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Today — July 17th 2019VIRUNGA POST

Blaming Rwanda for Kabuleta a ruse to deflect attention from his expose of the “Muhoozi Project”

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By Alex Muhumuza

Pastor Joseph Kabuleta .

When Uganda security agents arrested – more like abducted – Pastor Joseph Kabuleta and took him to some unknown location, Kampala propaganda mouthpieces did not waste time alleging that “he was working for Rwanda”.

“TrumpetNews” and “CommandPost”, the most prolific tellers of tall-tales went as far as alleging that “Rwanda is paying Kabuleta” through “a dollar account” in “a bank they can’t disclose”. That is when one gets to know that Museveni’s propaganda mouthpieces are selling a piece of fiction. They gave zero details to back their claims.

We have seen this movie before. When assassins on motorcycles kill some prominent person in Uganda, Museveni and his minions point their fingers at Rwanda. Suspiciously they do that before a single investigation has taken place. They do that even when the body is still in the mortuary, before the doctors have released any autopsy report.

It has become a tradition – ever since Museveni chose his policy of hostility against Rwanda by hosting and backing Kayumba Nyamwasa’s RNC, and other anti-Rwanda groups – to point the finger of blame at Rwanda for each and every piece of malfeasance by Museveni and his groups.

The malfeasance which Kabuleta wrote about on his social media accounts is, “the Muhoozi Project” – the plan Museveni’s wife and her husband have hatched for their son to inherit the Presidency when he expires. Journalists in Uganda have been fixating on the fact that Kabuleta called Museveni a gambler, liar and thief. They are missing the real issue. If one just called Museveni names, he would just let it go.

But the hard-hitting way Kabuleta had tackled the “Muhoozi Project”, reducing the First son’s reputation to tatters and exposing him for a thorough dullard that’s totally unfit for high office has shaken the Rwakitura Mafia. Kabuleta’s knowledge as an insider; as one that they wanted to recruit in the cohort that now makes up the core of the Special Forces Command, loyal only to Muhoozi Kainerugaba – a Lieutenant General of the most dubious caliber – makes him uniquely dangerous to the Mafia.

The popularity of Kabuleta’s post on his Facebook page was such that regime insiders were in a sweat what to do next. When they contemplated that Kabuleta was probably writing a follow up piece, one that would explode like a grenade on Muhoozi again, they decided to do something. The security forces swung into action.

They did what most characterizes any lawless regime. They settled on an abduction – the kind they have been victimizing innocent Rwandans with for the past two and a half years. They waylaid Kabuleta last Friday evening in a restaurant in Forest Mall, and dragged him away, protesting and resisting. They showed no arrest warrants and neither did they identify themselves. That is how Museveni regime security agencies do their stuff.

Almost immediately, the public outrage began coming in torrents.

MPs were taking the regime to task to produce Kabuleta. Well-known city attorneys were saying they were willing to testify before any court on his behalf. “Produce him in court now!” people shouted angrily. If the abductors were thinking Kabuleta was some Rwandan they could easily kidnap and torture because he had no one to speak for him, they were very mistaken. Vocal protest was breaking out everywhere.

It was about this time that the lower-end, bottom-feeding Museveni misinformation outlets wheeled out the old ruse of blaming Rwanda. They wanted to deflect attention. They wanted to ease some pressure from Museveni, and there was no other way they could immediately think of than smearing Rwanda.

What does Rwanda have to do with Kabuleta? Nothing. The pastor cum journalist is a civic-minded Ugandan that speaks for all Ugandans that are tired of the 33 years of the Rwakitura Mafia. They are people that would rather fight than allow the extension of that Mafia’s rule through its scion.

“People would rather perish than allow such a thing!” an infuriated Ugandan confided to this news website.

In the wake of RNC setbacks, torture of innocent Rwandans may worsen

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By Patience Kirabo

President Museveni and Brig Gen Abel Kandiho, head of CMI.

Two Rwandans, among the very many that have been under illegal detention in Uganda, have been dumped at Cyanika border post by Ugandan authorities.
 
The victims, Baziruwiha Damascene, 47, and Rwagasore Bernard, 42, were both members and leaders of the ADEPR church in Zinga, Wakiso District in Kampala. When they entered Uganda, they did so legally, they say. That did not stop Ugandan security services from slapping them into jail.
 
Baziruwiha was doing personal business at Zinga Island, Lake Victoria, before being abducted by the District Internal Security Officer (DISO) of Wakiso District on allegations of “espionage for the Rwandan government”. Baziruwiha was detained at Wakiso Police Station for two weeks and was later transferred to Kigo prison, without trial or even any due process of the law.
 
The Rwandan citizen was later presented to the prosecutor in Entebbe. But something unusual happened: this prosecutor was a man of integrity – one of those people that refuse to break the law on behalf of the Museveni regime. The Entebbe prosecutor threw out the case, saying he found the Rwandan innocent “because had been unjustly jailed, therefore he was innocent!”
 
The prosecutor advised security officers to release Baziruwiha. But the regime security officials, displaying their usual impunity instead again brutally threw him back into the jail, with no explanation. He says he was robbed of the money he had, was tortured and beaten continuously from morning to evening.
 
The reason, he says, is that he was not confessing to being a “Rwandan spy”. He says he was locked and tied up in a tiny smelly room full of garbage. They would sometimes feed him posho with watery beans that smelt rotten, said Baziruwiha. After several beatings without any confession, Baziruwiha was dumped at Cyanika border post, last Sunday, 14 July.
 
Like Baziruwiha, Rwagasore Bernard entered Uganda in 2008. He says he did honest work in Kibale and broke no laws. He too was arrested and detained on claims he was a Rwandan spy. Both Rwandans fell victim to CMI torture. Like the over a thousand Rwandans languishing in Ugandan prisons, and the CMI dungeons in Mbuya Military Barracks as well as its ungazetted places of detention, both these men fell victim to Museveni’s policy of hostility to Rwanda.
 
That hostility stems from Museveni’s backing and facilitation of Kayumba Nyamwasa’s RNC, a group bent on destabilizing Rwanda. Most people CMI operatives abduct and torture, they do it in partnership with RNC agents. They try to force the torture victims into joining the terror group. CMI is the chief facilitator in the recruitment for RNC.
 
Once CMI and RNC abduct a Rwandan, or Rwandans – like they did Baziruwiha and Rwagasore – they are never allowed to call their families to inform them of their whereabouts. They are held incommunicado. This news website has detailed very many such stories, of the Rwandans that suffered illegal abductions, detention and torture in Uganda.
 
It is always on concocted charges of espionage, or “illegal entry”, or “illegal possession of weapons.” In all these cases, the Ugandan security agencies never show proof to back the allegations. In many cases when the Ugandan security authorities fail to prove one claim, they simply change the statement and bring another claim. One day they may accuse one of “espionage”, only to later change the accusation to “illegal entry”.
 
Later they dump them in the most inhumane and horrible way possible.
 
Other Rwandan victims of CMI or any other security agency resort to bribing them to buy their freedom, many have said. This is after the ill treatment they are continuously subjected to. Detainees are asked to cough up ransoms of cash, and failure to do so leads to more days in dungeons or prisons.
 
Those that are able to pay up the money – which the torturers call “fines” – are later freed, to be dumped at the border posts. They feel very lucky to be still alive.
 
In view of the ongoing human rights violations of Rwandans in Uganda, Kigali has continues to urge her citizens to not cross to the neighbor country “as their security and safety cannot be guaranteed once there.”
 
Rwandans are urged to be extra careful now that RNC has been smoked out of its DRC bases and badly battered. RNC agents and their CMI friends will be in a very bad mood, observers think. Any innocent Rwandan that they abduct this time may be tortured worse than usual.

Museveni-regime attempts to deflect attention to Rwanda amidst fallout from Kabuleta abduction

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By Jackson Mutabazi

President Museveni and Pastor Joseph Kabuleta.

The Museveni regime – caught in a public outcry following the arrest of Kampala pastor Joseph Kabuleta, whom CMI kidnappers abducted on Friday and took him to an unknown location – is now blaming Rwanda.

Some Museveni-regime misinformation organs like the “TrumpetNews” website have began spreading rumors that “Kabuleta is being paid by Rwanda.” As usual when Museveni is caught in his own malfeasance the easiest scapegoat is Kigali, knowledgeable people have observed.

Already the public blowback in the wake of Kabuleta’s high-handed treatment is coming thick and fast with a wide cross-section of Ugandans saying “enough is enough with this thuggery!” Kabuleta, a well-respected Ugandan journalist-turned pastor; a man widely admired for telling the truth about the criminality of the Museveni regime (he called Museveni a gambler, thief and liar in a recent Facebook post) was accosted in a restaurant at Forest Mall in the Lugogo neighborhood.

A few days before, in a lengthy posting on his social media accounts – first Facebook, the Twitter – the outspoken man denounced the creeping “Muhoozi project”.

For anyone that might not know, the “Muhoozi project” is a long-term plan by President Museveni and his wife Janet Museveni to turn Uganda into a monarchy. It has long been an open secret in Uganda that the devious ruler and his spouse have been grooming their son Muhoozi Kainerugaba to take over and become president when Museveni expires. The Muhoozi project infuriates Ugandans like few other things.

The signs are very obvious. The young Muhoozi joined UPDF in 2000, and has rocketed up the ranks since – he is a Lieutenant General now, at 45! Anyone that knows anything about military hierarchies will be aware a rank like that even during a time of warfare is not one to easily get. It is earned over years of diligent hard work, gradual promotion, proving oneself in the line of duty again and again, until perhaps around an age closer to 60 than 40, then one might get it.

No one knows what Muhoozi has ever done in the military to become a general, except turn up in a luxury, air conditioned SUV, put on a uniform and pretend to line up with others. He was made head of Special Forces Command. Museveni was desperately trying to fashion the son into a leader. But everyone knew others were doing the work in the name of Muhoozi. This is logical.

Joseph Kabuleta knows Muhoozi, and Museveni’s family very well. He was a member of the cohort of Muhoozi’s group. In short he was a trusted Munyankore that they wanted to join UPDF, in the “Muhoozi’s secret group” – an army within an army, whose loyalty would be to Muhoozi more than anyone else. They are the young Bahima in the Special Forces. They have privileges no one else in UPDF has.

But Kabuleta knew from the first day what was going on, and his conscience refused him to be part of a group, and part of a plan that would turn Uganda into a monarchy. Kabuleta has been detailing these things on his Facebook and Twitter accounts. In his most recent post – the one that got him arrested – he came out very hard against the Muhoozi Project.

Kabuleta decried it not only as wrong and a crime against Uganda, he also expressed horror that “a person as dull, as uninspiring, as lacking in leadership qualities as this fellow Muhoozi” could be in line to inherit the presidency. It came as no surprise a few says later when unidentified men in civilian attire entered the restaurant where Kabuleta was having a meal with friends, dragged him out as he protested and resisted, and sped off with him.

The pastor is detained in an unknown place. That is a trademark Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence, CMI method. Brig. Gen. Abel Kandiho’s group have turned impunity into a high art. Extra-legal arrests, torture and harassment is what they are best at. That is how they have treated so many innocent Rwandans ever since Museveni adopted his policy of hostility towards Kigali.

A Rwandan that read about how CMI had treated Kabuleta said: “I hope now our Ugandan brothers and sisters; the common ordinary people will see the truth Rwanda has been saying about CMI, ISO and other agencies of Museveni. I hope they will see with their own eyes that the criminality, which has even caused Rwandan officials to strongly warn Rwandans against crossing to Uganda – is real. That it is now affecting prominent Ugandans too!”

The abductors must have imagined that if they abducted Kabuleta, nothing would happen, and life would just go on – which is the case when they victimize Rwandan citizens that have no one to speak for them in Uganda. The public is loudly demanding where they are holding Kabuleta, and why. MP Bobi Wine aka Robert Kyagulanyi is demanding answers. Influential attorneys like Andrew Karamagi said they were willing to stand up for Kabuleta.

“Basing on Janet Museveni’s biography in which she narrates an incident where Yoweri Museveni stole and drunk milk meant for condolences of a bereaved family – an act that satisfies all the legal ingredients of theft – I am ready to give evidence of Kabuleta!” Karamagi wrote on his Twitter account Saturday morning.

It was then that ‘TrumpetNews” stepped in with its tall-tale that “Rwanda is using Kabuleta”. The website wrote that the pastor, “has been receiving funds from Rwanda to facilitate his well-coordinated cyber attack on the First Family particularly Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba”. It goes on with allegations that Kabuleta has a dollar account in one of the banks “whose name was withheld”.

The so-called news website provides no further evidence than that to back its assertions. It shows no details of any transaction from Rwanda. It states no dates at which the alleged monies were received. “It is the usual shameless lying from the Museveni regime, which has a history of always making Rwanda a scapegoat for Museveni’s crimes,” said a Kampala-based observer in a phone interview with this website.

He continued that however much lies TrumpetNews peddled, “every Ugandan knows Kabuleta is just another Ugandan that is completely fed up with the Rwakitura Mafia! Does this Mafia want to tell people that Stella Nyanzi too is ‘an agent of Rwanda’? Or all the other people they have locked up for speaking out against their crimes?”

They are just very scared when someone hits out against the Muhoozi project and come up with these absurd lies, said another Kampala analyst.

Regional summit commits to open dialogue on peace, security and integration

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By The New Times

(L-R) Presidents Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, João Lourenço of Angola, Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Félix Tshisekedi of DR Congo in a group photo after meeting in the Angolan capital Luanda for what has been dubbed as the Quadripartite Summit.

Presidents Paul Kagame of Rwanda, João Lourenço of Angola, Félix Tshisekedi of DR Congo, and Yoweri Museveni of Uganda yesterday met in the Angolan capital Luanda for a regional meeting, dubbed, Quadripartite Summit.

The Luanda talks came at a time when Rwanda and Uganda are witnessing a fallout in their relations after proof emerged of Kampala backing armed groups hostile to Rwanda, including RNC and FLDR.

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

The RNC rebel outfit has lost hundreds of fighters in operations by Congolese forces, with several others, including its top commander arrested, it has emerged.

The New Times has established that the rebel group lost two of its most senior commanders, both of them having previously served in the Rwandan military.

Uganda’s support for anti-Kigali armed groups was also revealed by former FDLR senior officials, who were arrested by Congolese authorities at the Bunagana border with Uganda on their way back from Kampala for a meeting attended by RNC agents and a Ugandan cabinet minister.

At yesterday’s meeting in Luanda, according to the statement, the leaders stressed the importance of a permanent, frank and open dialogue that should be strengthened “both bilaterally between regional states and multilaterally, for the consolidation of peace and security, and as a fundamental premise for economic integration.”

The meeting decided to continue to pay particular attention to the “creation of a climate conducive to fostering cooperation between their respective countries in areas of common interest, including in political and economic spheres.”

The four leaders also decided to prioritise the resolution of any dispute between their respective countries by peaceful means through conventional channels and in the spirit of African brotherhood and solidarity, the statement added.

“As far as the bilateral relations between the Republic of Rwanda and the republic of Uganda are concerned, the Summit welcomed the willingness of the two parties to continue the dialogue with a view to finding a solution to the existing problem,” the communique reads in part.

“In this regard the Summit also welcomed the readiness of the Republic of Angola with the support of the Democratic Republic of Congo to facilitate this process.”

Some of the issues that will need to be addressed include the arbitrary arrests of Rwandans in Uganda.

Most of them have never been produced before court and Kigali says they have been denied consular services and family access.

Many were deported after spending months in Ugandan torture chambers, mostly run by military intelligence services.

The four regional leaders also expressed support for the efforts by the DR Congo to address the insecurity caused by armed groups in the east of the country.

“The Heads of State welcomed the efforts of the DRC authorities to pacify the entire national territory,” a joint communique issued at the end of the one-day summit reads in part.

The meeting “condemned the persistence of armed groups in the east of the country that are in breach of the ongoing peace process and destabilizing neighbouring countries.”

The armed groups include FDLR, the offshoot of the forces largely blamed for the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda which claimed the lived of more than a million people, as well as RNC, of wanted Rwandan fugitive Kayumba Nyamwasa, who is linked fatal grenade attacks in Rwanda between 2010 and 2014.

Source: The New Times / Rwanda

Body of Rwandan that died in suspicious circumstances repatriated from Uganda

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By Joel Ruhinankiko

The body of a Rwandan man who died last Saturday in Kisoro has finally been repatriated to Rwanda despite Uganda Police still detaining his wife for no good reason.
 
Faustin Niyonzima, a Rwandan that was in his 30s, was found brutally murdered in the wee hours of Saturday (6 July) in Mugwata village near Kisoro town. His family members are certain he was murdered simply for being a Rwandan. Uganda has become a dangerous place for Rwandans traveling there, or those already living there. That is ever since the Museveni regime adopted a hostile stance against Rwanda, and by extension Rwandan nationals.
 
Museveni, as has been reported and proven numerous times, is the main backer of groups bent on destabilizing Rwanda, but most notably Kayumba Nyamwasa’s RNC. It is as a result of this hostility, family members of Niyonzima are convinced, that he was murdered.
 
Uganda’s notorious Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) and ISO have been working hand in hand with RNC agents to recruit all over Uganda, but most notably in the west and south west of the country. Their modus operandi is to move into areas with sizable Kinyarwanda-speaking communities, knock on doors, and enter. They recruit for RNC in two ways: fighters to be transported to training camps in DRC, and contributors of money or material.
 
The people on whose doors they knock are Banyarwanda most of whom want nothing to do with traitorous RNC activities. But when they tell the CMI and RNC recruiters that they don’t want anything to do with groups committed to taking conflict back to Rwanda, the recruiters threaten them. They tell them in no uncertain terms “to expect bad things to happen to them”.  
 
Bad things have indeed happened to Rwandans in recent years in Museveni’s Uganda.
 
A large number of Rwandans have gone missing, abducted, held incommunicado, illegally jailed and tortured. A good many have been killed. The Ugandan authorities do not care to solve the extra-judicial killings. They know the powerful hand behind it all.
 
In the case of Niyonzima – whose murder looked a coordinated affair “calculated to instill the most fear in anyone that if CMI wants to recruit you for RNC and you refuse, you will meet a horrible end” – his body was mutilated almost beyond recognition. The killers gauged his eyes out and did other gruesome things to it. The repatriation of Niyonzima’s body was through no formal channels and no Ugandan authority accompanied the deceased.
 
Furthermore, it has come to light that relatives who repatriated the body had to bribe Ugandan immigration officials to let the body to cross into Rwanda. Also Uganda Police decided to arrest and imprison Niyonzima’s widow, claiming that she was suspected of killing her husband. “It is a deliberate act that adds to the trauma of the poor woman,” said a family friend.
 
“Looking at the man’s body, eyes gauged out, body mutilated, with deep bruises all over it, how could anyone claim a woman did that? It was not a job of one individual; it was group work and now the woman is going to pay the price for a crime she did not commit,” said a source that preferred anonymity.
 
“They are using the deceased’s wife to cover up for the true criminals, which is the CMI goons and their RNC friends who move around actually threatening people that they will kill them,” added the source in an interview with this website.
 
The source further disclosed that Rwanda Immigration officials requested a phone call with Niyonzima’s wife, with the aim to ask her the exact location of their former residence in Rwanda, and possibly what might be behind his death. The call was cut short by Uganda police.
 
To our source, this was highly suspicious behavior on the part of Ugandan officials. What were they hiding?
 
Being a Rwanda national in Uganda became such a hazardous thing that Rwandan authorities earlier this year, 1st March, issued a strong warning against travel to the neighbor country. Foreign Affairs Minister Richard Sezibera said the safety and security of Rwandans once in Uganda could not be guaranteed.
 
The Minister cited the hundreds upon hundreds of illegally incarcerated Rwandan nationals – people that just were taken off buses, or from places of residence and from work places, and thrown into jails. He cited other aspect of the lawless behavior of the Ugandan state in warning Rwandan nationals to stay put rather than attempt to cross the border any longer.
 
The deaths of people like Niyonzima are daily proof that such warnings were for good reason.

Museveni, Nyamwasa, Rudasingwa’s self-serving sacrifice of others

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By Alex Muhumuza

Clockwise: Fugitive Kaumba Nyamwasa, President Museveni and Theogene Rudasingwa.

On January 22, 1973 three members of Fronasa rebel movement, Yoweri Museveni, Mwesigwa Black, and Mwesiga Martin, were surrounded by Idi Amin soldiers in Mbale, Uganda, at the house of Maumbe Mukwana, a Fronasa mobiliser in the area. Without alerting his colleagues, Museveni snuck through the back door and took off, “I jumped over the hedge, hoping that my colleagues would follow my example and scatter in different directions. At this time, I did not realize that they had not done so,” Museveni wrote in his autobiography, “Sowing the Mustard Seed,”regarding the death of Mwesiga and Mwesigwa, two fighters who had reached for their guns and bravely fought Amin’s soldiers only to lose their lives as a result.

They mistakenly thought Museveni was with them in the fight against the enemy. If he had alerted his colleagues of the intent to dart out of the back door, perhaps all of them would still be alive. But Museveni must have made a coldheaded judgement that he stood a better chance of survival if he made the escape alone, instead of all of them having to try to do so. He must similarly have believed his comrades’ engagement of the enemy would provide covering fire for his escape. Indeed, had Museveni joined them to engage the enemy, he would also likely not be alive.

In his memoir Museveni’s only reflection on the matter is that, “the revolution must have sacrifices.”

Similar incidents litter the course of Museveni’s life as a “revolutionary fighter.” Just last week on July 7, Yoga Adhola wrote in The Daily Monitor that Museveni’s “totally self-serving” tendencies fail to account ,for instance, for the fact that “by the time of the 1985 coup, Museveni had been defeated and had even returned to Sweden” and thereby abandoning his soldiers on the battlefield.

Kayumba the “Cowardly armchair general”

What Adhola is referring to above is shared by Kayumba Nyamwasa, according to Theogene Rudasingwa, with whom Kayumba formed the RNC. Rudasingwa describes Kayumba as a person of “manipulation and intrigue,” able to dupe RNC soldiers into fighting in the DRC from the comfort and assured “security and protection of the South African government.”

Rudasingwa’s rebuke of his colleague was published July 1, 2019 in an article titled, “General Kayumba Nyamwasa must account for the loss of Rwandan lives in DRC.” He takes issue with Kayumba’s selfishness that exposed an “isolated and impoverished ragtag rebel army” to getting massacred. He doesn’t even believe it’s a real army, referring to call it an “army.”

“Since 2016, Nyamwasa has recklessly and selfishly steered RNC into adventurous militarism, leading to the loss of Rwandan lives as the current fiasco clearly shows.

First, he sent over 400 mostly young Rwandans in the jungles of DRC without political guidance, oversight, and means of survival. He shares this responsibility with Gervais Condo (USA), Jerome Nayigiziki (USA), Corneille Minani (USA), Emmanuel Hakizimana (Canada), Jean-Marie Micombero (Belgium), Jean Paul Turayishimye (USA), among many others in RNC’s undisciplined or otherwise clueless entourage.

Second, being a cowardly armchair general, he commanded his miserable ragtag army from far away in the comfort of South African hospitality, through the proxy services of his civilian brother-in-law, Frank Ntwali.”

Rudasingwa also thinks that Kayumba’s past of causing divisions – like he tried to do in the RDF – for selfish ends followed him into exile in the RNC and in his own army, “Just as his reckless pursuit of power led to the factions and collapse of RNC in 2016, his legendary pursuit of cheap popularity led to divisions and split within the nuclear force as soon as it encamped in Minembwe, South Kivu. Divided, without political and military leadership, lacking logistics and supplies, the fate of the rebel soldiers was sealed,” he writes, comparing all this with his own defection from a sinking ship due to Kayumba’s selfishness.

Rudasingwa’s crocodile tears

Rudasingwa is no spokesperson for the vulnerable, however. Rudasingwa’s anger towards Kayumba is rooted in the fact that they share a similar trait: this very selfishness and greed; the “totally self-serving tendencies,” that Adhola characterises with regard to Museveni.

Consequently, Rudasingwa’s rebuke of Kayumba should be seen in this light; they are nothing but an opportunistic overture intended to flatter Museveni, their joint benefactor and nudge him into abandoning Kayumba and shifting all the support he was giving him towards Rudasingwa’s wing that broke off from the RNC in 2016 and has since been in oblivion. In other words, in the massacre of RNC rebels Rudasingwa sees an opportunity of a lifetime; he smells blood and is pouncing at the opportunity.

In so doing, he does his best to absolve Museveni of responsibility for this RNC mess, “as the matter of Nyamwasa’s army in DRC became public knowledge,” he begins to massage Museveni’s ego, “the RNC was happy to deceptively ride on the wave of publicity. Nyamwasa lied to his followers who had donated money to believe that he had support from Uganda and Burundi, and that his army in DRC was growing and functional.”

As he reaches out for Museveni’s support, Rudasingwa leaves nothing to chance, trying to bury Kayumba alive, “General Nyamwasa and his RNC should face the public and account for each of the young Rwandans they sent to the Democratic Republic of Congo. South Africa, USA, Canada and the United Nations Security Council should take the lead in seeking accountability from General Nyamwasa and other top RNC leaders,” adding, “It is time for General Nyamwasa and the RNC to wind up their deceptive and dangerous business by declaring themselves politically and militarily bankrupt,” he writes about his colleague.

“Rwandans should be fully aware that General Nyamwasa and his RNC are a very dangerous clique which does not care for the lives of Rwandans, and whose only agenda is to capture power and maintain the RPF-DMI bloody dictatorship without Kagame. If they are unable to care for 400 people, how will they care for a nation of 12 million Rwandans?”

Rudasingwa’s nail in the coffin calls for the international community to hold Kayumba “to account for the crimes he has committed and for the continuing loss of lives of Rwandans” and for the people of the Great Lakes region to, “Beware of General Nyamwasa and his RNC!”

Rudasingwa is correct in all this, however his motives are no different from Kayumba’s; selfish ambition.

feigning concern

If Rudasingwa was not merely opportunistically reaching out to Museveni and was truly concerned for the lives of Rwandans, he would have raised the alarm against Kayumba Nyamwasa’s RNC long ago when, for instance, it was involved in terror operations – including throwing grenades in markets and taxi parks – that claimed the lives of innocent Rwandans and maimed others.

Moreover, Rudasingwa should have sounded the alarm when the young people who met their death in the jungles of the DRC were being recruited in different parts of Uganda before they were facilitated to the DRC by Uganda’s Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI).

Indeed, he should have spoken up as RNC officials were making frequent visits to Museveni for consultation as well as during coordination meetings with the FDLR under Museveni’s minister of state for regional cooperation, Philemon Mateke.

Rudasingwa is in no position to accuse Kayumba of “shameful silence” following the obliteration of his armed band because the two have conspired in this silence.

What is now obvious to everyone is that as Museveni, Kayumba, and Rudasingwa play the manipulating game against each other, the lives of innocent people keep getting sacrificed. As the retreating RNC soldiers were being pursued, they tried to engage Kayumba in South Africa from where he was commanding them, according to a soldier who survived the battle. They were crying out to him that they were under hot pursuit. He told them he was in contact with the authorities in Uganda who were ready to receive them to join others who were already undergoing training there. Only they didn’t make it, as their route was already sealed off and were encircled. Another call to their commander, Kayumba, returned this, “you are soldiers, find your way!”

The moment they realised what the captured soldiers might say, the Museveni propaganda machine that had initially been reporting that RDF was being decimated in the DRC, implying the significance of Uganda’s support, made an immediate about-turn after the bodies of the dead began to surface. Suddenly, these were a weak force that could not have been mercilessly wiped out were it true that it had Uganda’s support! Their total defeat was clear evidence Uganda was not supporting them!

Kayumba Nyamwasa, pulling from Museveni’s playbook, is comfortable in South Africa while his forces are getting decimated in the forests of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Most of the rank and file of the RNC now understand they had been duped into joining his armed rebellion. For the junior officers of the rank and file, they may not have been in a position to ask the hard questions and naively ended up joining a terror outfit that was only going to sacrifice their lives. They can legitimately claim to have been deceived. However, there are people who are captains and majors, supposedly seniors, who the lingering questions as to how Kayumba convinced them to go to a place where he himself took great care not to be. Unless, of course, they planned on taking over the movement. They should have been in a postion to ask him: “Why aren’t you here?”

One thing to read from this is the calibre of people Kayumba prevailed on to be his patsies, people who couldn’t muster the courage to ask him such hard questions. Some have now learned the lesson, but the question that is still relevant is: Why isn’t he there?

For Museveni, the majority of the rank and file were foreigners who would not take over the country even in success; they could win the war and hand him the fruits of their labour, the reins of power, a situation that was not likely to happen in Kayumba’s case.

Like Museveni in Mbale in 1973, Kayumba’s thinking can’t be far from the logic that, “the revolution must have sacrifices.” But don’t count on them to make any sacrifice.

CMI-sponsored website spins desperate lie after 2 Ugandans are legally deported

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By VPS Reporter

Brig Gen Abel Kandiho (Right) head of CMI.

Kampala propagandists on the payroll of Uganda’s Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence, CMI have once again attempted to smear Rwanda with outlandish lying.
 
In a piece chock full of falsehoods published Monday, 8 July on Softpower – one of the countless CMI-run misinformation websites – a certain Mivule Gyagenda alleges: “Two Ugandans are reported to have been subjected to torture and their rights violated before they were deported from Rwanda.”
 
Knowledgeable people that know the things Ugandan security authorities have been perpetrating on innocent Rwandans will recognize an attempt to project their criminal behavior upon Rwanda. “To see these CMI trolls try to smear Rwanda by lying that its authorities have tortured Ugandans, it just shows you how guilty they are!” said a Rwandan upon reading the Softpower piece.
 
The two Ugandans that Softpower alleges to have been “tortured and deported” are Buwabwe Brian and Wasswa Abdul. The two men were looking for job opportunities in Rwanda, Buwabwe as a DJ in different bars and nightclubs in Kigali, and Wasswa as a mechanic.
 
Buwabwe was arrested for having an expiry temporary entry permit. He was taken to Kacyiru police station where he spent not more than 48 hours before being handed over to a Gasabo District immigration officer, Noheli Muhirwa Gahutu. The officials deported the Ugandan, whose temporary entry permit expired last year in August, going by the dates on the document a copy of which Virunga Post has seen. Buwabwe has been living in Rwanda illegally for almost a year.
 
Wasswa Abdul on his part had no travel document. He entered Rwanda in February this year on his Ugandan ID. The man entered saying he had come “to visit”, but ended up staying indefinitely in Rwanda, doing work as a motor vehicle repairman whenever he could find it. They arrested him as an undocumented foreigner and after a very brief detention, he too was deported to his home country.
 
When police arrested these people, it informed them of the reasons for their arrest. They told them of their rights to a lawyer, and made sure detention was no more than the legally stipulated time before handing them over to immigration. Despite the fictions Softpower has published, Rwanda Immigration deported the men legally and humanely. They did not subject them to any kind of torture.
 
The Ugandans were well and healthy when they were deported on 8 July, through Gatuna border. This deportation was carried out after investigations about properties or belongings that these individuals might have in Rwanda so that they could be handed over to them before their departure. In the deportation notification issued by the Director General for Immigration and Emigration Regis Gatarayiha, he made it clear Buwabwe was deported due to his expired documents while Wasswa had no identification.
 
This professional and ethical handling of Ugandans that had actually broken the law was completely different from the terrible violations of the rights of many Rwandans in Uganda daily by CMI, ISO and other Ugandan security agencies. These are Rwandans that have not broken the law or committed any offence. Their stories are so many – those that have been tortured by the notorious CMI, and others that have been imprisoned though they never had a chance to defend themselves in court.
 
Only someone that has been living in a cave for the last two and a half years hasn’t noticed the criminal offences the Museveni regime has been perpetrating against Rwandan nationals, said a commentator.
 
But Softpower – in the totally shameless Museveni propaganda organs style – publishes a complete fiction about two law-breaking individuals, and tries to spin the handling of their case like it is some kind of crime by Rwanda. The writer of that smear even alleges that Buwabwe and Wasswa “left behind property like cars and a lot of money!” A jobless DJ and an itinerant mechanic!
 
Softpower even forgets that there is testimony of Ugandans that have been detained in Rwanda by its security forces saying only good things about their experiences. One such Ugandan is Emmanuel Sebuzuru, a manager of Horizon Bus Company from the town of Kisoro. Sebuzuru early last month was taken in for questioning by Rwandan investigation authorities about a large sum of money he was carrying.
 
He said he was given food and drink during questioning. He said no officer raised a voice at him. In his own words, reported in Ugandan newspapers like Daily Monitor, Sebuzuru said Rwandan investigators are professional and do not torture at all. “While in detention, I was treated as a diplomat and nobody harmed me or took away any of my belongings.” Sebuzuru told the media once back home in Kisoro.
 
Yet the Kampala regime mouthpieces, despite their lies being disproven each and every time, never stop cooking their fictions.
 
The one about Buwabwe and Wasswa too will be buried by the truth, one can be sure.

LIBERATION25: Not an event, but a journey

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By Willis Shalita

Six days ago today Rwandans all over the globe, but especially in Rwanda celebrated the 25th anniversary of our liberation. It is a day that celebrates the triumph of good over evil. A celebration of man’s goodness, and humanity.

Across The Motherland Rwandans came together by the millions to remember where we have been, and resolved to curve a bright future for all Rwandans. We refuse to be defined by our bloody history, and genocide does not describe our moral integrity or humanity. But, Alas! It happened.

Addressing the nation President Kagame said, “The logic of liberation is to turn bad things into good things. What Rwandans have achieved is undeniably real.”

Indeed, the facts on the ground speak for themselves. Those who predicted we would be a failed state in 1994 need to come and see the achievements we have made, and marvel at the master plan we have laid for the future.

The simple truth is, we have been to hell and back. There is no other place to go but forward.

HE President Paul Kagame delivering his keynote speech at Kwibohora25.

In his speech the President eloquently described how our journey fighting evil was made possible.

He said, “Where did the humanity and heroism come from?”

“The answer is simple. We believed in our right to dignity as Rwandans. For decades and decades Rwandans were treated as objects to be used and discarded by anyone, especially the powerful.”

The President concluded, loud and clear for all to hear, “IT WONT BE ANYMORE.”

The blood of innocents that was spilled in those 100 dark days in 1994 has been the fertilizer, so to speak, for all things good and decent. We cannot forget those who perished, and those we lost on the battle front. History would not forgive us.

“Liberation was not about restoring the past, but creating something fundamentally new and better for all Rwandans” the President told a grateful and healing nation.

Every Rwandan at home and abroad, and especially those in foreign capitals busy chasing their shadows should take this message to heart.

President Kagame said in no uncertain terms, “This fight was necessary and indeed unavoidable. IF THERE WILL EVER BE NECESSITY FOR MORE FIGHTS, WE WILL BE THERE.”

These are not empty threats. Rwanda’s security cannot, and will never be compromised. We have paid too high a price for our liberation and dignity. It follows, therefore, that there will be, and must be, consequences to those who seek to reverse the course of history and compromise the sovereignty of our Republic.

RDF Soldiers performing on parade at Amahoro Stadium during Kwibohora25.

“We left the past behind us and embraced the future by coming together as a family.

We must remain solid in defense of these values through each and every generation.

We will not lose our way again”, President Kagame stoically affirmed.

Our resolve has been tested before. Our humanity demeaned. Blood of innocent Rwandans was needlessly spilled to score cheap political marks and advance a genocidal philosophy.

Our Liberation twenty five years ago is testament that we will rather perish than accept statelessness and degradation.

History shall absolve us, because we are writing it.

Source: http://rwandanvoice.com/?p=1141

Pro-RNC troll Bonabaana completely loses it after troops decimated in DRC

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By Alex Muhumuza

The end of the road for these ones in DRC is driving them, and their Museveni-sponsored propagandists mad.

A person called “Prossy Boona” has joined the bandwagon of propagandists trying to spin the recent military rout of Kayumba Nyamwasa’s RNC into the fictitious narrative that Rwandan troops “have been killing the Banyamulenge people”.
 
Shortly before news of RNC’s miserable defeat came to light, Ugandan state propaganda blogs like Commandpost, Edge and Facebook pages like “RPF Gakwerere” were saying things like: “Rwandan troops have entered Congo but Mai Mai is finishing them!” But most people laughed at such tall-tales.
 
Then they (propagandists) took to claiming that “Banyamulenge had formed a force to defend themselves, and they had beaten RDF!” Security analysts could see that such fictions were intended to preempt something serious; something that when it landed would be a tough blow on the morale of RNC and its supporters.
 
Sure enough news, and photographic evidence, emerged showing what a beating RNC had suffered in their forest hideouts. The pictures of the corpses of their fighters, chief among them Charles Sibo, were going viral on social media. The photograph of another big RNC fish, Mudathir Habib showed him in filthy attire sitting down in some bush, injured and captured, haunted eyes staring at his captors. They were the eyes of someone that had experienced what the term “shock and awe” means.
 
These were known Rwandans. Sibo and Habib were rogue elements that had deserted Rwanda, just like their boss Nyamwasa. Commandpost, Edge, ‘RPF Gakwerere and all the other propaganda accounts were in a fix – how could they any longer claim that Banyamulenge, or Mai Mai were “defeating RDF”?
 
News was that over 200 of the RNC fellows had met their end in the same attack in which Sibo died and Habib was captured. The ones lucky to escape have scattered (gutawanyika), and are still running away. It is said that with the kind of fire those fellows faced, they will not stop running until they have reached Central African Republic, or Cameroon.

Kayumba Nyamwasa’s RNC fighters.

Kampala is in disbelief. Museveni’s grand project – more of a pipe dream really – to install a puppet regime in Kigali has met its Waterloo in the forests of eastern Congo.
 
What were the propagandists to do now? After they had regained some composure they decided to double down on fictional tales. They have latched, and clung onto the “Rwanda-is-killing-Banyamulenge” cock and bull story. This is where the aforementioned Prossy Boona has outdone herself.
 
On her Facebook page a few days ago she posted a piece of writing with the title, “Sunday letter from Prossy Boona”. She wrote distortion after lie about the Rwandan leadership, to tell the gullible that every crime ever committed against Banyamulenge is the doing of Rwanda.
 
But who is this Prossy Boona?
 
First the reader should know this is a person whose husband abandoned her and went into illegal business ventures in DRC – the kind for which Museveni’s brother Salem Saleh is renowned, and for which Museveni always is the senior partner behind the scenes.
 
But after Boona, aka Boonabana’s husband Rwema Gendarme left her, what did the woman do? She told the world that Rwanda had “kidnapped her husband!” By that time she was working with Kampala intelligence groups – the kind that will pay money to any Tom, Dick and Harry to smear Rwanda. Gendarme was just having fun in the Congo, making money and also, according to confidential sources, working with RNC.
 
But Boona had to find a cover story, and framing Rwanda for the man’s alleged disappearance was the most expedient way for her, and those that pay her.  
 
Throughout her Facebook post it is interesting to see how, through numerous insinuations, she equates the Rwandan military with the Interahamwe militias – the main perpetrators of the 94 Genocide against the Tutsi. It is straight out of the negationists’ playbook.
 
Rwanda’s decision to send its military into the former Zaire in 1996 had the objective of defending itself against the genocidal forces as they massed close to the border to attack Rwanda and “finish the unfinished genocide”. Rwanda’s decision has been vindicated time and again by some of the most reputed journalists and writers in the world.
 
That will never stop Boona and others like her in the RNC-supporting cohort from attacking Rwanda with long-discredited fictions that “Kigali went to kill Congolese”. But if these people still had some sanity they would ask themselves, of Rwanda and Uganda which country actually has been convicted of crimes in DRC? Answer: Uganda.
 
“Court orders Uganda pay Congo damages”, said the Guardian international newspaper in 2005. The paper reported that the International Court of Justice had ruled that Uganda’s 1998-2003 invasion of DRC violated international sovereignty and led to the killing and torture of civilians and the destruction of villages.
 
“By the conduct of its armed forces, which committed acts of killing, torture and other forms of inhumane treatment of the Congolese civilian population, Uganda violated its obligations under international human rights law,” Shi Jiuyong, president of the 17-member court based at The Hague, said in judgment.
 
In other words, the Museveni regime had behaved in demonstrably criminal ways in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The International Court ordered Kampala to pay US$ 10 billion in damages. But Prossy Boona instead jumps on Rwanda – which no court has ever convicted of anything – to claim it is the criminal party.
 
This is the level of shamelessness to be found in these troll-like individuals. Boona shouts accusations at Rwanda supported only with distortions of facts, yet the regime she works for is currently embroiled in accusations of selling young Ugandan women and men into slavery in the Arab world.
 
MP Betty Nambooze of Mukono Municipality has revealed shocking details of the planeload of recently evacuated young people that have been suffering the exploitation of slave labor in the Middle East – some with broken limbs, others unable to get off the plane by themselves. Museveni’s family is directly in many of these crimes, companies they control having sold many such youths to Arabia.
 
But Boona only is intent on writing twenty-year old fictions about how Rwandan forces allegedly killed Banyamulenge.
 
They hope everyone will forget how it actually was RDF that saved Banyamulenge from Interahamwe extremists who had exported their genocidal ideology upon the innocent Banyamulenge civilians, and were massacring them just like they had massacred Tutsis in Rwanda. The same Boona claims “Rwanda was behaving like a colonist”!
 
But if indeed Rwanda is “a colonist” in her neighbor’s territory, or if RDF supposedly is killing Congolese, why is Kinshasa not saying a thing? Why is it that it is these Ugandan, and RNC trolls making the most noise? Why are they crying far louder than the bereaved – who in fact isn’t bereaved, and isn’t crying at all?
 
They are howling because Nyamwasa’s forces, also known as Museveni’s proxies, have been smoked out of their positions and destroyed.
 
They are defeated.

Man recently murdered in Kisoro died only because he was Rwandan, family

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By Joel Ruhinankiko

The hostility of the Museveni regime continues to claim innocent Rwandan lives, with yet another Rwandan national found dead in the town of Kisoro in the village of Mugwata last Friday.

The man, identified as Faustin Niyonzima was found lifeless in the morning of this Saturday with deep bruises indicating that his killers murdered him in cold-blood.

Ever since the regime of President Yoweri Museveni adopted its policy of hostility when the Ugandan leader, for his own reasons chose to back terrorist forces that aim to destabilize Rwanda, very many Rwandan citizens travelling to Uganda or those already there have been subjected to inhuman suffering. The country’s security agencies have arrested many on concocted charges, most frequently “illegal entry” or “espionage”. Others have been victimized with trumped up charges of “illegal weapons possession”.

It is no secret that the Ugandan authorities are acting on the instructions of Museveni in the continued persecution of Rwandan citizens, even as Kigali on her part has maintained a steadfast adherence to the law in her treatment of Ugandan citizens. Even those that are arrested on suspicion of breaking the law are read the charges against them first, and proof is presented.

This is completely unlike the treatment of innocent Rwandans when entities like CMI, Ugandan military intelligence, abduct or kidnap Rwandans and subject them to torture in its Mbuya Barracks headquarters or its hundreds of ungazetted places of detention.

However a number of Rwandans have also been reported missing, or dead. They have been extra-judicially killed. Incidents have been reported when Rwandans were murdered when they refused to be recruited into Kayumba Nyamwasa’s RNC.

CMI operatives working hand in hand with RNC agents move all over Uganda, especially in those areas with significant Kinyarwanda-speaking communities, looking to persuade people to join RNC and be taken to its training camps in DRC.

It is reported that those Rwandans that refuse face intimidation, which includes threats against their lives.

A telltale sign that the killings of Banyarwanda are never investigated by the Uganda authorities. When a Rwandan was killed in the Fort Portal area in February this year and his lifeless body found with bruise marks around the neck, no one investigated. When another was killed in Kisoro by people that were waiting for him near his house, no one investigated. When more are killed in refugee camps, no one cares.

“All this shows there is ‘a briefing’ never to look too closely into the deaths of Banyarwanda,” said a Rwandan border official who talked on condition of anonymity.

The hateful propaganda that has continuously been peddled by Kampala has all the time been trying to portray Rwandan victims as some kind of criminals, but they never try anyone in court, to show proof of the claims of Ugandan security agencies against them. There are estimated to be more than 1000 Rwandans languishing in Uganda prisons, with no trial.

The family of Faustin Niyonzima is in deep sadness and sorrow knowing that their loved one was killed for no reason other than because he is a Rwandan.

As an ADEPR pastor – one of those that have fallen victim to CMI – told this website, “the people, not only of Rwanda but Ugandans as well, really need to pray that the demons that have gotten into the heads of Uganda’s rulers are defeated!”

Yesterday — July 16th 2019VIRUNGA POST

In the wake of RNC setbacks, torture of innocent Rwandans may worsen

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By Patience Kirabo

President Museveni and Brig Gen Abel Kandiho, head of CMI.

Two Rwandans, among the very many that have been under illegal detention in Uganda, have been dumped at Cyanika border post by Ugandan authorities.
 
The victims, Baziruwiha Damascene, 47, and Rwagasore Bernard, 42, were both members and leaders of the ADEPR church in Zinga, Wakiso District in Kampala. When they entered Uganda, they did so legally, they say. That did not stop Ugandan security services from slapping them into jail.
 
Baziruwiha was doing personal business at Zinga Island, Lake Victoria, before being abducted by the District Internal Security Officer (DISO) of Wakiso District on allegations of “espionage for the Rwandan government”. Baziruwiha was detained at Wakiso Police Station for two weeks and was later transferred to Kigo prison, without trial or even any due process of the law.
 
The Rwandan citizen was later presented to the prosecutor in Entebbe. But something unusual happened: this prosecutor was a man of integrity – one of those people that refuse to break the law on behalf of the Museveni regime. The Entebbe prosecutor threw out the case, saying he found the Rwandan innocent “because had been unjustly jailed, therefore he was innocent!”
 
The prosecutor advised security officers to release Baziruwiha. But the regime security officials, displaying their usual impunity instead again brutally threw him back into the jail, with no explanation. He says he was robbed of the money he had, was tortured and beaten continuously from morning to evening.
 
The reason, he says, is that he was not confessing to being a “Rwandan spy”. He says he was locked and tied up in a tiny smelly room full of garbage. They would sometimes feed him posho with watery beans that smelt rotten, said Baziruwiha. After several beatings without any confession, Baziruwiha was dumped at Cyanika border post, last Sunday, 14 July.
 
Like Baziruwiha, Rwagasore Bernard entered Uganda in 2008. He says he did honest work in Kibale and broke no laws. He too was arrested and detained on claims he was a Rwandan spy. Both Rwandans fell victim to CMI torture. Like the over a thousand Rwandans languishing in Ugandan prisons, and the CMI dungeons in Mbuya Military Barracks as well as its ungazetted places of detention, both these men fell victim to Museveni’s policy of hostility to Rwanda.
 
That hostility stems from Museveni’s backing and facilitation of Kayumba Nyamwasa’s RNC, a group bent on destabilizing Rwanda. Most people CMI operatives abduct and torture, they do it in partnership with RNC agents. They try to force the torture victims into joining the terror group. CMI is the chief facilitator in the recruitment for RNC.
 
Once CMI and RNC abduct a Rwandan, or Rwandans – like they did Baziruwiha and Rwagasore – they are never allowed to call their families to inform them of their whereabouts. They are held incommunicado. This news website has detailed very many such stories, of the Rwandans that suffered illegal abductions, detention and torture in Uganda.
 
It is always on concocted charges of espionage, or “illegal entry”, or “illegal possession of weapons.” In all these cases, the Ugandan security agencies never show proof to back the allegations. In many cases when the Ugandan security authorities fail to prove one claim, they simply change the statement and bring another claim. One day they may accuse one of “espionage”, only to later change the accusation to “illegal entry”.
 
Later they dump them in the most inhumane and horrible way possible.
 
Other Rwandan victims of CMI or any other security agency resort to bribing them to buy their freedom, many have said. This is after the ill treatment they are continuously subjected to. Detainees are asked to cough up ransoms of cash, and failure to do so leads to more days in dungeons or prisons.
 
Those that are able to pay up the money – which the torturers call “fines” – are later freed, to be dumped at the border posts. They feel very lucky to be still alive.
 
In view of the ongoing human rights violations of Rwandans in Uganda, Kigali has continues to urge her citizens to not cross to the neighbor country “as their security and safety cannot be guaranteed once there.”
 
Rwandans are urged to be extra careful now that RNC has been smoked out of its DRC bases and badly battered. RNC agents and their CMI friends will be in a very bad mood, observers think. Any innocent Rwandan that they abduct this time may be tortured worse than usual.

Museveni-regime attempts to deflect attention to Rwanda amidst fallout from Kabuleta abduction

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By Jackson Mutabazi

President Museveni and Pastor Joseph Kabuleta.

The Museveni regime – caught in a public outcry following the arrest of Kampala pastor Joseph Kabuleta, whom CMI kidnappers abducted on Friday and took him to an unknown location – is now blaming Rwanda.

Some Museveni-regime misinformation organs like the “TrumpetNews” website have began spreading rumors that “Kabuleta is being paid by Rwanda.” As usual when Museveni is caught in his own malfeasance the easiest scapegoat is Kigali, knowledgeable people have observed.

Already the public blowback in the wake of Kabuleta’s high-handed treatment is coming thick and fast with a wide cross-section of Ugandans saying “enough is enough with this thuggery!” Kabuleta, a well-respected Ugandan journalist-turned pastor; a man widely admired for telling the truth about the criminality of the Museveni regime (he called Museveni a gambler, thief and liar in a recent Facebook post) was accosted in a restaurant at Forest Mall in the Lugogo neighborhood.

A few days before, in a lengthy posting on his social media accounts – first Facebook, the Twitter – the outspoken man denounced the creeping “Muhoozi project”.

For anyone that might not know, the “Muhoozi project” is a long-term plan by President Museveni and his wife Janet Museveni to turn Uganda into a monarchy. It has long been an open secret in Uganda that the devious ruler and his spouse have been grooming their son Muhoozi Kainerugaba to take over and become president when Museveni expires. The Muhoozi project infuriates Ugandans like few other things.

The signs are very obvious. The young Muhoozi joined UPDF in 2000, and has rocketed up the ranks since – he is a Lieutenant General now, at 45! Anyone that knows anything about military hierarchies will be aware a rank like that even during a time of warfare is not one to easily get. It is earned over years of diligent hard work, gradual promotion, proving oneself in the line of duty again and again, until perhaps around an age closer to 60 than 40, then one might get it.

No one knows what Muhoozi has ever done in the military to become a general, except turn up in a luxury, air conditioned SUV, put on a uniform and pretend to line up with others. He was made head of Special Forces Command. Museveni was desperately trying to fashion the son into a leader. But everyone knew others were doing the work in the name of Muhoozi. This is logical.

Joseph Kabuleta knows Muhoozi, and Museveni’s family very well. He was a member of the cohort of Muhoozi’s group. In short he was a trusted Munyankore that they wanted to join UPDF, in the “Muhoozi’s secret group” – an army within an army, whose loyalty would be to Muhoozi more than anyone else. They are the young Bahima in the Special Forces. They have privileges no one else in UPDF has.

But Kabuleta knew from the first day what was going on, and his conscience refused him to be part of a group, and part of a plan that would turn Uganda into a monarchy. Kabuleta has been detailing these things on his Facebook and Twitter accounts. In his most recent post – the one that got him arrested – he came out very hard against the Muhoozi Project.

Kabuleta decried it not only as wrong and a crime against Uganda, he also expressed horror that “a person as dull, as uninspiring, as lacking in leadership qualities as this fellow Muhoozi” could be in line to inherit the presidency. It came as no surprise a few says later when unidentified men in civilian attire entered the restaurant where Kabuleta was having a meal with friends, dragged him out as he protested and resisted, and sped off with him.

The pastor is detained in an unknown place. That is a trademark Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence, CMI method. Brig. Gen. Abel Kandiho’s group have turned impunity into a high art. Extra-legal arrests, torture and harassment is what they are best at. That is how they have treated so many innocent Rwandans ever since Museveni adopted his policy of hostility towards Kigali.

A Rwandan that read about how CMI had treated Kabuleta said: “I hope now our Ugandan brothers and sisters; the common ordinary people will see the truth Rwanda has been saying about CMI, ISO and other agencies of Museveni. I hope they will see with their own eyes that the criminality, which has even caused Rwandan officials to strongly warn Rwandans against crossing to Uganda – is real. That it is now affecting prominent Ugandans too!”

The abductors must have imagined that if they abducted Kabuleta, nothing would happen, and life would just go on – which is the case when they victimize Rwandan citizens that have no one to speak for them in Uganda. The public is loudly demanding where they are holding Kabuleta, and why. MP Bobi Wine aka Robert Kyagulanyi is demanding answers. Influential attorneys like Andrew Karamagi said they were willing to stand up for Kabuleta.

“Basing on Janet Museveni’s biography in which she narrates an incident where Yoweri Museveni stole and drunk milk meant for condolences of a bereaved family – an act that satisfies all the legal ingredients of theft – I am ready to give evidence of Kabuleta!” Karamagi wrote on his Twitter account Saturday morning.

It was then that ‘TrumpetNews” stepped in with its tall-tale that “Rwanda is using Kabuleta”. The website wrote that the pastor, “has been receiving funds from Rwanda to facilitate his well-coordinated cyber attack on the First Family particularly Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba”. It goes on with allegations that Kabuleta has a dollar account in one of the banks “whose name was withheld”.

The so-called news website provides no further evidence than that to back its assertions. It shows no details of any transaction from Rwanda. It states no dates at which the alleged monies were received. “It is the usual shameless lying from the Museveni regime, which has a history of always making Rwanda a scapegoat for Museveni’s crimes,” said a Kampala-based observer in a phone interview with this website.

He continued that however much lies TrumpetNews peddled, “every Ugandan knows Kabuleta is just another Ugandan that is completely fed up with the Rwakitura Mafia! Does this Mafia want to tell people that Stella Nyanzi too is ‘an agent of Rwanda’? Or all the other people they have locked up for speaking out against their crimes?”

They are just very scared when someone hits out against the Muhoozi project and come up with these absurd lies, said another Kampala analyst.

Regional summit commits to open dialogue on peace, security and integration

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By The New Times

(L-R) Presidents Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, João Lourenço of Angola, Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Félix Tshisekedi of DR Congo in a group photo after meeting in the Angolan capital Luanda for what has been dubbed as the Quadripartite Summit.

Presidents Paul Kagame of Rwanda, João Lourenço of Angola, Félix Tshisekedi of DR Congo, and Yoweri Museveni of Uganda yesterday met in the Angolan capital Luanda for a regional meeting, dubbed, Quadripartite Summit.

The Luanda talks came at a time when Rwanda and Uganda are witnessing a fallout in their relations after proof emerged of Kampala backing armed groups hostile to Rwanda, including RNC and FLDR.

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

The RNC rebel outfit has lost hundreds of fighters in operations by Congolese forces, with several others, including its top commander arrested, it has emerged.

The New Times has established that the rebel group lost two of its most senior commanders, both of them having previously served in the Rwandan military.

Uganda’s support for anti-Kigali armed groups was also revealed by former FDLR senior officials, who were arrested by Congolese authorities at the Bunagana border with Uganda on their way back from Kampala for a meeting attended by RNC agents and a Ugandan cabinet minister.

At yesterday’s meeting in Luanda, according to the statement, the leaders stressed the importance of a permanent, frank and open dialogue that should be strengthened “both bilaterally between regional states and multilaterally, for the consolidation of peace and security, and as a fundamental premise for economic integration.”

The meeting decided to continue to pay particular attention to the “creation of a climate conducive to fostering cooperation between their respective countries in areas of common interest, including in political and economic spheres.”

The four leaders also decided to prioritise the resolution of any dispute between their respective countries by peaceful means through conventional channels and in the spirit of African brotherhood and solidarity, the statement added.

“As far as the bilateral relations between the Republic of Rwanda and the republic of Uganda are concerned, the Summit welcomed the willingness of the two parties to continue the dialogue with a view to finding a solution to the existing problem,” the communique reads in part.

“In this regard the Summit also welcomed the readiness of the Republic of Angola with the support of the Democratic Republic of Congo to facilitate this process.”

Some of the issues that will need to be addressed include the arbitrary arrests of Rwandans in Uganda.

Most of them have never been produced before court and Kigali says they have been denied consular services and family access.

Many were deported after spending months in Ugandan torture chambers, mostly run by military intelligence services.

The four regional leaders also expressed support for the efforts by the DR Congo to address the insecurity caused by armed groups in the east of the country.

“The Heads of State welcomed the efforts of the DRC authorities to pacify the entire national territory,” a joint communique issued at the end of the one-day summit reads in part.

The meeting “condemned the persistence of armed groups in the east of the country that are in breach of the ongoing peace process and destabilizing neighbouring countries.”

The armed groups include FDLR, the offshoot of the forces largely blamed for the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda which claimed the lived of more than a million people, as well as RNC, of wanted Rwandan fugitive Kayumba Nyamwasa, who is linked fatal grenade attacks in Rwanda between 2010 and 2014.

Source: The New Times / Rwanda

Body of Rwandan that died in suspicious circumstances repatriated from Uganda

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By Joel Ruhinankiko

The body of a Rwandan man who died last Saturday in Kisoro has finally been repatriated to Rwanda despite Uganda Police still detaining his wife for no good reason.
 
Faustin Niyonzima, a Rwandan that was in his 30s, was found brutally murdered in the wee hours of Saturday (6 July) in Mugwata village near Kisoro town. His family members are certain he was murdered simply for being a Rwandan. Uganda has become a dangerous place for Rwandans traveling there, or those already living there. That is ever since the Museveni regime adopted a hostile stance against Rwanda, and by extension Rwandan nationals.
 
Museveni, as has been reported and proven numerous times, is the main backer of groups bent on destabilizing Rwanda, but most notably Kayumba Nyamwasa’s RNC. It is as a result of this hostility, family members of Niyonzima are convinced, that he was murdered.
 
Uganda’s notorious Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) and ISO have been working hand in hand with RNC agents to recruit all over Uganda, but most notably in the west and south west of the country. Their modus operandi is to move into areas with sizable Kinyarwanda-speaking communities, knock on doors, and enter. They recruit for RNC in two ways: fighters to be transported to training camps in DRC, and contributors of money or material.
 
The people on whose doors they knock are Banyarwanda most of whom want nothing to do with traitorous RNC activities. But when they tell the CMI and RNC recruiters that they don’t want anything to do with groups committed to taking conflict back to Rwanda, the recruiters threaten them. They tell them in no uncertain terms “to expect bad things to happen to them”.  
 
Bad things have indeed happened to Rwandans in recent years in Museveni’s Uganda.
 
A large number of Rwandans have gone missing, abducted, held incommunicado, illegally jailed and tortured. A good many have been killed. The Ugandan authorities do not care to solve the extra-judicial killings. They know the powerful hand behind it all.
 
In the case of Niyonzima – whose murder looked a coordinated affair “calculated to instill the most fear in anyone that if CMI wants to recruit you for RNC and you refuse, you will meet a horrible end” – his body was mutilated almost beyond recognition. The killers gauged his eyes out and did other gruesome things to it. The repatriation of Niyonzima’s body was through no formal channels and no Ugandan authority accompanied the deceased.
 
Furthermore, it has come to light that relatives who repatriated the body had to bribe Ugandan immigration officials to let the body to cross into Rwanda. Also Uganda Police decided to arrest and imprison Niyonzima’s widow, claiming that she was suspected of killing her husband. “It is a deliberate act that adds to the trauma of the poor woman,” said a family friend.
 
“Looking at the man’s body, eyes gauged out, body mutilated, with deep bruises all over it, how could anyone claim a woman did that? It was not a job of one individual; it was group work and now the woman is going to pay the price for a crime she did not commit,” said a source that preferred anonymity.
 
“They are using the deceased’s wife to cover up for the true criminals, which is the CMI goons and their RNC friends who move around actually threatening people that they will kill them,” added the source in an interview with this website.
 
The source further disclosed that Rwanda Immigration officials requested a phone call with Niyonzima’s wife, with the aim to ask her the exact location of their former residence in Rwanda, and possibly what might be behind his death. The call was cut short by Uganda police.
 
To our source, this was highly suspicious behavior on the part of Ugandan officials. What were they hiding?
 
Being a Rwanda national in Uganda became such a hazardous thing that Rwandan authorities earlier this year, 1st March, issued a strong warning against travel to the neighbor country. Foreign Affairs Minister Richard Sezibera said the safety and security of Rwandans once in Uganda could not be guaranteed.
 
The Minister cited the hundreds upon hundreds of illegally incarcerated Rwandan nationals – people that just were taken off buses, or from places of residence and from work places, and thrown into jails. He cited other aspect of the lawless behavior of the Ugandan state in warning Rwandan nationals to stay put rather than attempt to cross the border any longer.
 
The deaths of people like Niyonzima are daily proof that such warnings were for good reason.

Museveni, Nyamwasa, Rudasingwa’s self-serving sacrifice of others

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By Alex Muhumuza

Clockwise: Fugitive Kaumba Nyamwasa, President Museveni and Theogene Rudasingwa.

On January 22, 1973 three members of Fronasa rebel movement, Yoweri Museveni, Mwesigwa Black, and Mwesiga Martin, were surrounded by Idi Amin soldiers in Mbale, Uganda, at the house of Maumbe Mukwana, a Fronasa mobiliser in the area. Without alerting his colleagues, Museveni snuck through the back door and took off, “I jumped over the hedge, hoping that my colleagues would follow my example and scatter in different directions. At this time, I did not realize that they had not done so,” Museveni wrote in his autobiography, “Sowing the Mustard Seed,”regarding the death of Mwesiga and Mwesigwa, two fighters who had reached for their guns and bravely fought Amin’s soldiers only to lose their lives as a result.

They mistakenly thought Museveni was with them in the fight against the enemy. If he had alerted his colleagues of the intent to dart out of the back door, perhaps all of them would still be alive. But Museveni must have made a coldheaded judgement that he stood a better chance of survival if he made the escape alone, instead of all of them having to try to do so. He must similarly have believed his comrades’ engagement of the enemy would provide covering fire for his escape. Indeed, had Museveni joined them to engage the enemy, he would also likely not be alive.

In his memoir Museveni’s only reflection on the matter is that, “the revolution must have sacrifices.”

Similar incidents litter the course of Museveni’s life as a “revolutionary fighter.” Just last week on July 7, Yoga Adhola wrote in The Daily Monitor that Museveni’s “totally self-serving” tendencies fail to account ,for instance, for the fact that “by the time of the 1985 coup, Museveni had been defeated and had even returned to Sweden” and thereby abandoning his soldiers on the battlefield.

Kayumba the “Cowardly armchair general”

What Adhola is referring to above is shared by Kayumba Nyamwasa, according to Theogene Rudasingwa, with whom Kayumba formed the RNC. Rudasingwa describes Kayumba as a person of “manipulation and intrigue,” able to dupe RNC soldiers into fighting in the DRC from the comfort and assured “security and protection of the South African government.”

Rudasingwa’s rebuke of his colleague was published July 1, 2019 in an article titled, “General Kayumba Nyamwasa must account for the loss of Rwandan lives in DRC.” He takes issue with Kayumba’s selfishness that exposed an “isolated and impoverished ragtag rebel army” to getting massacred. He doesn’t even believe it’s a real army, referring to call it an “army.”

“Since 2016, Nyamwasa has recklessly and selfishly steered RNC into adventurous militarism, leading to the loss of Rwandan lives as the current fiasco clearly shows.

First, he sent over 400 mostly young Rwandans in the jungles of DRC without political guidance, oversight, and means of survival. He shares this responsibility with Gervais Condo (USA), Jerome Nayigiziki (USA), Corneille Minani (USA), Emmanuel Hakizimana (Canada), Jean-Marie Micombero (Belgium), Jean Paul Turayishimye (USA), among many others in RNC’s undisciplined or otherwise clueless entourage.

Second, being a cowardly armchair general, he commanded his miserable ragtag army from far away in the comfort of South African hospitality, through the proxy services of his civilian brother-in-law, Frank Ntwali.”

Rudasingwa also thinks that Kayumba’s past of causing divisions – like he tried to do in the RDF – for selfish ends followed him into exile in the RNC and in his own army, “Just as his reckless pursuit of power led to the factions and collapse of RNC in 2016, his legendary pursuit of cheap popularity led to divisions and split within the nuclear force as soon as it encamped in Minembwe, South Kivu. Divided, without political and military leadership, lacking logistics and supplies, the fate of the rebel soldiers was sealed,” he writes, comparing all this with his own defection from a sinking ship due to Kayumba’s selfishness.

Rudasingwa’s crocodile tears

Rudasingwa is no spokesperson for the vulnerable, however. Rudasingwa’s anger towards Kayumba is rooted in the fact that they share a similar trait: this very selfishness and greed; the “totally self-serving tendencies,” that Adhola characterises with regard to Museveni.

Consequently, Rudasingwa’s rebuke of Kayumba should be seen in this light; they are nothing but an opportunistic overture intended to flatter Museveni, their joint benefactor and nudge him into abandoning Kayumba and shifting all the support he was giving him towards Rudasingwa’s wing that broke off from the RNC in 2016 and has since been in oblivion. In other words, in the massacre of RNC rebels Rudasingwa sees an opportunity of a lifetime; he smells blood and is pouncing at the opportunity.

In so doing, he does his best to absolve Museveni of responsibility for this RNC mess, “as the matter of Nyamwasa’s army in DRC became public knowledge,” he begins to massage Museveni’s ego, “the RNC was happy to deceptively ride on the wave of publicity. Nyamwasa lied to his followers who had donated money to believe that he had support from Uganda and Burundi, and that his army in DRC was growing and functional.”

As he reaches out for Museveni’s support, Rudasingwa leaves nothing to chance, trying to bury Kayumba alive, “General Nyamwasa and his RNC should face the public and account for each of the young Rwandans they sent to the Democratic Republic of Congo. South Africa, USA, Canada and the United Nations Security Council should take the lead in seeking accountability from General Nyamwasa and other top RNC leaders,” adding, “It is time for General Nyamwasa and the RNC to wind up their deceptive and dangerous business by declaring themselves politically and militarily bankrupt,” he writes about his colleague.

“Rwandans should be fully aware that General Nyamwasa and his RNC are a very dangerous clique which does not care for the lives of Rwandans, and whose only agenda is to capture power and maintain the RPF-DMI bloody dictatorship without Kagame. If they are unable to care for 400 people, how will they care for a nation of 12 million Rwandans?”

Rudasingwa’s nail in the coffin calls for the international community to hold Kayumba “to account for the crimes he has committed and for the continuing loss of lives of Rwandans” and for the people of the Great Lakes region to, “Beware of General Nyamwasa and his RNC!”

Rudasingwa is correct in all this, however his motives are no different from Kayumba’s; selfish ambition.

feigning concern

If Rudasingwa was not merely opportunistically reaching out to Museveni and was truly concerned for the lives of Rwandans, he would have raised the alarm against Kayumba Nyamwasa’s RNC long ago when, for instance, it was involved in terror operations – including throwing grenades in markets and taxi parks – that claimed the lives of innocent Rwandans and maimed others.

Moreover, Rudasingwa should have sounded the alarm when the young people who met their death in the jungles of the DRC were being recruited in different parts of Uganda before they were facilitated to the DRC by Uganda’s Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI).

Indeed, he should have spoken up as RNC officials were making frequent visits to Museveni for consultation as well as during coordination meetings with the FDLR under Museveni’s minister of state for regional cooperation, Philemon Mateke.

Rudasingwa is in no position to accuse Kayumba of “shameful silence” following the obliteration of his armed band because the two have conspired in this silence.

What is now obvious to everyone is that as Museveni, Kayumba, and Rudasingwa play the manipulating game against each other, the lives of innocent people keep getting sacrificed. As the retreating RNC soldiers were being pursued, they tried to engage Kayumba in South Africa from where he was commanding them, according to a soldier who survived the battle. They were crying out to him that they were under hot pursuit. He told them he was in contact with the authorities in Uganda who were ready to receive them to join others who were already undergoing training there. Only they didn’t make it, as their route was already sealed off and were encircled. Another call to their commander, Kayumba, returned this, “you are soldiers, find your way!”

The moment they realised what the captured soldiers might say, the Museveni propaganda machine that had initially been reporting that RDF was being decimated in the DRC, implying the significance of Uganda’s support, made an immediate about-turn after the bodies of the dead began to surface. Suddenly, these were a weak force that could not have been mercilessly wiped out were it true that it had Uganda’s support! Their total defeat was clear evidence Uganda was not supporting them!

Kayumba Nyamwasa, pulling from Museveni’s playbook, is comfortable in South Africa while his forces are getting decimated in the forests of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Most of the rank and file of the RNC now understand they had been duped into joining his armed rebellion. For the junior officers of the rank and file, they may not have been in a position to ask the hard questions and naively ended up joining a terror outfit that was only going to sacrifice their lives. They can legitimately claim to have been deceived. However, there are people who are captains and majors, supposedly seniors, who the lingering questions as to how Kayumba convinced them to go to a place where he himself took great care not to be. Unless, of course, they planned on taking over the movement. They should have been in a postion to ask him: “Why aren’t you here?”

One thing to read from this is the calibre of people Kayumba prevailed on to be his patsies, people who couldn’t muster the courage to ask him such hard questions. Some have now learned the lesson, but the question that is still relevant is: Why isn’t he there?

For Museveni, the majority of the rank and file were foreigners who would not take over the country even in success; they could win the war and hand him the fruits of their labour, the reins of power, a situation that was not likely to happen in Kayumba’s case.

Like Museveni in Mbale in 1973, Kayumba’s thinking can’t be far from the logic that, “the revolution must have sacrifices.” But don’t count on them to make any sacrifice.

CMI-sponsored website spins desperate lie after 2 Ugandans are legally deported

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By VPS Reporter

Brig Gen Abel Kandiho (Right) head of CMI.

Kampala propagandists on the payroll of Uganda’s Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence, CMI have once again attempted to smear Rwanda with outlandish lying.
 
In a piece chock full of falsehoods published Monday, 8 July on Softpower – one of the countless CMI-run misinformation websites – a certain Mivule Gyagenda alleges: “Two Ugandans are reported to have been subjected to torture and their rights violated before they were deported from Rwanda.”
 
Knowledgeable people that know the things Ugandan security authorities have been perpetrating on innocent Rwandans will recognize an attempt to project their criminal behavior upon Rwanda. “To see these CMI trolls try to smear Rwanda by lying that its authorities have tortured Ugandans, it just shows you how guilty they are!” said a Rwandan upon reading the Softpower piece.
 
The two Ugandans that Softpower alleges to have been “tortured and deported” are Buwabwe Brian and Wasswa Abdul. The two men were looking for job opportunities in Rwanda, Buwabwe as a DJ in different bars and nightclubs in Kigali, and Wasswa as a mechanic.
 
Buwabwe was arrested for having an expiry temporary entry permit. He was taken to Kacyiru police station where he spent not more than 48 hours before being handed over to a Gasabo District immigration officer, Noheli Muhirwa Gahutu. The officials deported the Ugandan, whose temporary entry permit expired last year in August, going by the dates on the document a copy of which Virunga Post has seen. Buwabwe has been living in Rwanda illegally for almost a year.
 
Wasswa Abdul on his part had no travel document. He entered Rwanda in February this year on his Ugandan ID. The man entered saying he had come “to visit”, but ended up staying indefinitely in Rwanda, doing work as a motor vehicle repairman whenever he could find it. They arrested him as an undocumented foreigner and after a very brief detention, he too was deported to his home country.
 
When police arrested these people, it informed them of the reasons for their arrest. They told them of their rights to a lawyer, and made sure detention was no more than the legally stipulated time before handing them over to immigration. Despite the fictions Softpower has published, Rwanda Immigration deported the men legally and humanely. They did not subject them to any kind of torture.
 
The Ugandans were well and healthy when they were deported on 8 July, through Gatuna border. This deportation was carried out after investigations about properties or belongings that these individuals might have in Rwanda so that they could be handed over to them before their departure. In the deportation notification issued by the Director General for Immigration and Emigration Regis Gatarayiha, he made it clear Buwabwe was deported due to his expired documents while Wasswa had no identification.
 
This professional and ethical handling of Ugandans that had actually broken the law was completely different from the terrible violations of the rights of many Rwandans in Uganda daily by CMI, ISO and other Ugandan security agencies. These are Rwandans that have not broken the law or committed any offence. Their stories are so many – those that have been tortured by the notorious CMI, and others that have been imprisoned though they never had a chance to defend themselves in court.
 
Only someone that has been living in a cave for the last two and a half years hasn’t noticed the criminal offences the Museveni regime has been perpetrating against Rwandan nationals, said a commentator.
 
But Softpower – in the totally shameless Museveni propaganda organs style – publishes a complete fiction about two law-breaking individuals, and tries to spin the handling of their case like it is some kind of crime by Rwanda. The writer of that smear even alleges that Buwabwe and Wasswa “left behind property like cars and a lot of money!” A jobless DJ and an itinerant mechanic!
 
Softpower even forgets that there is testimony of Ugandans that have been detained in Rwanda by its security forces saying only good things about their experiences. One such Ugandan is Emmanuel Sebuzuru, a manager of Horizon Bus Company from the town of Kisoro. Sebuzuru early last month was taken in for questioning by Rwandan investigation authorities about a large sum of money he was carrying.
 
He said he was given food and drink during questioning. He said no officer raised a voice at him. In his own words, reported in Ugandan newspapers like Daily Monitor, Sebuzuru said Rwandan investigators are professional and do not torture at all. “While in detention, I was treated as a diplomat and nobody harmed me or took away any of my belongings.” Sebuzuru told the media once back home in Kisoro.
 
Yet the Kampala regime mouthpieces, despite their lies being disproven each and every time, never stop cooking their fictions.
 
The one about Buwabwe and Wasswa too will be buried by the truth, one can be sure.

LIBERATION25: Not an event, but a journey

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By Willis Shalita

Six days ago today Rwandans all over the globe, but especially in Rwanda celebrated the 25th anniversary of our liberation. It is a day that celebrates the triumph of good over evil. A celebration of man’s goodness, and humanity.

Across The Motherland Rwandans came together by the millions to remember where we have been, and resolved to curve a bright future for all Rwandans. We refuse to be defined by our bloody history, and genocide does not describe our moral integrity or humanity. But, Alas! It happened.

Addressing the nation President Kagame said, “The logic of liberation is to turn bad things into good things. What Rwandans have achieved is undeniably real.”

Indeed, the facts on the ground speak for themselves. Those who predicted we would be a failed state in 1994 need to come and see the achievements we have made, and marvel at the master plan we have laid for the future.

The simple truth is, we have been to hell and back. There is no other place to go but forward.

HE President Paul Kagame delivering his keynote speech at Kwibohora25.

In his speech the President eloquently described how our journey fighting evil was made possible.

He said, “Where did the humanity and heroism come from?”

“The answer is simple. We believed in our right to dignity as Rwandans. For decades and decades Rwandans were treated as objects to be used and discarded by anyone, especially the powerful.”

The President concluded, loud and clear for all to hear, “IT WONT BE ANYMORE.”

The blood of innocents that was spilled in those 100 dark days in 1994 has been the fertilizer, so to speak, for all things good and decent. We cannot forget those who perished, and those we lost on the battle front. History would not forgive us.

“Liberation was not about restoring the past, but creating something fundamentally new and better for all Rwandans” the President told a grateful and healing nation.

Every Rwandan at home and abroad, and especially those in foreign capitals busy chasing their shadows should take this message to heart.

President Kagame said in no uncertain terms, “This fight was necessary and indeed unavoidable. IF THERE WILL EVER BE NECESSITY FOR MORE FIGHTS, WE WILL BE THERE.”

These are not empty threats. Rwanda’s security cannot, and will never be compromised. We have paid too high a price for our liberation and dignity. It follows, therefore, that there will be, and must be, consequences to those who seek to reverse the course of history and compromise the sovereignty of our Republic.

RDF Soldiers performing on parade at Amahoro Stadium during Kwibohora25.

“We left the past behind us and embraced the future by coming together as a family.

We must remain solid in defense of these values through each and every generation.

We will not lose our way again”, President Kagame stoically affirmed.

Our resolve has been tested before. Our humanity demeaned. Blood of innocent Rwandans was needlessly spilled to score cheap political marks and advance a genocidal philosophy.

Our Liberation twenty five years ago is testament that we will rather perish than accept statelessness and degradation.

History shall absolve us, because we are writing it.

Source: http://rwandanvoice.com/?p=1141

Pro-RNC troll Bonabaana completely loses it after troops decimated in DRC

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By Alex Muhumuza

The end of the road for these ones in DRC is driving them, and their Museveni-sponsored propagandists mad.

A person called “Prossy Boona” has joined the bandwagon of propagandists trying to spin the recent military rout of Kayumba Nyamwasa’s RNC into the fictitious narrative that Rwandan troops “have been killing the Banyamulenge people”.
 
Shortly before news of RNC’s miserable defeat came to light, Ugandan state propaganda blogs like Commandpost, Edge and Facebook pages like “RPF Gakwerere” were saying things like: “Rwandan troops have entered Congo but Mai Mai is finishing them!” But most people laughed at such tall-tales.
 
Then they (propagandists) took to claiming that “Banyamulenge had formed a force to defend themselves, and they had beaten RDF!” Security analysts could see that such fictions were intended to preempt something serious; something that when it landed would be a tough blow on the morale of RNC and its supporters.
 
Sure enough news, and photographic evidence, emerged showing what a beating RNC had suffered in their forest hideouts. The pictures of the corpses of their fighters, chief among them Charles Sibo, were going viral on social media. The photograph of another big RNC fish, Mudathir Habib showed him in filthy attire sitting down in some bush, injured and captured, haunted eyes staring at his captors. They were the eyes of someone that had experienced what the term “shock and awe” means.
 
These were known Rwandans. Sibo and Habib were rogue elements that had deserted Rwanda, just like their boss Nyamwasa. Commandpost, Edge, ‘RPF Gakwerere and all the other propaganda accounts were in a fix – how could they any longer claim that Banyamulenge, or Mai Mai were “defeating RDF”?
 
News was that over 200 of the RNC fellows had met their end in the same attack in which Sibo died and Habib was captured. The ones lucky to escape have scattered (gutawanyika), and are still running away. It is said that with the kind of fire those fellows faced, they will not stop running until they have reached Central African Republic, or Cameroon.

Kayumba Nyamwasa’s RNC fighters.

Kampala is in disbelief. Museveni’s grand project – more of a pipe dream really – to install a puppet regime in Kigali has met its Waterloo in the forests of eastern Congo.
 
What were the propagandists to do now? After they had regained some composure they decided to double down on fictional tales. They have latched, and clung onto the “Rwanda-is-killing-Banyamulenge” cock and bull story. This is where the aforementioned Prossy Boona has outdone herself.
 
On her Facebook page a few days ago she posted a piece of writing with the title, “Sunday letter from Prossy Boona”. She wrote distortion after lie about the Rwandan leadership, to tell the gullible that every crime ever committed against Banyamulenge is the doing of Rwanda.
 
But who is this Prossy Boona?
 
First the reader should know this is a person whose husband abandoned her and went into illegal business ventures in DRC – the kind for which Museveni’s brother Salem Saleh is renowned, and for which Museveni always is the senior partner behind the scenes.
 
But after Boona, aka Boonabana’s husband Rwema Gendarme left her, what did the woman do? She told the world that Rwanda had “kidnapped her husband!” By that time she was working with Kampala intelligence groups – the kind that will pay money to any Tom, Dick and Harry to smear Rwanda. Gendarme was just having fun in the Congo, making money and also, according to confidential sources, working with RNC.
 
But Boona had to find a cover story, and framing Rwanda for the man’s alleged disappearance was the most expedient way for her, and those that pay her.  
 
Throughout her Facebook post it is interesting to see how, through numerous insinuations, she equates the Rwandan military with the Interahamwe militias – the main perpetrators of the 94 Genocide against the Tutsi. It is straight out of the negationists’ playbook.
 
Rwanda’s decision to send its military into the former Zaire in 1996 had the objective of defending itself against the genocidal forces as they massed close to the border to attack Rwanda and “finish the unfinished genocide”. Rwanda’s decision has been vindicated time and again by some of the most reputed journalists and writers in the world.
 
That will never stop Boona and others like her in the RNC-supporting cohort from attacking Rwanda with long-discredited fictions that “Kigali went to kill Congolese”. But if these people still had some sanity they would ask themselves, of Rwanda and Uganda which country actually has been convicted of crimes in DRC? Answer: Uganda.
 
“Court orders Uganda pay Congo damages”, said the Guardian international newspaper in 2005. The paper reported that the International Court of Justice had ruled that Uganda’s 1998-2003 invasion of DRC violated international sovereignty and led to the killing and torture of civilians and the destruction of villages.
 
“By the conduct of its armed forces, which committed acts of killing, torture and other forms of inhumane treatment of the Congolese civilian population, Uganda violated its obligations under international human rights law,” Shi Jiuyong, president of the 17-member court based at The Hague, said in judgment.
 
In other words, the Museveni regime had behaved in demonstrably criminal ways in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The International Court ordered Kampala to pay US$ 10 billion in damages. But Prossy Boona instead jumps on Rwanda – which no court has ever convicted of anything – to claim it is the criminal party.
 
This is the level of shamelessness to be found in these troll-like individuals. Boona shouts accusations at Rwanda supported only with distortions of facts, yet the regime she works for is currently embroiled in accusations of selling young Ugandan women and men into slavery in the Arab world.
 
MP Betty Nambooze of Mukono Municipality has revealed shocking details of the planeload of recently evacuated young people that have been suffering the exploitation of slave labor in the Middle East – some with broken limbs, others unable to get off the plane by themselves. Museveni’s family is directly in many of these crimes, companies they control having sold many such youths to Arabia.
 
But Boona only is intent on writing twenty-year old fictions about how Rwandan forces allegedly killed Banyamulenge.
 
They hope everyone will forget how it actually was RDF that saved Banyamulenge from Interahamwe extremists who had exported their genocidal ideology upon the innocent Banyamulenge civilians, and were massacring them just like they had massacred Tutsis in Rwanda. The same Boona claims “Rwanda was behaving like a colonist”!
 
But if indeed Rwanda is “a colonist” in her neighbor’s territory, or if RDF supposedly is killing Congolese, why is Kinshasa not saying a thing? Why is it that it is these Ugandan, and RNC trolls making the most noise? Why are they crying far louder than the bereaved – who in fact isn’t bereaved, and isn’t crying at all?
 
They are howling because Nyamwasa’s forces, also known as Museveni’s proxies, have been smoked out of their positions and destroyed.
 
They are defeated.

Man recently murdered in Kisoro died only because he was Rwandan, family

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By Joel Ruhinankiko

The hostility of the Museveni regime continues to claim innocent Rwandan lives, with yet another Rwandan national found dead in the town of Kisoro in the village of Mugwata last Friday.

The man, identified as Faustin Niyonzima was found lifeless in the morning of this Saturday with deep bruises indicating that his killers murdered him in cold-blood.

Ever since the regime of President Yoweri Museveni adopted its policy of hostility when the Ugandan leader, for his own reasons chose to back terrorist forces that aim to destabilize Rwanda, very many Rwandan citizens travelling to Uganda or those already there have been subjected to inhuman suffering. The country’s security agencies have arrested many on concocted charges, most frequently “illegal entry” or “espionage”. Others have been victimized with trumped up charges of “illegal weapons possession”.

It is no secret that the Ugandan authorities are acting on the instructions of Museveni in the continued persecution of Rwandan citizens, even as Kigali on her part has maintained a steadfast adherence to the law in her treatment of Ugandan citizens. Even those that are arrested on suspicion of breaking the law are read the charges against them first, and proof is presented.

This is completely unlike the treatment of innocent Rwandans when entities like CMI, Ugandan military intelligence, abduct or kidnap Rwandans and subject them to torture in its Mbuya Barracks headquarters or its hundreds of ungazetted places of detention.

However a number of Rwandans have also been reported missing, or dead. They have been extra-judicially killed. Incidents have been reported when Rwandans were murdered when they refused to be recruited into Kayumba Nyamwasa’s RNC.

CMI operatives working hand in hand with RNC agents move all over Uganda, especially in those areas with significant Kinyarwanda-speaking communities, looking to persuade people to join RNC and be taken to its training camps in DRC.

It is reported that those Rwandans that refuse face intimidation, which includes threats against their lives.

A telltale sign that the killings of Banyarwanda are never investigated by the Uganda authorities. When a Rwandan was killed in the Fort Portal area in February this year and his lifeless body found with bruise marks around the neck, no one investigated. When another was killed in Kisoro by people that were waiting for him near his house, no one investigated. When more are killed in refugee camps, no one cares.

“All this shows there is ‘a briefing’ never to look too closely into the deaths of Banyarwanda,” said a Rwandan border official who talked on condition of anonymity.

The hateful propaganda that has continuously been peddled by Kampala has all the time been trying to portray Rwandan victims as some kind of criminals, but they never try anyone in court, to show proof of the claims of Ugandan security agencies against them. There are estimated to be more than 1000 Rwandans languishing in Uganda prisons, with no trial.

The family of Faustin Niyonzima is in deep sadness and sorrow knowing that their loved one was killed for no reason other than because he is a Rwandan.

As an ADEPR pastor – one of those that have fallen victim to CMI – told this website, “the people, not only of Rwanda but Ugandans as well, really need to pray that the demons that have gotten into the heads of Uganda’s rulers are defeated!”

Ugandans sue for inconvenience; Rwandans for torture

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By Grace Kamugisha

LEFT: Ezéchiel Muhawenimana, 36, his wife Espérance Dusabimana, 35, and their child who was born from a Ugandan prison, are among those seeking legal redress. RIGHT: Venant Musoni Hakolimana, a teacher who says he lost his job in Ethiopia when he was arrested by Ugandan security agents, is demanding US$1 million in compensation and for the ordeal he was subjected to during detention.

Ugandans and Rwandans have taken the current crisis involving the two countries to the East African Court of Justice (EACJ). Those representing the Ugandan traders association allege the “continued closure of the border” is in “total contravention of the East African Community treaty.” The Rwandan nationals’ Kigali-based lawyer Richard Mugisha alleges that his clients were “illegally arrested and tortured” by Uganda’s security agencies “in total disregard of its obligations under the treaty establishing the EAC and the common market protocol that calls for the free movement of people and goods across member states territories.”

Ugandans say that the border closure has resulted in “a total loss,” from a business perspective. Similarly, Rwandans are demanding for compensation for the violations of their human rights as a result of prolonged torture.

For the Ugandan traders, the case comes on the heels of advice from their trade and cooperatives minister, Amelia Kyambadde, urging them to give up on the Rwandan market (Read The Daily Monitor, “Trade minister advises Ugandan traders to forget about trade with Rwanda, find alternatives,” June 28, 2019). The advice was part of the announcement by the minister that Uganda had faced a decline in trade to Rwanda from $430 million to $203 million over the FY 2018/19. The minister was concerned that “the spat between the two countries is heavily weighing down on trade … Uganda has lost a lot in terms of trade, exports have gone down,” she was quoted in The Daily Monitor.

President Museveni had also given Uganda’s traders the same advice only a month earlier on May 15 when, during a retreat of NRM Members of Parliament at Kyankwanzi, West Moyo MP Tom Azaa asked him about the issue of declining trade with Rwanda, “Uganda will find better markets,” Museveni told him.

As a result, Minister Kyambadde has told Ugandan traders to improve the quality of their products so that they may access those markets, “brand your products, make sure you have sufficient quality then you can market elsewhere,” she told them as she couldn’t resist the condescending attitude to other countries that has become Uganda’s hallmark diplomatic language, “I was negotiating for DRC but then there is Ebola!”

Commenting on “the economic cost of the Rwanda-Uganda standoff,” on May 14, 2019, Uganda’s leading economist and Makerere University lecturer, Ramathan Ggoobi, dismissed as casual talk this “elsewhere” business of the Ugandan authorities. On his comment on ‘the economic cost of the Rwanda-Uganda standoff’, he wrote that, “Rwanda is more important for the health of Uganda’s economy than China, India, Japan, the UK and USA!”

The academic provided further details, “to show why it is in Uganda’s best interest to ensure that the ongoing conflict ends.”

“Rwanda may look a very small economy relative to Uganda’s other trade and economic partners. However, available data shows Rwanda could actually be more important for the health of Uganda’s economy than some of the world’s largest economies. Here is how:

Over the years, Uganda’s trade has smoothed in intensity and direction away from inter- to intra-regional trade. In 1999 the European Union (EU) was Uganda’s main trade partner contributing over 57% ($280m) of Uganda’s total export receipts then ($490m).

Last year Uganda exported goods and services worth $1.6 billion to EAC, COMESA and the rest of Africa which constitutes 44% of the total export receipts. In the same year, Uganda earned only 15% ($542m) of her total export receipts ($3.6 billion) from the EU.

Rwanda bought goods and services from Uganda worth US$257m (Ushs. 950 billion) and earned only US$18m (Ushs.66 billion) from Uganda. This implies a favourable net balance of trade of US$239m for Uganda. In other words, last year Rwandans donated to Uganda over Ushs.884 billion.

Actually Rwanda is fifth among the top buyers of Uganda’s exports.”

Almost a year ago on September 3, 2018, Museveni’s own quasi economic advisor, Andrew Mwenda, provided statistics that are in line with Goobi’s argument and even reached a similar conclusion:

“Uganda has been a huge beneficiary of Rwanda’s economic growth. Our country is Rwanda’s supermarket. Our farmers and industrialists make hundreds of millions of dollars every year selling their products and produce to Rwanda. In the last ten years (2007-2016) we have sold goods worth $2.2 billion to Rwanda yet it has sold to us goods worth a paltry $85.5 million – a trade surplus of $2.1 billion. Now this is not to mention export of services and capital. Ugandan professionals work and earn foreign exchange for us in Rwanda. Our schools, from primary to university, are teeming with tens of thousands of students from Rwanda. We receive the largest number of visitors from Rwanda and they stay the longest. Ugandan investors go to Rwanda more than any other country in this region.”

Mwenda wondered why Uganda would be willing to subject its traders to such losses rather than to appreciate and protect, “our national interest,” he ominously wrote at the time, almost urging Ugandan traders to pressure Museveni into de-escalating the conflict.

“The state in Uganda seems dis-articulated from the interests of its farmers, traders, investors, and workers. Since these quarrels began, scores of our traders and investors have been asking me what is going on and what can be done to stop the slide.”

Uganda’s Central Bank Governor, Tumusiime Mutebile, also told the public, “Uganda’s economy is at risk,” and placed some of the risk as a result of slowing regional trade, especially with Rwanda: “BoU is also concerned about slowdown in regional trade which the central bank said had declined by 8 per cent in February following Rwanda’s closure of her border with Uganda at Gatuna/Katuna,” The Daily Monitor of April 2, 2019 reported.

Border community hurting

Most of the commentators have focused on the trade statistics at the national level and have ignored the suffering of the border community from the collapse of the Kabale economy. On March 20, 2019, The Observers’ Alon Mwesigwa wrote an article titled, “Winners, Losers in Uganda-Rwanda,” that focused on the livelihoods of these communities.

Wilfred Niwagaba, the MP for Ndorwa County East, told him that the conflict “is taking a heavy economic toll on his constituents,” adding that, “It is us [who have been] supplying foodstuffs and trading. We have also been getting some foodstuffs from there [Rwanda] like beans,” Niwagaba said. “The Kabale economy alone has been supplying Irish potatoes worth Shs 4bn [annually to Rwanda].”

Some residents of Nuwagaba’s constituency told The Observer, “We have spoken to the area MPs but they have said ‘no, don’t talk about that.’ What should we do?”

The fact that people have no answers to these questions is why some have turned to the EACJ for remedies. However, Exhibit A against Uganda is expected to come from it’s own Minister of Trade and Cooperation who concedes that “Mirama Hill is open.” Ishimwe, the Kabale resident who petitioned his Member of Parliament, also says that the Kyanika border is open, but inconveniencing, “They are telling us if you’re crossing over to Rwanda, use Kyanika but people have never used it.”

In other words, Uganda has two border crossings that it can use freely to access Rwanda’s market. Moreover, the decision to undertake construction at the Gatuna border, which has been closed for this purpose since February, is intended to remove inconveniences to trade, as agreed upon by the two countries (Uganda is yet to begin construction to fulfil its part of the agreement).

The two cases at the EACJ are significant because they will bring to the surface the fact that Uganda’s problem with Rwanda is that its traders have been inconvenienced by something that was mutually agreed upon. However, in the face of the torture that is faced by their Rwandan counterparts in illegal detention centres across Uganda, the crime of inconvenience will come off as a privilege that Rwandans in Uganda cells wish they could enjoy.

Source: The New Times / Rwanda

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