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Testimony: ON THIS DAY MAY 15, 1997, IN MY HISTORY; The Fall of Mobutu Sese Seko and Kinshasa

When we arrived in Kinshasa a week before the fall of Mobutu. It was during that time that General Donatien Mahele Lieko Bokungu (aka Mayere) was killed by what is believed to be the Mobutu’s son a day before Mobutu’s overthrow. It is said that he had started negotiations with Kagame’s soldiers for a peaceful surrender of Kinshasa to the Kabila’s rebels without a fight.

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Hotel Rwanda’ hero’s family file $400m suit against gov’t

Paul Rusesabagina is serving 25 years in prison in Rwanda on terrorism charges which his supporters say are a sham.

Published On 30 Apr 2022

The family of Paul Rusesabagina, whose heroism during the 1994 Rwandan genocide was depicted in the Hollywood film Hotel Rwanda, have filed a $400m lawsuit in the US over his alleged abduction and torture by the government in Kigali.

The lawsuit names the government of Rwanda, President Paul Kagame, and other senior officials including the former justice minister and intelligence chief.

“The complaint alleges that the Government of Rwanda and high-ranking Rwandan officials conspired to facilitate and execute an elaborate plot to lure Paul Rusesabagina from his home in Texas to Rwanda, where he would be tortured and illegally detained,” the family and his lawyers said in a statement on Saturday.

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Pourparlers de Nairobi. Une nouvelle opportunité aux groupes armés pour retarder la venue de la paix

« Le gouvernement congolais ne négocie pas avec les groupes armés, mais les incite à désarmer. » C’est de cette façon que Serge Tshibangu, mandataire du Chef de l’Etat justifie la cacophonie qui se déroule à Nairobi au Kenya entre les délégués de la présidence de la république et les groupes armés opérant en RDC. Inciter les gens qui ont fait de la violence leur mode de vie par la simple parole sans connaître leurs motivations. Possible. Car, même l’enfer est pavé de bonnes intentions. Qui peut vraiment croire à pareille justification qui, pour moult raisons, paraît non seulement comme une insulte à la nation et à tous ceux qui ont perdu leur vie à la recherche de la paix à l’est de la RDC, mais surtout comme une sorte d’amateurisme sur les questions de la violence armée dans la région des Grands Lacs africains singulièrement à l’est de la RDC ?

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Portrait: Paul Kagame, les ombres du président rwandais

Qui est Paul Kagame ? Comment a-t-il transformé un pays sorti exsangue d’un génocide fratricide ? “The Times” revient sur le parcours du président rwandais alors que son pays et le Royaume-Uni ont signé un accord de sous-traitance du droit d’asile “off-shore”.

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Le president rwandais Paul Kagame à Nairobi, au Kenya, le 8 avril 2022.
Le president rwandais Paul Kagame à Nairobi, au Kenya, le 8 avril 2022. TONY KARUMBA / AFP

Envoyer au Rwanda, dont l’histoire récente est l’une des plus sanglantes du monde, des migrants vulnérables qui avaient pour objectif d’entamer une nouvelle vie au Royaume-Uni ? L’idée peut sembler à tout le moins saugrenue.

Ce n’est certainement pas le genre d’accueil auquel s’attendent les Afghans qui ont fui Kaboul quand leur pays est tombé aux mains des talibans l’année dernière. Et s’il faut en croire l’expérience – car des accords semblables de traitement des demandes d’asile ont été conclus par le passé entre le Rwanda et Israël et le Danemark – ces réfugiés ne resteront pas longtemps sur le sol rwandais.

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Hotel Rwanda: why does Kagame want to take in Britain’s asylum seekers?

If President Paul Kagame has been tracking the furore over Priti Patel’s plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda, he’s been doing it on the hoof. Kagame moves constantly these days: the news broke while he was en route to Barbados after a visit to Jamaica. In the past two months he has been to Congo-Brazzaville, Kenya (twice), Zambia, Germany (twice), Egypt, Jordan, Qatar, Mauritania, Senegal and Belgium.

How the president of one of Africa’s poorest nations can afford all this travelling is a puzzle, and the fact that his Gulfstream jet is supplied by Crystal Ventures, his Rwandan Patriotic Front’s monopolistic investment arm, raises interesting budgetary questions. In a country where checks on the executive have been whittled away, the dividing line between a ruling party’s business interests and the presidential expense account is distinctly blurred.

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“LET CHOGM 2022 SET A GROUND FOR AN INCLUSIVE INTER RWANDAN DIALOGUE” Open Letter to Queen Elizabeth II

OPEN LETTER TO :

  • Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, Head of the Commonwealth.
  • Heads of States and Governments members of the Commonwealth. (all)
  • Secretary General of the Commonwealth

RE: LET 2022 CHOGM SET A GROUND FOR AN INCLUSIVE INTER RWANDAN DIALOGUE

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Your Majesty,

Your Excellencies,

 It is decided. Irreversible. Or almost. The Commonwealth of Nations, an organization whose values and principles are democracy, good governance, human rights, rule of law amongst others, is going to hold its highest meeting in a liberticide country, Rwanda[1]. For a common citizen, this is heart-breaking. Why? Because in a country under dictatorship, where top leaders have no respect of their own people they are supposed to protect, the hope is turned to external forces, and the Commonwealth is a such force. You can imagine what a disappointment it can be to wake up to the news that your hope, your expected advocate is supporting your persecutor! The leadership of ISHEMA Party, a political organization in opposition to the ruling party RPF, takes the liberty to alert you on what you might not be aware of and could harm the good image the Commonwealth citizenry has of the noble organization. At the same occasion, we request your mediation between the government of Rwanda and the opposition through an inter Rwandan dialogue to shape the future of our nation where “never again” shall have sense.

I. Kagame, the Commonwealth Chair-in-Office (CIO)

One of biggest achievements in the process of self-realization of any dictator would be to be legally recognized as the Head of more than 50 countries from all corners of the globe. For Mr Kagame, this would not have happened, had the leader of Rwanda respected the Constitution of 2003 which provided that “under no circumstances may anyone serve more than two presidential terms”. The President whose role is to guarantee the protection of the Constitution failed his mission, not by omission, rather by a deliberate action aimed at self-aggrandizement, self-enrichment, and exclusion as well as deprivation of others’ rights on political participation and competition.

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Rwanda- Royaume Uni. Boris Johnson et Paul Kagame dans le business des demandeurs d’asile

Jeudi le 14 avril 2022, tous les principaux médias occidentaux ont diffusé la nouvelle faisant état de la signature entre le Royaume Uni et le Rwanda d’un accord selon lequel tous les demandeurs d’asile en Grande Bretagne qui auraient atteint ce pays illégalement seraient dorénavant expulsés et déportés au Rwanda.

Les réactions ont été nombreuses à travers le monde. Que ce soit au Royaume Uni-même où les partis d’opposition ont critiqué cet accord ou dans les ONG qui l’ont dénoncé aussi. Même le HCR, chargé de veiller sur la protection des réfugiés partout dans le monde, mandat qu’il tient en tant qu’organe des Nations Unies, l’a dénoncé.

Au-delà des considérations juridiques et humanitaires que relèvent ces instances, il y a lieu de souligner aussi et faire observer les dessous des cartes dans ce marché en ce qui concerne Paul Kagame et sa clique au pouvoir à Kigali mais aussi Boris Johnson et son gouvernement conservateur.  Tel est l’objet du présent article.

Partie émergée de l’iceberg

L’accord avec le Rwanda, qui sera financé par le Royaume Uni à hauteur 120 millions de livres (144 millions EUR), prévoit que les migrants – dont ni les nationalités ni les conditions d’arrivée ne sont pas précisées – soient « intégrés dans les communautés à travers le pays », selon le communiqué publié par Kigali.

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Paul Kagame has no moral authority to talk about democracy let alone human rights.

First of all, I would like to convey my message of sympathy to all those who are genuinely commemorating their loved ones lost in Rwandan genocide especially from october 1990. May our brothers and sisters, fathers and mothers killed rest in eternal peace. May all of us survivors find ways to forgive as we aim at building a nation where “Never again” makes sense.

Having said that, following are my remarks on Kagame’s speech.

In his speech delivered on the 28th genocide remembrance occasion, Mr Kagame was heard trying to justify his war crimes and crimes committed against “them”. Everyone would have observed Kagame’s tactics to avoid the term “Hutu” in his speech. He does not see the rwandan genocide as a rwandan tragedy, rather as a tragedy against the Tutsi, bringing us to wonder why! He counts himself as a Tutsi, first, not as a rwandan contrally to what he usually brags about. For instance he says ” … those who killed our people”. In his belief, the Tutsi are his people, not the other way around.

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Westminster may have shunned Putin, but its continued support of autocratic leaders stinks of hypocrisy

Among other despots the government courts, Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame can match Russia’s for cold-hearted ruthlessness. So much for resistance in defence of democracy

From left to right, Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, Egypt's president, Boris Johnson, U.K. prime minister, Paul Kagame, Rwanda's president, and Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria's president, pose for a family photo with other leaders of African nations and U.K. politicians at the U.K. - Africa Investment Summit at the Intercontinental Hotel in London, U.K., on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. Johnson will reinforce his vision of a global Britain trading freely outside the EU on Monday, when he hosts African leaders at an inaugural??summit. Photographer: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg via Getty Images
(L-R) Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, Boris Johnson, Paul Kagame, and Muhammadu Buhari pose with other politicians and leaders of African countries at the UK-Africa Investment Summit in 2020. (Photo: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg via Getty)
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By Ian Birrell

i columnist

March 20, 2022 3:09 pm(Updated 3:55 pm)

This is a tale of two dictators. Both have a background in espionage, trained in the dark arts of intelligence and security. Both became president in 2000 and proved themselves masters at controlling their countries by crushing dissent, stifling democracy and stealing elections. Both imprison or kill political foes, even those who fled into other nations for sanctuary. Both silence journalists and use state-controlled media to pump out a twisted narrative to further their own rule. Both treat state assets as their own. And both invade neighbouring nations and meddle abroad with disastrous consequences for millions of innocent people.

One of them is Vladimir Putin, now firmly established as Public Enemy No 1 for the free world after his latest assault on Ukraine. The full-scale invasion and atrocities unleashed by this self-serving despot have finally shocked the complacent West into action as it witnesses his attack on a sovereign nation. His misjudgement has turned Russia into a pariah state as the West tries to throttle his economy and sends his billionaire pals scurrying into safety with their stolen assets. As the Kremlin bombs cities such as Kyiv and Kharkiv, Mariupol and Mykolaiv, one in four of the country’s citizens were displaced from their homes in just three weeks.

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France – Rwanda : un criminel de guerre reçu par l’état-major français !

Ces derniers temps la France est en train de perdre son influence dans ce que l’on a appelé son « pré carré africain » à savoir les anciennes colonies françaises. Pour garder la face, elle a décidé de recourir au régime rwandais connu pour être une dictature sanguinaire sous la gouvernance du Front Patriotique Rwandais (le FPR) dirigé par Paul Kagame. Ce dernier est aidé par des oligarques composé majoritairement des hauts gradés de l’armée rwandaise. C’est dans cet optique que chef d’état-major français des armées le général Thierry Burkhard reçoit en ce moment une délégation composée des Officers rwandais à sa tête le chef d’Etat major de l’armée rwandaise Jean Bosco Kazura. La visite a commencé le 14 et terminera le 17 mars 2022.

Le passé criminel de Jean Bosco Kazura

Si l’on en croit sa page Wikipédia[1] Kazura a rejoint l’armée patriotique rwandaise en 1992 et a occupé les fonctions de général de brigade et de division entre 1998 et 2003, les années durant lesquelles l’Armée Patriotique Rwandaise a décimé des milliers de civils hutus au Nord du Rwanda dans la guerre dit des infiltrés (Abacangezi) et en République Démocratique du Congo. Wikipedia citant le journal Foreign Policy paru en en décembre 2013 nous apprend que Jean Bosco Kazura : « Est l’auteur de crimes de guerre durant la phase finale du conflit [génocide et guerre civile au Rwanda], agissant comme commandant d’escadrons de la mort, sous le commandement de Patrick Nyamvumba, en compagnie de John Birasa et d’Emmanuel Butera. Le « bataillon Oscar », avec Kazura à sa tête, est chargé de ratisser les campagnes des préfectures de Byumba et Kibungo. Selon certains témoignages, Kazura a organisé et assisté en juin-juillet 1994 à des tueries de civils hutus à Nasho, Rutonde, Rwanteru, ainsi qu’à des opérations d’épuration de l’administration en 1995 et 1996les accusations portant même sur une implication personnelle dans l’assassinat et l’incinération des corps ».

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