Kangura No. 35

Editorial: Rwanda—Why Should the Solidarity of the Majority Cause Sleepless Nights?

The green tide currently engulfing our country should not be allowed to sweep away our people. Rather, the Rwandan citizen must rather begin to gradually open his, eyes. Now is the time to revisit the past, so as to better deal with the present and the future. The Rwandan citizen must now enter the playing field, now that the struggle for democracy has been launched on a firm democratic foundation. The C.D.R. came into being, but before it, other political parties did not mince their words in denouncing the dangers looming over the democratic achievements of the Republic. The defenders of the republican values must therefore keep this virtue sacred. The interests of the Rwandan people will remain attached to this principle, as long as political pluralism is to assist the existing parties to better manage this country in a fairer manner, without relapsing into a “vengeful extremism.”

Since the social revolution of 1959 in our country, the majority have been denied their interests, despite efforts made at various stages. Of course, depending on the fields, in certain cases, the majority has managed to get some key posts, but elsewhere, when one carefully analyses the ethnic proportions, one notices some alarming figures. Today, the Rwandan majority is belatedly called upon to re-examine the weaknesses of the current system and the serious shortfalls.as regards human resources management. In any case, the simple truth is that the Tutsi minority is posing a serious threat to the policy of regional ethnic balance. Another less known factor that has mixed up the local population structure is that of the people of mixed blood, especially given that since I959, there has been an increase in the number of dubious characters who have obtained forged their identity cards.

There are many examples. Supposing the statistics on school enrolment at all secondary and higher levels were… [missing text] …sad as it may seem, few would be surprised to note that the Tutsis are omnipresent. Nonetheless, it would appear that this policy of regional and ethnic balance was a mere slogan or an impossible challenge. At the Rwanda National University, for example, particularly in the Faculty of Law, evidence of this is so abundant that that it does not warrant further comment.

In the higher institutions of learning, the reality is only known to the people there. There is a flagrant ethnic imbalance. In the public and private sectors, it is clear where the power lies. The minority has known how to seduce the Rwandan society and the latter seems henceforth to be dependent on the former. Some activities are the sacred domain of the Tutsi ethnic group, notably the Rwandan clergy, etc. Wherever you go, the Tutsis are solidly ever together, faithful comrades in arms, forming well organized support groups, determined to grab power. The middle class is from head to toe.

But the lack of militancy on the part of the Hutu majority sometimes discourages me about the future. Being more vulnerable, it requires more… [missing text] …the political crisis; a spirit of martyrdom will enable us to infiltrate the enemy’s ideological labyrinth, to be able to counter their attempts to penetrate the ranks. The majority must ferociously resistance to the best of its means, to avoid being dragged into the serfdom of yesteryear. Modern Rwanda has failed to distance itself from this apparent superiority complex of the minority and this inferiority complex of the majority -which, in the end, benefits the strong and united minority. Division will only benefit those who are already united and strong. But can we say that the monopoly is deliberate, or is it due to failure to take responsibility, or poor choice of professions?

Education is a key factor in national development. In the past, when a neighbor had more children than you, he had the power and a edge over you that allowed him to dominate you Even now, the more educated people you have, the more strategic positions you occupy and the more powerful you are. Today, the two ministries of Education are very active. The ink… [missing text] …But, to us, there is certainly something brewing. The autonomy of the Rwanda National University is itself helping to further the monopoly in the recruitment of lecturers and determining admission requirements and the students’ success. The university is blindly following an outdated policy and filters from one ear to another, so that the students sometimes find ways to bypass the admission requirements or better still, pass examinations without much effort. It is not at all surprising that at this level, a myriad of mistakes are made to better inject young cadres mainly to enable them to gain access to posts. Performance at the end of the undergraduate level is very important in the choice of those aspiring to become university lecturers. That’s the problem! The system must be reformed must be restructured right from the bottom. Who appoints who?

Without being aware, the enemy is scoring points. He is very patient and subtle, moreover. The enemy is gaining ground and is continuously infiltrating our ranks, in all areas of national life. Be it with scholarships to study abroad, be it with success at each level, one same category of students allegedly better or more intelligent than the other, simply because they belong to a particular ethnic group. They might win the battle in the institutions of higher learning. And if this tide lulls us to deeper sleep, chances are that the children of the majority will suffer for who knows how long? This is a real crisis! We have reached a deadlock! We must realize that we are in hot soup!

The enemy is clever and sly and has us well in his grip. He has poisoned arrows on his bow. He is everywhere, in all the sectors of this nation’s life, except where he has no emulators, with incredibly far-fetched strategies. He is only taking cover, awaiting a change in the situation. It is certainly too early to talk of sleepless nights, but we have to think seriously of the future.