“You young people, do not worry, there must not be any reports that you have abused CNL activists. You are leaders in this country. You are the masters of this forest, you are lions, valiant. Know that a lion does not eat a cat, a rat” – Sylvestre Ndayizeye
It is now reported, that Sylvestre Ndayizeye who lately stated these words in a speech at a function in late September 2019. This in preparation of the General Election of 2020. The continuation of the Presidency and the ruling regime. Where the roaring lion of the CNDD-FDD will not stop intimidating, using force or even silencing the opposition. Because, nothing is as friendly, as name-calling your enemies as rats or cats. That is really showing the arrogance and the usage of words from the people ruling the Republic.
This is not a one-time thing. Certainly not the last either from a regime that has silenced and killed the opposition. However, since the General Elections are coming up and the regime wants a softer touch in the up-coming events. Because, it needs more positive press and less violence. This means the Imbonerakure or the CNDD-FDD Youth-Wing needs to take it easy. Instead of their previous and current actions of direct violence against the ones opposing the ruling regime.
“We must not let you walk on your feet. It is necessary to avoid any eventuality, to show muscle, if necessary, to roar like the lion, to frighten them. You have to keep them safe so that they can live. Because if you do not do it, it will be difficult for you to convince them to join our party” – Sylvestre Ndayizeye
As we see, the CNDD-FDD really wants to show another side in the up-coming election. They don’t want the news and headlines, which it had in and around the General Election of 2015. The CNDD-FDD and such wants to look golden. But as long as they can intimidate the opposition, roar like lions, but also get them all to join them. Because, if they don’t join them, you got to flex, roar and scare them.
The CNDD-FDD surely shows their character with sort of statements. We have already seen their actions and how it has persisted since 2015. The opposition have vanished or gotten killed. Very few are here. If not they have fled to exile. That is why, the up-coming election is more an charade and rubber-stamping the leadership of the current day.
So, that they can continue with their ways. For now they want some friendly headlines ahead of the elections to look good. Peace.
This Friday, there was reports of killings, of insurgency in the Musanze district in the border district to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It isn’t new that militias and rebels are crossing borders from Rwanda into the DRC or returns back. What is striking is the level of deaths and the favourable reporting from the authorities on the Rwandan side.
This is happening the same week, as the Rwandan authorities has displayed 25 Rwandan National Congress members in the Courts. The RNC, FDLR and MRCD have been working together of late and this weekends raid to be in response to this. However, that is just speculation. But wouldn’t be shocking that the RNC/FDLR/MRCD would react in this way after the losses of 25 members taken from them by the help of allies within the DRC.
Just take a look!
“19 Assailants responsible for killing civilians in Musanze On Friday, have been killed by Security organs, according to Rwanda Police’s statement. 5 more suspected assailants responsible for the attack have been captured Rwanda Police says the hunt is still on going” (Rwanda Broadcasting Agency, 06.10.2019).
“As for Musanze sector, it is next inside Musanze district, raising more questions as to how the attackers managed to reach this far inside Musanze district without detection. By virtue of it being such a key economic source for the country, and proximity to DR Congo, the region has obvious heavy military presence. There will be more questions as to how such an attack could have happened. According to initial reports from local villagers who were fleeing from the area into other sectors and Musanze, the attackers were speaking Kinyarwanda, with heavy accent. The villagers also said the assailants were rebels of the democratic forces for the liberation of Rwanda (FDLR)“ (The Chronicles Rwanda, 05.10.2019).
We can really wonder whose behind this, even if the Rwandan authorities will tell or the militias itself. Because, the militias would like to take credit to boost their moral and say they won over the state at one battle. Even if the state has killed several of their members and now have detained 5 more. Surely, the militia in question bled a bit out of this, but the state has done too. Even if their numbers are kept close its chest.
What is odd, is that the M.R.C.D., nor RNC or FDLR have taken any responsibility. If it was them, than they should have stated something or through their channels. However, it is silent. They have enough backers. Whose been peddling information over the years. That if they want it out. They get it out. But now its nothing. The state only showing signs of “victory”, even if the victories part is lacking. Since, it is only loss of lives and nothing substantially gained.
We only have the little information from the Chronicles, but nothing else. As the state are not saying anything. Neither, the possible militia behind it all. Not like when the MRCD did their raid a little while back. They took all responsibility and wanted to tell stories. Now it is utter silence.
We cannot know at this point, it is mere speculation, until the verified reports are out. But what is striking is that these issues are reoccurring and at a rate, that is not favourable to Kagame and his authorities. Peace.