“there were no crimes [in eastern DR Congo] – not by the individuals talked about or by the countries talked about” – President Paul Kagame (17.05.2021)
Let’s be perfectly clear and blunt. Rwandese President Paul Kagame is a warlord and should be known for that. His career like his former ally President Yoweri Kaguta Musevei have both been made out of bloodshed, death and destruction. Both ways to rise to power and get into office came through the barrel of the gun. It is not like these gentlemen won in a free and fair election. No, they took power and never left.
These gentlemen rose to power by the use of force, arms and heavy-weaponry. These folks used guerrilla tactics and was partners in crime. The two president was allies and part of a hierarchy for so long. Until they had a fallout. They participated in several wars, twice liberating themselves and conducting proxy wars inside the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Therefore, Kagame is fully aware and knows the game his been playing.
Kagame has supported several of outfits, Rwandan inspired and ensured militias have capacity to run regions to export minerals like gold and other valuable assets from the Eastern part of the DRC. He can act a fool, but we know the former Intelligence Officer knows better. ‘Pilato’ isn’t that you?
Just to prove my point of his and his countries misgivings in the DRC. There been books on this and explaining in detail, but here is just mere details to give some short insight to matter at hand.
“Paul Kagame, the U.S.-backed warlord and dictator of Rwanda, last week accused France and Belgium of complicity in the mass killings in his country 20 years ago. It is true that France and Belgium, along with Britain, Spain, Portugal, Italy, The Netherlands, Denmark and Germany, are collectively responsible for the extermination of hundreds of millions – of whole peoples – all across the globe. However, in the case of the Rwanda genocide of 1994, the main criminals are Paul Kagame, himself, and his allies in neighboring Uganda and in the United States. After the frenzy of killing was done, U.S. President Bill Clinton and Ugandan strongman Yoweri Museveni then joined with Kagame to launch a war against the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo that has claimed six million lives – the greatest genocide, by far, since World War Two” (Glen Ford – ‘Kagame and the murder of millions in Congo and Rwanda’ 24,04.2014, Pambazuka.org).
“But Kagame’s facade is certainly in jeopardy with the expected distribution of a 508-page report detailing 600 violent events that took place in the DRC between March 1993 and June 2003. The leaked report, compiled from more than 1,000 primary documents and 1,000 eyewitness accounts, maintains that Rwandan forces, under the leadership of Kagame, aggressively pursued the genocidaires. More controversially the report alleged that the Rwandans also killed innocent women, children and ethnic Hutu during this pursuit — seemingly without concern for their actual political affiliations or behavior. In this characterization, the Rwandans are not unbiased, effective military saviors, but bloodthirsty killers on the hunt for revenge and riches” (Christian Davenport – ‘Opinion: Leaked UN report gives critical view of Paul Kagame’ 19.09.2010, Global Post).
I am sure plenty of generals, lieutenants and other military commanders since 1993 could explain the actions made in the DRC on the behalf of Kagame. Kagame knew perfectly well what was happening and what his nation contributed of atrocities, massacres and genocide too. He knows about the looting, the destruction and the devastation of several of provinces in the DRC. That is knowledge that Kagame has and he has profited from.
General Kagame have earned fortunes on the sinister actions done in the DRC. He has sent his proxy soldiers into the DRC and extracted valuable minerals and other commodities, which has enriched himself and others in Kigali. That is just a mere fact and it has been profitable. It has ensured a grand living and prosperous times for him.
That is why it’s really something else reading that he claims no crimes was committed in the DRC. Who is he kidding here? He is lucky that he has gotten away with it to this day. While smaller militia leaders and other involved have been on trial and charged at the International Criminal Court (ICC). However, he has been off the hook and never been properly served.
Kagame should answer for the crimes committed. The lives taken, the ones hurt and severely damaged for life. So many have been scorn and torn apart because of greed and barbarism. The Rwandese General can act like it doesn’t matter, but that further proves his discontent with the victims and the ones who lost their loved ones in this. Because Paul Kagame knows what happened and what went down. He knows about the proxy armies, the militias and other outfits, which he has supported with logistics, arms and other needed equipment.
The Rwandese President know about the warfare, the conflict and the illicit trade, which he has been a benefactor from. He knows all of this and his been eating of the DRC plate, as long as I can remember. He doesn’t value the DRC as a friendly neighbour, but as business-operation for him to benefit from. While the costs are burdened on the local population and the Kinshasa government. That is what is occurs on the regular and he thinks he can get away with it. Which is sickening and borderline offensive.
Kagame and his allies should answer for their crimes in the DRC. All of the years with pain, heartache and destruction should have a price. He shouldn’t be free, but instead be busy addressing atrocities happening on his watch. Peace.