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Special Envoy Perriello Travel to Belgium, Italy, Tanzania, Rwanda, DRC, Burundi, and Ethiopi

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Media Note

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
January 11, 2016

 


U.S. Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa Thomas Perriello departs today for an extended trip that will include stops in Brussels, Belgium; Rome, Italy; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Kigali, Rwanda; Bukavu, Goma, and Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC); Bujumbura, Burundi; and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The trip is focused on supporting regional efforts to resolve the crisis in Burundi and to support upcoming elections in the DRC.

The U.S. Government strongly supports the regionally-mediated Burundian dialogue relaunched on December 28, 2015, and is urging all stakeholders to remain committed to the process without preconditions. An inclusive dialogue remains the best route for peacefully resolving the crisis in Burundi and restoring the stability achieved by the Arusha Agreement. The Special Envoy will engage with Burundian stakeholders and East African Community (EAC) leadership about next steps for advancing the dialogue, including moving the dialogue to Arusha, Tanzania.

The United States is committed to supporting the DRC in holding elections per the constitution. The Special Envoy will meet with Congolese stakeholders to discuss next steps in the electoral process and the importance of respecting human rights throughout an electoral cycle, including the rights to peacefully assemble and to free speech. While in the DRC, the Special Envoy will also continue to work to resolve the impasse over adoptions and engage with stakeholders working to counter the illegal trade in Congolese natural resources and promote conflict-free minerals.

The trip will culminate in Addis Ababa, where the Special Envoy will join the U.S. delegation to the African Union Summit.

Source: US Department of State

TWASUYE AUSTRALIA : Abataripfana ntibatezuka ku ntego bihaye !

20151111_022433-e1448724193212-225x300Abataripfana b’Ishyaka Ishema bafite umugambi mwiza kandi usobanutse. Bafite intego bihaye kandi ntibazatezuka batayigezeho. Bazi neza iaho bava n’aho bagana. Bagambiriye gufasha Abanyarwanda kugera ku mpinduka nziza basonzeye, igihugu cy’u Rwanda kikavanwa ku ngoyi y’ubutegetsi bw’igitugu bwubakiye ku kinyoma, iterabwoba n’ukwikubira ibyiza byose by’igihugu.
Kubera iyo mpamvu Abataripfana bakorera mu buhungiro basanze bagomba gutsinda iterabwoba, bagahaguruka bagasanga Abanyarwanda bari mu gihugu, bagafatanya uru rugamba rutagatifu rwo guharanira iyubahirizwa ry’uburenganzira bwa rubanda. Gahunda ntihinduka rero .

Muri iyi minsi mbere y’uko italiki ya 28 Mutarama 2016 igera, Abataripfana biyemeje kwitegura urwo rugendo bashyira ingufu mu kugenderera Abanyarwanda babarizwa mu bihugu binyuranye no mu gutsura umubano n’abategetsi b’ibihugu by’ibihangange bifite cyangwa bishobora kugira inyungu mu Rwanda no mu Karere k’Ibiyaga Bigari.

Muri urwo rwego, twasuye Umuryango w’Ubumwe bw’i Bulayi (Kanama), Ubwongereza( Nzeri), Leta Zunze Ubumwe z’Amerika(Ukwakira ), Australia (Ugushyingo)….kandi turacyakomeza. Twasobanuye ibibazo biremereye Abanyarwanda baterwa n’ubutegetsi bw’igitugu bw’Ishyaka rukumbi rya FPR-Inkotanyi na Perezida waryo Paul Kagame wiyemeje kugundira ubutegetsi no kuyobora u Rwanda nk’aho ari umunani yasigiwe na se Rutagambwa ! Abategetsi bakuru twaganiriye baduteze amatwi kandi badusezeranyije inkunga igaragara n’ubwo idakuraho uruhare Abanyarwanda ubwabo bagomba kugira mu rugamba rwo kwibohoza.

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By’umwihariko muri uku kwezi k’Ugushyingo twasuye igihugu cya Australia. Reka twibutse izi ngingo tutagomba kwirengagiza :

(1) Australia ihuriye n’u Rwanda mu muryango wa COMMONWEALTH ugizwe ahanini n’ibihugu byahoze bikolonijwe n’Ubwongereza kandi ukaba ufite amategeko awugenga , Leta ya Paul Kagame ihora yica !

(2) Abasirikari bashinzwe kurinda amahoro (Peacekeepers) bakomoka muri Australia bari i Kibeho mu 1995 ubwo Paul Kagame na IBINGIRA bafataga icyemezo cyo kurimbura abaturageb’abasivile basaga ibihumbi 8 bari barahungiye muri iyo nkambi . Biboneye n’amaso yabo ubwicanyi ndengakamera Leta ya Kagame ikorera abaturage bayo. Buri mwaka abo basilikari babonye amahano abambari ba Kagame bafitemo uburambea bakora umuhango ukomeye wo gushishikariza Abanya-Australia kwibuka Abanyarwanda b’inzirakaregane baguye i Kibeho.

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(3) Igihugu cya Australia cyakomeje gufasha impunzi z’Abanyarwanda ndetse cyakira ku butaka bwacyo imiryango igera ku bihumbi 19 kandi babayeho neza mu mutekano usesuye.

(4) Leta ya Australia yakomeje gufasha urubyiruko rw’Abanyarwanda mu kubaha buruse zo kwiga kaminuza cyane cyane mu bijyanye n’ubuhinzi n’ubworozi.

(5) Ubungubu Abategetsi ba Australia bazi neza ibibazo bikomeye u Rwanda ruterwa n’ubutegetsi kirimbuzi bwa Kagame ku buryo banze ko mu gihugu cyabo hafungurwa Ambasade y’u Rwanda mu rwego rwo gukumira iterabwoba na politiki y’amacakubiri abambari ba FPR bakwirakwiza aho bakandagije ikirenge hose .

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Abayobozi ba Australia batwakiriye neza kandi, mu rwego rwa Commonwealth, bazakomeza gukurukirana no kwamagana ibyerekeye ihonyorwa ry’uburenganzira bwa kiremwamuntu rikorwa n’ubutegetsi bwa Kagame. Bazashyigikira gahunda yo kuzana impinduka nziza mu Rwanda mu guteza imbere politiki irwanya ivangura n’akarengane. Bazashyigikira ko habaho amatora adafifise kandi ashingiye kuri demokarasi isesuye mu mwaka w’2017.

Twaganiriye kandi n’Abanyarwanda batuye Australia

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Hamwe no gusura abategetsi ba Australia twaganiriye kandi n’Abanyarwanda banyuranye batuye Australia . By’umwihariko twasuye imijyi ya Sydney na Perth .
Aho twanyuze hose intero ni imwe:

(1) Igihe kirageze ngo ubutegetsi bw’igitugu bw’AGATSIKO busezererwe Abanyarwanda basubirane ubwisanzure bwabo.
(2) Paul Kagame urangije manda ze yemererwa n’Itegekonshinga ryo mu 2003 akwiye kwemera kwegama nta yandi mananiza
(3) Gahunda yo guhindura ingingo y’ 101 y’Itegekonshinga ryo muri 2003 mu nyungu za Kagame wenyine n’umuryango we, ni gashozantambara bityo ikaba ari iyo kwamagana ndetse hagakorwa ibishoboka byose ngo iburizwemo bidasubirwaho .
(4) Abanyarwanda bakeneye kwitorera umukuru w’igihugu mushya bishakiye mu mwaka wa 2017.
(5) Gahunda y’Abataripfana yo kujya gukorera politiki mu Rwanda ni iyo gushyigikirwa kuko hari byinshi batashobora kugeraho badahawe inkunga igaragara
(6) Politiki yo guteza umwiryane uhoraho mu Karere k’ibiyaga bigari mu ntambara z’urudaca ikwiye guhagarikwa bidatinze. By’umwihariko Kagame akwiye kwamaganwa mu mugambi mubisha afite wo guteza umutekano muke mu gihugu cy’Abavandimwe b’Abarundi .

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UMWANZURO
Turashimira Abanyarwanda batuye muri Australia batwakiriye neza , bakatwungura ibitekerezo n’inama nziza, bakatwugururira ingo zabo, bakadufasha mu ngendo, bakatwizeza inkunga ikomeye. By’umwihariko abatuye Sydney na Perth turababwira ko umurava bafite ari uw’agaciro gakomeye. Aho ibihe bigeze nitwemere ko abenegihugu bake BIYEMEJE kugira icyiza bakora baruta kure miliyoni nyinshi z’abahisemo kwituramira bakihindura ba NTIBINDEBA ! Igihe kizagera abakoze neza igihugu kibagororere .
Nk’uko babyifuje, Abataripfana bo muri Australia na NewZeland bakwiye kurushaho kwisuganya bidatinze, bakitoramo ikipe nyobozi nshya ishinzwe Umugabane, ahasigaye bakihutira kuagera ku Banyarwanda bose babamenyesha gahunda zihamye kandi zubaka Ishyaka ISHEMA rihishiye u Rwanda .

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Nta wundi ubitubereyemo, niba nawe wiyumvamo akariro nk’ako niyumvamo, haguruka dufatanye gushaka icyazahura u Rwanda.

Padiri Thomas Nahimana,
Umukandida w’ISHEMA Party mu matora ya Perezida yo mu 2017.

Belgium stands ready to contribute to a successful electoral process in the DR Congo

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The Deputy Prime Ministers Didier Reynders and Alexander De Croo, respectively Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Development Cooperation, met with members of the government, the opposition and the civil society during their joint mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), from 21 to 25 February 2015, in Kinshasa and Goma (North Kivu).

Belgium closely followed the developments related to the adoption of the new election law, and welcomes the publication of the timetable for the provincial, urban, municipal and local elections in 2015 and for the parliamentary and presidential elections in 2016. The Ministers Reynders and De Croo insisted that everything should be done to ensure that the presidential and parliamentary elections in 2016 are not subject to any delay because of the provincial, urban, municipal and local elections. They reiterated that Belgium stands ready to contribute to a successful electoral process.

Didier Reynders welcomed the willingness of the DRC for a military intervention by the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) against the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) in the eastern part of the country. Finding a solution for the problem of the armed groups is important, not only for the Congolese people, but also for the stability of the African Great Lakes region. In this context, Minister Reynders stressed the importance of a constructive synergy between MONUSCO, mandated by the UN Security Council, and the FARDC. Pragmatic solutions should be found to ensure the efficiency of the operations and the protection of the population.

The visit of both ministers to the DRC also underlined the continued support of Belgium for the development of the country. The objective is that everyone benefits from economic growth. The DRC is the largest beneficiary of Belgian development aid. Alexander De Croo confirmed this commitment, that favors a cooperation close to the people, particularly in the areas of education, rural development and health. In this context, Minister De Croo underlined that this partnership needs a greater involvement of the Congolese government. During the next months, Alexander De Croo wishes to develop a more integrated approach for the Belgian cooperation, where different actions are mutually reinforced and produce more results. He asked the Belgian Development Agency (BTC) as well as his administration to present proposals to develop this approach.

Didier Reynders and Alexander De Croo underlined that socio-economic development, as well as the rule of law and democracy imply respect for universally recognized human rights and fundamental freedoms. Following the events of January 2015 and the measures that have been taken, especially the freedom of the internet and the actions of the security forces were discussed with the Congolese government.

The working visit was also an opportunity to make progress on economic issues, in the aviation sector, port management and river transport. Individual consular cases were also discussed, in particular the situation of detained persons, including compatriots.

Security cooperation was discussed, with a mutual interest in preventing radicalization and violent extremism in Central and Eastern Africa.

Source:Diplomatie

A Letter to the Rwandan People: Erica Barks-Ruggles, United States Ambassador

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Ambassador Erica Barks-Ruggles

Muraho? (How are you?). After just one week in Rwanda, my heart has been warmed by the welcome that I have received and the beauty of the Rwandan people.  Each person I have met has greeted me with sincere smiles and well wishes for the next three years serving my country as Ambassador to Rwanda.  I have already sensed the deep hope Rwandans have for their future, and their heartfelt desire that the United States and Rwanda will continue to strengthen our relationship for the good of all Rwandans.

After 23 years serving my country in the State Department, I am honored that President Obama and Secretary Kerry have entrusted me to carry on the leadership of our efforts together as U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda.  At the beginning of my time with you, I wanted to write this letter to introduce myself and answer the question I am asked most often.

Even before arriving in Kigali, people would frequently ask me what my goals are for my term as Ambassador. My primary goal is very simple: I want to strengthen and improve the work we do in partnership with all Rwandans to tackle the joint challenges we face in a globalized world and build a better future for both our countries.

As I told President Kagame and Foreign Minister Mushikiwabo this week, I am eager to travel widely throughout Rwanda and to hear from the all the people of Rwanda how best we can work together on the tough issues of our day. We have accomplished so much together, but there are still many challenges ahead. I want to meet people from all corners of Rwanda in order to learn how we can continue to strengthen our partnership.

From improving healthcare and literacy, to promoting economic growth and energy, from strengthening democratic institutions and good governance, to tackling climate change and improving regional security, we have much to work on together.

Twenty years after the 1994 genocide, the United States continues its long-standing commitment toward acknowledging all of the lives so tragically lost, and urges a spirit of tolerance and respect. For this reason, one of my first visits after presenting my credentials to the President was to the Kigali Memorial Center in Gisozi. There, I was inspired by the courage of ordinary Rwandans who survived – and of those who helped others – during that horrible chapter. And I am inspired each day by the hard work of every citizen to build a bright, secure and prosperous future in which all Rwandans have the opportunity to fulfill their potential.

The United States is proud to partner with Rwanda to support this growth. Our two nations have a deep relationship spanning issues that include economic growth, poverty reduction, public health, and peacekeeping. The United States is Rwanda’s largest bilateral donor, spending about $180 million in Rwanda each year on health, economic development, education, and democracy and governance programs. This assistance, coupled with the commitment of Rwanda to tackling important challenges like HIV/AIDS and education reform, have helped Rwanda make significant progress in its recovery.

My experience in Africa has taught me the value of these partnerships, and I look forward to continuing to strengthen our friendship with the government and people of Rwanda.

As we move forward, I urge everyone to join in the conversation and follow me on Twitter (my handle is @USAmbRwanda), visit the Embassy website and Facebook pages, or come and visit us at the U.S. Embassy’s Information Resource Center or one of our American Corners in Kigali and Rubavu.

I look forward to my time in Rwanda, and to talking with and working with as many of you as I can over the next three years.

“Corruption empowers and enriches dictators”- US Department of State

Op-Ed
Tom Malinowski
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
Washington Post
December 26, 2014

When Viktor Yanukovych fled Kiev in February, the Ukrainian leader left behind a spectacular Swiss chalet-style mansion, a golf course, dozens of antique cars and a private zoo boasting $10,000 nameplates for the animal pens. Even the Ukrainian public, painfully familiar with the corruption of its leaders, was shocked. Yanukovych had managed to keep the chalet hidden because it was owned not by him but by an anonymous shell company registered in Britain. Other corrupt leaders have used the same trick to hide billions of dollars offshore, including through companies registered in the United States.

The rise and fall of Ukraine’s top kleptocrat teaches us a couple of things about corruption.

First, in many countries, corruption and human rights are tightly bound. The chance to profit from corruption is why many authoritarian leaders seize and cling to power. It becomes the glue that holds their regimes together, giving them spoils to distribute while turning their cronies into criminals who could be exposed and punished if they turn disloyal. It is also among the issues most likely to fuel popular resistance to authoritarianism, as we’ve seen from Tunisia to Russia and Venezuela. Any strategy to promote democracy and human rights must have the fight against corruption at its heart.

Second, we can’t fight corruption abroad if we don’t stop its proceeds from flowing through our companies and banks. We already work hard to return illicitly acquired assets to benefit the citizens of such countries, generally after the leaders who stole them have left office. But this kind of “departure tax” for falling autocrats is not enough: We must do more to deny safe haven to such funds while corrupt leaders are still in power. One way to do that is to prevent the registration of anonymous shell companies on our shores.

The Treasury Department recently took a significant step toward limiting the use of such companies by proposing a regulation that would require financial institutions to collect and verify the identity of the people behind company accountholders. President Obama’s 2015 budget includes a much more far-reaching proposal: It would require all companies to identify their “beneficial ownership” — the human beings who own or control them — to the IRS as part of a routine tax filing and make that information more readily available to law enforcement. Congress should enact this proposal now to ensure that our legal and financial systems are not used to hide corruption and facilitate autocracy overseas.

The overwhelming majority of U.S. companies that have a bank account or pay taxes in the United States already disclose their beneficial ownership. Thus, they would not be burdened and would only benefit from a reform that makes registration in the United States a sure sign of legitimacy rather than a cause for suspicion.

It is foreign criminals and corrupt officials who can benefit from the ability to conceal their identities under our current financial system. They are unlikely to file a U.S. tax return, and if they register a paper legal entity in the United States, they can use it to open a bank account on an offshore island. Indeed, they can create a web of 50 anonymous entities overnight simply by calling a state company registration office, or they can even purchase “shelf” companies registered a decade ago, adopting an additional guise of establishment and credibility. When U.S. law enforcement agencies investigate corruption or other crimes, often all they have is the name of a company and a dead end.

The wildly corrupt son of Equatorial Guinea’s president, for example, allegedly set up a slew of shell companies in the United States to launder millions of dollars of bribes from international logging companies, hiding any ties to himself. Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue used this money to purchase a $30 million Malibu, Calif., estate, a $38 million private jet and about $2 million worth of Michael Jackson memorabilia, among other luxuries. Meanwhile, most of his compatriots live on less than $2 per day.

Corruption empowers and enriches dictators. But here is another lesson from Ukraine: It can also become their greatest political vulnerability. Authoritarian governments may be able to muster excuses for shooting demonstrators, arresting political enemies or censoring the Internet, but no cultural, patriotic or national security argument can justify thievery. Disgust with corruption can also ease the ethnic, religious and social divisions such regimes exploit to stay in power — it’s a point of agreement between southern and northern Nigerians, nationalists and liberals in Russia, Shiites and Sunnis across the Middle East.

Fighting corruption by improving financial transparency may be one of the most effective ways of promoting liberty around the world. Members of Congress who believe in that cause and who want us to do better should embrace the president’s proposal to strengthen those laws by closing the shell company loophole that enables dictators to conceal their criminality from their people and the world.

Source: US Department of State

Ni nde washutse Mushikiwabo ko ubushizibwisoni aribwo butanga kubahwa mu ruhando rw’amahanga ?

Ni nde washutse Mushikiwabo ko ubushizibwisoni aribwo butanga kubahwa mu ruhando rw’amahanga ?

Mu nama ya 25 yahuje abategetsi b’ibihugu bikoresha ururimi rw’igifaransa (Francophonie), taliki ya 29/11/2014 ,iyo nama ikaba yarabereye mu mujyi wa Dakari, mu gihugu cya Senegali,  Nyakubahwa François Hollande Perezida w’igihugu cy’Ubufaransa yabwiye abategetsi bari bahateraniye ko ubutumwa nyamukuru yageneye abategetsi ba Afurika ari uko bakwirinda kwihambira ku butegetsi, bakitondera umuco mubi wo guhindagura Itegekonshinga ry’igihugu cyabo hagamijwe gusa  guhama ku butegetsi, kubera imidugararo bishobora guteza. Ubwo kandi yahereye aho ashima abaturage bo mu bihugu bya Tuniziya na Burkina Faso kubera ubutwari bagize bwo guhaguruka bakavudukana abaperezida babo bari baragize Repubulika nk’ingoma ya cyami na gihake.

Ubwo butumwa  bw’ingirakamaro bwakiriwe nabi cyane na  Minisitiri Louise Mushikiwabo kuko nyine yakubise agatima ku manyanga ubutegetsi bwa Paul Kagame buri gukora bushaka guhindura ingingo y’101 y’itegekonshinga ry’u Rwanda kugira ngo abibwira ko aribo bonyine bavukanye imbuto bahame ku ngoma ubuziraherezo. Ubwo uwo mudamu ga yahise yishora mu binyamakuru, maze si ukwikoma Perezida Francois Hollande, akuraho agahu ! Ngo icyo ashinja Perezida w’Ubufaransa ngo ni uko nta burenganzira afite bwo kubwira abategetsi ba Afurika uko bagomba kuyobora ibihugu byabo . Ni aho nyine Louise Mushikiwabo ahera avuga ngo François Hollande ntabwo azi ko isi igeze mu mwaka w’2014 . Aha natwe niho duhera twibaza tuti : Ari Louise Mushikiwabo na François Hollande ni  nde utazi ko isi igeze mu 2014 ?

Twe turasanga, muri aba bombi, utazi ko isi igeze mu mwaka w’2014 atari Francois Hollande ahubwo ari Louise Mushikiwabo na FPR akorera, kubera izi mpamvu zikurikira :

1. Uyu mudamu we ahubwo aracyari mu kinyejana cya 16  kuko bigaragara neza ko atazi icyo Rapubulika  aricyo n’uko ikora.  Louise Mushikiwabo aracyishuka ko abategetsi bakoresha igitugu n’iterabwoba nk’ab’i Kigali bashobora kwihererana abaturage  bakabica urubozo uko bishakiye , ntihagire ugira icyo abivugaho.

2.Louise Mushikiwabo ntabwo aramenya ko u Rwanda rutakiri akarwa kazimiriye mu nyanja gashobora kwikorera amarorerwa yose kishakiye, isi yicecekeye . N’iyo kandi yaceceka imyaka 25 igashira, ntishobora guceceka ubuziraherezo, Madamu ibyo ukwiye kubimenya !

3.Louise Mushikiwabo ntabwo azi icyo « mondialisation » cyangwa « globalisation » bivuga : Ntabwo rwose azi ko isi yabaye nk’umudugudu, ko ibibaye mu gihugu kimwe bigira ingaruka ku bindi bihugu byinshi. Iyo wirukankanye abantu mu Rwanda, bahungira mu Bufaransa kandi bakajyana n’ibibazo byabo byose !!

4. Louise Mushikiwabo akwiye kwigishwa ko muri iki gihe abaturage b’ibihugu byose(n’u Rwanda rurimo) basigaye bafite uburenganzira burenze kure imbibi z’igihugu cyabo ku buryo bushobora kurengerwa n’umuryango mpuzamahanga, mu gihe abategetsi babo baba bananiwe cyangwa bakihindura ba Rubebe nk’ab’iwacu .

5. Louise Mushikiwabo aribwira ko isi irangirira mu Rwanda, ko ingoma y’igitugu iri mu Rwanda igomba guhabwa agaciro n’amahanga yose ! Koko burya nta nkumi yigaya ubwiza . Leta ya FPR yari ikwiye guhindura ingiro ikareka akarengane gakabije igirira rubanda  cyangwa se nibura abategetsi bayivugira nka Mushikiwabo bakajya bagira ubupfura bakicecekera mu manama mpuzamahanga, ntibirirwe biha amanyo y’abasetsi ngo bateye imbere mu miyoborere myiza no mu guteza u Rwanda  imbere muri demokarasi !!!!!

6.Louise Mushikiwabo n’ubutegetsi akorera bameze nk’umwana muto ugera imbere  y’igisimba kimuteye ubwoba(danger) akipfuka mu maso yibwirako  ubwo ataruzi icyo gisimba ubwo nacyo kitamubona : Nk’uko Abaturage ba Tuniziya na Burkina Faso bahagurutse bagaharanira uburenganzira bwabo ndetse bakirukana abaperezida bari barigize Intarebatinya, n’Abanyarwanda niko benda kubigenza mu minsi mike iri imbere aha . François Hollande arabicira ijisho ba Mushikiwabo ntibasobanukirwe , mbese bya bindi by’ucira injiji amarenga umara amanonko!

7. Nta cyaha François Hollande yakoze mu kuburira abategetsi b’igitugu b’Afurika, icyo yakoze ni ukubibutsa uko Repubulika ishingiye ku mahame ya demokarasi ikora . Kandi nta wahakana ko  Francois Hollande yaba arusha Louise Mushikiwabo ubunararibonye mu byerekeye demokarasi .

8. Ninde wabeshye Louise Mushikiwabo ko ubushizibwisoni  n’ukwirarira (kurarira amahuri!) ari ryo shingiro ryo kubahwa mu ruhando rw’amahanga ? Kera u Rwanda rwagiraga umuco, umuntu akamenya kutaryamira ijambo, mbese akaba umutaripfana, ariko ntibimubuze no kubaha abandi, abato n’abakuru, by’umwihariko abafite icyo bakurusha. Aho Mushikiwabo si we abakurambere bavugiyeho ngo «  Utazi ikimuhatse areba…”? Ko mbona FPR yubakiye kuri ba Mpatsibihugu aho kubihenuraho ntibigiye kugira ingaruka bidatinze ? Hubahwa uwubaha abandi. Perezida Kagame akwiye gucyamura Minisitiri we , Mushikiwabo, imyitwarire ye idahwitse ikomeje kugayisha u Rwanda n’Abanyarwanda.

9. Nyakubahwa François Hollande ayoboye Ubufaransa ari nacyo gihugu nyir’ururimi rw’Igifaransa . Afite uburenganzira bwo guha ubutumwa abibumbiye muri Francophonie bitabiriye kumwumva . Ese ubundi ko mperuka u Rwanda rwaraciye Igifaransa (ikimenyetso cyo kureba bugufi no guhubuka bimwe bidatinda gukora kuri nyirabyo !) ubundi Mushikiwabo yajyaga muri iyo nama agiye gukora iki ? Aho ntazasiga umugani agatuma  bavugira ku bategetsi b’u Rwanda ngo “Icy’imbwa yanze umanika aho ireba” ?

Umwanzuro

Ntawe utanga icyo adafite ! Francois Hollande aravuga demokarasi kuko ariyo igihugu cye cyubakiyeho kandi ikaba iriyo yatumye gitera imbere kugeza ubwo kibarirwa mu bihugu by’ibihangange byo ku isi . Aho kwikoma Perezida w’Ubufaransa no kwivanga mu mushinga utari uwawe , ubutaha wowe Louise Mushikiwabo nukoresha inama y’ibihugu bikoresha ururimi rw’Ikinyarwanda, nawe uzabwire abategetsi babyo ubutumwa ushaka, unabashishikarize gukoresha igitugu n’iterabwoba nk’uko bikorwa mu Rwanda muri iki gihe!

Gusa  icyo  wowe Mushikiwabo ugomba kwinjiza mu mutwe wawe ni uko abenegihugu b’u Rwanda atari “ akarima”  ka Mushikiwabo n’Ishyaka rukumbi rya FPR ukorera.

Kuri twe , ubutumwa bwa Francois Hollande bufite agaciro gakomeye kandi turasaba rubanda kububonamo ikimenyetso gikomeye  cy’ibihe: Umuryango mpuzamahanga ushyigikiye byimazeyo abaturage bahaguruka bagaharanira uburenganzira bwabo, byaba ngombwa bakavudukana abategetsi bigize akaraha kajyahe. Muri iki gihe, gukuraho Perezida udakorera inyungu z’abaturage na Leta ye ntibigisaba kudeta isesa amaraso cyangwa intambara zirimbura imbaga . Guhaguruka kwa rubanda, bakanga kongera kumvira ubutegetsi bubahonyora(desobeissance civile), bakigaragambya kugeza buhirimye (Revolisiyo idasesa amaraso) niyo nzira y’ubusamo kandi ijyanye na kamere y’ ”ubutegetsi buturuka kuri rubanda kandi bugomba gukorera rubanda”(Itegekonshinga ryo mu 2003, art 2.)

Kuko turambiwe kuba inkomamashyi n’abagereerwa mu gihugu cyacu, igihe kiraje ngo rubanda iryooze Mushikiwabo  n’abo bafatanyije imyifatire yabo igayitse yo kwiheshereza agaciro mu bikorwa by’urugomo  byakagombye kubatera isoni bakorera rubanda.

Francois Hollande arababurira aho kumwumva  mukamutuka…..Umwana murizi agera aho akabura uwamukura urutozi !

Padiri Thomas Nahimana. 

Umukandida w’Ishema Party mu matora yo mu 2017.

Support for Civil Society’s Charter for Transitional Government in Burkina Faso

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Press Statement

Jen Psaki
Department Spokesperson
Washington, DC
November 10, 2014

The United States welcomes the November 9 announcement of a Charter for Transitional Government in Burkina Faso developed by political parties, civil society, and religious and traditional leaders. We urge continued progress in the discussions between these groups and the military so that this crisis may come to a quick end and the process of rebuilding Burkina Faso’s democracy may begin.

We also underscore the urgency of Burkina Faso returning to constitutional rule. Now that civil society, political parties, and the Constitutional Court are fully engaged in elaborating the mechanics of the country’s transition, we urge the men and women of Burkina Faso’s armed forces to return to their primary mission — safeguarding the territorial integrity of Burkina Faso and the security of its citizens.

At the same time, we firmly hope that the central mission of the transitional government will be to ensure effective preparation for national elections in November 2015.

Source:US Dept of State

United States Deeply Concerned by DRC’s Expulsion of MONUSCO Human Rights Officer

Press Statement

Marie Harf
Deputy Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
October 20, 2014

The United States is deeply concerned by the decision of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Government to expel the Director of the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) in the DRC because of a report the UNJHRO released alleging serious violations by some members of the DRC security forces that resulted in 9 deaths and 32 enforced disappearances. We strongly urge the DRC Government to reverse its decision.

The United Nations plays a vital role in contributing to the security and well-being of the Congolese people, including through MONUSCO, its humanitarian operations, and its support for good governance, democracy, and human rights. MONUSCO is specifically mandated by the UN Security Council to prepare regular reports on the status of human rights in the DRC. The United States reaffirms its strong support for the work of the UN and its commitment to fight against impunity for violations of human rights.

We urge the DRC Government to investigate the allegations of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances by some members of its security forces highlighted in the UNJHRO report and to hold those responsible to account.

Source: US Department of State

Membe thrashes Wenje’s allegations : ‘Prove I was wrong about Rwanda stoking war in DRC, and I’ll resign’

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DRC Diplomacy Chief Bernard Membe(L) thrashes Ezekiah Wenje’s allegations.

Dodoma/Dar es Salaam. Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation minister Bernard Membe said yesterday that he would resign if the Opposition proved his controversial remarks about Rwanda were wrong.

Mr Membe was responding to allegations levelled against him by Shadow Foreign Affairs minister Ezekiah Wenje.

Winding up debate on his ministry’s 2014/15 budget proposals in Parliament, Mr Membe offered to resign if Mr 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 the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) were Rwandans, who fled to eastern DRC after the 1994 genocide.

“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,” Mr 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.

Presenting the Opposition’s response to the ministry’s budget proposals earlier, Mr Wenje accused Mr Membe of stoking diplomatic tensions between the two countries.

Although Mr Membe made no mention of the frigid relations in the speech, Mr Wenje said the minister was to blame for the situation.

This forced Mr Membe to hit back when responding to MPs’ views, accusing Mr Wenje of being a stooge of a foreign country. The shadow minister strongly denied the claim.

Mr Wenje, who is also the Nyamagana MP, earlier told Parliament that Mr 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 Mr Membe said Rwanda had exported insecurity and instability to eastern DRC after sending rebels into country.

He said the minister made inaccurate comments about Rwanda and the M23 rebellion in eastern DRC.

But Mr Membe stood his ground, saying what he said was the truth, which had even been documented by UN experts.

Mr Wenje also said the government had not bothered to warn former Rwandan Prime Minister Faustine Twagiramungu after he was quoted saying he had held talks with Tanzania to strategise on how the FDLR could take over power in Rwanda.

Tanzania has repeatedly stated that if Mr Twagiramungu visited Dar es Salaam, he came on a private visit and was not invited by the government as claimed by the News of Rwanda website.

Mr Membe said Tanzania was playing a key role in finding lasting peace in the Great Lakes Region.

The United Nations Force Intervention Brigade, also known as the SADC Intervention Brigade and led by Brigadier General James Mwakibolwa from Tanzania, had successfully dismantled M23 restored peace in eastern DRC, he added.

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.

Mr 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.

The government in Kigali links the FDLR with the 1994 genocide, in which over 800,000 people, mainly Tutsis and moderate Hutus, were slaughtered.

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 Unites Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Monusco).

The mutineers formed M23, also known as the Congolese Revolutionary Army, which was allegedly bankrolled by neighbouring Rwanda.

Source: http://www.thecitizen.co.tz/News/House-divided-as-Membe-hits-back/-/1840392/2328676/-/item/0/-/1214odm/-/index.html

U Rwanda ruvuye muri security council, Angola irarusimbuye!

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Ibendera rya Repubulika ya Angola

Nk’uko tubikesha BBC, Angola niyo yatorewe gusimbura u Rwanda mu kanama gashinzwe umutekano k’umuryango w’abibumbye (UN Security Council). U Rwanda rwari rumaze muri uyu mwanya igihe kingana n’imyaka ibiri rukaba ruzatanga imihoho mu mpera z’uyu mwaka.

U Rwanda rukinjira muri uyu mwanya byagaragaye ko rwari rufite agenda isobanutse:

  • Gukingira ikibaba ingabo za RDF zahoraga muri Congo zisahurira zahabu na diyama ndetse n’igiti gihenze cyane kizwi ku izina rya mahogan( libuyu).
  • Gukoresha imbaraga uwo mwanya kugira ngo umutwe wa FDLR uranduranwe n’imizi.
  • Gukomeza gushimangira igitekerezo cy’uko Kagame atigeze agira uruhare muri genocide yabaye mu Rwanda.
  • Guharanira ko genocide itongera kwitwa genocide y’u Rwanda( Rwandan genocide/Genocide rwandais) ahubwo ikaba genocide yakorewe Abatutsi.

Iyi agenda ya leta ya Mobile President Paul Kagame siko yose yabashije kugerwaho. Ibi biterwa n’uko mu by’ukuri ibikorerwa muri kariya kanama usanga bifatwaho ibyemezo n’ibihugu by’ibihangange kandi bifitemo umwanya uhoraho ibyo akaba ari Leta zunze ubumwe z’Amerika, Ubwongereza, Ubufaransa, Uburusiya n’Ubushinwa. Cyakora Kagame akoresheje uwo mwanya, yarwanyije yivuye inyuma igitekerezo cyo kohereza drones cyangwa se indege zitagira umu pilote ngo zikore reconnaissance ku mupaka w’u Rwanda na Congo mu rwego rwo gutahura urujya n’uruza rwahakorerwaga. Izi drones nizo zatahuye abantu babaga bikoreye amabuye y’agaciro bavaga muri Congo bakinjira mu Rwanda. Zagaragaje kandi mouvements z’ingabo z’U Rwanda zambukaga zinjira muri Congo gutera akavuyo no gufasha M23. Byatumye u Rwanda ruhatakariza icyizere rwari rwarashyize muri bamwe mu bazungu bashyigikiraga buhumyi umutwe w’iterabwoba FPR na perezida Paul Kagame.

Birazwi ko Kagame yagerageje kurwanya icyemezo cyo kohereza intervention brigade muri Congo kuko iyi brigade yari ifite mandate yo kurasa igihe bibaye ngombwa.Nyamara iyi brigade yaroherejwe ndetse iza irimo ingabo za Tanzaniya, igihugu cyari kimaze kugirana amasinde n’u Rwanda kuko Kagame yasezeranyije Tanzaniya ko azaritura perezida wayo Muheshimiwa Jakaya Kikwete. Ibi nabyo byatumye Tanzaniya irwana nk’iyirwanira, maze ingabo za RDF zishushubikanywa muri Congo ndetse umutwe wa M23 ukubitwa iz’akabwana, urashwiragira, benshi birukira mu Rwanda abandi bitandukanya na wo,  batanga n’ubuhamya bw’uko bajyanywe kurwana ku ngufu.

Kagame na none yakoresheje uyu mwanya kugira ngo buri rapport isohoka ibe isaba ko umutwe wa FDLR ukurwa ku isi. Ni muri urwo rwego mu gihe hari kwigwa ikibazo cyo kurandura M23 yashigikirwaga n’ibihugu by’amahanga (Rwanda na Uganda), abahagarariye u Rwanda muri aka kanama basabye ko M23 itasenywa yonyine ahubwo ko hakurikiraho n’indi mitwe yose. Bityo nyuma ya M23, FDLR yagombaga guhita ikubitwa nabi cyane. U Rwanda rugiye kuva muri aka kanama FDLR itararaswa n’ubwo bwose tutazi uko bizayigendekera.

Mu ri iki gihe u Rwanda rumaze muri aka kanama, ama raporo avuga ku bwicanyi bwa FPR yarasisibiranyijwe. Iheruka ikaba ari Mapping Report igaragaza neza uburyo FPR yarimarimye impunzi z’abahutu zari muri Congo ibeshya ko ikurikiranye interahamwe na Ex FAR. Iyi raporo isoza inavuga ko haramutse habonetse urukiko rukurikirana iki kibazo, ubu bwicanyi bushobora kwitwa genocide. Iyi raporo yahumuye abantu ku kibazo cy’u Rwanda: Urukiko ni rwo ruhamya ko ubwicanyi ubu n’ubu ari genocide. Umuntu wese ushyira mu gaciro ntiyabura kwibaza impamvu, umuryango w’abibumbye mu mwaka wa 1994 wemeje ko mu Rwanda habaye genocide kandi byo nta rukiko rubyemeje !?  Indi raporo ikomeye ni iyashinjaga General James Kabarebe kuba commander in chief w’ibikorwa bya M23 akaba ariwe wahaga amategeko General Ntaganda, umunyarwanda wo mu Kinigi (Ruhengeri ) ariko wiyita umunyekongo. Nyuma yaho haje n’and ma raporo ashinja u Rwanda ariko rukayabangamira bikaba iby’ubusa.

Mu gihe kandi u Rwanda rwari muri aka kanama rwaje kuzamura impaka ku nyito ya genocide yahimbwe na FPR maze ikemezwa na ONU bihagarikiwe n’abafatanyabikorwa , abasangiracyaha n’abinjiracyaha ba FPR na Kagame. Iyo nyito ni genocide Rwandais cyangwa se Rwandan genocide. Muri make u Rwanda rusanga imvugo genocide rwandais yemera mu buryo buziguye ko abahutu n’abatutsi bose bapfuye muri genocide. Hiyongeraho kandi ko iyo mvugo ishobora gushyigikira igitekerezo cya double genocide: ni ukuvuga genocide yakorewe Abatutsi b’Abanyarwanda, genocide yakorewe abahutu b’abanyarwanda, byose wabiteranya bikaba genocide y’abanyarwanda aribyo genocide Rwandais/ Rwandan genocide.

Iyo ubirebeye hafi usanga kuba ubwicanyi bwabaye mu Rwanda bwakwitwa genocide biboneka nk’inyungu FPR yonyine isarura. Harashakishwa ko ibyabaye mu Rwanda byitiranwa n’ibyakorewe Abayahudi mu ntambara ya kabiri y’isi yose. Kubera ko nyuma y’iyi ntambara Abayahudi barokotse babashije kugira mbaraga nyinshi n’imyanya ikomeye  ifatirwamo ibyemezo ku isi bakaba bayirimo, FPR isanga Abayahudi bashobora kugirira impuhwe u Rwanda n’abatutsi in particular maze ibyifuzo bya Kagame bikajya bitambuka Abayahudi bavuga bati Abatutsi dusangiye amateka. Ni muri urwo rwego hari abantu bakorera FPR bari baratangiye gukora opinion yerekana ko Abatutsi bakomoka ku Bayahudi!

Ikindi ni uko FPR itekereza ko uyu mwanzuro ushobora kugenderwaho kugira ngo igihugu gihabwe impozamarira nk’uko Abayahudi bazihawe y’ubwicanyi bwabakorewe. Birimo inyungu rero. Umwe mu bahagarariye u Rwanda muri ako kanama Olivier Nduhungirehe yishimiye cyane uwo mwanzuro yemeza ko ari intsinzi ikomeye ku Rwanda muri aya magambo: ” Twarabirwaniye cyane muri iyi minsi ishize…ariko igitangaje ni uko Abafransa babidufashijemo”. Aha yashakaga kuvuga ko bwari ubwa mbere Ubufaransa buvuga rumwe n’u Rwanda ku kibazo cya genocideyo mu Rwanda.

Angola ni yo igiye kwinjira muri aka kanama gashinzwe umutekano ka ONU. Angola kandi yagaragaje ko itumva ibintu kimwe n’u Rwanda ku bibazo birebana n’akarere k’ibiyaga bigari. Mu gihe u Rwanda rwagabaga igitero muri Congo mu ntambara yiswe iya kabiri, mu mwaka wa 1998 Angola yarwanaga ku ruhande rwa Kabila mukuru ndetse ifatanyije na Zimbabwe na Namibia nyuma haza kwiyongeraho Tchad na Soudan, mugihe U Rwanda rwo rwafashwaga na Uganda ya Museveni.  Mu gihe gishize kandi Angola yashakaga kujya muri intervention Brigade iyi igizwe na Tanzaniya, Africa y’epfo ndetse na Malawi  ikaba ari nayo yarashe kandi igatsinsura ingabo za Kagame zari muri M23. Byarangiye General Ntaganda ageze i La Haye aho ashinja Kagame kuba ariwe wamuhaga amategeko.

Ibindi bihugu bijyanye na Angola ni Espagne,New Zealand, Malaysia na Venezuela naho ibindi bitanu bfite umwanua udahoraho ni Chad, Chile, Yorudaniya, Lithuania na Nigeria. Espagne izwiho kutavuga rumwe na Leta y’u Rwanda cyane cyane ku mateka y’ubwicanyi bwakozwe na FPR, gusa ku nyungu za politiki nta wahamya 100% ko iki gihugu cyashyigikira imyanzuro ijomba ibikwasi u Rwanda. Cyakora abakora diplomacy  bo muri opposition baramutse begereye ibi bihugu wasanga ibibazo byarushaho kumvikana neza no kubonerwa umuti ushimishije.

Umwanzuro:

Birashoboka cyane ko imyitwarire y’akanama k’umuryango w’abibumbye ku bibazo by’akarere k’ibiyaga bigari ishobora guhinduka mu gihe Angola izaba igezemo. Ikindi cyiyongeraho ni uko Angola ifite ijambo rikomeye muri SADC bikaba bishoboka ko imyumvire ya SADC ku bibazo by’akarere ari nayo izinjizwa na Angola muri ONU. Twe se nk’Abanyarwanda Angola tuyitezeho iki? Cyakora ndatekereza ko kizaba kivuguruzanya n’icyo twabonye mu gihe U Rwanda arirwo rwari rufite uyu mwanya. Tubitege amaso.

Chaste Gahunde