U.S. envoy urges Congo to set date for presidential election

By Aaron Ross KINSHASA (Reuters) – Democratic Republic of Congo should promptly set a date for a presidential election in 2016, a senior U.S. envoy said on Monday, increasing international pressure on President Joseph Kabila to step down at the polls next year. Last month, street protests killed 42 people and forced lawmakers to drop an electoral reform bill the opposition said was aimed at keeping Kabila in power. The attention has now shifted to the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) which has yet to set a date for the…

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SA heads for new DRC war

South Africa has 1000 troops in the DRC as part of the UN’s Force Intervention Brigade, which is tasked with “neutralising” threats to the region. File photoImage by: SIPHIWE SIBEKO / REUTERS   The government yesterday announced that a confrontation with Forces for Democratic Liberation of Rwanda in the Democratic Republic of Congo was “inevitable”. Four thousand FDLR soldiers, many of whom were involved in the 1994 Rwandan genocide, terrorise the eastern DRC. The looming fight comes after the FDLR ignored the UN’s January 2 disarmament deadline. Department of International Relations…

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HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF AS THE UNITED NATIONS DECLARES WAR AND ABANDONS RWANDANS AGAIN

Today, 8 January 2015, is another landmark date in the continuing tragic story of Rwanda and the Great Lakes region. The President of the UN Security Council has just issued a statement declaring war against the FDRL. This comes after U.S Special Envoy to the Great Lakes, Russ Feingold, sounded the trumpet call on 30 December 2014. The coercive will of the United States Government was reflected immediately in the statement of all international special envoys to the Great Lakes ( UN, EU, AU, US, Belgium) on Jan 2, 2015.…

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Rwanda on trial in South Africa

By: Jennifer Fierberg Once again, a court in South Africa has called foul on the Government of Rwanda and their involvement in the attempted assassination of Gen. Kayumba Nyamwasa former Chief of staff of the Rwandan Army, now leader in one of Rwanda’s most vocal opposition groups, the Rwanda National Congress. The Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa (CoRMSA)  whose “main objective are the promotion and protection of the rights of asylum seekers, refugees and international migrants,” brought an application against the President of the Republic of South…

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Military Purges in Rwanda Expose Cracks in Kagame Regime

Rwandan President Paul Kagame speaking at the London Summit on Family Planning, July 11, 2012 (U.K. Department for International Development photo).   Last month, three high-ranking Rwandan military figures close to President Paul Kagame were arrested and charged with so-called crimes against state security. The military purgeshave fueled fears of a political crisis for Kagame with dissension among the ranks of his party and backers in the army. Although officers have been arrested in the past and former Kagame supporters have fled the country and openly opposed him, last month’s detentions…

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Rwanda Militia Commander ‘Tired Of War’

The commander of one of the Rwandan militia hiding out in the eastern Congolese mountains has told Sky News his men will not disarm without guarantees for their safety. Colonel Bonheur – as he called himself but which is almost certainly not his real name – said his band of soldiers would be forced to continue fighting unless a political solution can be found. Speaking from his mountain hideout, he said: “We are tired of war. We want peace. But we need the international community to step in and mediate.…

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KAGAME’S IMPERSONATION AND PARANOIA: THE DEADLY COMBINATION

Authored by Eng Emmanuel Ngarambe Rwanda is thousands of years old. Kings have ruled and left. Presidents have faked democracy and undemocratically left. Rwanda has remained. Rwanda will remain. Unlike us Rwandans, Rwanda is everlasting. Our ancestors lived in Rwanda and died. Like you and me, Kagame will die one day. Rwanda will never die. Rwanda will always be there for our descendants to call home. This is how important Rwanda is. Unfortunately, today’s Rwanda seems to have been overshadowed by President Kagame. He has been made to believe that…

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“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity’

By Jennifer Fierberg Rwanda Day 2014 is underway in Atlanta, Georgia under the praise of Andrew Young, an American politician, diplomat, activist and pastor from Georgia and former member of Congress. Mr. Young is a longtime supporter of the controversial President, Paul Kagame of Rwanda and advocates for him on Capitol Hill. Anyone who follows Rwandan news and her supporters know who Paul Kagame rubs shoulders with; Rick Warren, Former President Bill Clinton, Andrew Young, Bill Gates and many more very rich and very famous social figures. Yet, a newcomer…

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“Your silence gives consent”

By Jennifer Fierberg There are no words that can provide comfort to someone who has experienced profound loss. Mere attempts at platitudes and words of solace can never fill a void so big it cannot be measured.  However, sitting with Leah Karegeya, one knows they are in the presence of strength, courage, power and a woman filled with God’s love.  There is also a palpable heaviness that Mrs. Karegeya carries in suffering from the loss of her husband at the hands of one of Africa’s worst dictators in history.  Mrs.…

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Burundi investigates ‘Rwandan bodies’ in Lake Rweru

  Burundi has set up an investigation after a number of dead bodies wrapped in plastic were found floating in a lake on its border with Rwanda. Fishermen say there are reports of dozens of unidentified bodies being spotted in recent weeks in Lake Rweru. It is not clear how they died. The regional authorities say their investigations indicate the victims were not from Burundi. But Rwanda police say no-one has been reported missing on the Rwandan side. ”The victims are not Burundian citizens because the bodies are coming from…

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