SCANDAL: Fabricated Evidence Against Rwanda Found In UN Experts’ Report
The United Nations (UN) Group of Experts (GoE) are facing a big scandal which could damage its reputation after evidence found in their report on the DRC conflict, which was submitted to the Security Council, was found to have been fabricated.
In their report, experts led by Steve Hege presented an Identification card, allegedly picked from a Rwandan soldier, as evidence that Kigali was backing M23 rebels in the Eastern Part of Congo.
The UN experts said Captain Saddat Janvier was an active soldier with Rwanda Defence Forces who had been recruited, trained and sent to Kivu as part of a contingent to fight Congolese troops alongside M23 rebels.
One of the glaring features of forgery is that the ID in question, which was reportedly issued in 2005, was in French.
According to Sonia Uwimana, a Kigali/Nairobi-based investigative blogger, the Rwanda Defence Forces don’t use French for their soldiers’ IDs.
Contrary to Hege’s report, the man featured in the fake ID — the so-called RDF officer caught red-handed in the eastern DRC — is Captain Saddat Janvier.
Captain Saddat was integrated into the FARDC as a former CNDP officer in 2009.His FARDC ID number is #166964208920.
He was arrested as a potential mutineer and imprisoned in Kirumba/Butembo after serving as Company Commander within the 807th regiment, 1st Battalion, C Company.
The new revelation will raise questions about the credibility of the entire UN experts’ report on which western government such as United States, Sweden and Germany based on to slash aid to Rwanda.
The finding also comes at a time when the UN is under fire to sack Hege, who is considered a pro-Hutu activist.
IS UN REPORT CREDIBLE?
Rwanda claims physical evidence by UN GoE is scarce and includes flimsy elements such as the photograph of an RDF uniform on a headless torso, and of bullets that the experts claim must have been supplied from Rwanda even though the ammunition in question was destroyed under a regional small arms agreement in 2009.
The striking part of the experts report relates to the presence in the armory of the M23 rebels of a particular 75mm canon that the experts claim was not in the possession of the FARDC and, therefore must have been sourced from Rwanda.
Specifically, the report outlines how a canon precisely fitting this description was stolen by then CNDP from the FARDC.
In the final report of the Group of Experts on the DRC to the UN Security Council, dated 12 December 2008, on page six, they wrote under the subheading “Military Support and Recruitment:”
“The Group believes that CNDP captures most of its weapons and ammunition during offensives against FARDC. It seized large weapons stocks at Kikuku and Mushaki in December 2007 and during two subsequent attacks on Rumangabo in October 2008. In September 2008, CNDP looted the Katsiro weapon depot. To transport the arms, CNDP needed four trucks, each with the capacity to carry sixmetric tons. They obtained seven 82 mm mortars, four 60 mm mortars, one 75 mm recoilless rocket launcher, eight heavy machine guns, one 14 mm mortar, 22 rocket-propelled grenades, 130 AK-47 assault rifles, and ammunition for the mortars and rifles. On 8 October 2008 in Rumangabo, CNDP reportedly captured two multiple rocket launchers and various other heavy weapons. According to MONUC officers,during the fighting in Rutshuru town in early November 2008, CNDP captured up to12 FARDC trucks full of ammunition”
In a rebuttal to UN by Rwanda Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo, the so-called evidence of a house pictured allegedly belonging to Congo warlord Gen. Bosco Ntaganda is demonstrably inaccurate.
“Investigations on the matter indicate that the house presented as image 15 in the addendum is owned by Mr. Innocent Ndagano, alias “Cent Kilos”. The certificate of registration of lease title No. UPI 3/03/04/05/217 is available in Annex J to this submission.”
As if this is not enough, the GoE claims Gen. Ntaganda is the partial owner of Hotel Bushokoro located at Kinigi, Musanze.
But available evidence, submitted to the UN, shows the property is owned at 50 percent each by Mr Enock Munyajabo and his wife Mrs. Kesie Nyiramana, under the certificate of registration of emphiteutic lease title No. UPI 4/03/07/03/329 .
“The UN also alleged Rwanda was training recruits for M23 at Kanombe barracks yet it is common (and verifiable) knowledge that Kanombe is a garrison-type barracks that comprises living quarters; a referral military hospital also open to civilians and a cemetery,” says Mushikiwabo .
Mushikiwabo adds that it wouldn’t require any form of expertise to find out that this (Kanombe) barracks cannot host the training of recruits or any other force preparation activity.
“A simple tour of Kanombe barracks would have led the GoE to easily discard this allegation wherever they got it from,” she says.
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Updated on 2013-05-09 09:25
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