By Tom Ndahiro
On July 1, 2016 President Paul Kagame was Tanzania’s guest. He was invited by the country’s President John Pombe Magufuli to open the Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair.
In his speech President Kagame reiterated the benefits of the good relations between the two neighbouring countries. “The goodwill and spirit of cooperation that exists between Tanzania and Rwanda can only enhance the stability and wellbeing of both our peoples, and contribute to a brighter future for our region”; he said.
In their discussion, among other things, they agreed Rwanda would avail Information Technology experts to Tanzania who would work with their counterparts in harmonising tax collections.
This spirit of collaboration did not please a conspiracy theorist ‘Mohamed M.’ In his article which was published by a Kiswahili Tanzanian weekly Rai (July7-13, 2016) ‘Mohamed M’ warned Magufuli to be extra careful with Kagame.
The title of this article/opinion was “Magufuli: Chunga kila hatua ya Kagame” (Magufuli: Watch each and every step Kagame takes).
For a genocide scholar this opinion was nothing but typical Anti-Tutsi and Anti-Semitic rant.
“President Kagame is well known for his dream to build a Bahima Empire and make his Hima tribe rule all over East Africa, just like it rules Rwanda by oppressing the majority Hutus”. Mohamed wrote.
He insisted: “Tutsis are like Jews of Israel, who strongly believe they are born “rulers” and can’t be the “ruled”. Kagame is a big timer manipulator who uses manipulation schemes. His every step must be closely watched. He always has hidden agenda.”
For Mohamed, President Magufuli was duped by Tutsis in Kagame to facilitate the ‘Empire’ creation at the risk of the Tanzania’s security.
The insults are very apparent: “It is interesting that even our President is embarrassing us with his aim to seek for Rwandan IT experts to install computer systems in our authorities. This a big disgrace, especially when it comes from a commander in chief. How about our National Security?” (My own translation)
The storyline in this opinion is a very common one in some Tanzanian news outlets which I will discuss in my next article.
The depth of hate and the destructive ideology entrenched in the RAI article, led me to feel duty bound to try within means and track the author.
I was not going to act as indifferently as RAI editors, and this, has been my preoccupation since I witnessed first-hand the ugly face of Genocide. In my opinion the Editor of Rai was wrong to accord space to this vitriol copied from Rwandan genocidaires.
I first wanted to know who ‘Mohamed M.’ was and if he is a regular Swahili contributor. After going through Google search engine and my archives, I have so far come across some facts and I want to share as follows:
Within Tanzanian media, there is a person by the name of Charles Kayoka who holds many titles: He is portrayed as an academic at the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM), in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, a Gender specialist from UDSM, a gender and media consultant and member of the Association of Journalists Against AIDS in Tanzania.
Tanzanian daily ‘The Citizen’ of August 14, 2013, published Kayoka’s article: ‘Rwanda takes hardline on genocide story’. It is in this article I knew his dutiful support of genocidaires, their ideology and his commitment to genocide denial.
For Kayoka, genocide against Tutsi is a made-up story (he called it a master text) that was “created” and “canonised” by Rwandan government. The number of the victims is a fiction and the link between FDLR with ex-FAR a spoof.
This is how he put it:
“I want to become heretic here, not denouncing the genocide, but moving contra to its spirit which is the FDLR – the genocidaires.”
“This is one of the verses in the genocide story which requires a mature engagement with. FDLR is a new creation after the former state army and the Interahamwe disappeared.”
“If we want to be honest to ourselves, translating FDLR as a regrouping of killers does not carry the truth, for these are Rwandese demanding to have their voices heard. There is no evidence that a certain percentage or all of the FDL (sic) troops are the former Rwandan state army and Interahamwe.”
“Putting all unto one bad name and identity is a political discourse strategy to silence other texts that could be addendum to the master text.”
“If at the time of genocide there were about 7,000,000 Rwandese, where the hell did the 600,000 Tusti (sic) killed come from with a population ratio of six to one?”
The whole article by “political analyst” and “correspondent” as he is presented, is a bundle of bigotry available online.
Charles Kayoka vs Mohamed M
Below the above mentioned article, Charles Kayoka provided his contacts, that he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or +255766 959 349.
In an article “Wajerumani na meli nyingi za kivita” for the daily ‘Mwananchi’ on May 9, 2013 Charles Kayoka’s contacts were Ckayoka28@yahoo.com as his email but the telephone number remained the same as the above–0766 959 349 .
Further tracking led me to a website which shows there is Charles Mustaphe Kayoka of the University of Dar es Salaam with a different Yahoo-mail account (email@example.com )but same Gmail address (firstname.lastname@example.org) with that of ‘Charles Kayoka’.
In another online report there is Kayoka Charles Mustapha who is described as ‘senior journalist, columnist and media and communication consultant and trainer’. And indeed the Mustapha is the real name and in multiple documents he is an academic with UDSM’s College of Humanities.
Mohamed M matches well with ‘mohamedmusta’ in Kayoka’s gmail address and hate propaganda he spreads to the unsuspecting editors and readers.
This similarity and convolution of names, addresses, emails and telephone numbers clearly raises many questions as to the true identity of ‘Mohamed M’ the author of the ultra-racist article.
In the event law enforcement intends to pursue this matter, which they should, this is a lead.
I can conclude without fear of contradiction that whoever that is, he is a danger to the society and his rightful place as of now should be in the court of law as per Tanzania’s Cybercrimes Act, 2015.
Article 18 (1) of this Act states: “A person shall not insult another person through a computer system on the basis of race, colour, descent, nationality, ethnic origin or religion”.
Article 19(1) of the same act states as follows: “A person shall not unlawfully publish or cause to be published, through a computer system, a material which incites, denies, minimises or justifies acts constituting genocide or crimes against humanity”.
Infringement of the above provisions is punishable under this act. If ‘Mohamed M’ (in RAI) and Charles Kayoka (in The Citizen) articles cannot be punished under this law, I am curious to know the alternative interpretation of it.
Equally intriguing would be to know the alternative societal mischief it was enacted to cure that would be more harmful than sowing the seeds of hate with this level of fervour.
The aforementioned publications in the ‘RAI’ and ‘The Citizen’ is not journalism but propaganda spreading hate ideology so similar to the ones which led to the Jewish Holocaust during the Germany Third Reich and Genocide against Tutsi in Rwanda, 1990-94.
Hate ideologies cannot be hidden, so are the names used to cover-up identities. We should all have a duty to debunk them.