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24 Oct 2014

[AfricaRealities] Kagame faults minister for decision to screen US, Spain travellers

 

 
 
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In a rare show of public criticism, Rwandan President Paul Kagame took to twitter to lambast his Health Minister Dr Agnes Binagwaho.
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Kagame faults minister for decision to screen US, Spain travellers

Rwanda's Minister for Health, Dr Agnes Binagwaho. PHOTO | CYRIL NDEGEYA | NATION MEDIA GROUP 
By EDMUND KAGIRE

Posted  Thursday, October 23   2014 at  15:03
IN SUMMARY
  • The Ministry of Health announced that in a bid to protect the health of all residents and visitors to Rwanda, all incoming passengers from Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, USA and Spain or anyone or anyone who has travelled to these countries within the last 22 days were requested to call a toll free line 114 on a daily basis.
In a rare show of public criticism, Rwandan President Paul Kagame took to twitter to lambast his Health Minister Dr Agnes Binagwaho for 'acting without thinking' over the decision to screen and monitor all travellers from the United States and Spain for Ebola.
Rwanda made headlines on Tuesday when it announced that it will be screening all travellers from countries which have registered Ebola cases, including the US and Spain.
The Ministry of Health announced that in a bid to protect the health of all residents and visitors to Rwanda, all incoming passengers from Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, USA and Spain or anyone or anyone who has travelled to these countries within the last 22 days were requested to call a toll free line 114 on a daily basis.
The Ministry said it required the travellers to report their health conditions daily for at least 21 days as part of the country's strengthened programme to combat the disease. Two days after the decision was announced, Dr Binagwaho also took to the social media site to reverse the decision to screen travellers from US and Spain.
"The MoH (Ministry of Health) is removing special screening of travellers from US and Spain. Apologies for any inconvenience caused by my decision as Minister of Health, which was solely mine and not endorsed by the government of Rwanda", Binagwaho tweeted.
In no time, President Kagame also took to the microblogging site to dispel the decision of screening travellers from the two countries, which in the last few weeks have recorded Ebola cases and one death.
"It is good the Minister of Health Dr Binagwaho #Rwanda, reversed herself on the Ebola decision with respect to some countries she [mentor]...not necessary," he tweeted.
"She has sometimes acted first and thought later...it should be the other way round! :)," the Rwandan head of state added, concluding the tweet with a 'smile' icon, perhaps to indicate that he said it on a light note.
The Health Minister however said that "Rwanda's efforts to implement right measures for Ebola prevention to protect our people will continue to be implemented countrywide" despite revoking restrictions on the Americans and Spaniards. But Rwanda continues to deny entry to visitors who travelled to Guinea, Liberia, Senegal, or Sierra Leone within the past 22 days.
The US Embassy in Kigali had also released an updated notice to US citizens to Kigali highlighting the new changes in the screening process.
"On October 19, the Rwandan Ministry of Health introduced new Ebola Virus Disease screening requirements," it read.
"Visitors who have been in the United States or Spain during the last 22 days are now required to report their medical condition—regardless of whether they are experiencing symptoms of Ebola," the US mission announced in the notice released Tuesday.
However, Rwandan authorities continue to deny entry to visitors who travelled to Guinea, Liberia, Senegal, or Sierra Leone within the past 22 days.
"We urge US citizens who may have a fever or who have travelled to countries where an Ebola outbreak has occurred to weigh carefully whether travel to Rwanda at this time is prudent given measures to screen incoming visitors. Please note neither the Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs nor the US Embassy have authority over quarantine issues and cannot prevent a US citizen from being quarantined should local health authorities require it," the US Embassy warned.
The announcement followed revelations that so far 30 people have been quarantined at the isolation centre located at Kanombe Military Hospital, a short distance from Kigali International Airport but the government says there are no US nationals among the said individuals who have since been cleared.
22 of the 30 quarantined people are Rwandans who exhibited high temperatures and any other sign similar to symptoms of Ebola but they were later released after testing negative. One Germany national who had been to Sierra Leone prior to traveling to Rwanda was among those quarantined.





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[AfricaRealities] African rivalries weaken U.N. hand against rebels in Congo

 


African rivalries weaken U.N. hand against rebels in Congo

Wed Oct 22, 2014 6:13am BST


By Aaron Ross
KINSHASA (Reuters) - Hundreds of Rwandan rebels in eastern Congo are defying a six month ultimatum to disarm, ratcheting up pressure on regional powers and U.N. peacekeepers to eliminate, once and for all, a force at the heart of two decades of conflict.
Midway to a deadline set by regional leaders, not one Hutu rebel had laid down his weapon and yet rivalries among African nations are undermining the prospect of U.N.-led military action against insurgents Rwanda has previously hunted down in Congo. 
"If it was entirely up to us, we would be fulfilling our mandate to neutralize armed groups," Martin Kobler, head of the 23,000-strong U.N. mission in Congo, told Reuters, acknowledging the reticence of some political actors but voicing confidence military action would ensue if the Jan. 2 deadline was missed.
Rwandan Hutu FDLR fighters have made the hills and forests of mineral-rich eastern Congo their own during two decades of simmering conflict since they fled Rwanda after the 1994 genocide there by Hutu militia of Tutsis and moderate Hutus.
Some Congolese military commanders retain close ties to FDLR fighters from alliances forged during a 1998-2003 war, which pitted Congo against an invading Tutsi-led Rwandan force and drew half a dozen regional states into a proxy war.
African leaders gave the rebels six months in July to disarm and either be repatriated to Rwanda or transferred to a transit camp in Congo while they await resettlement in a third country.
On Monday they acknowledged no progress had been made and repeated a vague threat of military force if the deadline was missed. But some regional powers are keener on that than others.
"Everyone wants to go after the FDLR in a different fashion," said Timo Mueller, an independent researcher in eastern Congo. "It will be the FDLR who will benefit from this cacophony of actors."
POLITICAL FOOTBALL
Criticised for years for failing to impose peace in Congo, the U.N. mission has been buoyed by the success of a 3,000-strong Intervention Brigade, launched last year, with the mandate and firepower to take the fight to myriad rebel groups.
In November, with Kigali forced to end covert backing for the rebels, the brigade helped Congo defeat the Tutsi-led M23 rebel group that had seized swathes of territory in North Kivu.
Officials say there are only around 1,500 FDLR gunmen left after the U.N. peacekeeping mission demobilised over 12,000 in the past 12 years, but their integration in life in eastern Congo makes it hard to separate them from civilians. 
Speaking to Reuters from a bush base in eastern Congo, Victor Byiringiro, the FDLR's interim leader, said his fighters would return to Rwanda only through direct talks with Rwanda and not as part of the U.N. backed repatriation programme.
"To repatriate us to Rwanda is to destroy the FDLR."
Kigali, however, has flatly rejected talks with the rebels, saying the Hutus want to complete the slaughter of 1994.
Rwanda has repeatedly dispatched troops into its neighbour's east, ostensibly to hunt down Hutu rebels. Kigali has come under intense diplomatic pressure not to interfere in Congo since it was accused by U.N. experts of backing Congo's M23 rebels. As a result, it expects U.N. troops to do the job.
"The FDLR is not a mystery, it's not a complicated armed group to deal with," Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo told Reuters. "What has to be put forth, in a more visible manner, in a more serious manner, is the political will to get rid of this group."
Other African powers have been more cautious, calling for a political solution that could broach a range of thorny issues, including the fate of the more than 100,000 Rwandan refugees remaining in Congo, whom the FDLR claims to protect.
Tanzania and South Africa - the core of the beefed-up U.N. brigade - have frosty ties with Rwanda and voiced hesitation over a military solution to the FDLR. 
Some Congolese officials also privately say conflict between the FDLR and Rwanda should be resolved through dialogue, amid memories of the alliance between the military and Hutu forces in eastern Congo. 
Lambert Mende, a spokesman for the Congo's government, denied any wavering in commitment for an offensive. 
Jason Stearns, a former U.N. investigator in Congo, said regional tensions were likely to muddy decision making.
"It's become a bit of a political football in the tense relations between South Africa, Tanzania and Rwanda," he said. "If the FDLR continues to be politicised, then that could also lead to military operations taking a back seat for the moment." 
Kobler, the U.N. chief, said peacekeepers were obliged to obey U.N. orders and played down any impact of troop contributing governments having misgivings over robust anti-FDLR operations once the Jan 2 deadline expires.
His forces are, for now, committed to a new offensive against Ugandan ADF-NALU rebels accused by the U.N. and Congolese government of killing dozens of civilians in recent weeks.
Even if operations begin, past experience suggests it will be tricky. Joint Congolese, Rwandan and U.N. operations against the FDLR in 2009 were criticised by human rights groups for having a high humanitarian toll amid abuses by both sides.
Ida Sawyer, Human Rights Watch's senior Congo researcher, said that could happen again.
"Some people are scared that more military operations will just bring about more attacks on civilians," she said. 
(Additional reporting by Clement Uwiringiyimana in Kigali and Fumbuka Ng'wanakilala in Dar es Salaam; editing by David Lewis, Daniel Flynn and Philippa Fletcher)



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SUMMARY : THE TRAGIC CONSEQUENCES OF THE BRITISH BUDGET SUPPORT AND GEO-STRATEGIC AMBITIONS

United Kingdom's Proxy Wars in Africa: The Case of Rwanda and DR Congo:

The Rwandan genocide and 6,000,000 Congolese and Hutu refugees killed are the culminating point of a long UK’s battle to expand their influence to the African Great Lakes Region. UK supported Kagame’s guerrilla war by providing military support and money. The UK refused to intervene in Rwanda during the genocide to allow Kagame to take power by military means that triggered the genocide. Kagame’s fighters and their families were on the Ugandan payroll paid by UK budget support.


· 4 Heads of State assassinated in the francophone African Great Lakes Region.
· 2,000,000 people died in Hutu and Tutsi genocides in Rwanda, Burundi and RD.Congo.
· 600,000 Hutu refugees killed in R.D.Congo, Uganda, Central African Republic and Rep of Congo.
· 6,000,000 Congolese dead.
· 8,000,000 internal displaced people in Rwanda, Burundi and DR. Congo.
· 500,000 permanent Rwandan and Burundian Hutu refugees, and Congolese refugees around the world.
· English language expansion to Rwanda to replace the French language.
· 20,000 Kagame’s fighters paid salaries from the British Budget Support from 1986 to present.
· £500,000 of British taxpayer’s money paid, so far, to Kagame and his cronies through the budget support, SWAPs, Tutsi-dominated parliament, consultancy, British and Tutsi-owned NGOs.
· Kagame has paid back the British aid received to invade Rwanda and to strengthen his political power by joining the East African Community together with Burundi, joining the Commonwealth, imposing the English Language to Rwandans to replace the French language; helping the British to establish businesses and to access to jobs in Rwanda, and to exploit minerals in D.R.Congo.



Thousands of Hutu murdered by Kagame inside Rwanda, e.g. Kibeho massacres

Thousands of Hutu murdered by Kagame inside Rwanda, e.g. Kibeho massacres
Kagame killed 200,000 Hutus from all regions of the country, the elderly and children who were left by their relatives, the disabled were burned alive. Other thousands of people were killed in several camps of displaced persons including Kibeho camp. All these war crimes remain unpunished.The British news reporters were accompanying Kagame’s fighters on day-by-day basis and witnessed these massacres, but they never reported on this.

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25,000 Hutu bodies floated down River Akagera into Lake Victoria in Uganda.

25,000  Hutu bodies  floated down River Akagera into Lake Victoria in Uganda.
The British irrational, extremist, partisan,biased, one-sided media and politicians have disregarded Kagame war crimes e.g. the Kibeho camp massacres, massacres of innocents Hutu refugees in DR. Congo. The British media have been supporting Kagame since he invaded Rwanda by organising the propaganda against the French over the Rwandan genocide, suppressing the truth about the genocide and promoting the impunity of Kagame and his cronies in the African Great Lakes Region. For the British, Rwanda does not need democracy, Rwanda is the African Israel; and Kagame and his guerilla fighters are heroes.The extremist British news reporters including Fergal Keane, Chris Simpson, Chris McGreal, Mark Doyle, etc. continue to hate the Hutus communities and to polarise the Rwandan society.

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Kagame political ambitions triggered the genocide.

Kagame  political  ambitions triggered the genocide.
Kagame’s guerrilla war was aimed at accessing to power at any cost. He rejected all attempts and advice that could stop his military adventures including the cease-fire, political negotiations and cohabitation, and UN peacekeeping interventions. He ignored all warnings that could have helped him to manage the war without tragic consequences. Either you supported Kagame’ s wars and you are now his friend, or you were against his wars and you are his enemy. Therefore, Kagame as the Rwandan strong man now, you have to apologise to him for having been against his war and condemned his war crimes, or accept to be labelled as having been involved in the genocide. All key Kagame’s fighters who committed war crimes and crimes against humanity are the ones who hold key positions in Rwandan army and government for the last 15 years. They continue to be supported and advised by the British including Tony Blair, Andrew Mitchell MP, and the British army senior officials.

Aid that kills: The British Budget Support financed Museveni and Kagame’s wars in Rwanda and DRC.

Aid that kills: The British Budget Support  financed Museveni and Kagame’s wars in Rwanda and DRC.
Genocide propaganda and fabrications are used by the so-called British scholars, news reporters and investigative journalists to promote their CVs and to get income out of the genocide through the selling of their books, providing testimonies against the French, access to consultancy contracts from the UN and Kagame, and participation in conferences and lectures in Rwanda, UK and internationally about genocide. Genocide propaganda has become a lucrative business for Kagame and the British. Anyone who condemned or did not support Kagame’s war is now in jail in Rwanda under the gacaca courts system suuported by British tax payer's money, or his/she is on arrest warrant if he/she managed to flee the Kagame’s regime. Others have fled the country and are still fleeing now. Many others Rwandans are being persecuted in their own country. Kagame is waiting indefinitely for the apologies from other players who warn him or who wanted to help to ensure that political negotiations take place between Kagame and the former government he was fighting against. Britain continues to supply foreign aid to Kagame and his cronies with media reports highlighting economic successes of Rwanda. Such reports are flawed and are aimed at misleading the British public to justify the use of British taxpayers’ money. Kagame and his cronies continue to milk British taxpayers’ money under the British budget support. This started from 1986 through the British budget support to Uganda until now.

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Dictator Kagame: No remorse for his unwise actions and ambitions that led to the  Rwandan genocide.
No apologies yet to the Rwandan people. The assassination of President Juvenal Habyarimana by Kagame was the only gateway for Kagame to access power in Rwanda. The British media, politicians, and the so-called British scholars took the role of obstructing the search for the truth and justice; and of denying this assassination on behalf of General Kagame. General Paul Kagame has been obliging the whole world to apologise for his mistakes and war crimes. The UK’s way to apologise has been pumping massive aid into Rwanda's crony government and parliement; and supporting Kagame though media campaigns.

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Fanatical, partisan, suspicious, childish and fawning relations between UK and Kagame
Kagame receives the British massive aid through the budget support, British excessive consultancy, sector wide programmes, the Tutsi-dominated parliament, British and Tutsi-owned NGOs; for political, economic and English language expansion to Rwanda. The British aid to Rwanda is not for all Rwandans. It is for Kagame himself and his Tutsi cronies.

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