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Rwanda turn heat on Byanyima and Andrew Mwenda over betrayal

by James Ateenyi

A story on the Rwanda state-owned medis “The New Times” has proved that Rwanda is not happy with their long-time ally and media personality Andrew Mwenda and wife of Dr Kizza Besigye madam Winnie Byanyima.

Rwanda accuses the two people whom they considered very influential in the region for not being bold enough to criticize President Museveni’s mismanagement of the Rwandan question.

Titled “Uganda-Rwanda Crisis: Andrew Mwenda can no longer feign neutrality,” the story (bearing the email contact of the editor) protests the substance carried in Mwenda’s last week piece in his “The Last Word” column under his Independent news magazine.

In the 1000 word story (titled Uganda & Rwanda’s slippery slope), Mwenda gave his views on the ever-escalating animosity between Kampala and Kigali. He concluded that the two Presidents are equally culpable.

In their The New Times missive, the Rwandans argue that Mwenda knows much more regarding the aggressiveness and indifference with which Kampala has always responded to their concerns.

Rwanda is also angry that Rwanda claims to have forgotten what he eloquently wrote about in the recent past.

Their view is Mwenda should have dwelt more on those like he did in an earlier opinion piece on the Uganda-Rwanda conflict his magazine published last year. The Rwandans wonder what has made Mwenda forget about his earlier well-articulated views in which he showed the 10 Rwandan grievances which Kampala hadn’t satisfactorily responded to. They fall short of accusing Kampala of being the invisible hand behind Mwenda’s latest missive.

Rwanda further condemns Mwenda for losing courage with which he used to speak against Uganda’s aggressive acts towards Rwanda.

They liken Mwenda to Winnie Byanyima who they praise for criticizing Museveni on the Rwanda question in 2001 but has since made a U-turn. They express resentment at Byanyima’s recent utterances which were critical of Kigali regarding the latest fallout.

“The loss of courage by Andrew Mwenda and Winnie Byanyima to name things as they actually are is the real tragedy here not the specious prediction of an alleged inevitability of war. This is nowhere on the cards,” the article concludes.

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