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Q: who has designated Commandpost the job of speaking for DRC?

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By Alex Muhumuza

The Commandpost propagandist website and Twitter account are run by Ugandan Military Intelligence (CMI), whose boss is Brig. Gen. Abel Kandiho – right.

The desperation of the Museveni regime propaganda operation – specifically that run by CMI (Ugandan Military Intelligence) to tarnish Rwanda recently has surpassed even its usually high levels.

This can be seen in the increasingly erratic stories published by Commandpost – a website and its Twitter account that CMI runs as the designated mouthpiece for Kayumba Nyamwasa’s RNC, Museveni’s main proxy group in his plot to destabilize Rwanda.

“Rwandan sponsored Mai Mai militia leader destabilizing Fizi territory nabbed,” said the headline on Commandpost yesterday, 29 August.

No other media except Commandpost had that story. No one else had any account of the arrest of the so-called “Kigali-sponsored” Papy Etienne Balongela, save Commandpost. “This is a fictitious article of the sort that characterizes the website’s constant, deranged smears of Rwanda,” said an analyst that read the piece.

The RNC, having received its worst routing on Congolese soil early in June this year – during which an estimated 200 of their ragtag “force” perished – seems to completely have lost their heads. Then a couple of weeks after their bludgeoning, they, together with their CMI sponsors began peddling lie after transparent lie against the Rwandan military.

“Banyamulenge forces have killed several hundred Rwandan fighters,” Commandpost said on 23 June. “Kanombe military hospital is overwhelmed with dead soldiers!” claimed the Ugandan intelligence troll account. No one else in the world knew of that story. The DRC media reported no such events.

That particular fiction died a quiet death.

But Ugandan security operatives and their RNC sidekicks are the most tenacious liars. They came up with other stories only they knew of, such as claims that some fighters called “Raia Mutomboki” had “overwhelmed RDF”.

These were just more tall tales for which they had not a shred of collaborating evidence.

Since RNC suffered its bad defeat in Minembwe, with many of its dead scattered all over the landscape and others fleeing blindly to wherever their legs could take them, the long-suffering citizens of eastern Congo have been enjoying a rare peaceful existence. They are very happy that RNC “bandits” – as they call them – have been driven off their territory, hopefully forever!

In any case, someone asked after reading some of the things CMI propaganda mouthpieces publish: “why are they so concerned about Congolese affairs? Who had allocated Commandpost the duty of speaking for Congo, or the Congolese?

The CMI mouthpiece writes: “the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo is in possession of a senior Mai Mai rebel leader reported to have been receiving funding from the Government of Rwanda to cause havoc in parts of eastern Congo.”

But there was no Congo Government media, or spokesperson saying anything like that.

CMI and RNC behavior provokes laughter. Museveni’s hopes of one day installing Kayumba Nyamwasa as a puppet head of state in Kigali have been dashed in the forests of Minembwe, with the sound defeat of Nyamwasa’s RNC. His best hopes of destabilizing Rwanda are gone.

The new leadership in Kinshasa isn’t one that Museveni can manipulate so as to let his proxies keep using the DRC to launch conflict against other countries. The current Congolese administration isn’t one that takes kindly to bandits – especially those sponsored by Museveni, the most disruptive influence in regional geo-politics – camping anywhere in his country.

Museveni and Nyamwasa, having learnt this lesson the hard way now are resorting to ridiculous fictions – such as Kigali’s supposed sponsorship of Mai Mai militia – “in a pathetic attempt at creating hatred between Kinshasa and Kigali,” a regional affairs analyst remarked.

With no indication of where it got its information from, Commandpost claims: “The notorious rebel leader of the Mai Mai is accused of terrorizing areas of Ndombe and Kilembwe axis at the southernmost point of Fizi territory.”

In the next sentence the propaganda mouthpiece claims: “He (Balongela) was apprehended at night with seven other rebels in the area by village youth!”

This is the man that Commandpost in the same article says has been carrying out looting, killings, ambushes, kidnappings of passengers and attacks on FARDC troops, mainly on Lubondja, Forest 17, Lulimba, Mai Ndombe and Kilembwe.

According to the CMI trolls it is this deadly man, together with seven others like him, that were apprehended by some village youths.

“Can’t CMI at least find better liars!” someone laughed.

Not satisfied with its attempts at tying “a Mai Mai leader” to Rwanda, Commandpost dredges up old, never substantiated allegations that Kigali “is offering sanctuary to Burundian rebels planning to fight President Pierre Nkurunziza.”

Taking its fiction further, it claims, “Burundian rebels recently finished their military training at Rwanda’s Gako Military Training Barracks, and are yet to be released back to the bushes to fight the Bujumbura regime”.

How did Commandpost’s writers come by this information? They do not tell. They just write it, with zero facts to back it. They do not stop there however. They also claim that the Rwandan military is in eastern Congo – again with zero facts – and that Kigali “wants to annex the Minembwe area which is alleged to be hosting anti-Rwanda communities.”

The things on Commandpost are like if someone woke up and wrote stuff on a toilet wall and then expected people to take it for truth! said a reader.

Six Suspects Named In The Murder Of Mozambique Diaspora Head

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By KT Press

Diomède Tuganeyezu.

New details revealing a racket (criminal gang) of people suspected to be behind the murder of Louis Baziga, the head of the Rwanda Community in Mozambique have emerged, confirming earlier reports that the murder could be linked to anti-Rwandan government elements.

Fresh details obtained by KT Press from reliable sources implicate six individuals in the cold-blooded murder of Baziga, who was shot dead by assailants who blocked his car before spraying it with bullets in Matola area of the Mozambican capital Maputo.

Among the suspects is Eric-Thierry Gahomera, the honorary consul of Burundi in Mozambique who is suspected to have conspired with several other individuals including Revocat Karemangingo, a former Rwandan army member (Ex-Far) who is a prominent businessman in the Southern African country.

The list of the suspects also includes Benjamin Ndagijimana alias Ndagije, a member of subversive outfit Rwanda National Congress (RNC) young brother of exiled former Senator Safari Stanley. Ndagijimana is also a prominent businessman in Mozambique.

Others are Diomède Tuganeyezu, also an Ex-FAR and businessman who along with Ndagijimana and Karemangingo had wrangles with Baziga over a Pentecostal church they had established.

KT Press understands that there are recordings of Tuganeyezu from 2016 instructing killers to take out Baziga in the first attempt on his life.

“Tuganeyezu is the “ring leader “. The trio were all involved in a case with Baziga. The other suspect is Alphonse Rugira alias Monaco, also an Ex-FAR and Eric-Thierry Gahomera, the honorary consul of Burundi to Mozambique,” the source said.

Rugira is a young brother of genocide convict Colonel Anatole Nsengiyumva, who was the commander of Military Operations for the Gisenyi. Nsengiyumva was sentenced to 15 years by the International Criminal Tribunal of Rwanda (ICTR).

Sources say Gahomera was entangled in the division of the Rwandan community in Mozambique, siding with the part that opposes the Rwandan government.

Benjamin Ndagijimana.

Others include Karemangingo’s cousins only identified as Lambert and his elder brother Alexis, who also live in Mozambique. Also suspected to be involved is John Hakizimana, a pastor also thought to be affiliated to RNC.

The gang had been having issues with Baziga since 2014 and before, with sources confirming that Baziga, having denounced his refugee status and responded to government programmes pitting him against the group which is involved in anti-government activities.

“He had established a church with the group since 2000 but his decision to regularise his Rwandan citizenship and acquire passports left them bitter,” the source said.

“John Hakizimana and Diomède Tuganeyezu have been directly involved in clandestine operations to eliminate Baziga along with Revocat Karemangingo and Benjamin Ndagijimana. They had been plotting since 2016 but one of the assassins hired tipped off Baziga,” the source further said.

The source further said that Ndagijimana and Karemangingo used their influence to push the court to exonerate them during a court case that pitted Baziga against them. At the time, Baziga, travelled to Rwanda briefly when his life was in danger before returning to the country, well knowing that his enemies would target him.

The involvement of the Burundian diplomat has left members of the Rwandan diaspora baffled by the interest he had in Baziga’s death.

Source: KT Press / Rwanda

How Uganda’s troll army wages war of misinformation on Rwanda

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By Alex Muhumuza

The Twitter troll accounts, blogs and Facebook accounts run by Ugandan President Museveni’s communication teams – amongst them those headed by Sarah Kagingo, as well as the many managed from the headquarters of the country’s vicious Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence – are too many to count.

They are strategically poised to hurl the most deranged insults at the leadership of Rwanda – specifically President Kagame. At the slightest opportunity they are standby to shower up a tweetstorm of misinformation against Rwanda. They will lie their heads off about things they have not the slightest idea about – so long as they imagine it can hurt Kigali in some way.

One can only try to compile as many as he or she can in a single article.

But only God can manage the task of comprehensively enumerating them. @Commandpost, @SoftPowerNews, @EagleOnlineUg @TrumpetnewsUg, @greatlakespost, The Annoyer (@Miso_Operative) Chief Mazi Okunuka (@OkuMaazi) Duncan Abigaba (@DuncanAbigaba) Wakabirigi Sulah N (@WakaSulah) Ruhima Jonah (@AsantejnrRuhima) MaMo (@MaMo_) MAGEZI KIRIINJJU (@MAGEZIKIRIINJJU Seruga Titus and numerous others are weaponized to pounce on any opportunity to hurl the most rabid insults at Kigali.

“Don’t think that Kigali will open the border! Rwanda is working to destabilize Uganda so do not imagine they can open the border; they will violate the terms of the MoU,” lied Seruga Titus, a CMI/ISO tool based in Belgium where he pretends “to seek asylum”. He was referring to the Memorandum of Understanding signed Wednesday last week in Angola.

Seruga’s real work in Belgium is as a Uganda intelligence agent, primarily tasked with disseminating outrageous propaganda against Rwanda.

In the same vein of heaping blame on Rwanda for the supposed “dishonoring” of the MoU, “Softpower” blog ran the following headline this Monday 26th August: “Kagame reneges on commitment to Luanda Pact, upholds ban on Rwandans travel to Uganda.”

@watchdogug, another CMI-run troll account on 23 August 2019 had claimed: “Uganda-Rwanda border closed despite Luanda agreement”, implying Kigali was responsible for that.

These Museveni regime-sponsored social media accounts are a major negative factor in lack of progress on the impasse between their country and Rwanda. They are allergic to the truth, obviously because the truth hurts their overall boss.

Kampala is the one that completely reneged on its part of the deal, to first of all release the hundreds of Rwandans illegally detained in Ugandan prisons and intelligence agency so-called safe houses.

The Rwandans are jailed on the most spurious grounds.

CMI, whose operatives are the chief abductors of innocent Rwandan nationals, habitually accuses the Rwandans it abducts of “espionage”, which frequently changes to “illegal possession of firearms”, or “illegal entry”, or “running a kidnap ring”, and every concocted charge they can dream up.

Kigali has for a long time been asking something very simple of Kampala: kindly try the (jailed Rwandan nationals) in courts of law to give the process some transparency; do not just lock up innocent people for years!” But CMI and other Museveni regime security agents never do things through legal channels. Even when courts of law in Uganda order CMI or ISO to release people they are holding illegally, CMI or ISO contemptuously ignore the courts.

Impunity is their prerogative.

The abductions of Rwandan nationals reached a point where Kigali said enough is enough! It strongly advised its people against travel to Uganda! That travel advisory coincided with Rwanda’s restrictions against heavy commercial trucks using the Gatuna Border Post because of works on the One Stop Border Post.

That is what Ugandans call “closing the border”. Pro-Museveni trolls are pushing for Rwanda lifting the travel advisory. And for Rwanda to re-open Gatuna to heavy Ugandan commercial trucks.

The trolls are a huge part of the problem. They mislead their audiences by not telling the truth about the harassment, illegal incarcerations, and torture of innocent Rwandans at the hands of Museveni’s security agencies. They only focus on “opening the border”. They are blatant tools. They have enabled Museveni’s duplicity, to the detriment of everyone else.

The Rwandans whose rights CMI violates – even when regional laws like the EAC Common Market Freedoms of movement are supposed to protect them – is of no interest to the tools.

Secondly the Kampala propagandist accounts only exacerbate another major problem: they are mouthpieces for Kayumba Nyamwasa’s RNC – a terrorist group sworn to destabilize Rwanda obviously with the help of Museveni.

Not surprisingly all of them have been dissing Kigali supposedly for “not fulfilling” the terms of the Memorandum of Agreement. But none care to ask why Museveni, as part of the MoU deal, hasn’t begun to dismantle RNC networks in Uganda. They are corruptly in bed with Nyamwasa themselves.

They get funds from Tribert Rujugiro the RNC chief financier, to run the terror group’s propaganda in Kampala. And to amplify the misinformation of the RNC chief propagandist himself, David Himbara who stays in Canada.

The likes of Commandpost, Softpower and many others, assisted by the likes of the Chimpreports website which likes to pretend it is a “news organisation” are corrupt, undignified and a major cause of problems.

They know perfectly well RNC has major recruitment operations in Uganda. They also know perfectly well Kigali isn’t in bed with anyone whose goal is to destabilize Uganda. Also no Uganda faces the unjust treatment in Rwanda that hundreds of Rwandans have suffered in Uganda.

In fact the fellows running the most rabid anti-Rwanda propaganda such as Sulah Nuwamanya Wakabirigi are top officials of RNC in Kampala. They also take payment from CMI in a network coordinated by CMI Deputy Director in Charge of counterterrorism, Col. CK Asiimwe.

But they dare point at Rwanda claiming it is the source of trouble. Unadulterated arrogance!, exclaimed a resident of Kigali.

Could Anti-Rwanda Elements Be Behind Mozambique Diaspora Head Murder?

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By KT Press

Late Louis Baziga.

The murder of Louis Baziga, who was the head of the Rwandan community in Mozambique on Monday has opened a can of worms on the divisions in the Rwandan diaspora in Mozambique, with initial reports pointing to anti-Rwanda government elements in the Southern African country for orchestrating the assassination.

Reliable sources in Mozambique say Baziga, who was shot in Matola area of the capital Maputo, was targeted by elements that were not happy with his decision to abandon exiled negative groups and return home to support different government programmes and head the diaspora.

A source in Mozambique said that Baziga, who was a prominent businessman, had abandoned his refugee status seven years ago and responded to the Government of Rwanda programmes to welcome back refugees in an initiative called “come and see, go and tell”, which was aimed at encouraging Rwandan refugees to return home.

“From what we have learned, there have been rivalries in the Rwandan community here, with one group backing the Rwandan government and supporting its programmes while the other group is anti-government and is engaged in anti-Rwandan government activities,” a Journalist investigating the case told KT Press on Monday.

The seasoned investigative journalist further told KT Press that more findings indicate that there are active Anti-Rwanda groups in Mozambique disguised as refugees, who engage in subversive activities and target anybody who is pro-government.

“From what we have discovered, majority of these people include those who fled Rwanda after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, some of whom were perpetrators, while others are affiliated to groups such as Rwanda National Congress and the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR),” the scribe investigating the case said.

The source further said that these elements in Mozambique have been fighting groups which back the Rwandan government and actively participate in government programmes.

Rwanda’s Ambassador to Mozambique, Claude Nikobisanzwe told KT Press that the scenario is very possible, considering that there had been an attempt on Baziga’s life before and had also received several death threats.

“As we speak, I am from visiting his family. Some people here were indeed not happy with Baziga’s decision to quit negative groups, denounce his refugee status and return home and regularise his citizenship. He got a passport not only for himself but for his entire family,”

“Some elements were against that decision which he took seven years ago. By the time of his death, he had normalised his status back home and was about to acquire permanent residence as a Rwandan in Mozambique,” Nikobisanzwe said.

A statement signed by Eng Daniel Murenzi, the Chairman of Rwanda Diaspora global network, said that they were deeply saddened by the murder of Baziga.

Mozambican authorities are yet to reveal any details of investigations on who could be behind the murder but sources say Baziga was trailed by a vehicle as he drove in the road connecting Matola and Bike suburbs of Maputo as he headed to the garage, with the assailants blocking him and spraying his Toyota Prado with bullets.

The businessman’s body was transferred to Hospital Provincial da Matola for post-mortem and further investigations.

Bury me home

Ambassador Nikobisanzwe told KT Press that Baziga, who had for some time known that his life was in danger, had said that if he ever dies, his remains should be taken back to Rwanda for a final resting place.

“I have talked to his family. He left behind a directive that he should be buried in Rwanda, only Rwanda. Plans are underway to have his body repatriated back to Rwanda for burial in the next few days,” the envoy said.

Sources say that Mr Baziga, had defied odds, despite threats on his life, continuing to engage in different diaspora activities, mobilising the Rwandan community in Mozambique to support different government programmes.

However, reports indicate that Mozambique remains an active base of Anti-Rwandan opposition groups, mainly RNC and FDLR elements who are part of 4000 members of the Rwandan community.

Last year in April, dozens of RNC members brandishing RNC placards were seen at Estádio do Zimpeto in Maputo at a CAF Confederations Cup game involving Rwanda’s Rayon Sport FC and Mozambican outfit Costa do Sol.

Other reports also point to family feuds which are connected to previous attempts on his life. Three Rwandan men identified as Diomède Tuganeyezu, Benjamin Ndagijimana and Revocat Karemangingo were charged in courts for threatening Baziga’s life over a disagreement on a church they owned.

Baziga, who owned supermarkets and a pharmacy, had confided in some friends that his life was in imminent danger.

A Rwandan who lives in Mozambique, speaking on condition of anonymity, told KT Press that the Rwandan diaspora in Mozambique is deeply divided to the extent that you need to know who to hang out with or talk to. Efforts to get a comment from Mozambican authorities by press time were futile.

Rwanda maintains close relations with Mozambique with President Paul Kagame and President Filipe Nyusi committing to strengthen bilateral ties last month during the latter’s state visit to Rwanda.

President Nyusi pledged to support the over 4, 000 Rwandans who live in Mozambique, majority of whom were affected by the cessation clause, to obtain documents to live and work in Mozambique.

Source: KT Press / Rwanda

The Ugandan president clearly is a man with a lot to hide

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By Patience Kirabo

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

In the wake of the Luanda-Angola Memorandum of Understanding signing by both presidents of Rwanda and Uganda, the latter has refused to be clear about what his reasons were for the signing of the MoU.

This silence from Uganda President has precipitated many questions from Ugandans nationwide. Museveni usually is a very talkative person, and nothing will prevent him saying whatever he wants. That is his reputation. But when asked – on social media this Monday – on the issue of torturing Rwandan citizens and supporting fugitive Nyamwasa, Museveni was evasive. “I refuse to discuss interstate matters in the press, including social media.”

Commentators wonder what the MoU is for. Erias Lukwago, the Lord Mayor of Kampala City on Radio1 FM 90 discussing the topic with other panelists wondered if it was a “peace agreement” or “a truce”. And if it was a Peace Agreement, what was the conflict? Ugandans need to know about the conflict, and why the conflict is there!”

That is what Museveni is evasive about. He is a man who doesn’t hesitate to leak to the media a letter to a fellow head of state; why not leak his stance on the torture of innocent Rwandans, or his dealings with Nyamwasa and his RNC?

Museveni’s anti-Rwanda hostility is causing serious losses to Ugandan businesses and traders. Not surprisingly they want him to come out clearly on his responsibility for the badly deteriorated relations with a neighbor as important as Rwanda. Kabale, Kisoro, Lyantonde and so many border towns are feeling a lot of economic pain.

Why can’t Museveni say what it is those hundreds of innocent Rwandans in Ugandan prisons and torture dungeons are detained for?

Gawaya Tegulle, a lawyer of several family members of the prisoners, too was on the same radio talk show as Lukwago. “It is not an ‘allegation’ that Rwandans are in prisons or ungazetted places of detention, it is an indisputable fact. So, why don’t they try them in court?”

Museveni and his administration have been giving no answers for that. His hosting of RNC, and facilitation of other groups like FDLR, and individuals like the now jailed “Sankara” are well-known facts. He needs to step out and say why, according to several observers.

One result of all the hostility of Kampala security agencies against Rwandans travelling to, or already resident in Uganda was for Kigali to issue a strongly worded advisory against its nationals crossing to Uganda. One consequence that Museveni and his people weren’t expecting has been the economic pain.

However, it has also jolted the attention of Ugandans in general. Those who thought before that perhaps Rwanda was falsely alarming saw that things indeed were serious.

So, many are asking, why isn’t the man addressing all these issues.

People need far more answers than mere evasions on social media.

President Museveni has never bothered with the simple courtesy of addressing the issue, but rather kept the traders in limbo, with mumbled promises that “a solution is coming”. It never comes. He has chosen to take Ugandans for fools by letting his hired media mouthpieces write and say whatever falsehoods he wants them to say.

Such as the endless unproven allegations of “Rwandan spying”, for which he never is specific, “what are they spying about?”

Uganda security agencies under his command have violated not only the East African Community protocols but also the human rights of their Rwandan victims. Yet Museveni never shows concern about the implications of this lawlessness by his forces.

“The problem with Museveni is he imagines Rwanda is like some weak entity he can just push around, which is far from the case,” a concerned Kampala observer said. “One day the realization will sink in that this is not the case, but at what cost to Ugandans?” he wondered.

By the looks of it, Museveni’s evasiveness on the urgent questions raised to him on social media is a sign he is just digging in, getting ready to violate the MoU that he signed without being forced.

Consequently Ugandans will go on suffering. And they will learn in even harder ways, that the real source of their problems never has been Rwanda, but Rwakitura.

For, his Rwandan counterpart long ago made clear Rwanda’s grievances with Uganda – including the aforementioned endless harassment, illegal incarceration and torture of her nationals by Museveni’s CMI and ISO; working with anti-Rwanda terrorist groups, and sabotaging Rwandan commerce.

President Kagame has laid out his case, to the Rwandan population, and to the outside world, very clearly.

But Museveni has ordered the blocking of Rwandan news websites.

Clearly this is a man with a lot to hide.

Kabale Prison is hell for Rwandans, recently dumped Manizabayo says

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By Patience Kirabo

Albert Manizabayo.

Albert Manizabayo 27 is the most recent victim to be dumped by Ugandan security operatives. This happened at the Cyanika Border Post last Friday 24 and as in such cases it followed a period of sustained torture in Ugandan detention. Manizabayo suffered repeated beatings, abuse and inhuman treatment for twelve months in Kihihi and Kabale prisons in Southwestern Uganda.

Manizabayo went to Uganda legally through the Cyanika border on August 11, 2018. He had been running a personal business in the Kisoro area. On August 13, he was accosted by unknown men who ordered him to follow them, to an isolated place. While tagging along, he kept asking who the men were. Instead of replying to him, he was pounded on the head and later thrown in a vehicle and warned not to do anything that would alert passers-by.

From there they drove Manizabayo to Kisoro Police where they threw him behind bars. At the police station, he was asked for his Identity card and travel documents. As usual, when he produced the documents proving he was in Uganda legally the security agents just confiscated them, and then accused him of entering Uganda illegally.

It is an experience that has become all too common with Rwandan victims of such harassment in Uganda. It is unlawful, it is contrary to East African Common Market Protocols, and it is just plain inhuman, said a Kigali-based attorney representing some Rwandans suing Uganda precisely for such treatment.

Manizabayo was later taken to Kihihi Prison without a court hearing. They just informed him that he was sentenced to twelve months in prison. That was because, he believes, he would not bribe the security men. Manizabayo says he was not in any way able to raise two million shillings given he was abruptly abducted, and he couldn’t reach out either to family or friends.

Due to overcrowding in Kihihi Prison, Manizabayo says they transferred him to Kabale Prison. While there, he says, he found more than 40 Rwandans too illegally incarcerated on the same charges of “illegal entry”.

Due to the torture and inhuman conditions of Ugandan prisons, Manizabayo’s health deteriorated, he narrates. He got injured on the head during one of the hard labor ordeals and has a visible scar on it. They never took him for medical treatment and he suffered constant pain from the injury, he says.

Due to his concussion, he was never the same. Miraculously to him, when the twelve months were up they released him. They probably thought he was about to die, he says. “Even when a Rwandan has served his full sentence in a Ugandan prison, they will contrive to keep him there so as to squeeze the last bit of forced labor out of him!” said Manizabayo, echoing the words of so many others before him.

Now he is back home, but worried and sad for the more than 40 fellow Rwandans he has left behind “in the hell of Kabale Prison”.

Almost a week after MoU, hundreds of Rwandans remain in illegal detention in Uganda

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By Patience Kirabo

Rene Rutagungira (Circled).

Even after the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between Rwanda and Uganda Wednesday last week, hundreds of Rwandan nationals illegally detained still languish in Uganda prisons and CMI torture dungeons.

For the past few years, Rwandan nationals have been victimized by Ugandan security agencies, and it was high up on the list of pressing matters for which the MoU was signed. Only one party of the two signatory countries has an active policy of hostility against the neighbor.

Rwandan nationals have been harassed, brutally abducted and physically abused in stories too numerous to count. One of the glaring examples is that of businessman Rene Rutagungira whom CMI agents forcefully took from a bar in Bakuli, a Kampala neighborhood where he was having drinks with friends on 7 August 2017.

It is two years now and Rutagungira still is in detention in the Makindye Military Barracks – another blatant abuse of his rights as a civilian.

Following his abduction, Rutagungira was allegedly charged first with “kidnap”, then afterwards it changed to “spying”, then it became “running an espionage ring”. It means they have nothing to charge him with, says Gawaya Tegulle – a Kampala attorney that represents several families of similarly illegally incarcerated Rwandans.

Until now, two years on Rutagungira still is illegally detained with his family gravely worried for his health after the all the torture he has suffered in the Makindye Military Barracks. His family and lawyers have continued to plead for him but all in vain. The same is the case with two friends – Emmanuel Rwamucyo and Augustine Rutayisire – that were abducted in Mbarara in May last year.

This happened when Rwamucyo, a successful businessman in the Mbarara area, was about to bank a large sum of money, Ushs 140 million in a local bank branch. Their abductor was a local security official Mukama Moses Kandiho, who happens to be a younger brother to Brig. Gen. Abel Kandiho, head of CMI.

In abducting the two Rwandan citizens, Mukama Kandiho enlisted the help of Maj. Mushambo the UPDF Second Division Head of Counterintelligence, based in Mbarara. Mushambo arrived with a couple of soldiers and ordered them to search the car of Rwamucyo, while the two Rwandan friends watched. Kandiho had already informed them they were under arrest.

According to family members of Rwamucyo, the security men took his money after which the two friends were told they were under arrest “for involvement in a robbery plot”. Imagine robbing someone of his money then telling him he was under arrest for robbery plots!, exclaimed a the wife of Rutayisire.

The reality Rwamucyo and Rutayisire learnt was that in the lawless environment prevailing in Uganda – coupled with the fact of Museveni’s hostile policy against Rwanda and its nationals – corrupt security agencies can, and do exploit the situation to rob Rwandans then hurl false accusations at them.

Kandiho and Mushambo first accused their victims of “suspicion of involvement in a robbery plot”, then it changed to “illegal weapons possession”, then – after torturing them in Mbarara and transferring them to CMI headquarters at Mbuya – the accusation changed to “espionage”.

“That is how confused this whole situation is!” exclaimed their lawyers.

Rwanda through diplomatic channels has continuously protested Ugandan authorities’ mistreatment of Rwandans: the arbitrary arrests; the holding of them incommunicado, with no chance at consular visits, and similar abuses of their human rights. Hundreds upon hundreds are languishing in Uganda’s prisons and ungazetted places of detention.

Uganda has to release these people, to fulfill its part of the agreement signed between presidents Kagame and Museveni. No other way will Rwanda do anything such as lifting a strong travel advisory against her nationals crossing to Uganda again; analysts in Kigali are of the unanimous view.

There are many family members of victimized Rwandans, for whom Rwanda as a state has an obligation to act on their behalf. These are families not only of Rutagungira, Rwamucyo or Rutayisire but many more others – such as Eric Rugorotsi and David Twahirwa.

The High Court of Uganda in Kampala ordered the Director-General of Internal Security Organization, ISO to release the two on 17 April 2019.

The mandatory release order – No. 59 of 2019 – says, “Upon reading the notice of motion in respect to Rugorotsi Eric and Twahirwa David dated 1st day of April 2019, upon establishing that the continued detention of the applicants by the security agencies is illegal and a violation of their right to liberty, guaranteed under the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda I hereby direct that the said Rugorotsi Eric and Twahirwa David be released immediately from the custody of the Internal Security Organization”.

ISO with trademark Ugandan security agencies’ impunity ignored the order. The Rwandans stayed in detention.

Just like hundreds of their compatriots.

Even now almost a week after Museveni signing an understanding that obliged his government to immediately release them.

Ugandan Leader And His Minions Dishonor The Terms Of The Luanda MoU, Then Blame Kigali!

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By KT Press

President Museveni and President Paul Kagame shortly after signing the MoU.

Many Rwandans are completely lost for words by the behavior of Museveni and his government. One would have thought that the Ugandan leadership – even in its endless provocations of Rwanda – still retained some sense of understanding that much as one may have a problem with his neighbor, still he has to make an effort to honor his part of a pact – especially when it is between two states.

But once again the Ugandan president and his minions have demonstrated there is no bottom to how low they can sink. For the past few days the group in Kampala has completely dishonored the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding between Rwanda and Uganda, signed in Angola this Wednesday – with the presidents of Angola, DR Congo and Congo Brazzaville looking on.

Kagame and Museveni upended their signatures on the document; the world witnessed the event, and it saw copies of the MoU – which specified clearly the obligations of both parties that among other things include:

Refraining from actions conducive to destabilization or subversion in the territory of the other Party and neighboring countries, thereby eliminating all factors that may create such perception, as well as that of acts such as the financing, training, and infiltration of destabilizing forces.

Protect and respect the rights and freedoms of the nationals of the other Party residing or transiting in their national territories, in accordance with the law of that country.

Resume as soon as possible cross-border activities between both countries, including the movement of persons and goods, for the development and improvement of the lives of their population.

These clauses, b), c) and d) are the crux of the matter, as everyone familiar with the current strained relations between Uganda and Rwanda knows. Those were the pressing issues that the heads of state, upon returning from Angola were to implement – with immediate effect as per the MoU.

But what was the first thing that happened upon Museveni’s return from Angola?

The Uganda Communication Commission implemented a cyber war against the Rwandan media! It blocked the websites of all Rwandan news media so they can’t be accessed in Uganda. They had immediately violated the spirit of the Memorandum of Understanding, even before the proverbial ink on the document was dry!

This was obvious subversion. Kampala wanted Ugandans to consume only its narrative. It wanted Ugandans to see only the misinformation spewed by its propaganda media – including so-called mainstream newspapers like New Vision and Daily Monitor, and dozens of vitriolic websites and blogs like “Commandpost” Chimpreports, “ugandanz.org” and so many others – which Museveni long ago weaponized as one of the instruments in his hostile stance against Kigali.

It is a stance he adopted after his decision to fund and facilitate Kayumba Nyamwasa’s RNC as a proxy group in a long-term plot to destabilize Rwanda.

All that is a matter of record.

Every propaganda organ in the Ugandan capital, either those taking dictation straight from State House, or those sponsored by Ugandan military intelligence, CMI, have waged a war of misinformation against the Rwandan leadership unlike anything else in the world.

But it is precisely when Rwanda and Uganda have just signed the all-important MoU that Kampala escalates anti-Kigali hostility by attempting to block Rwandan means to tell its side of the story in the face of a heightened onslaught of inflammatory falsehoods!

Obviously the leaders of Angola, DRC and Congo Brazzaville, and everyone else whom Museveni assured he was going to carry out his part of the agreement are seeing this subversion. The Ugandan leadership is revealing itself to be completely impervious to any feelings of shame; of what it implies when you show yourself to be incapable of honoring your word.

But the undermining of the MoU did not end at the anti-Rwanda-media subversion. Even as he was doing that, the Ugandan ruler was reneging on his obligation to begin freeing hundreds of incarcerated Rwandan nationals in Uganda’s prisons, as well as in the torture dungeons and “safe houses” of the country’s security agencies.

In fact analysts think blocking the Kigali media, and reneging on releasing Rwandans – who number in the hundreds, including even old men, pregnant women, and teenage children that have never stood trial to defend themselves against any of the accusations of “spying”, “illegal entry”, or “illegal weapons possessions” hurled at them – all is part of one strategy.

Kampala and its RNC proxies want to keep the innocent Rwandans suffering and in jail – from where RNC targets the able-bodied to attempt to recruit fighters amongst them – while restricting Ugandan audiences from Kigali online media that obviously would expose Museveni’s duplicity in this regard.

The media-blocking subversion also is part of another, wider strategy: to blame Rwanda supposedly for “not opening the border”. By now it is clear Museveni’s only calculation in signing the MoU was to get Rwanda to “open the border”. After which – if Rwanda did what he (Museveni) and his minions wanted, i.e. to allow heavy trucks from Uganda to resume entering Rwanda through Gatuna Border Post, while Kigali also lifts a travel advisory against Rwandan nationals crossing to Uganda – Museveni simply would ignore his part of the deal!

He thought he would have his cake and eat it too, laughed a Kigali observer.

The Ugandan president somehow expected that Rwanda would go ahead to implement her part of the agreement as he kept the hundreds of illegally incarcerated Rwandans in his prisons confined, while maintaining ties to his RNC, FDLR, and “P5” proxies – as if the MoU that said he dismantle them did not exist, and as if he hadn’t signed it himself!

In fact, according to information this website has, recruitment for RNC in Uganda is proceeding like nothing has changed. Col. CK Asiimwe, Deputy Director of CMI in Charge of counter-terrorism is coordinating those activities together with Maj. Mushambo the UPDF Second Division head of counterintelligence operations, Mbarara. The Ugandan media never mentions such things.

But sure enough when Rwanda refused to be suckered into doing anything to open Gatuna to heavy Ugandan commercial trucks or to lift the travel advisory, the Kampala propaganda machine went into overdrive lambasting Rwanda. “Kagame has reneged on opening the border; he has violated the MoU!” shouted Commandpost, the CMI mouthpiece.

“Rwandans were still advised not to travel to Uganda even after presidents Kagame and Museveni agreed on Wednesday to end the tension,” moaned Daily Monitor.

“Several Ugandan traders who had hoped they would cash in with the immediate opening of the border remained stranded as Rwanda declined to open its side and allow to trucks from Uganda to enter through Katuna,” said the state-owned New Vision, making sure to create the impression everything was Kigali’s fault.

A lot of Ugandans were eagerly anticipating the “opening of the border”, many traders massing at Katuna, while bars as far away as Kampala advertised parties to celebrate the event, complete with lascivious photographs of supposed Rwandan women – an insult in fact to Ugandan womanhood with exploitation of the stereotype that only Rwandan females are attractive.

The Ugandans were shocked, and sure to be very frustrated upon learning that nothing was changing at the border, and that “it was all Rwanda’s fault”. Their newspapers and websites were drumming that into them 24/7.

“One can be sure this was part of the media strategy all along for Museveni in case he didn’t get what he wanted from Rwanda – blame everything on Kigali!” said a Kampala analyst that requested anonymity so as to talk freely. “It was part of the plan to block the Rwandan media so no Ugandan reads about their leader’s negative role in the whole affair,” he added.

When Museveni’s games became more apparent however, commentators in Kigali were unified on one point: whatever it does, Kampala can be certain without releasing the multitudes of Rwandans in Uganda’s prisons and torture houses, Rwanda will never just avail her market to their businesses!

“They can say what they want; they can gnash their teeth and pull out their hair, but without honoring their obligations to release innocent Rwandans from their gulags and dismantle RNC networks in their country they can completely forget the Rwandan market!” Mwene Kalinda a vocal Twitter commentator wrote.

“Museveni is just joking,” said another commentator. “He seriously is fooling himself if he thinks Rwanda will cave in without him showing significant commitment on Rwanda’s demands.

“Release all Rwandans, and stop dealing with Kayumba Nyamwasa and his gang, nothing else will do!” exclaimed the analyst.

Source: KT PRESS / Rwanda

With a biting need for cash, Rudasingwa once again slings mud at the Rwandan leadership

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By Jackson Mutabazi

Theogene Rudasingwa Redcom.

Whenever “Redcom” pokes his head out of his burrow, it is to regurgitate long debunked negative propaganda specifically targeting the Rwandan president.

“Redcom” is none other than Theogene Rudasingwa, who self-awarded the unusual moniker back in the early eighties. That was when as a student at Kampala’s Makerere University he devised an ingenious scam to fleece fellow Banyarwanda students of money.

He would call one of them, identifying himself as “Redcom” and telling the frightened recipient of his call that Ugandan intelligence was after him, but that if the former handed over a certain sum of money he (Redcom) would intercede on his behalf to the intelligence guys!

According to those that know Rudasingwa, the scam worked a few times until some of the Banyarwanda boys became suspicious and informed the University administration, which in turn notified the real intelligence people. Realizing he was in big trouble, Rudasingwa fled to Nairobi to claim asylum.

Mr. Redcom has always been a scammer, and he’s growing old a scammer. His game – after he left Rwanda to self-exile when he woefully failed in the duties the Rwandan administration entrusted him, thinking he had grown up and matured – is to hire his services to dredge up mud against the Rwandan leadership.

One day he will be smearing President Kagame, and it will be obvious Rudasingwa is doing it for Museveni. He will be praising the Ugandan ruler to the high heavens as “the true liberator of Rwanda” – as usual nowhere mentioning the role of exiled Rwandans in bringing Museveni to power, or as it has emerged, the fact Museveni never was a true supporter of the RPF.

Another time Redcom will be writing to please Burundi’s Pierre Nkurunziza, something that will be seen in deranged claims such as that Rwanda is “behind Nkurunziza’s troubles”!

At yet another time Rudasingwa will be jumping on the RNC bandwagon, inciting violence in Rwanda and heaping scorn on whoever in the West works with President Kagame. On that occasion you will know he is making a play for the dollars of Tribert Rujugiro Ayabatwa – chief financier of the RNC terror group.

On other occasions Redcom will be trying to get money from groups or individuals devoted to denying the 94 Genocide of the Tutsi. “He has become like a prostitute with a pen,” laughed a Kigali gentleman that has known Rudasingwa from those earlier years at Makerere. “He will debase himself for anyone for a pocketful of cash.”

Currently Theogene Rudasingwa has a piece of writing on Facebook, curiously on a page named “Robert Patrick Fati Gakwerere”, run by fugitive Kayumba Nyamwasa – the very person he was pretending to abuse a few weeks. God knows what these men of dubious character are playing at now.

The lengthy Facebook post carries the usual slanders, insults and name calling that Rudasingwa and similar individuals regularly hurl at President Kagame. Then there are a few wild concoctions alleging how Kagame supposedly “is poised “to eliminate” opponents in the United States, Canada, and all over the globe.”

“When one reads wild rantings like these about the supposed ‘millions upon millions’ that the Rwandan leader ‘has killed’, one really has to doubt the sanity of these fellows!” said a retired gentleman in Kigali. “What I find truly incredible is that these crazed liars have audiences; people ready to pay them but mostly it is those with an anti-Kagame agenda!”

An analyst that knows the current situation of Rudasingwa observed: “Now that he is writing these things again, you can be certain he is hard up for money!

“He is desperate! The West is not an easy place to live with of one has no particular skill. You can be very sure Redcom is facing difficulties to pay the rent, tuition for the kids, utility bills – internet, water and gas – and he wants to hit up Rujugiro for money!”

The analyst added that Rudasingwa could also be preparing to beg money from Museveni’s intelligence services, or from the Judi Revers, Ann Garrisons and others in notorious genocide-denying circles.

“Once a Redcom, always a Redcom,” laughed our source who has known him since those earlier years at university.

The UCC’s staggering hypocrisy in blocking Rwandan news websites

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By Alex Muhumuza

The Uganda Communications Commission’s act this week to block Rwandan news websites not only flies contrary to the spirit of the Memorandum of Understanding – signed between presidents Kagame and Museveni in Angola this Wednesday to improve relations between Kampala and Kigali – it also is justified on incredibly hypocritical grounds, Kigali analysts point out.

“This (blocking of Rwandan websites by UCC) is against the spirit of the Luanda Memorandum of Understanding between the Republic of Uganda and the Republic of Rwanda signed yesterday,” said Olivier Nduhungirehe, Rwandan Minister of State in Charge of the East African Community on his Twitter account yesterday, Thursday 22.

“Disturbing signal from Uganda. Sign with one hand, stab with the other?” asked Yolande Makolo, another prominent Rwandan-on-Twitter. “Among initial issues that strained relations was Uganda facilitating Rwandan dissidents/fugitives including giving them platforms on state-run media to spew propaganda against Rwanda,” continued Makolo, getting to the heart of the hypocrisy in the UCC’s highly hostile act against Rwandan media.

The UCC’s Executive Director Godfrey Mutabazi said he ordered blocking of the websites because they were “promoters of hate campaigns in Uganda.” He specifically singled out an article that detailed the background of Museveni and that of his mother. First of all, observers point out, if the UCC officials bothered to do some research they would discover the article in question was not even written by the Rwandan media that UCC has blocked.

Some of the websites reproduced the lengthy biographical piece from its original place of publication – a site called Editions Sources du Nil. The websites that reproduced the article made it clear this wasn’t their work. They indicated the source with footnotes at the bottom of the story.

“But these Ugandan state organs like UCC that like to boast about their supposed respect for freedom of the media just turn around and block news sites even for things they only reproduced, what a travesty!” commented a Kigali-based journalist, echoing the feelings of many.

When one examines the record of Ugandan state anti-Rwanda media and the smears, slanders and complete fabrications they publish against Kigali, but then hear someone like Mutabazi claim he is blocking Kigali media for promoting hate, it is difficult to know whether to laugh or cry!, exclaimed renowned Kigali Twitter commentator Mwene Kalinda.

A researcher compiling the Ugandan media’s anti-Rwanda propaganda – which veer from out and out insults against President Kagame, to acting as vehicles for RNC (the terror group of Kayumba Nyamwasa sworn to war against the administration of Kigali) misinformation, to providing free platforms for all sorts of genocide negationists whose goal is to delegitimize President Kagame’s government – would never find space to file all such articles.

Beginning with so-called mainstream publications like The New Vision the state newspaper, and The Daily Monitor, which these days practically is an extension of Kampala’s anti-Rwanda propaganda arm, on to dozens of virulent websites, blogs and Twitter accounts with names like ChimpReports, Commandpost, Spyreports, Softpower, Eyalama.com and others, they run a campaign of hate against Rwanda that is relentless.

Just this year on 4 May The New Vision gave Kayumba Nyamwasa two full pages – page four and five, prime news space in industry lingo – to pour vitriol on the Rwandan head of state while making all kinds of false claims, and urging violent uprising against Rwanda. That only was the most notable example of the Ugandan state newspaper carrying water for Nyamwasa.

There were many others. In the same month New Vision gave RNC chief misinformation specialist David Himbara – a particularly consistent peddler of lies about Rwanda, specializing in falsifying all good news to do with the country’s socio-economic development – to say whatever he pleased. It is the same paper that gave a full page to Leah Karegeya, a big RNC official to incite hate against the person of President Kagame.

The New Vision also never hesitates to quickly jump on an incident like the death of one Camille Nkurunziza in South Africa – in a hail of bullets by the Cape Town police in a car jacking gone awry – in an effort to pin it on Kagame. Kampala’s state newspaper and several other media in the Ugandan capital did not bother to read statements put out by the South African Police Service giving factual on-site accounts of the incident.

SAPS said the Rwandan Nkurunziza died in crossfire between cops and suspected carjackers. There was nothing more to it. But Museveni’s state media and all the online propaganda sites – mainly sponsored by Ugandan Military Intelligence, CMI – were interested only in one thing: to make it seem “Kagame had ordered ‘the assassination’ of Nkurunziza!”

One cannot count the times New Vision, Monitor, Chimpreports and all the CMI-sponsored social media accounts – like the notorious Seruga Titus Facebook page – have written totally fabricated things about the Rwandan leadership. Or about its military and other security institutions. Or about innocent Rwandans whom they indict with articles calling them “spies”, knowing very well these people have been abducted and taken with no legal procedure and will never get a chance to defend themselves in court to have their side heard.

ChimpReports in April this year ran what Kigali commentators characterised as “a particularly reckless piece even by Uganda misinformation standards”, alleging that Rwandan troops had crossed into Kisoro “to look for food and drinks”. The website had absolutely no evidence to support that claim.

Challenged repeatedly to produce even one picture showing those alleged Rwandan soldiers, Giles Muhame the website’s chief editor only kept quiet and hoped everyone would shortly stop talking about the article. Rwandan Twitteratti refused to let go however, shaming Muhame repeatedly.

All he could do was mumble incoherently, while with no shame going ahead to publish other equally virulent anti-Rwanda slanders – such as when a Kisoro lawyer died recently, assassinated by gunmen outside his house but the following morning Chimp was out with a story claiming “it was Rwandan soldiers that did it”.

To listen to Mutabazi claim he blocked Rwandan media “for promoting hate”, while presiding over a media landscape that publishes the things it does against Rwanda is beyond ridiculous!, Mwene Kalinda said. “Kampala, look at the log in your eye before commenting on the speck in your neighbors!”

Just for the enlightenment of anyone curious to know the websites or blogs and most in the business of smearing, slandering and fabricating against Rwanda, below is a list.

newvision.co.ug
monitor.co.ug
command1post.com
spyreports.co.ug
eyalama.com
theinsider.ug
softpower.ug
nilepost.co.ug
chimpreports.com
eagle.co.ug
matookerepublic.com
info256.com
whispereye.com
watchdoguganda.com
vanguardnews.ug
thecrime24.com
pmldaily.com
trumpetnews.co.ug
edge.com
newz.ug
kampalapost.com
thegrapevine.co.ug
ugandanz.com
ugandadepsots.org

Kampala security organs project crimes of city fraudster upon Rwanda

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By Alex Muhumuza

Gen Salim Saleh, Sam Bucyana and CMI’s Brig Gen Abel Kandiho.

Sam Buchana – the man arrested for dealings in fake gold and other scams by agents of Uganda’s Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence and UPDF soldiers – does not “work for Rwanda”, as repeatedly alleged by Kampala’s propaganda machinery.

Rather, according to information reaching us, Buchana is a crook that has been defrauding local and international businesspeople for several years – something that has been made possible because of his personal connections to the Ugandan first family. Buchana is married to Patricia Magara, daughter of Sam Magara, one of Museveni’s earliest recruits in his war against Milton Obote.

Magara died in the earlier stages of the war and it is well known that Museveni adopted Patricia and catered for her schooling until she grew up. Later when she married Buchana it was Museveni that gave her away as the father. Patricia Magara, a lawyer by training previously worked in Uganda’s State House before moving on to set up her own firm which she currently manages.

“Buchana’s close links with the first family is what has enabled this notorious crook to operate so freely, openly and repeatedly, pulling off scams any single one of which would long ago have earned other people a lengthy stay in prison,” said a source knowledgeable about the man’s dealings.

As if to highlight his high connections, the home of the well-known city fraudster in Muyenga – one of Kampala’s most affluent neighborhoods – is protected by troops of the Special Forces Command, also known as Uganda’s presidential guard. The man practically has left a trail of tears in his wake perpetrating several fraudulent acts in the Ugandan capital.

Some of Buchana’s greatest hits include getting some Libyan businessmen to hand him US$ 300,000 after he convinced them he had gold bars worth that amount. Upon examining the “gold”, one of the Libyans almost collapsed after they discovered it was fake. The Arab gentlemen reported the case to police who did exactly nothing to apprehend the suspect, even after making the Libyans record statements multiple times.

Next to fall victim were some South Koreans whom Buchana defrauded and left in a hotel. It was said that he demanded eight ambulances and in exchange gave them fake gold, according to news sources. Buchana, it is said, has stolen an estimated US$ 1.3 million from several foreign businesspersons this year alone according to Ugandan sources.

However when CMI arrested him it was not because they were after him for breaking the law. “Not at all!” highly reliable sources have revealed. “(CMI boss Brig. Gen. Abel) Kandiho did not apprehend Buchana for committing crimes. Kandiho had Buchana picked up because he had declined to hand over a bigger percentage of the proceeds from his scams, frauds and thefts!” the source said.

Analysts knowledgeable about centers of power in Uganda also say that there is no way Kandiho would ever have dared arrest a son in law of Museveni without the go-ahead of the first brother, Salim Saleh. It is widely known in Uganda that without Saleh’s approval or permission no one can carry out fake gold dealings, counterfeit currency, human trafficking and similar frauds.

“In Uganda when we talk of ‘the Mafias’, everyone knows that Saleh is a big godfather; a sharks in a sea of big criminal fish,” one Kampala writer that requested anonymity so as to talk freely said. To the writer, the mistake Buchana made was in thinking that just because he is an “almost” son-in-law of Museveni, it would protect him from Saleh when the latter demanded a bigger cut from his dealings.

“It doesn’t work like that in Uganda! If Saleh through Kandiho tells you, ‘give me a hundred percent of the money you fleeced in some fraudulent deal, better do so or else you end up in handcuffs and in a panda gari to Mbuya!” remarked the writer.

But as has become the custom in Uganda, regime mouthpieces began to smear Rwanda with their own bosses’ dirt the moment Buchana’s arrest last Friday 16 became public. A CMI and ISO agent called Seruga Titus that is well known for making wild allegations on his Facebook page claimed Buchana was “working for Rwanda”.

Some website called “ugandanz.com” was the first to publish the anti-Rwanda smears in an article headlined, “CMI and ISO arrest Rwandan intelligence member”. That was quickly echoed by Seruga and other regime propagandists. The misinformation specialists were spinning the line that, “CMI has struck another blow against Rwandan agents in Uganda.”

They dredged up every crime they accused Buchana of committing, in addition to the fake gold dealings – that included alleged “spying”, “murder” and the like – all supposedly on behalf of Rwanda. As usual the propagandists had nothing to back their claims. “These CMI tools are incredible the way they take people for fools,” remarked an observer.

“Who doesn’t know how the mafias in Kampala work; who in his right mind can believe that this Buchana has been selling fake gold, or fake currency without the knowledge and approval of Saleh and their minions!?” the writer wondered. “They just locked up the man because of their disagreements, then they try to fool the public that ‘Rwanda, Rwanda, Rwanda’ – twakoowa!” he exclaimed.

“We are so fed up with these crooks and their 33 years!”

Buchana was arrested by CMI, notorious torturers under any circumstances, but they did not mistreat him, going by how he appeared in Makindye Military Court this Monday. Some observers say it is apparent Saleh and Kandiho just wanted “to teach him a lesson”.

This is a far different case than that of the usual harassments, illegal arrests, detention and torture of innocent Rwandans, analysts point out. Any Rwandan they arrest will suffer all kinds of inhuman torture in CMI dungeons when charged with “spying”. Buchana’s appearance in court looking in good condition was further confirmation his problem had nothing to do with his being an alleged intelligence agent for Rwanda.

These Kampala mafias have even run out of lies now!, said a reader, shaking his head.

The latest news about the case highlights CMI’s modus operandi of concocting just about any charges against anyone its bosses may have reason to harass, torture or simply “teach a lesson”. According to news reports, the Makindye court is charging him with unlawful possession of firearms.

But on the day they arrested him, the charge was dealing in fake gold, while the propagandists were trying very hard to pin him on Rwanda with “intelligence” fictions.

With CMI the only thing one can be certain about is that whatever they do, even when they arrest a crooked person, it is never lawful, analysts note.

Nunu Johnson, Another Victim Of CMI Torture Succumbs To Death In Ntungamo

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By KT Press

Nunu Johnson.

A Ugandan man of Rwandan origin who was falsely accused of spying for Rwanda has succumbed to a premature death less than a year after CMI released him from detention where they had continuously subjected him to torture.

Nunu Johnson, a businessman in Ntungamo District passed away at 60 this Saturday, 17 August.

According to family members, while in CMI detention, his torturers also deliberately denied him access to medication for his diabetes.

The deceased was greatly weakened and never was the same after his release and some months later died from liver cancer.

Normally a person can be evacuated and have liver cancer treated with reasonable chances of recovery, but Nunu’s illness was aggravated by the CMI torture which included deprivation of his diabetes medicine.

“It is CMI that killed him,” said one of Johnson’s family members.

On December 19, 2017, operatives of Uganda’s Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence picked him from his home in Ntungamo and took him to Mbuya military barracks where he was detained for almost six months.

Johnson was a person of influence in the wider Mpororo area and was identified by RNC recruits as a key resource person, according to sources.

After his release, Johnson said that Pastor Deo Nyirigira, of the AGAPE Church in Mbarara and RNC regional coordinator for Mbarara, had courted him to use his influence to urge young people to join the RNC, and to have business people of Rwandan origin make financial contributions to the terror organization.

Time and again Johnson refused Nyirigira’s overtures.

But Nyirigira – whose own son Felix Mwizerwa a one-time top commander of the RNC in South Kivu prior to it’s recent routing, which prompted his evacuation to Mbarara by his father – would not relent. The two men knew to each other.

Consequently, Johnson had been taken aback by the increased pressure and threats, which he thought were empty.

“You have to join us, or you won’t like what will happen to you. Don’t force me to do what’s next,” Pastor Nyirigira would warn Johnson.

Still Johnson found the idea of being a member of the RNC unconscionable. One day, Nyirigira put his threats in action, setting CMI operatives upon Nunu. The operatives moved around Mbarara all the time with Nyirigira’s son Mwizerwa, and Sam Ruvuma, brother of Colonel Gideon Katinda of the UPDF military court, in their recruitment drives for RNC.

Interestingly, both Ruvuma and Mwizerwa were at the scene during the infamous incident when 46 RNC recruits were intercepted at Kikagati border on their way to the DRC through Burundi.

The recruits confessed that CMI had facilitated them with fake travel documents, upon close questioning by immigration officials about their whereabouts.

They couldn’t keep their stories straight to the immigration officials who had them arrested.

Denied medication

While in detention at Mbuya Military Barracks, Nunu Johnson pleaded with his captors to allow him access his family to bring him medication for his illness. They refused. Instead, they would torture him day and night.

Fred Turatsinze, another businessman from Mbarara was also detained at Mbuya Military Barracks. He met many Rwandans at the illegal detention centre, including Johnson.

After days of being blindfolded only for the blinders to be removed at night when they were allowed to use the toilet, he remembered to ask Johnson why he was there. Both were perplexed, they didn’t know why they were in the detention center.

“When the guards heard us speaking, they immediately separated us and moved us to different cells,” said Turatsinze, who was later released and dumped at the Gatuna border.

Johnson was not as lucky. His illness worsened as a result CMI’s refusal to let him access drugs. His kidney worsened while he was in detention and by the time he was released it was as if they had let him out to die.

A broken man, Johnson began to say goodbye to his friends and family telling them that his body was failing him, and that he didn’t think he had much time left.

Meanwhile, the RNC people were still determined to inflict more pain. They had warned him that he would pay. He did, and so has his family.

At his death CMI still inhumanly ordered him to report to its headquarters without fail. The deceased was laid to rest yesterday, Tuesday 20.

Nunu Johnson is survived by 16 children. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

Source: KT Press / Rwanda

Angola to table draft proposal on resolving Rwanda-Uganda Stand-off

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By The New Times

Angola will this week on Wednesday host the second Quadripartite Summit in the capital Luanda, as part of the effort to seek a negotiated resolution to the stand-off between Rwanda and Uganda.

According to an official, Rwanda and Uganda are expected to consider a proposal on the way forward made by Angola.

Olivier Nduhungirehe, the State Minister in Charge of East African Community at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, confirmed the development in an interview with The New Times.

“ We have a quadripartite meeting in Angola on Thursday. Angola has proposed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Rwanda and Uganda,” he said.

Angola in July this year committed to serving a mediatory role in the fallout between Rwanda and Uganda after Kigali accused Kampala of backing and propping up groups hostile to Rwanda, including RNC and FLDR. Uganda has also been on the spot for economically sabotaging Rwanda following a pattern of several incidents.

A similar summit was held in Angola on July 12 at the invitation of President João Lourenço.

The meeting was attended by President Paul Kagame, President Félix Tshisekedi of DR Congo and President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda.

Earlier in May, Presidents Kagame, Lourenço and Tshisekedi signed a tripartite agreement in Kinshasa, DR Congo during which they agreed to strengthen cooperation in the area of security, with the objective of uprooting all non-state armed groups in the region that continue to threaten state security.

A report published in December 2018 by a UN Group of Experts showed that Uganda was a major source of new recruits for ‘P5’, a coalition of anti-Kigali groups, including Nyamwasa’s RNC and FDLR.

The report said the group operates from DR Congo’s South Kivu Province where a recent military offensive by the Congolese military, FARDC, has left many rebel fighters killed or captured.

Appearing before the court, two former top FDLR leaders – their spokesperson and their head of intelligence spoke – corroborated earlier accounts of how elements in Uganda’s government had tried to get FDLR and RNC to join hands in their efforts to fight the Rwandan government.

However, Uganda is yet to produce Rwandan citizens detained before the courts with Kigali denied consular services and family access.

Hundreds have been deported after spending months in Ugandan torture chambers which they (victims) said were mostly run by military intelligence services and were characterized by torture and inhumane conditions.

Hundreds of Rwandans are still languishing in ungazetted detention centers in different parts of Uganda.

Source: The New Times / Rwanda

Hundreds more languish in Uganda’s inhuman prisons, says Rwandan survivor

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By Patience Kirabo

Dismas Tuyishimire.

Dismas Tuyishimire, 26, is the latest Rwandan to be dumped at Cyanika Border – which happened on August 16. The incident followed a period of illegal incarceration in the Ndorwa Prison of western Uganda, following an unlawful arrest.

Tuyishimire was a contracted architect working with one Enock Byamukama in Uganda where he had travelled with all his papers in order. The Rwandan contractor entered Uganda through Cyanika border in June 2018 to Kisoro, to work on a house-construction project.

While commencing on the work, he says, he was approached by unknown men who asked him where he came from after they had heard him speaking Kinyarwanda. Tuyishimire says he answered all their questions and the men left. A few minutes later the ununiformed men came back in a police car and forcefully took him to Kisoro Police Station, in handcuffs. Hours later he found himself in prison.

His abductors told him they were arresting him for “illegal stay” in Uganda, though he insisted to them that was not right, and he showed his papers. In behavior that has become the norm since the Museveni regime chose its policy of anti-Rwanda hostility, the men who did not bother identifying themselves just grabbed his papers, and his ID and confiscated them.

In prison, Tuyishimire says he met many Rwandans who had been there some for more than two years. “We were treated in an awful manner and continuously harassed for no other reason than being Banyarwanda”, each fellow Rwandan he talked to told him.

In September, after three months in prison, Tuyishimire, and other Rwandan detainees were herded in what he calls a “kangaroo court” where they were charged with “illegal entry and stay in Uganda”. “We were not able to show our travel documents and identity cards because they were taken from us on the first day of arrest”, said Tuyishimire.

They were not allowed to defend themselves but rather were told to pay 1.5 million if they wanted to be released. That is part of the blackmail and extortion schemes by which the Museveni security agencies rob Rwandans, under the cover of “illegal entry” accusations, many Rwandans formerly victimized by Uganda regime security operatives have told this website.

“Ugandan military intelligence, CMI, operatives and others have taken advantage of the powers Museveni has given them over innocent Rwandans to run robbery and extortion schemes targeting Rwandan nationals that they choose to,” according to several sources.

Tuyishimire disclosed that 1.5 million Ugandan shillings is “a fine that you are asked to pay if you are a Rwandan prisoner.” Failure to pay means one will be imprisoned until that amount is coughed up, or one “pays it” through quasi slave labor. Tuyishimire says he was sentenced to one-year imprisonment on the concocted accusations of illegal entry because he had no way to pay the amount as he couldn’t access his accounts.

He goes on to narrate that he and fellow Rwandan detainees were beaten day and night, whether sick or weak, male or female. “The sadistic Ugandan prison guards don’t care!” He says he personally counted three Rwandans that died due to the awful abuses they we were subjected to. “We would only eat once in two days for instance, food that most times had long gone bad,” Tuyishimire continues.

In prison, many of the detainees were Rwandans. Some had been taken off buses, others abducted from their residencies in Uganda. Tuyishimire narrates that the situation worsened in February when the rumors of the “border closure” were out. It made our living conditions worse because the torture increased, beatings for no obvious reason. He talked of hard labor that included carrying heavy logs of trees, cutting bushes and digging for days.

Women and children would work for hours without a drop of water and when one showed signs of weakening beatings were the norm.

At the end of Tuyishimire’s one-year sentence, he asked to be returned his documents and ID, but nothing was returned. “My ID had been thrown away!” he disclosed. He was dumped at Cyanika Border last week Friday 16, 2019. That was after one year and three months in prison. He says he has left behind sixty Rwandans in Ndorwa Prison. “The condition of most of them is appalling!”

Very many Rwandans still languish in different Uganda detention and torture places as well as notorious prisons. They are victims like Joseline Umuhire, Christopher Muhire Bategejo, Gilbert Niyitegeka, and David Matayo Kilangama whose families haven’t heard of them for a long time.

Their suffering is replicated by more than a thousand others in the neighboring country’s inhuman prisons.

As his failures become more glaring, so does Museveni’s need for new enemies

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By Alain Mucyo

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

This week, social media users were taken aback at images of overcrowding and neglect at Uganda’s national referral hospitals in Kawempe and Mulago, which then went viral.

The pictures depicted the dire situation of some 120 newly born babies struggling for space in cribs and incubators designed to handle just half that number, while others were squeezed in beds improvised out of plastic chairs normally used to sit guests at low-cost public functions. In other pictures accident victims lay in pain on the bare floor of the casualty ward at Mulago Hospital.

Speaking later and in typical Ugandan fashion, a seemingly unbothered Dr. Byarugaba Baterana, Executive Director of Mulago, blamed the crisis on a surge in deliveries. For Ugandans that for three decades have with growing frustration watched the gulf between the promise of liberation and the reality of political mismanagement only grow wider, the crisis at Mulago is emblematic of the decay of the Museveni regime.

For a man who is used to blaming others for his own failures, Museveni could not have been in more urgent need of new enemies. Without an Obote or Amin to contrast his own dubious record with, the political opposition, and, increasingly, neighboring Rwanda have lately come in as a convenient bogeymen.

As he entrenched a system of corruption and nepotism that mostly benefited his clan and inner circle, Museveni has always exploited external factors to explain away his failures at home. For two decades the insurgency that consumed northern Uganda – partly because of the incompetence and corruption of his forces – provided Museveni with the perfect cover to explain away why his government could not deliver on services.

So vital was conflict to Museveni’s sense of relevance that whenever one theatre appeared to be settling, a new one was created through provocation. Military adventurism has always come in handy for Museveni.

In 2007, two years after the apparent routing of the Lords’ Resistance Army from Ugandan territory, Museveni surprised everybody when without seeking parliamentary approval he singlehandedly deployed the Uganda Peoples Defense Forces to Mogadishu.

He just insouciantly placed thousands of Ugandan soldiers in harms way. But this single act, which gave him a new lease of international relevance as it opened the way for a UN led intervention in the country, is also wearing thin. Somalia is stabilizing while the international community, weighed down by crises in Syria and North Africa, is keen to douse the embers of conflict.

In South Sudan, the man who sees himself as a modern day Napoleon has had his hand stayed by IGAD as Kenya and Ethiopia take a more assertive posture against him. The Democratic Republic of Congo where Museveni wreaked havoc for long is now a no go area after he shortchanged his proxies there.

Back home economic mismanagement and growing repression has re-energized opposition to his misrule. In a desperate search for scapegoats Museveni has been brazen enough to blame the electorate in opposition strongholds – who are missing out on national programmes – for voting for opposition MPs. Never mind that such statements are actually criminal because they fall afoul of the anti-sectarian laws he initiated decades ago.

Foolish as they may sound, such utterances actually fit into an established pattern of externalizing failure. Right from the days of the bush war that brought him to power Museveni has projected himself as infallible, always blaming others for what goes wrong. But now, after being at the centre of almost everything that happens in the country, he can no longer dissociate himself from the mess that Uganda has become.

His obsession with retaining power at any cost has decimated the capacity of the Ugandan state to provide for and protect its people. The security forces have been given carte blanche to behave anyway they want, including entering unholy alliances with criminal outfits.

Fuelled by greed, these informal formations are behind the reign of terror that pervades Uganda. Abductions and disappearances of citizens akin to the days of Idi Amin are all the norm. Members of the security forces have been cited in the murders of foreign investors whom they’ve robbed of money.

Local Defense Units whose members were recruited from known criminal gangs are now a law unto themselves and a terror to citizens. Increasingly reliant on a corrupt security system in which thugs are deliberately co-opted, Museveni has no explanation for his failures to citizens except to invent external enemies, increasingly obvious that Rwanda is the favorite fall guy.

The framing of Rwanda as the new enemy is premised on a simple gamble Museveni expects Ugandans to believe him when he presents Rwanda as the sophisticated enemy that is the source of this intractable security problem.

As the tide rises against him and the situation goes from bad to worse, one can only expect anti Rwanda rhetoric to go a notch higher.

The Rwanda-Uganda tension is a Museveni manufactured crisis

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By The New Times

The nine Rwandans who were illegally deported from Uganda making their way to the Sub-Registry of the East African Court of Justice near the Supreme Court yesterday. This is the second group to petition the regional court over the mistreatment they suffered at the hands of the Ugandan security operatives.

Rwanda is expected to feature greatly in Uganda’s election campaigns. This is apparently the strategy President Museveni sees as the sure way of retaining the presidency in that country.

Ordinarily, he should be telling Ugandans about the progress that has been achieved under his more than 33-year rule. But he is not going to do this. If anyone was ever in doubt regarding his planned strategy heading into the 2021 elections, this doubt was removed by Kahinda Otafiire, his minister for justice and constitutional affairs, who last week launched Museveni’s nomination in Western Uganda with Rwanda central to his high-flying rhetoric.

Some have wondered what Museveni has to gain from his hostile stance towards Rwanda.

While his stance has served different purposes for over two decades, the present crisis is purposely to achieve one thing: to get him re-elected for a seventh term. In politics, when incumbents have trouble at home and cannot defend their domestic record, they turn to a foreign enemy. If they don’t have one, they create one. This way, the people can be rallied around their leader instead of opposing him.

This has been the target for the past two years or so when Museveni began to bait Rwanda by scheming with the Rwanda National Congress. Rwanda initially ignored the embrace between Museveni and Kayumba Nyamwasa.

But Museveni understood that as the election season gets closer, he would provide more overt support to the RNC and that eventually, Rwanda would have to pay attention, and possibly do something about it. In turn, he would have gotten Ugandans where he wants them: behind him.

Otafiire is only implementing the final phase of the strategy. Otafiire told a small gathering during a rally in southwestern Uganda that, “The NRM team is winning and should not be changed in 2021. But the team is under attack. Even fellow Africans don’t see the captain’s contribution. Instead, they want war; they close borders.”

This is a thinly veiled attack on Rwanda, suggesting that even the political opposition in Uganda has connived to with the enemy against ‘the Captain,” a similar reference to Museveni’s rhetoric of “removing the bean weevils,” that are used by the same forces.

If Museveni is successful in selling this rhetoric to Ugandans, then the opposition is in for a rough election season: He is psychologically preparing Ugandans for the violence he intends to wreak on the opposition in the belief that it is a small sacrifice to pay if the country is to be protected from foreign forces that want to take over.

Kahinda Otafiire told the small crowd that what is happening between Uganda and Rwanda is “a small conflict” that has elicited a disproportionate reaction from Rwanda. He was telling them that Rwanda is the aggressor, “when your brother’s cows eat your crops, you don’t butcher them or turn to war,” he continued to incite the crowd against Rwanda.

He failed to tell the crowd, however, that when you have a ‘little conflict’ with your brother, you don’t torture his children.

Museveni trusts Otafiire as a propagandist. Which explains why he is the one out there doing the trial phase to try to gauge whether the electorate will warm to the anti-Rwanda rhetoric and deliver the 2021 electoral victory. It is also no coincidence that the trial phase was taking place in southwestern Uganda.

This is where the effects of the Uganda-Rwanda crisis is most felt. The border economy on Uganda’s side has virtually collapsed as a result of Rwanda’s advisory against its nationals from visiting Uganda due to state-sponsored insecurity against them.

The residents around the towns of Kisoro and Kabale have been piling pressure on Museveni to do whatever he can to normalise relations with Rwanda; it can be expected that this pressure will loom large as the elections get closer and the residents begin to understand that they have something of value to trade against Museveni: their vote.

Museveni cannot cede to their demands to normalise relations with Rwanda. He is caught in a catch-22: He is losing substantial support in his former stronghold as the inhabitants suffer the impacts of the crisis, yet he needs the crisis in order to manipulate the country to vote for him.

The solution, therefore, is for him to incite the border residents further so that they turn their animosity away from him and towards Rwanda; or, he will have to sacrifice them and say to hell with their votes. The potential for radicalisation is what Otafiire was testing.

The Uganda-Rwanda tension is a Museveni manufactured crisis that he needs for political victory. The problem is that if it works, he will turn to it again in the pre-election period leading to 2026. At that point, Rwanda will be the gift that keeps on giving. As for the crisis, don’t expect it to end for as long as Museveni sees political mileage in it.

Source: The New Times / Rwanda

The UCC’s staggering hypocrisy in blocking Rwandan news websites

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By Alex Muhumuza

The Uganda Communications Commission’s act this week to block Rwandan news websites not only flies contrary to the spirit of the Memorandum of Understanding – signed between presidents Kagame and Museveni in Angola this Wednesday to improve relations between Kampala and Kigali – it also is justified on incredibly hypocritical grounds, Kigali analysts point out.

“This (blocking of Rwandan websites by UCC) is against the spirit of the Luanda Memorandum of Understanding between the Republic of Uganda and the Republic of Rwanda signed yesterday,” said Olivier Nduhungirehe, Rwandan Minister of State in Charge of the East African Community on his Twitter account yesterday, Thursday 22.

“Disturbing signal from Uganda. Sign with one hand, stab with the other?” asked Yolande Makolo, another prominent Rwandan-on-Twitter. “Among initial issues that strained relations was Uganda facilitating Rwandan dissidents/fugitives including giving them platforms on state-run media to spew propaganda against Rwanda,” continued Makolo, getting to the heart of the hypocrisy in the UCC’s highly hostile act against Rwandan media.

The UCC’s Executive Director Godfrey Mutabazi said he ordered blocking of the websites because they were “promoters of hate campaigns in Uganda.” He specifically singled out an article that detailed the background of Museveni and that of his mother. First of all, observers point out, if the UCC officials bothered to do some research they would discover the article in question was not even written by the Rwandan media that UCC has blocked.

Some of the websites reproduced the lengthy biographical piece from its original place of publication – a site called Editions Sources du Nil. The websites that reproduced the article made it clear this wasn’t their work. They indicated the source with footnotes at the bottom of the story.

“But these Ugandan state organs like UCC that like to boast about their supposed respect for freedom of the media just turn around and block news sites even for things they only reproduced, what a travesty!” commented a Kigali-based journalist, echoing the feelings of many.

When one examines the record of Ugandan state anti-Rwanda media and the smears, slanders and complete fabrications they publish against Kigali, but then hear someone like Mutabazi claim he is blocking Kigali media for promoting hate, it is difficult to know whether to laugh or cry!, exclaimed renowned Kigali Twitter commentator Mwene Kalinda.

A researcher compiling the Ugandan media’s anti-Rwanda propaganda – which veer from out and out insults against President Kagame, to acting as vehicles for RNC (the terror group of Kayumba Nyamwasa sworn to war against the administration of Kigali) misinformation, to providing free platforms for all sorts of genocide negationists whose goal is to delegitimize President Kagame’s government – would never find space to file all such articles.

Beginning with so-called mainstream publications like The New Vision the state newspaper, and The Daily Monitor, which these days practically is an extension of Kampala’s anti-Rwanda propaganda arm, on to dozens of virulent websites, blogs and Twitter accounts with names like ChimpReports, Commandpost, Spyreports, Softpower, Eyalama.com and others, they run a campaign of hate against Rwanda that is relentless.

Just this year on 4 May The New Vision gave Kayumba Nyamwasa two full pages – page four and five, prime news space in industry lingo – to pour vitriol on the Rwandan head of state while making all kinds of false claims, and urging violent uprising against Rwanda. That only was the most notable example of the Ugandan state newspaper carrying water for Nyamwasa.

There were many others. In the same month New Vision gave RNC chief misinformation specialist David Himbara – a particularly consistent peddler of lies about Rwanda, specializing in falsifying all good news to do with the country’s socio-economic development – to say whatever he pleased. It is the same paper that gave a full page to Leah Karegeya, a big RNC official to incite hate against the person of President Kagame.

The New Vision also never hesitates to quickly jump on an incident like the death of one Camille Nkurunziza in South Africa – in a hail of bullets by the Cape Town police in a car jacking gone awry – in an effort to pin it on Kagame. Kampala’s state newspaper and several other media in the Ugandan capital did not bother to read statements put out by the South African Police Service giving factual on-site accounts of the incident.

SAPS said the Rwandan Nkurunziza died in crossfire between cops and suspected carjackers. There was nothing more to it. But Museveni’s state media and all the online propaganda sites – mainly sponsored by Ugandan Military Intelligence, CMI – were interested only in one thing: to make it seem “Kagame had ordered ‘the assassination’ of Nkurunziza!”

One cannot count the times New Vision, Monitor, Chimpreports and all the CMI-sponsored social media accounts – like the notorious Seruga Titus Facebook page – have written totally fabricated things about the Rwandan leadership. Or about its military and other security institutions. Or about innocent Rwandans whom they indict with articles calling them “spies”, knowing very well these people have been abducted and taken with no legal procedure and will never get a chance to defend themselves in court to have their side heard.

ChimpReports in April this year ran what Kigali commentators characterised as “a particularly reckless piece even by Uganda misinformation standards”, alleging that Rwandan troops had crossed into Kisoro “to look for food and drinks”. The website had absolutely no evidence to support that claim.

Challenged repeatedly to produce even one picture showing those alleged Rwandan soldiers, Giles Muhame the website’s chief editor only kept quiet and hoped everyone would shortly stop talking about the article. Rwandan Twitteratti refused to let go however, shaming Muhame repeatedly.

All he could do was mumble incoherently, while with no shame going ahead to publish other equally virulent anti-Rwanda slanders – such as when a Kisoro lawyer died recently, assassinated by gunmen outside his house but the following morning Chimp was out with a story claiming “it was Rwandan soldiers that did it”.

To listen to Mutabazi claim he blocked Rwandan media “for promoting hate”, while presiding over a media landscape that publishes the things it does against Rwanda is beyond ridiculous!, Mwene Kalinda said. “Kampala, look at the log in your eye before commenting on the speck in your neighbors!”

Just for the enlightenment of anyone curious to know the websites or blogs and most in the business of smearing, slandering and fabricating against Rwanda, below is a list.

newvision.co.ug
monitor.co.ug
command1post.com
spyreports.co.ug
eyalama.com
theinsider.ug
softpower.ug
nilepost.co.ug
chimpreports.com
eagle.co.ug
matookerepublic.com
info256.com
whispereye.com
watchdoguganda.com
vanguardnews.ug
thecrime24.com
pmldaily.com
trumpetnews.co.ug
edge.com
newz.ug
kampalapost.com
thegrapevine.co.ug
ugandanz.com
ugandadepsots.org

Rwanda-Uganda relations: What next after Angola pact?

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By The New Times

Vehicles from Uganda cross into Rwanda at Gatuna One-Stop Border Post in Gicumbi District.

All Rwandans who were arbitrarily arrested in Uganda should be freed in the spirit of the agreement signed Wednesday in Angola before the government of Rwanda lifts the travel advisory on Rwandans travelling to Uganda.

This was said by Olivier Nduhungirehe, the state minister for East African Community in an interview with The New Times on Thursday.

In March this year, Rwanda issued a travel advisory against Rwandan nationals travelling to Uganda, following series of abductions of Rwandans in different parts of Uganda that saw hundreds thrown into detention facilities without due process.

Many remain in such ungazetted detention facilities and have not been allowed consular nor familial visits, while others have been deported back to Rwanda.

The advisory significantly reduced the traffic at the border posts between the two countries.

During an agreement signed in Luanda between President Paul Kagame and his Ugandan counterpart, the two heads of state committed to working to normalise border activity, as one of the resolutions.

“The travel advisory notice will be removed as soon as all Rwandan citizens illegally detained in Uganda are released,” Nduhungirehe told The New Times.

The Luanda deal facilitated by Angola and DR Congo was witnessed by Presidents João Lourenço of Angola, Félix Tshisekedi of DR Congo and President Sassou Nguesso of Congo-Brazzaville.

The MoU signed in Angola was expected to take effect immediately upon signature, as committed by the two heads of state.

Nduhungirehe said: “They [Uganda] were arresting them (Rwandans) on a daily basis. They should release all of them, without exception.”

Nduhungirehe stressed that “all commitments made in the MoU must be implemented.”

The commitments he alluded to include; respecting the sovereignty of each other’s and of the neighboring countries; and refraining from actions conducive to destabilization or subversion in the territory of the other party and neighboring countries, thereby eliminating all factors that may such perception, as well as acts such as the financing, training and infiltration of destabilizing forces.

Kigali accuses Kampala of harbouring on its soil and aiding armed groups and individuals who head armed and hostile groups opposed to the Government of Rwanda including the RNC and FDLR.

Another important element in the Angola MoU that Kigali wants to be respected and implemented is to “protect and respect the rights and freedoms of the nationals of the other party residing or transiting in their national territories, in accordance with the law of that country.”

Ever since relations between the two neighbours deteriorated last year, numerous Rwandans continued to be arrested in Uganda.

A number died in detention while others were lucky to be deported after months of slavery. Some of those lucky to return home narrated unbearable ordeals during captivity.

Before leaving the Angolan capital on Wednesday, the leaders addressed a press conference where Kagame reiterated that implementing the terms outlined in the MoU would be in the best interest for citizens of the two countries.

“We are not going to be found wanting in not only respecting the communiqué but also our brothers who have brought us together to reach this understanding,” he said.

Source: The New Times / Rwanda

Allegations Of Ugandan Minerals Being Smuggled Into Rwanda Don’t Hold Water, Officials

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By KT Press

Mineworkers at a mineral site in Rwanda.

A report in the Daily Monitor of Monday this week under the headline, “Uganda seizes minerals smuggled to Rwanda”, makes several claims implying unrestrained cross-border smuggling that Kigali authorities find completely fabricated.

The article claims that Ugandan police “impounded at least a ton of minerals at Mirama on Uganda, Rwanda Border”. The newspaper says smugglers methodology includes transporting the minerals – tin is the one most mentioned in the article – on bicycles, with the items “disguised as maize grains”.

The story centres around the Zanack Holding Mining Company of Ruhama in Ntungamo District from which, it is claimed, the tin allegedly smuggled into Rwanda originates. Daily Monitor claims that the police raid also included officials of Uganda Revenue Authority and that when they “searched the items that were being ferried into Rwanda on bicycles they discovered that the packages contained minerals.”

The articles weave a picture of criminal smuggling activity that Rwandan authorities find incompatible with the way things are done in their country. “The kind of lawlessness described in the newspaper (Daily Monitor) is only intended to tarnish Rwanda’s image,” a border security official told this news website.

“Rwanda takes a very strong stance against the crime, and one can be sure even the porous routes and ungazetted border crossings are very well monitored,” he added. “So it is just not the case that anyone is smuggling minerals, or anything else, into Rwanda.”

It is reported that smugglers of all kinds of items – and not only minerals – have had a very hard time with their illegal activities in recent years in Rwanda. A lot of smugglers have been intercepted and made answerable by the law, and tons of their contraband have been impounded.

The smuggling activity the Ugandan newspaper describes is the kind that Rwanda security organs have vigorously tackled to an extent that at porous border points it has virtually come to an end. “It is totally unlikely that groups of people can somehow ride a bicycle anywhere from the Ugandan side and illegally carry minerals into Rwanda!” said a Rwanda Revenue Official.

There is the possibility, however, analysts say, that Daily Monitor – which has proved to be a conduit of anti-Rwanda propaganda by Kampala – is once again acting as a conduit for smears against Rwanda. The country has earned a reputation as one where the rule of law is paramount.

This good reputation, according to observers, is one that the Kampala regime has worked hard – among other things – to dismantle.

An examination of the story nowhere delves into specifics such as: who in Rwanda could be buying these little quantities of smuggled tin – by men supposedly riding on bicycles and others carrying it on their heads?!

It is baffling, just like so many other things that Ugandan misinformation organs try to peddle about Rwanda.

Source: KT Press / Rwanda

The Angola Memorandum of Understanding is to be celebrated, but with caution

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By Alex Muhumuza

Presidents Paul Kagame and Yoweri Museveni.

The Memorandum of Understanding has been signed in Luanda, Angola to much euphoria. Presidents Paul Kagame and Yoweri Museveni yesterday signed the document – codenamed “Friendship Agreement” – to resolve the current bad relations between Kampala and Kigali. There was a burst of optimism all over the social media commentariat.

It sounds as if there is a new dawn on the horizon. Yet knowing President Museveni, one would be advised to celebrate the news with caution.

The clauses and paragraphs of the memorandum amongst other things say: respect the sovereignty of each other’s and of the neighboring countries. Refrain from actions conducive to destabilization or subversion in the territory of the other party, and neighboring countries, thereby eliminating all factors that may create such perception, as well as that of acts such as the financing, training and infiltration of destabilizing forces. Protect and respect the rights and freedoms of the nationals of the other party residing or transiting in their national territories, in accordance with the law of that country.

If one stopped right there, it is very obvious who the document is talking about: it is the leadership of Uganda, and its security forces.

“Refrain from actions conducive to destabilization or subversion in the territory of the other party, and neighboring countries…”

Only President Museveni and his government have been doing something like that in this region. No one else has, the record shows.

It is Uganda’s Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence, CMI that has been facilitating, funding, and actively aiding in the recruitment of fighters for Kayumba Nyamwasa’s RNC – a group sworn to bringing armed conflict back to Rwanda. The government of Rwanda, through diplomatic channels has repeatedly complained about the activities of RNC in Uganda, but the Ugandan authorities have only ever ignored Rwanda’s concerns.

The UN Group of Experts on DRC late last year released a report on groups based in DRC bent on destabilizing Rwanda under the umbrella name “P5”. The senior partners of the group are RNC and FDLR.

The report detailed the recruitment methods of “P5” and it emerged Uganda was a focal point of recruitment for the group. Even well before release of the report, most consumers of news had learnt of a group of 46 recruits of RNC that Ugandan immigration intercepted at Kikagati at the Uganda, Tanzania border. That was in December 2017.

They arrested those 46 fellows, the prosecutor charged them with terrorism, and remanded them in Mbarara Prison. But barely three months later, someone from “a high office” had them released. That is something highly unusual, releasing people a country’s own police had identified as terror suspects. CMI clearly had its own agenda.

These are people that President Kagame had told President Museveni about, which the latter alluded to in a joint press conference with his Rwandan counterpart. Questioned by journalists, Museveni said he indeed knew of the 46 young men. “President Kagame told me about them; they claimed they were going for bible work, but upon questioning it was found the work was of a different nature,” said the Ugandan ruler.

The RNC terrorist group has businesses, such as a tobacco-processing firm in Uganda’s West Nile region, owned by Tribert Rujugiro the chief financier of RNC.

Is President Museveni, or his brother Salem Saleh going to stop such businesses? Only time will tell. The fact remains that whenever Rujugiro, his sons or any other big RNC fish such as Benjamin Rutabana, David Himbara are in Kampala they are treated with protocol worthy visiting dignitaries.

All these are clear signs that Kampala has been fully engaged in subversion against Rwanda – something that Kigali never reciprocated in any way.

RNC has resident officials in Kampala whose main task is to wage an anti-Rwanda propaganda war waged with smears and slanders they publish, but never with an iota of proof.

A Kampala website like ChimpReports will have zero qualms claiming “Rwandan troops crossed to Kisoro looking for food and drinks”, or – as when someone in Kisoro was assassinated – that it was “Rwandan soldiers” that did it, and similar irresponsible allegations. That however is nothing compared to the full-pages, or center-spreads that New Vision, Uganda’s state newspaper gives RNC bigwigs like Nyamwasa, Leah Karegeya, Himbara and others to pour vitriol on the Rwandan leadership.

All that – including issuing passports to RNC bigwigs like Charlotte Mukankusi, or coordinating meetings between RNC and FDLR the better to fight Rwanda – are unmistakable ways Kampala has been working to destabilize a neighbor. Will Museveni begin dismantling or putting to an immediate end to his sponsorship of RNC and the entire mechanism that enables the group in his country? That has to be seen to be believed.

“Protect and respect the rights and freedoms of the nationals of the other party residing or transiting in their national territories, in accordance with the law of that country,” says the Memorandum.

Only the security agencies of Kampala are in the habit of harassing, illegally arresting, jailing and torturing the nations of a neighbor state. No equivalent lawlessness has Kigali inflicted upon citizens of Uganda. Even when authorities in Rwanda arrest a Ugandan, they ensure it is done with an arrest warrant, and with proof the suspect has engaged in crime. Even then, the Ugandan embassy in Kigali is notified, well in time.

That is in utter contrast to the behavior of CMI and ISO in regards to Rwandan nationals. Innocent citizens of Rwanda, people that know absolutely nothing about politics, have suffered hell at the hands of CMI, ISO and other Ugandan security authorities. They get pulled off buses and thrown in jail on never-proven charges of “illegal entry”, or “spying”. They get abducted in public places and thrown into CMI’s torture dungeons. Many are dumped at the border posts after being subjected to inhuman treatment, and some come out looking like ghosts. Many are imprisoned with no trial.

President Kagame earlier this year at a leadership retreat asked how it was possible to arrest hundreds of people – the Rwandans Uganda had arrested – yet there never is a transparent court process to establish the guilt or innocence. “But why not?” he asked. “Why not give them a chance to defend themselves?”

That’s a question relevant to the cases of Rene Rutagungira, Emmanuel Rwamucyo, Augustin Rutayisire, Darius Kayobera, his wife Claudine, and so many Rwandan citizens illegally detained, and held incommunicado by Ugandan authorities, some of them over two years. These are clear injustices perpetrated by Uganda in contravention of EAC Common Market laws.

Are President Museveni and his administration going to tackle these issues in sincere, committed ways?

Is Museveni going to take his duties as a head of state, with responsibilities to foster good, diplomatic relations with other states, more seriously going forward?

Is the MOU going to make the Ugandan leadership better partners for citizens of the region?

The MOU can be celebrated, but cautiously or with a pinch of salt.

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