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.

31 May 2014

[RwandaLibre] RDC: l'ONU salue les redditions des FDLR

 

RDC: l'ONU salue les redditions des FDLR

Jeune Afrique - 13 hours ago
31/05/2014 à 11:05 Par AFP     


Des rebelles hutu rwandais dans la fôret de Panga près de Goma en RDC,
le 6 février 2006.© AFP

La Mission de l'ONU en République démocratique du Congo a encouragé un
processus de redditions de combattants hutu rwandais des FDLR commencé
vendredi dans l'est du pays mais a souligné que seul le temps pourrait
déterminer le sérieux de l'initiative.

Réfugiés dans l'est de la RDC depuis 1994, les rebelles des Forces
démocratiques de libération du Rwanda (FDLR) sont accusés d'avoir
participé au génocide des Tutsi, qui a fait au moins 800.000 morts
selon l'ONU. Vendredi, 105 hommes se sont rendus avec 100 armes à
Kateku, localité agricole à environ 220 kilomètres au nord de Goma, la
capitale de la province du Nord-Kivu. "Pour la première journée, c'est
un bon début, mais peut mieux faire", a déclaré à l'AFP le général
Abdallah Wafi, numéro deux de la mission de l'ONU(Monusco).

"Nous encourageons le processus, nous avons mobilisé toutes nos
ressources (militaires et logistiques), mais (...) seuls les jours à
venir vont déterminer la crédibilité et le sérieux du processus. Pour
l'instant, il est trop tôt" pour crier victoire, a-t-il ajouté.

Sur 105 rendus, seuls 97 ont finalement été transférés par la Monusco
à Kanyabahonga, au sud de Kateku. "Certains sont retournés de là où
ils venaient. Même certains ayant des visages connus, ils se sont
éclipsés en douce au moment d'embarquer dans les camions", a expliqué
le général. Parmi les personnes "connues" ayant fait marche arrière,
il a cité le "colonel" Wilson Irategeka, secrétaire exécutif ad
intérim des FDLR, et indiqué que, pour l'heure, ceux qui se sont
rendus comptaient des "officiers subalternes" et pas de grands chefs
recherchés par Kinshasa ou la Cour pénale internationale.

Samedi, la Monusco doit commencer le processus de triage et
d'identification des ex-combattants.

Les FDLR, très affaiblies, comptent environ 1.500 rebelles selon
l'ONU, Kigali avançant le chiffe de 4.000. Elles sont surtout
disséminées dans les Nord- et Sud-Kivu, où elles sont accusées de
graves exactions contre les civils (viols, meurtres, pillages,
enrôlements d'enfants...). L'armée et les Casques bleus promettent
depuis plusieurs mois de les "neutraliser".

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[RwandaLibre] CANADA'S REFUSAL TO ALLOW UGANDAN LGBT ACTIVISTS INTO THE COUNTRY SPEAKS TO A WIDER HYPOCRISY

 

CANADA'S REFUSAL TO ALLOW UGANDAN LGBT ACTIVISTS INTO THE COUNTRY
SPEAKS TO A WIDER HYPOCRISY

By Muna Mire May 29 2014

A contingent of Ugandan LGBT activists were recently denied visitor
visas to attend World Pride 2014, which will be held in Toronto this
summer. The move comes as a surprise given the Canadian government's
strong, condemnatory stance on Uganda's repressive regime
criminalizing homosexuality.

The contingent of activists comprised of ten men and women who are all
currently risking their lives in the fight for LGBT rights on the
ground in Uganda—were invited to a human rights conference at the
University of Toronto taking place June 25-27. Just one member of the
contingent, keynote speaker Dr. Frank Mugisha, a highly prominent
advocate and a 2014 nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize, is able to come
to Canada on a multiple-entry visa he had been issued for previous
travels.

Brenda Cossman, conference co-chair, told the Toronto Star that it
remains critical to the global solidarity movement that the contingent
be able to attend the World Pride human rights conference. The
conference wants to hear from the delegation so that effective
allyship is possible from abroad.

"We are at risk of losing their voices," said Cossman.

Dr. Mugisha is a lawyer and the executive director of Sexual
Minorities Uganda (SMUG), an umbrella NGO that describes itself as
aiming "to liberate LGBT in Uganda." SMUG is a network of
organizations serving LGBT people across Uganda that came about in
2004, including smaller organizations like Icebreakers Uganda (serves
LGBT Ugandans who are in the process of coming out), Spectrum Uganda
(focuses on the health and well being of LGBT Ugandans), and the
Transgender Initiative Uganda.

Mugisha was close friends and colleagues with the former advocacy
officer at SMUG, David Kato. Kato, considered a father of the Ugandan
LGBT rights movement and "Uganda's first openly gay man" was murdered
in January 2011 shortly after successfully suing a tabloid for
publishing the names, photos, and addresses of 100 suspected LGBT
Ugandans with the order to "hang them." Several people on the list
were viciously attacked, and many went into hiding afterwards.

Mugisha is himself the plaintiff in a lawsuit brought by SMUG and
supported by the Centre for Constitutional Rights, against American
evangelical Scott Lively and Abiding Truth Ministries (considered a
hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center) for his work on the
Anti-Homosexuality Act and in cultivating a culture of homophobic
populism in Uganda. Lively has personally endorsed the death penalty
for LGBT individuals.

What's worse, The Fellowship Foundation or "The Family"—the same US
religious group that organizes the National Prayer Breakfast at the
White House—also provided "a base of inspiration and technical
support" for the Anti-Homosexuality legislation in Uganda.

Since the bill was signed into law in February 2014, SMUG reports that
anti-gay attacks have increased ten-fold, including lynchings, mob
violence, evictions, arson, blackmail, firings, and arrests. Within
days of the legislation going into effect, another list of 200 alleged
homosexuals was printed in a newspaper. Dr. Mugisha's name was on it.

Uganda has made life hell for LGBT people.

John Baird, Canada's foreign minister, took a strong stance against
the legislation in February, antagonizing Ugandan politicians who
frame their virulent legislation as anti-colonial. "This act is a
serious setback for human rights, dignity and fundamental freedoms,
and deserves to be widely condemned," he said at the time, "Canada
will speak out."

Baird went on to invoke the legacy of David Kato, who was bludgeoned
to death with a hammer in his own Ugandan home.

Why, then, has Canada denied 9/10 visas to a contingent that includes
Kato's friends and colleagues, who are currently fighting for LGBT
rights on the ground in Uganda? The hypocrisy is stunning. The
applications were rejected due to a combination of reasons. It appears
the government is concerned the ten would seek asylum in Canada, a
worry that is deeply disappointing, especially in light of Baird's
comments. Other official reasons for their refusal into Canada
include: lack of previous travel history, lack of family ties in
Canada (really?), andinsufficient funds for the trip. Read: too poor.

Hardcore evangelical Americans are not alone in providing material
support for the Anti-Homosexuality Act on the ground. Previously,
Ottawa provided nearly half a million dollars in funding to an
anti-gay religious group to do development work in Uganda. When taken
with the backstory of Canada quietly bankrolling groups that support
homophobic legislation and denying visas to LGBT Ugandans, Minister
Baird's condemnations of Uganda carry little weight. For that matter,
so do President Obama's. Until Western governments admit their
complicity in both colonialism and in fueling supposedly anti-colonial
homophobic populism, indictments of Uganda ring hollow.

In a piece recently written for the Guardian, Mugisha explains the
paradox succinctly, "I want my fellow Ugandans to understand that
homosexuality is not a western import and our friends in the developed
world to recognise that the current trend of homophobia is."

VICE reached out to Baird's office for comment and was referred
instead to Minister Chris Alexander's office at Citizenship and
Immigration which is currently working with MP Craig Scott to try to
expedite the reapplication process and reverse the decision:

"Our Conservative government was among the first to speak out against
state-sponsored homophobia in Russia. We welcome resettled gay
refugees from Iran and around the world. We have led the international
response to repression of the LGBT community in Uganda and elsewhere
in Africa. Citizenship and Immigration Canada will continue to do
everything it can, under our immigration laws, to make this conference
a success. Under Canadian law, decisions on individual visa
applications are made by highly-trained public servants," a
spokesperson said.

MP Craig Scott has said he expects "the right thing" to be done in the
end. With the conference set for the end of June, the clock is ticking
to process the applications which will be resubmitted this week,
according to Cossman. It seems, however, that the story of Canada's
role in supporting (or undermining) LGBT rights in Uganda goes beyond
issuing ten temporary visas—and that's a larger conversation we
haven't had yet.

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[RwandaLibre] Re: Tanzania-Rwanda relations may worsen - MPs

 

"But in response Membe
hit back when responding to MPs' views, accusing the shadow minister
of acting on behalf of a foreign country." Tanzania Foreign Minister.

Voilà la triste réalité de la politique contemporaine aux Grands Lacs
Africains. On est rendu à "acheter" l'opposition pour qu'elle pose des
questions embarrassantes au parlement! Mais comme c'est souvent le cas
quand on use ses culottes sur les bancs de l'opposition, le chien
aboie et la caravane passe...

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[RwandaLibre] Rwanda National Congress goes for new faces in party elections 

 

Rwanda National Congress goes for new faces in party elections


The East African, 3 hours ago
By Joint Report The EastAfrican
Posted Saturday, May 31 2014 at 14:51

IN SUMMARY
Party announced that it will not participate in the 2017 presidential
elections. Save for Dr Theogene Rudasingwa, a former director of
Cabinet in President Paul Kagame's office, the opposition group said
former officials will serve the party in other capacities. Observers
say omission of two former senior state officials who still cause
unease in Kigali could be a calculated move to remove "most wanted
men" from the party's leadership.

The Rwanda National Congress, an exiled opposition group operating
from Washington, last week held elections that injected fresh blood
into the party's leadership.

However, the party announced that it will not participate in the 2017
presidential elections because it wants to unite Rwandans first before
pushing for regime change.

Save for Dr Theogene Rudasingwa, a former director of Cabinet in
President Paul Kagame's office, the opposition group said former
officials will serve the party in other capacities.

Dr Gerald Gahima, former prosecutor general and former army chief of
staff Gen Kayumba Nyamwasa have been left out in the new line-up.

Observers said that omission of the two former senior state officials
who still cause unease in Kigali could be a calculated move to remove
"most wanted men" from the party's leadership.

But the new RNC officials maintained that Dr Gahima and Mr Nyamwasa
are still party leaders, even without portfolios.

"Gen Nyamwasa, Dr Gerald Gahima and Joseph Ngarambe are founding
members of the RNC," said Dr Rudasingwa, the party's co-ordinator.

"They have been, and remain, our active leaders. They do not need
formal positions to give guidance and lead in all we do."

New line up

The new line up comprises Dr Emmanuel Hakizimana, a lecturer of
economics in Canada, as secretary general. He was a lecturer at the
National University of Rwanda before going into exile.

Dr Hakizimana has not been indicted by Kigali like other former RPF
officials in the RNC ranks, but he is not known in Rwanda as a
politician.

Dr Rudasingwa, the new co-ordinator, though well known, cannot set
foot in Kigali for fear of being arrested.

There are 11 political organisations in the country. Nine of these are
working under the aegis of the Political Forum, which has been accused
of working with the ruling RPF.

FDU-Inkingi and PS-Imberakuri of the jailed opposition leaders
Victoire Ingabire and Bernard Ntaganda respectively are not registered
and therefore cannot participate in elections.

Mr Ntaganda is expected to finish serving his jail term in June.
Another group of opposition parties including RNC, which caused
excitement in and outside Rwanda when it was launched in 2010, operate
from exile and their operations within the country are clandestine.

Exiled groups and unregistered parties cite harassment of opposition
leaders as a hindrance to democratic growth, but the government says
some opposition groups lack ideology and are working with dangerous
groups like the FDLR.

ALSO READ: Rwanda opposition wrangles are a symptom of an ideological vacuum

"We already have activity in Rwanda; of course clandestine since the
regime has made it clear RNC members must be in jail or be killed," Dr
Rudasingwa said in reference to arrests of opposition leaders and the
recent killing of ex-spy chief Col Patrick Karegeya in a South African
hotel. Rwanda government has distanced itself from the murder of Col
Karegeya.

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[RwandaLibre] Kigali, Dar face off again over DRC conflict

 

Kigali, Dar face off again over DRC conflict



Diplomatic tensions between Tanzania and Rwanda appeared set to
escalate as the two countries once again traded accusation over the
latter's alleged backing of rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of
Congo. TEA Graphic

The East African, 4 hours ago
By JOINT REPORT The EastAfrican
Posted Saturday, May 31 2014 at 14:51

IN SUMMARY
This is not the first time the countries are trading barbs. Tension
was initially sparked off by President Jakaya Kikwete's suggestion
that the Rwandan government should hold peace talks with the FDLR
rebel group to end violence in the eastern DRC.
Sources say the soured relations between the two vitiates the
atmosphere required to promote the integration process during Heads of
State Summit needed to sign off on key protocols.

Diplomatic tensions between Tanzania and Rwanda appeared set to
escalate as the two countries once again traded accusation over the
latter's alleged backing of rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of
Congo.

Rwanda's Foreign Affairs Minister Louis Mushikiwabo on Friday
responded to the claims by her Tanzanian counterpart Bernard Membe
that the defunct M23 rebel forces that fought the DRC government until
recently was a creation of the Rwandan government, saying, "That M23
business is a tired story that has no place in the region right now.

"As for Tanzania's foreign minister whose anti-Rwanda rant in
parliament I heard, he would benefit from a lesson in the history of
the region."

Mr Membe, while appearing before the country's parliament, is reported
to have said: "When I told the BBC that Rwandans were causing
instability in eastern Congo, I meant what I said... it's the UN's
Group of Experts that originally accused Rwanda, not me."

"Rwanda and other reasonable actors in the region and afar are engaged
in finding lasting peace, so we can dedicate more time to improving
the lives of our citizens," Ms Mushikiwabo said in an e-mail to The
EastAfrican.

This is not the first time the countries are trading barbs. Tension
was initially sparked off by President Jakaya Kikwete's suggestion in
May 2013 during an African Union meeting in Ethiopia that the Rwandan
government should hold peace talks with the FDLR rebel group to end
violence in the eastern DRC.

READ: Unease in Kigali over Kikwete's call for talks with FDLR

Rwanda, which regards the Hutu group as genocidaires who played the
leading role in the 1994 genocide, termed President Kikwete as a
"sympathiser" of the FDLR.

While addressing senior military graduates in north Rwanda, President
Paul Kagame noted in reference to President Kikwete's advice, "I kept
quiet about this because of the contempt I have for it. I thought it
was utter nonsense. Maybe it was due to ignorance but if this is an
ideological problem for anyone to be thinking this way, then it better
stay with those who have it."

Sources say the two leaders have tried to avoid each other by dodging
meetings and scenarios that could bring them together. At regional
level, they say, the Heads of State Summit is needed to sign off on
key protocols, but the soured relations between the two vitiates the
atmosphere required to promote the integration process.

READ: All eyes on Dar, Kigali ahead of meeting

Mr Membe was reacting to concerns expressed by Ezekiah Wenje, the
shadow foreign minister, while presenting alternative budget proposals
in parliament, that the allegations Membe made against Rwanda on BBC's
Focus on Africa programme last September would worsen the diplomatic
tensions between the two countries.

But Mr Wenje said Mr Membe's comment, together with the government's
silence on claims by former Rwandan prime minister Faustine
Twagiramungu that he had visited Tanzania to seek advice on how FDRL
could take over in Rwanda, would only serve to deepen tensions between
the countries.

Be careful

"The statement by Mr Membe will worsen the relationship with our
neighbour Rwanda. It is important that national leaders be careful
about making such statements," said Mr Wenje.

Mr Membe acknowledged that relations between Rwanda and Tanzania were
strained because opportunists took advantage of the situation to fuel
diplomatic tensions between the countries.

However, Mr Membe reiterated that the Democratic Forces for the
Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) were Rwandans, who fled to eastern DRC
after the 1994 genocide while the Banyamulenge who formed the M23
rebel group that fought the DRC government for years, were Tutsi from
Rwanda.

Tanzania's recent decision to expel 3,500 Rwandese illegal immigrants
heightened the tension.

READ: Tanzania sends Rwandans home, relations sour further

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[RwandaLibre] Rwandan rebels begin to surrender, but demand talks with Kigali

 

Rwandan rebels begin to surrender, but demand talks with Kigali

Photo: A militant from the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of
Rwanda (FDLR) squats near a pile of weapons after their surrender in
Kateku, a small town in eastern region of the Democratic Republic of
Congo (DRC), May 30, 2014.

(Reuters) - Rwandan rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo
began what they claimed was the first step in disarming their fighters
on Friday, but warned that continuing the process would depend on the
government in Kigali agreeing to talks.

Kigali needs to come to the table now. I agree with the Kigali line
that you do not negotiate with terrorists and that is the only
possible way to describe the FDLR. This partial surrender however
changes the dynamics somewhat and if Rwanda is serious about cleaning
this mess up now is the time to compromise.

The Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) said last
month that they would "lay down their weaponry and consecrate
themselves to political struggle."

About 100 fighters surrendered during a ceremony in North Kivu
province, handing in weapons including some heavy artillery, according
to a Reuters witness.

Charly Kasereka is on the ground in Bulessa Village‬ which may suggest
that the surrender is gathering pace although I would take that with a
grain of salt.

Charly tweets: Just 105 militiamen with 102 weapons present at
much-touted #FDLR"surrender"

Photo: Charly Kasereka in a bulletproof (I assume) vest second from right.

"With this act of good faith the international community is called to
assume its responsibility to obtain a political dialogue among
Rwandans," said FDLR president, General Victor Byiringiro.

Authorities in Rwanda have repeatedly rejected the possibility of
negotiations with the FDLR, which Kigali considers a terrorist
organization that espouses a genocidal ideology.

The ball would seem to be in President Kagame's court.

Composed in part of former soldiers and Hutu militia who fled into
Congo after massacring around 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus during
Rwanda's 1994 genocide, the FDLR has since sought to topple the
government of President Paul Kagame.

They are regularly accused of human rights abuses, including civilian
massacres. And this week FDLR fighters burned homes and schools in
North Kivu's Walikale district during clashes with a rival militia
group, according to United Nations-sponsored radio.

Their presence along the border has also served as a pretext for
Rwandan military interventions in Congo, helping fuel nearly two
decades of conflict there that have killed millions.

Friday's ceremony was attended by representatives of Congo's U.N.
peacekeeping mission, known as MONUSCO, the South African Development
Community (SADC), and the International Conference on the Great Lakes
Region.

The FDLR has on previous occasions said it was ready to disarm, only
to later backtrack. And most officials remained cautious, however, and
shied away from making pledges to support talks with the Rwandan
government.

"There will be no negotiations with the FDLR. They have offered to
surrender, and we will see if this process is effective," Congolese
government spokesman Lambert Mende said.

Over 25,000 FDLR fighters have demobilized since 2002, but those
numbers have slowed to a trickle in recent years. The estimated 2,000
remaining rebels have hidden themselves among communities in Congo's
dense forests.

Last year, bolstered by a special Intervention Brigade with a robust
mandate to carry out offensive operations, MONUSCO launched a military
campaign against the remaining armed groups operating in the volatile,
mineral-rich borderlands.

"We hope that the commanders join this process (of demobilization),
not just the militiamen, because we have a mandate to neutralize armed
groups and want to see an end to the FDLR in Congo," said one U.N.
official, who asked not to be named.

I will update this later. Hat Tip Charly Kasereka.
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[RwandaLibre] Tanzania-Rwanda relations may worsen - MPs

 

Tanzania-Rwanda relations may worsen - MPs

IPPmedia - 12 hours ago
BY POLYCARP MACHIRA
31st May 2014
Photo: Ezekiel Wenje

A war of words between Tanzania and Rwanda may soon resurface as the
parliament was this week dragged into discussing tension between
Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Relations between Tanzania and Rwanda took a plunge in May 2013
following President Jakaya Kikwete's appeal to Rwanda to engage FDRL
rebels in talks.

Media reported that Kikwete's suggestion at a meeting of the Great
Lakes countries, which met on the sidelines of the African Union
summit in Addis Ababa, did not go down well with Rwandan President
Paul Kagame. Rwandan government links the FDLR with the 1994 genocide,
in which over 800,000 people, mainly Tutsis and moderate Hutus, were
killed.

M23, which dominated the North Kivu Province since the end of the
Second Congo War in 2003 before it was defeated last year by a joint
force from Tanzania, South Africa and Malawi, is a reincarnation of
the National Congress for Defence of the People.

In April, 2012 up to 700 former CNDP soldiers mutinied against the DRC
government that was being supported by the peacekeeping contingent of
the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the
Democratic Republic of Congo (Monusco).

The debate about Rwanda and the DRC featured in Tanzanian parliament
mid this week during the ongoing budget session.

Presenting the Opposition's statement to the ministry of Foreign
Affairs and International Cooperation's 2014/ 2015 budget estimates
shadow minister, Ezekiel Wenje accused Foreign Affairs minister Mr
Benard Membe for causing diplomatic tensions between the two
countries.

He accused the minister of uttering inflammatory words against Rwanda
instead of using diplomatic language and refraining from interfering
in other country's affairs.

Wenje, who is also the Nyamagana MP, earlier told Parliament that
Membe's remarks on the BBC's Focus on Africa programme had worsened
the fragile relations between Tanzania and Rwanda.

He said such comments could only heighten confusion and anger among
ordinary citizens of the two countries. The shadow minister claimed
that Membe said Rwanda had exported insecurity and instability to
eastern DRC after sending rebels into country.

He said the minister made inaccurate statement. But in response Membe
hit back when responding to MPs' views, accusing the shadow minister
of acting on behalf of a foreign country.

He stood his ground, saying what he said was the truth, which had even
been documented by UN experts. Membe said Tanzania was playing a key
role in finding lasting peace in the Great Lakes Region.

Winding up debate on his ministry's 2014/15 budget proposals in
Parliament, Membe offered to resign if Wenje would provide documentary
proof that he was wrong when he said last September that the
Banyamulenge in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) were ethnic
Tutsis originating from Rwanda.
"This is a fact that cannot be denied," he said.

He said the Banyamulenge, who formed the M23 rebel group that fought
the DRC government for a number of years, were Tutsis originating from
Rwanda, while members of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of
Rwanda (FDLR) were Rwandans, who fled to eastern DRC after the 1994
genocide.

"When I told BBC that Rwandans were causing instability in Eastern
Congo, I meant what I said...it's the UN's group of experts that
originally accused Rwanda, not me," Membe told Parliament.

He admitted that relations between Tanzania and Rwanda were strained,
but added that "opportunists" had taken advantage of the situation to
fuel diplomatic tensions between the two countries.

Some members of parliament who talked to The Guardian here expressed
fear that Rwandan government may react to the debate that took place
in the parliament, causing heated debate among legislators.

Maswa West Member of Parliament, John Shibuda (Chadema) noted that it
was wrong for the parliament to dwell so much on discussing other
countries knowing the relations between Tanzania and Rwanda are
delicate.

"I know that Rwandans might hit back to this discussion as they have
always done mainly through the media" he said. He blamed the
government for making such a strong statement on Rwanda.

His sentiments were echoed by Bariadi West Member of Parliament, John
Cheyo (UDP) who also noted that the debate went a little bit off the
truck and may have diplomatic consequences.

He said Tanzania has played a very important role in enforcing peace
within the region and the continent at large, thus should refrain from
anything that can blemish its image in the international community.

The Nyamagana Member of Parliament, Ezekiel Wenje while speaking with
The Guardian at the parliament grounds maintained that it was wrong
for Tanzania to have such position against a neighbouring country,
saying the strained relationship might continue.

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[RwandaLibre] The pain of being a homosexual in Rwanda.

 

The pain of being a homosexual in Rwanda.

The East African, 2 hours ago
By Gilbert Mwijuke Special Correspondent
Posted Saturday, May 31 2014 at 11:01

Life has been a real struggle for Umutesi*, a Kigali-based lesbian in
her mid-30s. The dreadlocked woman has been insulted, castigated and
discriminated against for her sexual orientation since she was a
teenager.

When she was 14, Ms Umutesi's parents deliberately married her off in
an effort to alter her sexuality.

The marriage, of course, did not work, and it was obvious to her then
that her sexual orientation would never fit in the "straight people"
box. And her life, she says, has since been a torment that she has had
to endure with astonishing patience.

"I am glad the man I was forced to marry did not infect me with HIV. I
think I would be dead by now," she told lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transgender and intersex (LGBTI) rights groups that converged on the
Goethe Institut in Kiyovu, Kigali, on May 16 to mark the International
Day against Homophobia and Transphobia.

"I am a very beautiful woman with very attractive legs," Ms Umutesi
added. "But this is how I was created; there is nothing I can do about
it."

Even though Rwanda doesn't have an outright anti-gay law, Ms Umutesi
and some other homosexuals interviewed for this story asked to be
assigned pseudonyms for fear that coming out to profess their sexual
orientation would only attract more homophobia.

READ: Rwanda's gays allege silent discrimination

Despite persevering the brunt of homophobia directed at her, however,
Ms Umutesi had no harsh words for her tormentors, saying: "I know it's
difficult for most people to accept the way we [lesbians] were born.

"What we need is love, freedom and space -- just like other human
beings. Discriminating against us is not different from discrimination
by ethnicity.
"But even if you dislike and disrespect us, we, on the other hand, love you."

Claude Hakizimana*, a visual artist and musician, has had a somewhat
similar experience.

"Many people think we are useless -- that we went into this just for
the love of money," Mr Hakizimana said. "Some of us cannot even get
jobs just because of our sexuality."

Displaying some of his paintings, he added: "But I thank God I have
personally built a successful career in painting.

"My paintings are extremely popular with bazungu [Whites]. The only
challenge is that most people underestimate us once they find out that
we are gay.

"I am spreading my message through visual art and music."

Dr Stefan Jansen, a senior lecturer at the University of Rwanda who
has researched extensively on homosexuality, says stigmatisation of
gays and lesbians is sadly "normal" in Rwanda because "most children
grow up being told that the act is abnormal."

Being gay or lesbian in Rwanda and most African countries has long
meant hiding in the shadows of society, but stigmatisation of the
country's gay community has grown markedly since 2009 when some
Members of Parliament condemned and proposed criminalising the act,"
Dr Jansen said.

"Stigmatisation of homosexuals causes a lot of suffering to many
Rwandan families because the prevalence rate of homosexuality in the
country stands at about 3.5 per cent, meaning at least one in four
families has an LGBTI."

Even though there are a few Rwandans who choose to understand and
accept homosexuality rather than mock it, most people -- even the
educated and progressive ones -- simply do not believe that a person
can actually be born gay.

"God created a man to be attracted to a woman and vice-versa," said
Ruth, a local radio personality who, like a majority of Rwandans,
draws her intolerance of gays and lesbians from religious and cultural
traditions. She considers the act to be out of Western influence.

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-“The enemies of Freedom do not argue ; they shout and they shoot.”

The principal key root causes that lead to the Rwandan genocide of 1994 that affected all Rwandan ethnic groups were:

1)The majority Hutu community’s fear of the return of the discriminatory monarchy system that was practiced by the minority Tutsi community against the enslaved majority Hutu community for about 500 years

2)The Hutu community’s fear of Kagame’s guerrilla that committed massacres in the North of the country and other parts of the countries including assassinations of Rwandan politicians.

3) The Rwandan people felt abandoned by the international community ( who was believed to support Kagame’s guerrilla) and then decided to defend themselves with whatever means they had against the advance of Kagame’ guerrilla supported by Ugandan, Tanzanian and Ethiopian armies and other Western powers.

-“The enemies of Freedom do not argue ; they shout and they shoot.”

-“The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish.”

-“The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.”

-“I have loved justice and hated iniquity: therefore I die in exile.”

The Rwanda war of 1990-1994 had multiple dimensions.

The Rwanda war of 1990-1994 had multiple dimensions. Among Kagame’s rebels who were fighting against the Rwandan government, there were foreigners, mainly Ugandan fighters who were hired to kill and rape innocent Rwandan people in Rwanda and refugees in DRC.

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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.

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.

Dictator Kagame: No remorse for his unwise actions and ambitions that led to the Rwandan genocide.

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.

Fanatical, partisan, suspicious, childish and fawning relations between UK and Kagame

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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This blog reports the crimes that remain unpunished and the impunity that has generated a continuous cycle of massacres in many parts of Africa. In many cases, the perpetrators of the crimes seem to have acted in the knowledge that they would not be held to account for their actions.

The need to fight this impunity has become even clearer with the massacres and genocide in many parts of Africa and beyond.

The blog also addresses issues such as Rwanda War Crimes, Rwandan Refugee massacres in Dr Congo, genocide, African leaders’ war crimes and crimes against humanity, Africa war criminals, Africa crimes against humanity, Africa Justice.

-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.

-General Kagame has been echoing the British advice that Rwanda does not need any loan or aid from Rwandan traditional development partners, meaning that British aid is enough to solve all Rwandan problems.

-The British obsession for the English Language expansion has become a tyranny that has led to genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, dictatorial regimes, human rights violations, mass killings, destruction of families, communities and cultures, permanent refugees and displaced persons in the African Great Lakes region.


- Rwanda, a country that is run by a corrupt clique of minority-tutsi is governed with institutional discrmination, human rights violations, dictatorship, authoritarianism and autocracy, as everybody would expect.