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Thursday, 13 March 2014

When the US plays Hide and Seek games with its proxies: U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Decries Targeted Killings of Rwandan Regime Critics Abroad: Rwanda remains silent on US criticism over attacks: S. Africa’s Zuma breaks silence on Rwanda diplomatic row

"Woe unto you ... HYPOCRITES! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within you are FULL OF EXTORTION and EXCESS ...
"Woe unto you ... HYPOCRITES! for ye are like unto WHITED SEPULCHRES, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.
"Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, BUT WITHIN YE ARE FULL OF HYPOCRISY AND INIQUITY. (Matthew 23:25, 27-28)



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Chairman Royce Decries Targeted Killings of Rwandan Regime Critics Abroad

http://www.inyenyerinews.org/amakuru-2/chairman-royce-decries-targeted-killings-of-rwandan-regime-critics-abroad/  


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Calls for reassessment of relations with Kigali
 
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry to express his concern for the safety of those speaking out against the Kagame regime in Rwanda.  Specifically, the Chairman urged Secretary Kerry to reevaluate U.S. engagement with Rwanda, including future assistance.

In the letter to Secretary Kerry, Chairman Royce wrote: “I appreciate the State Department condemnation of President Kagame’s remarks and expressions of concern about the “succession” of politically motivated murders of prominent Rwandan exiles. Yet, President Kagame’s actions are louder than our words.  Legitimate opposition figures rightly fear for their lives. Allowing President Kagame’s violent rhetoric and the slaying of dissidents abroad to go unchecked will only embolden the regime. Toward that end, I encourage you to closely reevaluate U.S. engagements with Rwanda and take into account these troubling actions when considering future assistance.”

The signed letter to Secretary Kerry is available HERE.

The text of the letter follows:

March 11, 2014
The Honorable John F. Kerry
Secretary of State
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20520

Dear Mr. Secretary:

I am writing to express my deep concern over the numerous attempted attacks and killings of Rwandan dissidents living outside that country. Any functioning and responsible democracy allows the voices of opposition to be heard. Yet in Rwanda there is a systematic effort to silence – by any means necessary – the voices of those who question the regime in Kigali.

As you know, Patrick Karegeya, a prominent Rwandan opposition figure and former high ranking government official, was killed in South Africa earlier this year. Last week, armed gunmen attacked the home of another popular Rwandan opposition figure in South Africa, Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa.  This latest attack marks the third assassination attempt against Kayumba in recent years, and has led to the expulsion of Rwandan diplomats from South Africa.  Paul Ruseabagina, the well-known Rwandan humanitarian and anti-genocide activist, has told me of attempts to intimidate and threaten him. Karegya’s murder and the numerous assassination attempts on Kayumba are just the most recent examples of the many Rwandan dissidents who have been killed, exiled, tortured, and unjustly imprisoned over the years.

Rather than condemning targeted attacks against popular opposition figures, President Paul Kagame publicly celebrates them, many times falling just short of taking personal credit. Even while denying accusations of official involvement in the Karegeya assassination, President Kagame told the press, “I actually wish Rwanda did it. I really wish it.” Consistently in public remarks, President Kagame indicates that there will be “consequences” for those who question his authority. During an official visit to Rwanda by Maina Kiai, a U.N. Special Rapporteur tasked with examining a country’s freedom of peaceful assembly, found that “peaceful public disagreement with the [Rwandan] government is equivalent to criminality.”

I appreciate the State Department condemnation of President Kagame’s remarks and expressions of concern about the “succession” of politically motivated murders of prominent Rwandan exiles. Yet, President Kagame’s actions are louder than our words.  Legitimate opposition figures rightly fear for their lives. Allowing President Kagame’s violent rhetoric and the slaying of dissidents abroad to go unchecked will only embolden the regime. Toward that end, I encourage you to closely reevaluate U.S. engagements with Rwanda and take into account these troubling actions when considering future assistance.

While I am cognizant of the strategic role Rwanda’s security forces play in peacekeeping missions throughout the continent, this should not blind us to the regime’s attempts to violently close the political space for opposition voices. As we prepare to mark the twenty year anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda – which claimed the lives of over 800,000 people in just three months and sparked a regional conflict that has yet to be resolved – the friends of Rwanda must ensure that we do not, once again, miss the warning signs of political dysfunction and repression. I appreciate your attention to this matter and look forward to working with you to ensure that Rwandan dissidents can speak freely without fear for their lives.

Sincerely,

EDWARD R. ROYCE
Chairman
Source: http://foreignaffairs.house.gov/

 Rwandan President Paul Kagame (Picture: AFP)

Rwanda remains silent on US criticism over attacks



By RISDEL KASASIRA

Posted  Thursday, March 13  2014 at  21:11 
Kampala.
Rwanda has remained silent on the diplomatic row with S. Africa that resulted into expulsion of diplomats of both countries.
South Africa defended its decision to expel three Rwandan diplomats, who were linked to the assassination attempt on the Rwandan dissident, Lt Gen Kayumba Nyamwasa in South Africa recently.
Rwandan government officials didn’t answer our reported calls and phone messages on a strong worded March 11 letter by US House Foreign Relations Committee chairperson Edward Royce to the Secretary of State, Mr John Kerry, condemning “attacks and killings of Rwandan dissidents”.
Rwandan Foreign Affairs minister Louis Muishikiwabo and the Rwandan ambassador in Uganda, Maj Gen Frank Mugambagye, didn’t respond to the letter that warns of “political dysfunctional and repression” in Rwanda.

Mr Royce said there is a systematic effort by the Rwandan government to silence the opposition.
“Any functioning and responsible democracy allows the voices of opposition to be heard. Yet in Rwanda there is a systematic effort to silence by any means necessary the voices of those who question the regime in Kigali,” he said.

Celebrating attacks?

Col Patrick Karegyeya, a prominent opposition figure and the former Rwanda chief of intelligence was killed by suspected Rwandan hit men at a hotel in South Africa, an allegation Kigali denied but celebrated.
Mr Royce questioned why Rwandan government celebrates the attacks against the opposition members living outside Rwanda.
“Rather than condemning targeted attacks against popular opposition figures, President Kagame publicly celebrates them, many times falling short of taking personal credit,” the statement reads in part.






S. Africa’s Zuma breaks silence on Rwanda diplomatic row


South Africa expelled three Rwandan diplomats and Rwanda responded by expelling six South African diplomats.

South Africa expelled three Rwandan diplomats and Rwanda responded by expelling six South African diplomats.

PRETORIA – President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday broke the government’s silence regarding South Africa’s recent diplomatic row with Rwanda.


“Even the most advanced democracies fight when diplomats misbehave,” President Zuma said at an unveiling ceremony for the presidency’s 20-Year Review document. He did not, however, elaborate further on the diplomatic impasse.


Last week, South Africa expelled three Rwandan diplomats over suspected links to a recent attempt on the life of exiled former Rwandan army general Faustin Nyamwasa. Nyamwasa and his family were not at their Johannesburg home at the time of the attack.


Rwanda responded to the move by expelling six South African diplomats. “We have expelled six South African diplomats in reciprocity and concern at SA harboring dissidents responsible for terrorist attacks in Rwanda,” Rwandan Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo said via Twitter.


Despite Mushikiwabo’s confirmation, South African officials had remained tight lipped on the matter until Zuma’s Wednesday statements. It remains unclear whether South Africa plans to close its embassy in Kigali or whether the two countries would renew ties on a political level.


Nyamwasa, a vocal critic of Rwandan President Paul Kagame, fled to South Africa in February 2010 after falling out with his former boss. Four months later, he was shot in the stomach in what many believe was an assassination attempt by the Kigali administration. Rwandan observers have often accused the Kigali government of carrying out witch hunts against exiled critics of Kagame, who has ruled the country since 1994.


On January 1, former Rwandan intelligence chief Patrick Karegeya, another critic of Kagame, was found dead in a luxury hotel in Johannesburg. His body could not be flown back to Rwanda for burial. In Uganda, where Karegeya had held dual citizenship, authorities refused a burial request to avoid diplomatic tensions with Kigali. Karegeya was ultimately buried in a Johannesburg cemetery.


While in South Africa, Karegeya and Nyamwasa had together founded the opposition Rwanda National Congress, which had angered the Kigali administration. A week after Karegeya’s death, Rwanda’s outspoken foreign minister, Louise Mushikiwabo, said her government felt no sympathy for the deceased spy chief, who she went on to describe as an “enemy” of the Rwandan government.