Ndambiwe cyaaane Utuzungu (n’utundi duke tutari Utuzungu) tumaze iminsi twandika amateshwa kuri #Africa! Ubundi ninde wadushinze Africa??

This is what Minister Louise Mushikiwabo tweeted in Kinyarwanda. The derogatory, very racist tweet was aimed at whites and other non-whites who have been critical of the regime she works for as Foreign Minister, led by dictator Paul Kagame.

I am sick and tired of utuzungu said Mushikiwabo. In Kinyarwanda, Umuzungu means a white person. When you replace the first 3 letters “umu” by “utu”, then the word becomes pejorative. It is a common way of formulating an insult  in Kinyarwanda. In this case it means that those whites are subhumans, small (insignificant)  and beneath her. Rwandans do this a lot. They call people they don’t like subhumans. Before the genocide, Tutsis were called cockroaches and subhumans. It is sad that Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs Minister used the same language, same rhetoric as genocidaires. Of all people, Minister Mushikiwabo should know how labeling other races subhumans simply because they shed some light on your government’s human rights abuses is wrong. Instead of refuting those accusatory reports by facts, she resulted to attacks and insults. She chose Kinyarwanda hoping they will never know maybe!

Here is more Kinyarwanda lesson. Abagabo means men. If you want to insult a bunch of men, you can call them utugabo. It is a disrespectful way of saying that they are a bunch of useless nobodies. In Rwandan culture, there is no grave insult than this, especially when this insult is uttered by a woman. Rwanda is still a society where a woman is supposed be genteel and to have ladylike behavior all the time especially the bourgeoisie and higher ups.

The kind of language Minister Mushikiwabo used, normally is for street walkers and thugs. It is the equivalent of ghetto or hood talk in the US. This is why the tweet was scandalous. Many Rwandans were flabbergasted even shocked by that bad language coming from someone in charge of diplomacy and foreign relations, the government spokeswoman. A woman who uses that kind of language in Rwanda is called “inshinzi” (Huchi mama, vulgar with no self worth) and it is normally not proper for a high ranking official to use that kind of language!

Minister Mushikiwabo accused those whites she qualified of subhumans of writing “amateshwa” about Rwanda. Here she was referring to recent reports condemning human rights abuses by the government of dictator Paul Kagame. In Kinyarwanda amateshwa means rubbish, nonsense, words coming out of a mouth of someone who is stupid, dumb, non important, demented, someone so irrelevant that you have no time for whatever they are saying.

Finally, Mushikiwabo asked “utuzungu”, those insignificant white subhumans who put them in charge of Africa? They need to butt out of african affairs she said!  


  1. Mushikiwabo aratema ishami ry’igiti aryicayeho. Mu Kirundi babyita “kunnya aho utema”. Uwo kumbi nawe yaragiranye na Kagame. Ntibabeshye ngo yize i Nyakinama ra?

  2. RPF is a thug regime that’s been hunting, imprisoning and killing Hutu intellectuals for the past two decades. Therefore this vulgarity is not surprising at all. Remember that most of Kagame’s inner circle is made up of herdsmen and shepherds, and this intellectually backwards language is what they use on a daily basis. Kagame even slaps and spits on his personal staff, his military officers, and his battered wife. Bene Kagame ni abashumba.

    Having said that, it is also hilarious because those “utuzungus” are who created Kagame and handed him Rwanda, and are the only reason he is still in power, the only reason he has killed millions of Africans without reparcusions. What the potty minister without eyebrows Mushikiwabo should know is that the only thing worse than utuzungus dictating over Africans, is Uncle Tom Africans who slaughter millions of Africans so those utuzungus can plunder Africa with impunity.

    1. Well Said. Hopefully one day “utuzungus” will wake from their sleep and see this man for the evil he is and hold him accountable. Else, they need to set Charles Taylor free because it is not fair for him to be languishing in prison while someone (Kagame) who killed 100 times more people roam the world freely!

  3. Seriously, this foul mouthed person calls herself a minister? It is not the first time either. Whenever evidence is presented against the crimes of her master, she always resorts to slurs but only in kinyarwanda because she is a coward who wants to impress the Whites while we Rwandans have to live with her hideous true self. Now all the infamous stories about her behavior during Habyarimana era make sense. By the way, she didn’t stop there, she is now attacking the writer of this article

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