The dictator Kagame at UN

The dictator Kagame at UN
Dictators like Kagame who have changed their national constitutions to remain indefinitely on power should not be involved in UN high level and global activities including chairing UN meetings

Why has the UN ignored its own report about the massacres of Hutu refugees in DRC ?

The UN has ignored its own reports, NGOs and media reports about the massacres of hundreds of thousands of Hutu in DRC Congo (estimated to be more than 400,000) by Kagame when he attacked Hutu refugee camps in Eastern DRC in 1996. This barbaric killings and human rights violations were perpetrated by Kagame’s RPF with the approval of UK and USA and with sympathetic understanding and knowledge of UNHCR and international NGOs which were operating in the refugees camps. According to the UN, NGO and media reports between 1993 and 2003 women and girls were raped. Men slaughtered. Refugees killed with machetes and sticks. The attacks of refugees also prevented humanitarian organisations to help many other refugees and were forced to die from cholera and other diseases. Other refugees who tried to return to Rwanda where killed on their way by RFI and did not reach their homes. No media, no UNHCR, no NGO were there to witness these massacres. When Kagame plans to kill, he makes sure no NGO and no media are prevent. Kagame always kills at night.

29 Jun 2013

Presidents Yoweli Museveni ,Ihuru Kinyata and Paul Kagame discussed about DR Congo security issue in their recent meetings which recently took place in Uganda


Presidents Yoweli Museveni ,Ihuru Kinyata and Paul Kagame discussed about DR Congo security issue in their recent meetings which recently took place in Uganda.

President Kagame drags regional presidents in his piped conflict of DR Congo simply because of his greedy interests of plundering DR Congo mineral resources in order to satisfy his ego of becoming dollar billionaire
By Gasasira,Sweden
Umuvugizi has reliable leant that three Presidents Yoweli Kaguta Museveni of Uganda ,Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Uhuru Kinyatta of Kenya recently met in closed meetings which took place in Entebbe state house,a meeting they termed as discussing regional and international issues .
According to reliable sources from trusted high circles revealed that the meeting which gathered those three heads of state termed as discussing regional issues indeed discussed regional issues which was none apart from discussing the on going security issues in DR Congo and the way they could handle them selves if at all the DR Congo piped security situations ends up bursting towards their borders.
This meeting was functioning in interests of president Kagame who is tirelessly planning to battle and destroy not only DR Congo National Forces "FARDC" but he is also fiercely mobilizing regional forces to assist him in combating UN Intervention Combat Forces .
This is among president Kagame last phases of preparation to attack UN Intervention Combat Forces which he started by using his financed media in destroying the regional presidents who contributed troops to UN Intervention Combat Brigades .
This also happens when Rwanda is at the same time recruiting for M23 rebel groups reaching an extent of forcing Rwandan youth who could have been resourceful to the nation in other sectors and forcefully recruited and trained as M23 Special Forces unit consisted of trained commandos who are set to reinforce M23 rebels fighting a long RDF battling UN Intervention Forces with shelling armaments .
Another phase was that of mobilizing SADC member states to do not collide and contribute to UN Intervention Forces as another way of weakening and sabotaging the UN Intervention Combat Forces created by the UN Security Council which passed overwhelmingly it's resolution 2028 with intentions of rescuing innocent Congolese civilians who have been murdered and displaced to neighbouring countries , terrorized simply because of president Kagame's selfish and greedy interests of plundering DR Congo mineral resources in order to satisfy his ego of becoming dollar billionaire .
The last phase of president Kagame is that of wandering all over the African continents sabotaging the UN Intervention Brigade and mobilizing regional presidents to join him in his last phases of waging a war against UN Forces which he goes on defining as "remarkable fighting against UN Intervention Forces" , a force which is under the UN Security Council where Rwanda is among it's five non permanent members .
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Exclusive: Fearing death, Congo's 'Terminator' fled with help of family

Exclusive: Fearing death, Congo's 'Terminator' fled with help of family


Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda looks on during his first appearance before judges at the International Criminal Court in the Hague March 26, 2013. REUTERS/Peter Dejong/Pool
Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda looks on during his first appearance before judges at the International Criminal Court in the Hague March 26, 2013.
Credit: Reuters/Peter Dejong/Pool
By Michelle Nichols and Louis Charbonneau
UNITED NATIONS | Fri Jun 28, 2013 4:29pm EDT
(Reuters) - Facing defeat by a rival rebel and fearing death at the hands of Rwandan troops, Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda quietly slipped into Rwanda on a small path with a single escort to turn himself in at the U.S. Embassy in Kigali, according to a U.N. report.
Details of the March 18 surrender of Ntaganda, who evaded arrest on international war crimes charges for seven years, were contained in the confidential interim report by the U.N. Group of Experts to the Security Council's Congo sanctions committee. The report was seen by Reuters on Friday.
Ntaganda, a Rwandan-born Tutsi rebel known as "the Terminator," is accused of murder, rape, sexual slavery and recruiting child soldiers during 15 years of rebellion in resource-rich eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
It was not known how Ntaganda made his way from eastern Congo to the Rwandan capital, where he had simply walked into the U.S. Embassy and asked diplomats to transfer him to the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
The U.N. experts said his secret three-day journey followed after a violent split in the M23 rebel group weeks earlier. Ntaganda's defeat by rival M23 commander Sultani Makenga was aided by Rwandan officials and demobilized Rwandan soldiers, said the report.
Ntaganda "clandestinely crossed the border into Rwanda using a small path in the Gasizi area with one escort," it said.
"He reached Kigali with the help of his family and arrived at the United States Embassy on 18 March where he requested to be transferred to the ICC without prior knowledge of Rwandan authorities," according to the 43-page report.
Rwanda subsequently arrested an individual accused of helping Ntaganda escape and interrogated the warlord's wife and brother, the experts said.
The career of Ntaganda, who has fought for rebels, militias and armies in both Rwanda and Congo in the last 20 years, reflects the tangled and shifting allegiances of a territory that has been repeatedly traumatized by genocide and violence.
Ntaganda said he was not guilty of war crimes during his first appearance at the International Criminal Court in March.
M23 is a Tutsi-dominated group of former Congolese soldiers that has demanded political concessions from President Joseph Kabila's government.
M23 CRIPPLED AFTER NTAGANDA DEFEAT
The U.N. experts report in October named Ntaganda as the leader controlling the M23 rebellion on the ground and added that he and other commanders received "direct military orders" from senior Rwandan military figures acting under instructions from Defense Minister James Kabarebe.
Rwanda vehemently denied supporting the M23, accusing the world of trying to blame it for Congo's unremitting troubles.
The latest experts report found "continuous - but limited - support to M23 from within Rwanda" and cooperation between elements of the Congolese military and a Rwandan Hutu rebel group against the M23 rebels.
Ntaganda had a network of contacts within Rwanda that he used to support his M23 faction against Makenga after the pair had disagreed over the management of M23, the experts said.
"To halt Ntaganda's activities, Rwandan authorities arrested some of the individuals who were part of this network," the experts said.
"Some Rwandan officers also provided limited material support to Makenga as he sought to defeat Ntaganda," found the report. "While some Rwandan officers had ensured Ntaganda of their assistance, in reality they had decide to support Makenga.
"Rwandan officers also fed disinformation to Ntaganda which precipitated his defeat. Former M23 soldiers who fought alongside Ntaganda reported that soldiers of the (Rwandan Defense Force) special forces that were deployed along the border provided Ntaganda with ammunition at the outset of fighting, which made him believe that he enjoyed RDF support."
As his troops began to run low on ammunition after two weeks of fighting, Ntaganda fled into Rwanda, where he feared Rwandan soldiers deployed on the border would kill him. The U.N. experts said that Makenga had also ordered his troops kill Ntaganda.
It was estimated that about 200 rebels from both sides were killed during the M23 split, the report said. Almost 800 rebels loyal to Ntaganda also fled into Rwanda after their defeat. The experts said Makenga was left with some 1,500 fighters spread across a 270 square mile area (700 sq km).
"Moreover M23 has lost the support of leaders and communities which had supported Ntaganda in northern Rwanda and stopped benefiting from the recruitment and financial networks he had established," the report said.
"The movement is unable to control its entire territory and suffers from poor morale and scores of desertions," it said.


Exclusive: Rwanda army officers aiding M23 rebels in Congo - U.N. experts


Exclusive: Rwanda army officers aiding M23 rebels in Congo - U.N. experts


M23 rebels take position near the town of Mutaho, in eastern   Democratic Republic of Congo May 27, 2013. REUTERS/Jonny Hog
M23 rebels take position near the town of Mutaho, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo May 27, 2013.
Credit: Reuters/Jonny Hog
UNITED NATIONS | Fri Jun 28, 2013 4:17pm EDT
(Reuters) - Military officers from Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo are fueling violence in eastern Congo despite pledges by the countries to foster peace, according to a confidential U.N. experts' report seen by Reuters on Friday.
A rebel group in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo continues to recruit fighters in neighboring Rwanda with the aid of sympathetic Rwandan military officers, the U.N. Group of Experts said in its interim report to the Security Council's Congo sanctions committee.
The U.N. Group of Experts also said elements of the Congolese military have cooperated with a Rwandan Hutu rebel group against the Congolese M23 rebel group, a Tutsi-dominated rebellion of former Congolese soldiers that has demanded political concessions from President Joseph Kabila's government.
The allegations are likely to displease Kigali and Kinshasa, which have signed a U.N.-backed peace agreement and pledged to cooperate on bringing peace and stability to mineral-rich eastern Congo, where millions of people have been killed and many more displaced in decades of conflict.
Recruitment and other forms of support for the M23 rebels have waned in recent months, though the insurgent forces still pose a security threat in eastern Congo, said the U.N. Group of Experts.
"Since the outset of its current mandate, the group has to date found no indication of support to the rebels from within Uganda, and has gathered evidence of continuous - but limited - support to M23 from within Rwanda," the report said.
"The group sent a letter to the government of Rwanda on 14 June 2013 asking for clarification about this support and looks forward to a reply," the U.N. experts said in the 43-page report.
They said current and former M23 members reported that Rwandan army officers or their representatives have crossed the border into Chanzu or Rumangabo in eastern Congo to meet with Makenga.
The report said 14 former M23 soldiers told the Group of Experts that Rwandans who deserted M23 and tried to go home to Rwanda were "forcibly returned to M23" by Rwandan army officers.
Rwanda's deputy U.N. ambassador, Olivier Nduhungirehe, rejected the allegations. "Now that the GoE report was leaked, can you name any single RDF officer mentioned as aiding the M23? NONE!" he wrote on his Twitter feed.
Rwanda has previously complained about the experts. In March Kigali refused to issue entry visas to two panel members, describing them as biased, Nduhungirehe told Reuters at the time.
CONGOLESE TROOPS WORK WITH HUTU REBELS
Collaboration between elements of the Rwandan military and M23 continue, it said. "The Group received information that M23 commanders have regularly met with RDF (Rwandan Defense Forces) officers," the report said.
"Three former M23 officers, a former M23 cadre, and several local authorities told the Group that from March through May 2013, they had witnessed M23 Colonels Kaina and Yusuf Mboneza with RDF officers at the border of Kabuhanga," it said.
But it said that since the brief fall of provincial capital Goma in November 2012 the Group of Experts has not received evidence of full Rwandan army units supporting M23. Also, the March surrender of former M23 leader Bosco Ntaganda has hurt the rebels' morale and sparked desertions, it said.
Last year the experts accused Rwanda's defense minister of commanding the M23 rebellion, which it said was being armed by Rwanda and Uganda, both of which sent troops to aid the insurgency.
The latest report said there was no current signs of Ugandan government support for M23 but noted that limited recruitment activities by the M23 continued on Ugandan territory. It added that Ugandan officials have thwarted several attempts at M23 recruitment.
The allegations come as the United Nations, which has a large peacekeeping force known as MONUSCO in the region, prepares to deploy a special intervention brigade in eastern Congo. That brigade's goal is to aggressively search out and destroy armed groups operating in eastern Congo.
M23 has been generating income of around $180,000 a month from taxes - $200 to $1,000 per truck depending on the load - they exact on the population in the areas where they have been active, the report said.
"The Group notes that sanctioned individual Col. Innocent Kaina of M23 remains engaged in the recruitment of children," it said.
The experts said that they have also received information indicating collaboration between the Congolese military and FDLR rebels, the remnants of Hutu killers who carried out the 1994 genocide of Tutsis in Rwanda, in North Kivu.
The Congolese U.N. mission was not immediately available for comment on the report.
(Editing by Vicki Allen and Doina Chiacu)

27 Jun 2013

Africa: Obama Visit Should Stress Media Freedoms


http://www.hrw.org/news/2013/06/25/africa-obama-visit-should-stress-media-freedoms
Africa: Obama Visit Should Stress Media Freedoms
Protecting Activists, Independent Groups Also Key to Rights Gains
JUNE 25, 2013
  •  Artist Ouzin finishes a painting welcoming US President Barack Obama ahead of his visit to Senegal on June 26, 2013. Photo taken June 24, 2013.

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President Obama should recognize the courage of African journalists and activists who speak the truth in the face of threats and reprisals, and call on his African allies to do the same. He should make clear to African leaders that the media and activist groups are critical for development, and should be embraced.

Daniel Bekele, Africa Director

United States president Barack Obama should use his visit to SenegalSouth Africa, and Tanzania, beginning June 26, 2013, to support besieged media outlets and independent groups across the African continent, Human Rights Watch said today.

Independent media and nongovernmental organizations in much of Africa are increasingly under threat from government crackdowns, Human Rights Watch said. In his 2009 speech in Accra, Ghana, President Obama spoke about the importance of civil society and independent journalism to democratic societies. While Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania generally allow media and nongovernmental groups to operate freely, other African governments severely limit them.

"President Obama should recognize the courage of African journalists and activists who speak the truth in the face of threats and reprisals, and call on his African allies to do the same," said Daniel Bekele, Africa director at Human Rights Watch. "He should make clear to African leaders that the media and activist groups are critical for development, and should be embraced."

Independent media have come under increasing threat in many Africa countries, Human Rights Watch said. In the Horn of Africa in recent years, dozens of journalists in EthiopiaEritrea, and Somalia have fled targeted attacks and politically motivated prosecution. Since 2011, Ethiopia has used its counterterrorism law to prosecute at least 11 journalists.

new media law in Burundi dramatically erodes freedom of expression. It undermines protection of sources, limits subjects on which journalists may report, imposes fines for any violations of the law, and sets education and professional requirements for journalists.

In South Sudan, security forces have arbitrarily arrested and detained journalists and editors over the content of their reporting. In Uganda, police recently ignored a court order to reopen media organizations that had been forcibly shut down for 10 days during a politically motivated police search.Partisan application of Uganda's media and regulatory laws and closures of radio stations curtailed independent debate leading up to the 2011 elections, particularly in crucial rural areas.  Since the March 22, 2012 coup in Mali, attempts to suppress the release of information have intensified, and appear to form part of a wider crackdown on Malian journalism.

In South Africa, the Protection of State Information Bill, known as the "secrecy bill," remains a major concern in light of its restrictions on freedom of expression and the media, and democratic accountability. Ever since the bill was introduced in March 2010, and despite recent amendments, it has been criticized as inconsistent with South Africa's constitution and the country's international human rights obligations.

Although civil society is vibrant and growing in some African countries, many governments are increasingly hostile when it comes to respecting rights to free expression, association, and peaceful assembly. Nongovernmental organizations, human rights defenders, and other civil society organizations operating in highly limiting political environments such as in Ethiopia, Rwanda, andZimbabwe, often face serious security risks.

In Ethiopia, passage of the Charities and Societies Proclamation and other oppressive laws have compelled the country's most important human rights groups to substantially scale down operations, or remove human rights activities from their mandates. Some organizations have closed entirely, while several prominent rights activists have fled the country due to threats. The government has frozen the assets of the last two remaining human rights groups – the Human Rights Council and the Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association, the leading women's rights organization in Ethiopia.

The Rwandan government's hostility towards human rights organizations, as well as threats and intimidation of human rights defenders, have greatly weakened civil society and ensured that few Rwandan groups feel comfortable speaking out publicly. Systematic violations of freedom of expression remain a dominant concern in the country.

In Zimbabwe, the police have carried out a campaign of politically motivated abuses against activists and organizations. In the past six months, police also carried out raids or opened investigations into a number of well-regarded organizations, including the Zimbabwe Peace Project and Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition.

Obama should also use his visit to Senegal to underscore the importance of justice and accountability across the continent, by focusing on the court established to prosecute Hissène Habré for political killings and systematic torture during his presidency of Chad. His trial in Senegal will be the first in modern history in which the courts of one country try the leader of another for alleged grave crimes under international law.

If the trial is fair, effective, and transparent, it will contribute to ending the cycles of abuse and impunity that have marred so many African lives, Human Rights Watch said. The Habré court could also set a remarkable precedent in showing how African courts can contribute to good governance and the rule of law.

While in South Africa, Obama should focus on the upcoming elections in Zimbabwe, given the leadership role of the South African president, Jacob Zuma, at the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The regional group is charged with overseeing implementation of the power-sharing agreement between the Zimbabwe African National Union - Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) and the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). Obama's visit is well timed to encourage SADC to press for vital democratic and human rights reforms in Zimbabwe that have not yet been achieved, particularly in light of President Robert Mugabe's recent decree setting July 31 as the election date.

"President Obama's visit should highlight Africa's accomplishments, but his trip needs to be about more than that," Bekele said. "He should stress the message that promoting respect for human rights is essential for Africa's long-term development."

AfDB President to attend Tanzania power launch


AfDB President to attend Tanzania power launchBy SANDRA CHAO in Nairobi | Wednesday, June 26  2013 at  16:53

African Development Bank President Donald Kaberuka. FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

African Development Bank (AfDB) President Donald Kaberuka is set to visit Tanzania over the weekend to attend the launch of the Power Africa initiative.

Dr Kaberuka is expected to meet US President Barrack Obama who is set to unveil the new plan for the distribution of electricity throughout the continent.

In a press statement, AfDB said that the Power Africa project was a multi-stakeholder partnership involving the US government, the private sector and six African countries.

Power Africa will target economic growth and development by increasing access to reliable, affordable and sustainable electricity in the region.

Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria and Liberia have been identified as priority countries and will be the first in which the project is initiated.

According to the world energy outlook 2012 57 per cent of Africa's population does not have access to modern energy services with 590 million people said not have access to electricity.

The outlook projected that the number of people without access to electricity in the region would have increased by 11 per cent to 655 million by 2030.

The project is also expected to increase cross-border energy trade and promote transparent management of energy resources.

So far, AfDB has committed more than $1.63 billion in energy infrastructure funding to the six "Power Africa" priority countries over the past five years.

Among the investments is the Lake Turkana wind power project that will establish power trade between Ethiopia and Kenya as well as the greater east African region.

CJ Mutunga to Meet Obama in Senegal


CJ Mutunga to Meet Obama in Senegal
 
Nairobi

Chief Justice Willy Mutunga is due to travel to Dakar, Senegal on Wednesday to meet with US President Barack Obama.

He will be among 22 other African CJs who are scheduled to meet the US leader at the start of his three-nation tour of the continent.

The invitation to the meeting was relayed through the US Embassy in Nairobi and signed by Ambassador Robert Godec, indicating that the embassy will meet the costs of the trip.

The meeting between the African Chief Justices and President Obama is expected to focus on the role of the Judiciary in democratisation.

Obama had recently explained that his travel plan did not include Kenya because of the International Criminal Court (ICC) charges facing President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto.

In a press briefing on Obama's upcoming trip to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania via conference call on Friday, US Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes said it was not the best time for the US president to visit Kenya.

Obama leaves Washington on June 26, on the first leg of a three nation tour meant to emphasize economic potential and democratic development, in east, south and western sub Saharan Africa.

He will stop first in Senegal, where he will meet President Macky Sall and pay an emotive visit to Goree Island and a museum and memorial to Africans caught up in the slave trade.

Then he will move onto Johannesburg, South Africa on Sunday 30 and the next day in Pretoriato hold talks and a press conference with President Jacob Zuma.

Obama will stay overnight in Johannesburg and Cape Town during his trip, and plans to visit Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was once imprisoned.

The final leg of Obama's journey will take him to Tanzania, where his program includes talks and a press conference with President Jakaya Kikwete and a visit to the Ubungo power plant.

Obama will also lay a wreath at a memorial for 11 people killed in the US embassy bombing in 1998.

The US president was eagerly expected to visit Kenya but the White House has explained that the ICC cases facing Kenya's top leaders are the reason why he will skipp the homeland of his late father.

26 Jun 2013

Rwanda should welcome President Kikwete’s proposal for talks with rebels


Rwanda should welcome President Kikwete's proposal for talks with rebels


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By Mukiiza E. Ruvende

Posted  Monday, June 24  2013 at  01:00
IN SUMMARY
The Kigali regime has waged a military offensive against the FDLR for 17 years. During these years, millions of people have been killed, maimed, women and young girls raped, children kidnapped. The wallow of hunger, famine and diseases feed the region. What more suffering do we need to witness in the region before we appreciate the need for peace?

A few days ago, Tanzania's President Jakaya Kikwete called on Rwanda to consider the possibility of negotiating with their hitherto elements of genocide who harbour themselves in the eastern Congo and today remain a threat to Rwanda and regional peace. This sparked off a bitter exchange of words and threatened the diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Rwanda demanded a retraction of the statement and an apology from Tanzania. 
However, this proposal is not exclusive to Rwanda. President Kikwete also asked Uganda and Congo to talk to their rebels so that the region can attain peace.
I find the response from Rwanda lacking in this time and age.
The Ugandan government has talked to many of her dissidents, including the Lord's Resistance Army-a terrorist group that has unleashed so much upheaval in Uganda, Southern Sudan, Congo and the Central African Republic. The LRA is more of a menace in the 21 Century than Rwanda's Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR).
Congo is in negotiations with M23-a rebel outfit whose support is alleged to be from Rwanda.
At this time, we need to realise that the East African region, should be inspired by the values that can foster an agenda that can spur social economic and political development. Rwanda may not sustainably afford to be exceptional. 
The Kigali regime has waged a military offensive against the FDLR for 17 years. During these years, millions of people have been killed, maimed, women and young girls raped, children kidnapped. The wallow of hunger, famine and diseases feed the region.
What more suffering do we need to witness in the region before we appreciate the need for peace.
The Rwandan regime needs to silence their critical voice and negotiate with her opposing forces as requested by a respected leader in regional peace.
The negotiation approach would enable Rwanda acquire more relevance in peace building after having been accused of aiding most of the rebellions in the Congo.
Besides, there are ethnic and tribal pessimisms that were planted in Rwanda by the chains of colonialism from Belgians. These poor ethnic relations have been a thorn for decades and each of the groups view the other with mistrust and suspicion. The 1994 genocide was a result of these long standing feuds and remains fresh to date. Unfortunately, our leaders today have built on the same foundation and are engaged in a blame game that entrenches more hatred among the masses.
They are still hostage to the past. Is this what Rwandans deserve?
We need mutual trust and a peaceful environment so that people can raise healthy families.
Kikwete's proposal is timely. It would address the tribal prejudices that exist, stimulate psychological healing mechanisms and develop creative solutions with a new way of thinking for Rwanda and the entire region.
Our leaders are like the human heart that sustains life. It works with other organs of the body like the arteries, veins, and cells to ensure that the body functions well. They are not independent of each other.
The breakdown of any one of them means death to the entire region.
Any efforts made to ensure that Rwandans can work, and mix freely in various workplaces and social gatherings, would be welcome. This is what wisdom demands of us. We need to unlock the chains of the past and embrace harmonious living. Such a landmark would keep one's face alive and shinning even when his body is buried and decayed.
Rwanda is like a pregnant woman and Kikwete's views are like advice to the midwife to ensure that there is no stillbirth. Such advice should not be undermined.
Regional leaders and other development partners need to embrace a framework that upholds fundamental freedoms and rights to ensure lasting peace.


Mr Mukiiza is the CEO- warire onlineinternational consult. mukiizaemmanuel@yahoo.com

Rwanda: Is the turning down of the former Rwandan Premier Faustin Twagiramungu to return to his country a vindication of the Kagame’s dictatorial grip on Power?


Is the turning down of the former Rwandan Premier Faustin Twagiramungu to return to his country a vindication of the Kagame's dictatorial grip on Power?

There is a saying that if two thieves who are friends sleep in the same room, neither any of them will sleep, so is the current scenario for the former Rwandan premier and the RPF regime under president Kagame. Kagame knows very well the political strength of Faustin Twagiramungu , so it seems  Kagame cannot take changes at the time when  his camp is planning how they can manipulate the Rwandan society so that they can change the constitution to give Kagame a third term.
Twagiramungu Faustin
Mr. Faustin Twagiramungu has just said on the BBC Gahuzamiryango that come rain or sunshine, he is determined to go back home to his homeland.  "Whether I go by air or underground, I'm determined to go to my mother land" he said. Where does this leave the man of two faces (Kagame), who says that all Rwandans who are outside the country should return home yet on the other hand some are denied that in alienable right?
The answer is simple, Kagame will only  love to please the international community that he wants  his people to come back home so that he can solicit trophies and money, but honestly Kagame will never be happy for  seeing people of political background back home. He is the only Bull in the RPF Kraal; any bull raising horns will be crashed before it challenges him. Mr Faustin Twagiramungu on the hand is not a simple nut to crack; he is well known to have given the former Rwandan President Habyarimana sleepless nights. Indeed, he was very instrumental in bringing down the Habyarimana's regime.
Will history repeat itself?
In 1990s when many African countries embraced the multiparty democracy Mr Twagiramungu  revived  MDR which  is an old party  of the former President Gregore Kayibanda who is coincidentally his father- in- law , it is this party that shook the  MRND of  President Habyarimana combined with RPF armed resistance that saw the eventual collapse of the   MRND regime when his presidential  Falcon Jet was brought down  in mysterious circumstances as it was landing at the Kigali International  Airport. Mr. Twagiramungu when he was addressing the Rwanda Dream Initiative in Sherbrooke Quebec Canada in March this Year, he said that "I have decided to go back home this year," He Said.
His skeptics have argued that the current Twagiramungu is no different from the old one of 2003 when he was contesting for the presidency which he lost to the incumbent president Kagame.  However others have argued that what is new though this time is that Kagame is barred by the Constitution to seek another term come 2017. Will Kagame honour the constitution and leave power as he promised or as he has been promising any time he is confronted with this question? Kagame has chosen to be ambiguous to whether he will stand down.
"The idea should be put aside [to allow us to] attend to more pressing issues facing citizens at the moment. Of all challenges we have been through, I don't think this would be the hardest to overcome. I actually desist from taking part in these debates because they tend to divert people's attention from what they have been doing. Time for that will come, why don't we then hold this discussion until the right time comes?" President Kagame told journalists. However the veteran opposition leader Mr. Twagiramungu said that he was optimistic that Mr.Kagame will listen to him, "I'm optimistic that Kagame will listen to me. I may be naive, but I think I have to try," said Twagiramungu, a 68-year-old who was prime minister in Rwanda's post-genocide government.
Political analysts will give many reasons why Mr Kagame will hold on power like his mentor in the neighbouring Uganda.  Whereas circumstances are not identical but they do share similarities,   Kagame wherever he goes he is met with demonstrations  calling him a war criminal who should be in Hague not in Rwanda. Just recently in what his organisers called the Rwandan day, he was humiliated in what some people said that some organisers  have been infiltrated by the opposition so that the President is humiliated in order to show the international community that the man they cherish for being a saint , he is instead a devil. Mr. Kagame has denied his people the right to assemble or demonstrate a fundamental right guaranteed by even the Rwandan Constitution. Therefore according to some political commentators  the opposition working with the insiders of president Kagame have managed to persuade him that visiting the Diaspora will increase his popularity. On the contrary the opposition is gaining more ground and exposing the weakness of the president as not only autocratic but a man who cannot allow his political opponents to operate freely in their own country.
Will Mr. Twagiramungu change the status quo of the Rwandan politics?
"What I will propose to Kagame is not to give up power to me" he said. He further said that he will strive to see that every Rwandan lives to his/her dreams, "But I will make suggestions on how Rwanda could be managed in a way that every citizen has the hope of achieving his or her objectives and of living in peace."Today Rwandans do not live in peace. There are always threats, insults, humiliations and fear."  Kagame and his regime are under international legal scrutiny for not only committing gross human rights violations but also assassinating and sidelining his competitors. Furthermore, a United Nations report suggests that Rwanda is supporting the M23 rebellion in eastern DRC. Indeed, observers criticised the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda for refusing to try crimes committed by Kagame's Rwandan Patriotic Army, whose troops massacred many Rwandans throughout the 1990s, according to human rights organisations.
Mr Twagiramungu argues that the International community will do little or nothing to change the dictatorial attitude of president Kagame "If the international community decided today to arrest Kagame and try him, people would be happy. But the reality is, the international community will not do it. So what remains is to find a common ground for peaceful cohabitation," says Twagiramungu.
Mr Twagiramungu is a man of conviction, he says what he does and he does what he says, whether the current terrain is conducive for his political ride and whether Kagame will allow cohabitation without marriage remains to be seen, but what is clear though is that the Kagame's honey moon is over.
Jacqueline Umurungi
Brussels.

25 Jun 2013

Rusesabagina Congratulates Senator Feingold, Hopes for Change


Rusesabagina Congratulates Senator Feingold, Hopes for Change
Paul Rusesabagina, President of the Hotel Rwanda Rusesabagina Foundation congratulates Senator Russ Feingold on his appointment as the United States' Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region of Africa.

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Paul Rusesabagina, Hotel Rwanda Rusesabagina Foundation President
Paul Rusesabagina, Hotel Rwanda Rusesabagina Foundation President
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CHICAGO  -- Paul Rusesabagina, President of the Hotel Rwanda Rusesabagina Foundation today offered his "most heartfelt congratulations to Senator Feingold on his appointment to serve as the United States' Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region of Africa. I cannot imagine an individual better prepared to serve in this position. Senator Feingold's background and expertise in promoting freedom and democracy in Africa make him an ideal candidate."

Feingold, in the past, has been passionate about civil rights regardless of public opinion. He will face many issues in the Great Lakes Region including the M23 rebel forces and the 16 Rwandan students seeking asylum in Uganda. With a history marked by violence and inequality, much can be improved in that region. Feingold, fortunately, is a "tireless proponent of democracy and human rights, regardless of the political costs" as Rusesabagina puts it.

The M23 rebel forces have been active in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since March of 2009. They have displaced many citizens during their armed conflict with the Congolese government. The rebel army recruits its soldiers from the neighboring countries as well as inside of the DRC, and the Rwandan government has recently been accused of forcing students to join M23. 16 of these students are now in Uganda seeking asylum, but the Ugandan government plans to deport them soon because the Rwandan government is negotiating their return. The Hotel Rwanda Rusesabagina Foundation hopes that Feingold will address these issues immediately seeing as these student's lives are at risk if they return to Rwanda.

Paul Rusesabagina said, "From our past meetings, I know that Senator Feingold is aware of the terrible human rights situation both in my home of Rwanda, and in the neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo. Your advocacy against conflict minerals 

gives me great hope that you will work toward a true and honest solution to the problems in the region. As we both know, politicians do not always represent their people, and sometimes the truth must come from external advocates who speak for those with no other voice."

The Foundation hopes for great improvements in the Great Lakes Region of Africa through Feingold's work. Both Paul and the Hotel Rwanda Rusesabagina Foundation would like to congratulate Special Envoy Feingold and wish him success in his peace campaign.

The Hotel Rwanda Rusesabagina Foundation,www.hrrfoundation.org, was founded by Paul Rusesabagina, the real life hero of the acclaimed film Hotel Rwanda. Rusesabagina, portrayed by Don Cheadle in the film, saved the lives of more than 1200 people during the Rwandan genocide and has been honored internationally for his heroism. The Foundation works to prevent future genocides and raise awareness of the need for a new truth and reconciliation process in Rwanda and the Great Lakes Region of Africa.

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· 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.
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· 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.
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Thousands of Hutu murdered by Kagame inside Rwanda, e.g. Kibeho massacres
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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.
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Kagame  political  ambitions triggered the genocide.
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Aid that kills: The British Budget Support  financed Museveni and Kagame’s wars in Rwanda and DRC.
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Fanatical, partisan, suspicious, childish and fawning relations between UK and Kagame
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-The British relentless and long running battle to become the sole player and gain new grounds of influence in the francophone African Great Lakes Region has led to the expulsion of other traditional players from the region, or strained diplomatic relations between the countries of the region and their traditional friends. These new tensions are even encouraged by the British using a variety of political and economic manoeuvres.

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