Opinion: President Kagame needs to answer for the surveillance of over 3500 phones

The revelations of the Pegasus project and the surveillance from various of international states into people’s smart phones should worry us as citizens. When both rouge and friendly states does this … we should wonder why? And for what reason? No matter, which nation or republic does this to its citizens or aliens, heck even foreigners they are worried about. They should still be asked, why?

We know that surveillance and intelligence operations have happened before. Where the authorities have listened through “the wire” and been able to catch criminals on tape. That is now ancient and the methods are more sophisticated. They are able to monitor, without a trace see and follow a person. That’s what the Israeli Pegasus did and the Rwandan authorities did this.

The Rwandan authorities did it as such a large scale. They did at other heads of state. Journalists in Kampala and also other dissidents living in Europe. The Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) did it all and used it such an extent of following more than 3,500 Rwandan telephone-numbers. That says it all.

The authorities in Kigali had no issues to tap these phones, listen in and monitor the movements of these people. They must clearly have huge servers and archives to keep this data. The authorities have breached the privacy of so many people and done so across the borders.

That should worry people… as the government have now collected this and done this. It is a hacking operation done to surveillance people of all kinds. The tyrant was spying and could use this to kidnap, assassin and detain dissidents or even blackmail them. There is dozens of options to get dirt on the individuals and use this information for the benefit of Kigali.

That is what the people should be worried about. Kagame can easily target these fellow human beings and publish something. Because he has this after the hacking and surveillance of these people.

The RPF have already used violent means to get rid of their enemies. To use Pegasus makes sense to get leverage and methods to shield their actions. In such a manner… that the intelligence could mask and find the right time to catch and silence the ones they have on their list.

This is why this is very fitting for a rational and a cold-hearted ruler. The government get access and could easily without jurisdiction or justification get the intelligence the authorities wants. That’s why the Pegasus was a gift to Kagame and others of his kind. They must have rubbed their hands and praised the lord for the technical option and ability to hack into these phones.

So, I am not surprised … but the President should answer for the need to hack 3500 telephone numbers and various amounts of aliens as well. Why? What was the reason?

Did they all offend the Don at one point? Did some of them write satire? Did some of them make political cartoons? Did some of them make patriotic songs? What did they do?

That’s what I wonder about and I don’t think we will ever get a honest answer for this. But know this was used for vicious means and plenty have paid the price for this operation though the Pegasus programme. Peace.

Rwanda: Kagame appoints Génocidaires Jean-Bosco Kazura as Chief of Defence Staff!

President Paul Kagame has made sweeping changes in the upper echelons of the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF), appointing Gen Jean-Bosco Kazura as the RDF Chief of Defence Staff. Kazura, who was also promoted to four-star General from Major General, replaces Gen Patrick Nyamvumba, who was last evening appointed to Cabinet and named Minister for Internal Security. Nyamvumba had served as Chief of Defence Staff since June 2013” (James Munyaneza – ‘Gen Kazura replaces Gen Nyamvumba as Kagame shakes up top military brass ‘ 05.11.2019, The New Times).

President Paul Kagame shows that he appoints people of loyalty around him. The one his appointed as the Chief of Defence Staff yesterday is a fellow officer, which have been involved in military operations all since the 1990s. His been a part of the genocide, as someone whose killed civilians and also later gotten promoted by him, again and again.

Now, the man whose been part of Rwanda’s exploits in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). His also been alleged part of assassination plots. Also for a little while he was in-charge of the football association of Rwanda. But that didn’t last long, but since his a loyal cadre of Kagame. His since then redeemed himself.

To show who he is, by not just my words. Show it from elsewhere.

UN Appointment 2013:

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Major General Jean Bosco Kazura as Force Commander for the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). Major General Kazura, of Rwanda, is to assume command on 1 July, when, in accordance with UN Security Council resolution 2100 (2013), and subject to review by the Council, the transfer of authority is to take place from the African-led International Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA) to the UN multidimensional mission” (…) “From October 2010, Mr. Kazura served as Principal Staff Officer (J3) in the Rwandan Defence Force Headquarters in Kigali. He previously held brigade and division-level commands (1998-2003), following which he served as the Deputy Force Commander and Chief Military Observer of the African Union Mission in Sudan. Mr. Kazura has also held staff positions at formation-level headquarters, and also served as Senior Military and Security Adviser to President Paul Kagame of Rwanda (2009-2010)” (United Nations – ‘ Ban appoints Rwandan General as military chief of UN integrated Mali mission’ 17.06.2013).

Armed attack on civilians during the genocide in 1994:

Another man, Jean Bosco Kazura, allegedly in charge of soldiers who killed civilians east of Kigali at the height of the genocide and at Gabiro, became the peacekeeping chief of the UN’s force in Mali in 2013” (Zahra Moloo – ‘The Crimes of Rwandan Patriotic Front’, April 2019).

The sources said Kazura and his colleague General Patrick Nyamvumba, the former commander of the UN/African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur, directed highly organized operations during the 1994 genocide in the prefectures of Byumba and Kibungo—areas controlled by Kagame’s Tutsi-led army as early as April 1994, at the beginning of the genocide. During those operations, Rwandan Patriotic Army soldiers under Nyamvumba and Kazura’s command hunted down and slaughtered thousands of unarmed Hutu civilians—men, women and children—according to testimony. These operations, known as “sweeping” or “mopping up,” were conducted in communes that had already been cleared of soldiers loyal to the former government and Hutu extremists known as Interahamwe” (Judi Rever – ‘Rwandan General Accused of Supervising Death Squad Leaves UN’ 13.12.2014, Foreign Policy Journal).

As you see, his been an a high ranking figure for long now. Someone whose been in close association of Kagame. A man Kagame trusts. That might be because he became the translator-interpreter after the “accident” of Lieutenant Rwagasana. Whose was claimed to be murdered by Captain Jimmy Muyango.

I am not shocked seeing him put there, but there is a saying, you are who your friends are or your friends tell who you are. In this regard, the sort of men you appoint, like Gen. Kazuria. Shows what sort of man Kagame really is.

We can see little how he thinks, as he addressed the UN Security Council like this: “As I said before, I think we need to continue to push the movements to be accountable in the areas they control. They claim that they cannot understand how our troops are being killed. Indeed, the movements say that they control an area, but when our people are killed they say that they do not know what happened. I do not think this is acceptable” (United Nations Security Council – 7275th Meeting, 9th October 2014).

We can clearly see, the sort of man he is and this is a man that Kagame keeps close company. If that isn’t message. Nothing is, but also his close associate that he also appointed Gen Patrick Nyamvumba. Seems like brothers-in-arms. That shows by their history too. Peace.