Monday, 13 August 2012


Roger Meece, Lambert Mende, Raymond Tshibanda et le rais lui-même croient qu'accuser Kagame et annoncer la fin de son régime par le journal de Modeste Mutinga mettra fin à l'instabilité en RDC. Pourtant, tout le bruit qu'ils font, visant à amener les vautours à trouver une raison de planifier un autre genocide juste pour procurer du boulots aux ONGs parasitaires, soi-disant humanitaires, ne les empechent pas de continuer à opter pour une guerre contre le M23. Mais pourquoi faire la guerre quand on n'a pas d'armée? A suivre

Wednesday, 8 August 2012


I will post soon, just need a bit of quiet time to put elements together for readers of this blog. In the meantime read the link below. Of course the UN is going to act as spoiler, that what it has been for this continent all along. And sorry to say it, but there is no pacifying the East of the DRC while demonizing constantly the only ones who dare to challenge Joseph Kabila and have also challenged Rwanda, though they have paid dearly for doing both. They will emerge, because it's about their land and the future of their children, not of the UN or of the US Department of State or the pseudo-experts-cum-pseudo-academicians! Will write in French in a bit and with more analytical details.

A la fin, pas eu le temps de faire l'analyse, par contre je viens de recevoir un document qui en demande davantage, mais il est tard. Je le copie ici. L'analyse sera pour demain.

Communiqué officiel N°0024/M23/2012
La Coordination du Mouvement du 23 mars vient de prendre connaissance des résolutions issues du sommet des Chefs d’état et de gouvernement de la Conférence Internationale sur la Région des Grands-Lacs tenu à Kampala du 07 au 8 Août 2012. Pour le Mouvement, il s’agit là  des avancées notables dans la résolution de la crise à l’Est de la République Démocratique du Congo réalisées en un temps record ; ce dont il se félicite.
En effet, il est désormais clair, pour les chefs d’état et de gouvernement de la CIRGL, que le Mouvement du 23 mars n’est pas une force négative, au contraire, un partenaire pour la paix. Ils ont décidé l’arrêt des hostilités, la possibilité d’infliger des sanctions au contrevenant de la trêve de fait observée actuellement sur la ligne de front, l’intervention humanitaire en faveur des déplacés et autres victimes de la guerre, etc. Bref, autant des mesures positives qui dénotent, non seulement, la maîtrise par les chefs d’état et de gouvernement de la CIRGL de la problématique sécuritaire de l’Est de la République Démocratique du Congo, mais également, et surtout, leur détermination à stabiliser définitivement la Sous-région des Grands-Lacs.
Tout en exprimant ses remerciements aux Chefs d’état et de gouvernement de la CIRGL pour le choix judicieux de leur pair devant assurer le suivi de des résolutions ainsi édictées, la Coordination du Mouvement plaide en faveur d’une solution politique qui intègre tous les groupes d’autodéfense populaire que compte la République Démocratique du Congo en vue d’une solution globale et définitive de la crise.
La Coordination du Mouvement demande aux chefs d’état de la CIRGL d’instaurer un mécanisme efficace de vérification sur la ligne de front en vue de garantir la quiétude pendant toute la durée des tractations politiques devant amener à un cessez-le-feu permanent.
Fait à Bunagana, le 08 Août 2012

Saturday, 4 August 2012



Rwanda’s rebuttal to the addendum to a UN Group of Experts interim report linking Kigali to rebels in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is “very serious and satisfactory”, the outgoing Netherlands Ambassador to Rwanda, Frans Makken, said yesterday.

He was briefing journalists shortly after bidding farewell to President Paul Kagame at Village Urugwiro.

On Monday, the government submitted to the UN Sanctions Committee its response to the allegations by the Group of Experts (GoE) on the Congo weeks after the highly contentious addendum was published without Rwanda’s input.

“It is important to note that Rwanda is taking this issue very seriously; we think that Rwanda has made an extremely serious response to the UN Experts report. They have satisfied us in rebutting the various allegations,” said Ambassador Makken.

The Dutch envoy added: “Of course we still have the issue of M23 (rebels) but we are following the negotiations that are going on closely, we saw them in Addis Ababa, we know that in Kampala there will be the next high-level meeting and so far Rwanda has been extremely open to all kinds of monitoring of the border, of revamping the joint verification mechanism with the Congo, to a regional force, whatever can bring a solution Rwanda is open; so we welcome this constructive attitude”.

The Kampala meeting, due next week, will bring together Heads of State from the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), as part of continued efforts to help address the latest crisis which has seen the M23 rebels seize parts of eastern DRC, with thousands of Congolese fleeing across the borders to Rwanda and Uganda.

One of the proposals on the table is deployment of a neutral force along the Rwanda-DRC border, whose mandate would include disarming armed groups in the region, including M23, as well as the Democratic Forces for the Liberation Rwanda (FDLR) militia, composed of elements who are largely responsible for the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.

Makken also dismissed media reports that his country was among the development partners that suspended aid to Rwanda in the wake of the allegations.

“What happened is that the Dutch Government decided it will not make any decision on aid until Rwanda pronounces itself on the UN accusations…We sincerely hope that in the coming weeks we will see developments that would make us simply decide to go on with our usual programmes with Rwanda. And the discussions that are going on are for the budget support – that is also true with other donors – the rest of the support programmes are ongoing,” he explained.

Last week, members of the GoE on the Congo visited Kigali to get Rwanda’s side of the story.

Reports had indicated that the Netherlands had suspended budget support assistance of $6.15 million to the Rwandan justice sector.

“Technically, we have not suspended our aid to Rwanda; you suspend aid if you are due to pay something and you delay the payment. There were no payments due, so we have not suspended aid, we are delaying any decisions on aid payments pending the reply of Rwanda to the UN report of Group of Experts,” Makken explained.

The GoE allegations have come under increasing scrutiny after documents were widely circulated indicating that the group’s coordinator Steve Hege long  harboured anti-Rwanda views and instead had a soft spot for the FDLR, a blacklisted terrorist group.

The views are contained in several publications by Hege himself, including a February 24, 2009 article in which he argued, “The FDLR have not constituted a military threat to Rwanda for over five years…The FDLR would rather wait for political negotiations when international opinion eventually sours on the Rwandan regime”.

Meanwhile, the Dutch diplomat observed that during his four-year tour of duty, the long term relations between Rwanda and The  Netherlands were generally good despite a few ups and downs.

“During our meeting, the President made a statement about a hurricane that comes and blows everything away and at the end passes, leaving you to pick the pieces and continue with your life. I would make the same comparison about my stay in Rwanda. Our relationship has been bumpy sometimes, but generally it has been good. Despite criticisms, Rwanda has deservedly remained on the list of the 15 nations meriting assistance from the Netherlands,” Makken said.

“Rwanda has earned it, the projects we have in this country are very successful and effective”.

He cited cooperation in the area of justice, particularly on efforts to bring to justice Genocide fugitives.

Back home, Makken was appointed as the inspector of all The Netherlands Embassies globally.