HOST: Serge Ndayizeye
TOPIC: BBC RWANDA' UNTOLD STORY IHANGAYIKISHIJE PAUL KAGAME HAMWE N'AGATSIKO I KIGALI
The making of...Rwanda's Untold Story
By Producer Director John Conroy
Filming a political dissident who has been the target of four assassination attempts presents some difficulties. Once President Kagame’s right-hand man, General Kayumba Nyamwasa is now seen by many as one of the few people who could present a credible threat to Rwanda’s leader. The Rwandan Government has denied any link to the attempts on Nyamwasa’s life but the General has no doubt as to who is responsible. The Judge sentencing the men accused of the last attempt on his life concluded that the attack was ‘politically motivated’ and emanated 'from a certain group of people from Rwanda'.
Firstly we had to assume that his e-mails and phone calls we being monitored by both the Rwandans and the South African authorities who have given him asylum and were providing him with protection. This meant trying to organise a meeting with a man who cannot tell you directly where or exactly when to meet. Consequently, from the first moment I spoke to Nyamwasa in December 2013 to our meeting in the spring of 2014, communications relied upon a necessarily torturous and opaque loop via a myriad of intermediaries discussing his willingness to be met and talk on camera.
As dates were being locked down and time was running out promises in principle had to be replaced with a commitment but after the recent assassination of Patrick Karegeya, General Nyamwasa’s closest dissident ally in South Africa, the General and his guards were extremely cautious. We finally received word after weeks of waiting that one forty-eight hour window was possible. We flew to South Africa. It was our only chance. We were given a mobile number and I was told to ring when we arrived.