Kagame Spills Secrets On Plan To Overthrow Kabila
Rwanda President Paul Kagame has revealed a plan masterminded by some members in the international community to overthrow his Democratic Republic of Congo counterpart Joseph Kabila.
Speaking to international media at his office in Urugwiro Village on Tuesday morning, the President said, during the recently concluded Congo Presidential elections, he was approached by some people who were of the view that Kabila should be toppled because he had refused to give them business deals.
“During and after the presidential elections, these same people in the international community were all over the place saying: it’s hard to do business with him (Kabila), we can't get him, should he be removed through elections or other means?” said Kagame.
He added: “I will spill secrets to you. These people have no leadership in Congo. They do it cleverly by buying access to some organizations.”
During this crisis, Kagame said, in the whole world, only about five countries were of the view that Congo should be left alone to solve her own problems.
“In the end, they can’t remove Kabila, they can’t do anything about him,” he said.
Kagame said the masterminds of the plan later turned around and said ‘may be, we can put up with him because we like Congolese.’
“These people don’t like Congolese, they just like Congo for their own reasons,” said Kagame, throwing journalists into rib-cracking laughter.
The revelation has sparked fears that the international community, instead of stabilising the war-torn nation, is bent on fuelling the conflict to serve their own economic reasons.
“These are not accusations but the reality on the ground,” emphasized Kagame.
Kagame was responding to a question on why Rwanda was supporting a mutiny in the Congo army by backing warlord Bosco Ntaganda.
Kagame did not identify the architects of the plan but his remarks seem to suggest they wanted his support before its execution, a move Chimp Analysts believe would have plunged the nation into deeper political turmoil.
The Human Rights Watch (HRW) recently reported that Kigali had trained, armed and facilitated the transport of combatants to reinforce the Ntaganda rebellion that has left nearly 10,000 refugees pouring in Uganda and Rwanda.
HRW further alleged that Ntaganda was a few months ago spotted in a Kigali suburb enjoying beer with a top Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF) officer.
Briefing at least thirty scribes in the Cabinet room, the President said after realizing Rwanda would not support a plan to topple Kabila, “they later turned around to accuse us of causing problems in Congo.”
“We don’t respond to blackmail. Whoever finds us here we will fight. Forget FDLR, forget Bosco, in the end if this nonsense continues of putting blame on our shoulders, we will throw off the blame back to them (international community).
Asked to explain why his government was reluctant to arrest Ntaganda, Kagame said: “Go find Ntaganda and ask him. He is not here. Why do you first come here to ask us why we are not arresting him? We are not looking for him. Go and ask MONUSCO.”
He added: “If there is a government there (Congo) why not ask them? Why leave it and come here to ask for Bosco? What’s this obsession of asking Rwanda, Rwanda, Rwanda, about Bosco? Rubbish with Human Rights Watch. Rubbish.”
Infuriated by the international community’s failure to address the Congo crisis and forcing Rwanda to shoulder all the war-riddled country’s problems, Kagame has also threatened to release detained Congo warlord Laurent Nkunda.
“We are still stuck with Nkunda, including bearing the burden of the legal implications. We chose to put this to our shoulders to help in solving Congo’s problems and also result in solution of our own problems like genocide perpetrators who are there,” he said.
Kagame quickly added that if the international community does not stop blackmailing his country, he would release "Nkunda to go wherever he wants."
Nkunda’s forces are remembered for having waged countless battles in Eastern Congo against FDLR elements, who planned to exterminate the Tutsis of Congo origin.
His return to Congo would mean creating a new dimension to the conflict.
Kagame said the UN mission in Congo has nothing to show as an achievement apart from attributing the country’s problems to Rwanda.
“Congo’s problems must stop being Rwanda’s problems. Congo should also not run away from their problems. The International community should stop acting as if the problems in Congo are not their responsibility,” he said.
He said the UN spends US 1.2bn annually on the Congo mission which has nothing to show as results of its engagement in the conflict.
The President further noted the Congo crisis had started stabilizing only for HRW to release a report which is now “messing people around and opening fresh wounds because they are not accountable.”
“That we saw Ntaganda in Musanze in a bar. This is very stupid. It’s not only wrong but also annoying,” Kagame rebuked HRW.
While the President gave an insight into the underlying factors hindering progress in the stabilization of Congo, many believe that as long as the 1994 Rwanda genocide perpetrators remain in Eastern Congo where they are reportedly planning a military come back, Congo will keep bleeding.
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Updated on 2013-05-09 09:25
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