UN Secretary General
May 29, 2013
RE: OPEN LETTER OF SUPPORT TO PRESIDENT KIKWETE’S WISE STATEMENT ON RWANDA’S FDLR AT 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF AFRICAN UNITY, ADDIS ABABA
On May 26, at the AU summit in Addis Ababa, Tanzania’s President JakayaKikwete made a statement that will go down in history as the wisest ever. Speaking during the meeting for the parties concerned by the regional Peace Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of Congo, President Kikwete urged local Governments to address issues they have with armed opponents, including the Rwanda’s FDLR based in Congo.
We, The Rwandan Dream Youth Worldwide, wish to ask the UN to support Hon. Kikwete’s statement and call for negotiations between the Rwandan Government and the FDLR in order to put an end to the sufferance caused by two decades conflict.
Since it came to power in the wake of the 1994 genocide, Paul Kagame’s Government focused on wiping out the Hutu rebels who desperately took up arms after the massacre of hundreds of thousands of refugees by the Rwandan army in the forests of Congo. We have to make it clear that the settlement of the FDLR issue is an absolute prerequisite to secure stability in the East of Congo.
In order to achieve and sustain peaceful cohabitation between DRC and Rwanda, it is crucial to address once for all the issue of the Rwandan refugees who are still on Congo’s soil. The troubling fact is that the Rwandan Government is enthusiast to the cause of Kinyarwanda speaking Tutsi Congolese claiming to be excluded in their own country while the same government keeps ignoring the issue of Rwandan refugees who have spent decades in wretched conditions in DRC.
Thousands of Rwandan refugees are reluctant to return due to political intolerance prevailing in the country. Opposition politicians, human rights activists and journalists are permanently in danger of being murdered, put in jail or forced to exile.
In our opinion, it is not possible to address Congo’s M23 issue and ignore Rwanda’s FDLR issue. We are convinced that Hon. Kikwete’s statement could be a stepping-stone to a stronger commitment from all the stakeholders. Tanzania has always been part of all processes meant to bring peace, justice and democracy to Rwanda, that is why we urge the UN to consider talks between Rwandans hosted by Tanzania.
The Rwandan Dream Youth
- Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
- EAC Heads of States
- The President of the United States of America
- The African Union
- East African Legislative Assembly (EALA)
- All Embassies Accredited to Rwanda
- The National Assembly of Tanzania
- The Rwanda Civil Society Platform
In response to the Tanzanian president Kikwete’s statement on Sunday May 26th 2013 on the right way forward for sustainable peace in the Great Lakes region, Kigali’s regime of president Paul Kagame has become hysterical. Two examples of such subsequent attitudes are 1) the fact that it is resorting to lies as usual to avoid addressing the root causes of the regional and persistent instability; 2) it is diverting attention by naming and shaming anyone supportive of that new rational approach to the pending question which is hindering overall development of the region. Understandably, having built its policies on lies for almost the last twenty years in power, if the foundations of Kagame’s regime had to change in that new logical direction, it would be its end. That is what explains the hysteria about possible talks between Kigali and FDLR.
The lies in one of such examples, which is a letter written by Alice Umutoni, Vice Coordinator of the organizing committee of the 19th Commemoration of the Genocide against Tutsi in Rwanda in the U.S.A., are many but a selection was here made to make a point.
Probably the author who addresses the letter to Barack Obama demanding the American president to review his state visit to Tanzania following Kikwete’s statement thinks that people have very short memory.
The UN Mapping Report published in October 2010 explains that instead of the millions of Congolese she alleges FDLR might have killed, the latter has been protecting Hutu refugees in DRC who have been victims of RPF soldiers who overall with other allied forces from Burundi and Uganda committed war crimes, crimes against humanity and crimes of genocide nature if brought in front of a court.
The open letter to the American president brings us as well an argumentation based on a judiciary case related to the killing of innocent Americans Rob Haubner and Susan Miller killed in Bwindi Forest in 1999, again counting on people’s ignorance of facts on the Rwandan recent history.
The two Americans were killed in a staged crime by Kagame’s RPF at the height of the war with Hutu rebels at the time with the aim of tarnishing their image in the eyes of the US government.
Unfortunately for Kigali, the culprits that it produces as perpetrators of the odious crime, once heard by the American judiciary, it was found out that they had been tortured in Kami camp in Rwanda to accept the commission of the crimes.