Saturday, January 18, 2014

US slams efforts to silence dissent in Rwanda

Good People,
The happenings in the Great Lakes Region of East Africa is
creating an environment for revolution.
Days are numbered. No amount of propaganda with oppresive
attitude shall save the skin of Museveni and Kagame from facing
legal justice. They know they have come to the dead end and
this applies to Salva Kiir if he is not going to release political
prisoners to allow negotiations to move forward urgently. One
more day shall be too long for the three African musketeers and
that shall include the fourth who is Salva Kiir to face charges of
injustices. It is because we are sick and tired from being sick and
Kindly watch the attached video and pay attention to what Rebecca
Garang, in press conference had to says, why it is crucial for the
political prisonners to join the negotiation team at Addis Ababa in
Judy Miriga
Diaspora Spokesperson
Executive Director
Confederation Council Foundation for Africa Inc.,
Rebecca Garang speaks out on South Sudan unrest
Published on Jan 10, 2014
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South Sudan minister says rebel leader can't make ceasefire hold

By Carl Odera 12 hours ago
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An SPLA soldier jumps off of a pick-up truck in Bentiu, Unity state January 12, 2014. REUTERS/Andreea …
By Carl Odera
JUBA (Reuters) - South Sudan's defence minister said on Friday the leader of rebels battling government forces did not have enough control over his fighters to make any ceasefire hold, as peace talks dragged on with no sign of a deal.
Defence Minister Kuol Manyang Juuk also told Reuters the two sides were still fighting over two strategic towns and said his government could ask Sudan for military help if the conflict in the world's newest nation threatened South Sudan's oilfields.
Sudan, from which the south split in 2011, relies on revenues from fees charged for use of its pipeline that carries South Sudan's oil exports to international markets.
Troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and rebels backing the deputy he sacked in July, Riek Machar, have been fighting since mid-December. The conflict has increasingly followed ethnic lines, pitting Kiir's Dinka group against the Nuer of Machar.
Juuk said Machar had used a spiritual leader, who he named as Dak Kueth, to stir up people to fight.
"(Machar) is not in control of these people. So even if a peace agreement is signed, or cessation of hostilities, these people who are not under the control of Machar will continue creating insecurity for the people and government," he said.
"We cannot make a unilateral ceasefire because it is they (the rebels) who are attacking the civil population and government positions," Juuk added.
The two sides are negotiating a ceasefire deal in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, but there has been no clear progress. Rebel demands include that Ugandan troops deployed in South Sudan stop supporting government forces in combat.
Uganda's military support of Kiir has raised worries that other regional players could be drawn into the conflict, in which a U.N. envoy said on Friday thousands had been killed and "mass atrocities" had been committed by both sides.
South Sudan has also asked Sudan for engineers to help maintain oil output which has slipped to about 200,000 barrels per day, from about 245,000 bpd before the fighting.
Asked if South Sudan would seek a joint security force with Sudan to protect fields, Juuk said: "Until now we have not asked the Sudan government to send in their forces."
"Should there be a threat, anything threatening the oil field, definitely the government of South Sudan may ask the Sudan government to come in and support," the minister said.
Juuk said the government was in control of Bentiu, the capital of oil producing Unity state, and that the two sides were still fighting over Malakal in another oil area and the flashpoint town of Bor.
All three places are north of South Sudan's capital Juba.
The rebels have acknowledged the loss of Bentiu but the fate of the other two towns has been unclear as fighting has raged.
International medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said it was forced to suspend activities in Malakal following the looting of its compounds. It said fierce fighting had broken out in Malakal on January 13.
Juuk shrugged off the rebels' criticism of the role of Ugandan troops in South Sudan.
"We have requested support from Uganda. It is not a new situation, countries seek support from other countries whenever they are in trouble," he said.
U.N. Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic called on Friday for the speedy establishment of an independent, impartial fact-finding commission on the conflict.
"Clearly the crisis, which started as a political one, has now taken on an inter-ethnic dimension that urgently needs to be addressed," he said after a four-day visit to the country.
"People on both sides are absolutely convinced that the other side is to blame, which makes the situation even more dangerous," he said.
Simonovic said the United Nations would issue a report on human rights violations since fighting began on December 15 and said the crimes included mass killings, extrajudicial killings, sexual violence and arbitrary detentions.

US slams efforts to silence dissent in Rwanda

January 17, 2014 3:13 PM
Members of the Rwanda National Congress opposition party shout slogans while holding pictures of slain party founder Patrick Karegeya (L) outside the Rwandan embassy in Pretoria on January 9, 2014
Washington (AFP) - The United States on Friday denounced efforts to silence Rwandan dissidents after condemning the killing of Kigali's former spy chief.
"Vibrant democracies allow peaceful political opposition. Efforts to silence dissidents run counter to Rwanda’s democratic development," a State Department official told AFP.
The United States on Thursday condemned the killing of Patrick Karegey, a former Rwandan spy chief and dissident who was found dead in a luxury Johannesburg hotel on January 1.
Washington also voiced concern over a threatening statement by Rwandan strongman Paul Kagame.
The body of Karegeya, a fierce critic of Kagame who had spent the past several years in exile, had marks to the neck, South African police said, indicating he might have been strangled.
"We urge the government of Rwanda to respect the rights of all political parties and political leaders that are committed to a peaceful, democratic process in Rwanda," the State Department official said in an email.
South African police, who found a bloodied towel and a rope in the room's safe, have opened a murder probe, and Karegeya's supporters have accused the Rwandan government of his assassination.
"We are aware of the case. We condemn the murder of former Rwandan government official, Colonel Patrick Karegeya in South Africa, where he lived in exile," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told a press briefing Thursday.
She said the US welcomes South Africa's "prompt and thorough investigation" into Karegeya's death and was awaiting the outcome of the probe.
"We also welcome their statement pledging... to leave no stone unturned in bringing to justice those involved in this criminal act," Psaki said.
"And let me also say we are troubled by the succession of what appear to be politically motivated murders of prominent Rwandan exiles. President Kagame's recent statements about, quote 'consequences' for those who betray Rwanda, are of deep concern to us."
Kagame on Sunday said in Kigali that "treason brings consequences" without referring directly to the Karegeya case.
"If someone feels no shame in destroying what we have built over a period of time, I for my part will not feel shy of protecting what we have built. Anyone who betrays our cause or wishes our people ill will fall victim. What remains to be seen is how you fall victim," Kagame said.
Karegeya was the former head of Rwanda's external intelligence service and once a close ally of Kagame.

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