Saturday, October 09, 2010
To: the Judge in Gitarama in Rwanda
From: Pastor Chris Foreman, husband of the late Dr. Kim Foreman
In regard to: Mr. MURENZI Francis
I am Pastor Chris Foreman, husband of the late Dr. Kim Foreman who was fatally injured in an automobile accident near Gitarama on July 31, 2010, and who died at King Faisal Hospital in Kigali on August 3, 2010. Mr. MURENZI Francis was the driver of the car.
One day before my wife’s death on August 2, 2010, I went to the U.S. embassy in Kigali, and signed a sworn affidavit attesting to the facts concerning the death of Kim Foreman. I stand by the facts of this affidavit. They are all true to the best of my memory. I do not stand by the spirit in which the affidavit was written. Just anticipating the imminent death of my lovely wife filled me with unspeakable grief. At that same moment while I was in the embassy, Kim was in a hospital bed on life support. Her beautiful body was swelling as her kidneys were failing. My soul was in anguish and I was angry at the person who was driving the vehicle, that is, Mr. MURENZI.
During the week of my wife’s death, I said and did many things that I now regret. My anger toward Frank is one of those things I now freely repent of it. Even though I looked healthy on the outside, I could only see the world through tears and I could only speak with a voice of pain. I thank God for the friendship of Pastor GASIGI Paul and the extraordinary kindness of Jean Woynicki at the embassy. I thank God especially for my two sons, Zachary and Simon, who stood faithfully by my side during these difficult days.
Two months after Kim’s death, I can say that I have truly forgiven MURENZI Frank unconditionally and from my heart. I personally asked that Frank be re-hired by our non-profit organization and on October first he was reinstated at his previous salary. I am now asking that Mr. MURENZI not be sentenced to a prison term in Rwanda. I will never seek revenge against Frank. He will live forever with the memory of the automobile accident for which he is responsible. I am appealing to the judge and court in Gitarama to show Mr. MURENZI the same mercy and forgiveness that I have shown him. As Scripture tells us, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy”. May God bless you and may God bless the nation of Rwanda.
Dr. Chris A. Foreman
Executive Director of Come and See Africa International