Friday, July 12, 2013

Rwandan General Paul Kagame Threatens Tanzanian Jakaya Kikwete

I will Just Wait For You At the Right Place And I will Hit You, Rwandan General Paul Kagame Threatens Tanzanian Jakaya Kikwete

by AfroAmerica Network on July 3, 2013
President Jakaya Kikwete and  General Paul Kagame: Good  old days
President Jakaya Kikwete and General Paul Kagame: Good old days
“Those people [Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete] you just heard siding with Interahamwe and FDLR and urging negotiations… negotiations? Me, I do not even discuss this topic, because I will just wait for you [Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete] at the right place and I will hit you! He[Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete] did not deserve my answer. I did not waste my time answering him…It is well known. There is a line you cannot cross, there is a line, a line that you should never cross. It is impossible…”
It is in these ominous terms that the Rwandan dictator General Paul Kagame threatened to get even with Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, while addressing Rwandan Youth on June 30, 2013 during a summit called “Youth Konnect”", sponsored by his wife, Janet Kagame.
Relations between Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete and Rwandan leaders have soured in the last weeks. On several occasions Rwandan leaders called the Tanzanian President “a genocide and terrorist sympathizer”, “ignorant”, “arrogant”, and “mediocre leader”. The relations have deteriorated following the recommendation by President Jakaya Kikwete of open negotiations between Rwandan, Ugandan and Congolese leaders and their respective armed opposition in order to bring durable peace and security in the African Great Lakes region.
Then, General Paul Kagame, while addressing a closed door meeting with his close aides, called the Tanzanian President “4Bs”, which in Rwandan language means “an opportunist, attention seeker, arrogant and contemptible person.”
The latest public threats by General Paul Kagame against the physical person of the Tanzanian President are arguably the most serious sign of how worse the relations among the two countries and the their leaders have become. According to sources in Kigali, General Kagame has also been frustrated by the attention Tanzanian President has been receiving from World powers. Until a few years ago, Rwanda and its dictator was the darling of the West. The attention from the West has since dwindled.
The upcoming days and months promise to be full of anticipation and sursprises in the Great Lakes Region of Africa.
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Muganyizi BandioJuly 12, 2013 at 5:32 pm
Kagame is not a fool, he is actually a hooligan and this is what he has been ever since, people did not know him well. The Late Mwalimu Nyerere said once a person eats a human meat, one will eat it for ever, as he will continuously feel like eating more. Kagame killed many and people’s blood is hunting him so he is hungry of this so called bloodshed. He is looking at TZ and feels if he can hit TZ and shed 40m blood may be he will feel happy, but alas, what a dream. Well the world should be on the guard, Kagame is a total hooligan
gwanko gwenkaJuly 12, 2013 at 8:59 am
Kumbe huya jamaa naye dictator?
Makeresia pawaJuly 11, 2013 at 8:40 pm
?Kagame ni kichaa ambae damu ya watu aliyoimwaga inamlaani,
dirisha la kutoka madarakani laanza kupatikana.
Ajaribu kuiteka tz hata mita moja ya ardhi ya tz!
Madaraka kwa heri!
Makeresia pawaJuly 11, 2013 at 8:37 pm
Kagame ni kichaa ambae damu ya watu aliyoimwaga inamlaani,
dirisha la kutoka madarakani laanza kupatikana.
Ajaribu kuiteka tz hata mita moja ya ardhi ya tz!
Madaraka kwa heri!
king-emmasiJuly 11, 2013 at 6:04 pm
i realy do congratulate, presdnt J.K becoase he knows what he is doing, biG uP mr HORN!!!!!!. uSIpaPaRIke!.
King KunfuJuly 11, 2013 at 3:00 pm
Kagame once you start a war with my President, you start a war with the whole nation. We voted him to lead us , so stop non sense coz we will make you and your country disappear in a global map and rwanda will be another Tanzanian village to add up to the number of villages in Tanzania. CONSIDER THIS AS A WARNING FOOL
Wesa nnESAJuly 11, 2013 at 11:36 am
Kagame is a long-nosed brainless hippie on the highway…..we Tanzanians are not fond of bragging as he is doing and we are not used to foul-mouthing…if he wants the hit-and-run game, well , let him start it…..
George KyomushulaJuly 11, 2013 at 9:30 am
I’m proudly of my president …Jakaya Kikwete ….he dared …by the way who is Kagame? he sounds as crack head …I feel sorry for his words while he is the member of EAC….I think they should kick him out puppet leader now he think he is lord of wars…I hate uncle toms and house negroes like thy Kagame ….
Emmanuel K.July 11, 2013 at 9:01 am
I’m afraid, this way-the EAC’s future is hanging in balance! I don’t think that a mere advice by President Kikwete in a closed door meeting in Addis Ababa would warrant all these open to public insults and threats.
BrainJuly 11, 2013 at 7:54 am
Why all this fuss fellow African? after a thorough search, i have come to learn that Paul Kagame meant his lebels the ones Jakaya Kikwete mentioned but he didnt mean his fellow president, i dont understand of what intrest the author of this article had??? understand such people are there for that purpose and hes now laughing coz he scored his goal! Friends ever think twice oe else u make storms out teaspoon!! Thanks
Herry JackJuly 11, 2013 at 1:29 am
This is the sound of fear-for-truth. Kagame knows what he’s doing in DRC and the support to those mass-killers in DRC. African Leader’s (not only Kikwete) they know all the dirty game of him (Kagame) in DRC but non of them was willingly to speak out. Suddenly, Kikwete did. Now, the International society should put more emphasis on this issue of DRC starting from those African countries supporting the rebels.
Poor Rwandanese don’t want to go back to what they have experienced on previous war. I think Kagame should weigh what he want to say before speaking out.
ElishaJuly 10, 2013 at 10:13 pm
P.kagame if Tanzania will revenge to your country you can’t even hit a single region in Tanzania. Think b4 you act you’re self.
HappyJuly 11, 2013 at 11:08 am
Don’t be silly. Can you even fight? Remember we stopped going to JKT long time ago. Idiots like you don’t even know what a gun feels like on hand, and you still think you can fight? You probably have difficulties putting yourself through school, or pay for the 1,000 Sh. tax per month on sim card, and you kind of think you can pay for the war. Idiot kabisa!
Vicent ThomasJuly 10, 2013 at 2:58 pm
Kagame is very poor minded man, he should stop his devil thoughts of Tutsi to rule the Great Lakes Zone. This is modern world and transparency, he should remember what to talk to God about mass killings of more than 6,000,000 Hutus, the killings of three Hutu presidents of Burundi and Rwanda namely ; Melchior Ndadaye, Juvenal Habyarimana and Cyprien Ntaryamira. Fighting in Congo and killings of true president of DRC Kabila (Farther), Making his secrecy crew called “Escadron de la mort” to follow and kill any person who is against him all over the world, this crew also had involve in killings of Profesa Jwani Mwaikusa a Tanzania great advocator at ICTR. We know he already insert more than 35,000 of his people to do puppet-ship in our country. So we are saying enough is enough we are tired of his insanity to our beloved president Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete the iron lion. He has to zip up his mouth and think deep about how to use those wealth he had plundered from DRC. Please Kagame leave Tanzanian alone
FrankJuly 11, 2013 at 7:40 pm
It’s amazing you can count what is abroad before you count your own side, who told you about the 6000000 you are talking about? Do you know how many people Rwanda had the time you mention of mass killing
jimongJuly 10, 2013 at 2:21 pm
DOCTOR PHILIPJuly 10, 2013 at 2:18 pm
W e need no war with our brothers in CHIGALI,we paid a lot of price and we are still paying todate from TANZANIA -UGANDA stupid war,CCM is always stand ready for manipulating wars in MOZAMBIQUE,ZIMBABWE,COMMMOROS ISLANDS E.T.C, WE THE NEW generation we don’t want those devil philosophies we love KAGAME,and other true leaders of Africa who are not ready to be corrupted by westernes!!don’t worry Wanyarwanda we are not ready for that,certain regimen is about to collapse in our country now they want to win others mind by planning to lauch again the stupid war,listern ARISTOTO ONCE SAID”for the generation that can easly forget about ancenstors mistakes are condemned to repeat them”we are not ready to repeat Mwalimu NYERERE MISTAKES,he lauched war with Uganda to bring careless Obote in power then he got lost,i am calling my dady KIKWETE TO BRING BACK SOLDIERS WE NEED NO WAR WITH RWANDA PLEASE!!
Vicent ThomasJuly 10, 2013 at 2:09 pm
Kagame is brainless leader, he feel that by threatening he can archive, this is not DRC, it is Tanzania a blessed country as he can see. He has to think twice any action he can take it will be shameful upon himself. If he is not satisfied with wealth he had plundered he should go back DRC to his nephew Joseph and take more. We know all evils he had made to his own people and to DRC, so let him shake the match box to get a dose of spirit. If he think our country is just an old-woman farm as in DRC let him try his puppet-ship. We are strong and harmony and ready for anything for the interest of our nation. He is a black devil who does not know anything about humanity, he kills a lot of people in Rwanda and DRC who does not know about it now he want to turn in Tanzania, okay now we are saying his days will no longer counted.
Our president JK is an example of Leaders in Great Lakes, he suggest to be silent instead of making a word war with Kagame, silent is a sign of matured man who can handle his family. To be silent means somebody take a time to digest what he hearing about anything.
God blessing our excellence president Kikwete, God blessing Tanzania,
Boniface AugustineJuly 10, 2013 at 1:01 pm
can’t you see the prezdaa is busy,has no time for such nonsensical argument,if want to do something you don’t go public and shout intimidating use.
kagame is lost
kikwete and tanzania is no match for him
he is consoling himself
Bonie de FidanzaJuly 10, 2013 at 11:08 am
It was just an ADVISE. Kagame had the right to accept it or Reject it.for gods sake!!!!
Allan Kalinga.July 10, 2013 at 9:25 am
We should be very carefull here…Tz now we are rich
In natural resources date games will be thrown upon
Us to derail the effort of changing peoples life through
Our national wealth..Thats how this world operate.
They will put us in war ..then we are finished..Do you
Remembe 18 month we were given after Uganda
War which went on to be more of 18 years of tough
Times to our economy.Now let us refuse to go that
Route of war…..
BahatiJuly 10, 2013 at 9:20 am
How arrogant a leader can be. This symboyses the greedy and blood hunger he is imposing among his people. Kagame is insane. He should be neglected.
Shame on you and your leaders. It was just an advice ffrom Kikwete,,why do you raise hatred and becoming too wordy to your youth?? You still need fight???? It shows how Kagame has a black heart. Leave Tanzanians in peace….
saganaJuly 10, 2013 at 9:15 am
This guy must be insane,kagame,and i guess kikwete he’s having something that he,kagame doesnt want it to come out,so insteady we see all this stupidity from him,and i guess he touched a wrong person & wrong country,we Tanzanians are very quiet and very polite,but when things matter,history tells us,we men of actions.
BarazaJuly 10, 2013 at 8:44 am
Africa we are tired of wars and dictatorship.Mr Jakaya is a humble man and leader therefore should be respected.If Kagame need war should face Museven who is as dictator as he is.These kind of leaders gives bad image of E.A.C.
JohnJuly 10, 2013 at 7:33 am
Kagame deserves harsh punishment from the world following the genocide he’s committing in the DRC for many years with the support of his western friends. It’s time Tanzania teaches him a lesson he will never forget, before he can try his nonsense there as well. Your end is approaching, Kagame. God is not a fool; He’s in full control of the situation. A lute continua
AkJuly 10, 2013 at 7:11 am
offcourse kikwete is incompetent..that is a fact
HappyJuly 11, 2013 at 11:13 am
Trully incompetent. Nchi imemshinda, anenda kuhangaika na nchi za watu. Mabomu yanapigwa ndani ya nchi yetu, yeye amiri jeshi mkuu eti hajui yanapigwa na nani.
Anauza nchi wazi wazi.
theHabard_productJuly 10, 2013 at 6:58 am
KAGAME is aggressive, He think is the only leader in EAC.
He want to get on Iddi Amin’s brain.
TANZANIA play with him very carefully.
MartinJuly 10, 2013 at 6:33 am
Well dear brothers and sisters,” if you want peace then prepare war” they said. I think Mheshimiwa Kikwete heard and he knows what it will be and he will never sacrifice his nation (Tanzania) for the merci of Rwanda. Let us all wait and see how the cat will jump. Let us again remember the Mutukula massacre to oust Iddi Amin Dada who died in a foreign country like… and others. I salute the effort of our brothers Tanzania and I hope when bell will ring then something good for durable peace will be done to Rwanda. Tanzania is not DRC where he plays at all time, he wants.
JambiaJuly 10, 2013 at 11:06 am
We Taifas as some of the people call us are very polite,but very fierce and strongly united when circumstances force us to become so,we have that intuitive knowledge and spirit since the time of our ancestors (refer majimaji and germans,mkwawe and gersmans etc).This man should know that even ordinary citizens of TZ are always ready to volunteer to safeguard their nations,we act like bees,never mercy up with TZ.
Faraja FaresJuly 10, 2013 at 5:53 am
i think dictator Paul Kagame is is trying to see the other side of our comrade Jakaya Kikwete, I would like to insist him to allie with his advisor and see the other way of expressing his feelings. i berg him not to repeat this again, we dont need to stay in kigali on next 24 hrs.
Stans IshengomaJuly 10, 2013 at 4:54 am
In whatever way, we should be patient and do not add salt that would trigger break of war. Peace is the precious metal for our peoples development and sustainability. God bless Tanzania to remain an island of peace and Africa.
Crystal ClearJuly 10, 2013 at 12:14 am
It’s unfortunate those hateful utterances coming from Kagame. Kikwete’s proposition was just a suggestion, Kigali may take it or leave it. I find it really absurd to threaten a sovereign state on the grounds that YOU didn’t like their (Tanzanians’) advice. To me Kagame’s words underscores yet his leadership incompetence, power hungry tyranny and proves that he (Kageme) has failed in handling his domestic feuds.
andrew nyerereJuly 9, 2013 at 10:01 pm
The Tanzanian Foreign Minister,Mr. Membe is incompetent for allowing this to happen. And President Kikwete is careless for allowing this to escalate.
But this statement of President Kagame is outrageuos and not statesmanlike.
TibaJuly 9, 2013 at 7:23 pm
Well, I don’t see the reason for this Rwandese president to utter those hatred words. We in Tanzania have been ambassadors of peace not only in our country but in Africa as a whole. Kagame’s boastful and inhumane utterances won’t shake our stand. Should he take another step and do what we know he is doing to Congolese, then we shall see to it and teach him a lesson that he, and his country will never forget for so many years to come.
Rwekamwa RweikizaJuly 11, 2013 at 9:43 am
I didn’t know that you are a Tanzanian Spokesperson!
KabenderaJuly 9, 2013 at 6:01 pm
Kagame’s days are numbered. This guy would be finished within weeks of war between the two countries. I hope this would happen because people like Kagame are NOT worth living and fighting for. You live by the sword you die from it, he has to go, no matter what.
Emmnuel ZoeJuly 9, 2013 at 2:49 pm
Why would anybody want to return so dis respective remarks to a well wisher? is it true that the only reason to all this, is the comment made by president Kikwete over peace??? or is there another matter unmentioned?
nditumbillahJuly 9, 2013 at 2:35 pm
I have been a vehement opposer on how my President runs this country but I fully appreciate his international efforts to bring peace and tranquility in this region.
To be candid I don’t beling to the Tanzanian ruling party CCM, I belong to CHADEMA but I remain firmly behind my President and regard Kagame’s insults as against all Tanzanians.
President Kikwete was right to propose dialogue between the feuding factions that contribute to instability in the neighbouring DRC. To be perfectly candid Kagame is the source of all instability in the DRC as he has invaded the sovereign territory several times “in pursuit” of the FDLR and once threatened to overthrow the Kinshasa regime only to be stopped by the galant Zimbabwean Forces.
He is blood thirst and has been behind several murders of his opponents outside Rwanda.
He has transformed himself to be a dictator of the Iddi Amin or Bokassa type and hates any type of criticism.
An attack to Kikwete, be it physical or invasion of this country will unite us all and make sure we get rid of this marauding tyrant now posing as a threat to all neighbors.
JonesJuly 9, 2013 at 2:05 pm
this is the best you expect when people overstay in power! Well, they are both soldiers and should know the best way to size up in a millitary way without involving their people!
Joshua MwaikendaJuly 9, 2013 at 1:56 pm
Kagame is a fool. Whatever happens to our dear president, WE WILL HIT BACK.
victorJuly 9, 2013 at 12:34 pm
hahahahah let them fight with us (Tanzania) we will tech them the lesson,,, stupid u dictator(Kagame)
Mweha HamranJuly 4, 2013 at 3:06 pm
I don’t see the point why these two presidents whose countries are members of EAC hates eachother, well, let’s wait to see them fighting, but their fight shouldn’t involve their citizens.
James BradyJuly 4, 2013 at 12:02 am
I trust and hope that peace will prevail for the people of Rwanda and Tanzania through it’s leadership!
The criminality of the Kagame regime is whitewashed by the massive public relations campaigns involving Kagame’s special advisor/sponsors: former Ambassador Andrew Young and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Young’s Goodworks International also backs the Museveni regime. Buffing the shiny image of the government of Congo’s President Joseph Kabila is Stevens and Schriefer Group the Washington D.C. PR-firm that twice helped get George W. Bush elected []. [2008 Dec] Merchants of Death: Exposing Corporate-financed Holocaust in Africa. White Collar War Crimes, Black African Fall Guys by Keith Harmon Snow
Background How Juvenal Habyrimana and Burundi President Cyprien Ntaryamira died: Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana and Burundi President Cyprien Ntaryamira died when their French-piloted plane was hit by missiles and crashed in the presidential compound in Kigali on April 6, 1994. The widows of the slain presidents filed a civil suit for money damages against Rwanda’s current president, Kagame, on May 1, 2010, for these intentional “extra-judicial killings,” charging that Kagame intended to trigger the mass violence now known as the 1994 Rwanda genocide.
The Obama administration issued a “suggestion of immunity” from federal court jurisdiction for Kagame, even though the assassinations of the two presidents occurred before the present government of Rwanda existed and before Kagame was an official in any government, much less head of state.
The 10th Circuit and 4th Circuit ruled differently on whether a “suggestion of head-of-state immunity” must be obeyed by the Supreme Court and the other federal courts.
This is yet another facet of unreviewable executive discretion of the “imperial presidency” that includes targeted assassinations by predator drone and NDAA-authorized detention of U.S. citizens in military prisons by presidential decree. Unlimited “suggestions of immunity” put the jurisdiction of the federal courts under the control of the executive branch.
Presidential immunity from federal jurisdiction by decree is contrary to Samantar v. Yousuf, the Court’s 20101 ruling that held head-of-state immunity is “derivative of” the “sovereign immunity” of nations which Congress defined in FSIA (Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act of 1976) and limited to “official acts.” The president cannot create, or ignore, federal jurisdiction properly established and interpreted by the other branches.
"Suggesting immunity" for Kagame Aligns U.S. With known War Criminals: Whether now-President Kagame should be protected by Obama administration-invoked immunity from federal jurisdiction is a separate policy question that was widely discussed during the congressional vetting process of Susan Rice’ candidacy for Secretary of State in late 2012, in light of:
• Rwanda’s responsibility for the mass violence perpetrated by M23 in the Congo, reported by U.N. Experts in November 2012;
• Rwanda’s responsibility for the mass violence in Congo 1993-2003, including genocide and war crimes documented in the U.N. Mapping Report of Oct. 1, 2010;
• Rwanda’s responsibility for resource rape of the Congo, reported by UNSC Experts 2001-08;) and,
• Kagame’s responsibility for the assassination of the two presidents, which was well known within the ruling RPF party, according to the Oct. 1, 2011, confession of President Kagame’s former Chief of Staff Dr. Theogene Rudisingwa, MD;
In Habyarimana v. Kagame, the Supreme Court will have the opportunity to determine whether Mr. Obama, or any chief executive, has the power to ignore federal jurisdiction established by Congress (FSIA and TVPA, Trafficking Victims Protection Act) as interpreted by the Supreme Court in Samantar v. Yousuf.
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The Rwandan genocide and 6,000,000 Congolese and Hutu refugees killed are the culminating point of a long UK’s battle to expand their influence to the African Great Lakes Region. UK supported Kagame’s guerrilla war by providing military support and money. The UK refused to intervene in Rwanda during the genocide to allow Kagame to take power by military means that triggered the genocide. Kagame’s fighters and their families were on the Ugandan payroll paid by UK budget support.


· 4 Heads of State assassinated in the francophone African Great Lakes Region.
· 2,000,000 people died in Hutu and Tutsi genocides in Rwanda, Burundi and RD.Congo.
· 600,000 Hutu refugees killed in R.D.Congo, Uganda, Central African Republic and Rep of Congo.
· 6,000,000 Congolese dead.
· 8,000,000 internal displaced people in Rwanda, Burundi and DR. Congo.
· 500,000 permanent Rwandan and Burundian Hutu refugees, and Congolese refugees around the world.
· English language expansion to Rwanda to replace the French language.
· 20,000 Kagame’s fighters paid salaries from the British Budget Support from 1986 to present.
· £500,000 of British taxpayer’s money paid, so far, to Kagame and his cronies through the budget support, SWAPs, Tutsi-dominated parliament, consultancy, British and Tutsi-owned NGOs.
· Kagame has paid back the British aid received to invade Rwanda and to strengthen his political power by joining the East African Community together with Burundi, joining the Commonwealth, imposing the English Language to Rwandans to replace the French language; helping the British to establish businesses and to access to jobs in Rwanda, and to exploit minerals in D.R.Congo.
[2011] Hobnobbing with Arnold Schwarzenegger, $16,000-a-night presidential suites, Louboutin shopping sprees:UN diplomats spend big in New York The $16,000-a-night presidential suite at the Mandarin Oriental hotel, left, where Rwanda president Paul Kagame, right, is staying. His citizens earn on average $1,150 a year
[2011 July] Monster behind genocide and rape squads Rwandan army commander Papy Kamanzi.... ‘We took them instead into the forest and killed them with a small hatchet.’ Kamanzi despatched scores with a blow to the back of the skull. As the bloodbath went on, his soldiers’ methods became cruder. ‘We could kill more than 100 a day,’ he said. ‘We used ropes – it was the fastest way and we didn’t spill blood. Two of us would place a guy on the ground, wrap a rope around his neck once, then pull hard.....This is a man who launched a war with neighbouring Congo in 1996 which led to more than five million deaths and tore Congo apart – and has used British taxpayers’ money to silence his critics. Papy Kamanzi’s death squad was operating in the Congolese jungle, where it was guilty of acts of genocide. A United Nations investigation found Kagame’s army and its allies killed tens of thousands of innocent refugees.
[2010] Rwanda Crisis Could Expose U.S. Role in Congo Genocide by Glen Ford Millions died while Washington’s allies occupied and looted the eastern regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo....Kagame’s men made no distinction between Rwandan Hutu refugees and Congolese Hutus; they killed them all...Carnage on such a scale could not have occurred were it not for the connivance of the United States, which has nurtured Kagame at every juncture.
[2010 Oct] Paul Kagame: “Our Kind of Guy” by Edward S. Herman and David Peterson Kagame is a double-genocidist, and one who ended any social democratic threat in Rwanda, firmly aligned Rwanda with the West as a U.S. client, and opened the door to foreign investment. Later, and far more lucratively, Kagame helped carve out resource-extraction and investment opportunities for his own associates and the U.S. and other Western investors in neighboring Zaire, the massive, resource-rich Central African country renamed the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in 1997 during the First Congo War (ca. July 1996 - July 1998). .......The UN Panel estimated that by September 2002, some 3.5 million excess deaths had occurred in the five eastern provinces as “a direct result of the occupation of the DRC by Rwanda and Uganda” (para. 96). This report also rejected the Kagame regime's rationale that its armed forces' continued presence in the eastern DRC was needed to defend Rwanda against hostile Hutu forces terrorizing the border region and threatening to invade it; instead, the "real long-term purpose is…to 'secure property'," the UN countered (para. 66).[9] But though this 2002 report was not ordered suppressed the way the 1994 Gersony report was, it was nevertheless ignored in the Western media, despite the fact that 3.5 million deaths greatly exceeds the highest toll attributed to the "Rwanda genocide” of 1994. This suppression was surely a result of the fact that Kagame is a U.S. client, whose deadly efforts in the DRC were actually in line with the U.S. policy of opening up the country to U.S. and other Western mining and business interests.
[2010] The Rwandan Patriotic Front's Bloody Record and the History of UN Cover-Ups by Christopher Black the Kagame dictatorship is a client of the United States and "acts as a mercenary for U.S. interests in Africa," as Glen Ford observes; the current conflict between this dictatorship and the UN "threatens to reveal the United States' role as enabler in the deaths of as many as six million people while Washington's allies occupied and looted the eastern regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo."
.....The importance of this letter if you have grasped it fully cannot be overstated. It means the attack on Rwanda from 1990 was not the prime objective of Kagame and his collaborators. Zaire was always the prime objective. That their excuse for the attack on Rwanda about establishing democracy and return of refugees, was completely false. That the invasion from Uganda had only one purpose: to clear the path through Rwanda to Zaire. That the return of refugees, as many witnesses have stated, was not for humanitarian reasons, but to clear the path for the invasion of Zaire. It means that the Americans, British, particularly with Kagame and Museveni, planned the invasion of Zaire [sic] in 1994, probably before that. It means that the excuse given for the invasions of Congo since this letter was written to clear the 'Interahamwe' or 'genocidaires' is completely false. No mention is made of 'Interahamwe'. No mention is made of 'genocide'.
[2010 June] Report of the Mapping Exercise documenting the most serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law committed within the territory of the Democratic Republic of the Congo between March 1993 and June 2003 Not only does this report catalogue the massive atrocities committed in the DRC over a ten-year period, it attributes the responsibility for the most serious of these atrocities to the RPF. "There is no denying that ethnic massacres were committed and that the victims were mostly Hutus from Burundi, Rwanda, and Zaire," the draft report quotes the findings of a 1997 UN inquiry
[2009] Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo in the Propaganda System by Edward S. Herman and David Peterson The established narrative’s 800,000 or more largely Tutsi deaths resulting from a “preprogrammed genocide” committed by “Hutu Power” appears to have no basis in any facts, beyond the early claims by Kagame’s RPF and its politically motivated Western sponsors and propagandists....Washington gains a strong military presence in Central Africa, a diminution of its European rivals’ influence, proxy armies to serve its interests, and access to the raw material-rich Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC, known as Zaire into 1997); while the RPF renews Tutsi-minority control of Rwanda, and gains a free hand to kill any perceived internal rivals, along with a client state’s usual immunities, money, weapons, foreign investment, and a great deal of international prestige......Very big lies about Rwanda are now institutionalized and are part of the common (mis)understanding in the West. In reality, Rwanda’s Paul Kagame is one of the great mass murderers of our time, far surpassing Uganda’s former dictator Idi Amin. Yet, thanks to the remarkable myth structure that surrounds him, he enjoys immense popularity with his chief patron in Washington, his image of big-time killer transmuted into that of an honored savior, deserving strong Western support......what Kagame overthrew was a multiethnic, power-sharing, coalition government; what Kagame imposed was a Tutsi-dominated dictatorship; and what Kagame turned Rwanda and the whole of Central Africa into was a rolling genocide that is ongoing. But it is true that he is a shining “star” in the Western firmament and its propaganda system.
.......What the United States and its Western allies (Britain, Canada, and Belgium) really did was to sponsor the U.S.-trained Kagame; support his invasion of Rwanda from Uganda and the massive ethnic cleansing prior to April 1994; weaken the Rwandan state by forcing an economic recession and the RPF’s penetration of the government and throughout the country; and then press for the complete removal of UN troops. They did this because they didn’t want UN troops to stand in the way of Kagame’s conquest of the country, even though Rwanda’s Hutu authorities were urging the dispatch of more UN troops.
...... it also cleared the ground for Kagame and Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni—Kagame’s ally and the two staunchest U.S. clients in the region—to invade and occupy the DRC and beyond periodically, without opposition from the “international community.”
The Pentagon has very actively supported these invasions of the DRC, even more heavily than it supported the RPF’s drive to take Kigali. This support led to the killing of many thousands of Hutu refugees in a series of mass slaughters (ca. 1994-1997), and also provided cover for a greater series of Kagame-Museveni assaults on the DRC that have destabilized life in this large country of perhaps sixty million people, with millions perishing in the process.
[2010 Oct] Paul Kagame: “Our Kind of Guy” by Edward S. Herman and David Peterson Among the many other UN reports on the DRC, the second in the series by the UN Panel of Experts on the “Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources and Other Forms of Wealth of the Democratic Republic of Congo” (S/2002/1146, October, 2002) also stands out. The UN Panel estimated that by September 2002, some 3.5 million excess deaths had occurred in the five eastern provinces as “a direct result of the occupation of the DRC by Rwanda and Uganda” (para. 96). This report also rejected the Kagame regime's rationale that its armed forces' continued presence in the eastern DRC was needed to defend Rwanda against hostile Hutu forces terrorizing the border region and threatening to invade it; instead, the "real long-term purpose is…to 'secure property'," the UN countered (para. 66).[9] But though this 2002 report was not ordered suppressed the way the 1994 Gersony report was, it was nevertheless ignored in the Western media, despite the fact that 3.5 million deaths greatly exceeds the highest toll attributed to the "Rwanda genocide” of 1994.
...In 1999, former RPF military officer Christophe Hakizimana submitted a letter to the UN Commission of Inquiry into the Actions of the United Nations during the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda (S/1999/1257). In his letter, which detailed the RPF’s military strategy from 1990 on, Hakizimana claimed that the RPF was responsible for killing as many as two million Hutu in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and he informed the Commission that by indicting Hutu, the ICTR was focusing on the wrong side in the conflict. We base this on personal communications with the international criminal lawyer Christopher Black of Toronto, who, since 2000, has served as defense counsel before the ICTR on behalf of the Hutu General Augustin Nindiliyimana, a former Chief of Staff of the Rwanda Gendarmerie (or National Police).
....Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Unvanquished: A U.S.-U.N. Saga (New York: Random House, 1999), 129-41; here 138, 135. According to Robin Philpot, Boutros-Ghali told him on the record that “The genocide in Rwanda was 100 percent the responsibility of the Americans!” See the Introduction to Philpot, Rwanda 1994.
From 1990 to 1994, the Rwandan Patriotic Army (RPA), comprised most heavily of Ugandan soldiers led by Ugandan citizens like Paul Kagame, committed atrocity after atrocity as they forced their way to power in Kigali, always falsely accusing their enemies—the power-sharing government of then President Juvenal Habyarimana—of genocide.
......According to the International Forum for Truth and Justice in the Great Lakes Region of Africa, whose discoveries resulted in the high courts of Spain issuing international indictments against 40 top RPF/A officials: “Between 1990 and 1994, the RPA waged a systematic, pre-planned, secretive but highly organized terrorist war aimed at eliminating the largest number of Rwandan people possible—bodies were hacked to pieces and incinerated en masse. From 1994, once the RPA violently seized power, a terror regime was created, and developed, and a criminal structure parallel to the state was set up to pursue pre-determined kidnappings; torturing and raping of women and young girls; terrorist attacks (both directly and by simulating that the same had been perpetrated by the enemy); illegal detention of thousands of civilians; selective murdering; systematic elimination of corpses either by mass incineration or by throwing them into lakes and rivers; indiscriminate attacks against civilians based on pre-determined ethnic categories for the elimination of the predominant ethnic group; and also to carry out acts of war in Rwanda and Congo.”
In contradistinction to the establishment narrative accusing the ‘Hutu leadership’ of an ‘organized’ and ‘planned’ genocide were the countless acts of genocide committed through a spontaneous uprising of the Hutu masses—people who had been brutalized, disenfranchised, uprooted and forced from homes; people who had witnessed massacres and rapes of family members; people who were themselves the victims of brutal atrocities. These were more than a million internally displaced Rwandan Hutus, people who had been terrorized by the Rwandan Patriotic Army from October 1990 to April 1994, as it butchered its way into Rwanda; and possibly a million Burundian refugees, Hutus who suffered massive reprisals in Burundi after the first civilian President, Melchior Ndadaye, a democratically elected Hutu, was assassinated by the Tutsi military in October 1993. There is evidence that the RPA/F pursued “pseudo-operations”—death squads committing atrocities disguised as government soldiers—and evidence that at least some of the infamous Interahamwe militias pursued their campaigns of terror in the pay of the Rwandan Patriotic Front/Army.
[2008] The Great Rwanda "Genocide Coverup" by Prof. Peter Erlinder According to sworn affidavits placed in the ICTR record in early 2006, more than 10 years ago, ICTR Lead Investigative Prosecutor, well-respected Australian QC Michael Hourigan, recommended that Kagame, himself, be prosecuted for the assassination of Habyarimana. But, in 1997, then-Chief UN Prosecutor Louise Arbour of Canada ordered him to drop the Kagame investigation; to forget it ever happened; and, to burn his notes ! Hourigan resigned rather than comply and copies of his original notes are now part of the ICTR public record for all to see.
The Hourigan affidavit makes clear that the "Rwanda Genocide"-- Cover-up has been going on for at least a decade....but the reasons for the cover-up did not become clear until late 2007, when a senior Clinton Administration diplomat, Brian Atwood, was confronted with UN documents describing a 1994 "cover-up" meeting with the Rwandan Foreign Minister in Kigali and the UN's Kofi Annan. According to the UN documents, U.S.-sponsored human rights reports by investigator, Robert Gersony, had documented massive military-style executions of civilians by Kagame's troops, during and after the final 90-days of the four-year Rwanda War.
The former Rwandan Foreign Minister at the meeting, Jean Marie Ndagiyimana, testified at the ICTR that, rather than participate in the proposed "cover-up," he resigned and went into exile where he remains today. His ICTR testimony confirmed that Clinton's USAID Chief for Africa, Brian Atwood, and the chief of the UN Department of Peace Keeping Operations Kofi Annan, were both in his office in late October 1994 urging him to assist in the "cover-up" the war-crimes committed by Kagame's forces.
The damning "Gersony Report" included first-hand evidence of tens of thousands of civilians being massacred by Kagame's troops in eastern Rwanda, later confirmed by similar reports by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. The U.N. Document (also in the ICTR record) says that Annan told the Foreign Minister that public knowledge of the Report would be "embarrassing to the UN" and the U.S. Former Clinton-diplomat, Brian Atwood, not only confirmed he was at the meeting, but explained that he had engaged Gersony, and that Gersony's findings of war-crimes being committed by Kagame were "an inconvenient truth" for both the United States and the UN.
The United States invaded Rwanda, it began in October 1990, culminated in 1994, in a coup d’ etat, we assassinated two Presidents. This was CIA work and Paul Kagame. And this led to the invasion of the Congo and the current state of affairs there now....While Rwanda is billed as a major “success story” of recovery and development after a devastating genocide—see for example the PR “documentary” film Rwanda Rising produced by Andrew Young’s Goodworks International—the country is ruled with an iron-fist and a finely tuned intelligence and torture apparatus involved in political assassinations, suppression of information and disappearances. Huge areas of Rwanda were entirely depopulated by the Rwandan Patriotic Front and UPDF as they hammered away at Rwanda beginning in October 1990. The invasion culminated in a coup d’etat that succeeded, with broad U.S. military support, in capturing Kigali in July of 1994.
From 1994 to the present President Paul Kagame has used the genocide card and the establishment narrative to institutionalize repression, criminalize or assassinate anyone who challenges the regime, and further depopulate rural areas for “development” benefiting corporate interests.
---[2009 Interview] US Role In Rwandan Genocide
[2007] THE GRINDING MACHINE: TERROR AND GENOCIDE IN RWANDA keith harmon snow talks with Paul Rusesabagina, the ordinary man who inspired the film Hotel Rwanda. In October of 1990, the Rwandan Patriotic Army—the military wing of the Rwanda Patriotic Front—invaded northern Rwanda from western Uganda. The RPA was created in Uganda, assisted by Ugandan troops, and led by Paul Kagame. These were Tutsis in exile, refugees, the Tutsi Diaspora, men like Paul Kagame who was carried to safety as a three year-old—in 1959—on the back of his mother. But the government of Rwanda called on its allies—French, Belgian and Israeli-trained forces from Zaire—and stalled the invasion.
Kagame from the beginning as a war criminal. Why a war criminal? Because, since Kagame came over from Uganda—on his way from Byumba and Ruhengeri in the northeast—what he did was to kill innocent civilians, innocent Hutu civilians. This has never been qualified as a genocide, but it is one; until it is qualified as a genocide, me I won’t call it a genocide, but it is supposed to be one......I will give you an example of Hutus and Tutsis who both have been killed since 1994. You know about Kagame completely destroying the refugee camps in Kibeho?
.....the RPF army destroyed refugee camps with helicopters while soldiers were on the ground with machine guns killing everyone, each and every moving human being trying to flee the camp. So, what can we call that? Is that a genocide? Is that a crime against humanity? To me, that is a crime against humanity, which includes genocide and war crimes.He was the head of military intelligence in Uganda. Between 1986 and 1990: Kagame was the one condemning people to life or death in Uganda, the one who was deciding people’s lives.
Born in Rwanda, Paul Kagame was carried to exile as a three year old, in 1959.and Yoweri Museveni were former classmates at the University of Dar Es Salaam, along with Sudan People’s Liberation Army leader John Garang. In 1979, Paul Kagame and other Rwandan Tutsi exiles formed the Rwandan Patriotic Front, in Uganda, whose military wing was the Rwandan Patriotic Army. When the National Resistance Army (NRA) of Uganda, led by now President Yoweri Museveni, drove their war into Kampala, Uganda, in January 1986, the 14,000 NRA troops included some 3000 Rwandan Tutsis. After January 1986, the RPF operated freely in Uganda. From November 1989 to June 1990, Kagame controlled the NRA’s G-2 (military intelligence) apparatus. The constant RPA assault on Rwanda was back by Ugandan military, with NRA battalions involved in the field in Rwanda, and commanded by Ugandan military commanders such as Museveni’s half-brother General Salim Saleh. As Director of Military Intelligence for Museveni, Kagame received training in military tactics and intelligence methods from the U.S. Army’s Fort Leavenworth Command and General Staff College, in Kansas.
[2009 Jan] Ben Affleck, Rwanda, and Corporate Sustained Catastrophe by Keith Harmon Snow The Kagame military machine—backed by the US, U.K., Canada, Germany and Israel—is one of Congo’s greatest enemies. Kagame was one of the original 27 soldiers to launch the guerrilla war in Uganda, 1980, alongside now president-for-life Yoweri Museveni. Kagame soon became the head of Museveni’s dreaded Internal Security Organization, and he was directly involved in tortures, massacres and other human rights atrocities during the Museveni regime’s consolidation of power.
In October 1990 Kagame returned from training at the US Army base at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas to lead the Ugandan People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) illegal invasion of Rwanda. The US military and its partners backed the invasion, just as they backed the invasion of Congo in 1996, and the recent invasion of Congo launched this week.
From 1990 to 1994, the Rwandan Patriotic Army (RPA), comprised most heavily of Ugandan soldiers led by Ugandan citizens like Paul Kagame, committed atrocity after atrocity as they forced their way to power in Kigali, always falsely accusing their enemies—the power-sharing government of then President Juvenal Habyarimana—of genocide.
On December 18, 2008, after the protracted ‘Military I’ trial, the judges at the International Criminal Tribunal on Rwanda (ICTR) ruled that there was no conspiracy to commit genocide by former Rwandan military leaders affiliated with the Habyarimana government. It was a war, and the actions—far from a calculated genocide—were found by the ICTR judges to be ‘war-time conditions’.
The Pentagon invaded Rwanda using Uganda. There were almost no Rwandans involved in the invasion of Rwanda from 1990 to 1994. The idea that there were all these Tutsis in exile who deserted. That’s the whole Jews thing. The Jews are a people without a State. They made this article up about the Tutsis. A people without a State. So the Tutsis have been given this moral currency as being supposedly the victims of genocide. To get away with absolute murder. And we’re talking from 1990 to 1994. Millions and millions of people being killed in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo, because of this relationship. And so Kagame, and Paul Kabarbai, and Lawrence Nkunda and some other top officials are responsible for some of the worst crimes against humanity, genocide and war crimes in the history of the world. And this is completely unknown. Because as soon as someone like me and you or anyone, especially a Rwandan comes along and says this they are accused of genocide and they’re accused of being a genocide denier. Because the average listener out there has heard over and over and over again, through the media, through Hollywood, through Philip Gourevitch, through The New Yorker, etc. etc., that there was one hundred days of genocide. 800,000 Tutsis were killed. And the Kagame regime stopped the genocide. Which is completely upside down. And so today you’ve got Kagame, he sent out three hundred agents in the world, they’re tracking down anyone who speaks against the Kagame regime. As they just did with this professor from [Inaudible] College, in West Virginia, in the United States who was just arrested and targeted by the Kagame regime and never involved in genocide. There is no remote connection with this poor fellow, with genocide in Rwanda. And this is how the Kagame machine, with its very tight relationships with Clinton officials and Bush officials.” ---[2009 Interview] US Role In Rwandan Genocide
Hillary Clinton should be indicted for war crimes. She should be brought up in a criminal tribunal and put on the stand. And we should be told who was involved in the war crimes in Central Africa from 1994 to 2001. And the assassination of all these people and the massive killings. So we can name these officials. Susan Rice is another one. She’s the architect. Susan Rice and a guy named Roger Winter are the architects of genocide in Rwanda. They should not be in the foreign policy establishment in any sense of the word. And, by the way, this is exactly what we’ve seen going down in Sudan. It’s a guerilla war, it’s backed by the Pentagon. It’s using Uganda as a proxy army, and also Chad and also Egypt. And creating this propaganda that the government of Sudan is creating genocide. When, in fact, we are all over it. It doesn’t look like that at all. It’s war. It’s open war.”---[2009 Interview] US Role In Rwandan Genocide
Museveni’s bush war began in 1980. Paul Kagame, current President of Rwanda, was Museveni’s Director of Military Intelligence in the mid-1980’s. Museveni and Kagame led the invasion of Rwanda in 1990. The two military commanders utilized terrorist tactics that assigned blame for atrocities they committed—against both their enemies and their own people—on their enemies. They used psychological operations, embedded international reporters, and fabrication of massacres. These tactics have continued to the present. [2007] Darfurism, Uganda and the U.S. War in Africa - The Spectre of Continental Genocide by Keith Harmon Snow
[2004] Mass Rape & Genocide in Rwanda, 1994 by Keith Harmon Snow The Untold Story of How the Western Press both Ignored and Manipulated the Issue of Rape of Women and Girls During the 1994 Cataclysm in Rwanda, and Why.
Rwanda's Paul Kagame was trained at Ft. Leavenworth (Kansas) under the International Military Education Training Program (IMET)

17 Jun 2013

Was FDLR Ever Designated Terrorist Organization by US Government? Yes. Is It Now? No.

Was FDLR Ever Designated Terrorist Organization by US Government? Yes. Is It Now? No.

Over the last few weeks, heated debates erupted following the recommendation by Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete to the governments of Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to hold direct talks with their respective armed opposition.
Photo: FDLR Top Commander General Rwarakabije and Rwandan Military Chief of Staff General James Kabarebe in 2003.
Direct Talks: The Best Way, Says Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete
Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete urged these governments to hold direct talks, as the best way to bring so much needed peace in the Great Lakes Region of Africa after decades of bloodshed, violence, war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. For President Jakaya Kikwete, Rwandan government must talk to its armed opposition, including the Democratic Forces of Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) rebels, Ugandan government to ADF/NALU rebels, and DRC government to M23 rebels (see our article Talk to Your Armed Opposition, Tanzanian President Kikwete Tells Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, Paul Kagame of Rwanda, and Joseph Kabila of DRC of May 26, 2013 and Tanzanian Jakaya Kikwete and Rwandan Paul Kagame Meet in Japan of June 1, 2013).
The proposal has raised a storm of attacks, insults and character assassination directed against the Tanzanian President Kikwete by Rwandan government top officials: the Rwandan President General Paul Kagame called President Jakaya Kikwete an ignorant Four-Bs ( "an opportunist, attention seeker , arrogant and contemptible person." ), the Rwandan Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo accused him of being a genocide and terrorist sympathizer.
Rwandan Hutu Puppet Prime Minister on the Frontline
Even the usually obscure Rwandan Prime Minister Pierre Habumuremyi added to the foray when he stated the following in hisopinion comment published by the Rwandan Intelligence Services's owned news media, New Times on June 12, 2013:
"Shockingly, most of their killers are now scot-free in the Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo that shared a border with Rwanda. There are also others in certain African as well as Western countries. In all those parts of the world the Genocidaires continue to get support and mentorship from different people. Ironically, they (killers) are even getting support from people whom we believed were partners in the fight against the genocide ideology or who are neighbours with whom we have a lot in common.
There are two Rwandan proverbs that state that the one with bad language dies with it and that in every family there is black sheep (Inda ibyara Mweru na Muhima). Indeed, there are some neighbouring countries that used to have good leaders who were champions of African unity, who loved the truth and only truth, who contributed a lot in the fight for independence of African countries to the extent that they were called Fathers of those countries. All we know is that those countries were true friends to Rwanda and its people.
Unfortunately, those Panafrican leaders were not succeeded by people who shared their exemplary leadership qualities."
So even the Rwandan Prime Minister Pierre Habumuremyi, who is widely classified by Western diplomats and independent observers in Kigali, among the puppets and incompetent Hutu government officials appointed by the Rwandan Patriotic Front Government to project an illusion of inclusion (see our article:US Embassy in Rwanda: Power in Hands of a Powerful Tutsi Minority With A Few Incompetent Hutu Figureheads of September 4, 2011) , dared to call the Tanzanian President a mediocre leader, for merely urging dialogue as the best way to solve conflicts.
Jakaya Kikwete and General Paul Kagame: Deadlock?
The problem with Rwandan leaders, including Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo, Prime Minister Pierre Habumuremyi, and President General Paul Kagame, is that Jakaya Kikwete has something to show and marry his words to deeds: successful inter-Burundian dialogue in Burundi, successful inter-Mozambique dialogue, and the support of South Africa through the painful transition from apartheid, in which Tanzanian Government played a major role, if not the role of being the peace broker.
To date, there is a deadlock: Rwandan government officials have adamantly said that they will not negotiate with the Rwandan armed group FDLR, whereas the Tanzanian Government stuck to its guns and maintains its recommendation.
The government of Rwanda has maintained that FDLR are terrorists. The problem with this is that the Rwandan government has welcomed the ex-FDLR overall commander, General Rwarakabije, now a top official within the Rwandan government, and many more FDLR top commanders, founding members, and troops. When faced with the "direct talks with FDLR" dilemma and the hypocrisy typified by General Rwarakabije case, the Rwandan Defense Minister General James Kabarebe recently tweeted:
"I didn't negotiate with Gen Rwarakabije to return,he came at his own will and I facilitated him."
"I will facilitate any FDLR to return,if he abandons genocide ideology.To come and integrate or face justice if he killed"!
The problem is that he lied. He initiated the dialogue with General Paul Rwarakabaje through an Rwandan Intelligence Services operative who had infiltrated FDLR were before its creation and who was later compensated handsomely. But that is the subject of another story and it is not the issue.
Is FDLR-FOCA a Terrorist Organization? That is not question.
Rwandan argues that FDLR is a terrorist group, classified as such by the United Nations (UN) Security Council and Western governments. This is partly true. The UN Security Council never classified FDLR as a terrorist group. However, the UN Security Council did take sanctions against most of the top FDLR political and military leaders since 2009 and recently against FDLR-FOCA as a group.
Western governments took in the past a step further. On April 27, 2005, the U.S. State Department identified 40 Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO) in its annual terrorism report. Among groups identified were the Democratic Liberation Forces of Rwanda (FDLR) and the Ugandan Lord's Resistence Army (LRA)(see here our article USA: Rwandan Rebel Group designated Terrorist by State Department of May 12, 2005).
Since then, the United States has removed FDLR from the list of Foreign Terrorist organizations (FTO) (see US State Department FTO List here). However the United States Government has a special treatment of the FDLR:
Second, the list of Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons also include most of the top FDLR political and military leaders: Ignace Murwanashyaka, Straton Musoni, Callixte Mbarushimana, General Gaston Iyamuremye, General Leodomir Mudacumura (a.k.a. MUPENZI, Bernard; a.k.a. MUPENZI, General Pierre Bernard; a.k.a. "COMMANDANT PHARAON"; a.k.a. "MUKANDA"; a.k.a. "RADJA"), Colonel Fred IRAKEZA (a.k.a. NSANZUBUKIRE, Felicien), General Pacifique NTAWUNGUKA (a.k.a. NTAWUNGULA, Pacifique; a.k.a. "COLONEL OMEGA"; a.k.a. "NZERI"), General Stanislas NZEYIMANA (a.k.a. BIGARUKA IZABAYO, Deogratias; a.k.a. IZABAYO DEO; a.k.a. "BIGARUKA"; a.k.a. "BIGARURA"), Colonel Leopold MUJYAMBERE (a.k.a. IBRAHIM, Frere Petrus; a.k.a. "ACHILLE"; a.k.a. "MUSENYERI") .
Besides, FDLR and all top military and political leaders are on the United Nations Security Council sanctions list.
Finally, two recent developments have highlighted the approach of the West towards FDLR-FOCA:
  • In April 2013, the US government offered US$5 million for information leading to the arrest, transfer and conviction of Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) supreme commander, General Sylvestre Mudacumura.
  • In June 2013, the German Government arrested three FDLR-FOCA sympathizers, known as Bernard T. and Jean Felicien B. and Jean Bosco U.
Hence, to come back to our initial question.
Was FDLR ever a Designated Terrorist Organization by the US Government? Yes.
Is It Now? No.
But its top political and military leaders face several political, diplomatic and security hurdles and most are under sanctions in several countries and at the United Nations.
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Kagame says West wanted coup in DR Congo 2

Western countries considered organising a coup d’├ętat to get rid of Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila, President Paul Kagame of Rwanda has said.
His comments, made Tuesday during a press conference in Kigali, come a fortnight after he made an impromptu visit to meet Uganda’s President Museveni at State House Entebbe during which the two leaders discussed the deteriorating security situation in DR Congo.
Mr Kagame told reporters that his government, accused by Human Rights Watch of fuelling unrest in eastern DRC by allegedly supporting renegade Congolese leader Gen. Bosco Ntaganda, was privy to plans by some in the “so called international community” to overthrow President Kabila before last year’s election during which he was re-elected.
“I am going to spill some secrets to you”, Mr Kagame told journalists. Acting Foreign Affairs Minister Henry Okello Oryem told this newspaper Wednesday that Mr Kagame, would most certainly have shared such sensitive and classified information when he met President Museveni recently.
Mr Oryem said Mr Kagame’s revelations about the coup attempt are supported by “evidence “and “precedent” and show just how far international powers can go to change governments in Africa to suit their economic interests.
“I wouldn’t be surprised because there is irrefutable precedent,” said Mr Oryem. “The CIA [America’s Central Intelligence Agency] was greatly involved in the death of Patrice Lumumba [DRC’s independence leader].” He added: “We are aware how some western countries were involved in assisting Idi Amin to overthrow the Obote government. These are things which are possible and there is evidence.”
Mr Lumumba, the first legally elected prime minister of the DRC, was assassinated 51 years ago on January 17, 1961. Mr Kagame admitted he was incensed by constant attempts by international powers to hold Rwanda responsible for whatever goes wrong in the DRC.
“Rwanda cannot take responsibility for Congo’s problems,” he said. “The continued presence of FDLR in DRC has been ignored even as they cause suffering to Congolese and focus has now turned to capturing Bosco Ntaganda. But what we fail to understand is why they elect to drag Rwanda into this when everyone knows this is supposed to be a Congolese problem.”
Mr Kagame made an impromptu visit to Kampala a fortnight ago to meet President Museveni, current chair of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, over the crisis in eastern DRC.
That meeting, Mr Oryem said, discussed possible ways of “avoiding this situation to escalate and get out of hand.”
He said plans are underway to arrange a meeting “very soon” of all foreign affairs ministers in the region “to discuss the situation in the DRC and give a report to the Presidents on what steps should be taken.”
By Emmanuel GyezahoThe East African
Rwanda and Uganda's M23 are terrorists, not 'Congo rebels,' says Allimadi
Submitted by Ann Garrison on Thu, 11/29/2012 - 00:41
Headlines still refer to the M23 militia as "Congo rebels," even though many now report that M23 are "supported by Rwanda and Uganda" and that Rwandan Defense Minister James Kabarebe is at the top of their command structure. Black Star News Editor Milton Allimadi told KPFA that, "Media organizations that continue to refer to them as rebels are in fact colluding in this violent criminal enterprise against the people of Congo."
KPFA News Anchor Cameron Jones: Last week, the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s President Joseph Kabila, met with Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni in Kampala, Uganda’s capital, for peace talks, even though Kagame and Museveni continue to insist that they have nothing to do with the M23 militia that took control of Goma, the minerals trading hub and capital of Congo’s eastern North Kivu Province, which borders both Rwanda and Uganda.

Kagame and Museveni were then widely reported to be willing to withdraw the M23 militia from Goma, if President Kabila would negotiate with M23 directly, instead of continuing to insist that he would negotiate only with the real aggressor, Rwanda.

In another curious courtesy, President Kagame and Museveni promised President Kabila not to ovethrow his government. President Kagame then called on the international community to help end the conflict in Congo, despite the UN report which says that his own Defense Minister is M23’s military commander. KPFA’s Ann Garrison spoke with Ugandan American Milton Allimadi, Editor of the New York City-based Black Star News.

KPFA/Ann Garrison: Milton Allimadi, several hours ago Bloomberg News came out with a headline that says “Rwanda calls for international support to end Congo rebellion.” Would you like to comment?

Milton Allimadi: It fits within their strategy. The attack on Goma launched by M23, which is actually a special unit of Rwanda’s own army, since it’s commanded by Rwanda’s Minister of Defense, General James Kabarebe, according to the UN report. So this is a strategy. Rwanda is now trying to pretend it has nothing to do with the attack on Goma. That is why it’s calling for quote unquote “international support” in helping to resolve a crisis which it in fact instigated, to divert attention away from the UN report, which was released this week, two days after Rwanda’s attack on Goma. It’s a strategy. It’s a ploy. It’s cynical.

KPFA/Ann Garrison: M23 and other militias fighting in Congo are often called rebels. They’re almost always called rebels, which implies that they are freedom fighters against a repressive government. Could you speak to this and suggest a better way of describing this?

Milton Allimadi: They are absolutely a terrorist organization, committing crimes against the Congolese people, against women, against children, even infants. This information is widely available, widely known, well documented by the United Nations in their reports. Media organizations that continue to refer to them as rebels are in fact colluding in this violent criminal enterprise against the people of Congo. They’re not rebels. They are a special unit of Rwanda’s army. The UN report shows that the nominal leader Bosco Ntaganda in fact reports to Rwanda’s Chief of Staff, who in turn reports to the Defense Minister, General Kabarebe, who of course reports to the president Paul Kagame.

KPFA/Ann Garrison: Would you like to say something about Uganda’s involvement?

Milton Allimadi: Uganda has always been involved in the atrocities in the Congo. This is nothing new. The UN report released this week found that Bosco Ntaganda, the nominal leader of M23, reports directly to Uganda’s special presidential advisor on military affairs, who is General Salim Saleh, the brother of President General Museveni. And he also reports to the Police Chief of Uganda, General Kayihura. In fact, even though he’s banned from traveling, he travels freely to Uganda, according to the UN Report, and he has bought a house for his family in Uganda. If the UN report is to be followed to its logical conclusion, not only should Ntaganda be prosecuted but also his military commanders within Rwanda, leading all the way to the the Defense Minister, and to General Kagame, the president. And in Uganda, the police chief, the special presidential advisor to General Museveni, and General Museveni himself should all be prosecuted.

KPFA/Ann Garrison: There is some obvious awkwardness in the European powers claiming the moral authority to indict, arrest and prosecute African dictators.

Milton Allimadi: That’s an issue that needs to be dealt with at another time. The fact of the matter is they need to be prosecuted and right now the only international legal entity that can prosecute them is the International Criminal Court.

KPFA/Ann Garrison: For Pacifica, KPFA and AfrobeatRadio, I’m Ann Garrison.

Uganda: Museveni Named Rwanda Hero

By Henry Mukasa, 4 July 2009
Kampala — RWANDA yesterday awarded President Yoweri Museveni two medals in recognition of his contribution to the liberation struggle of the country and his campaign against genocide.
The medals, Uruti (for national liberation) and UMURINZI (for campaign against genocide), were bestowed upon Museveni by the Rwandan leader, Paul Kagame.

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