But the honeymoon has passed, and some have started to raise questions. In effect, in Rwanda, one would believe we live in a Disneyland park, everything seems so magical. Everyone is beautiful, clean and especially positive about the future. The smiles are sparkling and the eyes bright. But behind the 'decoration' (out of cardboard) the landscape is empty. We have to ask, where is the remainder of the population, i.e. those who do not form part of the Rwandan dream, the majority, the “have nots”?

They are stuck with them, as they can't make them invisible! A utopian ideology obliges us to believe that figures come before men. The growth is visible, but has the defect of not being tangible, a little like a mirage. Business, growth, profit: fetish words that it is necessary to insert into all conversations. The remainder is only parasitic. A rationalism pushed to the extreme, where only the output counts: Homo œconomicus was reincarnated in Rwanda.

This new positivism has another great defect which is that it is exclusive. All this accumulation of richness is held by a not very scrupulous elite: new anglophone middle-class. The people, the mass take part very little, perhaps not at all, in the economic process. They hold role of observers, not of actors. And the personification of this exacerbated economy, represented in the image of the visionary Paul Kagamé, is dangerous. This type of association is reminiscent of the deposed Gadhafi. Indeed, when the image of a country in full rise is seen like the work of a single leader - a megalomaniac, everything is built on a house of cards - the economic efforts really don't matter.


But when does the collapse of these cards take place? To tell the truth it occurs when there is breach of a socio-economic contract, a rule, even tacit, between two or several actors.

Democracy and human rights (Western concepts!) are only meaningless words if the stakes behind are not understood, namely the monopoly of the market by those who defend these noble values! Therefore, once again, when Barack Obama takes the trouble to come to the African continent to preach that this one needs strong “institutions”, not of “strong men”, he says implicitly: we want stable institutions, set up and sponsored by us, only to safeguard our interests (a market, a field). As for the men (their representatives or managers, it does not matter), they can be changed as we desire, it is us who are the powerful ones after all. It is the Coca-Cola empire. You are installed compatible automats with the products Coca Cola. Thus I summarize: the costume, the scenario, the ideology remain identical and the actor is interchangeable, through time and space. The physical man dies, the institution (i.e. the law), remain. And NATO organizes it as the executive power of the west, ensuring the continuation of the established order.

Conclusion, maintaining the satisfaction of the investors, the creditors and finally of the market, it can only be caught by getting rid of the poor, the weak. It is them and their futile symbols (bicycles, bare feet) which become the sacrifice of modernity. And as human rights are non-existent in Rwanda, its population cannot express its indignation - under penalty of repression.

.jean bigambo

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