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Q: What's your own preference in terms of constitutional form? Do you
 favour devolution or centralisation?
 
A: I favour decentralisation, which we have already started.
 
Q: What is the position of [Rwandan former President] Pasteur
Bizimungu and the others who have been detained?
 
A: That I haven't followed closely. It's still in the courts.
 
Q: Presumably, this whole process is going to open up politics quite
wide. His own position argues against the reality of liberalisation, if he
remains in detention?
 
A: He's the one who created his own situation. Where he is, he
decided to go there. If you ask me personally, I have no sympathy. It
has more to do with him as a person than what is happening generally
in the country. Maybe if he had just waited, he would have achieved
what he wanted. He decided to stir up things to the extent that in the
 end, he got caught.
 
Q: Are you saying you can't envisage him having any role in the future of Rwanda?
 
A: It's dependent on two things. The outcome of the court case and
on himself. I think he makes mistakes which in the end will destroy
him, instead of playing it in the way that he gets what he wants.
 
(extract from interview to Africa Confidential, Oct 18, 2002)