Joweri Museveni and Paul Kagame
Since the 80s the Ugandan president initiated several wars to pursue his expansionist and African ambitions – he took power in Kampala in 1986 after a long guerrilla war that killed hundreds of thousands of Ugandans. It was at the guise of the Pan African Congress of April 1994 in Kampala that he started the first big step of his regional military strategy by facilitating the assassination of two presidents, the Rwandan Juvenal Habyarimana and Burundian Cyprien Ntaryamira respectively on April 6th 1994.
20 years later, the Ugandan president with regional allies affirm that they can go even further in their campaign. “We are now much stronger in every sense of the word: politically, militarily, socially and economically.” This was his declaration in Kigali on April 7th, 2014 during the 20th commemoration of the Rwandan genocide. The statement obviously deliberately ignores the genocides war crimes and crimes against humanity they had to commit in the entire region to become what he states them to be today.
For those who have followed closely his political journey, they know how he has become a master of deception, and that perhaps explains his longevity in power but also his special relationship with the neo-colonialist forces which can match his policies of deceit.
This is an extract from the book of Marie Beatrice Umutesi – Surviving the Slaughter – the ordeal of a Rwandan refugee in Zaire – starting from page 3. It is part of the author’s prologue. The story she tells all along her entire writing is her journey during the perilous period of the recent Rwandan history which stems from 1990 in her native Byumba of northern Rwanda to 2000 when she manages to leave Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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Skulls displayed at The Rwandan Genocide Murambi Memorial
September 2014, the Rwandan president Paul Kagame is in US. It is the UN month and the majority of world leaders pass by the UN headquarters in New York to address their peers and the rest of the world audience on issues they think are worth discussing for the betterment of our humanity. After a few weeks of internal rumbling inside the RPF inner circle and some political clean-up on his part, it is re-branding time. Continue reading
This means that the Hong-Kong based company which is today valued at 163 billions $ will start trading its stocks or shares on the stock market from Thursday September 18th.
Reuters reports that “Hundreds of hedge funds, mutual funds and other institutional investors lined up on Monday to hear Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s (IPO-BABA.N) management pitch the company’s shares, as the Chinese e-commerce giant kicked off a two-week IPO marketing blitz.”
What does this mean for AFRICAN middle class and others based on the continent with wealth to invest in a technology company like Alibaba? It means not only to be able to benefit from any financial return it generates, but also to have a foot in the technological sector and be able to gain knowledge that could empower the continent for a better image in the world.
It will be in New York where the IPO roadshow will kick off. Those who can invest, please get in touch with your banker and ask them how to buy Alibaba stocks on time before the marketing launch of its shares.
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During a protest of mainly Congolese staged on 28.11.12 at the diplomatic representations of Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo in London days after the rebel group M23 had occupied Goma.
“…, it will be necessary that [one day] Rwanda be courageous to demand forgiveness to its neighbors to whom it caused enormous wrong, especially the Democratic Republic of Congo. …Let’s be clear; the true place of Rwanda in the sub-region is not in an illusory hegemony based on a policy of military supremacy, unsustainable in the long term, and an ideology of pan-Tutsi chauvinism, but in a real politik that will enhance and intelligently exploit the technological know-how and excellence in well-chosen niches.” Marie Rose Habyarimana.
This is the last section of the interview of Marie Rose Habyarimana that this blog has published for the last couple of weeks. It was translated from French.
The Rising Continent [TRC]: In 90/94 Rwanda was at war against RPF – the Rwandan Patriotic Front. At the same period, there was as well a beginning of a multiparty system. What do you think led to the political slippage that the country experienced? And what would you advise today’s politicians from what you have seen from that time?