Rwandan President Paul Kagame was sworn in to serve another seven-year term on September 6, 2010, eleven days after the explosive August 26th leak of a UN report documenting genocide committed by his army in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Kagame, a general who took special training at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, in the United States, has long been credited with ending the horrific violence known as the Rwanda Genocide, against both Rwandan Tutsis and Hutus, in 1994, but his actual role then, and in the years before and after, is so fiercely disputed that French and Spanish courts and a civil lawsuit filed in Oklahoma City all accuse him and his top officers of ordering the political assassinations triggering the Rwanda Genocide, and with war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide.
During the third week of July, in Spain, protestors objected to Kagame's visit to attend a UN conference by taking to the streets with their hands, faces, and clothes drenched in red paint to simulate blood, chanting "Kagame
Rwandan exile Claude Gatebuke says that highly armed men in civilian clothes ordered him to dig his own grave when he was a young man trying to escape Rwanda. On April 30th he protested Rwandan President Paul Kagame's commencement address at Oklahoma Christian University.
Killer!," and holding up signs reading "Paul Kagame = Genocidio en Africa." In response to complaints from human rights campaigners, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis
Spanish protestors objecting to the July 2010 visit of Rwandan President Paul Kagame to attend a UN conference, pressured Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero to cancel his scheduled meeting with Kagame.
Rodriguez Zapatero finally withdrew from a UN-backed meeting with Kagame.
No Western heads of state attended Kagame's inauguration, though former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who sits on Kagame's Presidential Advisory Council, sent his congratulations. President Barack Obama's National Security Council and Canadian Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon both expressed grave concerns about political repression after Rwanda's August 9th presidential polls, in which Kagame won 93% of the vote, a dubious victory in any real multi-party democracy.
American evangelical pastor Reverend Rick Warren, another member of Kagame's Presidential Advisory Council, and one of his closest allies, not only attended, but also delivered the invocation at the Kagame Inauguration, as he had at Barack Obama's inauguration on January 20, 2009.
Warren made Rwanda his first "purpose-driven nation" in 2005, after a 40-days and 40-nights campaign recalling the 40 days and 40 nights of rain, in the Old Testament, when, according to the Book of Genesis, God wanted to cleanse the earth; Rwandans were urged to read Rick Warren's book "The Purpose Driven Life" in school, at work, at home, and in church.
Warren has not made a statement about the leaked UNHCHR report documenting genocide by Kagame's army in D.R. Congo or the upcoming official release of the report on October 1, 2010.