Conflicts in the Great Lakes region of Africa – Origins and Solutions

May 24, 2017
Very interesting conference on the African Great Lakes conflicts. With some brilliant panelists.
Published on Nov 18, 2016

International conference on finding solutions to the insecurity challenges in the Great Lakes region of Africa, held in Oslo, Norway 24. October 2016. Organized by International Action for Burundian Diaspora (IABD) and Africa Centre for International Law and Accountability (ACILA).

Panelists:
– Willy Nyamitwe, Senior advisor to President Pierre Nkurunziza, in charge of Media, Information and Communication
– William Nyarko, Executive Director at ACILA
– Keith Harmon Snow, Regent’s Lecturer in Law and Society at the University of California Santa Barbara, writer, photographer, war correspondent, activist, and a leading voice of uncompromising dissent. A former genocide investigator for UNICEF, recognized for a decade of work challenging establishment narratives on genocide and war crimes.

See the YouTube video.

Another Rwandan Opposition Member Murdered

May 13, 2017

RWANDA : ASSASSINATION MR. DAMASCÈNE HABARUGIRA, MEMBER OF THE FDU-INKINGI

Read the story from the FDU Inkingi website

Rwandan Jails Burning Again

April 3, 2017

The prison of Kimironko caught fire last week, reportedly on the 31st of March. Witnesses say they heard a lot of gunshots being fired, but the government was quick to dismiss such reports as unfounded rumors.

That was before an amateur video came out in which you can distinctly hear shots being fired.

Today it seems inmates started throwing stones at the jail’s manager’s office and it was raining stones in the streets near the jail walls.

The police had to intervene.

Under Paul Kagame’s regime, Rwandan prisons have been known to catch fire spontaneously, sometimes several jails being affected in the same period. In one case a mass grave was “found” by the authorities after such a fire had devastated a prison in Northen Rwanda. Around 5000 bodies. The government declared those were “victims of the 1994 genocide of the Tutsi.” In the same period thousands of people in the same region had gone missing, and Kagame’s government said they had probably left the country to seek employment or business opportunities overseas.

 

See the report in Kinyarwanda

Paul Kagame on How Lies Have a Shelf Life.

March 16, 2017

I can’t believe I’m quoting Paul Kagame today. At the closing of the 14th Umwiherero retreat he really did spill the beans.

“There are things you lie about and people believe you…but there are matters you can’t fool people about”. “Poverty…you may say that you have eradicated poverty all you want, but as soon as we open the door we find poverty at our very doorstep”…

“You can’t hide that.”

“Power distribution, building industries…there is no power. “Sorry we can’t serve you a cold drink because of power shortage…”

“Building hospitals…how can you accept funds to build a hospital and when the donors come to visit, they find and empty building with no doctors instead of a functioning hospital?”

 

Watch the whole speech on YouTube.

Tasting a St Bernardus Abt 12

March 9, 2017

St Bernardus Abt 12

I had forgotten how highly carbonated this beer was. Pour it in a glass and the show is on: you see bubbles go up for a moment, then the whole thing settles down to let you enjoy the view. The thick, clouded color of the brew is conductive to long, deep meditation. It looks like some magnificent murky waters you might drown into. Like some river on a reddish riverbed. You expect a crocodile to come out of it any second. All that before you take the first sip. That’s Belgian beer for you.

 

Genocide of the Acholi by Museveni

January 13, 2017

Olara Otunnu speaks about the atrocities committed by Museveni against the Acholi population in northern Uganda.
Here is the video

Kigali mentally incapacitates Dr Munyakazi by poisoning

November 3, 2016

Alarming news about Dr Leopold Munyakazi’s mental health. Read the article

 

Corneille speaks at last.

October 26, 2016

Corneille Nyungura, the famous Rwandan-Canadian singer recently published a book in which he describes how Paul Kagame’s men murdered Corneille’s family. An article by Bernard Desgagné (in french). Here is the article .

 

Death by Monoculture in Rwanda

June 23, 2016

The RPF’s agricultural policies in rural Rwanda or how to make people starve to death and make it look like you had their best interests at heart. Read Not everybody in Rwanda gets to memorialize by ANDREA DIJKSTRA

How President Kagame Sacrified Women During the 1990-1994 War

March 19, 2016

Here is an interesting testimony from a female former RPF combatant on how that organization has been and still is treating women.

 

RPF woman combatant

There is no country that divides the world opinion as Rwanda; A success model of post-conflict recovery yet a renowned repressive police state at the same time. Prime of what makes Rwanda a global star is a facade of women emancipation, but as Lieutenant Jeanne Umulisa, in a personal testimony, portrays, Rwanda’s women empowerment is simply a PR stunt.

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