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Rwanda Election Watch: Dictators Don’t Step Down, But They Are Brought Down

Those are not my words, but a quote attributed to Patrick Karegeya (the former Rwandan intelligence chief who was jailed twice, stripped of his colonel rank, and forced into exile by the Kagame government) calling for the defeat of President Paul Kagame of Rwanda.

Kagame, the rebel-hero who defeated the genocidal government in July 1994, has been accused of heavy-handed crackdown on his political opponents and the independent media ahead of the presidential elections tomorrow August 9, 2010.

Kagame and his Rwandan Patriotic Front’s (RPF) are expected to win, but what next?



Ndumba J. Kamwanyah

Ndumba Jonnah Kamwanyah, a native of Namibia in Southern Africa, is an independent consultant providing trusted advice and capacity building through training, research, and social impact analysis to customers around the world. Mos recently Ndumba returned from a consulting assignment in Liberia in support of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).
In his recent previous life Ndumba taught (as an Adjunct Professor) traditional justice and indigenous African political institutions in sub-Saharan Africa at the Rhode Island College-Anthropology Department.

He is very passionate about democracy development and peace-building, and considers himself as a street researcher interested in the politics of everyday life.
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