By Joan Karera
Last Thursday MRCD-Ubumwe, a Brussels-based group headed by Paul Rusesabagina and Faustin Twagiramungu released what it claimed was a letter from Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, a renowned Argentine writer, sculptor and painter and winner of the 1980 Nobel Peace Prize. The purported letter that Rusesabagina and his accomplice released supposedly was addressed to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet. They allege it was what they call “serious human rights violations suffered by the Rwandan people.”
Diaspora commentators were quick to spot Rusesabagina and Twagiramungu’s so-called letter as a forgery. “These two conmen have lost all sense of shame and dignity,” laughed a Rwandan-Belgian familiar with the workings of MRCD. “Reading the letter, anyone would immediately realize that it’s a forgery written under the name of Adolfo Pérez Esquivel by these anti-Rwanda negativists,” our source added.
The claims of MRCD hold no water as there is no way someone like Esquivel, a Nobel laureate, would issue such a letter without him sharing it in his official communications, or on his official social media accounts, observers point out. No one with any sense of integrity would attempt to use another person’s name as Rusesabagina and Twagiramungu have, but these are old conmen that forgot shame long ago!” another Diaspora source told us. “The only thing that ever interests them is to tarnish Rwanda, and in the process hope to earn some money.”
Faustin Twagiramungu, the “vice-president” and spokesperson of MRCD for instance last November in a press conference in Brussels called on young people to join the FLN, the armed terrorist wing of their group which at the time was operating in the east of DR Congo, exhorting them into acts to destabilize Rwanda. MRCD’s FLN back in 2018 carried out attacks in Nyaruguru District, Nyabimata Sector and killed some civilians, left others wounded and looted small livestock from people’s homes, money and goods such as sugar, beers from shops.
“The people behind such terrorism are now alleging that the Rwandan Government violates humans’ rights, through a forgery of a letter,” noted a commentator adding, “it is very typical of these old crooks!”
Many know that Rusesabagina is not new to the business of forgery, or conning people. He is someone that conned the whole world that he was a hero, claiming he saved people from genocide though he never did such a thing, those that know him well will remark. “So, for him and his friend to forge a letter? Very easy!”
In the movie Hotel Rwanda, Rusesabagina is portrayed as a hero that saved hundreds of people taking refuge from the Interahamwe militias and ex-FAR at the Milles Collines Hotel. But every eyewitness has said that no one could stay in the hotel without first paying him, and those that failed to do so would be thrown out. “If they were killed, that was of no concern to Rusesabagina,” eyewitnesses that were there, in the terrible times of April to July 94, have said.
“Once a conman, always a conman,” laughed one of our sources upon learning the forgery of a letter Rusesabagina and Twagiramungu have produced.