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Are Rwandans paying a price for peace after the genocide?

President Paul Kagame has overseen an economic boom but critics argue he has stifled dissent and political opposition.

At least 800,000 people – mostly ethnic Tutsis – were slaughtered in 100 days during the Rwandan genocide in 1994.

On Sunday, the country began marking the passing of 25 years since the atrocities with commemorations in the capital, Kigali.

Rwanda has made a remarkable turnaround since that time.

It has one of the continent’s strongest economies and more female politicians in parliament than anywhere else in the world.

But President Paul Kagame has been accused of being authoritarian by cracking down on dissent and political opponents.

So, are Rwandans paying a price for peace and stability?


Presenter: Martine Dennis


Rene Mugenzi – genocide survivor and chairman of the Global Campaign For Rwandans’ Human Rights

Andrew Mwenda – member of Rwanda’s Presidential Advisory Council

Phil Clark – assistant professor specialising in African politics at SOAS University of London