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Fishing trespassers from Burundi handed back to their country

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By Mark Martin Karuhanga

A story circulating around is alleging that Burundi is accusing Rwanda of abducting its fishermen. The Burundian government, according to this story, has accused the Rwandan marine force of kidnapping four of its fishermen on Lake Rweru.

What happened, according to sources within the Rwanda Police, is that there were indeed Burundian fishermen apprehended on the lake. But, first of all, it was three fishermen from Burundi, not four. Secondly, these people according to the police source “were arrested within Rwandan waters”.

Rwanda shares Lake Rweru with Burundi, with the Rwandan side of the lake lying in Eastern Province. According to the information provided by the police, the three fishermen were illegally fishing in Rwandan waters, “which is the same thing as theft”.

That happened around midnight, on the eighth, last Saturday.

When the army marine apprehended them, the Burundian fishermen claimed that because it was at night, they did not realize they had wondered into Rwandan waters.

The marine patrol did not detain them, but rather handed them over to the Rweru Police. The police detained them, as per procedure, but then since these were the nationals of another country, worked hand in hand with immigration on deportation procedures.

Today, Monday 10, December, the three men were handed over to Burundian authorities, both police and immigration, said our source. “The deportation papers, signed by the authorities of both countries, are there for anyone to see,” our sources added.

Internationally, when fishermen from one country work in the waters of another country it constitutes an act of aggression. But Rwanda has preferred to peacefully deport the men back to their country, without further incident.

According to observers President Nkurunziza, who according to regional media outlets such as The Nation is becoming increasingly isolated in the region, and is “in search of something to divert attention.”

This incident, according to the analysis, of trying to turn even a simple fisherman into an international incident – when they are only trespassers whom Rwanda has peacefully handed over – is the clearest sign of Nkurunziza’s desperation.

Rwanda’s judiciary deals embarrassing blow to naysayers

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By Mary Mugisha

The big news is that the Rwigaras court case is over and the High Court has acquitted Diane Rwigara and her mother Adeline Mukangemanyi.

The reaction to the news however also has shown to what extent the naysayers and critics whose profession is to mudsling Rwanda have been exposed.

They had excitedly worked up expectations internationally that “Rwanda is going to lock up Rwigara and her mother because there are no human rights in Rwanda, and the country’s courts are neither free nor fair!”

These individuals, including people like David Himbara, have engaged in tireless campaigns to convince even Western lawmaking bodies that “in Rwanda the courts do not operate independently!” Or that “President Kagame controls the courts like someone using a TV remote control!”

Himbara and groups working together with him even convinced a few US lawmakers who made some speeches to call upon Rwanda to “free the Rwigaras!”, (thereby, inadvertently or not, interfering in the judicial processes of a sovereign country – undermining the same independence they purport to support).

All these groups were striving to turn the Rwigaras into a cause célèbre. Himbara’s excitement could barely be controlled. Judi Rever was drooling. “RPF Gakwerere” was slobbering. Museveni propaganda outlets like the “Softpower” website were jumping up and down to draw attention to the Rwigaras. BBC Gahuzamiryango people were reportedly over the moon.

They were preparing – according to our sources – to capitalise on Diane and Mukangemanyi imprisonment “forever”! As far as all this excited gaggle was concerned, the Rwigaras saga was “the Christmas gift that would keep on giving!”

Then on Thursday afternoon in the packed High Court, the judge shocked all of them. The judge upset “their Christmas present,” according to a legal analyst. Their expectation that Father Christmas was just about to hand them a big stick with which to beat Kigali forever turned to ashes, the analyst said.

In a clear, professional, concise manner, the judge read his ruling. On count after count he laid out the facts, showing that the prosecution had provable cases supported by evidence, material and audio. Yet in each case, the court found that, as presented, that evidence failed to meet the high (beyond a reasonable doubt) threshold required to convict in criminal cases.

Diane Rwigara and her mother were both acquitted of the charges of attempting to incite insurrection – with a separate charge of forgery against Diane Rwigara. And her mother too was acquitted on separate charges of divisionism and discrimination.

The prosecution’s evidence on the plan to cause insurrection failed to prove “beyond a reasonable doubt” the intent that the privately exchanged material was intended for public consumption. Similarly, on the forgery charge, forensic evidence couldn’t prove “beyond a reasonable doubt” in favour of the prosecution’s case. Why the prosecution didn’t use witnesses whose signatures were forged who exist out there and instead chose to use forensic evidence was perplexing.

At the end of the day, though the two have been found not guilty, they have not been found innocent either. According to legal analysts, they walk free because the independence of its judiciary and the rigorous application of high standards of legal rules of evidence have worked in their favour.

Any objective observer, whether local or international, that followed the trial of the two women from the start will acknowledge it was fair, professional and independent. Prosecution produced evidence that showed that Diane Rwigara, in support of her failed bid to present herself for elections indeed submitted to the national electoral commission signatures that were forgeries and supporting documents belonging to deceased people. Her mother was heard on audio (and even she acknowledged it was her voice), inciting hatred against the government. She and her mother’s defense that they had uttered such words out of frustration for the loss of a family member should have been denied by court, for instance.

Even with all that however, the two women had been granted bail in spite of the gravity of the charges against them. This, according to legal analysts, was further proof of the independent nature of Rwanda’s judicial system.

The women’s acquittal has caused a lot of embarrassing, though impenitent, reactions from the usual rabble of professional Rwanda detractors. But this category of propagandist Rwanda critics have very little shame. They have quickly jumped on another talking point. “International pressure worked on Rwanda!” they are now screaming. “Pressure worked,” crowed Himbara and others like him.

These people may think they can lie to the world, but Rwanda does not work like that, said a student of law at the University of Rwanda. “Anyway, how can they claim all the time that Rwanda is a terrible place, and that it has ‘the most evil government,’ only to turn around and then say it is susceptible to pressure?” asked the student.

If this were such a government of “unfeelingly heartless bad people”, why would they be concerned about anyone’s opinion? Wouldn’t they just do as any evil government does, and throw the women in prison forever!

An analyst tweeted: “Rwanda’s critics have consistently claimed that the country’s courts simply take orders from President Kagame and other powerful political actors.”

He added: “Already some international activists are trying to take credit for the Rwigara acquittal, claiming that it stems solely from foreign pressure. What this perspective misses is the skill of Rwandan lawyers, and the independence and courage of Rwandan judges operating in a febrile political environment.”

The independence, professionalism and impartiality of Rwanda’s judiciary has badly blindsided the naysayers. Now they are sputtering around, clutching at straws.

Could Museveni’s “hidden” Rwandan identity be the cause of his hostility towards Rwanda?

By virungapost

From the first day of the almost 33 years he has (mis)ruled Uganda, President Yoweri Museveni has been heavily dogged by the question of whether he is a “true Ugandan”, or whether, in reality, he is a Rwandan.

This persistent question has followed the current leader of Uganda for most of his life. For instance, in Uganda’s 1980 national elections, he was thoroughly rejected by the Bahima of the Nyabushozi constituency in which he stood, even though he claims to be one of them. They accused him instead of “trying to con them into believing that he was a Muhima”, when in fact, they said, “He is a Munyarwanda.” Thus they elected Sam Kuteesa who was standing on the DP ticket. This incident, according to people that have followed Museveni’s life history, was a very painful one, that “he took a long time to recover from.”

In view of the current situation that Museveni has provoked against Rwanda – something that has annoyed very many ordinary Ugandan citizens who see no purpose in enmity with their Rwandan brothers and sisters – analysts have started to question Museveni’s true motives. Might the Museveni regime’s current hostile behavior towards Rwanda to do with a ‘secret’; that he is in reality himself a Munyarwanda?

Museveni has always felt threatened that if it ever gets confirmed he is of Rwandan origin, then he is an illegitimate president! So, in order to discourage such suspicions, he tries to display much overt hostility towards Rwanda.

Anyone that follows the news closely will have realized that, contrary to claims of mutual bad blood between Uganda and Rwanda, only the former has been behaving badly towards the latter. Only Museveni’s security agencies, the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) and Internal Security Organisation (ISO) have been abducting, detaining in ungazetted illegal ‘safe houses’, torturing or generally harassing nationals of Rwanda.

Not a single Ugandan has suffered similar mistreatment while in Rwanda.

Only the Ugandan administration has tried to undermine Rwandan trade. Examples include blocking of plans to extend the Northern Corridor standard gauge railway to Kigali; undermining electricity sale agreements and many more; more recently holding a container of good from Rwanda to cross through Uganda to Mombasa.

Rwanda has not reciprocated to this hostility in any way.

In the matter of security, only Museveni is hosting and actively sponsoring a terrorist band to destabilize Rwanda. Kigali harbors no Ugandan terrorists or dissidents.

An examination of multiple media reports in the region will confirm these facts.

This, according to Kampala political analysts, could have to do with the fact Museveni is clinging on to power at a time his rule has become highly unpopular, with its unprecedented corruption, violence to citizens and other factors which have given rise to movements like “People Power”.

Therefore he is “trying to gain cheap populism by turning Rwanda into a scapegoat”, according to analysts familiar with the environment in both countries.

“Museveni is trying to gain cheap populism by targeting Rwanda,” said a Ugandan writer. “All that talk of “jiggers” and other insults constitute actual enmity towards Rwanda. But a good part of it is also meant to counter the persistent talk that “Museveni is really not a Ugandan but a Munyarwanda”, said the Kampala-based journalist. In other words, that he is the actual jigger that has infiltrated Uganda.

The problem with this, according to the journalist, is that in behaving towards Rwanda in ways that are so overtly hostile to an extent even Obote did not, Museveni only raises more suspicion about his identity.

A true Ugandan would have no trouble reciprocating the good neighbourliness Rwanda has shown all this time; so why all this exaggerated Museveni antipathy, many Ugandans have been heard wondering.

The bad behavior of Museveni towards Rwanda has been mirrored by others with Rwandan origins in his regime, most notably Brig Gen Abel Kandiho, and Sarah Kagingo, the former having a Rwandan mother and the latter having relatives living freely in Kigali.

Kandiho, who heads CMI, was plucked from obscurity as a young man by Salim Saleh, Museveni’s younger brother. For years, Kandiho worked as Saleh’s errand boy. His failure to place national interest above Museveni and Saleh’s private interests made it hard for him to find acceptance by Ugandan soldiers who always viewed him as a person mercenary of the duo.

This may explain why Kandiho has gone bonkers on anyone Rwandan he can lay his hands on in Uganda: Visiting Rwandan businessmen, transiting businessmen, Rwandan residents of Uganda, students, all have felt the CMI boss’ wrath. CMI has abducted them. It has, working hand in hand with RNC, forcibly recruited young Banyarwanda into the terrorist group. Those that refuse the recruitment face arrest on false pretenses. The most common tactic is to plant guns on them, then arrest them on charges of illegal possession of military weapons, that is triable only in military court martial to avoid civil courts where stricter rules of evidence and suspects’ rights apply.

It is a trend of hostile behavior that has left those who know Kandiho’s Rwandan background asking how someone can behave like that to people with whom he shares blood.

Sarah Kagingo, one of Museveni’s propagandists who, according to inside sources disguises herself with the handle “Gareth Ofungi” or “Ofungi Gareth” on Twitter, is another “disguised” Munyarwanda. She has hurled the most virulent insults towards the Rwandan leadership and Rwandans in general. She too is one of those trying extremely hard to disprove her Rwandanness and demonstrate her “Ugandaness”.

“These people are trying so hard not to be themselves, which is why Ugandans will never fully trust them!” said our journalist source.

“Were Museveni to proudly embrace his Rwandan identity it would be a liberating experience from his inner demons that arise from the dissonance of his internal identity struggle,” said a Uganda-based Rwandan who only gave his name as Butare.

Museveni’s men’s obsession with Rwandan women

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By Yvette Muvunyi

President Museveni’s government has for quite some time been involved in a misinformation campaign that has specialized in hurling insults that target the leadership in Rwanda. The Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) has been active in propagating this propaganda through sites including Chimp Reports, Soft Power News that belongs to Salim Saleh’s friend Sarah Kagingo, among many blog sites set up to propagate Museveni’s vendetta, which has reached new lows: Hurling demeaning insults towards Rwandan women and girls.

Some of the men and women that were tortured and deported to Rwanda from Uganda

Just last month Museveni’s intelligence agencies planted a story in the media with a deliberately insulting headline: Rwandan women sold off as brides in Mityana. The headline was clearly meant to abuse and provoke. “Normally, ethics would demand that before a newspaper or other publication claims that any country’s women or other people are ‘for sale,’ great care is taken to verify many things,” said a seasoned editor at one of the leading news media in the region.

“There is no evidence that this story was researched, for instance. It sounds more like bar rumour and scuttlebutt than a story written by a professional journalist,” continued the editor, who noted that the intent was clear: to demean and insult.

The only person in an official capacity interviewed for that article was a Ugandan local government official, Yahaya Kakooza the Resident District Commissioner, a direct Museveni appointee, who obviously thought he was echoing the sentiments of his boss, Museveni, to hurl mud at Rwanda.

The reporter found time to get a comment from Kakooza. However, no effort was made to contact Rwanda’s embassy before concocting a story about “women for sale.” Were these victims of human trafficking, a problem that Uganda itself suffers from?

“We know the prostitutes they traffic from Uganda to Arab countries,” said a lady bar owner in Kampala who confessed that her premises are often poached for this purpose, “It’s a big problem with some of our women here in Kampala being taken to work as sex slaves in Arab countries!”

A security expert says the moment someone is said to have been transported from one area to another and sold, “that becomes human trafficking.” Yet Kakooza, the Mityana RDC, did not clarify whether Ugandan security is investigating the alleged Rwandan bride incidents as human trafficking.

The article says the selling of Rwandan women is an open secret in Mityana. So, some are asking, why has Ugandan security turned a blind eye to human trafficking, and failed to move in to investigate and arrest those involved in what constitutes a crime under both international and Ugandan laws?

Or at the minimum inform the Rwandan embassy in Wandegeya. One is forced to conclude that this lack of action on the part of the authorities in Uganda can only mean there are no Rwandans “women for sale” in Uganda and that CMI and ISO concocted and planted yet another story with the usual aim of tarnishing Rwanda, only this time they shot even lower than their usually low standards of indecency.

One thought they wouldn’t go any lower than the time CMI undressed innocent Rwandan women it had arrested and detained at its headquarters in Mbuya. After more than two weeks of torture that included removing their cloths “to see how a Rwandan woman looks,” they expelled the women to Kigali. It must be some form of obsession that Museveni’s agents have with Rwandan women that has them wanting to see how they look naked and now has them thinking about “buying” them.

If it’s not this obsession, then it must be about the runaway corruption in the country for which a diversion is much sought after. For instance, Uganda seems to be contending for the status of “most corrupt country on earth.” Museveni himself recently admitted in Nairobi that his government cannot do something as simple as lawfully evacuating people from swamps, but that government has to bribe them to evacuate!

The stories that show the Museveni family has for long been a crime family in the mould of the Sicilian Mafias are coming thick and fast. There is the scandal whereby one Kiconco Medard, reportedly on behalf of Museveni’s daughter Natasha, has been trying to evict the whole village of Lusanja so that they can take the evicted families’ land. Such greed has long been the hallmark of Uganda’s First Family in the Museveni era.

Hardly had the Lusanja expropriation saga started to fade from the headlines, than the latest mega-scandal erupted in the international media. The UK’s Daily Mail newspaper notably led with the headline: “How Uganda’s corrupt elite dipped into 151 million pounds of UK aid cash.” The sub-header says: “UN review exposes catalogue of dodgy land dealing, expenses fiddling and overpayments.”

The story details a catalogue of ways in which the Uganda government, through the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) has swindled the UN, using methods like the aforementioned dodgy land dealing, expenses fiddling, overpayments, and others like overconsumption of fuel.

A Ugandan called Moses Mwebaze on Twitter said, “Now, “refugees” has been the only trademark of good works left for Uganda to sell abroad. The OPM is again leaving us speechless and poorer!” How about yesterday’s The Observer that uncovered, “President Museveni’s $500,000 bribe, in cash, was wrapped in gift boxes Mafia-style” that was “delivered” to him at “his 2016 swearing in” ceremony.

Considering that the scandals have become so frequent, it is not surprising that the big man’s security services would try to concoct a slanderous story about alleged Rwandan women on sale to divert the attention of the public.

“They just want to generate anything that might drag Rwanda into their mud; they don’t care how nasty or true it is as long as it takes some pressure from Museveni, his family and their corruption ”said a laughing Ugandan, “so expect them to talk a lot about Rwandan women.”

 

Museveni’s official declares war on Rwandan “bapakasi”

By virungapost

By Mark Martin Karuhanga

Security authorities in the district of Ntungamo, which borders neighboring Rwanda, are to begin rounding up and deporting “undocumented” Rwandans in the district.

The Resident District Commissioner George Bakunda, who represents President Museveni in Ntungamo district, said the decision has been made “after establishing that many (Rwandans) have become a source of insecurity.”

Therefore, he added, it would be a requirement to register all citizens in the district at LC1 level since, “it has been found out that at many instances people causing insecurity are illegal immigrants from Rwanda who are employed at households as casual laborers.”

According to the reports, among the measures will be the searching of homes employing those immigrants, and those found without work permits and proper immigration documents would be rounded up.”

Read: Museveni’s official attacks Rwanda’s Minister with string of false claims

Mr. Bakunda did not explain the sudden need for this decision. He did not parade any Rwandan suspects and say they were the ones accused of causing insecurity.

The reports note that several Rwandan women work as waitresses in bars and hotels, although one of the issues raised by the RDC was that there had been “an increase in cattle theft”. He did not clarify, however, why government was singling out the Rwandan waitresses, or whether it was suspected they were the ones behind cattle thefts.

Bakunda himself said, “there is an increase in cattle theft and murders”, but added “these are being caused by unknown people.” The RDC did not explain how he decided these “unknown people” actually were Rwandans.

Ntungamo District is predominantly inhabited by Banyankore. But according to facts on the ground there also are many migrants from the rest of Uganda – Baganda, Banyoro, Bakiga and others – that have, and still do migrate to the place to do casual work. There even are migrants from Burundi that go there seeking similar work.

According to our Ntungamo sources, the RDC did not explain why, even when he did not produce a single suspect, he was saying it was Rwandans stealing cows. He presented not a single fact or piece of evidence to justify the accusations.

Read: Genocide fugitives find sanctuary in Uganda

Neither he nor any member of his district security council, which he chairs, provided any link between the rise in murders in the area to Rwandans. Sources from the meeting say the RDC did not present any statistic saying: The number of Rwandans convicted of murdering people in Ntungamo is this and this.

Uganda has of late been hit by waves of crime especially in the Central region. There have been in recent years several murders of Muslim clerics that the government did not solve. There were many reports of kidnappings for money. And all kinds of violent robberies.

Common knowledge is that these are not areas with significant Banyarwanda populations.

“Why then are they singling out Ntungamo? There must be something,” said a local resident of the district.

“But when one examines parts like Kisoro, Kabale, Ntungamo and other areas bordering Rwanda, simple newspaper reports will show very few incidences of high crimes!” said our source who preferred anonymity.

It has been clear for some time now that President Museveni is determined to make Rwanda and Rwandans the scapegoat for all the problems of insecurity, instability and others caused by his 32 years in power, during which government has been heavily characterized by corruption and embezzlement of public resources, and all the hallmarks of poor governance.

Read Also: Uganda and Burundi court new rebel group against Rwanda

The government of President Museveni, according to numerous reports even in international media like The Standard of Kenya, and others, has gone to great lengths to try to cause instability in Rwanda. Proof has been published President Museveni’s intelligence and security agencies are sponsoring the Rwanda National Congress (RNC) terrorist group that is bent on killing Rwandans, facilitating and giving it free rein in Uganda.

Rwanda has repeatedly raised these issues with our government through diplomatic channels, and with documented proof, as several local and regional media reports have reported.

According to observers, what the latest baseless accusations against Rwandans in Ntungamo tell us is this. Kampala’s representatives in local administrations close to Rwanda’s border have been instructed to step up anti-Rwanda efforts, “perhaps to cleanse the border areas of any eyes and ears of what Kampala is preparing on the common border.”

Uganda has a long sad history of scapegoating Banyarwanda for its internal security problems and forcefully expelling them. Such measures have rarely been beneficial to the governments of the day as that of Obote II ultimately learnt.

Museveni’s official declares war on poor Rwandan “bapakasi”

By virungapost

By Mark Martin Karuhanga

Security authorities in the district of Ntungamo, which borders neighboring Rwanda, are to begin rounding up and deporting “undocumented” Rwandans in the district.

The Resident District Commissioner George Bakunda, who represents President Museveni in Ntungamo district, said the decision has been made “after establishing that many (Rwandans) have become a source of insecurity.”

Therefore, he added, it would be a requirement to register all citizens in the district at LC1 level since, “it has been found out that at many instances people causing insecurity are illegal immigrants from Rwanda who are employed at households as casual laborers.”

According to the reports, among the measures will be the searching of homes employing those immigrants, and those found without work permits and proper immigration documents would be rounded up.”

Read: Museveni’s official attacks Rwanda’s Minister with string of false claims

Mr. Bakunda did not explain the sudden need for this decision. He did not parade any Rwandan suspects and say they were the ones accused of causing insecurity.

The reports note that several Rwandan women work as waitresses in bars and hotels, although one of the issues raised by the RDC was that there had been “an increase in cattle theft”. He did not clarify, however, why government was singling out the Rwandan waitresses, or whether it was suspected they were the ones behind cattle thefts.

Bakunda himself said, “there is an increase in cattle theft and murders”, but added “these are being caused by unknown people.” The RDC did not explain how he decided these “unknown people” actually were Rwandans.

Ntungamo District is predominantly inhabited by Banyankore. But according to facts on the ground there also are many migrants from the rest of Uganda – Baganda, Banyoro, Bakiga and others – that have, and still do migrate to the place to do casual work. There even are migrants from Burundi that go there seeking similar work.

According to our Ntungamo sources, the RDC did not explain why, even when he did not produce a single suspect, he was saying it was Rwandans stealing cows. He presented not a single fact or piece of evidence to justify the accusations.

Read: Genocide fugitives find sanctuary in Uganda

Neither he nor any member of his district security council, which he chairs, provided any link between the rise in murders in the area to Rwandans. Sources from the meeting say the RDC did not present any statistic saying: The number of Rwandans convicted of murdering people in Ntungamo is this and this.

Uganda has of late been hit by waves of crime especially in the Central region. There have been in recent years several murders of Muslim clerics that the government did not solve. There were many reports of kidnappings for money. And all kinds of violent robberies.

Common knowledge is that these are not areas with significant Banyarwanda populations.

“Why then are they singling out Ntungamo? There must be something,” said a local resident of the district.

“But when one examines parts like Kisoro, Kabale, Ntungamo and other areas bordering Rwanda, simple newspaper reports will show very few incidences of high crimes!” said our source who preferred anonymity.

It has been clear for some time now that President Museveni is determined to make Rwanda and Rwandans the scapegoat for all the problems of insecurity, instability and others caused by his 32 years in power, during which government has been heavily characterized by corruption and embezzlement of public resources, and all the hallmarks of poor governance.

Read Also: Uganda and Burundi court new rebel group against Rwanda

The government of President Museveni, according to numerous reports even in international media like The Standard of Kenya, and others, has gone to great lengths to try to cause instability in Rwanda. Proof has been published President Museveni’s intelligence and security agencies are sponsoring the Rwanda National Congress (RNC) terrorist group that is bent on killing Rwandans, facilitating and giving it free rein in Uganda.

Rwanda has repeatedly raised these issues with our government through diplomatic channels, and with documented proof, as several local and regional media reports have reported.

According to observers, what the latest baseless accusations against Rwandans in Ntungamo tell us is this. Kampala’s representatives in local administrations close to Rwanda’s border have been instructed to step up anti-Rwanda efforts, “perhaps to cleanse the border areas of any eyes and ears of what Kampala is preparing on the common border.”

Uganda has a long sad history of scapegoating Banyarwanda for its internal security problems and forcefully expelling them. Such measures have rarely been beneficial to the governments of the day as that of Obote II ultimately learnt.

Museveni’s official attacks Rwanda’s Minister with string of false claims

By virungapost

By Peter Muhumuza

An article published on Wednesday November 21 by the Ugandan news website Chimpreports says, “The government of Uganda has urged Rwanda ‘to always communicate its concerns through the rightful diplomatic channels.’”

The website was quoting the permanent secretary at the Uganda Ministry of Foreign Affairs one Ambassador Patrick Mugoya who was speaking in response to Rwandan Foreign Minister Richard Sezibera’s observation that relations with Uganda were complicated.

The remarks of Minister Sezibera in a press conference on Tuesday stressed the fact that Rwanda is willing to normalize relations with any neighbor, but that for some reason some of these neighbors preferred ‘to close their door’.

“Rwanda has been willing to normalize relations with neighboring countries but some are refusing to reciprocate, which undermines sustainable peace in the region,” said Mr. Sezibera.

Read: Uganda and Burundi court new rebel group against Rwanda

He told the journalists that, “for Rwanda and Uganda relations aren’t ‘that good’ for reasons that you know and we are not responsible for either; some Rwandans are threatened on the other side, other issues are caused by people tending to harm our country.”

Sezibera among other things talked of cases of “Rwandans travelling to Uganda who have been facing violence while suspected criminals have been finding refuge there”.

It was while responding to Sezibera’s remarks that Mugoya lectured Rwanda that “it should always raise issues through the right diplomatic channels.”

The Ugandan official in his remarks seemed to forget that for the last few years Rwanda has been doing exactly what he lectures it should do.

Media reports have been reporting incidences when Rwanda, through its diplomatic mission in Uganda, has been protesting the harassment, arresting and holding incommunicado, and torture by Ugandan state operatives, most notably the CMI and ISO.

The East African newspaper, one of the most credible publications in the region, ran an article on Saturday, 23 December 2017 that published the following quote from a diplomatic note from Rwanda to Uganda.

“The Republic of Rwanda wishes to call the highest attention by Ugandan authorities, and request remedy without delay to the following: multiple unjustified arrests; failure to notify the diplomatic representation of Rwanda in Uganda, and mistreatment of Rwandan citizens in Uganda in the last several months, a diplomatic note seen by The East African reads in part.’”

Read: Uganda security tortures and deports another Rwandan

News organizations throughout the region have been reporting about the several times when the High Commissioner of Rwanda to Uganda, Frank Mugambage has written similar letters to the Government of Uganda. Cases of Rwandans being picked up by security operatives in Kampala with methods described by the victims as “abduction” have been reported again and again.

The most recent example is that of Rwandan businessman Patrick Niyigena. Unidentified Ugandan agents just last month on the eighth picked near Kampala’s Owino Market as he was whiling away the time before boarding a bus to Nairobi where he was to buy refrigerator parts.

Niyigena narrated his terrible ordeal about how the plain clothes, armed operatives forced him to board their black tinted vehicle, giving him no chance to call anyone, and took him to a safe house where they torture him.

After said the men took his money, amounting to US$ 2400, interrogated him, making him sleep without a mattress in a small, dark, cold room. He suffered this torture for three days, during which the operatives injected an unknown substance in his arm. Afterwards they released him rudely, telling him to “go report his case to Rwanda”.

Read: Prosecution to move against Kayumba’s South Africa based terror network

Operatives of Uganda’s Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) and Internal Security Organisation (ISO) have treated very many Rwandans in a manner similar, or even much worse to this.

On 23 September 2017 Bayingana James, Nsekanabo Ali Lando and Byaruhanga Nduwamungu Vianney were taken into detention in Bukasa by CMI. As usual with CMI or ISO nothing was done in the normal channels.

It was just a bunch of fellows turning up in a car with their guns, barking at the men to get into the car – showing no arrest warrant or any document – and taking them to a torturous custody.

Soon after the abduction of the three Rwandans another one, Fidele Gatsinzi was picked in a similar manner by CMI and detained. That happened on 9 November 2017, when Gatsinzi was in Kampala to visit his son who studies at Uganda Christian University in Mukono.

CMI detained Gatsinzi for two weeks at its headquarters, as he himself told it, and tortured him, after which they dumped him at the Gatuna border, injured and unable to walk on his own. There are very many stories like that.

Any research on whether Rwanda has retaliated against Ugandan citizens in any way similar reveals not a single incident. The outgoing foreign minister of Rwanda Louise Mushikiwabo in March this year reiterated, “Rwanda will not reciprocate illegal detentions, deportations and torture subjected to Rwandan nationals, to any Ugandan national living or visiting Rwanda.”

Mugoya the permanent secretary of the Ugandan Foreign Ministry makes another remark, that when the Rwandan minister complains of harassment and torture of Rwandans, “he is entitled to his opinion”.

Sezibera in the press conference was noting verifiable facts on the ground that several reputable media houses have reported, not voicing mere opinions.

Mugoya also went ahead to state – in response to the charge that Rwandan criminals are finding sanctuary in Uganda – that “if Rwanda has information about these people’s criminal records, let them share it with us.”

According to several news reports, Rwanda has given Uganda detailed proof that the terrorist RNC group of Kayumba Nyamwasa, which among other things is the author of grenade blasts in Kigali, has found sanctuary in Uganda.

Mugoya’s statements are in contrast to that of his own President Yoweri Museveni. The Ugandan leader himself, when provided incontestable proof of the presence of RNC recruitment in Uganda, had no choice but to acknowledge the presence of RNC in his country.

According to a report published in The Standard of Kenya on Monday, 2 July this year when Museveni was asked – during a joint press conference he held with President Kagame earlier in March – whether he knew of the 45 recruits for the RNC terror group of Kayumba Nyamwasa, the Ugandan leader said he was aware of that.

These people were apprehended in a by now infamous incident at the Kikagati border post with Tanzania, travelling on fake Ugandan travel documents that – upon interrogation by border police – they confessed it was CMI that had facilitated them to get the papers. The 45 men further confessed that they were en-route to RNC training camps in Minembwe, DRC, via Burundi.

Read also: One year on, the harassment of Rwandans in Uganda persists with no end in sight

The Standard quoted Museveni saying: “A group of Banyarwanda was being recruited through Tanzania and Burundi to go to Congo. They said they were going for church work, but when they were interrogated it was found the work wasn’t exactly religious. It was something else.”

That was classic President Museveni when confronted with the truth; he will acknowledge it then turn around to do something completely contrary to his words. The same newspaper would in a follow up article report that the same terror recruits had mysteriously been released by a court in Mbarara, when everyone’s attention was turned to other things.

Chimpreports also claims that its investigations show “several Ugandan and Rwandan officials in the intelligence and armed forces have personal scores to settle”, “undermining efforts to normalize relations between the two countries.

Nowhere in its report does Chimpreports say who these officers are, their ranks or any other detail. It is an allegation they support with nothing.

On the other hand observers raise the question: if there indeed are “personal issues” between some security officials, how does that in any way justify harassment, torture, abductions and mistreatment that Ugandan intelligence agencies have inflicted on Rwandan citizens? Or the fact not a single Ugandan citizen has suffered even once what CMI and ISO has done to Rwandans?

Every fact contradicts the latest Chimpreports article on Rwanda, and everything that Mugoya claims or says.

Rwanda has for instance presented evidence to Uganda that there are at least up to 250 perpetrators of the 94 Genocide Against the Tutsi, leaving in Uganda, and that some of them have even joined local political activity in Uganda.

Over to you, Ambassador Mugoya!

Genocide fugitives find sanctuary in Uganda

By virungapost

The genocide against Rwanda’s Tutsi began on 7th April 1994. Three days earlier, on 3rd April, the global Pan African Congress had kicked off in Kampala, closing on 8th April. But the carnage in Rwanda would persist for 100 days, claiming at least 10,000 lives a day and making it the most efficient genocide in human history.

Most importantly, the Pan African Conference became a platform for denouncing the killings, with Museveni amongst the most forceful voices in this regard. This attitude endeared him to many genocide survivors, particularly during subsequent commemorations.

I was at Amahoro Stadium during the 20th genocide commemoration when Museveni took to the podium, unloading a wrath like no other towards the Europeans, especially the Belgians and French, whom he accused of sowing divisions and the seeds of their destruction among Rwandans.

The former colonisers Belgium, and Habyarimana’s close allies, the French, received serious tongue-lashing.

Some of them were represented and were visibly embarrassed, with so much awkwardness that you could hear a pin drop.

But the genocide survivors loved the fact that Museveni was speaking truth to power, cheering him on, especially when he invoked his Runyankore-laced Kinyarwanda. The rhetoric was on point. It appeared to all that this was a brotherly neighbour after his extended honour to victims, comforting of survivors, and demands of accountability for the criminals regardless of how powerful they considered themselves. Museveni would, in turn, bask in the glory and adulation of the survivors.

But was Museveni, in reality, the good neighbour who had come to grieve with the survivors? Let’s put his rhetoric and his actions to the test.

When the RPF captured power in Kigali in 1994, most of the killers fled the country with the majority going to Mobutu’s Zaire (now DRC), rightly believing the long-standing Mobutu-Habyarimana friendship guaranteed them sanctuary. They remained there until Mobutu was forcefully removed, forcing many to relocate to such neighbouring countries as Malawi and Zambia, where they could manipulate the authorities, who did not know much about the genocide into believing they were refugees not fugitive killers. Others stayed behind, and benefitted from the lack of capacity of the new government, in what was now the DRC, to monitor and apprehend them.

At the time, Uganda was never on their radar. For one, Museveni understood very well who they were. Secondly, his well-known rhetoric had signalled to them that they would likely get nabbed and either tried in Uganda or extradited to Rwanda to face trial.

However, they soon learned a key feature of Museveni’s character: What he says and what he does are often day and night.

The boldest among those fugitives were soon testing the waters, moving to different parts of Uganda where they were surprised to see no one was bothering them, and that they could go about their lives untroubled. They also discovered they could thrive in Uganda. Some went into business; others even into local-level politics.

Emboldened by the impunity accorded to their friends, many more soon joined them. Credible sources underscored to this website that out of approximately a 1,000 active arrest warrants issued against genocide suspects worldwide, a quarter (250 suspects) are in different parts of Uganda, mostly in Nyakivale, Mubende, Fort Portal, Kasese, Mityana, Lyantonde, and Kampala.

In 2010, this prompted Rwandan authorities to write to their Ugandan counterparts reminding them of their international obligation to apprehend and either try or extradite these mass killers.

According to experts on such obligations, countries are forbidden from granting refugee protection to suspects of international crimes, including genocide.

On 18 June 2016, Rwanda sent Uganda a note verbale on the same matter, including a list of 137 suspects, with details of their violations. Uganda arrested three people, who were subsequently set free.

Among these were Jean Baptiste Bizimungu and Augustin Rwiririza, both former Rwanda local government officials who had played active roles in mobilizing ordinary people to kill. Bizimungu was a Rwankuba sector “conseilleur”, Murambi Commune, who had worked closely with notorious Burgmestre (mayor) of Murambi, Jean Baptiste Gatete, a convict of the Arusha-based International Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on genocide crimes.

Rwiririza was also a ’conseilleur’ at Ndatemwa sector, Murambi Commune, where he similarly incited locals to kill. Both Bizimungu and Rwiririza currently live respectively at Gashojwa and Kiretwa, both in Isingiro district.

Others on the list include Bizimana Bernard, a former Bourgmestre for Musange Commune in Gikongoro, who was previously arrested by police and subsequently set free.

Matemane Faustin, also a genocide fugitive, is the former Bourgmestre of Commune Kidaho where unspeakable atrocities took place under his direct incitement. He lives comfortably in Kisoro.

Also previously arrested but set free is Kanamugire Callixte, aka Supa, who lives freely in the Kampala suburb of Nsambya despite the interpol notice that has led to his initial arrest in Kampala.

Hakizimana Bonaventure, who hails from Rwamagana, escaped from Ntsinda prison in Rwanda where he was serving a life sentence for his role in the genocide. He now lives in Sangano-Nyakivara where he has thrived as a businessman.

Astonishingly, Epimaque Twahirwa, aka John Musana, who was also a local leader in Murambi district, is now a ocal government leader in Uganda, where he is an Local Council (LC) chairman for Kabazana A, Nyakivale, where he also operates a thriving liquor trading business.

To say genocide fugitives have found sanctuary in Uganda would, in other words, be a serious understatement.

They’re thriving while, ironically, the European countries Museveni rebuked at that commemmoration for their role in the genocide have arrested and tried or extradited genocide suspects who had previously freely roamed their territory, some of them masquerading as refugees.

These include Norway, Sweden, Finland, Germany, and Switzerland. Across the Atlantic, the United States and Canada have done the same, most prominently the genocide masterminds, Professors Leopold Munyakazi and Leon Mugesera, respectively.

The two European countries targetted in Museveni’s ire during that genocide commemoration have also tried or extradited suspects. France has had convictions and Belgium has tried eight; altogether, 23 suspects have either been tried or extradited from Europe, America, and Canada – countries that have only a small number compared to those roaming the streets of Kampala or live unbothered across Uganda.

Some countries have previously explained the delays in apprehending suspects as arising from insufficient knowledge about the genocide in Rwanda. However, as indicated above, perhaps no one followed the genocide as it unfolded as closely as Museveni. Indeed, horrified Ugandans watched in disbelief as thousands of dead bodies arrived floating on the shores of Lake Victoria after the killers had butchered and dumped them into lakes and rivers. Uganda also hosts a genocide museum in Rakai district, the exit point from the lake into Ugandan soil of most of these victims.

The killers who dumped the victims into the lakes and rivers have followed them to Uganda and have found sanctuary with Museveni, who in his speeches in front of genocide survivors never ceased to rebuke the killers of their loved ones.

This article was originally published by “The watchman” blog

Link: http://en.igihe.com/spip.php?page=mv2_article&id_article=38346

Uganda and Burundi court new rebel group against Rwanda

By virungapost

An investigative report unearths how Uganda and Burundi have escalated hostile acts against neighbor

By Didas Nahayo

Reliable sources have disclosed to this website that security officials from Uganda have joined forces with those of Burundi in escalated efforts to destabilize their neighbour Rwanda. The situation gets more bizarre, in that good neighbors are supposed to look out for each other’s welfare, yet these two governments daily demonstrate a lack of the basic wisdom that conniving to set fire to your neighbor’s house risks burning down your own.

Burundi and Uganda have instead gotten deeper into this unscrupulous alliance in support of any criminal group that openly declares war on Rwanda. Whereas the two countries have been closely working with Kayumba Nyamwasa’s RNC, now they have joined hands in another unholy alliance in support of Paul Rusesabagina’s rebel outfit.

This is the Rwanda Movement for Democratic Change that goes by the French acronym MRCD. The MRCD is an alliance led by Paul Rusesabagina, the Belgium-based former hotel manager best known for the highly marketed myth that he had saved people during the Genocide (on the contrary this fraud was extorting money from those that fled to the Milles Collines Hotel in need of sanctuary, and turning back those unable to pay, most of whom got slaughtered by the killers).

Read: Prosecution to move against Kayumba’s South Africa based terror network

Before this latest development – confirmed by independent sources – Uganda (and Burundi’s) scheming in support of Kayumba’s illegal, armed terrorist RNC group were once covert. Far-reaching developments have since blown the lid on the previously clandestine operations in support of RNC. Since then, Uganda’s links with the RNC and the role that the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) plays in that scheme are now overt, much of it in the public domain. Who, for instance can forget the spectacle of the arrest and release of the RNC recruits that in fact had already confessed!

Now Rusesabagina’s MRCD joins Kayumba Nyamwasa’s RNC under CMI’s protection and facilitation as they mobilize in regions in Uganda with concentrations of Rwandans, such as Mubende, Masindi, Hoima, Kibale, Kagadi, Sembabule, and Nakivale, among others.

Rwandans in these communities are pressured to send their sons for training in DRC based camps and to contribute money to “the cause” with CMI playing an equally important role. Those who refuse to send their children or to contribute money are accused of being Kigali government sympathisers, and targeted for harassment and deportation; they are also branded spies.

Until recently, they were arrested and tortured in CMI ‘safe-houses’ (i.e. un-gazetted secret jails) before being dumped at the Gatuna border. Over the past six months or so, the notorious CMI has performed a variation of that skullduggery of planting guns on those that have refused their schemes, so as to justify their torture in military facilities and their trial in kangaroo “courts martial”. This is done in total violation of international norms, which require that their diplomatic representatives in Uganda be informed of their detention to enable them to be given consular and legal assistance.

CMI is also essential in the movement of the recruits from Uganda to the rebel training centers in eastern DRC via Bujumbura where they are received by top security officials, armed, and escorted across Lake Tanganyika. For instance, before they depart from Uganda, CMI provides the young men with fake travel documents and facilitates them to cross the border.

Read also: Uganda security tortures and deports another Rwandan

This investigation has unearthed that the frequency of the movements has led to the establishment of coordination cells at the Mutukula, Kikagati, Nyamirima and Butogota border posts to coordinate these operations and to hopefully avoid similar snafus to the embarrassing Kikagati episode.

Once in the DRC, they prepare for operations under the overall command of Kayumba Nyamwasa, and the MRCD’s “General” Laurent Ndagijimana alias Wilson Irategeka Lumbago – the so-called chief of defense forces of the rebel outfit who is a former officer in the genocidal ex FAR (Forces Armées Rwandais).

Senior Burundi officers visits to Kampala

Burundi’s senior security officers have often been visiting Kampala for joint planning purposes in their shared scheme to destabilize Rwanda.

Burundi’s Chief of Defense Forces (CDF), Gen. Prime Niyongabo, for instance, has been shuttling to Kampala where he has been holding meetings with Uganda’s top security officials, including President Museveni’s brother Salim Saleh, the de facto second-in-command of the military, as well as Abel Kandiho, the head of CMI. In previous meetings Niyongabo has also held meetings with the same officers, including the then Minister of Security Gen Henry Tumukunde, as well as Col Kaka Bagyenda, the head of Uganda’s Internal Security Organisation (ISO).

Sources similarly reveal that the head of Burundi’s intelligence services, the notorious SNR, Etienne “Steve” Ntakirutimana has also visited Kampala multiple times. On each such visit he was accorded the kind of reception – including being escorted by heavily armed CMI soldiers – befitting the suggestion that he is in fact an important visitor on a serious mission of shared interests.

Meanwhile, these groups have established food stores in Kakumiro district and Gayaza in Wakiso district in Uganda, where they have stockpiled tons of maize to sell and raise money for the logistics needed in the armed camps, including feeding the recruits.

While we may all tend to focus on the bizarre nature of the partnership among Museveni, Nkurunziza, Kayumba, and Rusesabagina, the appropriate and wise saying the governments in this unholy alliance should ponder is the one that warns: the evil you wish visited upon your neighbour may turn around and consume you instead!

This is a word to the wise in both Bujumbura and Kampala.

Prosecution to move against Kayumba’s South Africa based terror network

By virungapost

Reliable sources indicate that preparations to send a file requesting the South African government to arrest and extradite RNC terror masterminds are in advanced stage

By Justus Gashugi

On 13 September 2013 a team of terrorists infiltrated into the country to launch grenades in areas which large numbers of ordinary people frequent, such as markets and taxi parks.

Their plan succeeded. The day after, on 14 September, they lobbed two grenades into a crowded Kicukiro market, claiming two innocent lives, and injuring forty-six.

The subsequent trial of those involved and apprehended revealed that the Rwanda National Congress (RNC), a terrorist organisation, was behind the attacks whose intent, according to one of the planners, was to create fear in the population in the lead-up to the parliamentary elections slated for November that year.

It now seems the time may be up for the terror masterminds; victims and their families may finally get the long overdue justice that has eluded them for years.

Reliable sources within Rwanda’s Public Prosecution Authority (RPPA) indicate that a file intended for the South African government, where most of the terror masterminds reside, is being finalized.

According to the source, similar dossiers will be sent to other countries as well.

Among those included in the file are Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa, the 1st Vice Coordinator of the RNC, his brother-in-law Frank Ntwali, and Kennedy Gihana, the RNC head of planning.

The case file seeks action against these terror masterminds, including a request to the South African authorities to arrest and extradite them to Rwanda to face justice.

It underscores how their stay in South Africa has allowed them to continue to orchestrate terrorism against innocent Rwandans, with nothing being done to curtail their illegal activities. “They have been hiding under the status of being refugees, but their terrorist activities are in direct violation of such a status,” a source with knowledge of the dossier, but who was not authorised to speak to the media about it publicly told this reporter on condition of anonymity. “Justice delayed is justice denied, and it is high time the victims got the justice that is due to them.”

Inside the dossier is overwhelming and damning evidence linking the RNC with the FDLR, a genocidal organisation that is on the United States government’s watch-list of terrorists across the globe.

Kayumba Nyamwasa, the real RNC chief, who is on Interpol’s fugitives Red Notice, has been instrumental in linking the two organisations in line with their shared aim of destabilizing Rwanda through terror methods that indiscriminately target innocent civilians.

Kayumba was convicted in absentia by court martial on 14 January 2011 and sentenced to 24 years in prison for charges that include forming a terrorist group, threatening state security, and undermining public order, among others.

This case file to be sent to South Africa similarly includes charges of forming an illegal armed group; involvement in terrorism for political purposes; complicity in terrorist acts; financing terrorism; conspiracy and incitement to commit terrorism.

Among the evidence in the dossier are testimonies of RNC members Kayumba sent to negotiate an alliance with the FDLR. During the hearing of Rukundo Patrick alias Jean Marie Vianney Ngabonziza, now convicted and on remand, confessed that Kayumba had sent him along with other members of the RNC to negotiate entering in alliance with with the FDLR; other testimonies include those of defectors from the RNC training centre in Minembwe, South Kivu, DRC, who were allegedly recruited under the instructions of Kayumba Nyamwasa.

When interrogated, these recruits revealed the RNC’s agenda for their recruitment, how they were facilitated by some senior coordinators (some of whom are mentioned in the dossier to be sent to South Africa), and transported to the DRC.

Kayumba implicated in the Kicukiro bomb blast

Furthermore, the 2013 trial of the direct actors in the grenade incidents, lieutenant Joel Mutabazi and corporal Joseph Nshimiyimana, aka Camarade, revealed more damning evidence against Kayumba Nyamwasa and his RNC. Prosecution submitted to court WhatsApp, Skype, and SMS communications linking Kayumba, the FDLR, and their joint planning of the Kicukiro terror attack.

On 5 November 2013, Nshimiyimana testified to court that he was present during the planning of the terror attack (in which he took part) and that Kayumba Nyamwasa had linked the team to an FDLR commander, colonel Jean Marie, with whom they had worked to prepare the attack.

Kayumba is also charged with financing terror. At the same meeting he had promised that the RNC would make available 150 grenades and 50,000 US dollars to be used to recruit people to lob the grenades across busy centers in the country.

Again, prosecution was able to provide printouts of WhatsApp and skype conversations that corroborated the witness testimonies against Kayumba and the RNC.

Meanwhile, witnesses confessed that Kayumba recruited them and facilitated them to acquire skills in making improvised explosive devices (IEDs) that were to be used to bomb key installations in Kigali. They additionally confessed that he had procured and delivered to them a bomb-making manual to use for training on how to produce explosives; similarly, they admitted to possession of photos he had sent them showing the bottles of sulphuric acid and dropper, including the receipts for the products needed to manufacture IEDs.

Sources have revealed to this reporter that these RNC fugitives had benefited from souring relations between Rwanda and South Africa during the previous administration to evade justice.

However, the recent moves by the two countries to normalise relations has them extremely worried and considering relocating to other countries.

This may, however, also not be possible once their case files reach authorities in South Africa, which, according to similarly reliable sources, is likely in the coming days.

Speculation rife after Museveni sends package to Kagame

By virungapost

The tensions between Uganda and Rwanda seemed to ease this past week as high-ranking officials of both governments were hosted in Kigali by President Paul Kagame.

On Thursday, Ugandan Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa led a delegation to Rwanda bearing a mystery package sent by President Yoweri Museveni to his Rwandan counterpart.

Mr Kutesa personally delivered the white package whose contents remain a mystery.

The Museveni State House then issued a statement and shared pictures of the meeting.

A source told The EastAfrican that the package could have been reciprocate one Kigali dispatched to Kampala.

“Relations between Kampala and Kigali are difficult to analyse, but the fact is that they are still far from normal. If Museveni sent a special package, he could have been responding to one sent from Kagame. Kigali has raised a lot of concerns about harassment of its citizens in Uganda. I understand there have been many official complaints, so maybe this was a response,” said the source.

Read: Uganda security tortures and deports another Rwandan

Efforts to get details of the Kigali discussions were difficult to come by as officials, including Rwanda’s High Commissioner to Kampala Frank Mugambagye, declined to comment.

In Kigali, pictures shared online showed Mr Kutesa with President Kagame, Foreign Minister Richard Sezibera and his predecessor Louise Mushikiwabo.

The news of the meeting was warmly received in Kampala and Kigali as a right step towards improving strained relations between the neighbours.

But observers are keen to point to a laundry list of concerns mainly by Kigali, which accuses authorities in Uganda of arresting, detaining and dispossessing Rwandans of their property.

“President Kagame has been talking to President Museveni regarding the relations between the two countries. The Heads of State have in principle agreed to work out existing issues,” said another source.

From left: Ugandan Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa with Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame, Foreign Minister Richard Sezibera and his predecessor Louise Mushikiwabo in Kigali on October 25, 2018. PHOTO | URUGWIRO.

Observers say relations between the two countries are far from thawing, as accusations continue but the meeting in Kigali provides a ray of hope.

Rwanda maintains that its citizens are being targeted inside Uganda, detained and tortured.

Kigali also maintains that Uganda is providing sanctuary to anti-government elements who plan to destabilise the country, including members of the Rwanda National Congress who are reportedly active inside Uganda.

Relations between the two countries have in recent months continued to deteriorate with no sign of either side making amends, despite President Kagame and President Museveni meeting in March this year in Entebbe.

For more than a year, the unease between the two neighbours, which started in October 2017, has continued with both sides trading accusations.

Uganda claims Rwandan operatives have infiltrated Ugandan security agencies and propagated insecurity among Rwanda refugees.

Inflammatory language used by government and military officials on both sides has not helped matters.

Diplomatic sources say both Kigali and Kampala have acted to remove individuals from certain positions to allow the thawing to begin.

Kutesa’s visit is the first diplomatic contact between the two countries in recent months, despite both countries maintaining diplomatic missions in each other’s capital.

Mistrust between the two countries has led to the stalling of key projects under the Northern Corridor initiative. A planned working visit by President Museveni to Rwanda following the March meeting in Entebbe is yet to materialise.

Uganda security tortures and deports another Rwandan

By virungapost

Uganda’s security organs have for months been harassing Rwandans in Uganda, torturing and deporting them.

This morning a Rwandan businessman who was deported from Uganda held a press conference in Kigali and shared his ordeal with members of the media.

Patrick Niyigena, a Rwandan businessman was picked up at a petrol station near Owino market in downtown Kampala on Monday evening October 8, by three armed men with walkie talkies and traveling in a black tinted vehicle.

They approached him, confiscated all his identifications and money (US$2400), took him to a safe house in Natete, tied him up, injected him with an unknown substance, and left him locked him in a dark room for three days, regularly torturing and interrogating him.

Niyigena showed reporters visible fresh wounds and told them that his ribs are in deep pain from the torture he underwent.

Here is the whole story as told by Niyigena himself

Niyigena boarded a bus on Monday morning, Oct 08 enroute to Nairobi where he was supposed to buy refrigerator spare parts that he would take back home to Kigali and sell them on retail.

Patrick Niyigena’a arm.

He made a stopover in Kampala to get some money from a friend and bring him some items from Nairobi. After meeting the friend at city garden in Kampala, Niyigena booked his bus ticket to Nairobi.

Read: One year on, the harassment of Rwandans in Uganda persists with no end in sight

As he waited for boarding time, he took a walk around downtown. That’s when the two men approached him; they told him they were to ask him some questions. They bundled him into a black tinted pickup.

One of the men had a walkie talkie; the other had a pistol. Upon entering the vehicle, Niyigena realized that the driver was also armed. They drove him out of Kampala to the Natete suburb in a safe house.

Upon reaching there, they questioned him what he was in Uganda, what the government of Rwanda has sent him to do. They kept asking this question and Niyigena was convinced he had been a victim of mistaken identity. He kept telling them he has no links to the government but they would continue to beat him.

He told them he was in transit to Nairobi, only that he made a stopover to pick money from a friend who needed him to bring back some items from Nairobi.

Later that evening Niyigena was tied up, put into a tiny dark room on a cold floor and left there for the whole night.

The next day, more men showed up. They told him that they were going to inject him with “something that will keep you safe”.

Niyigena resisted. However, they forcefully injected him with the substance.

Immediately his entire body became weak; he was dehydrated and couldn’t move a single part of his body. This was also followed by the beatings and interrogations.

Patrick Niyigena.

The arrest took place on Tuesday and was released on Friday. On Friday morning, a different person came, untied him and told him to go. Niyigena asked him for his identifications and money; but he was rudely told to disappear and go back to Rwanda.

Beaten down and weak, Niyigena found a group of motorcyclists and asked who amongst them knows where the Rwandan High Commission is located; one of them said he did and took him there. The embassy facilitated him to file a case at Old Kampala police station.

When Niyigena narrated his ordeal to the police officers, they simply responded that those are Kaka’s boys (Colonel Frank Kaka Bagyenda is Uganda’s Director General of the Internal Security Organisation- ISO).

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The Rwanda High Commission also facilitated him to return back to Kigali.

While Niyigena is concerned about his lost business, he is most worried about the unknown substances injected in him.

He is appealing to the government of Rwanda to help him get proper medical treatment to prevent any harm to his health that may result from the injected substances.

Niyigena had been reading in papers incidents involving Rwandans in Uganda who are harassed, detained, and tortured; but he has always dismissed or minimized these stories. Until it happened to him.

Now he is pleading with fellow businessmen and women that not only are their businesses at risk but so are their lives. His advice to them is, “if they must continue doing business there, always walk in groups.”

As for his own life, “if government can get me the treatment to know what’s in my body, the rest I can start over.”

One year on, the harassment of Rwandans in Uganda persists with no end in sight

By virungapost

By Dismas Serunkuma

Last Sunday, October 3, 2018 operatives of Uganda’s Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) picked up a Rwandan national Mr. Abinshuti Alex, a businessman in Hoima district. Following a pattern that is now familiar, and which we shall point out shortly, the CMI men arrested Mr. Abinshuti on trumped up claims, alleging he was “a spy for Rwanda”.

His family has revealed that prior to his detention by the CMI, operatives of the Rwanda National Congress (RNC) had in recent months actively but unsuccessfully tried to recruit him into their organization.

According to reliable sources, while in custody Abinshuti has since been severely tortured. This also has become a pattern used against those who resist RNC recruitment in Uganda.

The RNC had identified him as a suitable candidate for membership due to the fact that he is “a man of means” who operates businesses in Uganda, so they hoped and expected him to provide financial contributions.

Family sources inform us that Abinshuti had faced constant harassment from RNC operatives for his continued refusal to be recruited. They report RNC operatives in Uganda had warned Abinshuti on numerous occasions that they were in a position to cause harm him should he “continue being stubborn”.

Read: Harassment of Rwandans in Uganda takes new twist

The RNC, which apparently now has carte blanche to do as it pleases in Uganda, has done as threatened and indeed visited harm on Abinshuti.

His family has been denied access to him, and neither have the authorities in Uganda informed Rwandan diplomats there about his detention, so that they can provide him with consular support and services.

It has been more than a year since the ongoing crackdown, or targeting of Rwandans in Uganda started.

Uganda’s intelligence services, CMI together with the Internal Security Organisation (ISO) started by harassing ordinary Rwandans on private visits to the country. Then they added businesspersons to the list. Then they shifted to targeting people who had served in the army in Rwanda, all of whom are indiscriminately accused of spying for Rwanda.

In addition to arresting and torturing them, the most recent method is to plant guns on them.

A chronology of harassment

On August 6, 2017, Rene Rutagungira was detained from Bakuli in Kampala and remains under military court martial custody till today where no one, including his family and lawyer, has access to him and hasn’t made even a single statement regarding his arrest.

Barely over a month later, on 23rd Sept 2017, three Rwandans, Bayingana James, Nsekanabo Lando Ali, and Byaruhanga Nduwamungu Vianney, were taken into detention in Bukasa, and held in Mbuya by CMI.

It didn’t take long before another Rwandan, Fidele Gatsinzi, was also detained by plain-clothed security operatives attached to CMI. This was on November 9, 2017. Gatsinzi had gone to Kampala to visit his son who studies at Uganda Christian University in Mukono.

Read: “ Uganda’s Intelligence Propaganda Chumps at ChimpReports are at it again”

He was then held for two weeks at CMI headquarters and tortured, after which he was dumped at the Uganda-Rwanda border post of Gatuna, broken and unable to walk on his own.

Exactly one week after, on December 16, five Rwandan business people, including three women, Dinah Kamikazi, a bar and saloon owner in Mbarara, Agasaro Vanessa, and Jessica Muhongerwa, also a bar owner were tortured and similarly dumped at the Gatuna border. During a press conference in Kigali they revealed that their torturers forced them to remove their clothes because they wanted to see how the body of a Rwandan woman looks.

Others with whom they suffered unimaginable atrocities are Hubert Munyangaju Mugwaneza, a businessman, and Fred Turatsinze who owns a dairy business in Mbarara. All had been picked up separately at gunpoint by CMI operatives.

This abuse continued into this year. On the evening of January 4, 2018, CMI operatives kidnapped Emmanuel Cyemayire, another Rwandan businessman in Mbarara district. Cyemayire was picked up from his home in a Toyota Hilux Double Cabin and taken to Mbarara barracks.

Two months later on March 25, 2018, CMI operatives again picked up Claude Iyakaremye, a young Rwandan boda boda rider at Virunga Bus Service in Kampala. They later claimed that they had found a gun – an AK-47 – on him, despite the fact they had detained him empty-handed in a taxi park in broad daylight.

Again, a few months later on July 23, 2018, an ISO officer at the Gatuna border, Lt. Charlie Mugabi, who was accompanied by a CMI counterpart attached to border duty, Mark Paul, grabbed Smith Oswald Ndabarasa, a Rwandan national working as a ticket agent for Rwanda’s Trinity Bus Company.

They interrogated him along with other Rwandan bus operators asking them whether they had at any point in their lives ever served in the Rwandan armed forces. For those who had served in the army, this alone was sufficient evidence that they must be Rwandan spies! Ndabarasa was deported and warned against ever returning to Uganda.

As recently as two months ago, on 3 August 2018, two Rwandans, Abdul Safari and Karim Niwamanya, were arrested in Kakumiro district. After they were taken into custody they were surprised to hear that the CMI operatives were claiming that guns, similarly AK-47s, had been found on them at the time of their detention. Again, the said arrest had taken place in broad daylight in the town centre in the presence of numerous spectators.

According to sources, however, their real crime was refusal to join the RNC and to make financial contributions for its activities.

On 15 August 2018, another pair of Rwandans, Emmanuel Rwamucyo Rwamukinuzi and Augustin Rutayisire, were arrested in Kikagati and charged with espionage.

They too were framed with being found in possession of guns, despite the fact that they had been arrested inside a restaurant.

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The two men were briefly detained at UPDF’s 1st Division headquarters in Mbarara before being transferred to CMI headquarters for interrogation, and later charged to Makindye Military Court Martial prison where they were charged.

The abuse of Rwandan nationals continues unabated and mainly in defeaning silence by the Ugandan government to this day, as the case yesterday of Mr. Abinshuti plainly indicates.

The only exception to such silence in Uganda thus far has come from Anna Adeke, Youth representative in Uganda’s parliament, who raised a motion in the House demanding that the government explain the rampant harassment of Rwandans in Uganda. Hon. Adeke asked Speaker Rebecca Kadaga to put to task the concerned ministers to explain “the security status of the Rwandan nationals who are being arrested and detained by security forces without producing them in court.”

The youth MP further requested that the relevant authorities update parliament on “the status of diplomatic relations with Rwanda because the RNC is mobilizing in Uganda to destabilize the government in Rwanda.”

Despite this demand from the MP, the arrests continue without let up.

Mr. Abinshuti is yet another victim in a long line of innocent Rwandans who continue to suffer arbitrary arrests, are harassed and tortured for no apparent reason, other than their refusal to join the RNC, which has, from all appearances now become fully incorporated into CMI operations. Together they target innocent Rwandans in Uganda who the RNC suspects to be friendly to the Kigali government and accuse them of being it’s spies who are then arrested and tortured.

“ Uganda’s Intelligence Propaganda Chumps at ChimpReports are at it again”

By virungapost

On August 1 Kampala-based “news” website Chimp Reports published yet another sensational article with a headline fit for the tabloids: EXCLUSIVE, “Great Lakes Region on brink of war amid ‘Museveni assassination plot’”.

Read the thing, and before you are through the first paragraph you realize it is a propaganda piece that, if not directly authored by Ugandan intelligence, you can be certain they dictated it, and for this General Abel Kandiho and Col. Kaka Bagenda must be really proud that their money is being put to “good” use.

Even in the age of fake news, the outlandish concoction of baseless claims leaves one no alternative other than to conclude something is fundamentally wrong in Uganda; that this is what the country’s intelligence organs are doing all they can to divert the public’s attention from, especially given this public is about as fed up as it can be with the state of insecurity, corruption, dilapidated health and education infrastructure, etc.

Read: WHO IS AFRAID OF THE FRANCO-RWANDA RAPPROCHEMENT?

Now this cabal is drumming up the rhetoric of war in order to mobilise legitimacy from the same Ugandans who are fed up with them. The intensification of anti-Rwanda propaganda is a self-interested ploy to hold on power and to perpetuate a system that is openly robbing and pauperising Ugandans, enriching only a small circle at the expense of national development that should be reaching every Ugandan.

Ugandans’ attention is being deliberately deflected from exploring for alternative leadership by several CMI-ISO sponsored websites (Chimp Reports currently taking the place of ‘honour’ among them), Twitter and Facebook accounts are devoted to publishing smears, propaganda, lies and slander against President Kagame and his administration, and the heavily-remunerated Sarah Kagingo, who on social medial calls herself Gareth Ofungi, is now Uganda’s “Intelligence Special correspondent!”

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Back to the trash that tries to implicate Rwanda in the failed coup in Burundi in 2015 following the change of change of constitution by President Pierre Nkurunziza that plunged the country into a crisis. Everyone knows that the crisis originated from the decision by Nkurunziza to abandon the Arusha Accord, negotiated and endorsed by Nelson Mandela and Julius Nyerere, that ended the civil war in that country and brought Nkurunziza to power in 2005.

The accords called for a two-term limit for the presidency. And so, even a child of one of the writers at Chimp Reports should know that Nkurunziza was supposed to leave office in 2015. However, when that time came, he announced he was staying on. This decision was, morever, wholly contrary to the public’s wishes, those of all sections of society from opposition parties to civil society, and even members of his own party, and they let the whole world know by flooding the streets to protest their leader’s crimes against the constitution and the nation.

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Nkurunziza refused to listen to anyone. So, the public protested. Nkurunziza unleashed his police and Imbonerakure gang of militias against the people. Divided loyalties arose in the army with some of them siding with the demonstrators against Nkurunziza. This is how the coup came about. The coup was entirely the doing of Burundians.

Facts are stubborn, Chumps!

However, when Uganda’s intelligence is paymaster, facts are shoved on the side. They continue to dictate what the chumps should write: “Also, say that Rwanda tried to assassinate Museveni in Burundi!” “Ndiyo afande!” the chumps at ChimpReports respond and go on to publish an “analysis” of a French Intelligence online news website “ La Lettre de l’Ocean Indien ” run by the Direction general de la securite exterieure, (DGSE).

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In it, a preposterous claim is made that “Rwandan-sponsored Burundian rebels” had planned to shoot down the plane carrying president Museveni to the COMESA Heads of State Summit that was supposed to take place in Bujumbura between 1st and 10th June, but was later moved to Lusaka, Zambia, after Burundi’s government could not prove to the COMESA Council of Ministers that it was capable of hosting the event, including ability to ensure “logistical requirements”, some of which are considered basic “like internet,” according to a report by the East African. Simply put, Burundi “failed to meet hosting requirements,” (http://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/business/Burundi-could-lose-chance-to-host-Comesa-Summit/2560-4159694-shndn7/index.html).

All this information is publicly available. So, to make an insinuation that Museveni was warned against travelling to Bujumbura because of threats that his plane would be shot down by “Rwanda-sponsored Burundian rebels” is more than reckless and is embarrassing, even for the sleazy chumps at ChimpReports!

Who is afraid of the Franco-Rwanda Rapprochement?

By virungapost

On May 23 this year, President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron stood together at the Élysée in a joint press conference after hours of private discussions behind closed doors. Kagame was in France in his capacity as both chairperson of the African Union and as President of Rwanda.

The two countries have had frosty relations for more than two decades now, and Macron, more than his predecessors, appears prepared to work with his counterpart to normalize relations.
Bringing clarity to what exactly transpired in 1994 during the genocide in Rwanda, and who did what, has remained an issue of contention and a cause of the rift between the two countries. Macron says he is willing to talk about it, despite the sensitivities involved that were behind his predecessors’ decisions to avoid doing anything to resolve the rift. The main obstacle to this rapprochement are the French political and military elite who were actors in the key events under scrutiny and would prefer the subject to be buried altogether.

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While ordinary Rwandan and French people have much to gain from détente, this French elite perceives that it has most to lose from a return to normal relations and has tried to undermine any efforts at reconciliation between the two countries, including using diplomatic and intelligence tools to try to cause regime change in Kigali in the hope that a post-Kagame administration would be less insistent on holding them accountable.

This revanchist elite sees Macron’s attitude towards Rwanda as offensive to their legacy, particularly viewing his endorsement of Rwanda’s foreign minister Louise Mushikiwabo to lead La Francophonie as a slap in the face. It suggests to them that the time for reckoning with their past could be near.
It is within this context of a panic fit that they have been planting propaganda stories against Rwanda. For instance, an article in today’s Le Monde returned to one of their favourite themes of throwing doubts about the Kagame-Macron détente, “ La francophonie, outil de rapprochement entre la France et le Rwanda, ” which they try to disguise as a concern for human rights.

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Days earlier, an online newspaper owned and operated by the DGSE (France’s external intelligence agency) published a sensational story titled, “ Ouganda: comment la France aide les reinsegnements Ougandais… ” La Lettre de L’Ocean Indien makes preposterous claims that Burundian rebels in the pay of Rwanda had planned to shoot down the plane carrying President Museveni to Bujumbura, only to be averted by French intelligence!

No evidence whatsoever is provided.

This lack of any evidence, however, doesn’t stop what appears like coordinated forces hostile to Rwanda from spreading the baseless propaganda. David Himbara of the Rwanda National Congress (RNC) that has declared war against Rwanda; Judi Rever, whose propaganda is veiled in the garb of journalism, and of course the propaganda trolls of Uganda’s Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI), led by Sarah Kagingo who goes by the threadbare pseudonym of Gareth Ofungi and the online news website Chimp Reports.

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One would have thought that French intelligence, even when maliciously-intentioned, would be more professional than be party to the release of such a pile of implausible shit! Pardon my French. And, in the field of journalism itself, there surely couldn’t be any more garbage than this ‘Museveni assassination plot.”
In most civilized places, rubbish ends up in the trash-bin. This is why manufacturing of legends and intensifying propaganda is unlikely to yield the results their authors are hoping for, because there is no basis for it.

It’s unfortunate that Museveni persists in a misguided and ultimately failing effort to mobilise Rwanda’s enemies against her neighbour to the south. Museveni’s efforts have no legitimate cause whatsoever, and stand no chance against a unified and strong country that has long steered away from the kinds of divisions and hatreds those who dream up such projects in Kampala think they are sowing, either by working with dissidents or by harassing Rwandans of all walks of life in Uganda.

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True to her usual approach, Rwanda will not be provoked by propaganda or the harassment of its nationals. It will remain cool-headed even with the knowledge of the ongoing hate campaign against it and continue to ignore the rubbish coming from Uganda’s intelligence circles.

This remedy will work because Rwanda has outgrown the threats that its people can ever be divided again. But it’s difficult to ignore that something is terribly wrong in Uganda’s leadership, if the only solution they seem to envisage to their domestic problems is to peddle lies against Rwanda’s leadership.

Those coordinating these forces to spread false rumours with which they hope to destabilise Rwanda need to remember that France’s external intelligence has for the past two decades been at the forefront of fighting a propaganda war on behalf of Rwanda’s enemies, the FDLR and dissidents, with zero results to show for it. They seriously over-estimate their own capacities and under-estimate Rwandan strength to persevere against such underhand efforts.

Harassment of Rwandans in Uganda takes new twist

By virungapost

The crackdown in Uganda against Rwandans that started more than a year ago has now taken a new twist. Uganda’s intelligence services, the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) and the Internal Security Organisation (ISO) are now targeting especially retired army and police officers, or anyone who has ever served in the Rwandan uniformed forces, accusing them of spying for Rwanda.

On July 23 at around 4pm at the Gatuna border, Lt. Charlie Mugabi, an ISO officer, better known by his work title of “BISO” (Border Internal Security Organ), accompanied by Mark Paul, a CMI officer attached to the border, grabbed Smith Oswald Ndabarasa, a Rwandan national working as a ticket agent for Rwanda’s Trinity Bus Company.

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A suddenly hostile Mugabi barked at the Rwandan with whom he had previously had very cordial relations, “Mwe mulowoza tubela wano nga tutude tetulina milimu jjakukola?” [You think we are here for no purpose?]. Ndabarasa was shocked by the sudden hostility as he and the two security agents knew each other very well and were even friends before that point. “We were usually together at the border,” Ndabarasa says.

Despite the sudden change of manner, Ndabarasa asked, still rather casually, “Boss nkozeki?” [Chief, what have I done?]

“BISO” said nothing, instead dragging Ndabarasa to the border police post where he dumped him and instructed the officers there, “Lock him up!” Ndabarasa, still in shock, waited hoping that someone would come to tell him what he was being charged for, and to at least be invited to make a statement.

Nothing!

Ndabarasa was instead locked up without making a statement and still unaware of the reasons for his detention.

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After some hours had passed Swaibu, a ticket agent for Trinity Bus Company in Kabale, a Ugandan citizen, showed up to inquire why his colleague had been locked up. A police officer replied that only BISO knows and “only BISO can decide what happens to him.”

A day later things started to get clear. BISO and Mark Paul called a meeting of all employees of bus companies at the Gatuna border. The bus employees were then separated into two groups.

Rwandans were told to go to one side and Ugandans to another side. The Ugandans were let go. The Rwandans remained behind. They too were separated according to the busses they work for in order to interrogate them separately. All the questions were about whether they had ever served in the Rwanda Defense Forces (RDF) or in the Rwanda National Police (RNP).

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They turned in their passports, employment cards, and cell phones. An officer began to enter their information in a computer. The CMI and ISO officers kept threatening them that they had instructions to take them to Kampala because they had information that they are “spies.” “We are taking you to Kampala,” the officers kept repeating in reference to Mbuya, at the CMI Headquarters, where many Rwandans have been jailed and tortured before being dumped at the Gatuna border for Rwandan officials to pick up.

Then suddenly BISO said, “We won’t take you to Kampala but we don’t want you in Uganda. I have given you two hours to pack your belongings and cross to your country. We don’t want you here.”

“So, I can’t go back,” says Ndabarasa, who now must find new employment. “I have been there for almost two years.” Ndabarasa says that Rwandans in Uganda are not free, “They are scared. They know that none of them is safe.”

Read: THE ALARMING SITUATION IN MUSEVENI’S UGANDA

Ndabarasa believes he was targeted for detention to send a message to his colleagues: “I was the one who was closest to the people who arrested me. The fact that they turned on me was meant to show the rest that they can’t feel safe.”

“Good” Rwandans versus “bad” Rwandans:

It would be incorrect to think that all Rwandans in Uganda are unsafe. Paradoxically, members of the Rwanda National Congress (RNC) are among the best protected category of people in Uganda, enjoying the kind of protection that even prominent Ugandans can only dream of.

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Interestingly, they also happen to be former army officers of the RDF: Corporal Rugema Kayumba, the chief mobilizer of the RNC, Corporal Abdul Karim Mulindwa “Mukombozi” a recruiter, Sgt Claude Ndatinya, also a seasoned recruiter and business manager for Tribert Rujugiro, a key financier of the RNC –all work closely with Dr. Sam Ruvuma and Pastor Deo Nyirigiria of AGAPE Church, with heavy escorts provided by CMI.

It’s all bizarre: Uganda’s support for Rwandan deserters who have become actively hostile to their country while persecuting former officers of the Rwandan armed forces who have refused to turn against their country.

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Moreover, the majority of the bus services that operate the Kampala-Kigali route are Ugandan-owned and are staffed by Ugandan citizens. At no time has any Rwandan security or immigration official ever asked any of them whether they have ever served in the UPDF or in the UPF; they are free to enjoy the rights and freedoms enjoyed by Rwandan citizens and any other resident, and go about their daily lives all across Rwanda without hindrance or any obstacle being put in their way.

Uganda’s support to Rwandan former army and police dissidents, and his persecution of those perceived to be pro-Rwanda Government, who are then labelled as spies is a new development in the wave of harassment of Rwandans in Uganda.

This hostility against any Rwandan refusing to join anti Rwandan government dissidents in Uganda is unlikely to change as long as there are orders to ISO and CMI to persecute Rwandans remain in place.

Museveni speaks to Himbara on phone, encourages campaign against Rwanda

By virungapost

Credible evidence received by this website shows that the Ugandan Head of State Yoweri Museveni speaks directly with self-exiled Rwandan dissident David Himbara. Among the evidence this website has obtained is a witness.

According to our source, Museveni told Himbara, who lives in Toronto, Canada, that he likes his writing; most especially the latter’s numerous blog and Facebook posts slandering or abusing Rwanda’s leadership.

Himbara’s writings on these platforms bear no resemblance to the true situation in Rwanda, as anyone that has read them and knows Rwanda will testify. However, this ability to invent an alternative reality seems to be what particularly tickles Museveni.

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Mr. Himbara’s musings are also characterized by an evident bitterness against, and obsession with, the person of President Paul Kagame, very often descending into childish name-calling. Why Museveni would wish to share in this obsession leaves much to be desired.

Rwandair, the Kigali Convention Center, five star hotels, road infrastructure and energy projects, the new airport coming up in Bugesera…all these and other structures denoting progress and development of Rwanda under the RPF are frequent targets of Himbara’s.

It has got to the extent that, a Facebook user wondered, it seems the only thing that would please this man, Himbara, is if all Rwandans lived in grass thatched huts!

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But even if there wasn’t a single developmental infrastructure going up in Rwanda, observers say, that would not satisfy Himbara. He and the groups he works with have only one objective – which is to fight the current Rwandan administration with any means possible: terrorism, propaganda, and misinformation – in the hope that this will lead them to take power in Kigali.

Himbara is a senior member of the RNC terrorist organization that is led by Kayumba Nyamwasa; it has publicly declared to wage an armed war against Rwanda and has in the past infiltrated the country and conducted terror operations, including throwing grenades in markets leaving innocent women and children killed and others seriously injured; RNC also has a training and reorganization base in Minembwe, South Kivu, DRC that is logistically supported by the Burundi government.

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RNC, everyone including Museveni knows, has been recruiting in refugee camps in Western Uganda and anywhere Rwandans can be found with the help of Uganda’s Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) under the direct command of President Museveni.

Information reaching this website also disclosed that David Himbara has a contract with Tribert Rujugiro, who pays him a monthly stipend for his propaganda and misinformation efforts against Rwanda;mMoreover, this website has evidence to show that it is Rujugiro who introduced Himbara to Museveni.

It is also worth recalling that back in May 2016 Rujugiro gave Himbara $440.000 to pay an American lobby, Podesta Group, for Himbara to testify in the U.S. Congress. Months later Rujugiro and Himbara attempted a similar move in the Canadian Parliament but it flopped after the Rwandan diaspora in that country petitioned against it.

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Apparently Museveni and Rujugiro have found something in common: an enemy. Anyone who closely follows the Museveni regime’s efforts to destabilize Rwanda knows that the self-exiled Tribert Rujugiro, who is one of the RNC’s major financiers, is well established in Uganda. Rujugiro also has a close relationship with Salim Saleh, Museveni’s young brother. Saleh is a partner in Rujugiro’s tobacco business in Uganda. Documents from the Uganda registry of companies shows Saleh owns 15 percent of shares in this tobacco business.

Rujugiro family members, like his son, often travel to Uganda where they are able to access heavy police escort; moreover, Rujugiro’s business manager Sgt (rtd) Claude Ndatinya also enjoys similar armed police escort, which only a few Ugandans are able to access.

Observers of Uganda/Rwanda relations say Himbara’s propaganda – such as Soft Power, Chimp Reports, Titus Seruga on Facebook, Gareth Ofungi on Twitter, etc. –has been integrated into that of CMI and ISO, just as the activities of RNC in Uganda are coordinated with CMI and ISO.

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The facts are in the public domain. For instance, recently 46 Rwandan refugees were caught red-handed with forged Uganda travel documents that were provided by CMI to facilitate their travel to the RNC training centre in Minembwe, DRC.

Even President Museveni himself is on record this year conceding that he knew those individuals were heading for training with the support of CMI, “A group of Banyarwanda was being recruited through Tanzania and Burundi to go to Congo. They said they were going for church work but when they were interrogated it was found the work was not exactly religious. It was something else,” Museveni said on March 25, 2018.

But his government last month released these recruits without even sharing information with its neighbour, Rwanda, through existing channels of communication. Now Museveni is speaking directly to one of their bosses, Himbara. Yet another development that speaks volumes.

Source: The Standard Digital

Kagame commends Ethiopian, Eritrean leaders’ historic meeting

By virungapost

President Paul Kagame has commended the historic meeting between the leaders of Eritrea and Ethiopia in Asmara, describing it as the right thing for the people of the two neighbouring countries.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed arrived at Asmara International Airport on Sunday, for a meeting with Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki a moment many political commentators termed as “historic”.

It has been close to two decades since leaders of the two neighbouring countries have met.

Prime Minister Abiy’s arrival in Asmara took the city by storm with thousands lining up on the streets to welcome the leader for the talks with his host.

Kagame, who is the current Chairperson of the African Union Summit, welcomed the meeting.

“We salute the leaders; PM of Ethiopia Dr. Abiy Ahmed and President Isaias Afewerki of Eritrea for their courage and doing the right thing for their people of the two countries! We congratulate you and are with you….!” Kagame tweeted.

The meeting was the first of its kind between leaders of the two Horn of Africa neighbors since their war 1998-2000 war in which around 80,000 people died on both sides.

Eritrea achieved independence from Ethiopia amicably in 1993 but the two countries swiftly became bitter enemies.

Eritrean leader Isaias Afwerki welcomed Abiy at Asmara’s airport on Sunday morning before they departed for the State House for talks that lasted all day.

Images of both men hugging took the continent by the storm, trending all day on social networks.

The two embraced again at the state dinner, hosted by Afwerki and broadcast on both countries’ state television.

“The tumultuous welcome accorded to Prime Minister Abiy underscores how much the people of Eritrea cherish peace…plaudits for Dr. Abiy for the bold political choice he has taken that will recoup lost time and opportunity in the past 20 years,” the hosting Head of State is quoted as having said.
Eritrea’s Information Minister Yemane G. Meskel tweeted; “this historic official visit … heralds a new era of peace and cooperation. The summit would, set the tone for rapid, positive changes on the basis of respect of sovereignty & territorial integrity, equality and mutual interest of both countries,” he wrote.

“The yearning for peace was palpable (and) we’ll decidedly move forward for the good of our people,” Abiy’s chief of staff wrote on Twitter, alongside photos of cheering Eritreans on the streets of Asmara waving their own and Ethiopia’s flags.

Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki drinks coffee with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in Asmara Eritrea. / Net photo

A direct international telephone connection between the two countries was restored “for the first time after two decades”, he wrote.

However, the sides did not make clear whether the most immediate issue — Abiy’s pledge to finally implement all terms of a 2000 peace deal with Eritrea — had been addressed.

In early June, Ethiopia announced it would honor all the terms of the 2000 peace deal, suggesting it might be ready to settle the border dispute.

Eritrea responded positively, sending a delegation to Addis Ababa last month for a meeting at which Abiy announced that Ethiopian Airlines would resume flights to Eritrea.

Ethiopia, Eritrea to re-open embassies
Agencies reported that the leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea announced on Sunday they would re-open their embassies, hailing a stunningly swift rapprochement between bitter regional enemies at their first summit since a war two decades ago.

The two leaders personally symbolized the breakthrough, embracing warmly and swaying side by side to live traditional music at a lavish state dinner in the Eritrean capital.

Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. / Net photo

They opened phone lines between the two countries that had been cut for two decades, and land-locked Ethiopia said it would be given access to the sea at an Eritrean port.

The talks were the product of an unexpected peace initiative by Ethiopia’s new reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, which could transform the Horn of Africa region, ending decades of animosity during which both countries remained isolated and dominated by their security forces.

Abiy said they had agreed to re-open embassies in each other’s capitals, and that his landlocked nation of 100 million would begin using a port in Eritrea, which is on the Red Sea. He did not identify which port.

Bold reform agenda
Abiy, a 41-year-old former intelligence officer who took office in April, is pushing other bold reforms to open Ethiopia up to the outside world after decades of security-obsessed isolation. He has pardoned dissidents, lifted a state of emergency and pledged to partly privatize key state-owned firms.

Across the border, Eritrea is one of the world’s most isolated and repressive nations and has long used the Ethiopian threat to justify hefty military spending and long-term military conscription, which has caused hundreds of thousands of young men to flee, mostly to Europe.

Eritrea may have seen an opportunity in Abiy’s reform agenda, which marks a stark departure from the approach of the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the ethnic Tigrayan party that had dominated Ethiopia’s ruling EPRDF coalition since the early 1990s.

Source: Agencies

Uganda’s release of RNC rebels sends strong message to Rwanda

By virungapost

Last Monday, June 25, the Magistrates Court in Mbarara released 39 Rwanda National Congress (RNC) recruits who have been in custody awaiting trial for breach of laws precluding refugees from involvement in criminal activities, including taking part in plans to overthrow another country, and using forged documents, among other violations. The recruits are part of the group of 46 young men who were intercepted trying to cross at Kikagati, along the Uganda-Tanzania border, on December 11, 2017.

The young men appeared suspicious to Uganda immigration officers after the officers discovered that they were carrying fake travel documents.

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In addition to the fake documents, the stories about where they were going and the purpose of travel were not consistent. The young men had been coached by officers of the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) that when they reach immigration they should say they are going for an evangelical mission in Tanzania. However, most of them failed to stay on the script. They couldn’t answer simple questions about the name of the church they were going to; neither could they recall the name of the pastor of the church. Some of them panicked and revealed that someone was waiting for them in Bujumbura to take them to the RNC training Center in Minembwe, DRC via Bujumbura.

The immigration officers immediately alerted the police. Efforts by Captain Charles Byaruhanga, the CMI officer attached to Kikagati border, to intervene with “orders from above” clearing the recruits to continue their journey proved fruitless; neither did those of Major Fred Mushambo, the UPDF 2nd Division Intelligence Officer (IO). The police took the recruits to Isingiro police station. While there, they revealed that they had been recruited from different places in Uganda (Nyakivala, Kiboga, Kibale, and Mubende) to join the Rwanda National Congress (RNC), and revealed their recruiters as Musoni Jeffrey, Moses Bijura, Felix Mwizerwa, and Dr. Sam Ruvuma. Among the recruiters, only Musoni, a former Sgt deserter in the Rwanda Patriotic army (RPA), and Bijura, a pastor in Rubare, Ntungamo, were arrested at Kikagati. Dr. Sam Ruvuma, a brother to Lt. Colonel Gideon Katinda of the military court, and Felix Mwizerwa, a son of Pastor Deo Nyirigira, also a known RNC coordinator in Mbarara, somehow managed to flee the scene at Kikagati, abandoning the young recruits there. Dr. Sam Ruvuma was only arrested by police days later in Mbarara and kept for a few days before he was released following orders from “way” above. He is back to his RNC recruitment activities in, and around, Mbarara. As for Felix Mwizerwa, he has now relocated to Minembwe, DRC, where he is an RNC Commander.

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The release of the 39 recruits last week was a result of a bribe that was given to the magistrate judge handling their case. This bribe, sources say, was negotiated on behalf of the RNC by Edgar Tabaro Muvunyi of the law firm Karuhanga, Tabaro, and Associates. Moreover, the remaining seven, including the recruiters Bijura and Musoni, whose case is at the High Court, are also expected to be released soon, according to testimony from those who have been set free and are now back to Nyakivale, Bubende, Kiboga, and Kampala. They have been told to prepare to continue with their journey to the RNC camp in the DRC in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, one of the recruits from Kibale, upon his release from jail, returned home angry because of the suffering he had been duped into by the person who recruited him. He reported the RNC recruiter in the area to the police, which promptly arrested him (the recruiter). However, it is expected that he will also be released like the rest of them. On March 25 during a joint press conference between President Museveni and President Kagame, the Ugandan president acknowledged that, “When I met president Kagame in Addis Ababa he gave me some facts which I followed up. A group of Banyarwanda was being recruited through Tanzania and Burundi to go to Congo. They said they were going for church work but when they were interrogated it was found the work was not exactly religious. It was something else.”

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Museveni’s own admission of a rebel group being recruited in his country with the support of his intelligence agencies ends up with the recruits being freed without charges brought against them, and are now free to proceed to the rebel training grounds in the DRC. Significantly, the release of the recruits by the courts after such admission from the president himself does more than embolden the RNC and CMI in their scheme to destabilize Rwanda; it’s nothing short of an instruction of intent from the Commander in Chief. Which leads to the questions: What message does Uganda send to Rwanda when rebels recruited to fight the latter are caught and set free? And has Uganda thought well and hard that this is the message it really wants to send to its neighbour??

Source: The Standard Digital

Museveni’s sinking ship in need of scapegoats to carry the burden

By virungapost

By Samson Sekalala

In an ongoing effort to look for scapegoats for Uganda’s problems, a news website ChimpReports has – as usual without an iota of proof – made several serious allegations.

The first is that “Museveni has obtained intelligence from many quarters that ‘a country’ wanted Gen. (Kale) Kayihura to succeed him.”

No prizes for guessing which “country” that website coyly references, for it is no secret that Museveni’s leadership these days has found a nemesis to pile blame on for each and every one of Uganda’s calamities that result from a leadership that has totally run out of ideas.

The website goes on to throw around some really wild allegations. “Gen. Kayihura, one of Museveni’s finest military strategists, was suspected of being involved in a grand plan supported by external forces to take power,” it says.

Read: IN UGANDA ONLY MUSEVENI IS ASSURED OF SECURITY

And how, according to this “news report”, was that alleged grand plan to be carried out? The website says the plan was to turn Uganda into a failed state by promoting crime especially kidnaps, assassinations and bombings. “This would kill the economy as well as scare away potential tourists and investors”.

Who in their mind really believes that there is any external help needed to “turn” Uganda into a failed state? Even the regime’s insiders like Kasule Lumumba, the NRM Secretary General, have openly admitted that an “implosion” is taking place within Uganda’s leadership and that the main cause is none other than Gen. Museveni.
Why then help to turn Uganda into a failed state when Museveni is entirely capable of doing so all by himself?

As obvious as the answers to these questions are, the article nonetheless continues to the end in that line of thinking.

Read: OPINION: AFTER PLAYING SPOILER IN THE SOUTH SUDAN CONFLICT, MUSEVENI SHOWS UP TO ENJOY THE SPOILS

Why would it take other countries to “promote crime” in Uganda when Museveni is there? Who doesn’t know that Museveni and his Mafia-like Bahima cabal have been inflicting endless crimes on poor Ugandan for well over three decades?

Their thieving started from the word go when each passing day Ugandans saw their hard-earned savings go up in smoke after the regime unilaterally declared it was introducing a new currency and people were told that for every 7000 shillings they were to get 1!

After that, it was theft of people’s coffee and other cash crops, which Honorable Nandala Mafabi has clearly demonstrated on numerous occasions. As the regime got greedier it got more violent and the calamities we see today only are the logical outcome of that process.

The assassinations, the kidnappings, terrorism, and all kinds of crimes are a consequence of Museveni’s particular brand of leadership that sows division and then chaos, as is now the case in the security forces.

But Museveni and his intelligence agencies shameless propaganda machine think Ugandans have such short memories that they forget that even before people like Abiriga, Kaweesi and others so sadly lost their lives, Ugandans whether powerful, prominent or just ordinary citizens have been losing their lives through senseless violence for years.

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This was long before Museveni and his intelligence propagandists had discovered external scapegoats.

The list of those Ugandans is too long to go into here, beginning with fellows like Col. Jet Mwebaze, Brig. Noble Mayombo, Gen. Kazini, several Muslim clerics, and so many others.

But Museveni is a man whose character is too capricious to ever admit what is now obvious to everyone: the man is sinking the ship and drowning Ugandans along the way.

Does Museveni truly believe that Ugandans are that gullible that they don’t see that by turning to scapegoats he is attempting to deflect from his own weaknesses and the sinking ship of a regime?

As Museveni tries to sink while holding Ugandans at ransom, does he as well aim to go down with the entire region, and could this be the reason for blaming other countries for his failures?

Source: The watchman.

In Uganda only Museveni is assured of security

By virungapost

President Yoweri Museveni recently went to Parliament to try to reassure Ugandans that the security situation in the country is under control. After spending much of the speech on some rant where he mistakenly raised questions about his own identity, he read out a 10 point programme of measures for addressing the runaway insecurity that has seen rampant assassinations and abductions mostly in Kampala. However, it seems Ugandans were able to see through the panic in his delivery and no one thinks Museveni is capable of solving the problem and everyone is out to protect themselves. Days after Museveni’s speech, Members of Parliament demanded to meet the President to address their own security. There, they complained to Museveni how police officers had refused to protect them for fear that they would also be assassinated with them. The police no longer want to guard VIPs. They have come to know that to guard an MP or any other important politician or big official is to invite death.

Read: OPINION: AFTER PLAYING SPOILER IN THE SOUTH SUDAN CONFLICT, MUSEVENI SHOWS UP TO ENJOY THE SPOILS

The MPs feel particularly targeted. Why? The main reason, everyone knows, is that Museveni’s insistence on removing the presidential age limit so as to go on ruling has escalated the resentment of ordinary wananchi. The result is that a politician who was vocal in removing the age limit now feels like he or she is walking around in the crosshairs.
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But how did Museveni respond when the poor junior cops in understandable fear for their lives became reluctant to guard MPs? The president ordered IGP Ochola to sack each and officer who refused to risk their lives! Consequently, one question being asked in the streets of Kampala is this: Who will protect the protectors? If the people mandated to protect and have weapons to do so feel insecure, what does that say about the prospects for security in that country under the Museveni leadership? More importantly, ultimately, the decision to take the meeting with MPs is itself an admission on Museveni’s part that his speech in parliament was a total failure and that it did little to reassure the country on security. Moreover, the speech made the MPs quiver and demand more security, what does that say about the security of the Mwanainci?
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Which leads to another question. If Museveni has proven inept in handling the insecurity in the Uganda, what should be expected in the coming days? First, he is going to double down on finding others –inside and outside the country – to blame for his ineptitude. Second, Ugandans should brace themselves for a crackdown, Amin style. Don’t look too far for examples. A group of women decided to protest the kidnaps and murders, which specifically targeted women. The publicly known cases of women that had been kidnapped or murdered numbered 82, just between February and June this year. How did the state respond? Museveni ordered the IGP, Ochola, to block the protest by any means necessary. The women were warned that further demonstrations risked their lives. The irony: protesting violence is inviting violence as a solution! Similarly, Museveni has been threatening the opposition. The media was the first casualty. On matters of security it either plays deaf or publishes regime propaganda that places blame on ‘outsiders’ and the opposition. With the media down for the count, the crackdown on the opposition is expected to buy time for a regime that no longer seems capable of getting out of its own way.

Those old enough to have been around in the Amin era know how it ends: A system that can no longer protect women and children cannot stand.

Opinion: After playing spoiler in the South Sudan conflict, Museveni shows up to enjoy the spoils

By virungapost

For most of the time he has ruled us, we know President Museveni really is an endless source of comedy. Of course, those that usually suffer the consequences of his dangerous games will not be laughing.
So, we are told, Museveni is going to save the South Sudan talks. But scratch a little bit below the surface and you will see the fellow’s dangerous meddling in South Sudan’s affairs.

When fighting erupted in Juba a few years ago, most sensible people in Uganda tried to warn him against fueling that conflict through his cowboy diplomacy.

Only Museveni believed he could be a neutral arbiter of a conflict to which he had been part of the cause.

Museveni likes to patronize and once someone, including his colleagues, refuse to be patronised a serious problem arises.

Read: WITCH HUNT: WHEN UGANDANS KNOW THE TRUTH BUT CONTINUE TO LIE

In the lead up to independence in South Sudan, it became clear to Museveni that once Garang was president, he wouldn’t be able to exercise the kind of leverage and control he had has over him during the decade-long civil war. And so, Museveni decided to prevent the problem by eliminating it. A dead Garang would at the very least divide the SPLM and prolong Museveni’s control over matters in that country. Even his decision to take sides in the conflict was intended to prolong.

However, even if Museveni hadn’t necessarily taken sides in this particular conflict, the very idea that Museveni would be an impartial intermediary in any conflict truly is a sick joke.

This is a man who talks peace during the day and plays spoiler during the night.

South Sudanese have had to suffer as a result of this. Thousands have been killed and others fled mostly to our country.

Read: KAYIHURA A VICTIM OF MUSEVENI’S TRIBAL MACHINATIONS, ANALYSTS

Sadly, the people of Burundi are also learning the same hard lessons of “Museveni the peacemaker.”

When Burundian leader Pierre Nkurunziza illegally announced he was staying in power, it led to widespread protests in 2015. The violence left more than a couple of thousand dead, hundreds of thousands fleeing across the borders, thousands internally displaced and a ruined economy.

The East African Community tried to do something, but then made the bad mistake of appointing President Yoweri Museveni mediator – supposedly to bring together all the opposing parties in Burundi to find a peaceful resolution.

In fact, Nkurunziza must have said God himself had answered his prayers. Museveni was squarely on his side as the man went about his reign of terror, subduing Burundian civilians with the brutality of police repression, Imbonerakure militias, and the open terror of murders, disappearances and mass graves.

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What did Museveni do in all that? He turned a blind eye. He did not for once reprimand Nkurunziza. On the contrary, Museveni’s acts – together with those of Benjamin Mkapa, former Tanzanian leader and appointed “facilitator” of the supposed peace process – legitimized Nkurunziza like he was the lawful head of state.

They treated the Burundi opposition as if they merely were a nuisance that should keep quiet. Talk to any Burundian citizen in exile in Uganda (or anywhere in the region) and they will tell you Nkurunziza has been a calamity for them. But Museveni has been a close second.

Any poor Burundian exile has very bitter opinions about President Museveni, especially because they believe they had cornered Nkurunziza. And then Museveni showed up.

Just as he has shown up last minute to take credit for what others have done after messing up South Sudan, Museveni will do the same once Burundians have found a way forward.

Kagame: Africa deserves better than second hand

By virungapost

President Kagame said that the Volkswagen plant in Rwanda is proof that global brands that assemble high-quality products in Africa have customers on the continent.

President Paul Kagame has said that Africa should not be a dumping ground for used products from developed markets.

President Kagame was speaking Wednesday morning at the launch of Volkswagen Mobility Solutions Rwanda located in the Special Economic Zone.

The German carmaker was launching a plant to assemble, service and retail cars as well as their first integrated mobility solution.

Kagame said that the assembly plant in Rwanda is proof that global brands that assemble high-quality products in Africa have customers on the continent.

President Paul Kagame speaks during the event.

“Not only can global brands assemble high-quality products in Africa, they can also find customers here. Africa is not merely positioning itself as a new low-cost hub to manufacture goods for export. African consumers will also be among the biggest contributors to growth in global demand in the years ahead,” the President said.

Kagame said that settling for second hand products often leads to higher costs in the long run.

“Africa does not need to be a dumping ground for second-hand cars, or second-hand anything. In the long run, you end up paying a higher price anyway. If you pay a high price for second hand, why not pay for something new. Africa and Rwanda deserve better and this is one way of showing we can afford it,” he noted.

Thomas Schaefer, Volkswagen Group South Africa and Sub- Saharan Africa Managing Director.

With VW having similar operations in various African countries including Kenya, Kagame said that it’s important for regional countries to work together to attract and retain investments as well as create value.

The Head of State said that the investment by the firm in the region further pointed to the need to build an integrated regional manufacturing base.

“This operation reminds us of the importance of working regionally. Our Kenyan brothers and sisters are a key part of this international team. Rwanda and Kenya will be benefitting each other directly with Volkswagen right in the middle of it” Kagame said.

President Paul Kagame and Thomas Schaefer, the Volkswagen Group South Africa and Sub- Saharan Africa Managing Director.

Part of the staff in the assembly plant and service station are Kenyan while a section of Rwandan staff were trained in Kenya.

The President noted that Africa’s best chances of moving up the industrial value chain from assembly to manufacturing was by building integrated regional manufacturing bases.

This would see various parts produced from different countries in the region as opposed to being flown from overseas.

“In the medium-term, the only way for us in East Africa to move up the industrial value chain from assembly to manufacturing is to build an integrated regional manufacturing base. When we shift from a logic of competition to one of cooperation, we all gain. Success is about partnership and leveraging our strengths,” he said.

The President also hailed local tech startup, Awesomity, chosen by Volkswagen to develop a mobility solution which is likely to be adopted across the continent and beyond.

“We want to encourage our young people and many more to be behind the kinds of innovations that will work for the many industries that will be developed here,” he said.

Speaking at the event, Thomas Schäfer, chief executive of Volkswagen Group South Africa said that Rwanda was an ideal market for new mobility solutions because the citizens are digitally-minded and tech-savvy.

With an annual production capacity of up to 5,000 units, the firm plans to build up to 1,000 vehicles per year depending on demand and the success of the mobility fleet. Volkswagen will spend US $20 million in Rwanda for phase one.

The sales and service retail outlet, CFAO Volkswagen Rwanda is also part of the investment.

Kagame attends Northern Corridor summit

By virungapost

President Paul Kagame has called for increased partnership between multiple players in the Northern Corridor to fast-track the development of citizens.

The President was speaking at the 14th Summit of the Northern Corridor Integration Projects (NCIP) held in Nairobi, Kenya.

The summit, hosted by President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, was the first Northern Corridor summit to be held since 2016.

During his speech, President Kagame called for the re-examining of required efforts to enable the implementation of joint projects that will develop lives of citizens.

“We had made headway in bringing government, businesses, local and foreign investors in partnership to enable these projects that are important to the development of our citizens,”

“There is always going to be a lot of work to do but this moment provides an opportunity to re-examine what has been done and what we still need to do,” the head of state said.

During the summit which was preceded by a ministerial meeting, the leaders reviewed the progress made in the implementation of the various resolutions reached at the 13th Summit.

Northern Corridor key projects

Among the key projects that featured prominently during the meeting is the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) which is supposed to connect the port of Mombasa to Kigali via Uganda.

On this, the leaders directed that application for financing of Kampala–Bihanga–Mirama–Kigali, Tororo-Gulu–Nimule/Gulu–Pakwach sections be expedited.

President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya.

The leaders commended the implementation of a modern railway network in Kenya as part of the first phase of the SGR from Mombasa to Nairobi.

The preliminary engineering design of the new SGR line from Kampala to Kigali was completed in January 2018.

In the joint communiqué, the East African leaders reaffirmed their commitment to advancing regional integration while underscoring the importance of accelerating socio-economic transformation, industrialisation and employment creation.

Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of Uganda.

To ease the circulation of petroleum products in the region as a key source of industrial and domestic energy, the leaders agreed to come up with ‘the Lake Victoria intermodal transport system’ pending consultations on re-scoping of refined petroleum products pipeline.

Further, the leaders agreed to allocate more funding for the development of centres of excellence to support creation of requisite human resource capacities needed for the implementation and sustenance of NCIP projects.

 

On the setting up of a commodities exchange, the Summit received an update on the harmonisation of standards for commonly traded commodities and directed partner states to fast track the process.

“The summit directs partner states to expedite development of interlined trading platforms,” leaders noted in the communiqué.

The summit also considered and adopted the Accession Treaty to the Mutual Defence Pact and agreed to finalise an agreement on the establishment of a Centralised Aeronautical Database for the Northern Corridor Airspace bloc.

The Heads of State were also briefed on the progress being made in ICT and will be keen on the status of the One Network Area (ONA) for voice which is fully operational in all the partner states, while ONA for data is operational in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda.

Also present at the summit was President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda while President Salva Kiir of South Sudan was represented by a special envoy Aggrey Tisa Sabuni.

The summit was also attended by Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto as well as representatives of Tanzania, Burundi and Ethiopia, countries which have an observer status in the NCIP.

The alarming situation in Museveni’s Uganda

By virungapost

It has long been obvious, even to a child that the state in Uganda is unraveling. Sadly for everyone in the region, government in Uganda is slowly but steadily coming apart. Uganda is for all intents and purposes without leadership. The positions of leadership in the country have occupants, but actual leadership is absent. This is not to insult the good people of Uganda. Very many of them say the same thing.

We will see how this lack of leadership has culminated in the Museveni government blaming everyone else (including Rwanda), but itself for the insecurity, chaos and general lawlessness sadly prevailing in what used to be The Pearl of Africa.

Read: YOWERI MUSEVENI CREATES OWN FACTS AS SWAN SONG PLAYS

To start with, the deficit in leadership has affected people from all walks of life: the poor, the in-between and the rich and powerful. The country’s citizens are crying daily for deliverance from the living nightmare their life is becoming under President Yoweri Museveni and the ruling NRM. Every day the Ugandan media is full of bloodcurdling stories. If you have a small child, you live in fear that someone will abduct him or her, and they will end up in the clutches of some witchdoctor to be butchered in child sacrifice rituals. If you are an adult, you aren’t that safe either. An ongoing wave of kidnappings for ransom has hit Uganda, leaving very many scared witless. “Where are we to go now?” is a frequently asked question in the country. As for those in the highest echelons of society, it is hard to imagine how frightened they must be if even the most senior members of the security forces (think James Kazini and Andrew Felix Kaweesi) are not safe from common “Boda Boda” assassins. Or whoever else feels empowered to move around Uganda’s towns with illegally acquired weapons.

To watch Uganda today is, for those old enough to have seen the seventies and early eighties, to have a sense of déjà vu. Uganda under President Museveni today is becoming more and more like the lawless times of Idi Amin, and of Obote 2. If Archbishop Janan Luwum, and prominent people like him could be murdered in broad daylight, with utmost impunity, how is that different from the gunning down of Muslim clerics now, or the shooting of senior policemen, members of parliament, and so on? Here is only a small list of prominent Ugandans that have been shot and killed, with no one charged for the crimes, just since 2012 (we will not include others that died natural-seeming, yet mysterious deaths): Muslim clerics murdered included, Sheikh Abdul Karim Sentamu who was gunned down on a crowded street in the capital in April 2012. Sheikh Abubaker Kiweewa, shot dead on 12 June 12 in Kyanja in the outskirts of Kampala. Sheikh Abdul Khadir Muwaya, shot to death at his home in Mayuge District on Christmas Day 2014. Sheikh Mustafa Bahiga, shot dead at Bwebajja on Entebbe Road on 30 March 15. Sheikh Abdulrashid Wafula the Iman of Bilal Mosque in Mbale, gunned down on 21 May 15 in the town.

Read: WITCH HUNT: WHEN UGANDANS KNOW THE TRUTH BUT CONTINUE TO LIE

This is not even a full list of the unfortunate clerics that have lost their lives to assassins not a single one of whom has been apprehended. In each and every case the police and other security organs of Uganda vow to investigate, and bring the killers to book. In none of them have they produced so much as a single credible suspect. That was the same with the killing of Maj. Gen. James Kazini in 2009. It was the same with the assassination of Joan Kagezi, a well-known Kampala City attorney in March 2015, and it was the same with that of the Uganda Police’s AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi who was shot dead together with his bodyguard and driver just outside his home in March 2017. One can be certain the recent killing of Member of Parliament Ibrahim Abiriga too will go unresolved. Child abductions for ritual murders. A spate of kidnappings during which the kidnapped are killed all the same even after relatives come up with the ransom monies extorted. Political assassinations. Infighting within the security forces. The chaotic goings on, like the arrest of former police chief Kale Kayihura. Those that know Museveni best will tell you things like these were the inevitable outcome of his style of leadership.

Respected commentators, like Ugandan journalist Charles Onyango Obbo, have long painted a portrait of Museveni as a manipulative, deceptive, utterly unscrupulous president who will say, or do absolutely anything to entrench himself at the cost of everything else. Those that have served Museveni since his days as leader of the NRA guerrillas, like Kiiza Besigye, or John Kazoora in his book Betrayed by my Leader describe him as “corrupt to the core”, and as someone that will tell just about any lie and set people against each other, sowing mistrust at every turn. Daniel Kalinaki in Kiiza Besigye and Uganda’s Unfinished Revolution extensively interviewed former bush fighters under Museveni and they talked of a situation earliest in the NRA’s struggle when Museveni’s divisive tendencies, favoring individuals over others caused much mistrust and discontent in the ranks of his guerrillas.

Read: KAYIHURA A VICTIM OF MUSEVENI’S TRIBAL MACHINATIONS, ANALYSTS

Beyond Uganda’s borders Burundians, amongst those that have fallen victim to the machinations of President Nkurunziza, have come to know Mr. Museveni as someone that will do anything to enable him (Nkurunziza). Even when the African Union, and the EAC were relying on Mr. Museveni to broker a deal to save the Arusha Agreement that protected all Burundians through power sharing provisions, Museveni instead looked the other way as Nkurunziza savaged the agreement. The Ugandan leader did not raise a finger as Nkurunziza unleashed his murderous police and Imbonerakure militias on the civilian population.

“I do not know what misfortune led to Museveni being picked for Mediator in our problems!” exclaimed a Burundian lawyer living in exile in Kampala. Others say President Museveni’s stance with Nkurunziza is a very good example of Museveni’s duplicitous character. The Burundians are only finding out what most people that have dealt with President Museveni long ago discovered. Now for some reasons Museveni’s security organs have trained a fierce and baseless propaganda campaign against Rwanda, conducted on different social media and blogs where they publish things that they never back with any proof.

Read: MUSEVENI THRIVES FROM INSIDE THE PIGSTY

A Ugandan journalist that regularly writes about the state of insecurity in Uganda told this writer, “We hear all these allegations for instance that Rwanda has ‘infiltrated Ugandan security services’, but up to now no one in Uganda has produced a single proof to back that allegation. “We have heard all the stories about how Rwanda has ‘compromised’ Ugandan security but as for actual evidence, Museveni’s operatives have not shown us anything.” A Ugandan retired civil servant; a long-time resident of Kampala that lived through all the upheavals from independence says with Museveni, Uganda again is suffering the curse of bad leadership. “People are not deceived by all this talk that Rwanda is behind our insecurity,” said the old man. “It is the curse we have suffered from the beginning. “Now if you talk of all these Ugandans losing their lives senselessly, kidnapped for money, all the women that were being murdered in Entebbe recently, how can you say a foreign country is involved in all that! It is just Museveni’s people justifying their failure to do their responsibility to maintain safety and security for Ugandans.” It is obvious that as insecurity grows and gets out of hand, blaming Rwanda is increasingly the only fallback position Uganda’s intelligence and their boss can find. Ugandan operatives trolls on social media will be busy disseminating fake news on all social media.

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But in all seriousness, said a Ugandan analyst who requested anonymity, “If the spy operatives and their bosses can somehow deceive some people that Rwanda is responsible for one or two things, how will they also blame Rwanda for lack of safety so that even little children are not safe but quite a few end up dead in primitive child sacrifices? “How can you blame another country for the kidnaps for ransom? Or the potholes and rubbish in the streets; the sewage that overflows in many places during rainy season, and all such failures due to Museveni’s poor leadership?”

Yoweri Museveni creates own facts as Swan song plays

By virungapost

On Wednesday, President Yoweri Museveni went to Parliament to deliver a speech on “defeating challenges of insecurity” in Uganda following a spate of unresolved murders and a general state of insecurity in the country, especially in Kampala recently.

Once at the podium, Museveni turned to a favourite topic of his that those who know him well say is characteristic of him whenever he is under intense panic: the ancient history of the great lakes interlacustrine region.

This topic tends to restore some confidence and a psychological shot in the arm that gives off the impression that he is a man in charge, especially when the pressure he is facing in areas that tend to be his soft under belly.

In this case, Museveni had come to parliament to speak about peace and identity. Speaking about peace seems reasonable given the topic he had come to address parliament about; however, it is when he began to raise questions about his own identity that the Members of Parliament, and even those watching on their television sets at home, wondered what exactly had rattled Museveni.

“I’m not an immigrant from anywhere”:

Museveni spoke for over two hours. Almost an hour of that time was spent lecturing the MPs about the people of the great lakes region in a tone that was rather patronizing. “What you call history I call current affairs. I know because I was there,” he told the MPs, before bragging that he was “unearthing history” for them because “you know about everybody else except yourself.”

If you know Museveni, then the self-indulging isn’t new. However, what was most perplexing was how he kept repeating that he was not “an immigrant from nowhere.” It is as if Museveni had been summoned by Parliament to bring his birth certificate.

And so, to “prove” that he was not a foreigner he turned to “Museveni’s own facts.” He seemed to locate his “heritage” to Mutara, a place he claimed “was part of Mpororo, Nkore, before colonialism.”

Of course, anyone with some knowledge of history immediately sensed that Museveni had unwittingly committed an own goal.

For sure, the confrontation between “Museveni’s Own facts” and the real facts was about to produce the opposite of whatever he had intended to achieve by invoking this story of a time past.

For those who don’t know, Mutara has never been part of Uganda. Not before colonialism (Uganda had yet to come into existence). And certainly not after the formation of Uganda by colonialists.

Rwanda did exist prior to colonial rule. Indeed, no part of contemporary Rwanda has ever been part of any neighbouring country; on the contrary, during colonialism Rwanda lost territories to present day Uganda (parts of Kigezi, Ntungamo, Igara rya Ruhinda that was later named Nkore) and in North and South Kivu in the DRC.

The place that Museveni is referring to was – and still is – Mutara. However, prior to colonial rule, Mutara was referred to as “Umutara w’Indorwa” meaning that it was part of the area that was known as Ndorwa, in Rwanda. In fact, Mutara still exists today. Again, in Rwanda.

Unlike Museveni’s “own facts”, Mpororo was, and remained, part of Rwanda decades after the Berlin Conference and for much of this period the Bahororo (who are of Banyarwanda extraction – the clans of Abagina, Abashambo, Abagahe, etc – have their relatives in Mutara, Rwanda) were identified as Banyarwada, hence the proverb among their Nkore neighbours that goes something like, “ko ocumita Omuhororo oyita omunyarwanda” which loosely translates into “if you kill a Muhororo, you will be in conflict with a Munyarwanda.”

If Museveni says that he is from Mutara and Mutara has never been part of Uganda, then this might explain why the gentleman protests too much about his identity.

At any rate, Museveni didn’t need to invent facts that shift the territory of Mutara to Uganda to qualify as a Ugandan. After this Banyarwanda “heritage” is recognized under the 1995 constitution as citizens of Uganda. Moreover, his continued distortion of facts and history will only serve to invite the real facts from those who believe the truth matters and that it will set him free from what is clearly an identity crisis.

In other words, it’s high time that the two ‘contending lines of thinking’ between Museveni’s own facts and the real facts will have to ‘resolve itself.’

No longer at peace:

The other subject that Museveni belabours in his speech is on peace. Museveni is known to talk down Ugandans that until he came to the scene they had never had a taste of peace. He never misses an opportunity to remind them that since he took power they are able to have a good night sleep.

Here, at Parliament, was a man whose claim to fame was that he brought sleep having to deal with the reality before him that the purpose of his visit there (at Parliament) was to acknowledge to the same people of Uganda that he had run out of peace.

Like the story where Museveni was convincing himself that he was not an immigrant from anywhere, here he was convincing himself that Uganda was at peace and secure “from corner to corner.”

Yet another gem of his “own facts” that are in contrast with reality. Again, in his own universe with its own unique facts.

Indeed, anyone following the speech must have come to the conclusion that what psychologists call cognitive dissonance was no longer adequate a description of what was unravelling.

Even as Museveni turned to his own facts in the frantic declaration “I am standing here authoritatively,” it was visibly clear to all that the life president was in dire need of a life jacket. In the same bible that Museveni quoted at Parliament says, “Let those with ears hear” and for Museveni the voices he keeps hearing in his head that are prompting concerns about his own identity are a Swan Song along the tune, “We wawo omusajja yatuletela emilembe. Naye kati jiliwa?

Source: www.sde.co.ke

Witch Hunt: When Ugandans know the truth but continue to lie

By virungapost

There are few worse things than being falsely accused. I remember listening to a lady on the radio describe that she cannot read any book where anyone is being falsely accused of a crime. It upsets her too much. The fact that Gen. Kale Kayihura is being accused of the murder of the late AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi is the perfect example of a man being crucified. What happened to all the people at Kaweesi’s eulogy who thanked Kayihura for spotting and nurturing Kaweesi’s talent to rise up the ranks as he did? Why can’t you, and all of Uganda who watched Kayihura trust and rely on Kaweesi more than anyone use any rationale and come forward to stop this clear witch hunt? What happened to the speeches at the vigil in Kaweesi’s home where all of you thanked Kayihura for promoting and seeing the potential in Kaweesi? For being more than a boss and a mentor? For being his friend and an inspiration?

There were rumors of a new appointment for Kayihura in July, and following his meeting with the President in May, the forces against him decided to act quickly using fabricated evidence before he was back in Government. They could not pin anything against a man who has been incorruptible. There were no deals, no wealth, no assets – nothing to pin him down. So these forces resorted to lies.

Read: KAYIHURA A VICTIM OF MUSEVENI’S TRIBAL MACHINATIONS, ANALYSTS

I was stunned to find out that Kayihura is, in fact, not wealthy at all – especially compared to all senior Government officials. Even compared to many Government officials below him. Ask any international partners with the Police, some who even nicknamed him Inspector General of the People, realizing he was different from the rest. He was never after any amassing of wealth, and thus was a threat. His incorruptibility and integrity made him the biggest threat to anyone who needed to make the President more vulnerable.

But what control do you have when all your support is in the poor masses? And all that has sustained Kayihura in the past, and now, is good will from those who know him, and understand that the witch hunt has used a successful campaign of character assassination for the past few years.

Even as IGP, Kayihura suffered in the last few years working with security agencies. ISO, CMI and CID are filled with his enemies, and now that he’s gone – they’ve side-lined the people who chose work over politics. I wonder if this hatred is based on tribalism – do people hate Bafumbira because of their cultural connection to Banyarwanda? I believe it’s more than that in the case of Kale Kayihura – I believe they feared that they have nothing against him; and over the years decided to falsify things about him to damage his reputation and public image. So that when these charges came, people would not dismiss them so easily.

Read: MUSEVENI THRIVES FROM INSIDE THE PIGSTY

I once asked someone who interacted with the General why he doesn’t fight back against the media. He said that Kayihura doesn’t have the desire or money to pay them to counter the stories with the truth. He also said Kayihura believes in the inherent good of people, and that all lies blow over. He believed that by working consistently – they would eventually leave him alone.

But Kayihura was wrong in believing in the good in people. He should have believed in the desperation in people. Anyone can see that his entire image of working to build a powerful and strong Police force, that has never had more Police officers, more infrastructure, and more equipment has been completely tarnished and ignored over this need to focus on his individual. Which is wrongfully portrayed.

So far, the forces against him have succeeded but in many ways, they haven’t since Kayihura made himself available to the masses who know him. They know who he is, and anyone that meets this man knows for certain that the last thing he could ever be is a criminal of any sort.

Read: “IT WASN’T ME!” UGANDA MASTERS ART OF SHIFTING BLAME

The fact that Kayihura can’t be bought also led to enemies on the other side of the border in Rwanda. He consistently refused to be compromised or coerced to hasten any lawful procedures. Even the handover of a prominent Rwandan refugee to the Rwandan Government some 4 years ago occurred when Kayihura was out of the country. The officer in charge was promptly dismissed, only to be brought back quite recently, after taking responsibility and with permission from the President. He was a good officer who the Police couldn’t afford to lose.

Kayihura was not loyal to NRM, he is loyal to the President, and that vision that drove him to leave a lectureship persuaded by his Professors at the London School of Economics after he finished his LLM. He in fact pleaded with a friend at the time to help him pick up a gun and join the NRA in 1983.

Kayihura was not desperate. He did not need to fight because he had no options – he wanted to. It was pure conviction. And as such, he was never desperate for a job. When one is full of idealism as he – it is hard to think that enemies abound and are constantly plotting. He believed in truth, and that idealism has hurt him greatly. Especially now.

Not only are they discrediting him in the eyes of the public (lies of exorbitant amounts of wealth – when he does not own any home in Kampala, or any finished home anywhere), but also in the eyes his contemporaries (being stopped at the airport, being sick). Kayihura unfortunately believed that all this would go away. He especially believed so after his removal, and had just gotten into the groove of being a farmer and serving his community in Kashagama, Lyantonde. He insisted on using his own funds to get the cleanest underground water through a tap for all in the community to make use of, not just himself.

Read:  PANIC ROCKS KAMPALA REGIME:

How can someone so generous and so of the people be made out to be a killer? This really baffles me – that Ugandans could persecute a genuine and possibly the best public servant. Yet they consistently complain that there are none to be found.

Out of respect for the President and the Government, Kayihura chose not to go to Kisoro after his removal. Kisoro was angry with the President, and he did not want to go home knowing how it might look if his people might gather at his home. The people of Kisoro know what it is like to be maligned as Bafumbira. They are a small district, seen as unimpressive and even unknown to many Ugandans, but they inhabit this country like any other citizen. Even Kayihura himself, a whole General and Senior official was despised by his fellow Westerners who are said to have insulted his identity on numerous occasions. Including the security agencies he worked with. Even in the same region, people harbour ethnic hatred and misguided superiority over another.

Uganda has reached a new low. The media has reached a new low. I know the economy is bad and everyone needs a pay out, every one has bills to pay. But I implore you journalists who have been paid to write malicious and untrue things over the last three years: you are the ones who made Kayihura become this falsified larger-than-life figure he never wanted a part of. Come forward. Tell the truth. Do not leave your conscience tainted by the crucifixion of an innocent man – one whose unjust demonization you have greatly contributed to.

Read: OPINION: ABIRIGA WAS KILLED TO COVER UP FOR KAWEESI’S KILLERS

The witch hunt began in 2015, and seems to have gathered steam from everyone who feels wronged by him. Director CID Grace Akullo even once said he wanted to kill her – she was hostile and insubordinate towards him during his entire tenure. He left it at that, knowing when to pick his battles. She refused to participate and cooperated grudgingly. Wherever her information came from, it worked for the forces against Kayihura who seem to have since recruited her.

One wonders why DG ISO Kaka Bagyenda is even a part of this team against Kayihura, when Kayihura was allegedly asked to help when Kaka’s son last year was faced with killing his girlfriend. Kayihura obliged of course, feeling comraderie in such a tragic time for Bagyenda.

CMI, whose leads the entire 2017 consisted of strong evidence against ADF for killing Kaweesi, including traced calls. How could they suddenly change their tune? In the middle of prosecution? CMI’s key people, like a certain Tumukunde before and a certain Abel Kandiho now have peddled untrue reports to the President and the media about Kayihura. Including some about Presidential ambitions.

Read also: THOSE WHO KILLED KAWEESI ARE WELL KNOWN BUT ARE PROTECTED

Whatever these people have against Kayihura now, to pin him on Kaweesi’s death is no evidence. Maybe they decided to pursue this case to create media furore and frenzy; and damage the man’s name for their own personal and misguided grudges, beliefs, and deep-rooted hatred for Bafumbira and Ugandan Banyarwanda, whose only home is Uganda.

I want to end with this: how does anyone come out of this with the same idealism for Uganda? When instead of persecuting clearly corrupt and reprehensible individuals – Uganda harbours and saves them.

Uganda has killed the spirit of a person who loved the country more than himself, and sacrificed his life, his family, and now his name for it. I have washed my hands of this crucifixion publically with this writing. I hope you find the courage to do so as well, in whatever way you can.

Bring peace to the Kaweesi family. Stop sitting on the clear evidence of ADF’s direct involvement in this, and leave Kayihura and all the officers who served him alone. It is a disgrace to keep bringing up their trauma for your own trumped up and malicious agendas. To use Kaweesi’s death in this manner – and persecute a man he so admired and loved – is the crime here. That is the only crime here.

Source: The Standard Digital

Kayihura a victim of Museveni’s tribal machinations, analysts

By virungapost

Several reports in broadcast and print media have said former Uganda Police Chief, Gen. Kale Kayihura at first was a good officer and a gentleman. The reports claim Kayihura’s problems only began when Museveni brought him close, promoted him and made him inspector general of police. The moment that happened, say Kampala analysts, the stage was set for the general’s eventual downfall.

Museveni would use him in all his plots, evil or otherwise, and that would attract the jealousy of some Ugandans of the powerful Bahima ethnicity. Kale Kayihura therefore could have fallen afoul of President Museveni for reasons that have nothing to do with allegations against him of “planning to cause insecurity.”

Read: “IT WASN’T ME!” UGANDA MASTERS ART OF SHIFTING BLAME

There is an intense succession struggle behind the scenes, with prominent members of Museveni’s Bahima that are determined to keep power within themselves “for eternity”. Someone like Kayihura who is “an outsider”, a member of the Bafumbira people of the Kisoro region was in trouble from the word go.

It is an open secret in Uganda that senior Bahima have been undermining other people and Kayihura only is the latest high-profile victim. If Kayihura was trying to do a good job, someone like his former boss, Minister for Security Henry Tumukunde, a senior Muhima, was not going to allow it. It got to the extent that the wrangles were spilling out in public.

Read: PANIC ROCKS KAMPALA REGIME:

Read: OPINION: ABIRIGA WAS KILLED TO COVER UP FOR KAWEESI’S KILLERS

“The head of Police, and the Minister for Security General Henry Tumukunde are busy fighting, to show who has more power and control,” said MP Winnie Kiiza, the leader of the opposition in Uganda’s parliament. The Kasese woman Member of Parliament was commenting on the spate of security incidents cropping up all over Uganda as a result of Kayihura not being left alone to do his appointed duties.

As Museveni grows weaker and loses control “the big beasts are circling in,” commented a Ugandan analyst. “And none of the beasts are bigger than the Bahima, they are in charge of the jungle!” added the astute analyst.

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According to George Orwell in Animal Farm, some animals in the famous fable took to saying they were “more equal” than others. It had begun with the animals liberating themselves from oppressive humans. But as time went on, the poor animals realized the oppressor was the pigs, and the pigs no longer saw themselves as equal to the other creatures.

Nothing can be more analogous about the Ugandan situation today than that fable.

Mr. Museveni no doubt has created that tribal situation whereby his ethnicity has developed a sense of entitlement that power, and there control of national resources is theirs, with all the country’s other peoples battling for crumbs.

Museveni thrives from inside the pigsty

By virungapost

While commenting on the chaotic security situation in Kampala on Thursday Gen. Yoweri Museveni said that the insecurity in the country is caused by pigs. “Pigs don’t appreciate value, you’d rather give it to the worms. But we’ve dealt with pigs before and these ones are very small. By the end of the day, all those involved will be exposed and crushed, we shall crush them,” Museveni said. When Museveni is not blaming pigs, his lieutenants in the security and intelligence organs place blame on Rwanda. In both cases, the aim is to conceal the internal weaknesses that have been piling up mostly due to the fact that Ugandans are fed up of the present leadership and tried to demonstrate it during the constitutional amendment consultations to remove the age limit for the president.

At some point this exercise was stopped because it was clear to all that Ugandans wanted to bring an end to the problems of governance that they face and the insecurity that comes from it.

Eventually the amendment was shovelled down the throats of Ugandans and Museveni stayed in power against the wish. Secondly, the internal weaknesses have over the years been accelerated by what is now the cancer of corruption that Ugandans have given up any hope that it can be solved as long as Museveni is president. Third, and significantly, the security forces have been operating from an environment without political legitimacy and supporting a president who has been rejected by the vast majority of Ugandans. Fourth, Museveni has actively nurtured the confusion in the security organs. When General Kale Kayihura was arrested the Daily Monitor asked prominent people in Ugandan society for comment. Almost all of them placed the blame squarely where it should be: on Museveni’s head.

However, what Semujju Ibrahim Nganda said was fascinating, “There is in-fighting in the armed forces; each one is accusing the other and it is playing into the vulnerability of the President. We had a time when it was Gen Salim Saleh fighting Gen Tumiwne, Gen Tinyefuza fighting Gen Kazini, Ahmed Kashilingi, Kyaligonza. That time, the President was strong, but today he is not as strong as he was when he used to be the arbiter, which he cannot do anymore. That is why in Zimbabwe, when the generals saw that President Robert Mugabe was failing to control, they had to take over to ensure stability of the country. Gen Kayihura was celebrating when Gen Tinyefuza was arrested; and don’t be surprised when those who have arrested him today are also arrested in future.” In other words, Musevenip has always sowed chaos and rivalry in the security organs and considers the chaos as a weapon he uses to pit officers against one another. Once the competition and negative solidarity he has helped to create goes astray he calls the losing side all kinds of names including the derogatory term of “pigs.” In all of it, he fails to take responsibility that he has reared the pigs.

Also worth pointing out is that the “winning side” gets to find a scapegoat for the troubles that Museveni has helped to create. Most of the time the scapegoat is Rwanda. For as long as the internal weaknesses have been piling up in Uganda the excuse has been that they are of the doing of the Rwandan leadership. This excuse has helped Museveni to conceal his failures and to mistreat his own officers after he has used and dumped them. Extremely talented young officers like Brigadier Noble Mayombo and most recently Andrew Kaweesi have lost their lives and a promising future at the service of their country robbed through Museveni’s games. Like Hon. Semujju says, this time Museveni’s regime is so weak that he is unable to control how far the consequences of his little hobby can go. As a result, ordinary Ugandans are now facing an insecurity that is all at the doing of one man who is always blaming everyone else but himself and the responsibility he bears for raising the pigs that he is now so eager to denounce when he is the real pig.

Source: The Standard Digital Media

“It wasn’t me!” Uganda masters art of shifting blame

By virungapost

It is impossible to understand why Ugandan authorities have persistently blamed Rwanda for their internal problems. For decades Uganda has tried to bully Rwanda and try to make it subservient. However, it beats the mind why it insists on this course of action that has no direct benefits for the country.

Rwanda’s refusal to accept Uganda’s subservience exposed it to all kinds of destabilization efforts that most recently include providing logistical support to Rwanda National Congress terrorist organization that is headed by the renegade General Kayumba Nyamwasa, which has openly declared war against Rwanda.

Read: PANIC ROCKS KAMPALA REGIME:

In addition to supporting groups that seek to destabilize Rwanda, the pattern over the years has been for Uganda’s intelligence organs to peddle lies that paint the leadership of Rwanda in negative light using websites, blogs, and bogus social media accounts that have been especially created for this purpose.

In those publications Rwanda is portrayed as a bad neighbor when in fact it is Uganda that keeps this provocation and hostile behavior towards it’s neighbor.

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On it’s part Rwanda has refused to be dragged into the internal affairs of Uganda even if it’s being used as a scapegoat, including when innocent Rwandan nationals have been arrested and tortured on flimsy accusations of being spies.

Rwanda refuses to be dragged into Uganda’s internal affairs because it doesn’t see any benefits from such a move and wishes that soon Uganda’s leadership will realize that positive relations serve the best interests of the two countries whose citizens share deep historical ties.

Read: OPINION: ABIRIGA WAS KILLED TO COVER UP FOR KAWEESI’S KILLERS

Analysts who have tried to understand the behavior of Uganda’s leadership towards Rwanda say that it is motivated by jealousy and that they would be fine if Rwanda was making progress through subservience to Uganda.

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Indeed, the experts say that by rejecting to be subservient to Uganda and combining it with tremendous socioeconomic success, “this eats the leadership of Uganda to the core and Museveni simply can’t accept this reality.”

Panic rocks Kampala regime:

By virungapost

Kampala is in a state of anxiety with panic spreading all over the city following the recent assassination of Member of Parliament Ibrahim Abiriga.

A crackdown against opposition figures, senior security officials, and members of civil society is in full gear all due to self-inflicted causes.

This round of panic began when the Special Forces Command (SFC) tried to manufacture a diversion from information that was circulating in Kampala that the SFC had assassinated AIGP Andrew Kaweesi, which it tried to solve by assassinating another high profile personality, MP Ibrahim Abiriga.

When the people of West Nile rose to demand answers for the true killers of their son and held demonstrations against Museveni, they hatched up another diversion, to arrest former IGP Kale Kayihura.

Gen. Kayihura’s arrest has worked to silence the people of West Nile. In fact, not a single newspaper in Uganda is carrying their demands to have Museveni explain who had killed their son.

Now, Museveni has been saved from the trouble of having to explain the assassinations of Kaweesi and Abiriga.
Hajj Abdul Naduli has denounced these tactics whose main cause is the “fights between Museveni Generals.”

Hajj Naduli represents the views of most Ugandans who are fed up with the diversions. Most Ugandans are tired of the scapegoating that tries to place blame for the failures elsewhere and are now openly calling for Museveni to just go.

At the height of age-limit debate Gen. Museveni and his intelligence organs would try to defuse tensions from the people’s frustration with the regime by claiming that their security forces, particularly the police, had been infiltrated and that it was being used to destabilize Uganda.

A scapegoat was found for an internal problem of political transition and debate.
The intelligence organs even went as far as partnering with the Rwanda National Congress (RNC) to arrest and torture innocent Rwandans visiting Uganda who they accused of being spies. Some of these innocent Rwandans remain in detention today.

Even the present panic in Kampala that forced the security forces to an impromptu meeting is self-inflicted. It came from a simple demand from the people of West Nile towards Museveni: they want to know who killed their son.

No one is willing to tell them the truth. That their son (and Kazini, Mayombo, Aronda, and Kaweesi) was killed in a little game Museveni likes to play every once in a while in order to keep power.

Fear grips Kampala as regime threatens to retaliate against opposition:

By virungapost

The recent assassination of Member of Parliament Ibrahim Abiriga did not only instill fear but also worsened an already fragile security situation in Kampala. His death comes at the heels of a spate of killings involving rampage kidnapping, rape and systematic murder of innocent girls.

Indeed, many observers believe that the killers exploited this security situation to mount a targeted assassination whose real intention was to divert the public from information that was circulating that the Special Forces Command (SFC) was responsible for the death of AIGP Andrew Kaweesi.

CLOCKWISE: Late General Aronda Nyakairima, AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi, Brigadier General Nobel Mayomboand Col (Rtd) MP Ibrahim Abiriga.

Now fear has engulfed Kampala. General Museveni tried to calm down the panic that most people, especially those in Arua, believe is of his own creation, which elicited anger that engulfed the entire town through demonstrations that targeted everything in the colour yellow.

Also read: OPINION: ABIRIGA WAS KILLED TO COVER UP FOR KAWEESI’S KILLERS

This prompted heavy deployment of armed military personnel to counter the anger that Museveni was likely to be greeted with at Abiriga’s burial. Without such heavy deployment Museveni was not going to go anywhere near Arua. The people had been loud and clear that they were tired of his manipulation that often ends with the killing of innocent people he used and disposes of in the cruelest manner.

Gen Museveni during Col (Rtd) Abiriga’s buria in Arua.

During his eulogy for his most loyal MP, Gen. Museveni tried to blame the opposition, accusing them of using foul tactics that include assassinations.

Museveni said that Abiriga had been targeted because he was effective in the campaign to remove the presidential term limits, the hinted that he would also retaliate in equal measure – by cracking down against the opposition.

And now from the look of things, Gen. Museveni is making good use of his promise. Uganda’s Capital FM reported this morning that the arrest of opposition politician Betty Namboze might take place any time from now. Chimpreports also reported that the UPDF was hunting down another opposition MP, Kaps Fungaroo.

Gen Museveni pays his last respect to the late AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi.

Clearly such threats are meant to cow the opposition from speaking about Abiriga’s assassination. Similarly, Museveni threatened Ugandans on social media and threatened to come after them.

Moreover, the way Museveni is trying to silence everyone from speaking about Abiriga’s killing is eerily similar to how he handled Kaweesi’s murder. A crackdown on the opposition – including assassinating them – and shutting down social media are likely to be as effective in silencing those who want to know the killers of Abiriga as it was in silencing those who tried to reveal who murdered Anderew Kaweesi.

Also read: THOSE WHO KILLED KAWEESI ARE WELL KNOWN BUT ARE PROTECTED

The veteran journalist Timothy Kalyegira immediately commented on twitter that, “Just as Abiriga seemed to be acting the clown as a cover-up, Museveni’s lashing out at the ‘idiots’ and ‘fools’ who killed Abiriga sounds like a man not telling us the whole story. Something, in other words, doesn’t add up.”

Gen Museveni pays his last respect to the late Gen Aronda Nyakairima. (Photo: Daily Monitor)

After Museveni threatened the opposition with murder his top security officials gathered at Serena Hotel to lay a strategy to implement the wishes of their boss. It doesn’t require a high IQ to see that tough times are ahead for the opposition, with Nambooze and Fungaroo being the first targets with more to follow.

General Museveni thinks that he is at war, “Nobody will start a war with NRM and win. You will lose… If there’s war you fight,” he said in his eulogy at Abiriga’s funeral.

Gen Museveni pays his last respect to the late Gen Garanga.

And during war, people die:

1. James Waphakabulo
2. Francis Ayume
3. Gen. James Kazini
4. Brig. Noble Mayombo
5. John Garang
6. Gen. Aronda Nyakairima
7. AIGP Andrew Kaweesi
8. Col. Ibrahim Abiriga
9. Col. Muzoora
10. Maj Muhamed Kigundu
11. Joan Kagezi

And the list goes on ——-

Opinion: Abiriga was killed to cover up for Kaweesi’s killers

By virungapost

Ugandan Member of Parliament, Ibrahim Abiriga, was assassinated on Friday evening in a gruesome manner that has the hallmarks of AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi. The lawmaker’s assassination came at a time when information about who the killers of Kaweesi are becoming an open secret amongst the public in Kampala.

This website has been reporting updates on this story including the revelation by different crime investigation experts who unanimously say that the Special Force Command (SFC) assassinated Kaweesi. Immediately after the publication, President Museveni blamed Kaweesi’s murder on the ADF rebels.

Also read: THOSE WHO KILLED KAWEESI ARE WELL KNOWN BUT ARE PROTECTED

The question is, why kill Abiriga and why now? President Museveni called the murderers idiots and ordered security agencies to find the killers who he said are part of “urban criminality.” Astonishingly, even before investigations he has ordered begin Gen Museveni seems to already know who the killers are! Gen Museveni’s characteristic of assassinations as due to urban criminality is suggestive that he knows who the killers are and that the investigation into the murder of Abiriga is likely to end in a similar way as that of Kaweesi.

In both cases the killers are known. They are security agencies, the same organs that Gen Museveni is pleading with to conduct the investigation. What is clear is that the same precision that was used to eliminate Kaweesi was used to remove Abiriga. Back to the question, why would Gen Museveni kill his loyal servant, a man who was not a political threat to anyone? Abiriga’s flashy popularity made him the perfect target in efforts to conceal what had become an open secret. Someone popular enough to garner public attention and also someone perceived to be loyal to Gen Museveni in order to place the blame elsewhere. Enter the yellow man and his yellow Beetle.

Abiriga was the perfect diversion. Kill him in similar fashion as Kaweesi, mislead the public from closing on who killed Kaweesi, and do it in a way that suggests a motive of “senseless urban killings” that are carried out by “idiots.” Both Kaweesi and Abiriga were hyper loyal towards Gen Museveni. It seems President Museveni has his way of rewarding loyalty that goes all the way back to Brigadier Noble Mayombo and most recently General Aronda Nyakairima. Once the public starts to close in on Abiriga’s killers someone else among President Museveni’s most loyal servants will be gunned down to conceal that information from spilling into the public. And the cycle will continue. Only Gen Museveni is safe.

Source: The Standard Digital

Those who killed Kaweesi are well known but are protected

By virungapost

On March 17 2017 Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP) Andrew Kaweesi was brutally assassinated alongside his driver Godfrey Wambewo and body guard Keneth Erau at Kulambiro, a Kampala suburb, after 27 bullets were fired in his body. It’s more than a year now since Kaweesi, a 43 year old promising and highly ambitious officer, succumbed to death.

There has been a lot of interest in the circumstances around his death; however, investigators are yet to identify the true killers. Some suspects were arrested days following his death but sources indicate that much of the initial arrests were meant to dupe the public that something was being done about Kaweesi’s murder. As a result, the only information that has been obtained thus far is at best circumstantial and not very helpful for prosecution purposes.

Similarly, initial information pointing to ADF rebels as being behind the killings also led to the arrests of some suspects. However, this line of investigations also yielded nothing. It turned out the ADF had nothing to do with Kaweesi’s murder and it appears the rebel group was invoked to mislead the public into thinking that the shooting were a result of terrorism.

Most importantly, the efforts that were placed in concealing the identity of the true killers, misleading the investigators and the public, including forcing innocent people to confess, have led criminal intelligence analysts to come to one conclusion: Kaweesi’s murder is the work of the state of Uganda.

Specifically, investigators have confirmed from the cartridges collected at the scene and pock marks left on the car that the weapons used to assassinate Kaweesi were the type of M4 guns which are a preserve of the specialised units such as the Special Forces Command (SFC).

Moreover, the description of events by sources who were present at the scene of the crime points to this kind of expertise as well as a level of calmness and confidence that was exhibited by the killers that serves to underscore that indeed this was a state-sanctioned mission. Indeed, the precision and efficiency employed in executing it suggests that these were experts at work.

It is also worth recalling that Kaweesi was murdered near his home, about 600 metres in a trading centre. These killers were unconcerned with the presence of people ready to identify them to the authorities. They understood very well that they were the authorities, especially since the killers were from the unit that is tasked with protecting the highest authority in the country and his regime.

The only time the investigations have pointed to the authorities as the killers, they have done so also in ways that mislead the public. Instead of corroborating the story of witnesses to the crime whose description depicts the killers to be the SFC, they have on numerous occasions come up with concocted scenarios that accuse the Uganda Police (UPF) of orchestrating Kaweesi’s murder, knowing very well that the UPF lacks the kinds of armed sophistication and weaponry that was described by witnesses.

Kaweesi was a well-liked officer even though he came to the limelight during Walk to Work when he is credited with the kind of loyalty that probably saved the regime from a concerted effort to remove him that had the entire Kampala city gripped in revolutionary spirit like the kind that was seen during the Arab Spring. Indeed, many believe that the leadership in Uganda owes Kaweesi big time for nipping in the bud the people’s coup.

What, therefore, has everyone including crime intelligence specialists puzzled is exactly why did the leadership in Uganda find it necessary to eliminate Kaweesi, a loyal, hardworking, highly educated, disciplined and hardworking officer, in such a gruesome and cold-blooded manner?

Almost all analysis seems to point to one conclusion, which is related to Kaweesi’s success rapid promotion through the ranks. He was a very capable and principled police officer whose personality rendered him to public fame across all sections of Ugandan society. Consequently, he was increasingly seen as a threat in the same way that the effectiveness of officers like General Aromda Nyakairima and Brigadier General Noble Mayombo made them targets for assassination.

UGANDA’s INTELLIGENCE ORGANS CONTINUE TO PEDDLE LIES AGAINST RWANDA

By virungapost

Uganda’s intelligence organs have persistently continued to peddle lies against Rwanda despite efforts by the top leadership of both countries to normalize ties.

A series of propaganda stories by the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) seeking to portray Rwanda as a bad neighbor keen on wreaking havoc against Uganda were published in CMI-planted blogs.

One of the malicious pieces titled “Kayihura wanted to meet Rwanda’s DMI chiefs in Turkey” claims that Kigali has close ties with the former Chief of Uganda’s Police, Gen. Kale Kayihura to the extent of trying to hold meetings between him and Rwandan officials in foreign lands.

What such articles demonstrate is the continued internal wrangling within Uganda’s security apparatus. Trying to drag Rwanda in these wrangles must be treated with the contempt they deserve.

Even if it’s propaganda, there should be at least minimum effort to report stories that are believable. It seems as long as the target is Rwanda all these basics are tossed out of the window.

Almost all stores try to paint Kayihura as a stooge of the Rwandan government. Almost all of them emerged at the time it was revealed that CMI was actively collaborating with the Rwanda National Congress (RNC), a terror under the leadership of the fugitive Kayumba Nyamwasa.

It should be recalled that since last year Brig. Gen Kandiho of CMI and Security Minister Henry Tumukunde led an onslaught against Kigali by planting malicious stories in the media in order to hoodwink the public from activities that included recruiting rebels on behalf of the RNC, mainly in refugee camps that are hosting Rwandans inside Uganda.

It was revealed that the duo had been working closely with RNC mobilisers to harass, arrest, and torture innocent Rwandans visiting Uganda on private business.

Last year Kandiho and Tumukunde were embarrassed when a group of their recruits, 43 young men destined for rebel activities in DRC, were intercepted at the Kikagati border post in Uganda.

Most of the RNC mobilizers continue to enjoy the protection of CMI. Therefore it is not surprising that there’s a renewed wave of malicious propaganda targeting Rwanda and clearly undermining the progress that was being made to restore good relations between Uganda and Rwanda.

Observers agree that the renewed negative propaganda being peddled by CMI signals continuation of arrests and intimidation of innocent Rwandans living in Uganda

Continued anti-Rwanda rhetoric is not helpful

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It is becoming routine that every time government leaders in Rwanda and Uganda meet to work out ways to put an end to the strained relations between the two countries, Uganda’s intelligence community goes into overdrive to undermine this good move.

A clear pattern emerges, whereby the CMI which is actively sponsoring Rwanda National Congress (RNC) terrorists in their quest to destabilize Rwanda is determined to work against the goal of the two countries’ leaders to resolve the matter.

When Uganda’s Foreign Minister, Sam Kutesa, flew to Kigali with a message from President Museveni, supposedly to find a way to improve the relations that have been hurt by CMI’s support for Rwandan terrorists, hopes were raised on both sides of the border that perhaps security operatives in Kampala were finally coming to their senses and seriously considering putting an end to the RNC activities in the country.

There was a sigh of relief that Security operatives in Kampala were ending their joint operations with the RNC that has seen dozens of Rwandan nationals detained and tortured in Uganda’s military intelligence safe houses. However, as if on cue, CMI operatives made their move, arresting yet another innocent Rwandan, Emmanuel Cyemayire, even before Mr. Kuteesa left Kigali.

Early this week, Presidents Paul Kagame and Yoweri Museveni met at Entebbe in Uganda, to once again find ways to resolve the tensions between their two countries. As it turns out, CMI is not prepared to take it lying down. A day after the two leaders met, CMI picked up another Rwandan, Claude Iyakaremye and detained him with no formal charges. His whereabouts remain unknown today.

Now, the group has turned to Uganda’s New Vision publication as the platform to stage their propaganda, clearly aimed at undermining the efforts of the two Heads of state to restore good relations between Rwanda and Uganda.

A news story in the New Vision, “Why Museveni Sacked Senior Immigration Officials,” shows how far CMI is prepared to go in its efforts to torpedo the work of the Heads of State to resolve the matter. The story in the New Vision claimed that the purported agents involved in kidnapping alleged Rwandan asylum seekers “possessed” Ugandan passports. Ordinarily, a serious allegation of this magnitude would be backed by evidence. In this case the CMI and its accomplices at the New Vision don’t present any proof. They don’t have any.

But the fact remains that these kidnapping allegations are used to hoodwink the public from the actual truth of the conniving between CMI and RNC. The individuals they claim to disappear suddenly resurface in eastern DRC as recruits of the rag tag terror group, RNC, having been facilitated by CMI.

When, in December last year, over 45 Rwandan National Congress (RNC) recruits were arrested at Kikagati, a border post between Uganda and Tanzania on their way to RNC training camps in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), travelling on documents issued by Uganda’s CMI, no officials were questioned or sacked at the CMI or indeed at the Immigration department.

As a matter of fact, the architects behind this Kikagati group, Dr. Sam Ruvuma and Deo Nyiligira are freely operating in western Uganda working with RNC fugitives to mobilise support.

Motivated by propaganda, the New Vision chooses to ignore documented facts pertaining to existing agreements between Rwanda and Uganda and how they are effected. The Rwandan refugees referred to in the story, were legally repatriated in accordance with existing Memoranda of Understanding between the Uganda Police and Rwanda National Police. And it hasn’t been a one way traffic. Indeed Uganda has benefited more from the Agreement, as records clearly show that the Ugandan side has received way more fugitives, (more than 35), since the Memoranda were signed, than the number of Rwandans sent home.

Therefore, as long as Uganda’s CMI continues to work to frustrate the efforts of the Heads of State, at every turn, finding a sustainable solution to the conflict won’t be easy. By taking its propaganda to the New Vision, the CMI is clearly upping the ante. Indeed the fact that such a smear campaign is being peddled by a Uganda government owned publication raises fundamental questions about the sincerity of the leadership of that country in averting the tensions.

PHOTOS: Give African scientists the chance to compete professionally – Kagame

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President Paul Kagame has advocated for the consideration of African technical expertise during the implementation of projects as opposed to always outsourcing them as if often the case.

President Kagame was Monday speaking at the Next Einstein Forum 2018, a global gathering convening over 1500 scientists, businesspersons and policymakers.

The Forum is organised by The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in collaboration with Robert Bosch Stiftung, a German Foundation.

Kagame said that often, technical expertise from Africa is not considered as governments and private entities outsource suppliers from outside the continent.

Albert Zeufack, the chief economist for Africa at the World Bank.

“Too often, it is just assumed that technical expertise is unavailable in Africa. Governments are as guilty as big companies in this regard. We keep going back to the same external suppliers for solutions, without making every effort to procure the services here. It doesn’t make sense,” The President said.

Kagame called for the use of African specialists to give them a chance to grow and compete professionally.

“Let’s use the resources we have to give these talented African specialists the chance to grow and compete professionally,” he said.

Though doing so might come at an extra cost, the Head of State said that it will only be for the short term.

“There may be some extra costs in the short term. But doing so will not only build our institutions but increase our capacity for international collaboration as well,” he added.

Dr Eng Haruo Takeda cooperation Chief Engineer Hitachi ltd answers a question during a panel discussion at the Next Einstein Forum.

This would undo a scenario whereby for far too long, the continent has been left behind in regards to scientific advancements, he said.

In the quest to catch up with the rest of the world, he said that women and girls should not be left behind.

“As Africa catches up to the rest of the world, we cannot afford to leave our women and girls out of the equation. The gender gap in science is a global phenomenon, but that is no reason to accept it as inevitable. Whatever the causes may be, we have to dedicate ourselves to closing the gap, because the opportunity will never be equal without equal access to knowledge,” he said.

Kagame on Africa catching up with the rest of the world

He called for the development of ecosystems whereby progress in science goes beyond passing knowledge to applying know-how to address African and global problems.

“It is not just about filling heads with information and performing well on exams. The purpose is to apply that knowledge to solve the problems facing our continent and our world. That requires an innovation ecosystem in which government, business, and educational institutions all reinforce each other,” he said.

Education minister Eugene Mutimura.

Further progress can be achieved through creating linkages and partnerships between higher learning institutions, firms and research communities.

“Scientific research is fundamentally about cooperation across borders. Its global character accelerates the process of discovery and multiplies the benefits. We do not aim to create an autonomous African science that operates in isolation. That would defeat the purpose. We are working to fully connect Africa to the global networks that have been so productive,” the President noted.

A participant asks a question during the Next Einstein Forum in Kigali.

Prof. Neil Turok, the founder of The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) said that it was encouraging that at a time when most parts of the world were dividing in the lines of nationalism and protectionism, African countries were coming together to cooperate, making advancements in science among other fields.

Dr. Eugene Mutimura, the Minister for Education, called for increased cooperation among African countries in supporting emerging African scientists.

“We need to forge partnerships as countries to support and encourage the next African scientists as they are the ones that will lead the upward scientific trajectory of African innovation,” he said.

SOURCE: The New Times Publications.

African scientists get backing from the AU

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African scientists will be glad to learn that they have the full backing of the continent’s top leadership.

President Paul Kagame, the Africa Union chair, reiterated his support for science-related initiatives and committed to rallying his African counterparts to boost the sector.

He was speaking on a presidential panel at the ongoing Next Einstein Forum 2018, a global gathering that drew over 1500 scientists, businesspersons and policymakers.

The forum is organised by The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in collaboration with Robert Bosch Stiftung, a German Foundation.

Kagame said that the African Union, through its Commission for Science and Technology, intends to bring together African countries to advance developments in science and technology.

The advancements in science, the President said, can be used to facilitate Africa’s development agenda.

“Already at the AU Commission, there is a commission responsible for science and technology and we intend to strengthen that, support that and make sure it serves the continent by bringing together African countries around something they can do together to advance development on what science and technology can provide,” Kagame said.

He noted that strengthening science-related disciplines would save the continent from lagging behind during the forthcoming fourth industrial revolution as has been the case previously.

“Education, science, mathematics, technology are very central in our daily lives if we want to make advancements that we have set for ourselves in the next 50 years. There have been revolutions across the globe and Africa has always lagged behind or left out,” the President said.

“This moment we should not miss out. There is no doubt that Africa intends to do the best we can. I will do my best, work with other leaders, to make sure that we seize the moment,” he said.

The idea is to encourage countries to invest state resources and put in place policies that boost science that aims at benefiting citizens.

Among the efforts that the Rwandan government has rolled out in recent years to strengthen scientific advancements include ensuring a conducive business environment as well as building partnerships with international higher learning institutions, among other stakeholders.

Government efforts have seen Rwanda host multiple science centres as well as regional headquarters of institutions such as African Institute of Mathematical Sciences, and Carnegie Mellon University.

“We have encouraged ecosystem partnerships with academic institutions and the private sector to make sure young people’s ideas are encouraged and facilitated,” Kagame said.

“We invest in education and do what we can ourselves and with partners to encourage and incentivize science and avail opportunities for young people,” the President added.

Asked what application he would develop if he were a 20-year-old techie, President Kagame said that he is more focused on fostering the next generation of top-notch developers.

“I find myself here, which makes me think that I shouldn’t be the next Zuckerberg, but rather I should be the one to enable others to become Zuckerbergs,” Kagame responded.

Speaking at the session, Senegal President Macky Sall said that the African continent ought to support scientific advancements by developing skills of the youth.

“Africa cannot be absent from the innovation and science scene, it is able to surpass the old powers in this field,” Sall said.

Thierry Zomahoun, the AIMS President and CEO & Next Einstein Forum founder, emphasised that a lot can be achieved in regards to advancements in science if leaders are committed to supporting the sector.

The 2019 Next Einstein Forum will be hosted by President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya.

SOURCE: The New Times Publications

Kagame, Museveni agree to strengthen ties

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President Paul Kagame yesterday met his Ugandan counterpart, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, at the State House in Entebbe, Uganda where the two leaders resolved to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries.

The President was accompanied onto his one-day official visit to Uganda by, among others, the Foreign Affairs minister Louise Mushikiwabo.

In a meeting that took several hours, the two leaders discussed a number of issues of mutual interest including; railway connections, power supply lines, air transport operations, and security between the two countries and the region.

“I can say with great satisfaction that we were able to agree on a number of important things for the benefit of our countries and region. Better communication, working together more deeply and sharing facts regularly will allow us to take better decisions,” President Kagame said after the meeting.

Kagame added that he also used the meeting to brief President Museveni on the outcomes of the recently concluded African Union summit in Kigali that saw African leaders sign the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement.

“We congratulated and commended Uganda and President Museveni for their participation and their significant contribution in making the summit a success,” Kagame said.

Uganda, which was represented by Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa at the meeting in Kigali last week, was among the countries that endorsed all the three instruments to ease intra-Africa trade; the CFTA, the Kigali Declaration, and the protocol on free movement of persons.

President Museveni described the meeting as fruitful, and underscoring the immense benefits for Uganda having very close ties with Rwanda.

“Thank you for squeezing in time to come here so that we deal with these very important points. We agreed on all points and how to proceed forward and I wish success to the people of Rwanda and the RPF party,” he said.

Security concerns

While responding to questions from journalists on harassment of Rwandans in Uganda, Museveni said that there is no fundamental conflict between Rwanda and Uganda, adding that there has only been lack of coordination and communication between officials of both countries.

“There is no fundamental problem between Rwanda and Uganda. A number of incidents that are being commented about in the media, many would be properly addressed if only there was better communication,” said President Museveni.

On the topic of private sector engagement, Kagame said that there is no reason why the private sector of both countries should remain inactive – especially on reviving trade between the two countries, and called for more cooperation in increasing trade cooperation.

The Rwanda-Uganda Business Forum, which is supposed to an annual gathering, where business and political leaders of both countries meet to discuss issues of mutual concern was last held in Kigali in 2014.

“I think we have ourselves to blame for not pursuing something like that that is useful. I don’t see why there should be any problem at all. The private sector people themselves need to really re-activate whatever was working and we will provide them with the political support required for that to be expedited,” he said.

In a communiqué, both leaders directed their ministers responsible for Foreign Affairs to convene the next Joint Permanent Commission (JPC) within three months to follow up on areas of cooperation.

At the end of their meeting, Kagame extended an invitation to Museveni for a state visit to Rwanda, which was accepted, according to the communique.

SOURCE: The New Times Publications

PHOTOS: A new dawn for Africa as 44 countries sign CFTA deal

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The African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (CFTA ) could enter into effect by the end of this year following signing by 44 countries yesterday at the 10th extraordinary African Union Summit.

Besides the agreement, which could make Africa the world’s largest free trade zone, 43 nations signed the Kigali Declaration, while 27 countries agreed to ease mobility of people across the continent by signing the protocol on movement of people across Africa.

A total of nineteen presidents were present at the signing while other nations delegated top government officials such as Prime Ministers, Vice Presidents and Ministers of Foreign Affairs of their respective countries.

President Paul Kagame signs the three historic instruments at the 10th Extraordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union at the Kigali Convention Centre. 

President Paul Kagame said that the milestone is proof of what is possible when the African states work together.

“Today’s milestone is an indication of how much is possible when we work together. Let’s use the momentum we have gained to push forward with the Agenda 2063 flagship projects that we have committed ourselves to in the first Ten-Year Implementation Plan,” he said.

He said that the development was not the end but the starting of a new phase which, if successfully implemented around can turn the continent’s fortunes.

President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger, who spearheaded the CFTA adoption process, was the first leader to sign the agreements in Kigali yesterday. 

Following the signatures, African states will have to ratify the agreement in their respective legislatures to put it into effect.

“The task now is to ratify the African Continental Free Trade Area and the Protocol on the Free Movement of Persons, so that they may come into effect as soon as possible,” he said.

When the agreement takes effect, Kagame said, it would have impact on the wellbeing of Africans as well as improve the quality of ties with the rest of the world.

The agreement envisions a continental market of 1.2 billion people, with a combined Gross Domestic Product of more than $3.4 trillion.

Chad President Idriss Déby Itno signs the instruments at Kigali Convention Centre yesterday.

The agreement will also boost the level of intra-Africa trade from the current 14 per cent to over 52 per cent by 2022

President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger, who has been spearheading the agreement adoption process, said that the deal presents a historic turning point with better days in sight.

“As we launch the African Continental Free Trade Area, our belief is that Africa is stronger when Africans work together; rather than in a divided and isolated way. This is a strategy that we must pursue vigorously,” Issoufou, who was also the first Head of State to sign the agreement, said.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa represented his country at the signing ceremony at Kigali Convention Centre.

He noted that it would also make the continent an ideal international investment destination as well as serve to strengthen political, economic and commercial commitments with various international partners

The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union, Moussa Faki Mahamat, urged African leaders to get on with the consequent steps to its implementation, saying citizens and businesses were eager for a stronger continent.

President Kagame delivers his remarks at the 10th Extraordinary Summit of the African Union Heads of State and Government in Kigali on Wednesday.

“Our peoples, our business community and our youth in particular cannot wait any longer to see the lifting of the barriers that divide our continent, hinder its economic takeoff and perpetuate misery, even though Africa is abundantly endowed with wealth,” Mahamat said.

African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat displays the three instruments that were signed by AU leaders in Kigali on Wednesday. (Courtesy photos)

The African private sector seems eager on the agreement’s implementation and has moved to speed up ratification and implementation.

Speaking on behalf of African Business community, Ali Mufuruki, a Tanzanian billionaire and founder of Infotech Investment Group, said that the private sector is pledging $1 million to raise awareness about the agreement and its importance.

SOURCE: The New Times Publications.

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