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Cutting Dutch aid clear signal to Rwanda

Published on : 9 November 2010 - 6:23pm | By RNW News Desk (photo: ANP)
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An increasing majority of Dutch political parties is calling upon the Netherlands to cut its aid to Rwanda, several MPs have confirmed to Radio Netherlands Worldwide.

The conservative VVD, the biggest party in the Dutch parliament's lower house and largest member of the ruling coalition, wants to cut back on the amount of money that flows directly into the Rwandan national budget. Other parties want to continue the freeze on this direct budget support that has been in place since 2008.

By Sophie van Leeuwen and Ruben Koops

The damning United Nations report on Rwandan activity in east Congo and the arrest of Victoire Ingabire are examples of how Rwanda is suffering from a bad news cycle with no end in sight. Meanwhile, the Dutch parliament is preparing for a final round of budget talks and MPs are doing the maths. A political majority appears to be in favour of cutting back on Rwandan development aid and giving President Paul Kagame’s government a strong warning at the same time.

Klaas Dijkhoff, VVD MP and party spokesperson on development aid, considers the current political situation in Rwanda worrisome.

“I can’t support the things that are happening in Rwanda right now. We support the development of a professional justice system in Rwanda but, at the same time, opposition leader Victoire Ingabire is locked up!”

Unfair
According to Mr Dijkhoff, Ms Ingabire is not receiving a fair trial in Rwanda. “They put her in jail, placed her under house arrest, released her and then locked her up again without any substantial evidence! If you ask me, it looks like a political trial.”

Joël Voordewind, an MP for the small Dutch Christian Union party, uses even stronger language:

“Right now we're supporting the construction of jails by directly funding the Rwandan justice department. As we speak, those jails are being used to lock up political prisoners, and I don’t want us to be responsible for these policies.”

Mr Voordewind is calling on the Minister of Foreign Affairs to end the direct government support the Netherlands gives to Rwanda, a proposition that is likely to gain broad support during the foreign ministry budget negotiations.

Freeze
There has been other criticism regarding Dutch aid to Rwanda. The Netherlands is an important donor country to Rwanda, with a proposed aid budget of 44 million euros for 2011. The amount of money that flows directly to the Rwandan government has been frozen since 2008 because of alleged Rwandan involvement in violence in east Congo.

Kathleen Ferrier, a CDA Christian Democrat MP, was responsible for suspending the direct budget aid to Rwanda in 2008. “I don’t see any immediate reason to resume our funding to the Rwandan budget,” she explains. “I still have loads of questions, but I am willing to be convinced by the foreign minister."

Non-issue
However, Rwandan senator Aloysia Inyumba - who is visiting the Netherlands - calls the criticism and the possible cancellation of direct budget support “hysterical” and “very unfair.”

Immaculee Uwanyiligira, the Rwandan ambassador to the Netherlands, is worried about the changing view amongst Dutch officials. “When Rwanda needed a friend after the 1994 genocide, the Netherlands was there for us,” she explained at a press briefing at the embassy in The Hague. “If the Netherlands had to withdraw its budget support because of belt tightening, we’d understand. But we hope that it doesn’t happen because of Victoire Ingabire, because that is a non-issue.”

Hutu agenda
Dutch opposition Labour Party MP Sjoera Dikkers is concerned about the outcome of the budget negotiations. “I think cancelling aid is a tough decision, because President Kagame is still the man who got Rwanda back on its feet after the genocide.”

According to Ms Dikkers, ethnic Hutus are the source of most of the criticism on the current situation in Rwanda. “It’s the Hutu agenda that I receive most pressure from, and I find it hard to just agree with that.”

On Tuesday, the Dutch parliamentary committee for foreign affairs was due to meet a Rwandan delegation, the ambassador and Senator Inyumba. A final decision on development aid for Rwanda will be made during the foreign affairs budget hearings in mid-December.

 

Discussion

Kevin 10 November 2010 - 11:20pm / EU

The Dutch never just give free aid, they always want something back in return. That's the dutch for you!

Kambaraga 10 November 2010 - 3:34pm

"The HUtu agenda"?

I am a hutu and if I am not in line with Kagame's policies, I will denounce it! Whethere you are OK with it or NOT!

rukwira 10 November 2010 - 12:27pm

@ Intare & Mugisha
It s all about "hutu" agenda and you are now calling on ex-FDLR commenders to defend the GOVORNMENT? VERY SAD INDEED..I ALWAY THOUGHT THE RWANDAN GOV. WAS STRONG ENOUGHT TO STAND ON his ON..BUT I GEUSS I WAS WRONG. BUT ATLEAST IT DIDNT HAVE TO BE FDLR'S? OK LETS SAY THEY ARE EX FDLR BUT BEFORE BEING FDLR THEY WERE GENOCIDERS, EX FAR, INTERAHAMWE RIGHT? THATS WHAT I HAVE BEEN HEARING SINCE 1994 FROM THE RWANDAN GOV. YOU DONT MEAN TO TELL ME THAT WE ARE NOW USING GENOCIDERS TO DEFEND THE GOV THAT STOPPED THE GENOCIDE????.. or THE ARE NOW EX GENOCIDERS TOO, OR THEY ARE SIMPLY INNOCENT PEOPLE AND THE GOV. HAVE BEEN LEING TO US SINCE..1994? something (if not everything) dont make sense!!
YOU CAN FOOL SOME PEOPLE SOMETIMES BUT YOU CAN NOT FOOL ALL PEOPLES ALL THE TIMES!!!

WHERE IS a HUTU AGENDA? IN ALL THIS, BECAUSE THIS IS WHAT IS CAUSING HARM HERE
.Former Rwandan Envoy Calls for International Pressure on President Kagame
Former ambassador to the U.S. Theogene Rudasingwa(A TUTSI) says opposition leader Victoire Ingabire is a freedom fighter who should not be in jail
http://www.voanews.com/english/news/africa/Butty-Rwanda-Bail-Denial-Reac...

.UN Report Accuses Rwandan Troops of Committing Genocide in the Congo:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQ71_8SYpwI

.Vague laws used to criminalise criticism of government in Rwanda - 30 August 2010
http://www.amnesty.org/en/africa/centralafrica/rwanda
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/world/breakingnews/un-report-into-congo...

Rwanda and Syria join ranks of 10 worst countries for journalists, says RSF
http://www.ifex.org/international/2010/10/20/rsf_2010_index/

Another Kagame aide reveals boss’ secret killing spots
Secret killing grounds in Nyungwe and Kami►How RPA senior officers Col. Augustine Kiiza and Major Alex Ruzindana were assassinated ►How Kagame ordered Hutu mass murder and blamed the insurgents►How Spanish religious leaders were killed President Paul Kagame made international headlines as a mass murderer after...
http://www.newslineea.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2...

Peter Mugisha 10 November 2010 - 2:38pm

rukwira,

I need to offer some free unity and reconciliation lessons to you. Over one million Tutsi were killed by genocidaires, assume 5 people were involved in the killing of one Tutsi, this means that over 5 million killers were involved.

If the current govt had not embraced unity and reconciliation, a big number of Hutu extremists would be in prison. The current govt in Rwanda should be applauded for doing the unimaginary action of releasing over one miilion genocide suspects for the sake of peace. If you live in Rwanda you know this.

Regarding the threat to take the current aid , some of the money from Netherlands govt has been supporting in reconciliation efforts, justice etc and i hope the Dutch should be proud to be partners with serious people where the taxes of Dutch people are not embezzled like in other places but put into the right use.

For the sake of corecting you, Rwarakabije appeared before Gacaca and was found innocent, unless a new case props up but he is a happy serving RDF officers like others who were rentegrated before him.

The UN mapping report to Rwandans is a roghing stock and should be put in the garbage. The report is simply copy and paste of other similar reports from enemies of Rwanda who wish Rwandans to cease to exist from the world. But God we pray i repeat our God is awesome.

Rwanda is progressing well and the aid which Rwandans are receiving is not there for ever, but it is required within shortrun. What i can assure you is that Rwandans will be donors in the near future.

History will tell. Who could imagine a country which suffered from the worst genocide could be keeping peace in Darfur, Haiti etc. Signs of good future for Rwanda are there and the detractors will regret forever.

rukwira 12 November 2010 - 1:10am

MUGISHA,

NOT Convinced at all
>DRC: Mapping human rights violations 1993-2003
http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Countries/AfricaRegion/Pages/RDCProjetMapping.aspx

YOU CAN CALL THIS REPORT GARBAGE IN THE EYES OF "THE RWANDAN. GOV"BUT NOT IN THE EYES OF RWANDANS WHOM LOST THEIRS DUE TO THE BARBARIAN KILLINGS OF THE RPF, BY THE WAY ITS NOT EVEN GARBAGE TO THE RWANDAN GOV. OTHERWISE WHY WOULD INYUMBA AND HER DELEGATION INCLUDING EX FDLR FIGHTERS (WHO S NOT RWARAKABIJE, FUNNY TO SEE YOU DEFENDING HIM THO!) AND EX INKUBA (MDR) LEADER Bernardin Ndashimye,
( http://www.inshuti.org/ndashim.htm)
GO TO EUROPE TO TRY TO DEFEND THE RWANDAN FACE DUE TO THIS RAPPORT..BUT IT LOOKS LIKE THE FAILED BADLY..WHO CAN BLAME THEM!!! ATLEAST THEY TRIED..

EVERY THING IS GOING TO COME OUT SLOWLY BUT SURELY:

09.11.10 - ICTR/KAREMERA - PRESIDENT OF MRND MILITIA WORKED FOR RPF,ACCORDING TO WITNESS http://www.hirondellenews.com/content/view/13828/333/
Arusha, November 09, 2010 (FH) - Former close Protection Officer for Rwandan President Paul Kagame alleged before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) Tuesday that President of Interahamwe militia of the ruling MRND party in 1994, Robert Kajuga worked for the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) now in power in Kigali.

"Rwanda is progressing well and the aid which Rwandans are receiving is not there for ever, but it is required within shortrun. What i can assure you is that Rwandans will be donors in the near future."

I MUST SAY THAT I REALLY LIKE THIS PHRASE AND EVERY RWANDAN SHOULD BE HAPPY TO SEE SUCH A THING HAPPEN. BUT LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING: RWANDANS EVERYWHERE THEY ARE THEY ALWAYS WANT PROGRESS AND EVERYWHERE THEY GET THEY ALWAYS SHOW E.G IN TERM OF DEVELOPING THEMSELVES TROUGH EDUCATION, COMMERCE DOING ALL KIND OF BUSINESS IN RWANDA AND ABROAD EVERYWHERE YOU GOING TO FIND A RWANDAN COMMUNITY IT IS GOING (MOST LIKELY) TO BE THE EXAMPLE OF DEVELOPMENT. IT WAS SO IN RWANDA BEFORE THE WAR OF 1990 IF YOU TAKE THE UN AND THE STATES DEPARTMENT REPORTS BACK THEN YOU WILL SEE THAT RWANDA WAS ALSO VERY WELL QUOTED IN TERM OF DEVELOPMENT EVEN CALLED THE SWITZERLAND OF AFRICA...
ACTUALLY WHEN YOU SEE EVERYBODY TALKING ABOUT HOW RWANDA DEVELOPED IT SELF THE LAST 15 YEARS , IT LIKE BEFORE 1994 RWANDA DIDN'T EXIST . OF COURSE I DONT DISAGREE WITH THEM, BUT I ALWAYS ASK MY SELF THIS:
HOW MUCH MONEY AID DID RWANDA GET AFTER THE HORRIBLE EVENTS OF 94 + HOW MUCH DID RWANDA GET FROM THE UNCONTROLLED PLUNDERING OF THE CONGO MINERALS? AND HOW MUCH DEVELOPMENT DID IT ACHIEVE FROM ALL THAT MONEY, COMPARE
TO HOW MUCH AID MONEY DID RWANDA GET FROM THE INDEPENDENCE UNTIL THE 90'WAR (+0 CENT FROM PLUNDERING OF HIS NEIGHBORS WEALTH )AND HOW MUCH DEVELOPMENT DID RWANDA REALIZE FROM IT?
THAT RWANDA SENDS SOLDIERS TO ALL AREA IN THE WORLD WHERE TROUBLE STRIKES GOING ..IT S FOR 2 SIMPLE REASONS
IT IS AN DIPLOMATIC WEAPON AND 2ND RWANDA HAVE TO MUCH SOLDIERS AND TO SEND THEM ON UN MISSION IT MEANS THEY GET PAID A LOT OF MONEY. SOLDIERS FIGHT TO GO ON SUCH A MISSION. IF IT S NOT THE CASE WHY DID THE GOV. REDUCE THE TIME THEY SPEND THERE? BECAUSE BY ROTATING THEM THEY ARE TRYING TO LET EVERYBODY HAVE A LITTLE OF THAT CAKE...WHAT IS A GOOD THING THO..
THE CASE OF THE MAPPING REPORT ILLUSTRATES HOW THIS 2ND REASON(MONEY) IS WAY BIGGER THAN THE MORAL REASON OF PEACEKEEPING ..
WHEN MUSHIKIWABO SAID THAT RWANDA WAS GOING TO PULL HIS SOLDIERS OUT DARFUR BECAUSE OF THAT MAPPING RAPPORT , I PRETTY AGREED WITH THE MORAL GROUND THAT SHE GAVE ..BUT WE ALL SAW WHAT HAPPENED PRESIDENT K. TOLD THE WALL-STREET JOURNAL THAT WHAT MUSHIKIWABO AND THE WHOLE GOV. HAD BEEN TALKING ABOUT...WAS NEVER ON THE TABLE!!!NO H.E. IS GOOD. SINCE THEN I HAVEN'T HEARD FROM MUSHIKIWABO . H.E DESTROYED HER PROMESSING CAREER AS A DIPLOMAT..I BET EVERYTHING SHE IS GOING TO SAY NOW (ABROAD) PPS WILL HAVE TO ASK A CONFIRMATION FIST BY THE PRESIDENT. I THINK IT IS ACTUALLY ONE OF THE REASON WHY SHE IS NOT THE ONE WHO HEADED THE DELEGATION THAT WENT TO EUROPE. BECAUSE NO ONE WOULD HAVE BELIEVED HER WORDS INSTEAD THE CHOSE INYUMBA WHO WAS VERY CLODE TO KAGAME DURING THE WAR..BUT MUCH LESS OF A DIPLOMAT THAN MUSHIKIWABO. AND THAT ONE OF THE REASON WHY THE WHOLE MISSION FAILED....

Anonymous 10 November 2010 - 12:03pm / Rwanda

Kagame is number one killer of the century! I applaud the foresight and integrity of the Dutch politicians. Trust me, eventually the whole world will know about the incredible extent of killings under Kagame and the Dutch will be vindicated. How can this happen? Because God knows it is true, and God's time is the perfect time. Just keep the faith!

Intare Batinya 10 November 2010 - 11:41am / Rwanda

Those Dutch politicians who are agitating for aid freezing on Rwanda have once concern in common: Ingabire Victoire. It is clear that they dont care about 9 million Rwandans because Ingabire is better than them all. If the Netherlands decides to cut the aid, the world should understand that its not because of any wrongdoing on Rwanda's part. Its will be becausesome Netherlands politicians who had hoped to see Ingabire become President in Rwanda have been dissappointed because Rwandans have an opinion different from theirs. In this case therefore, who should matter in terms of deciding the way forward for Rwanda? Dikkers is right about the Hutu agenda - should this influence Dutch opinion?

Peter Mugisha 10 November 2010 - 11:24am

Please read the interview of a former leader of FDLR in DRC

Rwanda: Gen. Rwarakabije Slams UN for Failure, 'Malicious' Report, Warns Nationals Against UN's 'Hidden Agenda'
James Karuhanga
10 September 2010

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Kigali — Maj. Gen. Paul Rwarakabije, a commissioner in the Rwanda Demobilisation and Reintegration Commission (RDRC), has slammed the UN for its recently leaked report which alleged that Rwandan forces must have committed human rights violations in Congo in 1996. Rwarakabije was a commander of the rebel force ex-FAR , which was fighting the Rwanda Patriotic Army(RPA) units during the time the crimes are alleged to have been committed. In this interview conducted by James Karuhanga the general warns Rwandans to take no heed of what he believes are 'people or organisations' bent on disrupting Rwanda's unity and reconciliation drive. Excerpts:

Qn:What is your opinion on this recent UN report?

Much as I have not exhaustively read the report all I can question at this juncture is the credibility of the source of this information. I ask this question as I happened to be with the refugees and the ex-FAR soldiers who fled Congo. I was a commander of one of the Ex-FAR units. Having been on the ground I must add that what is being alleged to have happened is a fabrication.

Qn:As one of the Ex-FAR commanders how was the situation at your high command level as events unfolded after July 1994?

Gen. Augustin Bizimungu was our overall commander even though I was attached to the 'gendarmerie nationale'. Bizimungu called a meeting that was held at a place called 'k'umukamira', in the second week of July 1994.The meeting resolved that the war effort by government forces of the time was lost and that the only feasible option was to flee the country.

However, we had to do all that was possible so that all the people who were in the country could get out - the objective was to render the country entirely empty.

We told people that, 'whoever stays back, the Inkotanyi(RPF) forces will kill them.' We said, 'you know their cruelty.' And that propaganda continued...but that was not all. There was another objective that had been thought about...

Qn:What other objective was there?

Fleeing meant that there was a need to make it possible for a humanitarian catastrophe to arise. We needed to create that situation - a humanitarian catastrophe that could compel the international community to be alarmed and say 'ah! Truly, these people [refugees] are in difficulty and need'... I must add that this planned humanitarian catastrophe was meant to cover the genocide that had been unleashed. That propaganda really worked.

Qn:Tell us about situation within the camps?

The camps were run just in the same way government worked while we were back home in Rwanda. The administration machinery was intact. The camps had the same ex-FAR army and political leaders. They were just 'lifted' and relocated into Congo and settled into the camps. The camps had been prepared... for example Mugunga [camp] which I passed through, in North Kivu ... there was also Kibumba, Katale, and later, Kayindo. Those camps were known. There were even messengers who had been sent in to check out those camps...

Qn:Which camp do you know better? Where did you live or operate from?

I lived in Katale. The soldiers I led were in the camps of Katale, Kayindo, and Kibumba, but this didn't mean that I could not reach Mugunga as well because my bosses in the army were based there [Mugunga]. Now, about how people lived in the camps. Like I told you, the same administrators who had been in charge in Rwanda - the bourgmestres', the préfets, and others, were the same who ruled over the camps. People were settled just as it was back in Rwanda... And then, even the army, even though soldiers had then scattered, they later reorganised and were put in charge of security in the camps. The soldiers were living with the refugees in the camps. That being the case aid organisations were giving support to everybody without discrimination.

Qn:But were the aid organisations aware of this?

They knew it...you know, we were all dressed like civilians, but those international aid organisations knew it. They knew the situation in the camps...

...They just said 'we see that people are all the same and all can be assisted together and it is not causing any problem.'

Qn:What do you mainly commit to memory about this whole scenario?

Looking back I must say that the organisation and physical set up of refugee camps was the responsibility of the UN. By choosing to locate the camps just a short distance from the common border while the law is clear that refugee camps have to be set up at least 150 kilometres from the border for the purposes of averting future conflicts, this shortcoming to me confirms the failures by the UN. That being the case you can now interpret in your on view what this error by the UN meant.

Qn:If we could just go back to the report. What do you think could have been the basis by the UN for writing this report?

Given the manner in which I saw things at the camps in terms of organizational capabilities and decisions by the UN, it seems to me that, by coming up with such reports, the UN is desperately trying to conceal what they were not able to put right. The UN's intention seems to suggest that by even make up such reports, they are trying to hoodwink those questioning it into looking at the other way.

The leaking of the report came just when other reports revealed that in the region of Walikale, over 1500 women, and even children had been raped, with the UN force nearby...

Oh yes, with the UN nearby, and not doing anything at all. I also followed that because that is even a place [Walikale] that I know very well.

Qn:How could that happen?

The UN normally has troops. And it really has many soldiers there but for it to rescue people; I don't really know if that is its first priority. It all boils down to the mandate given to the mission by the security council. That brings to the surface the entire FDLR problem. It is taking far too long to sort it out.

Surely, if they had the will, since I see that they have the capacity the problem ought to have been sorted out by now. Instead of wanting to solve problems, you find that they want to cause confusion.

Qn:Why do you think the UN would want to cover up...?

That is a question you can ask them directly.

Let me take you back to your time with the FDLR and when you crossed to the government side. Briefly, why did you cross over?

The first reason was the fatal losses we incurred in the year 2001. When we attacked ... the Rwandan soldiers captured very many of our troops...

They captured them, with the help of their parents, in collaboration with their families, they put them in camps in Mudende, and in Nkumba, and then, they sensitised them and resettled them...

Qn:How many of your troops were captured?

In this particular offensive over 1,700 troops were captured and resettled. This act really had a profound effect on me.

It was also very difficult for us when those who escaped being captured managed to find their way back. Managing them was difficult... they could ask us that 'it seems that what you taught us is not true.' Putting them back in line was a difficult problem...

Qn:Any other reasons why you finally abandoned the rebellion?

During that time we also had infiltrators into Rwanda who gave us intelligence on the situation back at home. The information they brought back to us, was that the population was really fed up with us!

And then there were some of the Rwandan leaders whom we started communicating with. We linked up on the phone and that is how it happened.

Qn:When, exactly, did you come back?

I arrived back home in 2003.It was tense as I was worried about my reception. However it was good. I was well received.

It is clear that I had to first explain my position. And people were asking very many questions such as 'you lived there, you have been fighting, our children who you have left there, why have you left them? Why don't you make efforts so that they also come back?'

At that time I moved around the country, if you remember, I even talked to many journalists ... The international ones were asking me 'why have you returned? Have those in Rwanda promised you anything?'

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I was not promised anything for my return...

Being integrated into the army greatly helped me since I could talk to the people I had lived and worked with ...it was easy for me to join and this helped me to encourage those I had left behind to come back.

Nothing is really ever perfect as such, but you know, you cannot say that everything is moving on perfectly well. I explained things and they would say 'you arrived there and they gave you a job, but how about us, what will be our fate? There are people who returned and were tried and jailed ... what about appearing before Gacaca?' I explained everything.

Qn:Being at the helm of the demobilization and reintegration commission, what are you doing to see that those still with the FDLR are brought back
The first thing we did was put up a communication strategy to pass the message that they should return. Another method we employ is the use of returnees. We organise talk shows, look into how they are faring back in their communities and, it encourages those who are still out there.

Qn:What would be your last word?

My message is, bearing in mind the path Rwandans have chosen in this country, where Genocide happened, we are trying to make sure that people live together again. However, while trying to work out this new path I must add that we need to be on the lookout for detractors.

Coming back to the timings of the leaked report. Why would the report be produced at this time? Surely it only shows that they don't wish anything good for us. Having known the intention of such detractors Rwandans must be seen to be moving on. We must not be derailed from the path of unity.

kayinamura 12 November 2010 - 10:10pm / usa

First of all, Mr rwarakabije is a genocidaire and he should be behind the bars, in a special prison. I wonder why Kigama keep him in a publib eyes, living a comfortable life like Rucagu?
Such kind of politics has destroyed our trust in rwanda. These criminars get money and favorities and turn against each other. That's a real hard ball rwandan politics. You can not relie on any testimonies that come out from rwandese. they are all liars no matter what they do.
I think Doners should freeze accounts from rwandan officials , include its leader.
I feel ho angry when you talk about these interahamwe and criminars who acts as pupets of Kigama. rwandarakabije and others integrated sodiers in Rwanda army should be in prison not is a leadership position. later, they will free the country, and stary to flip-flop like the habyalimana Emmanuel.
It is a silly politics. Tell me guys, how about the group that organizes manifestations, recently in DC, requesting the Us govern. to do some thing about Interahamwe, who are financiers for thses criminars FDRL. These people are very stupid, and I am not sure if even they know the rule of the game or they know what they are doing? The most criminars right now are holding senior positions in rwandan military and other top post, including the ambassador to Kinshas Mr rugira?????
I am real seek and tired for these self praise seekers who spend time hanging aroung sreeding poison while these criminars are enjoying comfortable life in kigali and poor are spending life in prisons.
I think james karuhanga, know in his heart the truth and lies behind rwandan hardball politics. Don't listen whatever they tell you. 90% are lies.

Peter MUgisha 10 November 2010 - 10:51am

Please read the articles below to understand the person you are supporting

Who is Victoire Ingabire?
Shyaka Kanuma
An investigation by The Rwanda Focus has come up with incontrovertible proof that Victoire Ingabire who earlier this year came to Rwanda from the Netherlands with intentions to contest the presidential elections in August was a member of the CDR (Coalition for the Defence of the Republic) extremists whose sworn duty was to exterminate every last surviving Tutsi in Rwanda, including babies still in their mothers’ wombs.
Victoire Ingabire has been claiming that she never espoused the politics of genocide. The Rwanda Focus has incontrovertible information that in 1993 she, together with her mother Odetta Dusabe, defected from Habyarimana’s MRND party to join CDR.
The CDR philosophy was, according to its co-founder Jean Bosco Barayagwiza, that MRND was not doing enough to solve “the Tutsi problem”. This man co-founded CDR with Hassan Ngeze, editor of the infamous Kangura which among other things published the notorious ‘Hutu Ten Commandments’ that among other things exhorted “all Hutus to stop taking pity on the Tutsi ‘snakes’”.
Ingabire’s mother Odetta Dusabe, according to the findings of a Gacaca court in Butamwa apparently was a faithful adherent of Barayagwiza’s philosophy of killing even unborn babies. The woman was a nurse at the Butamwa Health Centre and she used to do things to pregnant Tutsi women that for good taste we cannot describe in these pages. Suffice it to say that none of the Tutsi women that fell in the hands of Dusabe ever survived - that is after she dealt gruesomely with their foetuses.
Victoire Ingabire was born on 3 October 1968 in Gatumba (former Kibirira Commune) and she is the daughter of Pascal Gakumba. This man Gakumba too was an adherent of Barayagwiza and Ngeze and was a very active participant in massacres of Tutsis. International rights bodies like Human Rights Watch and other friends of Victoire Umuhoza Ingabire have not mentioned it, but Gacaca courts convicted both her parents, Gakumba and Dusabe of being very enthusiastic participant in the genocide, and that these convictions took place long before Ingabire ever declared her political intentions.
After a Gacaca court passed a life sentence on Dusabe the woman fled to Belgium where she is up to now. But Gakumba chose suicide after another court passed a similar sentence on him. The man drank rat poison and died.
Gakumba met Dusabe at a time the woman worked at a small health centre in Gatumba. It is said that Dusabe moonlighted as a sex worker during after work hours. Not long after her liaison with Gakumba Victoire Ingabire was conceived.
Among the other men Odetta Dusabe came to know was one Dr. Akingeneye who was one of Juvenal Habyarimana’s physicians. Akingeneye apparently was enamoured of Dusabe’s charms and it is him who brought her to Kigali to work at the Butamwa Health Centre. Dusabe had two children with Akingeneye.
Ingabire grew up in a household of different fathers. She was not an adept student in her primary school years and failed to attain the pass mark to go to a government secondary school. So she went to G.S. Rambura for her secondary education. In the days of Habyarimana, and Kayibanda before him when tribal segregation was the order of the day, the authorities made provisions for failing Hutu children to attain higher education. On the other hand the system made sure even the most brilliant Tutsi never went beyond six years of primary school. G.S. Rambura where Ingabire did six years of secondary school was a school for mediocre Hutu students. Ingabire never went to university.
After her sixth year at G.S. Rambura in 1991 she went to work in the Customs branch of the Ministry of Finance. It was in 93, apparently unsatisfied that Habyarimana’s MRND was doing enough to foment the required levels of Tutsi hatred that Ingabire and her mother decided to join the more incendiary CDR. In CDR Ingabire was a very active grassroots organiser for this group of extremists.
According to Gacaca documents, her mother became even more active in the gruesome killings of Tutsi women and the unborn children of whomever happened to be pregnant in 94.
People who knew Ingabire those days are very sure the only reason she wasn’t a participant in the Genocide was because she had gone to Holland for further training for her government job. She decided to stay in Europe when the RPF stopped the Genocide and drove out the genocidal regime.
In Holland Ingabire had three children. Information we have is that neither of them shares a father.
The membership of FDU Inkingi for which Ingabire is the leader is mainly composed of former members of Habyarimana’s MRND and Barayagwiza and Ngeze’s CDR.
When these people on 25 March 1995 formed something called the Rassemblement pour le Retour des Refugies et la Democratie au Rwanda (RDR) in the Mugunga refugee camp in the former Zaire they appointed Victoire Ingabire to be its point person in Holland. And in a big RDR meeting in Bonn, Germany on 17 August 2000 during the so-called third RDR congress Ingabire was made the overall leader of the RDR. In yet another of these congresses, again in Bonn, on 22 March 2003 the woman once again was made leader of RDR up to recently when it changed its name to FDU Inkingi.
Ingabire’s genocide affiliations have been out there in the open for anyone who wants to see.
One of the FDU Inkingi officials Joseph Ntawangundi for example had been convicted of genocide and crimes committed during the genocide and left Rwanda. But when they arrested the fellow after he returned to join Ingabire, FDU Inkingi together with Human Rights Watch and their friends set up a hue and cry that a member of the opposition was being wrongly jailed. That is until Ntawangundi himself admitted that indeed he participated in the Genocide. After that even Ingabire changed her statements when incontrovertible proof of Ntawangundi’s culpability was made public, and she tried to disassociate herself from him.
But these people have been so tight together it is impossible for one to extricate herself from the other.

Rukwira 10 November 2010 - 11:54am

@ Mugisha ..dont lose your time spreading those OLD HATRED New Times propaganda..because no one buys those anymore..
THE WHOLE WORLD KNOWS NOW WHO THE REALLY INGABIRE VICTOIRE IS! (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victoire_Ingabire_Umuhoza)
EVEN THOSE WHO FIRST BELIEVED IN YOUR HATRED CAMPAGNE AGAINST INGABIRE STARTS TO DENOUNCE IT..
Former Rwandan Envoy Calls for International Pressure on President Kagame
Former ambassador to the U.S. Theogene Rudasingwa says opposition leader Victoire Ingabire is a freedom fighter who should not be in jail
http://www.voanews.com/english/news/africa/Butty-Rwanda-Bail-Denial-Reac...
THE ONLY THING LEFT IS TO KNOW WHO THE REALLY KAGAME IS? BUT SLOWLY AND SURELY EVEN HIS LATEST HIDDEN SPOTS ARE NOW BEING DISCOVERED.
Another Kagame aide reveals boss’ secret killing spots - NOVERMBER 2010
http://www.newslineea.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2...
►Secret killing grounds in Nyungwe and Kami
►How RPA senior officers Col. Augustine Kiiza and Major Alex Ruzindana were assassinated
►How Kagame ordered Hutu mass murder and blamed the insurgents
►How Spanish religious leaders were killed
President Paul Kagame made international headlines as a mass murderer after the UN report accused his forces of Hutu mass massacres in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
And some of his former officers including Col. Patrick Karegeya and Major Alphonse Furuma have recently accused him of mass killings during the 1990-94 war, and for assassinating opposition politicians abroad. But the world has more to learn. Now, in an exclusive interview with The Newsline’s Charles Kabonero and Didas Gasana, Lt. Aloys Ruyenzi, a former RPA officer and close bodyguard of Kagame reveals the untold and horrendous story of Kagame’s secret killing grounds, torture chambers, and the systematic killings of critics.
By newsline Team

"The killing fields were established immediately after the RPA took power in Rwanda. It is run by the dreaded Directorate of Military Intelligence," the soft spoken officer calmly explains. "Victims are both soldiers and civilians whose death warrants have been signed by President Kagame. The victims are killed using bayonets, fire (burning them alive) and shooting for those trying to resist or escape," he adds.

"The killing field is ever busy, receiving its victims from all over Rwanda, and elsewhere," Lt Ruyenzi, who says he was privy to operations of the RPA, says and adds: "The killing fields are tightly guarded by about a platoon of DMI commandos and Kagame’s Republican Guard commandos. The ordinary soldiers (men) are burnt with their uniforms on and the officers are burnt with their pips on. The victims arrive at the place with their hands in cuffs and their feet shackled, he says and claims that Kagame practically supervises activities at the murder spots.
"Kagame regularly visits these killing fields to inspect their efficiency," he claims and adds that for instance, that in 1998, escorted by Jack Nziza (then Director of the DMI), Kagame visited Nyungwe killing spot, then under command of a one ‘Captain Fred’.
Location
According to Ruyenzi, Nyungwe killing field is between Gikongoro- Cyangugu towns, on a hill located about three kilometers inside the forest.
He says that there are three categories of victims killed at the spot, among them, members of the former army (Ex-FAR) like Col. Augustin Kiiza, the Interahamwe and former refugees from DRC and critics of Kagame’s regime like former RPA officer Major Alex Ruzindana.
Ruyenzi says those who direct the killings include Brig. Gen. Jack Nziza, Col. Ephraim Rurangwa, Capt. Francis Mutiganda, Capt. Joseph Nzitatira, Capt. Batamuriza, 2Lt. Gilbert, W01 Abbas, (who was later killed) and Lt. Julien Rwangarambe.
Killings supervisors

Signals used to announce victims
Vehicles carrying category A (Ex FAR, Interahamwe and former refugees from DRC put on right hand indicators, as they approach roadblocks (three of them) to the killing field.
Those transporting category B victims (dissidents) put on left-hand indicators, as they approach roadblocks to the killing field whereas vehicles carrying category C Victims (the high level personnel) put on no indicators as they arrive
The roadblocks
"There are three road blocks," the former officer explains.
The first one has 12 soldiers comprising staff from the Directorate of Military Intelligence and the Republican Guards. On receiving vehicles bringing in victims, he says, the soldiers communicate to their colleagues at the road blocks ahead, giving details about the category of victim coming in.
The second has 12 soldiers, in two lines. Line one with 5 soldiers and line two, five meters behind the first one, has seven soldiers.
"Each soldier has a bayonet and two pistols to kill the victims. Line two is supposed to reinforce line one in case of any resistance and the pistols are used to reinforce the bayonets in case of any problem," Ruyenzi claims.
The third roadblock, he says, is the ‘burning site’ where dead bodies are destroyed by fire, using petrol.
"After the bodies are burnt, the ash is left to cool and is carried in gunny bags, loaded into a container on a lorry- a blue Mercedes Benz 1924, whose plate numbers are occasionally changed from GR and IT (and vice versa)," Lt. Ruyenzi says.
The GR…and IT… number plates belong officially to government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), respectively.
After that, Lt. Ruyenzi says the lorry transports ash from the ‘cremated’ bodies to the heavily-guarded (by DMI operatives) Ruriba brick factory in Kigali city, where the ashes are emptied into the river Nyabarongo and the empty bags are kept to perform the next task.
The exiled officer says those doing the killing, collection and disposal of the ashes, are exclusively Tutsi, and are from Congo or Burundi. They are highly vetted.
In 1998, during the ‘war against insurgency’ in the DRCongo, many people from all over Rwanda were brought to the Nyungwe killing field in 30 minibuses and 10 pick-ups which had been ordered and bought for the express purpose of transporting RPA’s victims both in Rwanda and elsewhere, to their death at Nyungwe killing field, Lt. Ruyenzi alleges.
"They were ‘collected’ and ‘sorted’ according to the crime and category at Kami prison torture chambers, and later shackled and loaded onto minibuses, and escorted by pick-ups to Nyungwe killing field, where they were burnt alive to death using petrol," the former officer said.
Ruyenzi says when 7th battalion was deployed in areas of Rushashi, Tare, Mbogo and Rurindo in 1998, the Director of Schools at Rwankuba, the Bourgmestre and the Agriculture Officer of Commune Rushashi were murdered on the same night at Nyungwe killing ground by government operatives.
Ruyenzi, who said he didn’t recall the names of the deceased, further claimed that the RPF/A hurriedly blamed their death on Interahamwe insurgents.
"Accusing the insurgents for death of people was Kagame’s trademark, and a strong public relations point. In the same year (1998), Kagame’s operatives killed civilians who were watching the World Cup tournament in the hotel called Pensz-Y, and again blamed their death on insurgency," Ruyenzi claims.
Killing of religious leaders
Hutus, critics and Interahamwe were not the only victims of Kagame’s killer squad, according to the former officer. Religious leaders were also targeted.
He says prominent killings of religious leaders were carried out at Rwesero Seminary claiming the lives of seven Catholic priests who had taken refugee there.
"Kagame personally oversaw the execution of their killings," Ruyenzi claims, before adding that on June 5, 1994 Kagame ordered the killing of three Catholic Bishops and other religious leaders at Kabgayi.
Ruyenzi says the157th Battalion then under the command of Fred Ibingira (now a Major General) was responsible for their death.
"The Battalion’s Intelligence Officer Wilson Gumisiriza (now a Brigadier) gave orders to then Sergeant Kwitegetse alias Burakari to command a section of soldiers which killed them," he says.
He further asserts: "The Spanish Fr. Vallmajo was also killed in Byumba with other three Rwandan priests in April 1994 by DMI under the supervision of by then Lt. Col Jackson Rwahama, while Fr. Claude Simard from Canada was killed on October 17, 1994 by the RPA under Kagame’s orders."
He adds: "Three Spanish employees of MEDICOS del MUNDO were also killed on January 18, 1997 in Ruhengeri by officers of the DMI namely: 2Lt. Evarist Karenzi, an intelligence officer of Gendarmerie in Ruhengeri and Capt. Majyambere Matayo, an Intelligence Officer of 408 Brigade in Ruhengeri."
On 2nd February 1997, Fr. Guy Pinard from Canada and Fr. Curick Vjechoslav of Croatia were also killed, while Fr. Deschamp from Canada was killed in Kigali in1998, Lt Ruyenzi claims. RDF spokesman, Lt. Col Jill Rutaremara would not pick our repeated phone calls to react to this damning story.
Who is Lt. Ruyenzi?
Lt. Aloys Ruyenzi was born in March 1, 1971 in Mbarara- Uganda, after his parents fled the persecution of Tutsi in Rwanda. In 1987, he joined the National Resistance Army one year after it captured state power in Uganda.
He told The Newsline that after military training and a six month intelligence course, he was posted to the 23rd battalion then based in northern Uganda.
"In 1989, I was called back at the Directorate of Military Intelligence headquarters to undertake another intelligence course called ‘intelligence and self defense’," Ruyenzi says.
Ruyenzi says he was among the first batch of RPA fighters that invaded Rwanda in October 1990. "I was in 4th battalion commanded by Captain (RIP) Bitamazire," He says and adds that in 1992 he was deployed to the High Command’s Missile Unit and later deployed under President Kagame’s close bodyguards as an Intelligence Officer.
After RPA took over in 1994, he says he was sent to Uganda for another six months course called ‘Intelligence and VIP Protection’.
In 1995 after the course, he resumed duty as an Intelligence Officer and close bodyguard to President Paul Kagame.
"In 1996, I was sent to DRC (Congo) on a special assignment," he says, but would not divulge the details.
He says he was later posted to Ruhengeri and Gisenyi "to follow and give detailed account of all military operations taking place then", against insurgents.
In June 1998, he claims he was accused of releasing Interahamwe militia in Nkamira, Gisenyi, leading to his woes with the Kigali government and subsequent arrest and detention in Kibungo Military Prison on June 8, 1999. He, however, brushes off the charges with bursting vitality, saying they are mere fabrications.
"In December 1999, I was released without charges and allowed to resume my duties as an escort/bodyguard to Paul Kagame," Ruyenzi says and adds that in 2004 he fled the country and has since obtained asylum in Norway. He was not comfortable discussing the reasons why he had to flee.
Editor’s note: In our next edition The Newsline will publish the officer’s narratives regarding a number of RPA officers assassinated on orders of President Kagame, including Members of the High Command Muvunanyambo and Col. Charles Ngoga, and dissident politicians - deaths that still remain a mystery in Rwanda
Lt. Aloys Ruyenzi is a former Rwanda Defence Forces officer who claims he was among the first batch of RPA soldiers who attacked Rwanda in 1990.
And to Ruyenzi, news of the recently released UN report implicating the Rwandan soldiers in probable acts of genocide and mass murder in DRC make no news. He says the crimes in the report have been exposed time and again by different researchers but hastens to add that what most people don’t know is that President Kagame operates horrendous killing fields in Nyungwe Natural Forest and Kami, a secret military detention facility.

Ndiho 9 November 2010 - 11:49pm

For those who understand the politicians' languages , what does the Rwandan ambassador Uwanyiligira mean when she says "If the Netherlands had to withdraw its Budget support because belt tightening, we'd understand . but we hope that it doen't happen because of Victoire, because that is a non-issue"

Anonyme 9 November 2010 - 9:47pm / canada

please cut it and end all the noises ......we will not trade our freedom and security for aid that is something you have to understand and another thing you have to understand is that this is no colonial era you will never and ever influence our way of life, you will never take decision for us, freeze it and trust me we will survivre and we will grow even bigger and stronger.....we didn't surviver because of your good heart,

Anonymous 9 November 2010 - 8:52pm

MP Sjoera Dikkers (Labour Party) excuse ME?!! a HUTU AGENDA? THIS MP Hasn't BEEN DOING HER HOMEWORK on RWANDA LATELY ...
What does "hutu" has to do with all THIS:

.Former Rwandan Envoy Calls for International Pressure on President Kagame
Former ambassador to the U.S. Theogene Rudasingwa(A TUTSI) says opposition leader Victoire Ingabire is a freedom fighter who should not be in jail
http://www.voanews.com/english/news/africa/Butty-Rwanda-Bail-Denial-Reac...

.UN Report Accuses Rwandan Troops of Committing Genocide in the Congo:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQ71_8SYpwI

.Vague laws used to criminalise criticism of government in Rwanda - 30 August 2010
http://www.amnesty.org/en/africa/centralafrica/rwanda
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/world/breakingnews/un-report-into-congo...

Rwanda and Syria join ranks of 10 worst countries for journalists, says RSF
http://www.ifex.org/international/2010/10/20/rsf_2010_index/

Another Kagame aide reveals boss’ secret killing spots
http://www.newslineea.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2...

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