Elitism, Arrogance and Lack of internal Democracy Will Destroy the Rwanda National Congress (RNC). Dr. Rudasingwa Theogene with his former Boss Kagame are co- founders of the “Munyangire” within the RPF. This is a syndrome of hate the one I hate; it is not only being exported to the Rwanda National Congress by Dr. Rudasingwa Theogene, but is slowly and surely eating up the whole party. For example when Mr. Rudasingwa Theogene left Rwanda for whatever reasons, he never rose against the Kigali regime, it’s until the departure of Gen. Kayumba Nyamwasa that he started becoming provocative and with other former RPF senior officials in 2010 they started the Rwanda National Congress.
According to Dr. Theogene Rudasingwa and many Rwandans believe that the RPF regime is suffocating the fundamental freedoms of Rwandans, like free media, freedom of assembly and violets the human rights. Amazingly, Dr. Theogene Rudasinmgwa has made it a habit if not a custom by attacking whoever, criticizes the style of his leadership. While many Rwandans are yearning for democracy, freedom of speech, and other human rights, the style of Mr. Rudasingwa does not give hope that something fundamentally will come over the horizon of the Rwanda National Congress that he is slowly turning into a personal enterprise.
As much as many Rwandans need a regime change in Kigali, they need an opposition which is quite strong, democratic, but not changing a gang of bad group and replacing it with another group that is even worse than the one replaced. Therefore it is my conviction that if there was a true democracy in the RNC, people like Dr.Theogene Rudasingwa would have never seen the light of day. Unfortunately, its otherwise sound constitution of RNC that contains a few fatal flaws, it’s now an open secret that some RNC leaders also have a weak devotion to democracy, and indirectly some are actively plotting to overthrow it. Dr. Theogene Rudasingwa unfortunately enjoys an almost unbroken string of luck in coming to power within the RNC ranks. He benefited greatly from the dictatorial atmosphere in Rwanda, humiliation of a section of some Rwandans, lack of confidence within a section of opposition, and lack of interest by some members of the opposition who have just remained silent not because they like Kagame , but because they know very well the attitude and behaviour of Dr. Rudasingwa Theogene.
In fact, the ascendance of Kagame to the throne of RPF after the sudden and mysterious death of its founder and Leader, Gen. Fred Rwigema, is no different to the rise of Dr. Theogene Rudasingwa to the mantle of RNC leadership. Some prominent former RPF members who decided to keep silent, Maj. Alpohone Fuluma, Maj Mupende, Maj Bizimungu who were among the founders of RPF and the initial members of the First Rwandan parliament after genocide, has not joined RNC. Others like Dr. Polly Murayi, Paul Rusesabagina, Lt. Jeane Mulisa, Kazungu myself just to mention a few, have failed to work with Dr. Theogene Rudasingwa’s Leadership style.
Critics of democracy might claim that Dr. Theogene Rudasingwa was democratically elected to the ranks of RNC. This is untrue. Dr. Theogene Rudasingwa never had the popular votes to become what he is now in the RNC and the only reason he got the job was because the RNC leaders entered into a series of back-room deals. Some claim that Rudasingwa’s rise was nonetheless legal under the RNC system. The problem is that what was “legal” under the RNC system would not be considered legal under a truer and better-working democracy.
Dictators’ rise to power for many and various reasons, for example, Kagame’s political terror and state-run propaganda has inevitably worn him support from Rwanda and in the Diaspora not out love but out fear and survival. Kagame in the last election won more than 90 percent of the vote and through his propaganda is campaigning for the change of the Constitution so that he can stand again after is constitutional ,mandate expires in 2017.
It is my belief that accountability is one of the disciplines leaders must foster to improve their effectiveness in a way that lasts. A cycle of cynicism occurs when leaders announce wonderful aspirations (e.g. vision, mission and strategy statements) but fail to deliver.
Over time this cycle breaks down trust and erodes commitment. Leadership sustainability requires leaders to take personal responsibility for making sure that they do what they say. Accountability also increases when leaders expect and accept personal commitments from others and follow up on those commitments.
Over time, leadership is sustainable when the leader’s agenda becomes the personal agenda of others.
For example, Dr Theogene Rudasingwa is a man who does not only hate advice, but he fights it altogether, when I advised him on the matter of Radio Impala, he first told me to apologise for the allegations, and poor me I apologised for giving him the information that he did not want to hear, I had the arrest warrant of Aloys Manzi from the French Police of which I shared with Theogene Rudasingwa, this arrest warrant clearly showed Aloys Manzi as a wanted man for stealing public money, Rudasingwa told me that everyone has history and this has nothing to do with the RNC. He ignored my advice, yet the truth is that, I had foreseen that Radio Impala was falling in the wrong hands, he has consistently tried to undermine the free criticisms for his leadership and for the shortcomings of the Party in general.
According to Ulrich and Smallwood, leaders build accountability in others, and for themselves, through consistent with your personal values and brand, consistency with a leader’s personal values are another way to ensure change is sustainable.
“Value consistency helps leaders to think and act with continuity so that their stance and actions are clear both to themselves and to observers.”
To have sustainable impact, though, “a leadership point of view needs to become a personal leader brand”. Finally as much as leaders demand accountability, they should allow accountability on what they do, it’s through this lens that the fans of RNC and many Rwandans who are thirsty for the regime change in Rwanda would like to see in Dr. Theogene Rudasingwa and other opposition leaders in Rwanda.