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12 Nov 2012

Self-centered advocates for reinstating aid to Rwanda

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Self-centered advocates for reinstating aid to Rwanda

Congolese women protesting against Rwandan support to M23

Donors have been too much lenient towards Rwanda because of the international community's sense of guilt following its attitude during the 1994 genocide. On the tragedy itself, many argue that US and UK foreign policies for the region played a big part.

If it had not been for that blurred context, it would have been long that the Rwandan regime would have seen its external support dramatically restricted because of its numerous crimes inside and outside the country.

Added to these, there exists as well in Paul Kagame's country repressive structures which once compared to Robert Mugabe's, the latter's seem improperly labelled as oppressive.

A few of the most recent of crimes and abuses of human rights by the Rwandan regime include for example:

  • sentencing Victoire Ingabire, FDU-Inkingi leader, to eight years of imprisonment;
  • supporting M23 rebel group and increasing the suffering that war causes in Eastern Congo;
  • murdering Theogene Turatsinze in Mozambique, former Managing Director of the Rwandan Development Bank; this personality was apparently killed for fear he could reveal names from the Rwandan Patriotic Front leading politicians who bankrupted the bank and thus covered up traces of funds they had siphoned from it.

Despite such crimes and many more which among others have made the majority of Rwandan citizens become second class individuals in their own country, or saw more than 6 million of Congolese die, on 8th November 2012, former UK Secretary of State for International Development, Andrew Mitchell, argued during his hearing before the Parliament Select Committee that blocking aid to Rwanda would only impact on rural populations but not on the elite in Kigali, and by extension their negative policies.

But what the former Secretary of State forgot to mention about aid, and which has been investigated in the past and confirmed by UN experts is that, for example in the case of Uganda, "(it) gave the Government room to spend more on security matters while other sectors, such as education, health and governance, are being taken care of by the bilateral and multilateral aid."

This assertion is found in the UN report of 2001 on "Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources and Other Forms of Wealth in the Democratic Republic of the Congo." And we are aware that Rwanda and Uganda, both being important recipients of UK and US aid, have worked in tandem, occupying and plundering Congolese resources for many years.

Additionally, and surprisingly, despite what Kigali has always claimed about the Rwandan economic miracle, which only benefits the elite in the capital of the country, we have over the years received from people on the ground multiple testimonies of significant level of hunger in the population, lack of access to education and health, numerous farmers who are dispossessed of their properties without compensation, systematic discrimination in employment and other sectors of society applied by officials among Hutus and Tutsis, favouring the latter at the expense of the former.

On Friday 9th November 2012, this was the occasion for another advocate for reinstating aid to Rwanda. Donald Kaberuka, a Rwandan economist who is the current president of the African Development Bank and member of the Rwanda Development Board, argued that if suspension of aid is not lifted, that could damage the country's development, and the recovery cost could be even higher. He even added that the current status quo could cause a crisis in the region.

But what about the plight of the more than 6 million of Congolese deaths that Rwanda and Uganda's interference in DRC has caused. What about the tens of thousands of Congolese raped women and entire communities destroyed by militias funded by these two countries. What about the never ending suffering of children, women, old people from Eastern Congo whose lives haven't seen any lasting peace for the last twenty years. What about Rwandans whose basic human rights are persistently denied by a regime which pursues policies of killing, silencing, torturing, and harassing its citizens to rule over them.

Apparently, advocates for reinstating aid to Rwanda don't seem to get it. Can they somehow picture or evaluate objectively the economic and human development damages Rwanda has inflicted to the Democratic Republic of Congo or its own citizens before pleading for the former?

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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.

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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
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