I screamed loudly on Twitter earlier in the week about the publication of astory by French news agency AFP that quoted a Facebook status update of a sacked former staff member of Rwandan President Paul Kagame accusing him of a war crime as if the social media venting of a disgruntled ex-employee is somehow newsworthy. It struck me then, as it does now, that this reflects a racist double standard. There is no way on Darwin’s Green Earth that AFP would publish such accusations and rumours, let alone ones as old and discredited as these ones, without any second source or independent verification if the accused leader were pale of skin. No freaking way.
But then I note the latest update from the same sacked staffer on the same Facebook page a matter of days later:
RWANDA’S RED SEA MOMENT
So here we are, like the Israelites in ancient times, trapped between our own Pharaoh ( Kagame) pursuing us and our own red sea (challenges) before us. Among us are people who are fearful, even preferring to go back to captivity. Among us are those that are easily distracted and deceived by little idols we have created for ourselves ( material stuff) forgetting the abundant promise that awaits us beyond the red sea. There are those who have hard hearts and would not wish to believe in the good news that we are diverse families, yet destined for a great promise for one strong and indivisible nation. Then we also have time to grumble about this and that. Fear, idolatry, hard and unbelieving hearts, and grumbling are what is delaying our own deliverance from this desert we have been in for too long. We must conquer these enemies first, and God will frustrate and defeat Kagame’s schemes before our own eyes.
So this guy isn’t just lacking credibility, he is completely off his rocker. To recap, he sees Rwandans as Israelites and the “country’s challenges” as the Red Sea. In the terms of this dreadful metaphor at least — and probably in a much greater sense –Theogene Rudasingwa is unambiguously casting himself as God. This is insane rambling of the kind you might expect to hear from someone sitting alone in the back corner of a McDonalds.
How do you say GET BETTER SOURCES in French?