Nothing is more hurtful as the generational toxic (political) propaganda being propagated in the contemporary sociopolitical environment in Rwanda by so-called ‘high‘ profile (government) officials and their partners – those under the umbrella of ‘Civil Society’, who claim to have influence in society – claiming to teach Rwandans, especially the young, what they claim to be and therefore call “Rwandan culture” and “Rwandan values“
For, hardly anyone of them, when asked, can explain what they mean by both “Rwandan culture” and “Rwandan values” in the contemporary context. But they hide behind the garb of officialdom – their eating positions and titles – to pretend to be ‘experts‘ on “Rwandan culture” and “Rwandan values“; no less their manufactured propaganda – lies – and propagate it in the minds of Rwandans, especially the unsuspecting young.
They pretend to be promoting, advancing and in many ways, developing [a] “national culture” and “national values“. Yet, through their own individual behaviour, actions and, not surprising, their religious beliefs, contradict themselves by contravening what they pretend to promote.
They cannot – and none of them has taken their time, from their eating positions, to reflect and try to – delineate the meaning (and relevance) of what they claim to be “Rwandan culture” and “Rwandan values” in the context of colonialism and its influence on the Rwandan society. Or what impact colonial education (system) and foreign religions such as – predominantly – European Christianity and its doctrine (ideology) with its Bible as the weapon of indoctrination and mind falsification – and Islam, have had and continue to have on the Rwanda psyche.
How is it possible to have – and/or speak of – a “national culture“, i.e, a set of customs, ideas, social behaviour, etc, collectively identified and observed by a group of people – nation, speaking in national terms, in a country that’s a hotbed for foreign culture importation?
What is “Rwandan culture“?
What constitutes “Rwandan culture“?
Who defines “Rwandan culture“?
What is their cultural as well as educational background and influence?
What culture do they project and/or promote?
What is and does being Rwandan mean?
Who is [a] Rwandan?
What are the so-called “Rwandan values“?
Who defines the so-called “Rwandan values“?
What values does the definer of the so-called “Rwandan values” have, promote and/or project?
What is their socio-educational value background and influence?
How Rwandan are they?
What “Rwandan culture” does the Rwandan government promote and/or project?
What so-called “Rwandan values” does the Rwandan government promote and/or project?
What “Rwandan culture” does the Rwandan parliament promote and/or project?
What so-called “Rwandan values” does the Rwandan parliament promote and/or project?
What “Rwandan culture” or “Rwandan values” do Rwanda institutions, private or public, promote and/or project?
If Rwandan culture and values are not manifested in national aspirations – in the aspirations, attitudes and behaviour of people, but what is manifested are foreign aspirations, attitudes, behaviour and desire for foreign values, achievements and everything; of what use is it, and what sense does it make, to speak about national culture and values?
When ‘high‘ profile Rwandan (government) officials such as Jeanne d’Arc Gakuba @GakubaJeanne claim to be “Happy to share with the youth of Gasabo district about Rwandan values, discipline and accountability“; it makes one wonder what exactly they’re sharing with the Rwandan youth, who will not have the courage to challenge them to explain what they mean by “Rwandan values“, let alone ‘discipline‘?
Discipline in (and for) what?
What do they mean by discipline?
Is discipline a skill or skill set?
If it is, is it and can it be transferable, or transferred by (and from) one generation to another? Are these people who purport to teach others, or the Rwandan youth, discipline; disciplined themselves?
But it also brings to mind the poignant reflections (remarks) by the prominent Czech writer and former President of Czech Republic, Václav Havel, in his essay “The Power of the Powerless”.
“The post-totalitarian system touches people at every step, but it does so with its ideological gloves on. This is why life in the system is so thoroughly permeated with hypocrisy and lies…Because the regime is captive to its own lies, it must falsify everything”