Colonel Theoneste Bagosora, one of the Rwandan military heroes who fought against the rebel forces seeking to reinstall a repressive ethnic monarchy following the Rwandan independance, has died. He was 80 years old. Colonel Theoneste Bagosora was in detention in Bamako, the country of Mali, West Africa, after a widely controversial sentence to 35 years in prison by the International Criminal Tribunal on Rwanda (ICTR) for crimes of genocide and wars crimes allegedly committed during the 1990-1994 Rwandan civil war. Accused of being one of the top leaders during the 1990-1994 Rwandan civil war and genocide, Colonel Theoneste Bagosora, during lenghty trials, mistrials, unproven accusations, acquittals, and retrials, was finally sentenced, despite obvious lack of evidences and merits. According to sources close to the family, Colonel Bagosora died of natural death, after a visit by his family members and with the hope of overdue justice in Rwanda and for all Rwandans.
This year some African dictators were deposed or killed. Those deposed include Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta and Guinean President Alpha Condé. Chadian President Idriss Déby was killed. Meawhile, many African dictators remain in power, including some already featured among AfroAmerica Network African ruthless dictators of 2018 (see AfroAmerica Network African Dictators Who Mattered In 2018: Congolese Joseph Kabila, Rwandan Paul Kagame, Ugandan Yoweri Museveni of Dec 27, 2018). New dictators are also joining the ranks.
“We are the captives of who we are and where we come from; that we do not dare to speak up is not that ours brains are empty. In life, a wise man watches out; the fact is that currently our hearts are full of pain and worries". These are some of the lyrics that have allegedly landed the Rwandan renowned rapper Joshua Tuyishime aka Jay Polly, into a lengthy detention by Rwandan Police since April 2021. On September 1, 2021, only a few hours after a court hearing in which his request for release while awaiting trial was denied, he was dead. On social media and other circles, it is alleged that the music icon was killed for criticizing the Rwandan government for widespread repression against critics, being responsible for rampant poverty, ethnic discimination, and other human rights abuses and being connected to military leaders plotting a coup, including Gen Fred Ibingira, Rwanda Defence Force Chief of Staff of the Reserve Force and Retired Lt Gen Charles Muhire.
Aimable Karasira, a Rwandan former university lecturer, has been in jail since May 31, 2021. He has been accused of undermining the current Rwandan government, after he pointed to crimes and mass murders committed by the military leaders of the ruling RPF-Inkotanyi, including the assassination of his own parents and two brothers in 1994. Aimable Karasira was arrested, after he publicly criticized the Rwanda the government's repressive policies and actions on his youTube Channel. Following the critics, media and individuals, allegedly funded and sponsored by the government, filed a petition to have him arrested along with another journalist, Ms. Agnès Uwimana.
The government prosecution office, know as Rwandan Investigation Bureau (RIB), has charged Aimable Karasira of "denying and justifying the genocide against the Tutsi." According to AfroAmerica Network sources close to RIB, he has been moved to a high security detention area.