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Two Rwandan nationals feared to be in CMI dungeons since last year

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The New Times

The whereabouts of two Rwandans – Sendegeya Theogene and Magezi Emmanuel who went missing in Uganda last year – are unknown.

Their disappearance, according to their family members, followed arrest by soldiers of the Mbarara-based UPDF Second Division.

According to the relatives of Sendegeya and Magezi, the two were abducted and simply taken away. There were no charges brought against them.

There were no arrest warrants shown them. They suffered the usual abduction by Uganda’s security agencies.

As usual the diplomatic mission of Rwanda in Kampala was not notified, which is in violation of international norms.

At the beginning of last month the Government of Rwanda took the extra-ordinary step to warn its citizens against travel to Uganda.

Foreign Minister Richard Sezibera cited the reasons as unlawful arrests, incarceration with no access to consular visits and a litany of other hostile acts suffered by Rwandan citizens at the hands of Ugandan security forces.

Rwandan nationals have been, and are facing a much tougher climate in Uganda these days.

The situation has become such that authorities in Uganda do not even bother to investigate the deaths of Rwandans these days.

The latest victims are Lambert Sahabo, a Kisoro-based Rwandan businessman, was trailed by an unknown car, and gunned down in front of his house.

Another is Theogene Dusengimana whose dead body was on 7th this month found by his friends, with bruises around the stomach and neck.

Both these incidents carry the signature imprint of Ugandan security agencies – that most often work hand in hand with Kayumba Nyamwasa’s RNC – when they carry out assassinations of Rwandans who either refuse to be recruited into the rebel group as fighters, or to contribute funds to it.

The families of Sendegeya and Magezi are worried sick of what could be happening to their relatives.

Their worries could be informed by the record of Rwandan nationals that fall into the hands of Uganda security forces.

Two Rwandan businessmen, Rwamucyo Emmanuel and Rutayisire Augustin, that Ugandan soldiers arrested in Mbarara were held out of contact with anyone for four months.

They then were produced before a court martial – an act that’s completely illegal given their civilian status – say their lawyers.

According to them (lawyers), there was no reason for these people to be produced before a court martial.

There were no provable charges against them.

Sendegeya and Magezi could equally have ended up in any safe house or other un-gazetted places of detention run by Ugandan security forces all over the country.

Source: The New Times

Link: Two Rwandan nationals feared to be in CMI dungeons since last year

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False attacks on RDF are laughable and can never stick, analysts

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By Alex Muhumuza

Chimpreports: one of the favorite Museveni-regime mouthpieces.

The ChimpReports website – one of the favorite Museveni-regime mouthpieces – in a desperate ploy to pump up negativity about Rwanda now is attacking its military, RDF, with slanders that its soldiers are crossing into Uganda looking for food and drinks.

This article follows a series of fabrications by several Ugandan misinformation outlets alleging that Rwandan nationals are fleeing to Uganda “in search of food”.

It prompted one Rwandan to exclaim, “These Ugandans; why are they obsessed with this childish thinking that food grows only in Uganda!”

The ChimpReports article, published yesterday, 18 April, makes allegations that the Rwandan soldiers that cross to Kisoro are, in addition, doing so illegally. The website bases its story on the words of one bar owner, Hellen Mwiza. That is the entirety of their sourcing.

The “testimony” of this Mwiza does not stand the simplest scrutiny. It in fact looks to be none-existent, as no reputable media house in the region has reported on the alleged violation of Ugandan territory by a foreign, i.e. Rwandan, force.

ChimpReports in coordination with other state-sponsored outlets and bloggers are bent on creating a (fictitious) narrative of poverty and despair in Rwanda.

According to some observers, this is an orchestrated effort to buttress an ongoing lie that “Since Rwanda closed her borders from last month, ‘Rwandans are suffering’.” It is a lie that they now are extending to the Rwandan military, reputedly one of the most disciplined forces on the African continent.

A little research on the Internet will reveal that wherever the RDF has been on the African continent as peacekeepers – Sudan, Central African Republic, and elsewhere – they are hugely appreciated by local populations for their professionalism and discipline. They did such a professional job in CAR for instance that the head of state, Catherine Samba-Panza, chose RDF to be her guards, amongst a whole host of other peacekeeping contingents.

The Rwandan Defense Force is a highly respected institution both nationally and internationally, further inquiry will reveal. Rwanda was the fourth UN troops-contributing country in 2018 and has garnered a lot of respect, and a reputation for professionalism and dedication to service.

“To see some Ugandan media claim that members of such a military would even remotely consider setting foot in another country in search of food shows how desperate those media have become!” commented another analyst.

Remarkably, the Kampala propagandists seem to be projecting the behavior of their own army, UPDF, upon that of Rwanda’s.

Every Ugandan grows up seeing the rogue behavior, the thuggishness and general indiscipline of Ugandan security forces, most especially UPDF. Ugandan soldiers are known to be uncouth, loud, and attract a bad name everywhere they go, said a Kampala-based journalist that requested anonymity to speak freely.

“In Somalia, UPDF are accused of being robbers and rapists! In DR Congo, under the direction of Gen. Salem Saleh they plundered that country so much that when DRC took Uganda to the international court, it ordered Uganda to pay its neighbor US$ 10 billion,” added the journalist.

The NilePost, another Ugandan website, in September 2018 reported on how UPDF officers were stealing meat from lions in Queen Elizabeth Park. The lions would hunt down their prey hoping to feed themselves and their families, only for Museveni’s soldiers to make it a habit to steal from the beasts.

In recent times, we were all exposed to the sight of Uganda soldiers – including a retired General – beating up a traffic police officer on duty, and equally scandalous activities of members of the UPDF, such as a Special Forces Officer caught in the act of armed robbery.

Maybe Museveni’s minions are also jealous of Rwanda for the good name of its institutions that they will try to tarnish RDF as well, say other analysts.

But such slanders only make the minions an even bigger laughing stock.

Understanding Museveni’s silence on Rwanda

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By Albert Rudatsimburwa



Museveni has been uncharacteristically silent on matters involving Uganda and Rwanda. Some commentators close to his government have given the impression that this is the normal reaction of someone who is calm and collected.

However, what they have neglected to point out is that this kind of reaction would also be expected from someone who has been caught in the act.

Museveni’s silence against mounting evidence that his government is actively coordinating the activities of the Rwanda National Congress (RNC), Kayumba Nyamwasa’s rebel outfit, and the FDLR, the remnants of the army that committed genocide in Rwanda in 1994 and has since been holed up in the DRC, is rather deafening.

The RNC has gone on record saying that it seeks to forcefully remove the elected government in Kigali and it has, over the years, undertaken terrorist attacks to disturb the peace in Rwanda so that the people lose confidence in the ability of their government to protect them.

These attacks have targeted crowded places, such as markets: grenades are tossed into the public with detonations claiming lives of innocent people.

Also targeted are activities aimed at disrupting the public participation in politics, such as was the case when terrorist operatives were infiltrated into the country to prevent people from taking part in the 2013 parliamentary elections.

Similar operations to disrupt the 2017 presidential elections were thwarted by the security forces.

The FDLR is also on record seeking to complete the genocide against the Tutsi. In fact, Uganda is sanctuary to the majority of fugitives who committed genocide in 1994 and have since been on the run.

It is on the international list of terrorist organisation, including being blacklisted by the Americans.

The former head of the FDLR, Ignace Murwanashyaka, was convicted in Germany for being a leader of the terrorist organisation. In 2005 he was issued with a Ugandan passport to facilitate his movements.

Reports from German indicate that Murwanashyaka had on Tuesday died in prison, before he completed his sentence.

Most importantly, the FDLR has since 1994 continued sporadic attacks on Rwandan territory in which innocent lives have been claimed.

Museveni’s uphill task has been to bring legitimacy to groups with that level of disrepute. Indeed, the deeper he has associated with them the more he has isolated himself as a rogue leader in the region.

Piling evidence

When it was revealed that the RNC top diplomat had been in Kampala during the first week of March, 2019 (President Museveni admitted that he held a meeting with her), someone on social media asked why pro-Museveni people like Ofwono Opondo, Sarah Kagingo, and others had all of a sudden gone silent (similar silence as the subject of this article) a reasonable Ugandan on Twitter captured their silence, “What is there to defend?,” in reference to the irrefutable evidence of partnership between Museveni and the RNC.

Less than three months before on December 14-15, senior officers of the FDLR who were returning from a coordination meeting with the RNC under the chairmanship of Uganda’s Minister of State for Regional Affairs, Philemon Mateke, were intercepted at the Bunagana border by DRC officials and turned over to Rwanda.

They have since appeared in court and confessed to the meeting in Kampala and Museveni’s role in the ambitions of the two forces to destabilize Rwanda.

It is interesting that among those saying that Museveni’s silence is due to being calm and collected are members of the RNC, most notably David Himbara, the publicist to Tribert Rujugiro, a key financier of the rebel outfit who runs business ventures in Uganda and whom President Museveni also admitted to having met – along with Mukankusi and Eugene Gasana.

In other words, by reading from the same script as Ofwono Opondo and Sarah Kagingo they end up revealing more than they deny.

Museveni’s modus operandi is to take credit for success and to blame others for failures. Silence is not his cup of tea. So why is he silent?

The obvious answer is that the mounting evidence is too much for any person to believe that he is not involved. Secondly, he is committed to seeing this dream of his – that he shared with the RNC and the FDLR – through.

He has turned to sanitizing these forces in Uganda’s media, particularly the leaders of the RNC. It is now difficult for a week to pass without a newspaper in Kampala reinventing a benevolent and magnanimous imagine of Kayumba Nyamwasa or Tribert Rujugiro and David Himbara writes feature articles that carry the bylines of other people.

An entire lineup of newsmen from The East African, The New Vision, and NTV television was taken to Arua to report on how Rujugiro’s tobacco factory (in which Salim Saleh is a stakeholder) has transformed lives there.

It is not lost on Museveni that he is selling Rujugiro to Ugandans as a savior to part of the country (Arua) that his government has long neglected!

Clearly, the silence is also a ploy to buy time to cleanse the RNC (and FDLR). But silence has not come without panic.

For the first time in decades, Museveni is making visits to army barracks and promising improved welfare to the hitherto neglected forces.

During his visits, he has promised to build housing units for soldiers, to increase their salaries, to set up a Sacco for officers and their wives to access financial services, as well as free education for their children.

Of course, he also carried with him sacks of money that he left behind for commanders.

Museveni also warned them “not to fall in the trap of past armies,” in reference to tribalism – all the while creating a tribal army whose commanders are predominantly from his ethnic group, as well as the Special Forces Brigade that is almost entirely made up of Bahima.

Previously, the only part of the army whose welfare he cared about was the SFC.

However, the fit of panic has him waking up to the reality that the SFC is not enough to protect him.

It’s up to whoever wants to see all these as some kind of coincidence to do so.

The author is a Great Lakes political analyst and media expert.

The views expressed in this article are of the author.

SOURCE: The New Times

Museveni regime’s hostile propaganda hits the bottom

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By Rutore Samugabo

L-R: President Yoweri Museveni, RNC’s Kayumba Nyamwasa.

A Museveni regime misinformation website that calls itself Kampala Post has come up with an article under the preposterous headline, “Timeline of Kigali’s aggressions against Uganda.”

This article in the so-called Kampala Post is a prime example of the dangerous fictions the regime’s merchants of misinformation are capable of concocting in their daily anti-Rwanda campaigns. The head almost spins, thinking of that statement: “Kigali’s aggressions against Uganda”.

Museveni and his government are the ones in bed with RNC, a group that has openly declared war on the elected administration of Rwanda. Kayumba Nyamwasa its head long ago announced his violent agenda against Rwanda. Grenades detonated by RNC terrorists have killed multitudes and wounded hundreds in Rwanda.

These aren’t rumors. These are facts. Neither is it a rumor that Museveni, through his spy agencies – CMI, ISO and others – fully supports and facilitates RNC’s recruitment activities in Uganda. CMI operatives together with RNC agents move into refugee camps, or Ugandan towns and villages with sizable Kinyarwanda-speaking communities, looking for young men and women to persuade to join RNC.

CMI facilitates their transportation to training camps in DRC. It provides them forged Ugandan papers. Everyone that reads news remember the incident in December 2017 when 46 young Rwandans were intercepted at the Kikagati Border Post with Tanzania.

They had Ugandan papers, but immigration officials saw clearly they weren’t Ugandans. When the alert officials closely scrutinized their papers, they saw it was forgeries. They had them arrested. The young men had first said they were travelling to Burundi for a church fellowship. Upon closer interrogation they confessed they were going to Minembwe, eastern DRC, to become RNC rebel fighters. They confessed everything, including how it was CMI and RNC agents that recruited them, and how it was CMI than gave them their fake papers. The men were charged with terrorism.

President Museveni himself admitted – at a joint press conference with his Rwandan counterpart – that he knew of the Kikagati group. But he only did so because of embarrassment; because President Kagame had shown him incontestable proof.

Museveni’s partnership with Nyamwasa, (and with FDLR, the other anti-Rwanda terror group) in the goal to destabilize Rwanda is an open secret. Ignace Fils Bazeye the group’s spokesperson and Theophile Abega its intelligence chief have revealed Kampala’s intense involvement in RNC and FDLR’s efforts to bring conflict to Rwanda.

Bazeye and Abega were arrested by DRC authorities at the Bunagana border with Uganda as they were coming from a meeting in Kampala in mid December last year. They were coming from a meeting ordered by Museveni and chaired by Philemon Mateke, Minister of State for Regional Affairs.

The Congolese authorities handed the captured FDLR bigwigs to Rwanda. In Kigali they revealed all aspects of the rebel group’s workings with the Museveni regime. Neither was it a secret. These guys only revealed many more details of the unholy alliance between them, RNC and Kampala, according to an impeccable source.

Yet, the so-called Kampala Post says Kigali is the one that’s “aggressive”. It is beyond bizarre. It is a wonder in its profound mendacity. RNC openly does business in Uganda. Its chief financier Tribert Rujugiro has built a tobacco factory in Uganda that’s only a front for RNC operations in the country.

On top of everything, CMI operatives illegally arrest, harass, imprison and torture Rwandan nationals on a regular basis. In many cases they work hand in hand with RNC agents in hunting down innocent Rwandans against whom they concoct charges of “spying for Rwanda”.

The names of Rwandans that have been victimized are many. Gatsinzi, Murenzi, Rutayisire, Kayobera, his wife Claudene, Donne Kayibanda, Rutare, and many others. They have been arrested and tortured, never been produced in a court of law, and others were just dumped at the borders.

These inhuman acts are committed only by the Museveni regime. But it is Rwanda that Kampala Post calls aggressive. No one accuses Rwanda of being in cahoots with a rebel force to destabilize Uganda. No security agency in Rwanda is working with a hostile anti-Uganda force to recruit anti-Uganda fighters.

The things Kampala Post cites against Rwanda are the usual unproven allegations of “Rwanda kidnapping Rwandan refugees”. But the Ugandan government’s main example of a “kidnapped refugee” is one Joel Mutabazi; a man that never in fact was kidnapped.

The Police of Uganda in 2011 handed him to its Rwandan counterpart in a bilateral exchange of wanted fugitives. Mutabazi’s rights once in Rwanda were respected, and he stood trial for his crimes. That is what Kampala Post and all the other Museveni mouthpieces call “kidnapping”.

Elsewhere in the article, the author engages in a fair bit of historic revisionism, claiming that the conflicts between the armies of Uganda and Rwanda in Kisangani were caused by the Rwandan forces. They quote some anonymous UPDF officer to assert this.

They are rehashing 20-year old lies. Facts of the conflict, written in all the newspapers at the time, indicate UPDF were the aggressors. UPDF soldiers fired first, despite repeated warnings by their Rwandan counterparts to desist from that.

Rwandan forces were in the Congo fighting the ex FAR and Interahamwe, the same groups that had killed a million Rwandans. The Rwanda army in Kisangani only fired at UPDF in self-defense.

However Museveni’s mouthpieces will only turn facts on their head.

They are scraping the bottom of the barrel.

Was Dusengimana Theogene murdered by CMI, RNC recruiters?

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By Jackson Mutabazi

Left: Brig Gen Abel Kandiho the Head of CMI; Right: The body of the late Dusengimana arriving for burial, thanks to tireless help by the government of Rwanda.

Newer facts are coming up that have shed more light on the story of the Rwandan whose death the Daily Monitor newspaper exploited to smear the Rwandan government with allegations that it was refusing entry even for its deceased nationals.

The facts this website has further established, following our earlier article on the subject, are that the Rwandan man, Dusengimana Theogene was a legal resident of Kabarore District in Uganda. The Monitor did not even bother to find out his identity.

In the article it published last Sunday, the paper only said that Kabale Regional Referral Hospital, “was stuck with the body of an unidentified Rwandan national”.

Our investigation revealed Dusengimana’s fate is consistent with what happens to Rwandan citizens in Uganda when operatives of the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence, CMI, working together with agents of Kayumba Nyamwasa’s RNC, identify and approach one to recruit him or her into RNC.

Recruitment for RNC rebels is a multi-pronged effort which the Museveni regime, through its intelligence agencies, fully facilitates.

Many methods are employed. The first is persuasion, through deceit and enticements, with promises of jobs, and it mostly works on youths in refugee camps in western Uganda.

The next recruitment strategy is abductions; illegal detentions, and torture of Rwandan nationals, on never-proven accusations of “spying for Rwanda”. News consumers will have read of Rwandans such as Roger Donne Kayibanda (abducted on 10 January 2019 in Kampala by CMI operatives), Moses Ishimwe Rutare (abducted around the same date as Kayibanda), Darius Kayobera, his wife Claudine and their employee Mucyo (abducted on 28 January 2019). These only are a few of those kidnapped and taken to CMI’s dungeons in January alone.

CMI agents normally first rob such victims of money or property like phones, bankcards and the like. Survivors of CMI, some of whom we have interviewed for articles, describe hair-raising torture in the organization’s Mbuya headquarters, or its various “safe houses”. It is torture that breaks some of the Rwandans, who agree to join RNC, just to save themselves from further agony.

The third strategy is intimidation and threats. It involves identifying likely Rwandans to be recruited as fighters (who are transported to training camps in eastern DRC), or as contributors of funds and material to RNC. Those Rwandans in Uganda that refuse to be recruited are threatened with violence or death. Some are killed, unless they escape and disappear. Others are waylaid by intelligence operatives, who then shove guns into their hands, and accuse them of illegal weapons possession.

As we dug deeper into the facts, we discovered that Kabarore is another hunting ground for RNC recruitment. It has a good number of Kinyarwanda-speaking communities.

Dusengimana did not die of natural causes. He was murdered on 7th this month. His neighbors and friends in Kabarore who discovered his body said they saw bruises on his stomach and neck.

But Ugandan authorities through the media preferred to put out a false report that, “a Rwandan was dead but Rwandan security officials declined the vehicle carrying the body from crossing into Rwanda!”

That is what Daily Monitor wrote, adding that Rwandan officials said they couldn’t allow the deceased’s body “to be crossed into Rwanda without documents”. It further alleges that a group of other Rwandan nationals who were transporting the body “tried to use a porous border in Mukaranje to cross to Rwanda”, but that they too were “intercepted by the army and ordered to return to Uganda”.

The alert reader will realize the propaganda purpose of these claims, which is that “Rwanda has closed its borders”. But the borders are wide open. “How can The Monitor dare publish such a lie, really!” exclaimed a Rwandan in Kigali upon reading the story.

“People of all nationalities come and go into Rwanda as they please”, commented a border official at Gatuna. “The suggestion that Rwanda can refuse its own people entry, especially those bringing back their dead is beyond nonsensical.”

What happened, according to reliable sources, is that it was soldiers of UPDF; the Ugandan military, who refused the bereaved family from crossing with their dead, loved one.

Curiously for a paper that likes to pretend it practices professional ethics, it made no effort to verify its facts, by talking to a single Rwandan official to find out what they know of that incident and what they had to say about it.

The article omits many more facts such as that when a person dies in mysterious circumstances, police conducts a preliminary investigation in the possible cause of death. Then the body is sent to hospital for a postmortem and death certificate. Why the Ugandan authorities didn’t do this, preferring instead to put out slanders about Rwanda, only they know.

The next step, after police and medical procedures, is to inform the Foreign Affairs Ministry of the deceased’s country. When it is people around border communities, local authorities are informed. Medical documents, including death certificate have to be provided to accompany the body for repatriation.

According to our information, Ugandan authorities deliberately refused to do any of this. According to some, this further confirms the suspicion that the authorities know that “people to be feared” murdered the Rwandan. “Most likely it was the RNC recruiters”, some of Dusengimana’s friends whispered.

The Ugandan authorities did not even inform the deceased’s family members of his death. They only learnt of it through his friends. Rwandan authorities learnt of it only informally. They immediately started work to facilitate the family to repatriate the body for burial.

But since Ugandan authorities deliberately declined to provide paperwork for the body, an already difficult problem was to become far worse.

We learnt that the people transporting the body were intercepted at Katuna and denied exit by members of the UPDF, on the grounds that the deceased’s family had no papers for the deceased. But Rwandan authorities and Dusengimana’s people worked tirelessly to secure passage for the body.

By the time of writing this article, we had learnt that after a long, tough effort, Dusengimana’s family managed to finally repatriate him.

He was laid to rest today, 16 April 2019, in dignity at his place of birth in Bungwe Sector, Burera District.

Dusengimana’s murder in Ugandan underscores the significance of the decision by the Rwandan government to advice it’s citizens against crossing into that country because once they are there it can’t assure their security.

It would be serious carelessness not to heed such advice now that the authorities in Uganda have shifted from deporting tortured and lifeless souls to dead bodies.

Uncouth Ugandan propaganda now exploits even dead Rwandans

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By Jackson Mutabazi

Contrary to Ugandan media reports, Rwanda has not closed her borders. People of all nationalities enter and go as they please

As Uganda’s media descends into ever lower depths as enlisted combatants in the Museveni regime’s propaganda war against Rwanda, the Daily Monitor has seen it OK to exploit the dead body of a Rwandan to push the lies of Uganda’s ruling establishment that, a) Rwanda “has closed borders” and b) that Rwandans are desperate “to cross into Uganda for food”.

In the article published last Sunday, the paper claims that Kabale Regional Referral Hospital “is stuck with the body of an unidentified Rwandan national”. It goes on to allege that the deceased had on Tuesday of that week been transported to Katuna border from Kabarore District where he died.

“However on reaching the border, Rwandan security officials declined the vehicle carrying the body from crossing into Rwanda”, continues the story, adding that the officials said they couldn’t allow the deceased’s body “to be crossed into Rwanda without documents”.

The alert reader will already be suspecting the propaganda purpose of the story, confirmed by the next paragraph which alleges that a group of other Rwandan nationals who were transporting the body “tried to use a porous border in Mukaranje to cross to Rwanda”, but that they too were intercepted by the army and ordered to return to Uganda. The aim is to push the falsehood that Rwanda has crossed the borders and furthermore, “Rwanda is wicked enough to deny entry even to her own nationals!”

The article goes on with more similar allegations which – curiously for a paper that likes to pretend it practices professional ethics – it has made no effort to verify by talking to a single Rwandan official to find out what they know of that incident, and what they have to say about it.

The facts of the story clearly reveal this is just yet another smear of the Rwandan administration by the Museveni regime. There is no closure of the border at Gatuna, or elsewhere. Light trucks can move in from Uganda. Ugandans, just like all nationals of other countries, are allowed into Rwanda.

A visit to Gatuna will verify all this. So how could Rwanda refuse entry to its own citizens, especially those carrying a deceased compatriot?

“This can only be propaganda of the cheapest kind! In the past few years I have seen all the slanders from across the border, but this is the cheapest I have seen!” exclaimed one gentleman in a coffee establishment as he read the story.

Virunga Post talked to Rwandan border officials and the following are the facts we verified. People of all countries can move in and out of Rwanda freely. Many Rwandans have opted against moving to Uganda as people learn more and more about the mistreatment of those going there.

“More and more are learning of the illegal, or arbitrary arrests, the torture in CMI dungeons – ‘who doesn’t know the story of Roger Donne Kayibanda!’ – the illegal imprisonment, and no trial at all!” said an observer that preferred not to be named for this article.

However any Rwandan that wants to leave despite the warnings will be free to do so, and those returning are more than welcome back home, said a Rwandan border official at Gatuna.

This news website investigated and found that the Rwandans carrying the body were actually intercepted at Katuna and denied exit by soldiers of the Ugandan military, UPDF. It was not Rwandan authorities, as alleged in the Monitor.

Furthermore, we learnt, the Government of Rwanda had supported, and facilitated the deceased’s family to transport the body back home, only to be stopped from crossing by UPDF.

It beats the imagination to hear that Rwanda would deny those transporting their dead back, yet Rwanda – when for instance a bus travelling within Uganda, with Rwandan nationals aboard gets an accident and there are casualties – is the same country that will send evacuation helicopters to get the dead or injured back home.

Rwanda has a history of caring not only for its dead or injured in such accidents, but it assists even those Ugandans or nationals of other states unfortunate enough to be injured, to fly them to Rwanda for treatment. All that is a matter of record.

The Monitor in its parting cheap shot claims, “despite the border closure many Rwandan nationals (presumably like that unfortunate person that died there) have continued ‘to risk and cross into Uganda’ to look for food.”

“This kind of statement just serves to show the poor upbringing of those that write such stories,” remarked a Kigali lady.

“If one talked of all the Ugandans that cross into Rwanda to work – the same thing as ‘look for food’ – where would one stop? The makanikas (motor vehicle repairmen) in Gatsata, Karuruma, and everywhere; the casual laborers in the carpentry workshops; the cleaners in factories?”

But Rwandans prefer to let Ugandans free, and find whatever work they can, without making a big deal of it that “Ugandans come to look for food.”

Museveni’s dream for Rwanda

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By Our Reporter

Most people who follow politics of the region know that President Yoweri Museveni has long harboured ambitions of making Rwanda Uganda’s appendage. At the very least, he seeks to dictate to this country what it should and should not do.

Over the years he has recruited like-minded people from inside Rwanda to work with him to frame their country in his image. These are his protégés. But what is so special that they see in Museveni and he sees in them and together they wish to export to Rwanda?

The first place to look is how the protégés repeat Museveni’s rhetoric. Recently, Kayumba Nyamwasa told a Zambian newspaper that he is fighting to bring “fundamental change” to Rwanda. In 1986 during his swearing in, Museveni claimed he had fought to bring about fundamental change to Uganda.

David Himbara, another of Museveni’s Rwandan protégé, recently asserted, “Kagame’s inner circle is shrinking.” Presumably, Kagame’s ‘inner circle’ is shrinking while Museveni’s is always expanding? This is the difference between Museveni’s Uganda and Kagame’s Rwanda.

Here’s what belonging to an “inner circle” means in the contexts of the two countries. Museveni’s inner circle is above the law, able to divert public resources to personal interests as it wishes. A commercial bank is forcefully taken over and subsequently disappears without a trace; junk helicopters are procured with no one held accountable.

Someone can claim the country’s natural resources as his own, “my oil” and is not ashamed to publicly state that, “I am working for my children and grandchildren.” In other words, the country is run like a family kiosk until the time comes to hand it over to the next of kin.

On the contrary, Kagame has never had an inner circle. Moreover, no one has ever claimed to be above the law during his tenure. Some may be close to him by virtue of their responsibilities and the moment these tasks end this closeness comes to an end. This is what Himbara calls a shrinking inner circle. However, it is also true that some unscrupulous individuals – Himbara being one of them – who somehow found themselves working close to Kagame attempted to masquerade as belonging to some inner circle that in reality never existed; or, they had the ambition of creating an inner circle, only to end up crossing the line and finding themselves where they truly belong – in obscurity.

These two approaches are at odds and cannot co-exist. This is why Museveni and his protégés are eager to extend and replicate their preferred inner-circle politics to Rwanda, which is the only way to make sense of Himbara’s writing. For instance, all Ministers in Rwanda are appointed to serve; a Ministry is not a private asset; neither do those appointed to it expect they won’t be assigned to other responsibilities.

Similarly, all senior military officers are only “close” to the President by virtue of their appointments and duties. They don’t enjoy this proximity due to personal or familial ties, or because they are members of a supposed inner circle. As a result, they expect to be redeployed – and even retired – as a matter of an inescapable reality: they are serving in a truly professional army that does not belong to an individual and they don’t believe they are forever owed anything special simply because they fought.

Nothing new about Eugene Gasana

Eugene Gasana, Rwanda’s former ambassador to the United Nations in New York, also features heavily as Himbara reimagines Rwanda in Museveni’s eyes. Gasana recently met Museveni on RNC-related movements in and outside Kampala.

Like Patrick Karegeya and Kayumba Nyamwasa before him, Gasana was also recruited when he was in active Rwanda government service. Moreover, like Ignace Murwanashyaka, the convicted (by courts in Germany) leader of the FDLR genocide perpetrators, Gasana was also facilitated with a Ugandan passport that has enabled his travel around the world, advocating for the RNC. Indeed, it is in this capacity that he, along with Charlotte Mukankusi, who also travels on a Ugandan passport, met President Museveni in Kampala last month.

A reliable source that ran into Gasana in transit at Amsterdam airport during his many travels on behalf of the RNC told this reporter that he was using a Ugandan passport, which was verified with pictures of the actual passport (We welcome a challenge from Ofwono Opondo and Sarah Kagingo to produce the documents. We promise to meet the challenge).

Interestingly, Gasana was ahead of his fellow protégés in one particular aspect: his relatively quick comprehension of the politics of their patron. For instance, when it was time for a new ambassador to take over in New York and he was asked to return home for reassignment, he balked; a sense of entitlement had him thinking that he was irreplaceable in that position. And so, he began throwing tantrums before deciding to cut links with his government by ceding to Museveni’s overtures – on behalf of the RNC – that had been in place long before the break of ties with Rwanda.

Since 2016 he has been running errands on behalf of the RNC, an organisation that has declared war on Rwanda and has conducted terrorist operations that have claimed the lives of innocent people in different parts of the country. Despite this record, Gasana has fraudulently managed to acquire U.S. residency on the false claim that his life is threatened back home.

However, Gasana should familiarise himself with the case of Jean Leonard Teganya. On April 6, 2019, the federal court in Boston ruled that the 48-year old “attempted to win asylum in the United States by lying.” He faces five years in prison and deportation to Rwanda. Similarly, Gasana’s lies to U.S. immigration that he is threatened at home may have been believed; however, his determination to fight his government should make him a person of interest to the authorities and expose him to Teganya’s fate.

Meanwhile, the fact alone that he fights Rwanda was enough for Gasana to enter Museveni’s “inner circle.” It makes sense. This is Museveni’s brand of politics. He needs an inner-circle to survive. It is by design that it can’t shrink. On the other hand, saying that Kagame’s inner-circle is shrinking is as nonsensical as it can get. This idea of shrinking has absolutely zero consequence precisely because Kagame doesn’t operate like their patron.

As Himbara successfully transforms himself in the image that Museveni requires of his protégés, he gets out of touch with the reality inside Rwanda. His view of Kagame’s inner-circle is proof that his transformation is complete. Significantly, Himbara is only a microcosm of the transformation that Museveni has in mind for Rwanda, one whose completion he seems committed to.

Even as Museveni preoccupies himself with Kagame, in the former’s mind the ideal transformation of Rwanda does not leave the position of president vacant. He gets to occupy it, along with the one he presently occupies. As such, in his thinking, he could potentially enjoy the status of President of the Greater Uganda, which would include Rwanda. But his fantasy doesn’t end there. When Museveni looks at Kayumba Nyamwasa he sees Salim Saleh; in Eugene Gasana he sees Sam Kuteesa. They form another layer to his “inner-circle.”

Source: The New Times

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Museveni’s dream for Rwanda

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By Claude Hategeka

President Yoweri Museveni.

Most people who follow politics of the region know that President Yoweri Museveni has long harboured ambitions of making Rwanda Uganda’s appendage. At the very least, he seeks to dictate to that country what it should and should not do. Over the years he has recruited like-minded people from inside Rwanda to work with him to frame their country in his image. These are his protégés. But what is so special that they see in Museveni and he sees in them and together they wish to export to Rwanda?

The first place to look is how the protégés repeat in refrain Museveni’s rhetoric. Recently, Kayumba Nyamwasa told a Zambian newspaper that he is fighting to bring “fundamental change” to Rwanda. In 1986 during his swearing in, Museveni claimed he had fought to bring about fundamental change to Uganda.

David Himbara, another of Museveni’s Rwandan protégés, recently asserted, “Kagame’s inner circle is shrinking.” Presumably, Kagame’s ‘inner circle’ is shrinking while Museveni’s is always expanding? This is the difference between Museveni’s Uganda and Kagame’s Rwanda.

Here’s what belonging to an “inner circle” means in the contexts of the two countries. Museveni’s inner circle is above the law, able to divert public resources to personal interests as it wishes. A commercial bank is forcefully taken over and subsequently disappears without a trace; junk helicopters are procured with no one held accountable. Someone can claim the country’s natural resources as his own, “my oil” and is not ashamed to publicly state that, “I am working for my children and grandchildren.” In other words, the country is run like a family kiosk until the time comes to hand it over to the next of kin.

On the contrary, Kagame has never had an inner circle. Moreover, no one has ever claimed to be above the law during his tenure. Some may be close to him by virtue of their responsibilities and the moment these tasks end this closeness comes to an end. This is what Himbara calls a shrinking inner circle. However, it is also true that some unscrupulous individuals – Himbara being one of them – who somehow found themselves working close to Kagame attempted to masquerade as belonging to some inner circle that in reality never existed; or, they had the ambition of creating an inner circle, only to end up crossing the line and finding themselves where they truly belong –in obscurity.

These two approaches are at odds and cannot co-exist. This is why Museveni and his protégées are eager to extend and replicate their preferred inner-circle politics in Rwanda, which is the only way to make sense of Himbara’s writing. For instance, all Ministers in Rwanda are appointed to serve; a ministry is not a private asset; neither do those appointed to it expect they won’t be assigned to other responsibilities.

Similarly, all senior military officers are only “close” to the president by virtue of their appointments and duties. They don’t enjoy this proximity due to personal or familial ties, or because they are members of a supposed inner circle. As a result, they expect to be redeployed – and even retired – as a matter of an inescapable reality: they are serving in a truly professional army that does not belong to an individual and they don’t believe they are forever owed anything special simply because they fought.

Nothing new about Eugene Gasana

Eugene Gasana, Rwanda’s former ambassador to the United Nations in New York, also features heavily as Himbara reimagines Rwanda in Museveni’s eyes. Gasana recently met Museveni on RNC-related movements in and outside Kampala.

Like Patrick Karegeya and Kayumba Nyamwasa before him, Gasana was also recruited when he was in active Rwanda government service. Moreover, like Ignace Murwanashyaka, the convicted (by courts in Germany) leader of the FDLR genocide perpetrators, Gasana was also facilitated with a Ugandan passport that has enabled his travel around the world, advocating for the RNC. Indeed, it is in this capacity that he, along with Charlotte Mukankusi, who also travels on a Ugandan passport, met President Museveni in Kampala last month.

A reliable source that ran into Gasana in transit at Amsterdam airport during his many travels on behalf of the RNC told this reporter that he was using a Ugandan passport, which was verified with pictures of the actual passport (We welcome a challenge from Ofwono Opondo and Sarah Kagingo to produce the documents. We promise to meet the challenge).

Interestingly, Gasana was ahead of his fellow protégés in one particular aspect: his relatively quick comprehension of the politics of their patron. For instance, when it was time for a new ambassador to take over in New York and he was asked to return home for reassignment, he balked; a sense of entitlement had him thinking that he was irreplaceable in that position. And so, he began throwing tantrums before deciding to cut links with his government by ceding to Museveni’s overtures – on behalf of the RNC – that had been in place long before the break of ties with Rwanda.

Since 2016 he has been running errands on behalf of the RNC, an organisation that has declared war on Rwanda and has conducted terrorist operations that have claimed the lives of innocent people in different parts of the country. Despite this record, Gasana has fraudulently managed to acquire U.S. residency on the false claim that his life is threatened back home.

However, Gasana should familiarise himself with the case of Jean Leonard Teganya. On 6 April 2019, the federal court in Boston ruled that the 48-year old “attempted to win asylum in the United States by lying.” He faces five years in prison and deportation to Rwanda. Similarly, Gasana’s lies to U.S. immigration that he is threatened at home may have been believed; however, his determination to fight his government should make him a person of interest to the authorities and expose him to Teganya’s fate.

Meanwhile, the fact alone that he fights Rwanda was enough for Gasana to enter Museveni’s “inner circle.” It makes sense. This is Museveni’s brand of politics. He needs an inner-circle to survive. It is by design that it can’t shrink. On the other hand, saying that Kagame’s inner-circle is shrinking is as nonsensical as it can get. This idea of shrinking has absolutely zero consequence precisely because Kagame doesn’t operate like their patron.

As Himbara successfully transforms himself in the image that Museveni requires of his protégés, he gets out of touch with the reality inside Rwanda. His view of Kagame’s inner-circle is proof that his transformation is complete. Significantly, Himbara is only a microcosm of the transformation that Museveni has in mind for Rwanda, one whose completion he seems committed to.

Even as Museveni preoccupies himself with Kagame, in the former’s mind the ideal transformation of Rwanda does not leave the position of president vacant. He gets to occupy it, along with the one he presently occupies. As such, in his thinking, he could potentially enjoy the status of President of the Greater Uganda, which would include Rwanda. But his fantasy doesn’t end there. When Museveni looks at Kayumba Nyamwasa he sees Salim Saleh; in Eugene Gasana he sees Sam Kuteesa. They form another layer to his “inner-circle.”

Leah Karegeya Interview Is Clearest Sign Uganda Carrying Water For RNC

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By Grace Kamugisha

Leah Karegeya.

Reading through the interview of Leah Karegeya – widow of Patrick Karegeya who died on New Year’s Day in Johannesburg – in the New Vision newspaper, it becomes clear that Rwanda National Congress’s (RNC) propaganda war on Rwanda has moved into Uganda’s mainstream media.

The interview, published yesterday, Saturday April 13, can be exposed as an opportunity for Leah Karegeya, a card-carrying member of RNC, to air the group’s misinformation and gross misrepresentations of facts.

However, it also reveals the symbiotic relationship between Museveni’s government, as Godfather of RNC, and the anti-Rwanda terror group itself.

Leah Karegeya uses her full-page space in Uganda’s state-owned newspaper first to score cheap propaganda points for President Museveni – while simultaneously badmouthing his Rwandan counterpart and his administration – as she also airs every long-debunked RNC talking point as if it were undisputed fact.

Karegeya’s widow carries water for Museveni in many ways, beginning with the very first misrepresentation of facts: that “Kagame has closed the borders”, when in fact all Rwanda’s borders are wide open – hundreds of Ugandans flock into Rwanda every day but Rwandans have been advised not to go to Uganda because of their security.

The lady then goes on to claim: “He (President Kagame) does not remember the support President Yoweri Museveni gave to Rwandans!” This particular distortion of facts is one that Kaguta’s minions like to rehash, time and again.

The reality they hate is that Museveni never would have beaten Obote were it not for Banyarwanda fighters.

Museveni’s minions keep trying to make everyone forget the role the sons and daughters of persecuted Rwandan exiles played in his National Resistance Army (NRA), and the blood they shed in ushering him to power.

“President Museveni is highly respected in the region and many Rwandans, including myself, perceive him as a father,” Madam Karegeya continues in a brown-nosing quote that no Rwandan, or self-respecting Ugandan will take kindly to.

She is truthful in one respect, however, that Museveni is “a father to her”. The Ugandan leader is one of the main backers of RNC to which she belongs and for which she works.

Museveni has been exposed, time and again as fully complicit in activities of the group on Ugandan territory. His intelligence organs actively work with RNC agents to recruit fighters that then are transported to training camps of the rebel group in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

He himself admitted early last year of knowledge of those recruitment activities, but only after his Rwandan counterpart showed him incontrovertible proof.

Uganda’s intelligence operatives also work hand in hand with RNC agents to make life a living hell for any Rwandan on Ugandan soil that either refuses to be recruited into RNC, or that refuses to say bad, negative things about Rwanda and its leader.

Those countless Rwandans that have been tortured in CMI’s (Uganda’s Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence) dungeons or “safe houses”, like Emmanuel Rwamucyo RUTAYISIRE, Augustin Darius Kayobera and his wife Claudine Uwineza, and their families, and their compatriots, will thank Leah Karegeya to limit her utterances that Museveni is “a father” to herself and to RNC.

She then shifts to indicting President Kagame for the death of her husband, though no investigation has ever come up with a shred of evidence or proof.

The truth that RNC propaganda (and all its friends) overlooks is that South African law enforcement strenuously investigated that death. They never came up with anything tying Rwanda to it.

The Hawks, South Africa’s ultra-competent crime combatting agency combed the area and scoured Karegeya’s room for clues and minutely examined camera footage. They came up with nothing. However, NRC and all it’s friends, including individual state actors, will keep dredging up the case; they have weaponized it against Rwanda and won’t let it go.

Normally, a professional news organisation will point out facts like that to its audience. Ugandan media, in matters to do with Rwanda, has quite clearly been instructed to carry water for RNC in all its propaganda efforts.

The interview of Leah – coming hot on the heels of similar ones for other RNC bigwigs like Rujugiro and Himbara – will remove any last doubts that the New Vision now has become an organ to disseminate the message of RNC.

Or to launder the image of this group whose grenades between 2010 and 14 killed 17 Rwandans and injured or maimed 400 others in public spaces like markets or bus terminals.

As if to disguise the identity of Leah Karegeya as merely “an innocent widow” nowhere does the interviewer mention that the lady is a member of RNC who has been fully complicit it the group’s crimes in Rwanda.

It is obvious that to New Vision – or more accurately to its owners – the innocent Rwandan deaths resulting from RNC’s grenade detonations are to be disregarded. Far more important matters to them, like their shared scheme to destabilize Rwanda, are at stake!

Another inconvenient fact that is left unmentioned is that, as one of RNC’s founders, Patrick Karegeya had declared war on the legitimate government of Rwanda.

He and his fellow plotter Kayumba Nyamwasa are on record clearly stating their objective was to violently “remove” the government in Kigali. “Kagame will not leave power unless forced out by war!” Karegeya told The Observer newspaper of Kampala in August 2010.

The things he was in the habit uttering on radio programs like the BBC’s Kinyarwanda, Kirundi language program Imvo n’Invano were much worse.

He used the most emotive, violent language with the aim to stir up ever more hatred of the Rwandan administration.

Patrick Karegeya, anyone interested in facts rather than propaganda knows, was someone with an outsized ego. He felt the state of Rwanda owed him much more than any other citizen. “He felt the position of chief of the External Security Organization was his God-given right, never to be taken away from him,” those that worked closely with him say.

“When the post was given to another person, after Karegeya was implicated in ‘acts of corruption and gross indiscipline’, the man failed to handle it! He just could not cope without the trappings of power anymore!” a former friend of his that requested not to be named testified.

Those with knowledge of Rwanda’s security forces say Karegeya’s problem, just like the problem of Kayumba and other deserters, is that they had a “Ugandan officer” problem.

People like Leah Karegeya, and all RNC members like and others claim, “Kagame fell out with his former colleagues”, or similar assertions. They won’t mention the facts of the corruption or indiscipline of their people.

Source: KT PRESS RWANDA

Link: Leah Karegeya Interview Is Clearest Sign Uganda Carrying Water For RNC

RNC honchos continue to call the shots in Ugandan media

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The New Times

Leah Karegera.

In its edition of Saturday, April 13, Uganda’s government-owned daily, New Vision published an interview with the widow of Patrick Karegeya, a Rwandan dissident who died from South Africa at the beginning of 2014.

To an unsuspecting reader, this may seem like any other interview by the newspaper to its readership, but this is no ordinary interview, going by the pattern of stories that the daily has been running for the past months.

The interview is essentially about the deteriorating relations between Rwanda and Uganda and the choice of the person to interview by a government publication is only telling which side the Museveni government is. And it is a pattern.

The interviewee, Leah Karegera, uses the platform to spew vitriol on Kigali government, making unfounded accusations similar to what has been heard from other dissidents who fled accountability from Rwanda.

To those that do not know, Leah Karegeya is a senior member of the terror group calling itself Rwanda National Congress (RNC).

In RNC – the group that has been linked to a spate of grenade attacks that were more prevalent around 2010 – Leah Karegeya sits on the so-called Committee of the Wise Persons.

She has been heard on different media platforms, including an online radio station openly calling upon Rwandans to join RNC and has through those talk-shows, made a case for another outfit called P5 platform.

P5 is a merger of different groups that include RNC, the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), FDU-Inkingi, among others, who have an aim to violently overthrow the Kigali government.

According to a UN Group of Experts report of December last year, the group, that the same report says receives support from Uganda, operates a training base in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in a region called Minembwe.

Lest we forget, Leah’s husband, Patrick Karegeya, in August 2010 told The Observer, a Ugandan weekly, that “dictators don’t step down, they are brought down” in an apparent declaration of war on a democratically elected government in Kigali.

The interview comes a couple of weeks after New Vision ran an interview with David Himbara another RNC honcho, which according to the transcript that was leaked online by a blogger, left no iota of doubt who was calling the shots.

Uganda’s Government official daily paper has openly become a mouth piece of RNC terror armed group in the fight against government of Rwanda.

Source: The New Times

Link: RNC honchos continue to call the shots in Ugandan media

Museveni media’s cheap propaganda about hardships in Rwanda

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What could be the reasons for all the cheap propaganda that Rwandans “are fleeing hunger” to Uganda?

By Jackson Mutabazi

The Daily Monitor, in its ongoing metamorphosis into another propaganda arm for the Museveni regime is increasingly resorting to ever cheaper shots in its reporting on Rwanda.

The latest example of this is the piece entitled “Seven Rwandan nationals seek asylum in Uganda”, published in the paper on Wednesday, 10 April this week.

Everything about this story – published to promote the slander that “Rwanda is becoming ‘a living hell’ ever since ‘it closed the borders’ with Uganda” – is beneath the standards of a serious newspaper.

Begin with the seven alleged asylum seekers, Sudi Uwayisenga, Eugenia Mukeshimana (and their three children), Enock Kwizera and Sumayili Nkurikiyimana. The article quotes Christine Ayebazibwe, the Uganda Red Cross Kabale Branch Manager saying the Rwandan citizens reported to their offices on 3 April 2019, and said they “were running away from unbearable conditions in Rwanda”.

Ayebazibwe added that she contacted UNHCR officials, “who offered to transport the asylum seekers to Nakivale Refugee Camp.” The facts contradict the claims.

Those Rwandans were living in Uganda already. Rwanda Border records show that Sudi Uwayisenga crossed into Uganda on 12 January 2018, legally. His wife Mukeshimana and the children joined him on 25 July 2018. Nkurikiyimana went to Uganda on 28 December last year.

This news website has seen records such as their ID numbers. Everything indicates they left legally and through legal border posts. Everything contradicts the article’s claims that the Rwandans crossed “through porous paths”. Also their going to Uganda happened well before the alleged closure of borders by Rwanda.

Monitor then further betrays its propaganda agenda with repeated claims that Kigali “closed borders”. The Gatuna closure is temporary and applies only to heavy trucks, while Kagitumba, Mirama Hills is wide open.

The article also is calculated to create the impression that Rwanda’s supposed “border” closure is hurting Rwanda, and Rwandan nationals more than anyone else.

Claims like these, analysts say, serves the Museveni regime, which has come under more and more pressure by Ugandan business interests which are temporarily inconvenienced by the Gatuna closure.

The fact that the businesses – factories, traders and the like – are suffering, however temporarily, has suddenly drawn much more attention to the complaints of Rwanda against the Museveni regime, according to Kigali-based analysts.

“Like it or not for Museveni, the focus has shifted to his regime security agencies’ mistreatment of Rwandans like illegal arrests of Rwandans who sometimes end up languishing in Ugandan prisons for months or years,” said one analyst.

Kigali has been showing concrete proof to Kampala of the crimes against Rwandan citizens by Ugandan security agencies like CMI. Rwanda’s High Commission in Kampala has written numerous notes verbale to Ugandan authorities, protesting all the mistreatment and harassment of its citizens. Lists have been drawn up of Rwandans that have been abducted, held incommunicado, and incarcerated with no trial or access to consular visits.

Analysts add that another way Kampala is becoming more uncomfortable is because of increased exposure of how it has been sponsoring, and actively facilitating groups bent on destabilizing Rwanda, namely RNC and FDLR.

Now the Kampala propaganda machine is scrambling to divert attention, according to more analysts. “Expect them to invent more stories of supposed suffering Rwandans,” said one.

Yet such concocted stories may end up exposing the desperation of Kampala more than anything else. One may for instance remember that the Government of Uganda has very little credibility with the way it handles refugee matters.

A UNHCR – the UN refugee agency – report published on 30 November 2018 showed that the Ugandan government, through the Office of the Prime Minister, was running a massive scam in the refugee program. OPM was inflating refugee numbers to claim extra monies from the UN. What this means is that thousands of other so-called refugees in fact were fake asylum seekers.

The trend from Uganda these days is to present false Rwandan refugee numbers, to politically weaponize them against Rwanda by claiming many Rwandans are fleeing tough conditions, allegedly “ever since Rwanda closed the border”.

The seven Rwandans, from all indications, may have been coerced into saying negative things about Rwanda – such as their claims that “there is little to eat there” – or else they would have been locked up, the way Ugandan security authorities have been doing to so many of their compatriots.

Once coerced to claim they were asylum seekers, they were then transported to Nakivale, to add to Uganda’s fake and inflated refugee numbers.

The Monitor was only too happy, like any good misinformation outlet, to publish their claims with zero fact checking.

But in all this, according to observers, one has to wonder why it is Ugandans across the border that are pressuring their government to engage Rwanda to “open the border” if in fact it is Rwandans who are starving.

But you won’t find any Rwandan paper trying to promote their hardships for cheap political points.

Could the Queen Elizabeth National Park tourist kidnap be an inside job by UPDF?

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By Alex Muhumuza

On Friday, Uganda media outlets were awash with reports of about 40 Rwandans that were arrested in one of Uganda’s national parks, Queen Elizabeth National Park.

The individuals, arrested in Kasese near the Ugandan border with Democratic Republic of Congo, were mainly men and they were travelling in three mini-buses, reports say.

Despite reports saying that they are locked up in police cells, Vincent Mwesigye, the Regional Police Commander said he was not allowed to comment on the matter. He said the issue was being handled by “those at a senior level”, citing the army – Uganda People Defense Force (UPDF) – and specifically its notorious intelligence branch, CMI.

Sources who intimated to us revealed a deliberate plan by CMI, which has specifically been cited in facilitating Rwandans to join a rebel outfit in the Democratic Republic of Congo, to train as they continue to prepare to attack and destabilize Rwanda.

The recruits are channeled through Uganda with facilitation of CMI to join training bases in DRC, as established by a UN Mapping Report in December last year.

“In trying to analyze this scenario, one should not look further than the Kikagati incident where in 2017, a similar number was arrested on the Tanzanian border with Uganda headed for the same training camps,” a source said on condition of anonymity.

President Museveni himself confirmed knowledge of this during a joint press conference with President Kagame in Uganda earlier last year.

Our source further said that by trying to gag the local police that arrested the group, and blocking the media from seeing the suspects, they are deliberately avoiding the Kikagati debacle that was a smack in the face of CMI. Because of the attention the group got, the authorities in Uganda were forced to process them through courts but the case was later bungled and the suspects reportedly released.

“The less the world knows about the group, the better for them,” said the source.

The kidnap

In the kidnapping incident that happened early this week, on Tuesday and that is in international news, an American tourist and her driver were abducted in a wildlife park found in the same area: Queen Elizabeth National Park, the kidnappers have asked for a ransom of US$ 500,000, according to Uganda Police.

One of the lines of thought being pursued by analysts is that this could be an inside job by UPDF to create a scenario that the area is insecure, and hence take over the patrolling of the area from the police. This, the analysts say, will afford UPDF free reign to smuggle Rwandan recruits joining anti-Rwanda rebel training camps in neighboring DRC.

Information from sources that preferred anonymity indicates there is a hidden plot by UPDF to harm tourists in Rwanda. Interestingly, among the terror groups that are enjoying the backing of Uganda and the assistance of its military, especially CMI, there also is the so-called Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR).

This same group, then going by the French acronym ALIR, in 1999 abducted and killed two American tourists in another park, the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The US Justice Department indicted three members of ALIR in 2003.

For this attack, the group was listed on the list of global terrorist organisation where it remains. Later FDLR would ally itself with another terror group, Kayumba Nyamwasa’s Rwanda National Congress (RNC) and other outfits to form the so-called P5 under whose ambit the training camps in DRC operate.

FDLR leaders, LaForge Fils Bazeye its spokesperson and LTC Theophile Abega, its head of intelligence, were arrested on 17 December 2018 at Bunagana, on the DR, Uganda Border. They were coming for a meeting with RNC at Kampala Serena Hotel, which was chaired by Dr. Philemon Mateke, Uganda’s State Minister for Regional Co-operation.

That trip further revealed the levels to which Museveni’s Uganda has taken its alliance with FDLR and RNC. Kinshasa was to hand the two FDLR leaders to Rwanda, and they are providing vital information on the role of Uganda in support of their combined efforts with RNC, and the so-called “P5”, to destabilize Rwanda.

The activities of UPDF in alliance with these terror groups raises more questions on the safety not only of ordinary citizens, but tourists in the region.

Ugandan authorities dump Rwandan nationals at borders

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By Alex Muhumuza

Ugandan authorities this Wednesday, 3 April 2019, dumped four Rwandans at the Cyanika Border. That followed similar dumping the day before, Tuesday 2 April, when Ugandan authorities dumped 6 Rwandans at the Kagitumba Border Post.

The Ugandans dumped a total of 10 Rwandans in less than 48 hours. As usual with such acts by Ugandan authorities, this was done in complete disregard not only of the human rights of the deported Rwandans, but it also was done in violation of EAC Common Market laws on freedom of movements of persons, services, and commerce.

The accusations for which the Ugandan security agencies imprisoned, then dumped the innocent Rwandan citizens is that they were in Uganda illegally.

That however cannot be the case, because each and every one of these people have national IDs that clearly indicate they are Rwandans – a member state of the East African Community. But since Kampala adopted a hostile stance of harassment, illegal arrests, illegal detention accompanied by torture, Uganda’s security agencies have adopted a lawless stance when it comes to nationals of Rwanda.

Our sources tell us the four (women and one baby) that Uganda Police deported – on 3 April – had been (illegally) arrested in Kisoro, and detained in Kisoro Prison on accusations of illegal entry, or stay in Uganda.

They are: Uwiduhaye Aline, a 22-year old woman from Nyabihu District who was with her baby of 5 months when they were detained illegally for 8 months in Kisoro Prison. Nyirantabaruke Adella, 54, also from Nyabihu, who too was detained for 8 months in Kisoro Prison. Uwayisenga Claudine, 20, of Kicukiro District, also detained for 8 months in the same prison. Mukangwije Francine, 23, from Musanze who suffered the same length of incarceration as the others.

These women were arrested, even when they showed their travel passes, IDs, and stated their purpose of visit: which was to see relatives and friends in Uganda. What the women said about being jailed, even when they had shown their travel and ID documents, has been said by many others before them.

The day before, on Tuesday at around 5 pm, a similar scene played out at the Kagitumba Border. Uganda immigration officials deported six Rwandans – all from Nyagatare District – who were arrested and detained in Ntungamo Prison for three months, all on the same concocted accusations of illegal entry or stay.

They are Mugisha Hamed, 30, Ndagijimana Bosco, 25, Shyaka Vedaste, 22, Maniragaba Tharcise, 32, Nizeyimana Mupenzi, 28, and Nsengimana Emmanuel, 34.

At the beginning of last month Rwanda took the extra-ordinary step to strongly advise its citizens against travel to Uganda, citing cases of arbitrary arrests and jailing of its nationals, harassment and jailing with no allowance for consular visits, and other rights abuses.

Nyamwasa’s pretentions of peace are laughable, and deceive no one

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By Jackson Mutabazi

Kayumba Nyamwasa (pictured) is responsible for the series of grenade attacks that began in 2009 and claimed lives of 17 Rwandans, 407 injured or maimed in various ways.

Chimpreports, a Ugandan news website that’s distinguished itself as a conduit of anti-Kigali misinformation has – this Tuesday, 2 April 2019 – published an article on Kayumba Nyamwasa that the Rwandan fugitive could not have written better himself.

The article begins by quoting the words of Nyamwasa as published in a Zambian news outlet. In it he says that he “has expressed determination to ‘peacefully return’ to his home country”, because “the cost of war is so high” and that “conflicts do not necessarily give birth to democracy and prosperity.”

What exactly does this mishmash of words mean? How does one for instance express determination to peacefully return to his country? You either go back home, or you don’t. In normal life you don’t say you are “determinedly” going somewhere that’s your home.

It sounds Orwellian, like in the novel 1984 in which one of the most memorable slogans is, “war is peace”. Is Nyamwasa saying “peace” when he means “war”? Is it for instance supposed to be re-assuring when the man says “the cost of war is high?”

So why does he not begin by declaring he is disbanding his RNC terror group that has already killed people in Rwanda and injured hundreds, with grenade attacks?

When the man declares he is ready to go home peacefully while saying nothing of his RNC which, right now – hand in hand with Uganda’s Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence – is harassing, illegally arresting, and torturing Rwandan citizens in Uganda, what message does it convey?

It is no secret that Ugandan President Museveni has given RNC carte blanche to recruit fighters, from areas with Banyarwanda populations in Uganda, which it does with the assistance of CMI and ISO, who then facilitate the recruits’ travel to training camps in eastern DRC.

Chimpreports is saying nothing of this. It says nothing of the UN Group of Experts on DRC report of 31 December 2018 that detailed the activities of RNC in the DR Congo, how it gets weapons transported to it; how Nyamwasa himself has been visiting the camps and similar facts.

A real news organisation would then ask: “how do you claim you want to peacefully return to a country when you are so clearly involved in subversive activity against that very country?

The game Nyamwasa is playing here, thinking he is being very clever, is to pretend that he (and by extension his group) are “the peaceful party” while the Rwandan government is the belligerent one.

Chimpreports is in on the game as the willing conduit of propaganda that’s so easy to see through. It becomes more obvious with Nyamwasa’s next words, in response to another softball question – how long would it take him to return home?

“It will take me a lot of effort in the sense that we are talking about peaceful means,” says the man. “When we talk about peace, you must be aware that it is a long, protracted process, and that is what we are pursuing.”

Really? Is the man parroting his paymaster Museveni with the Maoist jargon about “protracted” methods?, one may ask when they read that.

We will get back to that in a moment. But first, if Nyamwasa actually wanted to go back home, why not jump on a plane – I think Rwandair flies to South Africa – and in four hours you will be in Kigali? Why should that be a “protracted process”?

Unless of course he is talking about war, like Museveni used to do, talking of “a protracted people’s struggle” decades ago when he went to war against Obote?

Yet Nyamwasa is lying to himself if he even for a moment imagines anyone in Rwanda would support his harebrained ideas to bring conflict back. He is lying to himself and he is lying to Museveni, his main backer, and others in their anti-Rwanda coalition.

Rwanda is not a failed state such that one will find the conditions for so-called “protracted struggles”. In fact Rwanda is the complete opposite of a failed state. It is one that has earned plaudits all over the world for service delivery to all citizens, poor and well off. It has one of the best records in fighting misuse of public resources. It is a state of strong, functional institutions – mostly those that buttress the rule of law.

We aren’t even talking of what any rebel, or any hostile invader that entered Rwandan space would be up against: one of the most fearsome, but professional militaries in the region.

Simply put, there is nothing conducive, or favorable to a violent uprising, or war (whether protracted or not) in Rwanda.

Even whether anyone claims they “want to bring democracy”, all Rwandans are represented in the government. They have worked out their system of representative government.

That is why it becomes just amusing when one reads Kayumba parroting another of Museveni’s lines: “ours has nothing to do with change of guards, it means fundamental change, change the situation in Rwanda!”

Does this man think he is Yoweri Museveni fighting Milton Obote? I burst out laughing.

Can’t he at least be a little bit original?

Museveni, others may soon have to explain to Kinshasa why they’ve turned DRC into a den of terrorists

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By Jackson Mutabazi

New DRC leader Felix Tshisekedi, left, has little tolerance for rebel groups on Congolese territory, such as those supported by Museveni and Nkurunziza

The DR Congo ambassador to the UN has named the P5 group of anti-Rwandan rebels, led by Kayumba Nyamwasa – and of which Kampala is one of the main sponsors – as a great danger that could plunge DRC into yet another armed conflict.

The country’s ambassador to the United Nations, Ignace Gata Mavita wa Lufuta has told the UN Security Council in New York City that “P5” – a coalition of anti-Rwanda rebel groups and self-styled “opposition” movements led by the fugitive Nyamwasa – receive weapons and ammunition from “a neighboring country”.

The ambassador said that while also citing the UN’s Group of Experts (GoE) Report on DRC that was released on 31 December last year.

Ambassador wa Lufuta was speaking only a few days after his country’s new leader, Felix Tshisekedi said – while attending the recently concluded CEO Africa Forum in Kigali – that armed groups in the region, “Do not stand for any cause and should be neutralized through demobilization and re-integration programs.”

The UN report that the ambassador cites specifically named Burundi as a conduit of arms – originating from South Africa, New Zealand, China and other countries – destined to rebel groups in the vast DRC, of which anti-Rwanda groups are the main recipients.

Burundi has since 2015, when its president Nkurunziza overthrew the rule of law and violently seized another term of office, allied itself to an anti-Rwanda coalition consisting of “P5” and of which Kampala is one of the main partners, with the not-so-secret goal to destabilize Rwanda.

Said Djinnit, UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region was in agreement with the DRC ambassador when he called the armed groups, “negative forces” whose presence in the country “perpetuates insecurity and mistrust between some countries”.

Analysts say the new leadership in DR Congo seems aligned to the Group of Experts’ thinking; which is that the main threat to peace in the region are rebel groups like RNC, “the ring leader of the P5 coalition”, as well as FDLR – the offshoot group of ex FAR and Interahamwe perpetrators of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

“With the new government in Kinshasa, words are accompanied by action,” said a political analyst who regularly comments on regional issues.

“Nyamwasa’s rebels as well as their overall support network – which includes Ugandan President Museveni, and Nkurunziza of Burundi – received a bad shock when Kinshasa arrested in December 2018, and later deported to Kigali two FDLR bigwigs: La Forge Fils Bazeye its spokesperson and Theophile Abega the intelligence chief.

Regional watchers say that DRC’s new stance on the rebel groups is going to be very alarming, not only to individuals like Nyamwasa and others in the “P5” coalition, but to governments and leaders that are in bed with them. Bazeye and Abega for instance were coming from Kampala, expecting to be back in their base in eastern DRC before sunset, when DRC military authorities apprehended them at the Bunagana Border Post.

They had been in Uganda to attend a meeting, under the auspices of Uganda’s Minister of State for Regional Affairs Philemon Mateke, between 14 and 15 December 2018 at Serena hotel. According to highly reliable sources, the meeting took place at the express instruction of President Yoweri Museveni, and it brought together leaders of FDLR and RNC, with the agenda to “better coordinate their (anti-Rwanda) activities.”

The FDLR leaders seem to have divulged a lot of information to Rwandan authorities, going by what President Kagame has – in only one instance – revealed on multiple occasions including in a recent interview with the widely circulated French-language magazine, Jeune Afrique.

Judging by the President’s words, the UN report (which Ambassador wa Lufuta cited in his appeals to the Security Council against P5) seems to have exposed only a fraction of what the anti-Rwanda groups are up to in DRC.

Asked by the magazine whether there is tangible proof that Uganda harbors ill intentions against Rwanda, President Kagame said: “There is tangible evidence that cannot be denied!” He added that the evidence had been submitted to Ugandan authorities.

The Rwandan head of state was specific that Ugandan authorities provide material and logistical support to individuals in South Africa, Burundi, DR Congo, Canada and Europe, adding that these individuals regularly appear in Kampala under the protection of Museveni’s government.

To one that has read the UN GoE, what the President says collaborates it in many ways. The rebel recruitment activities, and the quantities of the weapons mentioned in the report – not mentioning the sophistication of the logistical planning to get them to P5 command in DRC – can only be accomplished with the help of state actors, and highly influential individuals.

The UN report says in one section: “The Group (GoE) investigated armed group activities in the Hauts Plateux of Fizi and Uvira territories in South Kivu. The Group found that a widespread recruitment network was already established.”

It further indicates that the GoE separately interviewed ex-combatants (that had left the P5 rebels) and that they all said one Shaka Nyamusaraba was the commander of the armed group whose combatants mostly are of Rwandan origin.

The combatants also disclosed that they had regularly received briefings from Kayumba Nyamwasa”. “Several ex-combatants collaborated information that Kayumba Nyamwasa regularly travelled to the region,” said the report.

According to all the interviewed ex-combatants, the main recruiter was a man called “Rashid”, also known as “Sunday/Sunde Charles”, who covered the cost of travel for the recruits from his house in Bujumbura, and liaised with Nyamusaraba in Congo. Once in the P5 camps, the recruits underwent four to six weeks’ basic military training.

The former rebels also told the GoE that in February, April and June 2018, various quantities of weapons and ammunition were delivered to them (P5 Group).

“Ammunition came in both boxes and bags and was well-packed,” they testified, to the UN Group of Experts, further telling them that the weapons were brought from Burundi to DRC through Rumonge.

In Uganda it is no secret how closely Museveni works with Kayumba Nyamwasa’s RNC. RNC bigwigs like Tribert Ayabatwa Rujugiro run businesses in Uganda that merely front for the group. Moreover, Uganda’s Directorate of Military Intelligence (CMI) is tasked, in direct collusion with RNC agents, with most of the anti-Rwanda activity in Uganda.

They recruit fighters in areas with Banyarwanda populations anywhere in Uganda. They target young men to recruit, and harass, jail, or torture those that refuse to join the RNC. They identify Rwandan nationals in Uganda that have money, such as businessmen, big farmers and others to become “contributors of funds or was materials”.

Anyone that refuses is marked, to be “fixed” later. Either one is arrested on charges of “espionage” (that are never proven, but for which nonetheless a person can be imprisoned for months, even years, while suffering torture). Or CMI operatives may shove a gun at someone, then arrest that person on a charge of “illegal firearms possession”. They also abduct, kidnap and torture Rwandans just because they are Rwandans.

The Museveni regime has always denied complicity in efforts to destabilize Rwanda. The incident that laid Museveni completely bare happened in December 2017 when immigration officials at Kikagati, on the Ugandan border with Tanzania, stopped a group of 46 young Banyarwanda men from passing through.

The officials realized that their Uganda travel papers were forgeries, and alerted the border police, which arrested them. Upon interrogation, they disclosed it was CMI that had facilitated them with the documents. The young men first lied that they were going to Bujumbura for a bible fellowship. Upon closer interrogation they disclosed CMI had recruited them for the RNC, and that they were headed for the rebel group’s training camps in Minembwe, eastern DRC.

Their story became a tangled web, with Uganda Police accusing them of terrorism. But some “powerful” people “passed behind” and had them released from prison before they could be tried for terrorism.

Museveni would shamefacedly confess knowledge of the 46 rebel recruits at a joint press conference with his Rwandan counterpart in March last year. “But he did that only because President Kagame showed him incontrovertible proof, and he was obliged to confess!” commented an observer.

Going by the DRC official’s statement at the United Nations in New York, the Ugandan leader – and others like him – may soon also have to explain to the new president in Kinshasa why they have chosen to turn his country into a den of terrorists.

Museveni should tell Ugandans who the real Tribert Rujugiro is

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By Christophe Murekezi

Tribert Ayabatwa Rujugiro

Tribert Ayabatwa Rujugiro has been showered with praise in Uganda’s media as part of the drive to sanitize not only him but also the Rwanda National Congress (RNC) that he belongs to and is its chief financier

Just this weekend, NTV-Uganda aired a show that tried to create the impression that Rujugiro’s main motivation is to improve the lives of Ugandans.

It is part of an ongoing plan to do everything possible to conceal the true image of Rujugiro from the view of unsuspecting Ugandans.

However, it is only responsible to get the people out of ignorance so that they understand who the man their government is busy promoting is and what he is capable of.

Here’s only the tip of the Rujugiro iceberg.

Rujugiro’s name came to the public sphere in Bujumbura, Burundi, in the mid-to-late 1970s. Rujugiro was a true mafia boss in Burundi.

He took advantage of nearly all shortage of vital goods; shortages that he would sometimes purposefully create and exploit in order to generate abnormal profits.

One of these prominent scams was in the transport industry where he would fake accidents in order to claim from insurance companies.

For instance, he would steal dead bodies from the mortuary as evidence to inflate insurance claims.

Where were the authorities, one might ask. This is where Rujugiro excels. Anywhere he has operated, the officials are always complicit in his scams.

He learnt in Bujumbura that putting them into his pockets was key for the success of his business model.

Col. Jean Baptiste Bagaza, who ruled Burundi from 1976 to 1987, was not personally known to be corrupt and generally had a record of fighting corruption.

In fact, he had in place rules prohibiting public servants, police and army officers from engaging in private business.

However, while this policy was generally enforced, it was rather flexible when it came to those close to him, his entourage.

Consequently, the economy of Burundi was in the hands of a few powerful individuals who controlled monopolies.

One of these is Col Mandevu, who was at the time the head of immigration (PAFE). In Rujugiro the powerful Colonel – the same rank as his boss, Bagaza – saw a business partner through whom he would launder his business interests.

With Mandevu’s backing, Rujugiro was untouchable. They both saw the opportunity to exploit the customs duty, especially at border crossings.

Rujugiro would pass trucks in and out of the country to Tanzania without anyone having to ask him about what was in the trucks, where they were coming from, or where they were headed.

In cross border trade, he was king.

Crucially, Rujugiro would ensure that these opportunities that came as a result of his personal connections could also be denied his competitors; anyone who tried to import certain products – salt being one – to Burundi would be blocked and warned.

Burundi, a landlocked country, suddenly had a new salt mafia boss.

His mafia extended inside Tanzania where he would use the Burundian Embassy there to secure for him exclusivity for trade in a number of products; the embassy became his personal office for trade negotiations and guarantor of his personal interests.

It also served as a clearing house for his goods.

Fortune would smile some more. With insurance companies unable to pay him off for his scams, he forced them to sell shares to him.

Rujugiro – through his tobacco company – became a shareholder in the national reassurance company (a government parastatal).

On the one hand Rujugiro was producing tobacco for the consumption of Burundians; on the other, he was owner of health insurance when they get sick from his cigarettes!

Only a complicit government would see wisdom in such a partnership. At any rate, the tobacco company thrived.

It diversified deeper into the Burundian economy. His company bought into various sectors including banking, oil, pharmaceutical and manufacturing.

Rujugiro had the Burundian government in his pocket, for almost a decade. His fortune was only interrupted by a coup d’état led by Maj. Pierre Buyoya – a cousin to Bagaza, his predecessor.

As the new regime cleaned up the old leadership, it didn’t spare Rujugiro, a Rwandan. They saw him as part and parcel of the regime they had overthrown – and rightly so; they jailed him, too.

The fact that Buyoya could not differentiate Rujugiro – a foreigner – from the regime he had overthrown shows how powerful, and possibly resented, Rujugiro had gotten.

Rujugiro found himself sharing a prison cell with his former colleagues in government, the police, and the army; his businesses and other assets of his were confiscated. In jail, his business network was eventually disrupted; it collapsed.

Rujugiro conspired with prison authorities and escaped from jail in 1991, after serving three years.

He went in hibernation for a while before resurfacing in early 2000’s.

However, his time in prison had not taught him any lessons. On the contrary, he became much more daring. He leveraged his background in banking – and scamming – to establish Finalease Bank in 2000.

The first of these was mortgage scam of predatory lending. Rujugiro was assisting the most vulnerable people to become homeowners, which on the surface was a noble cause.

Rujugiro worked with Burundi’s second largest bank (BANCOBU) to guarantee loans to the poor.

However, in reality he was targeting the takeover of the bank, which he did with connivance of corrupt officials in government – as he had done to take control of the government insurance company, as noted above.

Someone inside the bank leaked the scam to the Burundian media, which was known then to be vibrant.

Once exposed, Rujugiro backtracked; he withdrew from the housing scheme entirely. He turned to the cement business, where he, once again, began to take over the industry through monopoly and in connivance with corrupt officials.

In Uganda, Rujugiro has established a tobacco factory in partnership with Museveni’s young brother Caleb Akandwanaho, popularly known as Salim Saleh.

This partnership guarantees Rujugiro his most sought-after status of being untouchable in Uganda, despite of his criminal past and the fact that he is mentioned in almost every UN report on the Congo as the financier of terror in the region.

The December 31, 2018 UN report that links him with the Kayumba Nyamwasa-led P5, the RNC and FDLR, and their links to the regimes in Uganda and Burundi is only the most recent revelation.

Museveni shouldn’t hide all this from Ugandans since he is presenting Rujugiro as some kind of benevolent investor.

Source: The New Times

Link: https://www.newtimes.co.rw/opinions/museveni-should-tell-ugandans-who-real-tribert-rujugiro

CMI agent violently abducts 13 Rwandans

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By Jackson Mutabazi

Brig. Gen. Abel Kandiho, CMI chief (pictured)


An agent of Uganda’s Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) yesterday, Friday 29 March 2019 abducted 13 Rwandans. That happened on the Ugandan side of the border with Rwanda, at Mirama Hills.

News reaching our desk is that Rwandan citizen Hakizimana Jean Marie Vianney, 18 of Nyagatare District was in the Sofia area of Mirama – Ugandan side – together some other Rwandans when a CMI agent whose identity they only learnt as Lt. Elly accosted them.

According to our eyewitness sources, the Rwandans were only minding their business and doing nothing wrong when the CMI man shouted, “ebi nebinyarwanda!” (these bastard Rwandans!), and put them under arrest.

Shortly afterwards, according to Hakizimana, a pickup vehicle came up. It was carrying three other Rwandans, “which means CMI was hunting down Rwandans”. Lt. Elly ordered Hakizimana and the other nine others arrested with him, to climb into the vehicle.

Lt. Elly did not ask them any questions, did not see them do anything wrong or committing any crime. He arrested them for no other reason but because they were Rwandans.

Hakizimana, whose story of the ordeal we were able to hear, narrated that when the vehicle reached a place called Pantagon, on the way to Ntungamo, he and another young man called Mbazumutima Claude leaped off the pickup.

They knew that to be a Rwandan and to be abducted by CMI is something next to death. Only two of them were able to escape the clutches of CMI.

The other 11 were taken away, to unknown places. Of the Rwandans abducted, two of them – Nteyi Aman and Gatanga Sowedi – have been resident in in Kitwe Town Council, Ntungamo District. Gatanga is a cell chairman in the area.

They had been returning from prayers at the Mosque when CMI abducted them in its dragnet of Rwandans.

At the beginning of this month, the Government of Rwanda strongly warned its citizens against crossing into Uganda, citing illegal arrests, harassment, torture of its citizens who in all cases are never allowed consular visits.

Rwanda’s Foreign Minister Sezibera disclosed that up to one thousand Rwandans are languishing in Ugandan prisons or in un-gazetted places of detention, but are never brought to trial.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame has in different settings been speaking out about the unlawful treatment of Rwandan nationals in Uganda. At the recently concluded Africa CEO Forum the President said, “They have been arresting Rwandans and keep piling them in their prisons,” he said.

“But why don’t they try them, openly? If you are arresting people, why don’t you make the process open? It only means Uganda does not want Rwandans. That is what such acts show; that they don’t want Rwandans to go to Uganda.”

Earlier in the Rwandan leadership retreat, the President had remarked that the difference is that if you are Rwandan but are saying bad things about Rwanda; if you declare hatred for the government of Rwanda, then you were very welcome in Uganda.

EAC Common market laws in their articles on free trade, and free movement of people specify that no citizen of one member state will be arrested just for entering another member state. The same applies for people of a member state residing in another.

Five more Rwandan nationals abducted in Uganda

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By Jackson Mutabazi

Uganda’s security agencies have continued to target Rwandan nationals in the country, subjecting them to illegal arrests and detention. The latest Rwandans to suffer this victimization are five, including some church workers.

Ntakirutimana Theoneste, head of the ADEPR Church in Uganda was abducted yesterday, 28 March 2019 in Kampala by security operatives. News reaching our desk is that it was the usual CMI method of extra-legal arrest: no arrest warrant; no other form of due process.

A week before, on 22 March 2019 the same had happened to Cyusa Jean Paul, another member of ADEPR in the Ugandan capital. This followed the abduction of a woman, Peace Lydia Mahoro on 18 March 2019. Another Rwandan that has not been spared is Karangwa Daniel who was kidnapped by Museveni’s security agencies on 26 March 2019 in Kiboga area. Also, on 19 March 2019 a man called Habimana Issa was taken away.

Those are five Rwandans abducted, kidnapped, or arrested with no due process in a space less than two weeks.

It is alleged that they have suffered this treatment on suspicion of “working for the interests of Rwanda”.

Their treatment bears the signature CMI modus operandi: just grab Banyarwanda, take them away, and hold them incommunicado. What normally happens to the victims, out of sight, is appalling torture. Each and every Rwandan that has been subjected to such extra-legal arrests comes out describing how they were tortured.

CMI operatives, usually about five to a single Rwandan civilian, surround him or her. They then usually shove the victim into a vehicle with dark-tinted glasses. After that they usually slap a hood – something like “a big hat” –over the victim’s head. They then drive away – the victim vulnerable and unaware of where they are headed – to one of the hundreds of un-gazetted places of detention, the so-called “safe houses”, run by CMI.

Or they are taken straight to CMI headquarters at Mbuya Military Barracks. Once in CMI custody torture ensues in the form of beatings, starvation, demeaning, degrading treatment like throwing on the floor food only fit for animals, for the victim to eat, and similar things.

A Rwandan businessman – Patrick Niyigena – that CMI tortured in October last year described how they subjected him to beatings in a safe house, for three days, including kicks that almost broke his ribs. Then, he said, they injected him with a substance that he suspected was a slow working poison. They dumped him in the streets of Kampala, but after stealing his US$ 2600.

Rwandan victims that are lucky to escape CMI’s dungeons at Mbuya describe a hell on earth. “CMI operatives are just terrible thugs with no drop of human decency in them,” said Damascene Muhawenimana, a Rwandan that was kidnapped by them in December last year.

“They beat people with electric wires, or with clubs. They confine people in dark, smelly dungeons, all the time with hoods over their heads so that their eyes will begin to lose sight. They beat even old men; ‘I saw one old man whose skin was peeling away because of the beatings!” narrated Damascene.

CMI accused him of “working for Rwandan interests”; that he was “a Rwandan spy”.

The facts are that Damascene had travelled with his mother from Rwanda to go to look for Bernard Kwizera, his younger brother.

Usually the Rwandans CMI, ISO and others abduct are never charged in court. They are never subjected to a transparent hearing so that their side of the story gets heard. They are just tortured, and if lucky to get out, just dumped in the road or at one of the border posts.

In most of these cases, CMI openly works with agents of RNC, the anti-Rwanda group headed by fugitive Kayumba Nyamwasa that is also responsible from grenade attacks that from 2010 to 2015 killed 17 Rwandans and injured over 400 others. According to reliable information RNC agents like Rugema Kayumba – who also is well known for his anti-Kigali smears on social media – in many cases also tell CMI which Rwandans to target or victimize.

Rugema in particular, together with another RNC agent called Mukombozi, were responsible for the illegal arrest, torture and crippling of Fidele Gatsinzi – a Rwandan citizen that only was in Uganda to visit his student son. Gatsinzi recognized Rugema and Mukombozi as RNC agents active on Facebook.

They, together with CMI tortured him accusing him of “spying for Rwanda”. They had no proof of that. Gatsinzi’s only crime was that he had come from Rwanda.

CMI and RNC take The East African, New Vision, and NTV to Arua to whitewash RNC’s Rujugiro’s image

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Alex Muhumuza

Reliable sources have disclosed to this website that on Tuesday March 26, 2019, a team of journalists from the New Vision, The East African and NTV travelled on a mission to provide coverage of Rujungiro’s tobacco company based in Arua. According to these sources, this mission had been planned for 19 – 22 March 19 but was postponed to March, 26-29.

The sources indicate that the Arua visit was aimed at portraying Rujungiro as a selfless investor whose Meridien Tobacco Company (in which Salim Saleh has shares) is improving the lives of tobacco farmers, bringing them out of poverty, all the while contributing to the growth of uganda’s economy.

Sources further reveal that the journalists have specifically been briefed to conjure up stories of farmers who were struggling before Rujugiro’s company was established in Arua and are now better off because of it. Moreover, the journalists are informed that community leaders including the local chairman have been briefed to say that the lives of the poor in the community have tremendously improved due to Rujugiro’s investment there.

The “story of change” that is supposed to positively impact Rujugiro’s image is being coordinated by CMI in collaboration with RNC (represented by Sulah Nuwamanya, who traveled with the journalists to Arua).

ongoing campaign

Over the past 3 months the authorities in Uganda have been trying to sanitize Tribert Ayabatwa Rujugiro, the chief financier of the Rwanda National Congress (RNC) whose operations in Uganda is now an open secret.

Public relations campaigns in Uganda’s main newspapers, The New Vision and The Daily Monitor have focused on trying to portray him as a benevolent investor whose business ventures are having a positive impact on Ugandans despite the fact that Rujugiro’s business model corrupts influential people (Salim Saleh is his business partner) at the expense of the common good, such as using those relations to avoid paying taxes. Rujugiro’s publicist and RNC member David Himbara was also recently on NTV-Uganda doing laundry for his boss’s image there.

This campaign to sanitize Tribert Rujugiro is in overdrive following the pressure that the Rwandan government has placed on the authorities in Uganda in relation to Rujugiro’s funding of criminal activities in the region.

It appears the entire state machinery has been put to the task of cleaning Rujugiro’s image. It shows how essential the authorities in Uganda consider him to be in their shared scheme to destabilize Rwanda.

Ugandan politician faults Museveni government on strained Rwanda ties

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By Julius Bizimungu

Dennis Mukasa Mbidde, a Ugandan member of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA), has blamed his country for the current crisis between Uganda and Rwanda.

The MP told The New Times in a phone interview that Uganda’s decision to remain tight-lipped on the many allegations brought forth by Rwanda only serves to exacerbate the situation.

Read: Ugandan politician faults Museveni government on strained Rwanda ties

Among the accusations that Rwanda has put forth – both in writing and through meetings – include the fact that Uganda continues to harbour Rwandan dissidents whose intention is to destabilise Rwanda.

Uganda has also been accused of harassing, abducting and torturing innocent Rwandans and engaging in economic sabotage against Rwanda, through impounding Rwandan cargo with no justification.

All these allegations have been brought to the attention of senior Ugandan officials, including President Yoweri Museveni but no action has been taken, Kigali says.

“I get angry that, first of all, Uganda is deciding to treat this matter as a public relations item. An item where, for example, our media houses have been mobilised to depict the matter as laughable, and presenting the border issues as the origin of the problem,” Mbidde said.

The border issue, Mbidde said, “has nothing to do with the minimal explanation (by Kampala) of trade relations between the two countries. It has nothing to do with the economics.”

The Government of Rwanda has on several occasions said that it has raised concerns of Rwandans being held incommunicado in Ugandan prisons in vain.

President Kagame has also met his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni on at least three occasions over the same issues.

The failure by Uganda to even reply to diplomatic notes, Mbidde said, does not help the situation.“This is something we must fight,” he noted.

The Ugandan politician told The New Times that he is planning to move a motion at EALA for members to look into the issue.

He said he will propose the creation of an ad hoc committee to investigate the matter and propose recommendations.

“If for some reason I am stopped from moving the motion I’ll resign,” he said.

Mbidde added that Uganda’s continued siding with Rwandan dissidents that have bases in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is a threat to regional peace and security.

Among the groups that Uganda has been accused of working closely with (also confirmed by a recent UN Report) include Rwanda National Congress, whose head of diplomacy, Charlotte Mukankusi, recently met with President Museveni at State House.

Mbidde also said he intends to write a letter to President Museveni seeking permission to visit all “these East African brothers in prison”.

The Rwandan government has said that scores of Rwandan nationals are held in Ugandan prisons and ungazetted detention centres, while many others have irregularly been deported.

Victims of these arrests who have since returned home have recounted their ordeal at the hands of Ugandan intelligence and security services, who have been accused of working with agents of armed groups opposed to Kigali to arrest Rwandans.

Source: The New Times

Rwandan civilians before Ugandan court martial on unproven weapons charges

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By Henry Mulinda

Two Rwandan citizens that were arrested in Mbarara, Uganda, on 25 May 2018 – and held incommunicado since then – were produced before the General Court Martial in Makindye Kampala, this week on Tuesday 26 March 2019.

The two men, Rwamucyo Emmanuel and Rutayisire Augustin, both civilians and businessmen, were charged in the military court with unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition. According to legal analysts, let alone the fact there is no proof these men had any weapon, as civilians they cannot lawfully be tried in a military court.

The Uganda Constitutional Court, in resolving the issue whether the General Court Martial had jurisdiction to try civilians (whether in possession of firearms or not) stated in 2005 that the military tribunal under UPDF had no jurisdiction to try civilians. In a case that the Uganda Law Society brought against the Attorney General, the court confirmed that trying civilians in the Court Martial “would be contravening Articles 210 and 126 of the Constitution of Uganda”.

The Constitutional Court further emphasized that the General Court Martial had no jurisdiction to try civilians because it was created to regulate the UPDF. “A court without jurisdiction over a matter is incompetent and incapable of offering one a fair trial within the meaning of Article 28(1) of the constitution,” ruled the court.

Thus, illegally being taken to a court martial is only the latest of the abuse of the rights of Rwamucyo and Rutayisire who, according to witnesses, were in fact not properly arrested – i.e. with warrants or with due process – but abducted by Uganda’s military intelligence.

When they were taken away, Ugandan security agencies said the men were suspected of being part of “an espionage racket of Rwandans in Uganda”. That is what ChimpReports, one of the many Museveni-regime media outlets reported on 14 September 2018, almost four full months after the abduction of the men.

According to observers that have followed the case, it bore all the hallmarks of the ongoing victimization of Rwandan civilians either traveling to Uganda or those already there, by the Museveni regime’s security services.

When they were brought to the Court Martial they were not charged with the alleged espionage, however.

The story had changed. One Mukama Moses Kandiho, a GISO (Government Internal Security Officer) of Ruborogota in Isingiro District alleged that Rwamucyo was involved in a robbery plot. Here, one may first note that Mukama Moses Kandiho is the brother of Brig. Gen. Abel Kandiho, head of Uganda’s Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI).

Countless Rwandans have described in the media how they were locked up in un-gazetted places of detention, the so-called “safe houses” of CMI. Many have told of the torture going on in the so-called safe houses, and the dungeons of Mbuya Military Barracks where CMI headquarters are.

Those that have been lucky to get out, like Roger Donne Kayibanda who was abducted by CMI operatives and taken to the dungeons in Mbuya (“they surrounded me, about five of them and before I knew it they had shoved me in their vehicle and slapped a hood, like a big hat, over my head!” he narrated) are emphatic that they were abducted, “just because of their nationality”.

Already, according to those that have followed the cases of Rwamucyo and Rutayisire, the fact that the brother of Abel Kandiho is the main witness against the two, “already raises a serious suspicion that the duo only fell victim to CMI’s ongoing witch-hunt of Rwandan nationals.”

Kandiho’s brother’s “testimony” (which was submitted in writing, meaning the man was unavailable for cross examination by the lawyers of the two Rwandans) was that on 25 May 2018 he was called by Rwamucyo to find him at his hotel in Kikagati, and that upon arrival he found Rwamucyo with Rutayisire.

Kandiho’s brother then alleges that Rwamucyo told him of a mission to “steal one million dollars from some businessman”, and that he said he “required at least two guns but had managed to get one AK 47”. The Rwandan then allegedly asked Mukama Kandiho, “If he could get him a second gun.”

The tale continues that instead of participating in “the mission”, Mukama Kandiho instead informed the 2nd Division Counter-Intelligence Officer Maj. Mushambo to come and arrest the two Rwandans.

Kandiho’s brother’s allegations continue that Mushambo’s officers searched Rwamucyo’s car and found the gun. The men were delivered into the hands of CMI for interrogation, meaning torture.

That’s how the story changed from “espionage” to “robbery”.

According to relatives of Rwamucyo, on the day he was abducted, he had gone to a bank in Mbarara to deposit forty million shillings. He had called his friend Rutayisire to accompany him since he was carrying a large sum of cash.

The two are not the first Rwandans to be slapped with concocted “weapons possession” charges.

Ugandan security operatives, it is common knowledge by now, work hand in hand with agents of RNC – the anti-Rwanda group headed by fugitive Kayumba Nyamwasa that has openly declared war on Rwanda. CMI, ISO and others actively facilitate RNC in the latter’s efforts to recruit fighters from areas with Banyarwanda populations.

The recruitment efforts aren’t limited to fighters. CMI also works with RNC to identify Rwandans with means – such as businessmen, big farmers and others – whom they ask to become contributors of funds or materiel to RNC. Reliable information is that Rwandans that are approached in such a way but refuse to be part of RNC’s schemes are “marked”, to “be fixed” later.

Many have been harassed, beaten up, locked up or tortured and later dumped at the borders. Others have had guns planted on them, after which weapons possession charges are brought against them.

Source: Rwandan civilians before Ugandan court martial on unproven weapons charges

Museveni is a Congenital Liar – Says Ugandan Human Rights Activist

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By Grace Kamugisha

In 1995, Lawrence Kiwanuka who was partially involved in Uganda’s politics in Democratic Party (DP), fled the country after multiple threats by government forces.

He currently lives in New York – United States of America and works as Professor of Government and History at State University of New York.

He was forced to flee the country after repeated arrests and detention. At the time, he was the chief editor of The Citizen and Munnansi Newspapers.

Prof. Kiwanuka calls Uganda’s President Museveni a congenital liar, corrupt, self- proclaimed “Big bull in the kraal” and warmonger, among others.

When you are a first time visitor to Uganda, you may think that the country’s citizens are happy. Yet, almost entire population of Uganda live in extreme state of fear – orchestrated by President Museveni and his inner circle, claims Prof. Kiwanuka in an interview conducted late Wednesday, March 27, 2019.

As a journalist and partially a politician, Prof. Kiwanuka narrates President Museveni’s government right from the first year he assumed power in 1986.

But his discussion starts way in the middle when he fled the country to live in exile.

Towards 1995, Prof. Kiwanuka was aligned with Democratic Party ideology.

And as a practicing journalist, he started exposing Museveni government’s human rights abuses. He reported about detention of people in military barracks, detaining of people in unknown places, which he now describes as safe houses that ‘are all over the country’.

All this annoyed Museveni government and the military started turning against Kiwanuka. His fate had just started.

“We pushed hard and Museveni thought that detaining us was the best punishment and he is still the same person today. Because if you saw him last week in regards to an MP of Kyadondo East Hon. Robert Cyagulanyi Sentamu commonly known as Bobi Wine, when he was addressing his cadres in Kyankwanzi he said that Bobi Wine was just punched a little bit by the soldiers.

Because of such acts I was repeatedly arrested. They would arrest and detain you for two three days, intimidate you and later release you after some time – probably because of international pressure,” says Prof. Kiwanuka.

After several arrests, says Prof. Kiwanuka, “I was never charged in court. At some point, military officers attempted to bribe me not to reveal the information. At the time, military officers who tempted to bribe me were from Directorate of Military Intelligence (DMI) which currently changed to Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI),” says Kiwanuka.

Below is how Prof. Kiwanuka describes Museveni:

Military machination in Uganda

According to Prof. Kiwanuka, Museveni’s military machination within Uganda and the region has been arresting and detaining people in unknown places without police records.

“There are so many other people who have gone through what I experienced. Some of us were lucky enough. There are some people who have died in detention. I had a friend whom I worked with as a journalist called Hadji Hussein Musa Njuki who was arrested by these people.

They took him all over the place and later dumped him at a police station. Police would later release him after few hours because of extreme torture he had experienced. He immediately died. The list is too long,” says Prof. Kiwanuka.

In Museveni, says Prof. Kiwanuka, “We have a person who is very intolerant of serious opposition. For instance why is it that Museveni all these friends with whom they fought together in the bush, senior leaders…majority of them are no longer with him? Some have died while others have been detained.

We have cases of Gen. Kazini. And immediately a year when Museveni came to power, he arrested and detained Dr. Andrew Kayiira. And when he was brought to court, I think it was on February 20, 1987. Musevei said that Kayiira was a criminal and should be punished.

Within 10 days on the 6th of March, Kayiira was assassinated. This was a very popular leader from Buganda. Then Museveni executed fake commission of inquiry, then invited the Scotland Yard to come and visit the country. They investigated and up to today, the report on the Kayiira murder has not been released 30 years down the road.

This is the same way he assassinated Kaweesi, Ibrahim Abiriga, and Anthony Sekweyama, Noble Mayombo who was poisoned, Francis Ayume and many others. These I am mentioning are people in high offices.

You see when people see Uganda they think the country is safe. People live in constant fear. MPs have been attacked in Parliament and not outside Parliament.”

He continues: “There is one MP called Betty Namboze who was trying to stop Museveni from changing the constitution. She was badly beaten, went for surgery in India and came back from treatment. She was arrested again and beaten. There is a common known story of Dr. Kiiza Besigye…you see I always tell people that Kizza Besigye was Museveni’s personal doctor.

If somebody cannot trust their personal doctor, for me when I see these fallouts with Museveni and other political leaders in this region, it is because they have done things that make them shine more than he shines,” says Prof. Kiwanuka.

The only Bull in the Kraal Ego

By further describing Museveni’s behaviours towards other leaders in the region, Prof. Kiwanuka takes a step further to South Sudan.

“Take a case of John Garang. We talked to people within the system in regards to how Museveni fell out with John Garang.

Museveni had major issues with Acholis from Northern Uganda and many of them were living in exile in South Sudan.

There were also soldiers of Joseph Kony who were in South Sudan and Museveni wanted to deploy his soldiers to move these people out and Garang said you know what lets have peace talks, deal with Kony and leave Acholi refugees in South Sudan alone because it is difficult for you to differentiate between an Acholi from Uganda and the one from South Sudan.

Museveni was kind of disappointed by this because in his mind he helped Garang during times of war and thought that if he said something Garang would just jump. And when Garang became a man on his own, what did Museveni do? It is because of that reason that Garang was eliminated.

Museveni worked so hard and had him replaced. We have seen that ever since, Museveni has been on the power clench of destabilized South Sudan. The people of South Sudan have internal conflict,” Prof. Kiwanuka says of President Museveni.

He adds: “This game was repeated in Congo. He disagreed with Kabila. He sought his way into Congo and now Uganda owes Congo $10 billion because people who were involved in looting such as Sam Kuteesa, Yoweri Museveni, Kahinda Otafire and Salim Saleh are just enjoying wealth.

You remember Junk helicopters that were caught in Beralus and Salim Saleh was discovered as the purchaser after he had received $100,000 bribe. He accepted having taken the bribe and instead of being told to return the money, Museveni just said he was forgiven.

With these kinds of criminal acts, there is no tangible development they are bringing to the country. That is the story. So this is the kind of a person we have in the Great Lakes region,” says Prof. Kiwanuka.

“People in Uganda need to rise up and stand firm and do whatever they can to change this regime. Moreover, problems in Uganda will continually spill out to other neighbouring countries. This is because Museveni always wants his soldiers to be engaged somewhere and never listen to citizens.

Like many dictators, they create fake wars so that the soldiers are involved in the war and forget the civilian concerns. And actually some of these wars are diversionary wars so that they can stay in power indefinitely.”

According to Kiwanuka, “When there are stable countries in the region and Museveni looks at them, he gets envious and this does not make him sleep well. When Museveni sees such a country, he says this one is advancing and it will make me look bad. But on a personal level he also wants to be the only bull in the kraal.”

Manipulating International Community

According to Prof. Kiwanuka, Museveni’s warmonger has gone on to blindfold the International Community by deploying his army as a scapegoat to engineer his destablisation of the Great Lakes Region.

“There is a case of Somalia. There was a scandal when soldiers from other countries were involved in selling weapons to Al-Shabaab. Museveni’s soldiers were also involved in these scandals because it is alleged that they were not paid well because their leaders were eating their money. And every time International Community asks Museveni about this, he threatened that he is helping them in Somalia.

Corruption killing Uganda’s economy

According to Professor Kiwanuka, the primary victims of Museveni’s regime are the ordinary citizens. He says the economy has severely gone down – hugely due to corruption within the system.

For instance, he says, “Look at the Health sector which is hugely financed by donors. This Monday, the Speaker of Parliament suffered flight fatigue. Just flight fatigue. But she was flown in to Kenya for treatment. This simply means that there was no competent hospital in Uganda to treat fatigue. Uganda has gone for about 15 years without a Cancer scanning machine at the national referral hospital. I find this primarily because of corruption and poor planning. The way Miuseveni handled the affairs of our economy has totally created two classes in our country. The majority very poor and the rest are rich. And this wealth is created through corruption.

Let me give examples; there is a suggestion that Uganda is going to build a hospital worth $480 million near Entebbe road and there is a serious company coming to build this hospital.

Now these people claim that they are investors and Uganda has provided them with money to build the hospital. When we checked, the aggregate they provided in the Arab Emirates is equal to a furniture showroom.

Furthermore, there was so much pressure in the country because other countries in the region have carriers and Uganda doesn’t have. So Ugandan Airlines is coming back, but information came out yesterday that even though Uganda is the one who secured the loan for the Airline, the government is only owning 0.9% of the shares. So there is a question on who owns 99.1%. So who is this person? All these cracked deals have affected Uganda. Basically there is away Museveni allows all these corrupt people to go on. There are so many other examples. Museveni as an individual has created all these problems to the country.

Unfortunately, he has created a system around himself that is going to be very dangerous. For example, there is a time Sam Kuteesa owned Entebbe Airport for about 11 years and he had bought it for just $1 through his company – Entebbe Handling Services Ltd (ENHAS) and nobody could question it because government was part of the deal!. Now here in New York, someone has been convicted for giving a bribe of half a million dollar to Museveni and Museveni said it was a gift. So corruption is normal in Museveni’s government,” Prof. Kiwanuka said.

Museveni scared of leaving office

According to Prof. Kiwanuka, “Because of corruption and ill-gotten wealth, Museveni is very much scared of leaving office. This is because government, his business and personal family entities have become one. So if he leaves office he is going to be questioned. That is the extreme hang on time to time all way.

In his final analysis of Museveni and his tactics in the region, Prof. Kiwanuka says that cases that Rwanda has tabled to Uganda of its citizens being detained in unknown places, brought in Court Martials and charged with possession of firearms is no surprise to him.

“If you have been following Uganda under Museveni you should not be surprised when that happens. People are always charged with fake evidence planted against them.

Now the only change that we should worry much about them is that Rwandan people are not being taken to civilian courts. They are being taken to military courts and the rules of evidence that apply in the military court are not the same as those in the civilian courts.

I think for the Rwandese nationals who are being detained, it is going to be a responsibility of the region and the International Community to push the government of Museveni to allow these people retain their freedom. They say that there are Rwandese nationals who are killing people in Uganda…we have heard people arrested in cases of Kaweesi, Abiriga, Kirumira and others but none of them is a Rwandan. Not even one is of Ugandan-Rwandese extraction.

All are pure Ugandans. And Museveni had told us in the past that these people (killers) were actually radical ADF Muslims who were carrying out the assassinations. Now they become Rwandese. The man is just a congenital liar,” Prof. Kiwanuka says.

Source: Museveni is a Congenital Liar – Says Ugandan Human Rights Activist

Regional court faults Uganda for breaching EAC treaty

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The East African Court of Justice has ruled that Uganda violated the East African Community Treaty when it introduced excise duty on cigarette imports from East Africa.

The Ugandan government was particularly found to have breached both the Customs Union and Common Market protocols.

Read: Regional court faults Uganda for breaching EAC treaty

The court ruled yesterday that the decision by Uganda, through its tax authorities, to impose excise duty on cigarettes manufactured and imported from Kenya was in violation of the terms of the bloc’s integration.

The case had been filed by regional cigarette manufacturer, BAT.

By treating the cigarettes in question as imports as opposed to locally manufactured – as was the case prior to June 2017 – the products were attracting excise duty at high rates.

The court, which sits in Arusha, Tanzania, ruled that the re-classification and misconstruction as ‘imported goods”, contravened and infringed on Customs Union and Common Market protocols which allow for free movement of goods across the six EAC member countries.

The four-judge bench instructed that the Government of Uganda to ensure the interpretation and application of Excise Duty Act with due regard and in compliance with applicable Community Law and to align the Ugandan tax laws with Community Law applicable to goods from EAC Partner States.

Established under Article 9 of the Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community, East African Court of Justice is one of the EAC organs.

Source: The New Times

Rwandan woman collapses, dies in Uganda near Cyanika border

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A Rwandan woman, identified as Elisabeth Mukarugwiza, Wednesday morning collapsed and died near Cyanika border post on the Ugandan side.

Mukarugwiza, 38, a local businesswoman, had crossed illegally to Uganda when the incident occurred.

Read: Rwandan woman collapses, dies in Uganda near Cyanika border

Passersby quickly intervened and efforts to rush her to hospital were blocked by Ugandan soldiers camped nearby, who could not let them onto the Ugandan side to offer emergency assistance.

The resident of Kinigi Sector, in Musanze District who according to a family source traded in Bitenge, died shortly after without getting any medical help.

Officials clarified that the deceased was not from the community around the border as alleged in sections of Ugandan blogs, some of which claimed she was crossing to get food from Uganda.

The border is in Burera District while she is a resident of Musanze and this is where she conducted her business.

Speaking to The New Times, Fred Rudasingwa, the executive secretary of Kinigi Sector dismissed claims that the deceased was crossing to look for food.

“That is not true, we do not have any problem of hunger in Kinigi; this area is well known for the plantation of Irish potatoes and vegetables which is not only used for subsistence purpose but also plenty they take to the market,” Rudasingwa said.

He added: “Actually Ugandans and Congolese are among the people to whom people sell their Irish potatoes and vegetables.”

This was stressed by Jean Marie Vianney Gatabazi, the Governor of Northern Province, who said he personally knew the family of the deceased.

“Her husband is a public servant who earns a good salary and the wife has been into business; this is not a person who would cross to look for food from across the border. Besides, the sector where she is resident is a significant distance from the border,” he said.

Her body was repatriated back to Rwanda later in the afternoon after protracted talks between Rwandan and Ugandan officials.

When Mukarugwiza collapsed in the morning, Commaders of the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) battalion refused all attempts by Rwandan authorities for a quick evacuation for medical treatment that could have saved her life.

The body has now been taken to Ruhengeri Hospital where a postmortem will be carried to ascertain the actual cause of death and also establish whether she was expecting a child as claimed by Ugandan media, officials from Rwanda’s Immigration Department said.

Rwanda has of recent been advising its citizens not travel to Uganda after hundreds of Rwandans have been abducted, arrested, tortured and incarcerated incommunicado.

Many Rwandans have been dumped at the border after torture and long periods of illegal detention without any legal proceedings, and robbed of their money to buy their freedom.

Source: The New Times

Man who claims to be a relative of RNC Nyirigira falsely accuses Rwanda of kidnapping his sisters

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By George Musinga

Uganda’s Observer ran a story of a man who claims to be a relative of the RNC’s Pastor Deo Nyirigira in which he falsely accuses Rwanda of kidnapping his sisters.

Pastor Nyirigira’s daughters are as free as one of his three wives, Eugenia Muzirankoni, a resident of Nyamirambo.

Nyirigira’s three daughters Jacqueline Umuhoza, Axelle Umutesi and Lillian Umutoni are Rwandans enjoying the rights of all Rwandan citizens. They are free and they have never been denied going out of the country. Towards the end of 2018, one of Nyirigira’s daughters visited her father in Uganda. None of them has never been denied exit.

The Observer’s story is patently false. The paper does not mention the name of this person, though being in Uganda, one wonders why the newspaper would withhold his name since he was making allegations against Rwanda. Something smells fishy.

What can be the possible motive of the Nyirigira family to smear or tarnish Rwanda with claims their daughters are “detained” when in fact they are free as birds?

It is because tarnishing Rwanda is one of the main propaganda missions of RNC: to use every trick to target Rwanda and make it look bad, regionally and internationally. The Nyirigira family is an RNC cell in Uganda, just by itself.

Reliable information from Mbarara is that Nyirigira uses his church to preach RNC’s anti-Rwanda ideology and inculcate the rebel outfit’s agenda into his followers. It is well known that Nyirigira, a personal friend to the fugitive Kayumba Nyamwasa, coordinates RNC recruitment activities all across Uganda. The man is charged with mobilizing young Rwandans from Ugandan refugee camps to join RNC, with promises of jobs and money “when the Kigali government is toppled.”

One of Nyirigira’s children Felix Mwizerwa is a member of RNC’s military wing; he has been actively involved in RNC recruitment of Rwandan refugees and transporting them to training camps in eastern DRC. In the infamous “Kikagati border incident” Mwizerwa escaped with the help of Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) agents. He was with a group of 46 RNC recruits headed to Minembwe in Congo when Uganda Immigration officials noticed they were Kinyarwanda speakers, but were travelling on forged Ugandan papers.

The Immigration officials notified police which arrested the others, but Nyirigira’s son had made his escape. Other RNC coordinators such as Bijura Moses, Musoni Geoffrey, and the notorious Dr. Sam Ruvuma were arrested by the Ugandan Police. They would be locked up (but someone frome “higher up” would have them released just a few months later).

“Pastor Nyirigira is RNC throughout. He is the kind of person ready to use every lie possible against Rwanda and has turned his AGAPE church into a place for mobilizinf funds for RNC activities within Uganda,” according to a source close to the family. “He also runs RNC income-generating activities in Uganda which include Hardware shops (New Gisa Hardware Ltd), farming and livestock projects”

He calls himself a pastor. Yet, the so-called man’s background is one steeped in criminal activity.

Deo Nyirigira was living in Nyamirambo in 1996 where he had a home with his second wife and children. He opened up Agape Church in 1996. He later got into trouble when his congregation exposed him after he turned the church into an extortion scheme, conning money from worshipers, and misusing tithe for his personal businesses.

As the congregation mounted pressure on the so-called pastor for his immoral acts, Nyirigira fled Rwanda. He took a lot of money that he had conned from his flock in the Nyamirambo-based AGAPE church. He fled to Uganda, up to Mbarara where he used the cash he fleeced from his flock to establish himself afresh. He set up a new home for AGAPE in Uganda, headquarters being the Kakyeka.

He has been using money from the church to bribe Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) commanders to guard him and his quarters claiming that his life was threatened.

All this contradicts the man’s claims that the Rwandan government closed down his churches.

When he failed to gain asylum in Uganda – after UNHCR (the UN office of refugees) discovered his bogus claims of “fleeing persecution” – he blamed the Rwandan government.

The Observer – which has now joined ChimpReports, SoftPower and others as a Museveni propaganda mouthpiece – unquestioningly regurgitates every claim relating to this man despite his criminal past.

The paper unquestionably swallows the tall tale that the Rwandan government “influenced” UNHCR to deny Nyirigira refugee status. How does Rwanda dictate what a UN agency does?

The Observer cares less; it is just another mouthpiece that doesn’t bother to verify it’s information in order to establish the truth.

Remarkable Rusizi

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By The Connoisseur

(Also, what Rwandan businesses have to offer DR Congo)

Downtown Kamembe town. Brown, yellow building on the right is the new modern market (pic by the Connoisseur)

I woke up in my apartment room in Rusizi on the morning of March 21, 2019 to the pleasant news that Rwandair had been given rights to fly direct from Kigali to Kinshasa, thanks to great work by aviation officials from Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo; and thanks to the good détente between the two countries. This is a great development but hardly a surprising one.

I was last here in Rusizi District (then Cyangugu) in 2004, driving through Nyungwe in the evening with the excellent road meandering through the forest like a silver moonlit river. The transformation this place has undergone in the time since will blow the theory that Rwanda’s turnaround-for-the-better is just about Kigali.

The real transformation of Rwanda in my view is in the countryside!

Rusizi being one such rural area just fifteen years ago, it was merely the typical highway town you see scattered all over the country, with the highway serving as the main street cutting right through the middle. Fast-forward to today and your jaw will drop in surprise when you see Rusizi.

It is astonishing just how much the town has transformed for the better. More kilometers of asphalt roads have been added to the district’s infrastructure. The old shabby market has been razed to make way for a shiny new modern market.

The new road network has also opened up new neighborhoods, with the swanky Mont Cyangugu standing out with quite some impressive homes. The National Bank of Rwanda has built a branch here in downtown Kamembe.

Commerce between Rusizi and Bukavu, DRC has also gone up. Fifteen years ago trade between these two towns was practically Rusizi offering small agricultural produce and Bukavu offering smuggled minerals. I have been to Bukavu several times and the experience at the border was an eye opener.

Beside the agricultural produce that has gone up exponentially due to increase in demand – and therefore the necessity to produce more – I saw Rwandan eggs competing with Ugandan eggs for the Bukavu market. Rwandan made products like mattresses, poultry products, cheese, Agashya, Akabanga, milk, cassava flour, processed and packaged maize flour, fish and the like are doing very well. They have created a niche in the Bukavu market.

This was not the case a few years ago because almost all the produce I have mentioned above was supplied from Uganda. By then Rwanda did not yet have the production capacity. Now Rwanda has upped its game and Ugandan products are feeling the heat.

For reasons best known to them, Congolese prefer importing livestock as opposed to importing prepared livestock carcasses. I came to that conclusion at Rusizi II (there are two frontiers linking Rusizi district to Bukavu. Rusizi I handles vehicles with gross weight not exceeding 5 tons while Rusizi II is for heavy duty traffic) frontier where I saw truck upon truck brimming with pigs, cattle and goats from Rwanda destined for Bukavu.

The beauty of Congo is that it is a huge market with an insatiable appetite that however much Rwanda works, it cannot easily satisfy! There you go Rwandan producers.

We better change the mindset and seriously consider the western market. Time to seriously revive the Economic Community of the Great Lakes Countries (CEPGL). Ah well! I almost forgot Burundi in CEPGL

National Bank of Rwanda, Rusizi branch (Pic by the Connoisseur)

Move out of Kigali and visit the countryside to truly appreciate how much Rwanda has progressed the last two decades. If you have not visited beyond the capital in a long time, the more pleasant your surprise will be.

Back to Rwandair and the relief it is just going to bring to DR Congo citizens in the east of the vast country. Travelers from that part of the country wanting to fly to Kinshasa (no roads or railways link the east to the west) are presently faced with two very hard choices.

Choice A is to take a direct flight from Goma, Bukavu airports in a ramshackle flying coffin of an aircraft.

Choice B is Ethiopian or Kenya Airways, which will first take you either to Addis or Nairobi first, then eventually to Kinshasa.

Most well to do Congolese prefer hard choice B. What does it mean? It means longer distances, longer hours in transit lounges, and connection headaches before reaching Kinshasa. Rwandair will immediately relieve the two hard choices.

Fly Rwandair direct from Kigali to Kinshasa in a shiny brand new plane, for only a few hours, and for far less dollars than one forks out for the arduous “via Addis” or “via Nairobi” trips!

Also, this option – fly Rwandair to Kinshasa – would be available even to Ugandans in the west of their country (therefore geographically closer to Kigali Airport), as well as any Tanzanian in the north of their country wanting to travel to the Congolese capital. Sometimes I do daydream and right now I am daydreaming of the time when Rwandair will make Lubumbashi the hub for the airline’s operations for Southern Africa.

Dreams sometimes do come true.

Taken from Mont Cyangugu this picture offers a magnificent view of Lake Kivu. The peninsula and town across is Bukavu in the DRC (Pic by the Connoisseur)


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Really, why would anyone believe Museveni over Rwanda?

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By Rutore Samugabo

Throughout everything that’s been said between Kampala and Kigali, one may ask: how many people in Uganda ever pause to think, “Man, let me shut out all this noise, and look at the real cause of problems between our two countries”?

Ugandan President Museveni, despite all denials, clearly is in bed with the anti-Rwanda terror group RNC of Kayumba Nyamwasa (right picture) It’s surprising that so few in Uganda are calling out Museveni for it.”

I have seen very few Ugandans in the public eye that are ready to point at the obvious answer. The one person that has created the problem, from the word go, is President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda. Countless examples of his government’s hostility, aggressions and provocations against Rwanda amply demonstrate he is the source of the problem.

Take the Ugandan security agencies countless victimizations of citizens of Rwanda travelling to, or already resident in Uganda. The incidents are frequently in the news so that even the most disinterested person by now has heard stories of supposed “Rwandan spies” in Uganda, and how Ugandan security operatives have been “arresting” these “spies.”

The so-called arrests are more like abductions and kidnappings. A notorious example: on 6 August 2017 armed men confronted a Rwandan national, Rene Rutagungira in a bar in Bakuli, Kampala, and forcefully dragged him away, and into their car. The abductors were CMI operatives. They did not tell Rutagungira what it was he had done wrong. They showed no arrest warrants.

“They were just like lawless thugs that work for a lawless government,” a friend of the Rutagungiras remarked. CMI abducted him and held him incommunicado, as per the organization’s modus operandi.

The truth CMI didn’t tell the public is they targeted and abducted Rene because he had refused to be recruited into Kayumba Nyamwasa’s anti-Rwanda subversive activities. RNC (Nyamwasa’s group) has long found a home in Uganda. It is facilitated by Kampala in all its activities, such as recruitment, as has been proven with documents, and by the confessions of some of its recruits.

Museveni himself at a joint press conference with his Rwandan counterpart last year confessed he knew of recruitment activities in his country. He only shamefacedly admitted it because, as he himself said, President Kagame had shown him proof.

RNC in Kampala is empowered enough to arrest, and torture those Rwandan nationals for any reason it feels like. Rene was victimized because he declined to join them. CMI accused him of being a Rwandan spy. A year and a half on, they have shown nothing to prove it.

Rutagungira’s merely is one example of the extra-legal acts Kampala operatives have inflicted on so many Rwandans.

There are very many others, like the parent that only was in Uganda to visit his son in a Ugandan university, only to find himself abducted and tortured him so that he now confined to a wheelchair. CMI agents abducted him working with Kayumba Rugema a well-known agent of RNC.

There are others like the businessman that was transiting through Kampala to Nairobi when he was dragged away to a “safe house”, and tortured. Or the Rwandans CMI plants guns on, and slaps weapons possessions charges on them.

One cannot properly enumerate Rwandan citizens that have suffered, and are still suffering in such ways.

When it is not accusations of spying, it is accusations of “illegal entry”, or “illegal stay”. That’s what has happened to more than a thousand Rwandans that have been arrested, incarcerated, and dumped at the borders since January 2018 alone. This is something that according to analysts demonstrates the depths of criminality Ugandans are ready to plumb against Rwandans.

Rwanda is a member of the East African Community, as is Uganda. The binding laws of the Common Market on free movement of people, goods and labor stipulate that no national of a member state is to be restricted in his or her movements inside another member state.

The law – which even Museveni signed – categorically states citizens of member states do not require a visa to enter another member state, and may not be prosecuted for entering a member state. All one needs is his or her ID showing their nationality.

Uganda’s transgressions – in blatant disregard of the law – reached the extent Rwanda took a decision and strongly advised citizens against travel to Uganda.

On the other hand Rwanda has not perpetrated a single crime against a single citizen of Uganda. The facts bear that out.

There is not a single national of Uganda that Rwanda ever abducted from a bus. No security agent of Rwanda has illegally arrested or abducted a Ugandan, let alone subject them to torture that leaves one crippled. Not a single Ugandan civilian in Rwanda has been abducted on bogus charges of “spying” or “illegal entry”.

So why do we not see many Ugandans taking their government to task, to come clean on the issue? Also, of all the alleged Rwandan spies that have been jailed, why is none ever tried publicly so that everyone gets to see concrete proof, and hence confirmation, of Kampala’s accusations against Rwanda?

The reason they do not is because Rwanda is committing no crime against Uganda. That’s all.

Every Rwandan that Kampala abducts, it does so to establish a false equivalency. Museveni and his people know they are involved in a crime against a neighbor state (backing a rebel group bent on destabilizing it), so they want it to appear that Rwanda too is involved in similar crime against Uganda.

Uganda is ready to target so many innocent Rwandans, and ruthlessly abuse their rights just to serve that lie.

Yet, in view of everything, many in Uganda are ready to believe Museveni’s propaganda against Rwanda. The same people that never believe him on everything else because of his character as a habitual liar won’t question his lies on Rwanda. It is one of the mysteries of life.

When Kigali says Museveni is involved in subversive activities against Rwanda, it provides proof. For instance, in 2017 Rwanda’s embassy in Kampala issued a note verbale in complaint after Uganda released 39 recruits of RNC from Mbarara prison, though charges of terrorism were pending against them.

The 39 were part of a group of 46 young Rwandans that were intercepted at the Uganda, Tanzania border at Kikagati in December 2017, en-route to RNC training in DRC, it was discovered. They were traveling on forged papers, which – they confessed upon interrogation – CMI had provided them. Uganda was caught red-handed.

Rwanda protested this facilitation of a terrorist group that amongst other things detonated a series of grenade explosions in Kigali that claimed 17 lives and injured hundreds more, from 2010 to 14.

Also, Kigali has show proof Museveni not is in bed with RNC, he also works with FDLR – the offshoot of groups that perpetrated the Genocide of the Tutsi.

Still, even with all the proof of Museveni’s skullduggery, a disturbingly high number of Ugandans are ready to believe Kampala’s propaganda and lies, over Rwanda’s evidence-supported truth. Why?

The Ugandan leader is someone that has proved throughout his life that he is very capable of saying one thing today, and uttering something completely opposite the next day. Start with the big lies of his “fundamental change” speech when he captured power in 86. “Ours is not a mere change of guard; ours is a fundamental change”, Museveni sing-songed on the steps of the Ugandan parliament 33 long years ago.

The man instead went on to show he is no different from those he replaced. He is ready to teargas, jail, kill or attempt to kill – think Bobi Wine – any that challenge him.

Museveni said he came to fight corruption and bad governance. But is there a more corrupt government than his in East and Central Africa’s history? Maybe Mobutu is in the same category, but I can’t think of any other. Just think of Salem Saleh’s greatest hits.

Junk choppers, ghost soldier salaries, turning one section of Entebbe airport into a depot of plundered Congolese resources; so-called wealth creation schemes that instead were designed to funnel public funds into Saleh’s control but with no accountability mechanisms.

That’s only the tip of the iceberg. In everything, Saleh acts with the blessing of his brother.

Museveni said he came to fight evils like nepotism. But his wife is the minister of education; his brother is de-facto in charge of the military; his 44-year old son – a fellow that has never set foot anywhere on a battle field – is a general in the Ugandan military; his brother in law is the foreign affairs minister; his sister is the deputy chairperson of the Education Service Commission, and a whole lot of other relatives hold fat positions everywhere.

The man has turned Uganda into a kiosk of his family and its extended clans and hangers on.

Why would any person think someone with this history of lying; and this history of moral corruption is telling the truth, but that it is Rwanda lying?

If you are one of those people that believe Museveni over Rwanda, you seriously have to ask yourself whether you are thinking objectively.

Rwanda is paranoid? Wrong! Museveni is up to no good. Fact!

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By Jackson Mutabazi

“Rwanda’s insecurities towards Uganda are a function of its paranoia,” says NilePost, an obscure website that obviously is one of the countless outlets through which Kampala disseminates misinformation.

After a few paragraphs it becomes obvious that the writer intends to reiterate (the strange conceit of some in Kampala’s ruling circles) that because Museveni and his government gave help to the RPF in its struggle to liberate Rwanda, it should remain subordinate to Uganda. Moreover forever! But when Kigali said no to the insolence of those that thought Rwanda should be no more than a mere “district of Uganda” enmity followed.

Every conflict or disagreement that has dogged relations between the two countries since has stemmed from that. From the utter failure by the powers-that-be in Kampala to learn, and to grasp it well, that states are structures with no sentiments. States act strictly within their interests. States cannot be run like village chiefdoms where the practice is for the headman to bark out orders or summon people at will.

Kigali having (politely but firmly) refused to be run from Kampala, a narrative has since grown that the Rwandan leadership, “is ungrateful”; that it “is rebellious”, or that “it is disrespectful of elders”!

Most of the NilePost’s piece is in that vein, although that isn’t its only purpose, as we shall see.

The article starts by delving a little into the background of Rwandan exiles in Uganda, briefly detouring into the beginnings of the RANU party – the forebear of Rwanda’s ruling party, RPF. It then reminds readers how those that would become the RPF’s leaders, most notably Fred Rwigema and Paul Kagame, benefitted from Mr. Museveni’s mentorship.

The writer talks of how the younger Museveni recruited the two and integrated them into his NRA; and how when he took power he made the two Rwandans part of Uganda’s military leadership.

As is the case with all hagiographies written about the Ugandan leader, one will find zero mention of the role that the sons and daughters of Banyarwanda exiles played in bringing him to power. It is as if Museveni woke up and rewarded Rwigema or Kagame for being such nice Banyarwanda boys!

The facts say completely different things. Anyone familiar with the 1981-86 guerilla war in Uganda – when it began in the “Luweero Triangle” – will tell you there is no way Museveni would have prevailed against Obote’s UNLA if not for the multitudes of young Banyarwanda fighters that joined the NRA. There is no way the NRA would prevail without the multitudes more Banyarwanda that joined them as the war spread to different parts of Uganda.

Renowned Ugandan scholar Mahmoud Mamdani has said as much in a paper he titled “African States, Citizenship and War, a case study”.

Baganda peasants may have hated Obote, but they were not ready to die fighting him. On the other hand, Obote was a self-declared enemy of all the Banyarwanda. So for them it was a matter of life and death; sit and be killed or stand up and die fighting.

Baganda could hope to stay on their pieces of land or farm and keep their heads low, and maybe they would survive. The Banyarwanda had no such option. They were landless exiles that Obote was determined to persecute to death.

These factors made them the most determined fighters Museveni could have gotten anywhere. Very many of them died to bring him to power. But the only thing one ever hears from the man or his officials is that “Museveni helped Banyarwanda”. It is more like the other way round.

Afterwards when the core group of young Banyarwanda fighters that brought Museveni to power crossed into Rwanda, Museveni did indeed provide help, mainly in the form of weapons and logistics. That is what President Kagame was thanking Museveni for in 2009, as reported in the NilePost article.

The website is trying to twist words to imply that President Kagame meant it was the Ugandan leader responsible for the victory of Rwandans in overthrowing tyranny. But the Rwandan leader only was showing good manners.

To say “thank you” in acknowledging one’s help is not to imply that the person thanked is owed everything. When it is a head of state saying it to another, it is statecraft – the stuff by which leaders cement better relations between their states. That’s all.

The war in Rwanda was fought by Banyarwanda. It was the blood of Banyarwanda, not Ugandans, that was spilt on its horrific battlefronts. Something else implied by all the self-serving propaganda by Museveni’s people is that only Banyarwanda from Uganda fought Habyarimana, and his successors.

But there also were multitudes of sons and daughters of Banyarwanda exiles from Burundi, Tanzania, DR Congo (former Zaire), and further afield. This is not mentioning the many that were already in Rwanda, and chose to join the RPF to fight oppression together.

Rwanda is not merely about “Ugandan” Banyarwanda, people have remarked repeatedly. “But it serves Museveni’s propaganda better to disregard the efforts of other Banyarwanda in their liberation,” an analyst remarked one time.

“Everything must look like it came from Museveni!”

The main purpose of the NilePost article however is its contribution to the broader effort by Kampala to shape the public narrative in its favor in the current bad atmosphere between the two countries. It is becoming tougher for them.

Kampala’s policy of harassing with illegal arrests, jailing, torture, and persecution of Rwandan nationals traveling to, or residing in Uganda is backfiring. Kampala is in a sweat after Rwanda’s decision at the beginning of this month to strongly advise its citizens against travel to Uganda, which coincided with the decision to divert heavy trucks from the Ugandan side via Kagitumba.

People wrongly believe that Rwanda has closed her borders (though Gatuna is closed to trucks due to construction works). However now that Ugandan businesses are highly inconvenienced, it has – inadvertently – led to Ugandans beginning to pay attention to what Rwanda has been saying about the criminal victimization of her citizens by Museveni’s security agencies.

Kigali’s course of action – in particular advising citizens against going to Uganda – is attracting focus on an issue Museveni thought would fly under the radar indefinitely. To his consternation, many more people now know CMI, ISO and others have been doing terrible things to Rwandans, simply because they are Rwandans.

NilePost claims, “It is laughable for Rwanda to say Uganda is mistreating its citizens”. What is truly laughable is the Museveni government’s denials of easily provable things.

An example: a Rwandan national, Ishimwe Moses Rutare recently spent two months in the torture dungeons of CMI headquarters in Kampala. All the media in Uganda ran pictures of the man looking like the survivor of a concentration camp. His crime?

Some Ugandan media houses made the ludicrous claim that Ishimwe was “loitering near CMI installations”. What statute says alleged loitering is punishable by two months of torture? Rutare was tortured because he is a Rwandan, that’s all.

They had no case against him. Just like they had no case against Roger Donne Kayibanda.

Also they had no case against Darius Kayobera and his wife Claudine (who have been missing for more than two months now after CMI abducted them – yet they have three little children of 9, 6 and 3 that were left in no one’s care the night their parents were taken away).

It was the same with Gatsinzi who was tortured so badly he ended up in a wheelchair.

Uganda also has no case against the hundreds of Rwandans that have been arrested for “illegal entry” into Uganda – in total disregard of EAC Common Market laws on free movement of people, labor and goods.

In the face of all this evidence, NilePost still goes ahead to claim Rwanda “is paranoid”, and that “Uganda has no incentive to harass Rwandans”. It is as if in the circles of President Museveni open lying no longer carries even a vestige of shame. They just lie about everything.

According to NilePost, fugitive Tribert Rujugiro Ayabatwa “only is an innocent investor doing business in Uganda.” Yet it has been proven again and again that the man is the chief financier of the RNC anti Rwanda group – headed by Kayumba Nyamwasa – that has openly declared war on Rwanda.

Rujugiro channels money to RNC through David Himbara, the group’s chief propagandist who lives in Canada.

It is a matter of record for instance that Rujugiro, again through Himbara, paid the Washington DC lobby firm, Podesta Inc, US$ 440,000. The aim was to buy access to the US Congress to promote their anti-Kigali propaganda.

Rujugiro, whose business in Uganda also counts First Brother Salem Saleh as a shareholder, funds RNC in the different aspects of its operations.

One has to give Museveni and his people full marks for chutzpah though, in creating a problem, and then turning around to claim Rwanda is paranoid – for pointing at that problem.

Museveni Letter Is A Bag Of Comical, Yet Sad Contradictions

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By James Ndizeye

Almost everyone that has ever interacted with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has called him dishonest, dubious, scheming, and, “a completely dishonorable man”.

Even the man that was Museveni’s guardian as a boy, the late Boniface Byanyima, basically called him a two-faced liar. “You cannot understand Museveni at once; there is one side which he shows you, and another that he keeps to himself,” the old man remarked one time, as quoted in the Observer newspaper of 22 May 2017.

These days it is Rwanda’s turn to get a taste of Museveni’s highly dubious character.

Uganda’s state newspaper, The New Vision has published “a letter” from him that’s supposed to be privately addressed to President Kagame of Rwanda. Yet a communication supposed to be for the eyes of only one person somehow has appeared in a newspaper read by tens of thousands. Why?

The first noticeable thing about the letter is that it is dated March 10, 2019. But it appears in The New Vision of March 19, 2019. Reliable sources have disclosed that it reached the Rwanda High Commission on Monday this week. All this indicates Museveni didn’t write the letter on that date (March 10, 2019).

He only wrote it like on Monday 18, March 2019 – the very day they sent it to the Rwandan Embassy. That was after pictures leaked of the Ugandan passport he had issued to a Rwandan, Charlotte Mukankusi – a high-ranking official of the RNC, the anti-Rwanda group headed by Kayumba Nyamwasa.

When pictures of the passport appeared in the media Museveni panicked and wrote the letter, backdating it to appear as if he had written it earlier. But there were more scandals the letter aimed to preempt, or to obscure before they came out.

Museveni has been meeting more RNC officials, including its financial kingpin Tribert Rujugiro Ayabatwa even as he is busy denying he has anything to do with RNC. Museveni in fact is up to his neck in RNC operations in Uganda. He met Mukankusi and Eugene Gasana another RNC member, before he met Rujugiro, all in the space of just two weeks.

He himself admits to having met these individuals.

States are not supposed to be hosting groups subversive against legitimate governments of other states. Museveni however is caught in a situation where everyday more evidence comes to light of his active support, facilitation and aid not only of RNC, but FDLR, the offshoot group of the army that perpetrated the Genocide against the Tutsi.

The way Mukankusi and Gasana were received at Entebbe when they arrived from North America is highly revealing in itself. Kampala was trying to keep the visit completely secret. Very confidential sources reveal that a vehicle received the two RNC bigwigs on the airport tarmac, and they got out of the aircraft right into the car.

Ugandan intelligence agents carried their passports to handle the immigration formalities. Still, the fact of the two being in Uganda and going to meet Museveni leaked.

Having then realized that the secret was out (with the appearance in the media of photos of Mukankusi’s passport) the Ugandan leader hurriedly penned his smokescreen letter. But the way he went about it is so childish it has been causing gales of laughter.

“Your Excellency Paul Kagame,” begins the letter, “Greetings from the people of Uganda, and from myself. I am writing to let you know that by accident I, at last, had a meeting with a Rwandan who admitted to being a member of the group you told me about, Rwanda National Congress (RNC). This is a lady known as Mukankusi, whom am sure you know, but whom I have never met before.”

By now the reader is asking: how is it possible that a head of state can “meet someone accidentally?”

That is like a five-year old saying the dog ate his homework – funny, and completely untrue.

The fact Museveni has published this comically revealing letter is yet more confirmation that everything Rwanda accuses him of, as being one of the main backers of anti-Rwanda subversive forces, is true. The letter’s denials, evasions, half-truths and falsehoods all are telltale signs.

Consider the fact in it Museveni has acknowledged meeting Mukankusi – and Gasana, and Rujugiro – but completely omits mention of the passport. Why not address it since it is out there – left, right and center? He avoids it because he issued the passport, simple as that.

With the same childish transparency that the 75-year old Museveni goes about his affairs these days, he at the same time uses the letter to level baseless allegations.

He tries to turn the two RNC bigwigs’ visit into something it was not. Museveni for instance writes that after he asked Mukankusi what she wanted, “she told him that her husband had been killed in Rwanda.”

It makes one wonder, how do you meet someone “accidentally” that makes such allegations against another state, and then go ahead to publish those allegations, moreover when you are a head of state? It is completely uncouth, undiplomatic, and betrays the hostile mindset of Museveni towards Rwanda.

Countries have their institutions of justice; they have their investigative mechanisms. Did Museveni bother to find out more from Rwanda about the case before publicizing such a claim from someone he had allegedly met the very first time? He did not. He merely is up to his usual dubious tricks.

The fact is, the Ugandan leader only is using his so-called letter to gaslight Rwanda, even as he covers up the true subject they were discussing. They were talking about operational matters such as how, once RNC began attacking police or military installations in Rwanda, or the country’s infrastructure, he (Museveni) would then get them more support.

People in Kigali have been asking: doesn’t Museveni have better use of his time than meeting three Rwandan fugitives? What would the Ugandan head of state think if the Rwandan President were to spend time meeting opponents of Museveni who label his government worse than Amin’s; or others that are ready to die fighting him?

Rwanda however has played it diplomatically in face of all Museveni’s hostile acts. Kampala has been proven multiple times to be in bed with RNC, and FDLR. The illegal, and highly criminal acts of the operatives of Uganda’s Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) and other Ugandan intelligence services against innocent Rwandan civilians have been brought to light many times.

In fact in the past the Museveni regime has issued passports to FDLR bigwigs, similar to how Mukankusi got hers. The Monitor on 15 May 2006 ran a story under the headline, “Who gave Rwandan rebels Ugandan passports?” The story said one of the rebels with the passports was FDLR leader (at the time) Ignace Murwanashyaka.

The New Times had been onto the story earlier – 13 April 2006 – with the following headline: “Uganda silent on Murwanashyaka illegal passport.” The paper revealed it wasn’t only Murwanashyaka mysteriously possessing a Ugandan travel document. Other FDLR rebels mentioned were Hyacinth Rafiki and Major Wallars Nsengiyumva.

Kampala claimed it was investigating, but never communicated anything after.

This only is an earlier example of the Museveni government’s subversive acts against Rwanda.

A bit more recent was the story of the 46 recruits of RNC that were intercepted at the border of Uganda and Tanzania at Kikagati, in December 2017, en-route to RNC training camp in eastern DRC. Those young men had been recruited by CMI working hand in hand with RNC agents in Ugandan refugee camps with Banyarwanda populations.

Sharp-eyed Uganda immigration officials stopped them because their Ugandan travel papers looked suspicious. Upon interrogation, members of the group confessed the papers were forgeries. CMI apparently had done a shoddy job with the forgeries. Uganda Police arrested the men and charged them with terrorism.

President Museveni himself acknowledged the incident at a joint press conference with his Rwandan counterpart early last year. “When I met President Kagame in Addis he gave me some facts which I followed up,” Museveni said. “A group of Banyarwanda was being recruited through Tanzania and Burundi to go to Congo.

“They said they were going for church work but when they were interrogated, it was found out the work wasn’t exactly religious,” Museveni added. He only admitted it because of the embarrassment of being caught red-handed.

The UN Group of Experts Report published on 31 December last year is only the latest factual indictment of the Museveni regime for its anti-Rwanda activities. The report details Uganda as a recruitment hub for groups that have declared war on Rwanda’s legitimate government.

Museveni claims in his writing, “There is no question of Uganda supporting anti-Rwanda elements.” But his acts speak far louder than his words.

At the conclusion of the letter, Museveni makes a claim as childish as the opening statement. “What is wrong is for Rwanda agents to try to operate behind the government of Uganda. I get a lot of stories, but I will never raise them, unless I have confirmed them,” Museveni asserts.

Yet he has done the very thing he is claiming he will not do! He is leveling an allegation that even he admits he has not confirmed.

That is Museveni in a nutshell.

Source: KT PRESS

Link: https://ktpress.rw/2019/03/museveni-letter-is-a-bag-of-comical-yet-sad-contradictions/

Amavubi New Coach faces huge task

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After a long search for a new head coach of the national football team, Amavubi, Rwandan Vincent Mashami has finally taken up the post.

The appointment comes three weeks prior to Amavubi match against Ivory Coast for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Mashami who coached Rwanda’s top league clubs such as APR FC and Bugesera FC, will be officially approved today, after signing his one-year renewable agreement.

Since 2010, Amavubi has seen over 10 head coaches with five being foreigners whose stay was longer than any local coaches such as Eric Nshimiyimana and Jimmy Mulisa who were fired in their first year at the helm

As for Serbian Coach Milutin Sredojevic who trained Amavubi from 2011-2013 or Johnny McKinstry who coached between 2015–2016 or even Antoine Hey, all came with huge and similar agendas such as bringing the African Cup of Nations (CAN) to Rwanda or winning the CECAFA, promises they all failed to deliver.

An enormous task awaits Mashami, considering that his appointment has come at the time Amavubi readies to host Ivory Coast in September 9 qualifiers for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

The match is expected to be ferocious as Ivory Coast has already lost its first game against Guinea and will be looking for a win of the second match against Rwanda.

Mashami takes over with Rwanda being the last in group (H) of the 2019 African Cup of Nations qualification tournament. The group also consists of Ivory Coast, Guinea, and Central African Republic.

Mashami, who is rated among the best local football coaches received a Confederation of African Football (CAF) A Coaching license last year, together with 11 others on the continent.

Amavubi gets Vincent Mashami who is rated among the best local football coaches

Learn Daily Sports Activities That Can Help You Loose Weights in Days

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  • Losing weight isn’t easy, but there are small changes you can makedaily to help.
  • Planning your daily agenda to include your workout, prioritizing strength training, and tracking your progress without using the scale are a few changes you can make to encourage weight loss.
  • Taking the stairs, parking further away, and mixing up your workout routine are a few small changes you can make daily to lose weight.


Losing weight is a difficult process for many. When it comes to working on getting the scale down, it’s all too easy to get stuck on a plateau. You might feel like you’re doing everything right, and yet you’re not seeing any results. Or maybe you haven’t begun your weight loss journey quite yet, but you’re struggling to get things started.

Regardless of where you are in the process, these are small exercise changes you can make every day to lose weight and really see the impact.

Plan your daily agenda to include your workout.

Plan your daily agenda to include your workout.
Have a plan.

Treat your workout as if it were an important meeting, you likely wouldn’t miss or reschedule it, right?

Plan out your workouts for the week, or at least plan them out the night before. Pick the time that’ll be best to set your “meeting,” and go ahead and pack your gym bag in advance, too. You’re less likely to skip your workout if you’re prepared and can’t use not having enough time to pack your things in the morning, or having to go out of the way to run home between work and the gym as an excuse.

Prioritize lifting weights.

Prioritize lifting weights.
Resistance training will increase your metabolism.

Many people think that in order to lose weight, cardio is the answer, but committing to endless hours on the elliptical each week isn’t the best way to achieve weight loss. Instead, incorporate resistance training into your routine as this will help increase muscle mass, which in turn will increase your lean body mass and increase your metabolism at rest. Basically, the more muscle mass you have, the more calories your body will burn when doing nothing.

This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t do cardio at all, but rather it’s worth prioritizing lifting weights.

American College of Sports Medicine cardio guidelines suggest performing at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity, or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity cardiovascular exercise per week. American College of Sports Medicine strength training guidelines encourage performing resistance training 2-3 times per week on non-consecutive days.

Make your meetings more active.

Make your meetings more active.
Stand at your desk for your next conference call.

Many of us have meetings on a regular basis, some even daily. When possible, rather than meeting around a round table or over coffee, opt for activity.

Try going for a walk and discussing the content of your meeting, or standing rather than sitting for a conference call. These small changes if implemented daily, could encourage weight loss.

Go into the gym with a plan.

Go into the gym with a plan.
Stay focused throughout your workout routine.

Showing up at the gym is the first step, but it’s even better if you show up with a plan. Train with planned intentions and purpose.

Whether you choose to follow a specific program, work with a personal trainer, or plan your own workouts, just make sure you have a plan, period. You’re more likely to achieve weight loss goals if you have an idea of the route you ought to take to get there.

A sample weekly plan would be: 30 minutes of cardio Tuesday and Thursday, lower body resistance training on Monday, upper body resistance training on Wednesday, and a group exercise class on Saturday. Then plan specific exercises and machines from there.

Track your progress without using the scale.

Track your progress without using the scale.
Ditch the scale.

When it comes to weight loss, the scale can be your worst enemy. From weighing in multiple times throughout the day, to becoming frustrated when the number on the scale doesn’t budge or even goes up, the scale just may not be the best means of measuring progress.

Keeping track of your progress by writing down how many sets and repetitions you did, the weights used, and exercises performed is one way to track your progress without using the scale. Takingcircumference measurements every 4-6 weeks is another method of tracking progress that may be more beneficial than weighing yourself. This allows for a significant time period between measurements to allow for progress and takes into consideration the fact that you may see huge changes in body composition without seeing huge changes in the number on the scale.

Mix up your routine.

Mix up your routine.
Don’t be afraid to try out new workouts.

It’s easy to get into the habit of doing exercises you like, but don’t be afraid to try something new. The body adapts pretty quickly, and requires a new challenge in order for change to occur.

If you really like the elliptical, keep it in your rotation of planned workouts, but add in other modes of cardio, too. The same goes for resistance training; learn to use as many different types of equipment as possible so that you’ll have options to mix up your routine. It’ll allow you to make small exercise changes to help lose weight.

Instead of trying to get the closest parking spot, park further away.

Instead of trying to get the closest parking spot, park further away.
Even walking to your parking spot counts as physical activity.

Getting into the habit of parking farther away, rather than as close to the entrance as possible, is a small change you can make daily to lose weight.

Parking further away is an easy way to increase the amount of physical activity you’re getting on a daily basis. Considering the amount of places we go in a day, and the amount of times we’re getting in and out of the car, this small change can really add up.

Take the stairs.

Take the stairs.
Skip the elevator.

Taking the elevator burns little to no calories, but taking the stairs requires a little more work. Try consciously choosing the stairs, even if it takes longer for you to get from place to place, it’s worth it. This small change is an easy way to implement more physical activity into each day to help with weight loss.S

Museveni Issues Passport To RNC’s Mukankusi To Unlock RNC Diplomacy

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By James Ndizeye

This is the third part of a series regarding the visit to Kampala of the RNC’s head of diplomacy, Charlotte Mukankusi, where she met with President Yoweri Museveni on two different occasions between March 1, when she arrived, and March 6 when she departed the country. The first and second part of the series can be found here and here.

Mukankusi was Rwanda National Congress (RNC) supremo Kayumba Nyamwasa’s deputy when the latter was Rwanda’s top diplomat in India. Naturally, Mukankusi had been issued a diplomatic passport by the Rwanda government during her assignment, but she could not get it renewed when it expired because she had by then absconded to align herself with the terrorist organisation co-founded by her previous superior in New Delhi.

So, to travel to Uganda to meet with President Museveni – who has fashioned himself as the RNC’s patron – his government came to her rescue. On 11 February 2019, she was issued with a spanking new Ugandan passport No. A00019997. It is valid for five years, expiring on 10 February 2024.

Her previously issued documents clearly show that Mukankusi is a Rwandan who has held Rwandan travel documents, including diplomatic passport no. PD 000223, Service Passport no. PS009269, Ordinary Passport No. PC061537, and National ID Card No. 1197070004061075. (See below the expired Rwandan passport and the newly issued Ugandan passport)

Mukankusi’s smear campaign against Rwanda’s leadership had been limited due to lack of a passport and therefore limited mobility. However, with Uganda’s intervention, she has been facilitated to continue with this work.

Also, since Rwanda denied her a passport because of her terrorist links and efforts were undertaken to curtail her ability to recruit sympathizers to the terror organisation, the decision by Uganda to facilitate her mobility clearly shows Museveni’s commitment to forces that are bent on destabilising Rwanda through methods that include terrorism.

In fact, this is what has been happening. On 31 December 2018, the United Nations published a report implicating Museveni’s government in facilitating armed groups with bases in the South Kivu region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, whose leader is Kayumba Nyawasa. Uganda was accused of recruiting and facilitating the movement of rebels.

Shortly before the release of that report, Museveni had tasked his state minister for regional affairs, Dr Philemon Mateke, to hold a coordination meeting in Kampala between the RNC and the FDLR, the armed group largely composed of remnants of the forces that committed the genocide against Rwanda’s Tutsi and openly says that its main mission is to complete the genocide, which it considers “unfinished business.”

The spokesperson of the FDLR, Ignace Nkaka aka Laforge Bazeye Fils and its chief of intelligence, Lt. Col. Nsekanabo Jean Pierre alias Abega Kamala, were intercepted at the Bunagana border with the DRC on their way from the meeting in Kampala. DRC officials handed them over to Kigali and among the things they revealed is Museveni’s commitment that the RNC and FDLR join their forces in order to give the impression that those opposed to Kagame reflect a broad base of Rwandans from the main ethnic groups of Hutus and Tutsis.

At the December 14-15 meeting, the RNC was represented by Frank Ntwari, who is based in South Africa but frequents Kampala at Museveni’s invitation. Mukankusi’s visit is thus part of a wider pattern of the top Ugandan leadership receiving FDLR and RNC representatives, and facilitating rebel movements as well as those of their senior officials, Mukankusi’s being only the most recent.

Mukankusi will ultimately find herself answering for her role in promoting terrorism. However, as provocative as Kampala has been, Kigali has handled the everyday act of hostility with a cool head, preferring to find ways to counter any potential threat from its enemies instead of confronting Uganda directly.

Source: KT PRESS

Link: https://ktpress.rw/2019/03/museveni-issues-passport-to-rncs-mukankusi-to-unlock-rnc-diplomacy/

THREE MORE VICTIMS OF ILLEGAL DETENTION DEPORTED FROM UGANDA

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By Jean de Dieu Nsabiman

Three people who say that they had been illegally detained and harassed in Uganda were yesterday handed over to Rwandan authorities at Kagitumba border in Nyagatare District.

The trio, all male, are Amon Ngabonzima, Xavier Gashongore and Augustin Maniragaba.

They are the latest among the dozens of Rwandans who have encountered brutality from Ugandan authorities while on their business or personal trips in the country.

Fifteen-year old Ngabonzima from Gakenke District was arrested on October 5, last year and detained in Makenke military barracks in Mbarara District in Western Uganda.

He had travelled to Uganda to visit his sister.

“When I reached Kisoro (Uganda), I took a bus to Fort Portal…when we reached Bushenyi town, the bus made a stopover,” he narrated, adding that the three Rwandans who were aboard were ordered to get off and accused of being Rwandan spies.

They were then taken to a police station, but did not stay there for long as police transferred them to Makenke.

Ngabonzima said that while there two Rwandans who had also been detained died after they were tortured.

As for 39-year-old Gashongore from Bugesera District, he had been living in Uganda since 2000 where he was a farmer and running a barber shop.

He was picked up from his barber shop on February 1, 2019 and taken to a military barracks where he was tortured, he said.

“We were taken to Fort Portal barracks (in Western Uganda) where we were incarcerated. We were later transferred to Makenke (barracks),” he said.

“We were three people in the cell…they poured water in our faces three times, which went straight into our noses, leading to intense bleeding.”

When outside the building, Gashongore said, they were given military outfits.

“Anyone on the outside could think that we were soldiers.”

Upon their release from the military barracks, they were taken to Mbarara police station from where they would be arraigned in court on false charges of illegal entry into Uganda, he stated.

Their travel documents had been confiscated by Ugandan soldiers, Gashongore added.

Gashongore also claims his money, totalling 1.2 million Ugandan shillings was taken by the soldiers.

His family did not know where he was.

“Rwandan nationals, even though you have valid documents, they detain you and say that you are a spy,” said Ngabonzima, the youngest of the three Rwandans who were deported yesterday said.

“My advice to Rwandans, Uganda is not a place to be, let’s work hard and contribute to our country’s development,” he vowed.

Source: The New Times

Link: https://www.newtimes.co.rw/news/three-more-victims-illegal-detention-deported-uganda

PRESIDENT MUSEVENI MEETS RNC OFFICIAL

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President Museveni often feigns ignorance over his support for the Rwanda National Congress (RNC) and tries to give the impression he is being misled by his security officials.

Evidence that continues to pile up, shows beyond a shadow of doubt, however, that President Museveni is in fact the driving force behind the terrorist organisation that seeks to destabilise Rwanda, using Uganda’s support.

On 1 March 2019, the RNC’s head of diplomacy, Ms Charlotte Mukankusi, was in Kampala where she met with President Yoweri Museveni. Ms. Mukankusi was Kayumba Nyamwasa’s deputy when the RNC head was Rwanda’s top diplomat to India.

It is yet another piece of evidence, among many, proving that Museveni’s government facilitates the travel of individuals and groups bent on destabilising his southern neighbour. But it’s not just his government; Museveni is personally involved: He held two face to face meetings with Mukankusi – who was in Uganda for almost an entire week from 1-6 March, after which she departed.

The aim of the meeting was to reinforce mutual commitment to a shared cause, despite challenging times. A credible source revealed that the RNC official underscored to Museveni his significance to their cause in general and asked for specific support such as leveraging Uganda’s diplomatic relations at the United Nations in New York to discredit and quash the UN Report of Experts, published on 31 December 2019, confirming links between the Museveni government and the RNC, including facilitating recruits from different parts of Uganda for training at the RNC centre in Minembwe, DRC.

Museveni promised the best he can offer, “We are together,” he replied reassuringly in a way that confirmed that the RNC not only drives Uganda’s relations with Rwanda but it is also capable of leveraging Uganda’s diplomatic engagements anywhere in defense of its (RNC) interests.

According to a close confidant of hers, Mukankusi was in top form. Her presentation reportedly impressed Museveni, especially on the emerging RNC structures, plans, and a force in South Kivu, DRC, which made Museveni very happy and promised continued support, according to the source.

Museveni, in turn, encouraged her to ‘continue the recruitment,’ underlining, however, that it was important to drive a wedge within the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF).

The source indicated how Museveni noted that his own efforts to divide the RDF had in the early 2000s managed to get Major Alphonse Furuma, and many others including Patrick Karegeya and Kayumba Nyamwasa, to flee from Rwanda.

He wasn’t only boasting, however. Museveni promised that more support would come the moment the rebels start operations that target Rwanda’s government, military, and security infrastructure, something that has rejuvenated and boosted the morale of the RNC dissidents. Indeed, only those who aren’t aware of how Museveni started his rebellion that brought him to power would take this offer lightly.

Speaking of driving wedges, Museveni ought to heed his own advice in this regard. For instance, has he taken a moment to consider that the RNC envoy has paid him a visit to do exactly that: to expand wider the wedge between himself and his Rwandan counterpart?

At any rate, it appears that Museveni is faced with some choices to make. First, he can continue to turn reality on its head by treating information provided to him by a terrorist organisation as credible, all the while outrightly dismissing as lies the truth that’s coming from the authorities in Kigali. They tell him what they know he wants to hear precisely because they understand that he needs something to justify their shared scheme to destabilize Rwanda.

For instance, they know Museveni needs scapegoats to divert blame on whenever he instructs his security to neutralize those he perceives to be his opponents. So when the RNC tells him its Rwanda doing the killing he is a willing participant in a lie he knows well not to be true, such as was the case with the arrest of Rene Rutagungira who has languished in CMI detention centers without charges because he is an innocent man with no case to answer.

RNC also tells Museveni that it has many soldiers, which commits him to all kinds of operations such as the promise to destroy infrastructure in Rwandan that’s noted above. Moreover, it leads him to enter into alliances with unrepentant killers like the FDLR, whose publicity declared aim is to complete the genocide – “unfinished business.” In this alliance Museveni even went out of his way to appoint a Hutu extremist, Phelomene Mateke, as Minister of State for regional affairs to act as his go-between with the genocidal force from its base in the DRC.

Secondly, Museveni can continue to act on this false information by victimising innocent Rwandans in Uganda – most of whom are actually pinpointed by the very RNC operatives with whom he has established comradeship.

But choices have consequences, too. Indeed, a reality that is inescapable to everyone – including Charlotte Mukankusi- is that those who betray their country by creating armed terrorist groups to disrupt the lives of innocent people often end up paying heavily for this decision precisely because no single country anywhere in the world can tolerate such provocations.

Similarly, it is standard practice across the globe that those who support terrorism always end up discovering that in so doing they made a big mistake. It’s what history says. Anyone with a sense of history would know.

Museveni also has a third choice. He could consider the genuine truth that’s coming from the authorities in Kigali, whose only wish is to restore friendly relations. This is in the interest of mutual stability. This choice demands that Museveni’s government work with its counterparts in Kigali, which, thankfully, has repeatedly indicated its desire for peaceful relations between the two countries.

The role that President Museveni is playing to destabilize the region is increasingly becoming public knowledge to ordinary Ugandans, East Africans, and people across the world. He has committed his country to be a base for the RNC’s operations against their southern neighbour, Rwanda.

For Mukankusi, she can confidently say that her visit to Museveni in Kampala was mission accomplished. Indeed, if she had had any prior reservation, it was taken care of by Museveni’s reassurance at the conclusion of their meeting, “We are together!”

Source: KT PRESS

Link: https://ktpress.rw/2019/03/president-museveni-meets-rnc-official/

Who Is President Museveni’s RNC Visitor, Charlotte Mukankusi?

By virungapost

By James Ndizeye

On Friday March 15, 2019, we published a story that revealed details of President Yoweri Museveni’s meeting with Ms. Charlotte Mukankusi, an official of the Rwanda National Congress (RNC), the terrorist organization – with bases in South Kivu, DRC – that is benefiting from recruitment and facilitation of movement by the Ugandan government. The link here gives those details of the meeting. However, who is this RNC envoy who was hosted by Museveni in Kampala between March 1-6, 2019?

Who Is Mukankusi Charlotte?

The woman in charge of the terror group RNC’s so called diplomacy and relations Charlotte Mukankusi – also charged with outreach to other armed groups and terrorist organizations hostile to Rwanda – is a renowned swindler. She is wanted by courts in Rwanda, but is out of reach of the law to answer for high financial crimes including outright embezzlement.

Impeccable sources from within the judicial institutions reveal that Charlotte is accused of embezzling more than two billion Rwandan francs from an Indian firm, Angelique International. Additional charges are pending of forgery and breach of trust. According to the information we were able to compile, in 2008 Angelique International was lured by Mukankusi to buy a government printing house, Imprisco, at a cost of 1,422,297,880 Rwandan Francs.

The firm then hired her to manage the facility on its behalf. Mukankusi then immediately pulled a fast one on her trusting Indian employers. The firm released all the required funds to cover the cost of Imprisco, but Mukankusi paid Frw 1.2 billion, withholding the rest. She paid the money to Rwanda Development Board with assurances that she would deposit the remaining 200 million Frw, plus 62 million Frw to cover the salary arrears of the printer’s employees.

The assurance Mukankusi gave RDB was that the rest of the payment would be cleared between 2008 and 2010. Information we have from credible sources is that the Mukankusi did not honor the obligation to pay up the rest of the money. That led to further heavy losses for her Indian employers. Together with accumulated interests, the company incurred a loss of Frw 402 million.

Angelic International slapped a lawsuit on her. The company further alleges that Mukankusi used forged documents, forging the signature of its Deputy CEO of Pankaj Goyal, to acquire a loan of Frw 1,020,783,510 from Rwanda Development Bank, as well as Frw 100 million from Access Bank in the name of Imprisco.

Mukankusi, again playing fast and loose with other people’s money, never put the funds she had borrowed in the company’s name into the company. According to bank records, the Frw 100 million acquired from Access Bank on 20 December 2011 was used to service the woman’s other loan in the same bank; which loan she had earlier acquired in the name of her other company, Business Clinics.

In addition, she withdrew Frw 500 Million from Imprisco’s account, which she never accounted for.

According to a former employee of Angelique International, when the company discovered Mukankusi’s mismanagement, they sacked her on the spot. The same source intimated that aware of what would follow after embezzling the company’s finances, Mukankusi immediately fled the country, without an official handover.
A Rwandan Businessman, Eugene Turatsinze, has also sued Charlotte Mukankusi for fraudulently taking up to Frw 439,852,622 from him, promising him a 50% stake in Imprisco.

This is the character of the lady that now is a high-ranking RNC official.

Museveni’s meeting with this wanted Rwandan dissident and swindler is a clear sign of his determination to destabilize Rwanda.

But don’t be surprised when you hear the self-styled “Ssabalwanyi” claiming he didn’t know Mukankusi was a Rwandan national.

Source: KT PRESS

Link: https://ktpress.rw/2019/03/who-is-president-musevenis-rnc-visitor-charlotte-mukankusi/

Three more victims of illegal detention deported from Uganda

By virungapost

By Jean de Dieu Nsabiman

Three people who say that they had been illegally detained and harassed in Uganda were yesterday handed over to Rwandan authorities at Kagitumba border in Nyagatare District.

The trio, all male, are Amon Ngabonzima, Xavier Gashongore and Augustin Maniragaba.

They are the latest among the dozens of Rwandans who have encountered brutality from Ugandan authorities while on their business or personal trips in the country.

Fifteen-year old Ngabonzima from Gakenke District was arrested on October 5, last year and detained in Makenke military barracks in Mbarara District in Western Uganda.

He had travelled to Uganda to visit his sister.

“When I reached Kisoro (Uganda), I took a bus to Fort Portal…when we reached Bushenyi town, the bus made a stopover,” he narrated, adding that the three Rwandans who were aboard were ordered to get off and accused of being Rwandan spies.

They were then taken to a police station, but did not stay there for long as police transferred them to Makenke.

Ngabonzima said that while there two Rwandans who had also been detained died after they were tortured.

As for 39-year-old Gashongore from Bugesera District, he had been living in Uganda since 2000 where he was a farmer and running a barber shop.

He was picked up from his barber shop on February 1, 2019 and taken to a military barracks where he was tortured, he said.

“We were taken to Fort Portal barracks (in Western Uganda) where we were incarcerated. We were later transferred to Makenke (barracks),” he said.

“We were three people in the cell…they poured water in our faces three times, which went straight into our noses, leading to intense bleeding.”

When outside the building, Gashongore said, they were given military outfits.

“Anyone on the outside could think that we were soldiers.”

Upon their release from the military barracks, they were taken to Mbarara police station from where they would be arraigned in court on false charges of illegal entry into Uganda, he stated.

Their travel documents had been confiscated by Ugandan soldiers, Gashongore added.

Gashongore also claims his money, totalling 1.2 million Ugandan shillings was taken by the soldiers.

His family did not know where he was.

“Rwandan nationals, even though you have valid documents, they detain you and say that you are a spy,” said Ngabonzima, the youngest of the three Rwandans who were deported yesterday said.

“My advice to Rwandans, Uganda is not a place to be, let’s work hard and contribute to our country’s development,” he vowed.

Source: The New Times

Link: https://www.newtimes.co.rw/news/three-more-victims-illegal-detention-deported-uganda

President Museveni Meets RNC Official

By virungapost

By James Ndizeye

President Museveni often feigns ignorance over his support for the Rwanda National Congress (RNC) and tries to give the impression he is being misled by his security officials.

Evidence that continues to pile up, shows beyond a shadow of doubt, however, that President Museveni is in fact the driving force behind the terrorist organisation that seeks to destabilise Rwanda, using Uganda’s support.

On 1 March 2019, the RNC’s head of diplomacy, Ms Charlotte Mukankusi, was in Kampala where she met with President Yoweri Museveni. Ms. Mukankusi was Kayumba Nyamwasa’s deputy when the RNC head was Rwanda’s top diplomat to India.

It is yet another piece of evidence, among many, proving that Museveni’s government facilitates the travel of individuals and groups bent on destabilising his southern neighbour. But it’s not just his government; Museveni is personally involved: He held two face to face meetings with Mukankusi – who was in Uganda for almost an entire week from 1-6 March, after which she departed.

The aim of the meeting was to reinforce mutual commitment to a shared cause, despite challenging times. A credible source revealed that the RNC official underscored to Museveni his significance to their cause in general and asked for specific support such as leveraging Uganda’s diplomatic relations at the United Nations in New York to discredit and quash the UN Report of Experts, published on 31 December 2019, confirming links between the Museveni government and the RNC, including facilitating recruits from different parts of Uganda for training at the RNC centre in Minembwe, DRC.

Museveni promised the best he can offer, “We are together,” he replied reassuringly in a way that confirmed that the RNC not only drives Uganda’s relations with Rwanda but it is also capable of leveraging Uganda’s diplomatic engagements anywhere in defense of its (RNC) interests.

According to a close confidant of hers, Mukankusi was in top form. Her presentation reportedly impressed Museveni, especially on the emerging RNC structures, plans, and a force in South Kivu, DRC, which made Museveni very happy and promised continued support, according to the source.

Museveni, in turn, encouraged her to ‘continue the recruitment,’ underlining, however, that it was important to drive a wedge within the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF).

The source indicated how Museveni noted that his own efforts to divide the RDF had in the early 2000s managed to get Major Alphonse Furuma, and many others including Patrick Karegeya and Kayumba Nyamwasa, to flee from Rwanda.

He wasn’t only boasting, however. Museveni promised that more support would come the moment the rebels start operations that target Rwanda’s government, military, and security infrastructure, something that has rejuvenated and boosted the morale of the RNC dissidents. Indeed, only those who aren’t aware of how Museveni started his rebellion that brought him to power would take this offer lightly.

Speaking of driving wedges, Museveni ought to heed his own advice in this regard. For instance, has he taken a moment to consider that the RNC envoy has paid him a visit to do exactly that: to expand wider the wedge between himself and his Rwandan counterpart?

At any rate, it appears that Museveni is faced with some choices to make. First, he can continue to turn reality on its head by treating information provided to him by a terrorist organisation as credible, all the while outrightly dismissing as lies the truth that’s coming from the authorities in Kigali. They tell him what they know he wants to hear precisely because they understand that he needs something to justify their shared scheme to destabilize Rwanda.

For instance, they know Museveni needs scapegoats to divert blame on whenever he instructs his security to neutralize those he perceives to be his opponents. So when the RNC tells him its Rwanda doing the killing he is a willing participant in a lie he knows well not to be true, such as was the case with the arrest of Rene Rutagungira who has languished in CMI detention centers without charges because he is an innocent man with no case to answer.

RNC also tells Museveni that it has many soldiers, which commits him to all kinds of operations such as the promise to destroy infrastructure in Rwandan that’s noted above. Moreover, it leads him to enter into alliances with unrepentant killers like the FDLR, whose publicity declared aim is to complete the genocide – “unfinished business.” In this alliance Museveni even went out of his way to appoint a Hutu extremist, Phelomene Mateke, as Minister of State for regional affairs to act as his go-between with the genocidal force from its base in the DRC.

Secondly, Museveni can continue to act on this false information by victimising innocent Rwandans in Uganda – most of whom are actually pinpointed by the very RNC operatives with whom he has established comradeship.

But choices have consequences, too. Indeed, a reality that is inescapable to everyone – including Charlotte Mukankusi- is that those who betray their country by creating armed terrorist groups to disrupt the lives of innocent people often end up paying heavily for this decision precisely because no single country anywhere in the world can tolerate such provocations.

Similarly, it is standard practice across the globe that those who support terrorism always end up discovering that in so doing they made a big mistake. It’s what history says. Anyone with a sense of history would know.

Museveni also has a third choice. He could consider the genuine truth that’s coming from the authorities in Kigali, whose only wish is to restore friendly relations. This is in the interest of mutual stability. This choice demands that Museveni’s government work with its counterparts in Kigali, which, thankfully, has repeatedly indicated its desire for peaceful relations between the two countries.

The role that President Museveni is playing to destabilize the region is increasingly becoming public knowledge to ordinary Ugandans, East Africans, and people across the world. He has committed his country to be a base for the RNC’s operations against their southern neighbour, Rwanda.

For Mukankusi, she can confidently say that her visit to Museveni in Kampala was mission accomplished. Indeed, if she had had any prior reservation, it was taken care of by Museveni’s reassurance at the conclusion of their meeting, “We are together!”

Source: KT PRESS

Link: https://ktpress.rw/2019/03/president-museveni-meets-rnc-official/

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