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Rwanda ex-spy chief says Paul Kagame reaching 'breaking point'

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(Read caption) A young girl passes by posters of Rwandan President Paul Kagame in the capital Kigali, Rwanda, on Aug. 6 during a rally for the upcoming presidential elections on Aug. 9. Many independent observers expect Kagame and his ruling RPF party to win with a big margin due to a lack of serious political opposition in the country.

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Rwanda heads to the polls Aug. 9, and while there may not be much suspense about the outcome of the elections, there have been several interesting interviews in the press recently.

The Ugandan Observer ran an interview with former Rwandan intelligence chief Patrick Karegeya – the headline was "Exiled Rwandan Colonel Calls for War on Kagame," and here is the important quote:

A dictator can never step down, they are brought down. It’s only Rwandans who can stand up now and fight for their freedom. Kagame will have his breaking point and I think it will be very soon. There is no one who will come to save Rwandans from the dictatorship of Kagame and there is no time to fold hands. They should stand up to him and say look; we are tired, you have to go. Obviously some will lose their lives in the process but those who will die will have lost life for a worthy cause, and I am prepared to support Rwandans who want to fight the dictatorship of Paul Kagame.

There are other interesting points in the interview, for example where Karegeya more or less confirms that assassinations of political opponents were carried out under his leadership of external intelligence between 1994 and 2004. The interviewer asked about the killings of Colonel Lizinde and Seth Sendashonga in Nairobi, to which he answers:

Many people, especially politicians, died under mysterious circumstances. I can’t say I don’t have information regarding those cases, but Kagame was the boss so he is in a better position to explain those assassinations and mysterious disappearances of people.

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