KIGALI, Rwanda, June 23 (UPI) -- The former hotel manager whose heroism in the Rwandan genocide spawned the movie "Hotel Rwanda" is now trying to undermine the government, critics charge.
President Paul Kagame and other critics allege the former hotel manager, Paul Rusesabagina, seeks to return the ousted leaders of the former genocide-era Hutu government to power, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Rusesabagina, a Hutu who saved the lives of more than 1,200 ethnic Tutsi refugees in the 1994 massacre, is reluctant to talk with reporters. But he writes in his new autobiography, "An Ordinary Man," that "Rwanda is today a nation governed by and for the benefit of a small group of elite Tutsis."
In writings and speeches, Rusesabagina, who now lives in Brussels, Belgium, is increasingly calling the Tutsi-led government of Kagame repressive and undemocratic, the newspaper says.
Kagame's government accuses Rusesabagina of having his own political aspirations.
U.S. President George W. Bush gave the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom to Rusesabagina in November 2005. The medal is the nation's highest civilian decoration, rarely bestowed on foreigners.