On Monday February 25, 2008, “Hotel Rwanda or the Tutsi genocide as seen by Hollywood”, a book deconstructing the numerous lies Rusesabagina has been throwing out since he was made ‘famous’ and inadvertently a hero by Hollywood was launched in Brussels.
The authors, Alfred Ndahiro and Private Rutazibwa, gathered several testimonies from different people that were in the Mille Colline Hotel and who Rusesabagina pretends to have saved. All of them share contempt against the man and are disgusted by his shameless pretence to heroic acts during the Genocide.
When asked if “Paul Rusesabagina did anything that might have caused their death”, one Serge Rusagara had this to say: “The hotel management prevented us from entering and we had to stay on the street in front of the hotel because we had no money. Yet we were all children. They left us there for two hours and the Interahamwe militias almost killed us there”.
Another survivor in Mille Colline Hotel, Wycliff Kajuga said: “…It is a travesty to treat Rusesabagina as a hero. It reflects total ignorance of the reality in the hotel….Paul Rusesabagina pretends to have managed the hotel by using the lecture notes he had studied in college. Why didn’t anyone say he saved people in the Hotel des Diplomates, which he managed before going to Mille Collines? He knows perfectly well that we tried to seek refuge there and that we were turned away in his presence. He didn’t stand up for us! Must we deduce that he was unable to save the residents of Hotel des Diplomates and that he acquired the courage after he arrived at Hotel des Mille Collines?…What surprised us was that as soon as Rusesabagina got to the hotel, he levied charges for the rooms and the food. Those who could not pay had to vacate their rooms and give them to those whose wallets were fuller…”
Some time back, we have shared with the public the rather heartening news about how Rusesabagina was increasingly losing audience around the world where more and more people are getting acquainted with the reality of the progress taking place in Rwanda as well as his real motives in his lie-filled crusade. We revealed how the so-called “ordinary” man was trying several tactics to regain the lost terrain by organising conferences with genocide deniers and revisionists. He has allied himself with the self-professed political opposition in exile like the Partenariat-Intwari, the FDU-Inkingi and the like in a desperate move to gain support.
With this new book, Rusesabagina finds himself entangled in his lies and is appealing to his supporters for help in countering the revelations established in the book. It is in this line that a certain Placide Muhigana came up with an article questioning the credibility of the say-it-all book.
Muhigana starts his article by saying that “In 2006, a friend predicted that Paul Rusesabagina was soon to face an anti-campaign by his adversaries from Kigali who would spare him from nothing. Today almost less than two years later a book is published to demonstrate that Rusesabagina is not the very model man depicted in his experience-inspired film of 1994”. He insists that “the authors are no ordinary writers or journalists because one of them is the Rwandan Head of States’ advisor and the other is the Director of the Rwanda News Agency which replaced the government-owned Rwandan Press Agency”.
The individual does not negate the testimonies in the book; neither does Rusesabagina, because they cannot deny the bitter truth. What they can only claim is that this is a government-inspired book to smear him.
In the mentioned article, Rusesabagina said that “in a number of parts, the book accuses me of having ordered the people who fled to the Mille Collines Hotel to pay the hotel bills whereas I had been instructed by my bosses in Belgium not to. For those who did not have cash, I would allow them sign debt recognition… The question that I ask is why the invoices that were produced to have the refugees pay were not also reproduced in that book”.
One wonders what they make of the letter reproduced on the book’s page 31 in which Michel Houtart of Sabena, the hotel owner at the time, specifically instructed Rusesabagina not to charge money for any meals when the food had been received free of charge, and not to exert any pressure on refugees who did not have the means to pay for their accommodation. (pg30). This instruction was written on May 10, 1994, but a week later, on 21 May 1994, the refugees had again to appeal to Philippe Gaillard of the International Committee of the Red Cross, asking him to intervene because the hotel manager was threatening to evict those who were unable to pay for their rooms outright.
“We are writing to your benevolence to inform you that the manager interprets the content of this memo (from Michel Houtart) in the sense of demanding cash payment from the refugees who are currently occupying all the rooms and the available halls serving as dormitories…”
Rusesabagina is so afraid of losing any remaining credence to continue manipulating uninformed opinion for personal greed and political ambitions that motivate him to go any length and use any means to counter what has been written or said about the real Rusesabagina.
Reliable sources close to the “1930” prison revealed to us that not long ago, Paul Rusesabagina tried to bribe Valerie Bemeriki, the repentant RTLM journalist, so that she retrieves her all-revealing testimony on his real role in the 1994 Genocide. Indeed, she testified that Rusesabagina was so close with the Genocide masterminds and executioners, among whom were Gens. Bizimungu and Bagosora, to the point of being their store keeper while at Hotel des Diplomates. She confirmed that he used to keep their belongings in the hotel’s safes and moved freely with them around town.
This is a story that is very far from what Rusesabagina has been saying all along that while he dined and wined with these notorious genocidaires, it was just for the general interest of the refugees in the hotel that he wanted to protect. She also indicated as previously revealed in our articles that he used to inform the notorious RTLM on the whereabouts of some Tutsis, leading to subsequent death of some. He is also known according to various sources, including Valerie Bemeriki, to have been a valuable source of intelligence for the government security agencies during the Genocide.
With this latest book, which we will explore in our next article, it is hoped that the bitter truth about this flag bearer of the 1994 Genocide, “negationists” and revisionists will be exposed in the spirit of fighting impunity and contributing to the Never Again principle.