attempts to whitewash its own complicity in the mass slaughter.
Rwanda’s former Attorney General, Gerald Gahima, told me, “Kagame deliberately stage managed Rose Kabuye’s arrest (The Germans warned the Rwanda Government she would be arrested if she visited Germany) as a strategy to get the file of the French Criminal Case.” Mr. Gahima also confirmed that “Rose Kabuye was actually innocent; she was not one of those involved in the planning and execution of the attack against Habyarimana’s plane.” Kabuye was later released and received a hero’s welcome back in Rwanda. Kagame’s insiders have a limited shelf-life, so in 2010, Kabuye was dumped from the cabinet and has in most respects vanished from public life in Rwanda.
What does this have to do with John Rucyahana? Well, the Bishop had his Diocese issue a statement blasting France over the arrest of Kabuye, a statement which was published in Rwandan propaganda organ The New Times. Why would he do this? Because Paul Kagame and the RPF ordered all officials to speak up about the arrest. The United States embassy in Kigali said this about the “protests” of the arrest that took place across the nation:
(SBU) The nationwide marches were uniformly peaceful and orderly, with security forces closely monitoring the progress of the assembled crowds. Ostensibly called by local NGOs and media houses, the marches were in fact organized by the government and ruling Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF). Instructions went out from the central authorities to all administrative levels of the government to assemble their populations for the marches.
So Rucyahana’s Church Diocese issuing a statement about this situation was done at the command of the State. Mr. Gahima said, “Kagame had ordered everyone, public official and private alike, to participate in activities defending Rose Kabuye.” This also sheds light on the complicity of current Archbishop Rwaje in issuing an “Ecumenical Letter” attacking the United Nations report which exposed Rwanda’s support for the terrorist M23. I surmise that Archbishop Rwaje was similarly acting on orders from the State when he put his name to his “unsatisfactory” letter. Rucyahana’s statement, full of vitriol for France, follows after the text from the New Times:
Anglican Church condemns Kabuye arrest
NORTHERN PROVINCE The Anglican Church, Shyira Diocese, has strongly condemned the recent arrest of the Rwandan Director of State Protocol, Rose Kabuye. In a statement issued last week, the Diocesan Council chaired by the Right Reverend John K. Rucyahana, said the actions by Germany and France, was a plan to ruin Rwanda. Below is the full statement:
We consider the criminal arrogance of the said developed countries, especially France and Germany and their condescension, and contempt treatment of the lesser economically developed nations of Africa in general and specifically Rwanda as: Tearing down our country and its political institutions and depriving our national leaders of their legitimacy for their own benefit, to a point that has up to now been and is the very reason of our instability. Sowing divisions and hatred among Rwandans, for the sole benefit of dividing to reign and bring the nation to the brink of total collapse- France being behind all planning, manoeuvring and implementation of genocide and continued collaboration with genocide perpetrators. These are France’s political and fraudulent manoeuvres to track down our leaders as criminals, when, these Rwandan heroes under French arrest warrants are the very leaders who halted the commissioned genocide. We, the Anglican Community of the Diocese of Shyira, are very saddened that France and Germany are not deterred by their past criminal acts against our nation, once again shamelessly; they are on a campaign of derailing our nation. We therefore: Publicly, denounce France and their supporters in their despicable ill intended procedures. We publicly, denounce those using the law and international conventions, fraudulently, to deprive others of the God given rights and dignity. We denounce in the strongest terms, all exploitive tricks used by France to continue to deprive the people of Rwanda, of their destiny and abundance of life. The Anglican Church, Shyira Diocese, implores Rwandans to honestly commit themselves to praying to God for the total redemption of Rwanda from colonial oppression. The Christian community in Shyira Diocese, request the United Nations (UN) to take clear resolutions restraining super powers from overrunning the rights of developing nations as it is being done by France. The clear example is the arrest of Mrs. Rose Kabuye which is unfair not only to her as a person but also deprives Rwanda of its sovereign rights. The Anglican Church of Rwanda, Diocese of Shyira, joins the rest of the Rwandans, in condemning publicly the colonial derogation and the behaviour of France which deprives us of our rights and inflicts pain on our people. The Church appeals to all Rwandans to remain united and join their forces in order to face this huge attack from France and protect our dignity and the sovereignty of our nation, which is God given. Since the colonial abuse has been exerted upon us for too long, we implore you, the Rwandan people to take upon ourselves the destiny of our country at any cost and orient the future generations.
Interesting allegations regarding recent unrest in Burundi emerged
from Charles Kambanda’s Facebook page this week. I have summarized
Kambanda’s posts in the following paragraphs, as they reflect on a
region that many American Anglicans have ties with.
Kambanda alleges that according to intelligence reports from Burundi
there was a plan to assassinate the Hutu president of Burundi, Pierre
Nkurunziza. A couple weeks ago, the world would have awoken to the news
of President Nkurunziza’s assassination. Ugandan and Rwandan bosses
hatched this plan. Rwandan bosses would immediately have started
butchering the Tutsi in Burundi and blamed it on the Hutu. These same
Rwandan bosses would then declare that Rwandan troops had moved in to
Burundi to stop a genocide. The plan from Kigali was to appoint the now
fired Tutsi Vice President of Burundi to lead the country through an
indefinite “transitional period.” This would have equated to Rwandan and
Ugandan leadership ruling Burundi.
What did President Nkurunziza do to provoke this alleged plot?
Kambanda says that Nkurunziza allowed Tanzanian forces to use Bujumbura
as a base to smoke Kagame out of the DRC. Nkurunziza is also accused of
passing sensitive intelligence information to South African and
Tanzanian troops that was important for their military campaign against
M23. It is also believed that some influential Tutsi in Burundi support
the Rwandan National Congress (RNC). Kigali bosses want a chance to
eliminate those Burundian Tutsi. Kigali bosses are also scared that the
Hutu leader of Burundi might be considering allowing anti-Kagame armed
groups to operate from Burundi.
In addition, until shortly before the dismantling of M23, Rwandan
special forces were in control of Burundi. President Nkurunziza switched
his allegiance from Rwanda to Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete for
It is said that the Tanzanian and South African armies replaced
Rwanda’s special forces in Burundi; the leadership in Kigali has no more
control over Burundi. Another factor that saved Burundians from this
alleged plot was a lack of cooperation from the Tutsi Burundian military
officials. The Tutsi officials are said to have declined this proposal
from outside forces because they believed that it was not in Burundians’
interest to assassinate their president.
Kambanda’s Facebook posting alleged that what is happening now is
that bosses in Kigali are still mobilizing Burundians to “replay” the
South-Sudan scenario. There are some Tutsi military and civil officials
in Kigali for this purpose; these Burundians are in Kigali on the
invitation of regional bosses to lay out a plan to destabilize Burundi.1
Kambanda alleges that Washington is upset about this. It’s probably
the reason for Washington’s standing order to Ugandan leadership: “We
urge the redeployment or phased withdrawal of foreign forces invited by
either side, and warn of the serious consequences which could result
from any regionalization of this conflict.”2
Kambanda’s Facebook posts also allege that until recently, the
president of Burundi was, apparently, getting on well with Kagame. He
says that President Nkurunziza was receiving orders from Rwanda; in
essence that Rwanda was ruling Burundi. Both were playing survival
games. Rwandan bosses are scared of the Tutsi elite in Burundi. They
suspect that the Tutsi elite would partner with the Tutsi opposition in
Rwanda to kick out the current Rwandan regime. Rwandan bosses needed a
weak president in Burundi to make sure Burundi became a buffer zone for
Rwanda. President Nkurunziza was not sure of what the Tutsi in Burundi
had in store for him, but he knew they could kick him out. President
Nkurunziza did not have the backing of all the Hutu. He also feared
Rwandan bosses, because they had assassinated two Hutu presidents of
Tanzania is repositioning itself as a regional powerhouse. Tanzania
needs countries in the region that will line up behind them, making
Tanzania an inevitable ” power point” in the Balance of Power system.
Tanzania grabbed Burundi. President Nkurunziza got everything he was
looking for from Rwandan affiliation; in fact he got more because
Tanzania has a very strong army. It is this this shift that angered
Rwandan bosses. Their spontaneous reaction was this alleged
Kambanda’s postings say that he was told that Rwandan security
personnel who were operating in Burundi have recently been kicked out.