London 11th July, 2012: Strange and ironic Family Planning Summit

George Orwell, British novelist and journalist, has been famously cited for coining the concept of Doublethink, which is the act of simultaneously accepting two mutually contradictory beliefs as correct, often in distinct social contexts.

He has also cleverly described in his writing official deception and manipulation of the past by totalitarian or authoritarian states. 

The London conference appeared like a display of official deception and Doublethink.

What seemed strange was not the theme of the conference, but some of the personalities at its centre stage: President Yoweri Museveni, President Paul Kagame, President Jakaya Kikwete and Melinda Gates.

Knowing how deep has President Paul Kagame been involved in supporting actively M23 rebel movement in Eastern Congo, the conference displayed deception at a global scale.

The Rwandan president is certainly in total agreement with his mentor president Joweri Museveni that he has consulted several times in recent months.

At the conference, the two presidents are sharing an international platform like, for the doubtful, a means of dismissing any involvement in Eastern Congo.

One would wonder what Melinda Gates felt sitting with these honourable presidents at the same platform.

Of course only if it is rightly assumed that she was aware of the true picture of the situation in DRC.

But looking at the body language that transpires from the pictures, some of the guests on stage for the conference looked not comfortable for being there. No wonder.

Almost 10 millions of innocent lives have passed under the bridge while Kagame and Museveni have been leading either as rebels or presidents.

Though the presence of the three leaders from East African Community seems suspicious for those following the evolving conflict in Eastern Congo, one would question the purpose of their real participation to this London conference.

There is a growing concern among many interested circles that the Kivu provinces, through the tactics of Paul Kagame and local and Western allies, maybe heading for secession from DRC.

But as in 1998, during the second invasion of the country by the same groups of interests, there are African countries which won’t let it happen so easily.

Laurent Kabila paid by his life for not letting his country becoming a concession of foreign interests.

Would President Joseph Kabila be nearing the same end, though he has so far been accommodating for the latter?

The irony of the conference is that being about family planning summit, effectively the family members with certainly interests in what is going on in the Kivu provinces had convened for planning for the next move.


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