Kangura No. 30

The Soldiers Dismissed Following This War Should Also Be Returned to the Army

Like the Inkotanyi living in Europe had requested, one Andre Katabarwa, Minister of Transport and Communications, recently fought fiercely at the Council of Ministers and said the following to his colleagues: “If you do not return my Tutsi brothers who were dismissed following their arrest in October to their posts, I am resigning to join Kagame and Kanyarengwe in the bush and to replace Pastor Bizimungu who is longer carrying out the duties, we assigned to him properly.”

The participants at the meeting looked at each other and said: “Let us give this Tutsi what he wants; perhaps he might help us to bring this war to an end.” In trying to know how this decision would be implemented, since in most cases, those who were dismissed had immediately replaced so that the services could continue to function, the Chairman of the meeting responded to the Minister of Civil Service that the important thing was to return the Tutsis to their posts and that the rest did not concern him. As regards the question on where the funds would be found to pay these Tutsis who had been dismissed since there was no provision in the current budget for them, the Chairman of the meeting replied to the Minister of Finance saying that the important thing was to satisfy the wish of the Tutsis, and find this money from somewhere by any means. That is how the decision to return the Tutsis who betrayed us in October 1990 to their posts was taken. When the Minister of Defense tried to find out if all the soldiers (from privates to officers) who had been dismissed following this war, as well as all the others who had been arrested but had been brought before a court (I am referring to Colonel Ndibwami, Colonel Nkuriyekubona and Major Havugintore) would also return to their posts within the army, the Chairman of the meeting responded that this decision did not concern the soldiers. What is therefore the reason behind this discriminatory treatment? In our opinion there is no reason for this treatment; if these soldiers do not return to the army when the Tutsis return to their posts, we shall conclude that it is discrimination indeed. Thus, those who say that Habyarimana is hand in glove with the Tutsis would have found an opening!