STRATEGY #1 : MOBILIZING THE PEOPLE OF RWANDA TO UNITE IN THE STRUGGLE AGAINST DICTATORSHIP
The most critical strategy for promoting freedom in Rwanda is to mobilize our people to unite and work together to assert their claim to the full range of universal human rights. Our struggle for freedom is constrained by sectarian and ideological cleavages that divide and weaken our capacity to hold our political leaders accountable. The position of the RNC on conflict in Rwandan society is that our people do not harbor any fundamental differences that cannot be resolved by peaceful means. The horrendous violence and suffering that Rwanda has experienced have always been masterminded and organized by political leaders as a strategy for strengthening their grip onto power. Political leaders and groups have fuelled sectarian divisions merely to cover-up their plans to monopolize political power.
Unfortunately, the victims of what have essentially been struggles between political elites for power and access to resources have been the people themselves. However, although political leaders bear responsibility for creating and fuelling conflict in our society, it is still undeniable that conflict (grounded in experiences of social, economic and political exclusion, as well as marginalization and violence) has left our people deeply traumatized and divided, especially along lines of ethnicity and region.
The transformation of Rwanda into the peaceful and stable society, for which our people crave, can only be realized to the extent that our society is able to overcome and transcend the legacy of fear, mistrust and hatred that sectarian violence and political discord have created. Our people‟s aspirations for freedom, democracy and sustainable peace can only be truly realized if the fissures that divide us are healed, and when our collective potential is single-mindedly harnessed to fight and end dictatorial rule to usher in a new era of freedom and peace in our motherland.
The Rwanda National Congress will prioritize the challenge of mobilization of the people of Rwanda over every other strategy for seeking the realization of freedom in our nation. We believe the following essential elements constitute the strategy for mobilization of the people of Rwanda to engage in the struggle for the establishment of democracy and lasting peace:
- Exposing the anti-democratic and anti-peace character and actions of Rwanda‟s current government
- Educating the public about the full range of fundamental human rights to which every citizen is entitled, in general, and the right of political participation, in particular
- Empowering individuals, communities and societal groups to assert or claim their rights
- Fostering collaboration and dialogue with other groups, wherever they may be located, and work with them to advance and establish democratic change in Rwanda