In American history, the Ku Klux Klan is known to have been at the forefront of racism against black people at the point of promoting their lynching and execution at every possible occasion. Members of the white supremacist group considered black as inferior beings not worth the human rights its members or those associated with it had. Their ideology attracted support from the white spectrum which feared loosing out from any coloured people’s emancipation.
For more than two decades, the Great Lakes of Africa, namely and mainly Rwanda, Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo, has its KKK seemingly structure personified by the leaders of these countries whose names start ironically and incidentally with Ks. The same way the original KKK evolved from a criminal organisation to be declared a terrorist group in recent years, Kaguta Museveni of Uganda and Paul Kagame of Rwanda, and Joseph Kabila of DRC at a lesser degree, have favoured violence in dealing with those they think are in their ways or not deserving the same opportunities as they have. UK and US, through direct bilateral aid and multilateral channels such as IMF and World Bank that they control significantly, sponsor state terrorism in the three sub-Saharan countries.
Kaguta Museveni has been in power since 1986, Paul Kagame is ruling his country since 1994, and Joseph Kabila was imposed as president of Democratic Republic of Congo in 2001 after the assassination of Laurent Kabila for trying to be more patriotic. The Ugandan president was responsible of war crimes which cost hundred thousands of Ugandan lives during his war of liberation from 1981 to 1986. Once in power he established concentration camps for Acholi people in northern Uganda where other hundred thousands of Ugandans died. Paul Kagame, who got his credentials as a ruthless leader while serving under Kaguta Museveni as Chief of Intelligence Service, triggered the Rwandan genocide which killed more than five hundred thousands of Rwandan lives with the assassination of his predecessor Juvenal Habyarimana. His army, combined with those of Uganda and Burundi invaded DRC in 1996. From that period up to 2007, and as consequence of war, five millions of Congolese and hundreds thousands of Hutu refugee lives have been wasted. On his part, Joseph Kabila appears to be a puppet in the hands of mainly Paul Kagame whose strong complicity with Western interests in DRC constantly weakens his leadership.
During the rule of these three leaders, elections are regularly organised and paid for by the West. Over the years it has emerged that a significant part of aid to development has contributed to developing and strengthening repressive mechanisms and structures (discriminative laws, media policies, judiciary systems, uncaring administrations, and oppressive security forces) and maintaining in power and enriching the three presidents and their groups at the detriment of the majority of their populations. It is worth noting that the status quo in the three countries plays at the advantage of their Western sponsors. That’s what they term as preservation of stability and development.
In other countries like Tunisia, the status quo has been shakened by citizens hungry and ready for sacrifice to get the change they want. The martyr of Mohammed Bouazizi sparkled the Jasmine revolution. Since his death the entire Middle East and Northern Africa continue to experience social unrest. In the Great Lakes region, particularly Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo, there have been millions of Mohammed Bouazizi who in the last two decades have died in vain. There is no single day that people don’t heard about stories of individuals who have been murdered, kidnapped, imprisoned, humiliated by structures of government in Rwanda, Uganda or Democratic Republic of Congo. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza and other Rwandan political prisoners have on 25/3/11 been denied visits. Populations in Cyangugu (Rwanda) have recently been systematically harassed and imprisoned by local security forces. Congolese activists Floribert Chebeya and others have been assassinated by security forces. In Uganda, serious incidents of repression by the police have been reported in Kampala after the rigged election of 18/2/11. But as usual, the West which controls mainstream information doesn’t mention those stories without any biased context because if the oppressive character of involved regimes was rightly highlighted, this would jeopardise the existing status quo which supports its interests in the region.
Five millions of Congolese died, almost two millions of Rwandans perished, the UN Mapping report was published and shows evidence of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and acts of genocide nature that were committed in DRC by Kaguta and Kagame and Burundian armies. DRC’s destabilization continues and repression in Rwanda goes unabated. As such context goes on, US and UK look away as if there were no human lives involved who for now decades are being victimized persistently by regimes they are supporting. Only strategic minerals from DRC matter. Apparently, there is no humanitarian case as MONUNSCO is present to maintain stability and security. The West doesn’t need to intervene directly because their agents on the ground have demonstrated their efficiency.
Double standards of the West where Britain, France and US are using humanitarian pretext to destroy Mouammar Kaddafi and gain access to Libyan petrol are frankly revolting, while the same countries at different levels are supporting Kagame and Kaguta whose combined crimes include already the death of almost eight millions citizens in the Great lakes of Africa. The same way the coalition against Kaddafi is doing everything to get rid of him for its self centred interests, which don’t have anything to do with Libyan lives, the logic would suggest they apply the same standards to Ugandan and Rwandan regimes. Though what is happening in the situation of Libya is purely a manifestation of greed which does not care of anything else and is ready to go all the way to achieve what is pursued, the context in the Great lakes of Africa is characterised by a racist attitude from US and Britain plus other Western countries and institutions supporting local warlords. These darling dictators are slaughtering black people without any mercy while representatives of the white world are watching and somehow encouraging. This is not much different from the attitude of the original Ku Klux Klan, which at some time ‘made frequent reference to America’s “Anglo-Saxon” and “Celtic” blood.’