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After Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, Rwandan General Paul Kagame to Visit Canada

Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete Receiving Honorary Doctorate from University of Guelph. Sep 20, 2013

Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete Receiving Honorary Doctorate from University of Guelph. Sep 20, 2013

Rwandan General Paul Kagame is expected in Canada this week. His visit will follow that of the Tanzanian President, Jakaya Kikwete. The two presidents have targeted their visit to the Ontario Province.

Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete arrived in Ontario on the evening of September 19, 2013, after a two-day visit to the United States, that took him from California on the West coast to  Washington, DC, on the East coast. In Washington, DC, he was warmly welcomed by members of the US Congress (see our article US Congress Welcomes Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete of Sep 22, 2013).

A day after arriving in Ontario, the Tanzanian President was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree by the University of Guelph in Ontario.  The visit to the University of Guelph may have been well chosen and falls in the political line of promoting the resources of Tanzania. The University is specialized in agriculture, water resources , and international trade; and Tanzania wants all that expertise. The Tanzanian President was accompanied by  Dr. Shukuru Kawambwa, Minister for Education and Vocational Training  and  Bernard Membe , Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.  The meeting was widely attended by the Tanzanian community living in Canada  along  with officials of the Embassy of Tanzania in Ottawa, Canada.

The University of Guelph has several activities in Tanzania and its officials, including the University President, Dr . Alastair Summerlee,  and  the University Vice President, Dr. Kevin Hall, have visited Tanzania on several occasions during last year alone.

The  crisscrossing of the American continent by the  Tanzanian President reinforce his status as the darling of the West. In late August 2013, he also made the trip in Europe where he was received with high honors by Austrian President,  Heinz Fischer, the  President of the European Commission,  Jose Manuel Barroso and the President of the Forum Alpbach,  Heinz Fischler.

 Rwandan General Paul Kagame Following  in Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete’s Footsteps.

As the Tanzanian  President  Kikwete was leaving Canada, Rwandans living in Toronto, Ontario, Canada were busy preparing for the visit of General Paul Kagame of Rwanda. General Kagame’s visit is highly anticipated: Rwandan opposition leaders based in North America have vowed to organize an unprecedented  protest against the visit. They accuse the Rwandan leader of being a dictator, and responsible for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide in the Great Lakes Region. They also accuse him of dispatching killers in the West to target opposition leaders (here).

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle With Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete and First Lady Salma in New York City on Sep 24, 2013

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle With Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete and First Lady Salma in New York City on Sep 24, 2013

Apart from the Rwanda opposition,  The United Nations Security Council has also accused Rwandan military and political leaders of founding, funding and reinforcing the M23 Congolese rebels, accused of war crimes, mass rapes and cleansing in Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Hence, the visit to Canada by the African leaders  epitomizes how the West views the two: a contested and discredited Rwandan General Paul Kagame whose star may be waning, and the new darling of the West, Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, whose star is only starting to shine.

The contrast may be significant, as the two have also become nemeses in the last months (see our articles: Relations Between Rwanda and Tanzania Have Soured, President Jakaya Kikwete Says of August 2, 2013).

After Canada, the Tanzanian President flew to New York City where he attended the United Nations General Assembly.  On September 24, 2013,  The Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete and his wife Salma Kikwete met the US President Barack Obama and First Lady  Michelle Obama in New York City.  Afterwards, he was received by Melinda Gates of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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  • Ben September 30, 2013, 9:02 pm

    Man, for real I don’t know you and i am interested to know someone who are govern by an blood sucker like Mr HITLER PAUL KAGAME,which Rwanda of today are you talking about….ohhh the one which is surviving on aid to build the country and create negative forces to cause havoc in eastern DRC? even free Visa you are talking about my friend ! i am not interested ….your president is going everywhere pleading with his donor to reinstate the aid,but do you know the answer he is getting …it’s a big NON , my friend.I won’t talk about the little grammar mistakes about womb ….mistakes happen a lots of time.Even Mr OBAMA called chancellor Geoge osborne …Jeffrey in London.

  • Ruhina September 30, 2013, 11:36 am

    I don’t know who you are and you don’t know me.
    I’m not a politician but I always follow events of Rwanda . I use to read and talk to the concern people on different essues regarding Rwanda . we hear alot from diferent negatif points of view issued from those who are not happy for the daily achievment records of Rwanda under Kagame’s leadership . in your comments here you indicated that ” He has ordered Doctors mainly from the Tutsi community to force woman from Hutus community to remove their Wamb by force when they are giving birth to stop them having more children” . I didn’t get the word ” Wamb”you used in english dictionary. but I understand what do you mean. I ansure you that you’re wrong . The fact of what you said in your comments you aimed just to abuse the personality of H.E President Kagame and his leadership . but the world you are telling knows the facts . my friend The Rwanda of today isn’t that you know through the oriented media of today. it has changed to the level where all the world is appreciating the progress Rwanda has acheeved in a short period of nineteen years only. I’m not accusing you to be an agent working for a certain group which against the progress of that country, but you seem to be not aware of what is going in Rwanda . a visa to visit rwanda is free of charge. you just apply electronically and you get visa in hours . I advice you to go to rwanda and spend only three weeksand cury your resurch on any subject. I’m sure that after your visit you will change your mind , and you will regrate on whole view you had in youy mind.you’ll get full and right informations from trusted bodies then you will write what you can defend by giving prooves .

  • Ben September 25, 2013, 6:21 pm

    I do support those people who will demonstrate in Ontario/Canada, to show him, Mr HITLER of Africa Paul kagame, that in the 20th centuries people have the right to demonstrate without fear of being killed,detained for non reason.This is how this Killer of the great lake region has been doing in Rwanda for long time now ,since he came to power, can you imagine even to criticise him whether in Rwanda or overseas you will be his target . ..shame on him really , people of great lakes region especially people of the east of DRC can’t wait to see the end of this monster.He has ordered the doctors manly from the tutsi community ,to force woman from the hutus community to remove their womb by force when their are giving birth ,to stop them having more children ,saying he will do everything to stop the hutus community for multiplying. I think this man is really a son of ANTICHRIST.