Opinion: Tshisekedi has forgotten his place

President Felix Tshisekedi aka Fatshi and Vital Kamerhe went into a coalition with Kabila’s FCC to create the FCC-CACH Coalition. A way to secure the Presidency and also ensure the needed ceremonial power to someone else than Joseph Kabila. That was all in the cards as the agreements was written and accepted. This was all a way of locking out Lamuka and their coalition from ceasing power.

The FCC have gotten most of the representatives, it has the majority in Parliament and in the regional governments across the Republic. The Kabila party and alliance is the strongest partner. The CACH, the UDPS and UNC is weak already. It doesn’t help Tshisekedi that his ally and the one he went into election with Kamerhe is behind bars and lingering in jail. That doesn’t boost the relations with the UNC.

The consultations made now by Tshiskedi is a supposed power move. Also, because the President doesn’t appreciate Prime Minister Sylvestre Ilunga Ilukamba, an ally of Kabila in the near midsts of the Presidency. However, the President got no choice either, as he is caught in the middle of Kamerhe and Kabila. Kamerhe is lost and his party too in a way. While Kabila holds all the cards to his chest.

That why Kabila has control of his ranks and his coalition, the FCC. They are all in line and working according to him. CACH is failing ahead and on a loosing streak. That is the President own misgivings and lack to detail. He sought so much the Presidency, that he forgot the finer prints and details of it all. Where Kabila have the upper hand and can await the storm.

Tshisekedi doesn’t have much wiggle room. That is why there is a sudden speculations of appointing Lamuka’s Moise Katumbi to the next Prime Minister. To have someone who will be loyal to the President and not Kabila. However, Katumbi is running his G-7/Ensemble and is one of the leaders of Lamuka. That would be betraying that and the Lamuka cause. Which is several of parties. Leaders of the Opposition, who shouldn’t get involved in these sort of government structure.

Neither will Katumbi give any legitimacy to the President. Yes, his beloved and has a standing as a politician. That is why Kabila have sent him into exile and blocked him from entering the Republic. Nevertheless, he does not have the electorate behind him and have the stature that give the ones in reign peace. Therefore, doing this is a gamble for them both and they will both end up loosing.

Kabila might allow it for a little time. But as Kamerhe went down and got court sided. Expect Kabila to have something up his sleeve, if the President dears to challenge him. That will be bloody and there will not be a merciful approach between them. Tshisekedi will regret doing that and Katumbi would be better off without the appointment.

Fatshi will only use Katumbi. There will be no victory or resounding fanfare. Kabila will lurk in the chambers and look out for missteps or find something from the past to haunt him. It will not a positive thing. Katumbi should learn the lesson from Kamerhe and see what happened to him. It will be no different with him.

Kabila is the one running the show from behind the scenes. Fatshi might want it otherwise, but then again. He accepted this arrangement and took the ceremonial piece. Fatshi accepted to be the middle-man and the one cutting ribbons. While Kabila have his fingers all over the place and calling the shots without being elected anywhere. That is what Fatshi accepted and signed over.

Now the pot is calling the kettle back. Fatshi will not win his, but only loose. It is just a matter of how much. Also, how much Kabila wants to humiliate him as well. Peace.

RDC: FDLR – Declaration de Soutien de Forces Democratiques de Liberation du Rwanda – Pour les Mesures Entreprises par le Gouvernement du Burundi de Chasser les Envahisseurs Hamities dans le Pays (12.10.2020)

Communiqué Final qui a sanctionné la deuxième session de la consultation ministérielle bilatérale sur la paix et la sécurité entre la République du Burundi et la RDC (05.10.2020)

RDC: Mouvement pour l’Eveil de Conscience et la Libération du Congo ( MELC) – Communique de Presse – Concerne: Sanglante incursion armes a Lubumbashi et tentative de balkanisation (27.09.2020)

CORRECTION: New coup by businessman and politician Moïse Katumbi in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

On Friday morning, 25 September 2020, at 7:30 am, several dozens of armed police officers entered by force into the premises of the company NB Mining Africa in Lubumbashi.

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo, September 30, 2020 – While several judgments of the French justice system have dismissed all of Moïse Katumbi’s claims, he continues to try to seize assets that he sold several years ago, citing local court decisions that have never been handed down. The intervention of armed forces in the Katanga region on behalf of Moïse Katumbi poses a threat to the rule of law in the country.

On Friday morning, 25 September 2020, at 7:30 am, several dozens of armed police officers entered by force into the premises of the company NB Mining Africa (http://NB-MiningAfrica.com) in Lubumbashi (Katanga region, DRC), alongside members of the Public Prosecutor’s Office, to expel the NB Mining Africa teams.

The alleged legal basis for this action is unfounded and fallacious. NB Mining Africa is the victim of repeated harassment and intimidation, in total violation of the principles of law, with judgments that are not even publicized: the company has not been summoned before any court to assert its rights and the company’s representatives were never kept informed. Everything is happening in complete illegality, in violation of the rights of the defence and through an undisguised manipulation of the judicial system.

It would appear that armed forces are now heading towards Ruashi Mining to seize the company’s machinery and equipment.

Pascal Beveraggi, president of NB Mining Africa, says: “From someone who has run for the highest position in the country, it is unworthy to use force in this way, using the judicial authorities of a region he once governed. No elementary principle of law has been respected. French justice has ruled on what was only a matter for French justice: Moïse Katumbi sold his company, wanting to reappropriate it is pure and simple theft.”

Opinion: Reminiscing about Maj. Gen. Kazini [and will Museveni launch a “new breed” of military entrepreneurialism in North Kivu?]

This isn’t a far fetched, ancient history and such. Many of the men behind the ills of the past is still lingering around. They are in the chambers of powers, having titles and being called “honourable”. These men used their opportunities in the past to earn fortunes on the misery of others. They created massive networks, supported local militias and forged companies to ensure wealth. These was Generals, High Ranking Officials and Associates of the President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

This they did across the Democratic Republic of Congo. These men in question was Gen. Salim Selah, Gen. Kahinda Otafiire and Maj. Gen. James Kazini. They we’re all participating in the plundering, the looting and the illicit resource flight from the DRC to Uganda. They ensured the military presence and their allies could extract, steal and operate illegal businesses to profit out of. That was all done with the blessing of the “High Above” in Kampala.

Today, I started to reminiscing about Maj. Gen. James Kazini, the late General who was killed by his girlfriend in 2009. That was year after the war in the DRC ended. The man who had together with various of factions, barriers to market and usage of force made it possible to enrich himself on the conflict. He together with Gen. Salim Selah secured companies like Victoria Group. Victoria Group even had as one of their shareholders being Gen. Muhoozi Kainerubaga. That’s why this enterprise was supported, all from the top!

The Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) used the power they had in the region to exploit the mineral resource and re-export it. Like selling diamonds, gold and coffee as Ugandan, but it origins was from the DRC.

Therefore, knowing all this, as the news of the Cabinet Meeting in Entebbe on Monday this week. Which stated building road-network in the North Kivu Province. I cannot help to think, that it’s not only a wet-dream for road-scandal with tenders, lost funds and ghosts. Also with the history of the UPDF. The history of men like Maj. Gen. Kazini. There could be people willing to profit from the sins of the past again. Especially, profitable mineral resources as cobalt and others, which happens to be in North Kivu.

So, if Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) is building the roads in North Kivu. Then, the President and his team will come excuses that the UPDF need a battalion to ensure the safety of contractors and engineers. While, the same army will also configure ways to participate in more military entrepreneurialism in the province. That would be a way to kick-back and make it profitable.

That the UPDF and UNRA would do this wouldn’t be shocking. There is to much resources and possible exploits for them to not grab it. Even if it is a illicit business and illegal. Still, to this day the Ugandan government is exploiting Congolese gold as they are minting it at the Gold Refinery in Entebbe. Which is why, I am thinking there is more plans ahead in North Kivu.

They are not just going there to tarmac some roads and build a bridge or two. No, they are not compensation for the past hurt and looting. No, these men are finding a new way to exploit and profit of the situation. This is the same government that has used Kisoro as a base and supported para-military groups in the DRC. The same government that was a safe-haven for M-23 soldiers. Therefore, I have little trust of the goodwill…

Until proven otherwise. Peace.

Uganda: Cabinet Meeting at the State House authorised building roads in the North Kivu Province! [A new saga begins]

Yesterday on the 28th September 2020 at the State House in Entebbe, the Cabinet Meeting have made several of decisions. These are usually rubber-stamped by the Parliament. Therefore, what they decided is decisive. The National Resistance Movement (NRM) and its government are really starting a expansive plan.

The NRM are now going forward with building roads in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

These roads are:

Kasinde – Beni (80 Km)

Beni – Butembo Axis (54 km)

Bunagana – Rutshuru – Goma (89 km)

They are building the roads in the North Kivu in a region, which the Ugandan state have both occupied between August 1998 to June 2003. As well, as the Ugandan involvement in toppling Mobutu and installing Laurent Kabila. Because, of the looting of the years and the loss of the compensation for it.

Is this the way the Ugandan government trying to bait- and switch the government of Kinshasa? Will President Tshisekedi and Kabila accept this?

This is about 223 kilometres of tarmacked roads within the North Kivu province. A place the para-military of the Uganda knows well. A region where the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) are familiar in. Who knows how they are planning to develop this and who will do the bidding?

Is this more Chinese Operators or in connection with the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA). One of the most corrupt institutions in Uganda, which is the reason why buildings roads in the Republic is so expensive.

That is why its weird that the Ugandan is doing this and made this decision in a Cabinet Meeting yesterday. Wonder, if the government and authorities within the DRC will accept this? Is this to patch the hurt or is this a gamble of the Presidency?

They are pursuing it for inter-connectivity, mobility and for security. That is what they are stating in the minutes from the Cabinet Meeting. However, in my opinion this isn’t about bilateral cooperation and further the ties of the Republic’s.

The Cabinet Meeting and the State of Uganda is gambling that this will be a sort of pay-off for their plundering. Do some good deeds, but that has to be accepted by Kinshasa. That is something we have to see and this can take forever before it starts. We can wonder who will deal with the tenders, the budgets and who will keep the governments accountable. This sort of building and development project is a corrupt man wet-dream. As there will be no clear oversight and will be raining funds. There will be ghosts, there will be goats and will be unallocated funds.

We can also wonder, if this will be an excuse to have the UPDF returning into the province of North Kivu, as they have to be security for the road-companies and the construction. That wouldn’t shock me at all.

That is all speculation, but this story is only starting. There will be devils in the details. We just have to see, if the states will write Memorandums of Understandings (MOUs) and Agreements to safeguard the deals. Therefore, the Cabinet Meeting yesterday is just a beginning. This is a saga that will continue… Peace.

Opinion: Why are people “hailing” and “defending” Rusesabagina?

Well, in several of international and western publications, there been pieces of defence and of open disregard of this man’s action. Yes, Rusesabagina have held questionable company with motives to topple a government with the use of proxy arms. That is just a mere fact.

Paul Rusesabagina is a warlord in his own self and could be deemed a “terrorist” for his activities. That he has sponsored and connected various of armed militias in the Democratic Republic of Congo to attack Kigali and on Rwandan soil. This being through the FNL or MRCD. All of this with an effort to undermine and trying to get rid of President Paul Kagame.

Just because Kagame is supporting militias, using vile force against opponents and detains critics on the regular. Doesn’t equate to the righteousness of others to take arms and wanting to do a coup d’etat. I understand people want to get rid of their tyrant, their President for Life, but a peaceful transition should be the goal through civil disobedience and systemic destruction of society. In such a manner, which the revolution cannot be stopped and the forces against the man cannot be contained.

Alas, a military enterprise, a use of militia to do so. Is just a way of answering blood with more blood. There will just be another bloodshed before the dust is settled. The MRCD will only create new enemies and create another vacuum of force, as they cannot add to democratic values. Since, they would have taken over with guns and be similar to the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) which is at the helm today. Maybe, not with the same genocide and bloody war, but still they would have caused another civil war to get their way. That is all hypothetical, but still the end-game of gentlemen like Rusesabagina.

Rusesabagina with that knowledge shouldn’t be defended. They are calling him a humanitarian and is praising his role in “Hotel Rwanda”. Just because made a movie about you. That doesn’t save you from your sins. Yes, you did a good deed in the past, but in the present and lately, you have been associated and working with a violent aim.

Rusesabagina knows this and for some reason, some publications are eating out of his hand. Yes, Kagame is violent tyrant. He kills his critics, detains them and silence them. There is no denying in that and that his state is a vile attempt to use pressers to be called the “Switzerland of Africa”. The hegemony and peaceful plateau over the Great Lakes and the 1000 hills. Alas, we know that is lie.

Still, with that in mind. That doesn’t justify men like Rusesabagina. He is using the same tools, which Kagame employs in proxy and at home. When they are both hiring guns and doing the bidding of merchants of death. Then there is no peaceful return, there is no salvation and no way you can run away from the fact.

Rusesabagina is maybe able to influence the naive and the ones who is fans of Don Cheadle. His maybe even able to get a few lobbyist running a few miles for him. However, those stories doesn’t justify the means, which he was intending and using. The aggression and violence would only hurt civilians. One evil being answered with more evil will only cause more heartache and loss of innocent lives.

People shouldn’t hail or try to save the image of Rusesabagina. He has done this all by his own self. There is no need to salvage and spin the hurt. The damage is already done. The rest is just deflections. We need to be better than this and be able to hold two thoughts in our heads at the same time. Just because the regime is brutal, doesn’t mean we should accept brutality for its enemies as well. Because, how can we see the difference between who is good and who is bad? Peace.

Rwanda: FDU-Inkingi – The Kidnapping of Mr. Paul Rusesabagina by the Rwandan Governmen is an Act of State Terrorism taht falls within the Scope of International Criminality (01.09.2020)

Rwanda: Rusesabagina aimed at the throne, but he missed…

Today Paul Rusesabagina, the man known from “Hotel Rwanda”. The leader of PDR-Ihumure who together with several of other groups went into form the Mouvement Rwandais pour le Changement Democratique (M.R.C.D) or Rwandan Movement For Democratic Change in March 2018.

Two years later his arrested, charged with terrorism and is paraded in Kigali. A man who has formed a political group and been part of the foundation to form a militia, a rebel group and a militant outfit with the sole basis of toppling Rwandan Patriotic Front and President Paul Kagame.

That has been known, because the founding documents was quickly leaked. The spoils of the war and the methods of warfare was also sending waves. The machinery behind the organization and the means. Came all out. All the members and the various groups who became the collective effort, named M.R.C.D.

Rusesabagina was stationed in Brussels, Belgium. Safely away from Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. Where the M.R.C.D and the powers remain. They have assaulted and attacked the Republic. Even at one point claimed they held a piece of it too. Alas, the militia must have gotten weaker. As this is the second big-fish the state has arrested.

Rusesabagina clearly underestimated the intelligence gatherings and the state apparatus. If not, he thought because of stature and known persona. That he could get away with this. Yes, I will not defend Kagame’s record nor his history. He has enough blood on his hands and cause enough havoc, pain and suffering over the years in power.

However, when you aim at a tyrant, you best not miss. You better keep you friends close and your enemies closer. Think five steps ahead and not two steps behind. Rusesabagina clearly didn’t get the memo.

Yes, his support of the militia and being part of it has caused bloodshed. It has caused harm and devastation. That was the sole cause of the operation anyway. It was not like they planned to hold a peaceful transition or participate in elections. No, these gentlemen wanted a coup and putsch. They wanted to use arms to get rid of the RPF and Kagame.

That is why he can use the state and the legitimacy as rule of law to arrest, detain and charge him of terrorism. They could even use “treason” and “treachery”. All of it would fit this sort of enterprise. Alas, the rebellion and the acts of violence is now haunting him.

This is weakening the M.R.C.D as they have lost Callixte Nsabimana aka Sankara, the spokesperson of the militia already. Now, they have lost a political operative and possible face of it. That means most of the armed brigade and the ones from FNL/FDLR and CNRD might be left to run it.

We can only speculate. However, for Kagame, this is a victory. He got one of the men aiming for his head. Kagame can knowingly celebrate, that yet another one is out of the game. He got him and he can ensure his demise. Kagame has won again.

Rusesabagina made his bed and he got to sleep in it. You cannot go after someone as cunning as Kagame and think he will do it softly. Especially, when you do it with arms. He even kills musicians mercilessly in custody. What do you think he would do with militants? Let them sing hymns?

No, he will let them suffer and let them repent in the after-life. Peace.