Rwanda President Takes Critics Head-on on Twitter

Posted In Social Media - By robertalai On Monday, May 16th, 2011 With 1 Comment

You remember the strong argument the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, had with a Dutch Human Rights activist, P. Kuiper, on Twitter in April? The argument was long and refreshing in that it gave you a different side of Paul Kagame. He would rather face his critics with facts and figures and wont “ignore” the small critics as other leaders would rather have it.

Kuiper asked President Kagame about Victoire ingabire who is the Chaiperson of United Democratic Front (UDF) and is in Prison on various counts off treason related charges.

The Tweets;

Kagame1 Rwanda President Takes Critics Head on on TwitterThe conversation went on and  on until P.Kuiper was convinced that the “laws of Rwanda” had to be followed and the President was not going to let it go easily.

But Ian Birrell, a former deputy editor of The Independent, took it upon himself to call President Kagame “despotic” and “deluded”.

Kagame2 Rwanda President Takes Critics Head on on Twitter
Then the Minister For Foreign Affairs , Louise Mushikiwabo, joined to back up her boss;
@ianbirrell wld u care 2 know what 11.000.000 Rwandans think of Paul Kagame b4 u spread ur formed opinion?
And it went on and on. But President Kagame might be doing well engaging critics on Twitter on the other hand he might be playing into the hands of opportunists. Ian Birell has launched Africa Express, he might have been looking for some marketing with such controversy. Major European media outlets picked on the story including the Independent, NRC, Channel 4, and you can find the whole conversation here.
There are rules to engaging opponents on social media and we should share them with President Kagame. Someone these people on Facebook and Twitter are not worth engaging. There is something wrong with the perception of International journalists, media and activists.

About - Robert is an African Tech Blogger, Critic, Net Evangelist, Speaker, Mentor for Young Boys and Girls, Editor @TechMtaa and likes to Provide Sanitary Towels To Poor Women through the DishAPad Initiative

  • Guest

    Yes Birrell knows little of Rwanda clearly but thinks he is entitled to insult Kagame. Two days later he is “discussing” Rwanda on the BBC! Asked to explain his knowledge of Rwanda Birrell does not reply. Has he talked to ordinary Rwandans? Ever visited? How dare we even ask. Anyone critical? Oh it must be a conspiracy. Will he debate with anyone? Seems like Birrell is the one who is deluded and despotic.