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Jul-09-2013 01:39printcomments

All Things Truly Wicked Start from Innocence

The country is a police state and highly controlled by Kagame and nothing like what they suggest would ever happen.

Colonel Patrick Karegeya and Jennifer Fierberg of Salem-News.com
Colonel Patrick Karegeya, former head of intelligence in Rwanda under Kagame, and Jennifer Fierberg of Salem-News.com

(WASHINGTON DC) - In an interview on RFI.fr conducted in English and translated to Kiswahili on Monday July 8, 2013 Colonel Patrick Karegeya, former head of intelligence in Rwanda under President Paul Kagame made the following statement (in summary):

This senior Rwandan officer refugee in South Africa claims to have information on the recruitment of Laurent Nkunda and Bosco Ntaganda by Paul Kagame and DRC will be sent to create rebellions.

Patrick Karegeya further stated that he calls for the International Criminal Court to indict the Rwandan President Paul Kagame as well as Bosco Ntaganda for their crimes against humanity in the DRC. This writer contacted Colonel Karegeya to ask him further about this interview. The brief interview is below:

JF: What prompted this statement?

CPK: The statement was part of a general interview about Rwanda and its politics.

JF: Have you been asked to give this information by a court of law?

CPK: You followed the interview, that's what I was driving at, no one has interviewed me about it with an intention of taking Kagame to court, so none at all. I'm not looking for an interview though!

JF: The latest UN Group of Experts (GoE) report states that support for the M23 is not the Government of Rwanda as a whole but is only unidentified government personnel. What, in your opinion, would cause such a change?

CPK: It just shows the UN GoE has no clue as to the workings of the Kagame regime! There is no way on earth any government official or Army officer would do that without Kagame's authorisation. The country is a police state and highly controlled by Kagame and nothing like what they suggest would ever happen. So the change could be in the new methods and personnel that the Group has not managed to identify and they confuse that as a "change"......nothing much has changed.

JF: What do you want to tell a court of law about Kagame’s involvement in the DRC that the 19 years of UN reports has not already stated? Is there something they missed?

CPK: My view is that the guy should be charged in a court and people testify. Their reports are just made for the sanctions committee most of which might not stand in a court of law and yes there is always a lot they miss.

JF: Are you concerned at all that implicating Kagame would also implicate yourself since you were head of the "Congo Desk" under Kagame?

CPK: I'm not concerned at all and I have nothing to hide. If anybody has anything against me, he/she is more than welcome to bring it up. There was nothing criminal in what I did. I was actually the Director-General of External Intelligence and not the Head of "Congo Desk", this is easy to verify. I think the "Congo Desk" you are talking about was not under me in real terms with regard to its workings.

JF: You stated you are not looking for an interview. What do you mean by that?

CPK: I'm saying any time they want to ask anything of me, I will be available but I'm not looking for them to be interviewed.


JF: It is believed that Laurent Nkunda is in DRC now looking for a replacement for Makanga who is failing in his physical health. Do you know if this is accurate? Would the use of Laurent Nkunda in DRC, out of house arrest, be a violation of international law since he is supposed to be held in arrest?

CPK: I have heard about the Nkunda affair but no proof yet. We are following up. You know that place has also become the "land of a million rumours"!!

As stated above, there are nineteen years worth of reports that detail Kagame’s role in the ongoing destabilization of the Eastern DRC so he can have unlimited access to the mineral wealth that is over-flowing the area. Kagame stated in a public address that, “Rwanda wants peace in the DRC,” but his actions speak louder than his words.

For anyone who has researched this area, spent time as an observer or has lived in this region knows that the instability is coming straight from the Rwandan Government.

Many respected ambassadors, human rights activist, NGO’s and journalists all state that the M23 should really be called the RPF since it is merely an extension of the Rwandan Government. Rwanda continues to state that the FDLR are the real problem in the region, yet, if that were the case then the M23 would be fighting the FDLR instead of causing massive destruction.

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Jennifer Fierberg is a social worker in the US working on peace and justice issues in Africa with an emphasis on the crisis in Rwanda and throughout the central region of Africa. Her articles have been published on many humanitarian sites that are also focused on changing the world through social, political and personal action.

Jennifer has extensive background working with victims of trauma and domestic violence, justice matters as well as individual and family therapy. Passionate and focused on bringing the many humanitarian issues that plague the African Continent to the awareness of the developed world in order to incite change. She is a correspondent, Assistant Editor, and Volunteer Coordinator for NGO News Africa through the volunteer project of the UN. Jennifer was also the media co-coordinator and senior funding executive for The Africa Global Village. You can write to Jennifer at jfierberg@ymail.com. Jennifer comes to www.Salem-News.com with a great deal of experience and passion for working to stop human right violation in Africa.

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Mike Rukwago July 10, 2013 1:59 am (Pacific time)

The problem in the Great Lakes region destability is that people have waxed their ears and don't want to listen at all, otherwise for two decades it has been a clear fact that Kagame and the Rwandan army are the ones emblazing the region and responsible for millions of deaths of its inhabitants! He and his army are looting the Congo natural resources and directly or indirectly perpetrating human rights violations that have become synonymous with region! The question can one ask is: how much more blood needs to be shed, how much more suffering human beings both in Congo and Rwanda have to endure, how many more blows to human rights do we need to see, how much more dictatorship people have to put up with before Paul Kagame is arrested and prosecuted in a court of law?

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