By Ismail Kwame Nkurunziza
A few days after Rwandan authorities paraded Paul Rusesabagina before journalists, his family and friends have started petitioning the white house to ask the Rwandan government to him.
Rusesambagina, 66, a Hutu who is said to have used his position as hotel manager of Mille Collines to hide and protect 1268 Hutu and Tusti refugees from Interahamwe militia during the Rwandan genocide, was a basis of the dramatized award winning film Hotel Rwanda, starring American movie star Don Cheadle.
On 31 August, 2020, the 2005 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient was arrested for what authorities in Kigali called “leading a terrorist movement” and accused of being a leader and sponsor of Rwandan Movement For Democratic Change, something his family members friends vehemently deny.
Carine Kanimba, his adopted daughter, Trėsor Rusesabagina his son, and his friends in both Belgium and USA, where he has homes, are said to be working round the clock to petition the US State Department to pressurize President Paul Kagame’s government to release him.
However, the White House is yet to announce its final position over the matter.
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