UN 'Biased Investigators' Dropped After Rwanda Protest


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He further added that Emilie Serralta, who has also been on the same panel of experts, has been demoted, with Daniel Fahey as the new Coordinator.

Rwanda in 2012 protested the reappointment of Leloup and Plamadiala, saying there were hugely biased against Rwanda.

Leloup had earlier written an article in a Ugandan newspaper, saying “Since RPF’s ascension to power in 1994, the regime has not ceased to harden, particularly during the last few years. Repression has reached great heights, as political instability has increased across the country and within the army.”

This was used as part of evidence to challenge Leloup’s impartiality.

There have also been concerns about United Nations’ strictness in vetting experts.

Yet, the UNSC’s investigative guidelines state that experts must be independent; have specialised expertise in the area of competence; have academic qualifications; undergo performance evaluations that are transparent; and have cultural and country-related knowledge relevant to the mandates of monitoring mechanisms.

Observers say the glaring inconsistencies fabrications of evidence fund in the Group of Experts’ recent reports on the conflict in Eastern Congo have since raised fears about the United Nations’ ability to conduct impartial investigations into the crises in the Great Lakes region.

The Experts drew the wrath of Uganda when they alleged that Uganda was funding the M23 rebellion.

Kampala threatened to pull out troops from Somalia, saying it had been stabbed in the back by UN.

The matter was resolved diplomatically, with future reports absolving Uganda from supplying military hardware and recruits to the now-defeated M23.

At the peak of the M23 rebellion, the UN experts alleged that Rwanda provided ammunitions to the Congo rebels.

Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo later told UN that bullets showed in photos presented in the report of Group of Experts were no longer used by Rwanda Defence Forces.

“We no longer possess the weapons whose photos are in the UN Group of Expert. We destroyed them in 2008 and one of the experts was a witness,” she added.

She also clarified that there were no M23 members trained by Rwanda from Kanombe Military Camp as claimed by Group of Experts given the facility houses residences, hospital and cemetery and cannot technically be used as a military training area.

“A simple tour of Kanombe barracks would have led the GoE to easily discard this allegation wherever they got it from,” said Mushikiwabo then.

Germany, Netherlands, UK and United States had based on UN experts’ report to cut development aid to Rwanda.


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