Advice to Paul Kagame: A Wise Man Knows When to Stop; A Fool Stops at Nothing
I recently followed interviews and press comments by the Rwandan former General Kayumba Nyamwasa about his former comrade, the Rwandan Dictator Paul Kagame, who was rose from a humble beginning to become the leader of the Rwandan Patriotic Front rebels, and eventually the uncontested leader of Rwanda. From General Kayumba Nyamwasa’s comments, the RPF made a serious mistake, by violating the basic law on Tyrant as Niccolo Michiavelli warned us in his The Discourses :
“When a people goes so far as to commit the error of giving power to one man so that he may defeat those whom they hate, and if this man be shrewd, it will always end in his becoming their tyrant. For with the support of the people he will be enabled to destroy the nobility, and after these are crushed, he will not fail in turn to crush the people; and by the time that they become sensible of their own enslavement, they will have no one to look to for succor. – Niccoló Machiavelli, The Discourses.
In times of need of a leader, disgruntled Ethnic Tutsis chose the unassuming Kagame to overthrow the Hutu government. Shrewd, calculator, and cunning, Kagame soon became their tyrant. General Kayumba Nyamwasa and Colonel Karegeya, as most of the Tutsi who invaded Rwanda from Uganda should not complain. A tyrant they created has become the crusher of the very people who enthroned him.