Kagame’s jetting schedule of late
Kagame hardly lives in Rwanda. He is almost always in the air, in his executive jet, the Middle East, a bit of Europe, but mostly in North America. From January to March 3, 2016 the Rwandan head of state was mostly overseas. He recently jetted to Rwanda, first attending the National Leadership Retreat, and now for the first time in 2016, he is visiting with Rwandans. And he just ended a three-day visit the north-western part of the country when he assessed development progress in Gakenke and Rubavu districts.
Kagame’s jetting schedule of late
So what can we learn from Kagame’s visit to Gakenke District?
We learn how the regime lies about its development success — something that is very easy to disprove, however. Here is how the regime boasts about its achievements in Gakenke District:
“ Thursday, 24 March 2016 — Today, President Paul Kagame kicks off a three-day tour in the north-western part of the country. The President started his trip in Gakenke District, Northern Province where he met and interacted with residents…Hit hard by an insurgency in the aftermath of the 1994 Genocide, Gakenke is now peaceful with a vibrant agriculture sector, fast-growing electricity coverage and an impressive healthcare ‘Mutuelle de Sante’ coverage of over 90%. Gakenke boasts many tourism attractions, with imposing mountains full of ancient history, mythology and archaeology.”
This is crude propaganda — in fact pure fabrications, lies, and fantasy.
The real Gakenke district PHOTO: Gakenke government
Gakenke remains one of the poorest sub-regions in Rwanda by any indicators. This is confirmed by the “Gakenke District Development Plan, 2013–2018,” which highlights the following shocking realities:
Energy: “Only 1 percent of the 14 households have access to electricity. This adversely affect women and children because they are the ones mostly in charge of fetching woods.”
Transport Poor infrastructure: “In this regard, the rural area is broken-off and /or becomes costly to access markets and other service centers. These challenges are similarly connected to lack of master plan to guide the road network of the required standards.”
Water and Sanitation: “Some households have to walk long distances to reach water sources and the related negative externalities, such as, on child education and health.”
Urbanization: “Lack of district master plan is also a hindrance to the urbanization sector.”
Health: “Within the health sector issues like mothers giving birth at homes, quality of health facilities and access to health facilities due to the geographical difficulties in accessing health services in rural areas are still a big challenge. Also, high population growth and insufficient medical equipment in Health Centers and District Hospitals are challenges affecting health services within the district.”
Residents of Gakenke district carry a patient hospital. PHOTO | CYRIL NDEGEYA, The East African
Social Protection: “the district still has significant portion of the population under extreme poverty bracket and vulnerable groups…It is also noted that the district has limited monitoring tools like ubudehe graduation categories to facilitate the measurement of sustainability of the benefited persons from poverty.”
Youth: “stumbling block to increased youth productivity is minimal knowledge and skills in management and project preparation, i.e., business project formulation. This is coupled with few technical schools and youth forums through which skills and innovative trainings can be imparted.”
ICT: “Inaccessibility of the rural population to the internet network is the main challenge…96.9 percent of the population of 6+ years have never used computer before.”
Puzzled children as part of the rented crowd to “receive” the head of state
Rented crowds of mostly children and youth in Gakenke
Another way of exposing the Kagame regime’s is to read reports from its own newspaper. According to the New Times of March 25, 2016, “The President promised that Gatonde health centre, which the government agreed to build back in 1999 but hasn’t been delivered so far, will be constructed as soon as possible.” This promise was made 17 years. Shame on you King Paul and your dysfunctional regime.
So what do we learn from these presidential visits to rural Rwanda? Nothing much — it is the usual propaganda.
Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs
The United States welcomes yesterday’s verdict at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the case against Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, a former vice president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and previously a leader of a Congolese rebel group that committed widespread atrocities in the Central African Republic (CAR) from 2002 to 2003. His conviction for rape, murder, and pillaging as war crimes and crimes against humanity while a rebel leader brings an important measure of justice to the victims of these crimes and in particular advances the fight against impunity for sexual violence in conflict.
Those who are responsible for such heinous acts must be held accountable. Yesterday’s verdict, which recognizes Bemba’s command responsibility for atrocities committed by his forces, demonstrates that those responsible for such crimes—even those at the highest levels—cannot expect to escape justice. Secretary Kerry has reinforced this important principle, stating at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict that “responsibility goes straight to the top, even to the military commanders who knew or should have known about sexual violence and failed to act.”
The United States supports the ICC’s investigations in the Central African Republic, and we commend CAR’s commitment to ensuring accountability for serious crimes, including through its cooperation with the ICC in this matter as well as through domestic efforts to pursue justice. Yesterday’s decision follows other important recent efforts through both national and international judicial processes to begin to change the culture of impunity in the region. Recognizing the importance of this decision to many in Central Africa, we urge all stakeholders to respond in a measured and non-violent manner to this landmark judgment.
Dr Rose Mukankomeje usanzwe ari Umuyobozi w’Ikigo cy’Igihugu gishinzwe kurengera ibidukikije, REMA afunzwe n’inzego za polisi aho akurikiranyweho gushaka gukingira ikibaba abayobozi bakekwaho ibyaha bya ruswa ndetse ngo anagerageza kumena amabanga y’akazi.
Nk’uko byatangajwe na Polisi Dr Mukankomeje afungiye kuri station ya Polisi ya Kicukiro, ibyaha Mukankomeje akurikiranyweho ngo bifitanye isano n’iby’abahoze ari abayobozi b’Akarere ka Rutsiro. Uwari Umunyamabanga Nshingwabikorwa w’Akarere ka Rutsiro, Murenzi Thomas, yatawe muri yombi na Polisi mu Mujyi wa Kigali mu Ugushyingo 2015.
Ubushinjacyaha buvuga ko Murenzi yatse ruswa y’amafaranga y’u Rwanda agera kuri miliyoni 15 rwiyemezamirimo wari watsindiye isoko ryo kubaka Guest House y’Akarere ka Rutsiro amubwira ko ari ugufasha ingengo y’imari y’Akarere mu gikorwa cy’amatora.
Ngo Murenzi yahise aha uwo rwiyemezamirimo konti ya banki y’umugore we kugira ngo azabe ari ho anyuza ayo mafaranga yitaga ayo gutera inkunga amatora.
Byukusenge Gaspard wayobora Akarere ka Rutsiro yatawe muri yombi tariki ya 2 Werurwe 2016 i Kigali agiye kwitaba Urwego rw’Umuvunyi.
Dr Rose Mukankomeje ni muntu ki?
Dr Rose Mukankomeje uvuka mu cyahoze ari Kibuye. N’ubwo hari bamwe bamuziza kutajenjeka mu kazi ke (mu nshingano yari afite harimo gutanga ibyangombwa byemerera umuntu wese ugiye gutangira umushinga ku butaka bw’u Rwanda ko ibikorwa bye bitazabangamira ibidukikije, kutajenjeka mu gutanga ibi byangombwa ndetse kugeza no ku bikomerezwa nk’abajenerali n’abandi byamukururiye abanzi benshi) ariko ikidashidikanywaho ni uko yari umuntu uzwiho kuba umukozi, kutagira akaboko karekare no kutagaragaza inyota yo gukira.
Abamuzi bavuga ko atari umuntu wemera kogerwaho uburimiro n’ubonetse wese. Urugero ruvugwa na benshi ni uko igihe yari umudepite mu nteko nshingamategeko yagiye mu mirya na bazina we Lt Col Rose Kabuye, abakabya bavuga ko ngo hitabajwe inshyi, amakofe n’ibindi muri iyo mirwano.
Uyu munyarwandakazi bivugwa ko atigeze ashaka ndetse nta n’abana yigeze, amakuru The Rwandan yashoboye kubona avuga ko yari uwihaye Imana muri babandi bita abakobwa ba Musenyeri baba mu nzu kwa Musenyeri, uyu Dr Mukankomeje akaba yari mu bakobwa ba Musenyeri Wenceslas KARIBUSHI wari Umushumba wa Diyosezi ya Nyundo. Yize ibya Sciences muri kaminuza ya Notre Dame de la Paix y’i Namur mu gihugu cy’u Bubiligi. Yabaye mu myanya myinshi y’ubuyobozi mu Rwanda ndetse no mu rwego mpuzamahanga yahawe igihembo nk’umwe bantu bake babaye indashyikirwa mu kurengera amashyamba kw’isi. Uretse iki gihembo yabonye n’ibindi bihembo byinshi bitandukanye bijyanye no kurengera ibidukikije. Twizere ko mu byo azize hatarimo guhabwa ibihembo dore ko mu Rwanda ugomba gushimwa no guhembwa ari umwe gusa, siniriwe muvuga nzamuvumba.
Dr Rose Mukankomeje yari mu bashinze umuryango Solidarité Kibuye, uyu muryango abari bawurimo hafi ya bose bakaba barishwe cyangwa barahunze! Twavuga nka Assinapol Rwigara, Assiel Kabera, Ben Rutabana, Joseph Sebarenzi Kabuye, Thomas Sankara Habyalimana n’abandi..
Mu gihe nk’iki abantu nka Assinapol Rwigara bamaze iminsi bishwe umuntu akaba atabura kwibaza niba iri fungwa nta huriro ryaba rifitanye n’iki kibazo.
Iki kigega kigamije gutera inkunga imishinga y’amajyambere igamije kurengera ibidukikije ku nkunga y’igihugu cy’u Bwongereza, PNUD.. Dr Mukankomeje yagize uruhare runini mu gushakira iki kigega amafaranga mu baterankunga ndetse akaba yari afite uruhare runini mu kugenzura uburyo umutungo w’iki kigega ukoreshwa.
Ikindi kizwi kuri iki kigega ni uko ari nk’ubushyo bwite bwa Lt Gen Fred Ibingira, kuko niwe ugabira uwo ashatse. Iki kigega kikaba gikunze guha amafaranga imishinga y’abahoze ari abasirikare (demobs) ariko nyine hitawe ku buryo urebwa neza ibukuru.
Muri make iki kigega ni ubwatsi Lt Gen Ibingira yagabiwe hakoreshejwe ingufu za ba Gen James Kabarebe na Gen Jack Nziza kubera ko yari atangiye kuba umurakare, rero iki kigega gisa nk’igikoreshwa ngo kiryoshyaryoshye abahoze ari abasirikare bataba abarakare ngo bajye muri opposition mu gutera inkunga y’amafaranga imishinga yabo n’iyo yaba iya nyirarureshwa.
Murabyumva namwe ko uburyo aya mafaranga atangwa n’uburyo akoreshwa bishobora gutuma bamwe mu bayobozi batabibona neza. Nka Ministre Vincent Biruta ushinzwe umutungo Kamere we yisanganiwe n’ubundi ubwoba yarazibukiriye ariko bivugwa ko Dr Mukankomeje we yakomeje guhanyanyaza asa nk’usaba ko ayo mafaranga yakoreshwa mu byo agenewe. Ubu hari abadashidikanya ko nta kindi azize uretse kwitambika agatuma Lt Gen Ibingira adatanga amafaranga uko yiboneye!
Abasesengura ibibera mu Rwanda bahamya ko umuntu nka Dr Mukankomeje uzwiho kutagira umururumba wo gushaka gukira vuba nta kuntu yari kujya kurya za ruswa iyo za Rutsiro asize akayabo kari muri FONERWA, ahubwo kwanga ko amafaranga atangwa nk’inzoga ibishye ashobora kuba ari byo azize!
Umunyarwanda umwe wakurikiye inkuru y’iri fungwa yagize ati: “Abagabo bararya abagore bakishyura. Imishinga yariwe ko ari myinshi kandi ko mu bayobozi bakuru nta n’umwe urabibazwa? Abaguze imashini zo guhinga zitigeze zikora na rimwe, abaguze inka mu Buholandi zikamwa litiro ebyeri ku munsi, abatumije inzitiramubu zitujuje ubuziranenge, abashinzwe gutubura imbuto bapfunyikira amazi abahinzi bo ko ntabyo bajijwe…”
Marc Matabaro/ The Rwandan 22/03/2016
“Lessons in Nonviolent Conflict Resolution” lecture and discussion to be held at Southwestern
Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College is pleased to host “Lessons in Nonviolent Conflict Resolution”, a lecture and discussion being given by Thomas Nahimana, a Rwandan, Catholic priest. The lecture, with a question and answer period to follow, will be held on March 16, 2016 beginning at 7 pm in the Hales Center for the Performing Arts on the Coos campus of Southwestern, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay. The program is free and open to all in the community.
Thomas Nahimana believes that peaceful conflict resolution and true reconciliation are primarily based on Gandhi and Tolstoi’s principles of nonviolence philosophy (ahisma/satyagraha). These principles are very useful in resolving conflicts at all levels: inter-personal, family, school, community, national and international levels. Moreover, these nonviolence principals can be used not only as a philosophy but also as a strategy and a eans to achieve political and social change.
Participants will learn about “Our Three Attitudes” towards conflict and violence in order to avoid and better meet the challenges of the “spiral of violence”.
Thomas Nahimana is a Rwandan, Catholic priest born in 1971. He grew up in Rwanda and experienced very hard moments of civil war and genocide (1990-1994). He then devoted his life toward peaceful conflict resolution and reconciliation. He launched and monitored the training of 2500 Peace Artisans and Reconciliation Mediators in the Cyangugu Catholic Diocese.
Mr. Nahimana studied in Rwanda and France. He holds degrees in Theology (Bachelors), Law (Masters) and he is finishing his dissertation for a PhD of Philosophy. He holds a diploma as a Nonviolence Trainer delivered by the International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR).
Since December 2005, Thomas has been living in exile in Normandy France where he mainly works in family conflict resolution. In 2013, he and his friends launched a political party, the ISHEMA Party, with nonviolence as a strategy to achieve democratic change in Rwanda. Currently, the ISHEMA Party leads the “New Generation Leadership Movement”. In 2015, Thomas Nahimana was nominated as a presidential candidate by the congress of his party and will soon return to Rwanda in order to register his party and challenge the dictator Paul Kagame in the 2017 presidential elections.
Umuvugizi w’igipoli c’Uburundi Pierre NKURIKIYE.
Uwo Munyarwanda igipolisi cemeza ko yafatiwe ku musozi witwa Rushenya muri komine giteranyi, intara ya Muyinga mu buraruko bw’Uburundi.
Hafi y’ikiyaga Rweru yitwa, Cyprien Rucyahintare. Akaba yavukiye i kabare i Bugande mu mwaka wa 1992 nkuko yavyivugiye.Yinjiye igisirikare c’Urwanda 2011. Ubu afise ipete rya caporal.
Umuvugizi w’igipolisi yemeza ko uwo mugabo biboneka ko akiri muto akaba akorera mw’ikambi ya gisirikare y’ahitwa Gabiro. Nawe nyene yavyemeye.
Nyene gufatwa yitwa ariyemerera ko ari umusirikare w’u Rwanda koko mbere akongeraho ko yize n’akazi ko gukora nka maneko.
Cyprien Rucyahintare ariko yivugira ko ariwe yishikanye ku nzego z’umutekano z’Uburundi atigeze afatwa.
Ariko Umuvugizi w’igipolisi, Pierre Nkurikiye, avuga ko uwo musirikare yafashwe n’inzego z’umutekano inyuma y’uko agwa mu minwe y’abaturage. Uwo musirikare yemeza ko yaramaze kuza gukora ako kazi k’ubumaneko incuro zibiri.
Umuvuguzi w’igiporisi aravyemeza nawe avuga ko irya mbere ngo hari mu kwezi kwa gatandatu umwaka uheze aho yaraje kwakira bamwe mu basirikare bari bashatse guhirika ubutegetsi kugira abajane mu Rwanda.
Ico gihe ngo ntivyakunze kuko inzego z’umutekano zari zarikanuye.
Ibi nyene kwagirizwa aravyiyemerera. Incuro ya kabiri ngo yaje gufasha nk’inderetsi abatera ama grenades mu gisagara ca Bujumbura n’abagira ibitero ku miduga y’abategetsi.
Uwo mugabo yemeza ko yinjiye mu gisirikare c’u Rwanda mu mwaka w’i 2011vyamugoye rwose kubwira abamenyeshamakuru abamutwara mw’ikambi ya Gabiro ahavuga ko akorera.
Yemeje y’uko abashaka gutera Uburundi bahabwa inyigisho n’abanya Korea mu makambi atandukanye y’igisirikare yo mu Rwanda.
Aremeza ko ariho abandi basirikare batatu bari mu Burundi muri ico gikorwa nyene co kuneka.
BBC yagerageje kuvugana n’ubuyobozi bw’igisirikare cy’u Rwanda kuri aya makuru y’uko Cyprien Rucyahintare yaba ari umwe mu ngabo z’icyo gihugu, ariko umuvugizi w’ingabo ntiyashatse kugira icyo abivugaho.
Trading on his impeccable connections in order to earn millions of pounds, Blair soon discovered that life after Downing Street could be a dangerously grubby business.
So when dealing with corrupt governments and companies, he took care to try to distance himself from any public controversy.
Notably, he initally denied having dealings with Qatar — a corrupt dictatorship that supported extremist Muslim groups, suppressed freedom of the Press and was accused of offering bribes to win the FIFA football World Cup in 2022.
In fact, the Qataris had hired Cherie. Amid some acrimony, she resigned from Matrix Chambers — where she worked as a barrister — after her husband ceased to be Prime Minister.
Like him, she’d established two charities — in her case, the Cherie Blair Foundation For Women and the Africa Justice Foundation — alongside a lucrative money- making venture.
With Omnia Strategy, her new commercial business, she then reinvented herself as a consultant advising Middle Eastern and African governments.
Among those grateful for her help was Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser al-Missned, the wife of a Qatari royal.
In 2009, on her behalf, Cherie bombarded Hillary Clinton, then U.S. Secretary of State, with requests to engage in a woman-to-woman meeting to improve relations between the countries.
After an exchange of 19 emails, Clinton finally agreed.
Cherie was jubilant. ‘When I see what a difference you are making,’ she wrote unctuously to Clinton, ‘it reminds me why politics is too important to be left to the bad people.’
Making millions — for their charities or their swelling bank accounts — is a family business for the Blairs.
With her husband’s help, Cherie made it onto the Albanian payroll — an honour she shared with Alastair Campbell — for advice to prime minister Edi Rama.
Cherie also represented Rwandan General Karenzi Karake in court following his arrest for on international warrant for ‘war crimes against civilians.
One of the Blairs’ earliest clients was bagged in October 2007.
Cherie had been due to meet the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, who was widely accused of being a mass murderer, to discuss the creation of a justice ministry in his impoverished country.
But she didn’t show up to their planned dinner in London. Instead she explained she had an ‘emergency’. ‘I can’t come,’ she said, ‘but Tony says he’d happily join you.’
At the dinner, Blair set out his stall. ‘You are a man with a vision, a leader I’ve always admired,’ he told Kagame. ‘Now you need advisers to show you how to run a government, and I’m your man.’
Kagame agreed to welcome Blair’s team. In return, he was also introduced to the international circuit of leaders’ conferences across America and in Davos, where Blair presented him as Africa’s ‘Mr Clean’.
No one mentioned the continuing massacre of Hutus in the neighbouring Congo by militia dispatched by Kagame.
Nor did they refer to the systematic theft by Kagame’s armed forces of diamonds and gold from Congo.
The following year, Blair visited Kigali, the Rwandan capital, and was flown home on Kagame’s $30 million Bombardier BD-700 ‘Global Express’.
The cost of the round-trip flight? About £280,000. Rwanda’s 11 million people earn an average daily wage of £1.40.
By the time he returned to Kigali again in 2009, the country was in uproar. Any journalist or businessman who was critical of the government was being beaten up, and a UN investigation was due to report that the President was guilty of genocide in Congo.
Blair’s friend won the Rwanda election in 2010 — but the beheaded corpses of leaders of the small opposition party were found strewn about the countryside.
Blair ignored all this and hailed his protégé’s success.
And what of Cherie? Did she see the report sent to Blair by the U.S. Department of State in 2014, describing the murderous oppression in Rwanda? Did she follow the 2015 Congressional hearings in Washington, which denounced the murder of Kagame’s opponents?
That year, General Karenzi Karake, the head of Rwanda’s intelligence service, arrived at Heathrow on an official visit.
To his surprise, he was arrested on an international warrant for ‘war crimes against civilians’, issued in Spain.
To resist his extradition to Spain, he hired… Cherie Blair. She told the magistrate that Karake was ‘a hero in Rwanda and they want him home as soon as possible’.
Karake was released on bail of £1 million. Two months later, he was freed on a legal technicality before the charges could be heard, and flew home.
His opponents were shocked. But Cherie, like her husband, was hailed by Kagame as a hero.