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Message of support from Burundi opposition leader Alexis Sinduhije

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Alexis Sinduhije is an award-winning former journalist and political prisoner, now the leader of Burundi’s “Movement for Security and Democracy”. I’ve been in touch with him since 2002, when he was director of Burundi’s groundbreaking Radio Publique Africaine. During Burundi’s long civil war, RPA took the lead in investigating and reporting on the abuses on both sides, including the December 2000 “Titanic Express” massacre, in which my sister Charlotte was killed.

Earlier today I emailed Alexis to tell him about my own plans for marking the 10th anniversary of the attack. I was pleased and encouraged to get this reply: “I support your action. I am on the same stand: justice, justice and justice for the victims of Titanic”.

Alexis speaks in more detail here about the wider need for justice in Burundi as a means of breaking the cycle of corruption and abuse.

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Written by Richard Wilson

December 2, 2010 at 7:41 pm

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  1. I am sorry for your sister killed in the Titanic Express. It was a terrible thing, and we will never forget her. What you have to know is that Alexis sinduhije is one of those young tutsi criminals called “sans echecs” is one of those who participated in the killings of my family, he thinks no body knows, but me, i can’t forget it. He is preparing now an other war in our country because he lost elections, together with one of the most criminals Burundi has ever have, Mr Agathon Rwasa, who massacred and recognised the killings of about 1000 banyamulenge on radios, he is also may be involved in the Titanic Express attack. So pay attention. We know who is who…

    Chegue

    December 3, 2010 at 8:31 am

  2. I am outraged by this fortuitous accusation against Alexis Sinduhije. No, No, and No. I can never allow anyone to unjustly Alexis Sinduhije of killings.
    Alexis sinduhije is the Burundian politicians with cleanest hands to date. He has committed or been associated with murder, rathero, he has contributed a great deal to investigate and denounce many crimes, sometimes risking his life.
    If you want to find Burundian killers, look at the likes of Rwasa Agathon and Pierre Nkurunziza, the current Head of State, who publicly acknowledged their crimes –but who are still free in defiance of international laws!

    Kabonesho

    December 13, 2010 at 9:12 pm

  3. I am outraged by this fortuitous accusation against Alexis Sinduhije. No, No, and No. I can never allow anyone to unjustly Alexis Sinduhije of killings.
    Alexis sinduhije is the Burundian politicians with cleanest hands to date. He has committed or been associated with murder, rather, he has contributed a great deal to investigate and denounce many crimes, sometimes risking his life.
    If you want to find Burundian killers, look at the likes of Rwasa Agathon and Pierre Nkurunziza, the current Head of State, who publicly acknowledged their crimes –but who are still free in defiance of international laws!

    Kabonesho

    December 13, 2010 at 9:13 pm

  4. CORRECTION TO MY PREVIOUS MESSAGES. INSTEAD OF WHAT IS POSTED, PLEASE READ: “I am outraged by this fortuitous accusation against Alexis Sinduhije. No, No, and No. I can never allow anyone to unjustly accuse Alexis Sinduhije of killings.
    Alexis sinduhije is the Burundian politician with the cleanest hands to date. He has committed or been associated with no murder, rather, he has contributed a great deal to investigate and denounce many crimes, sometimes risking his life.
    If you want to find Burundian killers, look at the likes of Rwasa Agathon and Pierre Nkurunziza, the current Head of State, who publicly acknowledged their crimes –but who are still free in defiance of international laws!
    MEA MAXIMA CULPA FOR THE TYPOS

    Kabonesho

    December 13, 2010 at 9:22 pm

  5. I guess Chegue has forgotten to mention the fact the two Burundian Hutu Militia gained support from Western Countries,and some African Nations, including the ruling Party!The children,Women butchered on the orders of Extremists Burundian Politicians such as Jean Minani, Leonard Nyangoma,Agathon Rwasa, we too won’t forget this!

    Desire Katihabwa

    December 15, 2010 at 12:28 pm

  6. Chegue,forgot to say, I too remember my Family butchered in 1993,my Uncle butchered at Teza,my childhood Friend butchered at Kibimba school,and of course, the trauma of the sound of Burundian/Rwandan Hutu,Congolese Militia attacking Burundi, knowing that they were clearly coming to kill us Tutsi!

    Desire Katihabwa

    December 15, 2010 at 12:32 pm

  7. Chegue,we too remember too well that the excuses or propaganda you use in saying “those Tutsi killed our Families” is what got you support to acquire all those weapons you had in your Militia. By the way, why do you fail to point your finger at Frodebu forming Militia “Jeddebu”? Why do you fail to talk about Frodebu’s attitude when they took power, how they terrorised Tutsi? Now that you have a so-called Political party (CNDD-FDD) in power, it is legal to terrorise Tutsi, it is legal to refuse jobs to Tutsi, your vision of Burundi is without the Tutsi people,just like Agathon Rwasa and Leonard Nyangoma planned for it from 1988!

    Desire Katihabwa

    December 15, 2010 at 7:54 pm

  8. Mr Desire Katihabwa, how can you link me with CNDD FDD, Frodebu or any political party? You don’t know me at all. I said Alexis was a member of the so called “sans echecs” and that is a fact, and one day i will personally ask him what happenned to my family members. It’s up to you to ask Rwasa, cndd, jeddebu etc about yours too, If you don’t, no body will do it for you. On my part, I have choosen to defend myself against who ever need to bring back war. The war will starts from his own house before it reachs mine. If it is you, you are welcome… Wapi wangu, ntibizosubira. That’s all.

    Chegue

    January 23, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    • I Think time comes to challenge Tutsi than Hutu, Why? there is one poor man which i saw to the internet talking about KIBIMBA and Teza:

      You should first knew how to talk because there are many people who started to say like that through media , tv, sanganiro and so on:
      But have been defeated and today are quietly silently close their languages.
      In Burundi the Hutu people took silent because they are not a lies. In the warld wise they known both two tribes as clans than you who was born in Burundi but you have no ideas.

      From 1958 the government were been governed by Tutsi. 1965 the tusti killed all hutu educated came from Belgum. In 1972 Micombero started another consistely and tageting all hutu lives in Rumonge and Nyanza- lac even in others provinces by asking Mubutu seseko Wazambanga a support call them( Murere).

      University of Burundi nor all secondary schools the hutu were killed like chicken. Did you ask the meaning of ( plan Simbananiye ) have you been approach Mister BAgaza and Buyoya asked them if they are from whose parties which are you claiming( Kibimba and Teza families) .
      How many people have been killed by your fathers and your big brothers again your Oncles.
      The Hutu doesn’t want to vilnerable in the situation which were past.

      In Rwanda they are in another warld we should keep quit of discussing about them.
      Let us look it our figures and features. I don’t know your years may be it looks like whose who are learning how to expresses themselves .

      In Canada everyday we received more than ten Tutsi’s cross to United states of America claiming for Refugeers protrction.When they taking them to the court started laying something impossible and unbelieble.

      The Tutsi are sending their wives and children a broad, when her wife gets resident permanent claiming his husband then when his husband comes here found they are people knew him that he was a Military in Burundi and he has killed lots of Hutu innocent. He is from Bururi, Genda , Mugamba,Musaga with Sinduhije Alex.
      take care i don’t want to say a lot to you.

      superatus Riberiyo

      July 27, 2011 at 1:44 am

      • Riberiyo, don’t lecture me about 1972 or 1965,I have read enough materials on those events,and I certainly don’t dispute it.What I reject is for individuals like yourself to label Tutsi as responsible for all crimes committed against Hutu, or putting Tutsi all in one box and say “all of you are Simbananiye,Buyoya…”, isn’t President Pierre Nkurunziza praying at the same church as Simbananiye? Isn’t Major Pierre Buyoya a Senator for life in Burundi Hutu led Government? Your mindset of claiming that our Fathers,Big Brothers have all killed Hutu is simply a joke and an insult!It would be like saying that because we lost Families and Friends,butchered by individual Hutu, that I should go around claiming that all Hutu are genocidaires, wouldn’t that be stupid? Don’t insult our Families who were butchered in Kibimba and Teza if you truly desire reconciliation!!!I never insult the memories of all Hutu brutally killed, so please, respect our Families too!!!

    • Good for you,Chegue that you believe in Justice, at least, that is one common desire we both fight for.


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