The regime of Milton Obote (1980 to 1985) was characterized by an excessive disregard for human rights. Government troops massacred civilians, especially in the “Luweero triangle” in Buganda. The U.S. State Department estimated that between 100,000 and 200,000 civilians were slaughtered in the Luweero triangle by the government troops. Peter Otai, Ugandan Minister of State for Defense, was interviewed by Peter Sisson in April 1985.
NEWSWEEK/AUGUST 13, 1984 – Starvation and Slaughter in Uganda
One of the world’s most massive – and deadly – violations of human rights in recent years may now be occurring in the Luwero triangle of Uganda, according to State Department sources in Washington. That area is a center of the Baganda tribe and also the site of an ongoing insurgency against the Ugandan government. North Korean-trained Ugandan soldiers are reported to have killed thousands of Baganda. The death toll from the slaughter and from starvation is estimated to range from 100,000 to 200,000, but international refugee organizations have been prohibited from distributing food in the triangle, which is located north of the Ugandan capital of Kampala.
Dear Electronic Producers of end-products as Mobile Phones and such, I write to you in haste!
Then I mean the likes of Foxconn of China, Apple, Hitachi, Sanyo, NEC Tokin, Kemet, AVX, Vishay, Flextronics, Celestica Sanmina, Asustek, Jabil, Hewitt-Packard, Dell, Acer, IBM, Samsung, Motorola, Canon and Nokia. Also other suppliers who deliver the needed products for you too label and sell to the global market.
I write too you with urgency, do you want your names to mentioned in blood, as your greed for the profits are no embedded with warlords and thieves of East Africa, as the exported mineral resources as Coltan, Tin, Tantalum and Tungsten. These minerals are needed in your production to make your phones, your electronics and others.
There been warlords, been warriors and presidents that have looted the Southern and Northern Kivu of Democratic Republic of Congo. They have all used AK-47 and other weapons while taking territories, towns and villages. These are the places, where the militias and guerrillas are raping the woman, burning villages and taking over mines even with child-labor if needed.
All the deaths and wars since the fall of Mobutu Sese Seko in the end of 1990s, where the proxy war of Uganda and Rwanda in the Kivu’s where the mines are; and you have accepted this as you vouch for their armies and their militias taking the area, eating of the minerals, eating the stones and lifting the burden they have to buy ammunition to continue their thieving. The thieving and capturing the miners, destroying and taking the minerals, the minerals you use in your products, the end-products you want to sell to me and the world.
What is the pride of your fiscal profits, knowing you were securing payments, securing buying of small-arms and killings of fellow men and woman, on your watch, on your payment and your production? The initial end-game of Electronic Products is that as long as we know that, the Laptops, Smart-Phone and others are tainted with blood; they are tainted with the operation of warlords.
That cannot be gone away in silence, as long as the President of Rwanda, Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo, they are all in on it, and enjoy the monies with their proxy armies controlling various mines and different minerals, the issues and stages of exploitation of the Kivu’s.
If more people care, they would be aggravated, they would wonder if there was ways of producing the smart-phones and laptops without the minerals that are fueling the guerrillas and militias of Kivu, which is not extending the reign of Kabila, Kagame and Museveni. They are the reasons for these killings and these groups who extort this violence.
The nonsense non-action, the deliberate assault for these minerals, and your plenty of usage, while knowing where it came from, with the extent of the force that it taken from the ground and into the factories, before sold with pop-song on the local TV-Station with a fancy name and image; that image should be tainted with the knowledge of how the minerals for it came to light of day, with the injustice, the impunity and dissolved society where the fear of violence, reckless warlords, relentless soldiers and murders keeping at bay the illegal logging of minerals of the Kivu’s. That is what the price of the profits.
The brave and Nobel men of the boardrooms of the companies, the men and woman of the PR firms, and the consumers, should be enlighten, should take a stand and we all should try to find ways to absorb and not buy the tainted electronics, or least spread the names of them who take the supply of blood-tainted minerals and make products for profit. That should be stopped, as the killings, the continued presence of militias and guerrillas, they are all been kept and fed by your money. The money you have supplied them, so they can continue to get guns and ammunition.
This money comes from the people, the citizens of the world, they should now and should extend their hands, if they about the atrocities and violence of the Kivu’s. They are serving your profits, the profits made on the guerrillas and militias controlling the mines and exploitations of the provinces with the enriched minerals of the Democratic Republic of Congo. That is what should be known, the silent and sudden killer of it all, the ones that responsible for the presence of modern technology, are militants and guerrillas who are fed on the violence as they export to industries that take it without questions.
It should be questioned and the people should care, the knowledge of these actions should be in the open and spoken more about. Last time the blood-diamonds movie and Leonardo DiCaprio played a reckless man who sold diamonds in Sierra Leone… maybe if they did the same with blood tainted minerals from the DRC, then the world citizens might care and asked for change of policy, but the average man don’t, they just want to enjoy 3G and 4G while surfing to read Tabloid papers and other madness, instead of using their waste opportunities to gain the needed knowledge of the affairs that is happening from afar with the technology at hand.
There is time to question; there are and been more than enough massacres and deaths happening in Beni, in Goma and in Kivu’s for the needed minerals. Time to ask the Electronics Companies and the Suppliers of these minerals to take actions, as their need for this is the reason why the atrocities and killings are happening. They are happing on our watch and with our knowledge. It is time to do something and ask for change, to pressure the DRC Government, to pressure the Electronic producers to use other suppliers if possible and stop fueling their profits into the warlords of East Africa, as they are responsible for their existence, as they are the ones giving them money and plenty to continue to harass and kill their fellow brother and sisters.
The Writer of Minbane
There are new reports and it is unsettling, that is not that I have grand expose, but it should be questioned. The concern is for the North and South Kivu, also in Ituri Province. Where there are not only Allied Democratic Force (ADF) and the Democratic Forces Liberation Rwanda (FDLR).
The recent reports are talking of split in the FLDR. There are now two sides of the coin and there have become a FDLR-Foca, have spilt with Gen. Wilson Irategeta who has created the CNRD-Ubwiyunge. This happens after Wilson Iretegeta was suspended as 2 Vice-President; therefore he made a decision and created a new guerrilla, instead of still being demoted in the FDLR-Foca.
What the UNICEF said recently:
“in North Kivu and Ituri provinces, as armed groups, including the Forces Democratiques pour la Liberation du Rwanda (FDLR), and several Mai-Mai groups carried out brutal attacks against civilians and the FARDC. Fighting between armed groups and the FARDC continued to generate mass population displacement, particularly in North Kivu and Ituri provinces, with 200,000 new IDP’s since the beginning of 2016” (DRC Humanitarian Situation Report March April – UNICEF, 2016).
With this in mind and with what happen in May 2016, where the massacre in Beni happen under the watch of FARDC, and the militias, even Ex-FAR Gen. Muhindo Akili Mundos have been implicated in “Cleansing” areas as paying soldiers per head of the dead. So there are violence put into motion, not only by the known forces, but also by deflectors. As the Rwandan FDLR who has spilt into two, FDLR-Foca and CNRD-Ubwiyunge, with the knowledge of Mai-Mai or Mayi-Mayi depending on how you write it. Then you have the Ugandan rebels from ADF who also keeps certain villages and areas to themselves.
There so many groups and warlords, while the MONUSCO, the Blue Helmets just watches, as the known secret is that even in Refugee and Internally Displaced Camps there are not only guns and training by certain militias, but also done in while the Blue Helmets are eating lunch there. Still, the silence happens while the civilians and such are fleeing.
If you wonder what they are able to do watch this:
After the Recent massacre they are calling Beni a “ghost-town” not in such as they have ghost-voters and ghost-schools for Kabila Government to embezzle state-funds, instead it is ghost-town because of the violence and killings, with also knowledge of fear of continuation from both the men from Gen. Mundos and ADF. While not too far away to the areas controlled by either FDLR-Foca or CNRD-Ubwiyunge.
“Anastase Kamuhanda (with Congolese telephone number), the NDRC Ubwiyunge lists claws brought against Major General Victor Byiringiro: he has no vision for the military conduct of the movement armed, does not respect the decisions taken in committee, tarnishes the image of the rebellion, and would have fired on a convoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for refugees and the Congolese refugee Commission. The National Council for Renewal and Democracy (CNRD-Ubwiyunge ) said have the ambition to go “with dignity” Rwandan refugees in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The movement also announced to want to fight for political change in Rwanda” (…)”As for the FDLR, it refutes the allegations of the dissidents. And they are accused of betraying the cause and work with the Rwandan government. “The Congolese government has himself said that the convoy had been attacked by an unidentified armed group,” it said among other reactions” (Echos du Rwanda, 02.06.2016).
The way that this now is unfolding, that the Rwandan are claiming and holding up the Congolese Government statement, proves that they knows more then they say, as if they we’re not involved in business in the Kivu’s they would not have addressed a “unidentified armed group”, and what does that mean? That is vague and vanilla, instead of addressing it properly.
Just as this statement said about 3rd May around Beni:
“The MRL sympathizes with the families of at least 17 people were killed Tuesday, May 3, 2016 in the evening by suspected rebels ADF about 60 kilometers north-east of the town of Beni in North Kivu . Julien Paluku, governor of North Kivu, said that efforts are being made on the ground to deal with the perpetrators of these dastardly and heinous massacres and thereby bring peace to this part of the DRC” (Mouvement des Réformateurs Libéraux, 09.05.2016).
What is saddening me is how little ripple effect the writing and questioning this militias and fortunes earned on the mineral-rich provinces of Kivu’s and Ituri. They are violated by Rwandan and Ugandan militias, while Uganda export Cobalt and gold in vast amounts, the same happens in Kigali and that is Rwanda. They are earning fortunes and wealth on the killings and depleting the areas where they do not reside. While nobody is interesting in stopping it, the Blue-Helmets are a standby force who doesn’t even stop the supply of small-arm weapons in the IDPs Camps in the Kivu’s. That is worrying… and should worry about the violence without impunity and the length of the conflict in provinces. The silence and the little care for stopping it. While the minerals are exported at a steady pace to industrial countries… some even exporting weapons back to the area.
There are reckless behavior if it from the Militias, the Warlords, the Blue-Helmets and the Central Government of the Congo. That the DRC authorities, who act silent on this as the FARDC are not really getting rid of the militias, while the killings in the Province continue and the doubling down on the actions in North Kivu. So there are reasons for the spreading the reports and show that there are violence and killings in the Kivu’s and not letting it, because they deserve peace and justice, like everybody else, even if there is a bit to much of Cobalt in the region… Peace.
“While Congolese people are being killed by Rwandese (Paul Kagame) and Ugandans (led by Yoweri Moseveni) with the complicity of some the western powers in order to get access to some abundantly known strategic raw materials and minerals in Congo (DRC) such as Cobalt, Coltan, Uranium etc., the rest of the world is kept ignorant of the true causes of this Holocaust that is ongoing in the Great Lakes Region of Africa. Professor Yaa-Lengi, Historian and writer shades some light in details on the true perpetrators of these crimes of genocide and crimes against humanity commited against Congolese people in total silence of the UN, the EU and the rest of the international community. Prof Yaa-Lengi is on the guests of the “Gilchrist Experience Show” which is aired in the US” (APARECO, 2016)
There will be marches in different cities and towns in the Democratic Republic of Congo, even if the Authorities under the Ruling Party and the President Kabila have disowned it and banished it. So since the first initial reports of what is happening in Beni, North Kivu; and sadly it is more. This has continued for two decades and continues, as FDLR and ADF-NALU, together even with rumored Generals of FARDC paying to “clean” the area. With that in mind, there are killings and violations of humanity.
I will today show other reports and congestion of them, as the reports are saddening and the proof of war in the Province of North Kivu and Beni is solid. Especially when I came over a picture that was not of a peace operation, but a direct war-zone. I will not show kids hacked with machete… as it sadden me as it could be one of the kids; I am godfather too… or children of my family. I am just worried and the reports are from various sources and continues in the same tune; so there a modus operandi. There operations and certainly planned Military operations and guerrilla who attacks civilians for minerals and other valuable. Take a look!
MONUSCO message earlier today: “The ADF have settled in the area and we need the cooperation of the people to dislodge them” (MONUSCO, 25.05.2016).
Governor Julien Paluku (Mayor of Beni for several years) remained adamant: “the war in North Kivu started for a very long time and she narrows on Beni. Of the 6 territories of North Kivu, only the territory of Beni-Mbau is infested by insecurity caused by the Ugandan Rebels of the afd. We have known the CNDP, M23, etc. Anyway to the conference on peace in North Kivu we had were 21 armed groups, nearly all wiped out to date except the FDLR of Rwandan origin and the ADF NALU of Ugandan origin, They are holed up in the mountains of Rwenzori (massive on horseback on the CONGO AND UGANDA) because hunted by President Museveni that they were fighting. Why did they kill to the gun (Machete, knife) and not to the Kalashnikov? It’s not to alert the military personnel stationed in the area. They kill in silence in holding FARDC. This is why it is rumored that the FARDC who massacred in Beni so that it’s a ruse, a diversion. Balance Sheet: 1000 people killed in this manner since 2014. The offensive launched by our armed forces bear fruit: ADF Rebels have been killed, other captured” (PPRD,’Henri Mova Sakanyi – ADF-NALU De La Guerrila au Terrorisme et Vice Versa, 20.05.2016).
“Peacekeeping force MONUSCO United nation- specific in his squad from Tanzania, going in to search for and to locate the ADF and FDLR rebels in the forests of Beni in the Democratic Republic of Congo to cooperate with the Congolese army FARDC. Monday 23 May. When delegates from the UN had traveled to Goma and Beni in order to investigate the thugs of the FDLR and ADF-Nalu attacked civilians day by day killing and looting, against it is how well and settings to hunt down and attack militants’ such as the Okapi Radio reports. Even if they say the growing MONUSCO and FARDC dressed intense attack by the militants, reports say the growing thugs FDLR remain wannachi much, and their leaders, many Kakamatwa and those who remain forests do not have power again after 22 years with the wild” (Almant, 2016).
“This thief confesses: “I am Rwandan . I was recruited in Masaka , Uganda. Those who negotiated me made me believe that there is a job, a mission in Congo ( R.D.C ) . They guaranteed me that I will be paid a monthly salary of four hundred dollars ( $ 400 US ) … “ It is a Rwandan refugee who was originally attached to Nakivale refugee camp in Isingiro District, adjacent to the Masaka and Mbarara. Following this popular interrogation, the criminal was taken to security officials. Now we can understand why the population of Beni has persisted in exposing his killers are from Rwanda and Uganda , there is an indigenous extermination plan and occupancy project or Balkanization started unbeknownst to the Congolese” (Kyavaghendi, 2016).
“Communicates from FARDC in Beni”, Echoes Sukola I, Eringeti, Two elements of the ADF. Congolese Katabeyi captured in Ituri (…) during the intervention troops Sukola I and about Ugandan recruited Masaka, captured yesterday (…) the triangle of death during the fighting will all be presented on Thursday 26 May to public (…) for mayor of Beni by the competent department” – Lieutenant Mak Hazukay – spokesman Sukola5 Operation Asked about the Rwandan convoys intercepted today near Butembo, Mak Hazukay was skeptical:” Yesterday was the Fuso trucks and today are mini bus !!! I am waiting to see for myself (…) Let them send us the pictures of the procession. intelligence is also the honesty and sincerity”.
Last Report today:
“This gentleman is an alleged ADF he claims to have been recruited at Masaka at the border between Kenya and Uganda by a person “x” because of a work of $ 400 a month in the DRC. This alleged suspect has been captured by FARDC during an attack on their position in the territory of Beni, it was presented to the security committee of the city of Beni this Thursday, 19 may at the town hall of Beni” (Beni RDC, 20.05.2016).
So with this all in mind, there is yet proof of the silent war. It is silent as the world still does not care or renegade behind it. They just look away and follows Ariana Grande and burning Ivory in Kenya, instead of the Violence happening. DRC or RDC have a territory with MONUSCO and FARDC where there Guerrillas like FDLR and ADF-NALU who are terrorizing the populations and civilians to control certain minerals and wealth in the area. With the knowledge of a possible General Muhindo Akili Mundos from the FARDC is reported to pay per head for “cleaning” the area. With that in mind, together with the knowledge today, there are more people and evidence of the matter, which even people captured in Uganda and recruited there, before becoming parts of the ADF-NALU. That is worrying. Peace.
Almant, Leki – ‘MONUSCO na FARDC wanashambulia waasi kama FDLR huko Beni’ (25.05.2016) link: http://swahili.bwiza.com/blog/2016/05/25/monusco-na-fardc-wanashambulia-waasi-kama-fdlr-huko-beni/
Kyavaghendi Baudouin – ‘Un égorgeur de Beni confesse : « Je suis rwandais… recruté pour un salaire de 400 dollars… ! »’ (22.05.2016) link: http://www.africa243.com/2016/05/un-egorgeur-de-beni-confesse/
Today there was a march for the victims of the Beni Massacre in Kinshasa, as the march happen in Kinshasa, the Police had to intervene and take down the leaders of the Tshimanga Tshipanda Vidje we’re arrested, also Albert Moleka, the organizers of the demonstrations and others was picked up by the Police in Kinshasa, as the Congolese Authorities doesn’t want any opposition.
What was reported from a witness to Politico.cd today:
“It was following the call of civil society, a march should be organized Exchanger Limete the intelligent building ( government headquarters , Editor’s note) to file a memo. The recommended attire was “black”. While world black outfit arrived at the scene was arrested by men in civilian clothes (…) Me, I escaped and hid in the university St. Augustine. The students gave me notes I held in hand and I borrowed the rail road to get home” (Politico.cd, 21.05.2016).
I have to drop these words, as the Police are shutting down demonstrators who wants justice for the ones that died and are killed in Beni, in North Kivu Province, who deserves a minute and that the guerrillas and army generals get their charge and time for killing civilians.
Félix Antoine Tshilombo Tshisekedi writes this; “I am blessed! In reality, I’m Congo! For everything you say, I’m disgusted! In fact, I’m pissed in front of so many carelessness, negligence, bestiality… So, I am speaking to those who have the responsibility to secure the population: what are you doing our Congo? Where do you think your children will live and their descendants? In a river of blood? What have we done to deserve such a surge of hatred and indifference of your share? On what floor are you looking to sit your domination? On a cemetery? I don’t have words to appoint your attitude. I’m even incapable of feeling hatred vis-à-vis your cruelty. I suffer in silence and I have been powerless to the killing of mine. In Kinshasa and elsewhere on the national territory, you kill by the mégestion. In Lubumbashi and throughout the katanga, you kill by repression. To the east and far north, you kill by compromise. O Congo my country, for yet to be a haven of peace, blessed by the creator who gave us everything, why so much bad? Are we really unable to live the hand in hand with our ideological differences, our cultural diversity and observing our own commitments? I’m not going to turn to the international community and start to whine. No. These are our dead! Victims of our own stupidity. We must mourn them with dignity and know them justice. These are our dead, and it is up to us to be able to put an end to this series black. Their blood cries out for justice and seeks damages. Let us all congolese, defend our country, our people and our freedom! Let us build a country more beautiful than ever before, in peace and dignity, in order to ensure the well-being to our posterity… Forever” (Felix Antoine Tshilombo Tshisekedi, 18.05.2016).
This is what I have for now. There more to come as we all should be JeSuiBeni! Peace.