Tag Archives: Leaders

Ghana/ Ethiopia: When leaders’ death tests institutions’ strength

Across Africa, we have witnessed time and again countries where sudden death of a leader has been cause of a major human tragedy. This was the case in Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya, Egypt only to name a few, and this at different times of their recent or past history.

Unfortunately, not many cases have differed from that dramatic picture, which associates death of a leader with that of a sizable number of their subjects like in ancient pharaonic myths.  Continue reading


Former president Laurent-Desire Kabila and ongoing instability in DRC

The following is an extract from a UN Report of the Panel of Experts on the Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources and Other Forms of Wealth of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, submitted to the Security Council on 12 April 2001 by the Secretary General Kofi A. Annan. The reference points at some significant responsibility of the late president in the ineffective and inappropriate ways of handling Congolese mineral resources, of which consequences have found hard to fade away. Continue reading

Dictatorships in Uganda and Rwanda: root cause of Eastern Congo crisis

The ongoing crisis in Eastern Congo has been raising countless discussions on possible solutions in different circles.

We have witnessed donors cutting or delaying their aid to Rwanda.

This was after UN experts found the country guilty of strongly supporting M23, the Congolese rebel group responsible of the current humanitarian crisis created in the region since the fighting started in April of this year. Continue reading

Arms embargo on the Democratic Republic of Congo and consequences on the country’s stability

Congolese soldiers – Joseph Kabila, DRC president, confirms that his country continues to suffer from arms embargoes to be able to protect its sovereignty effectively.

On Saturday 28/7/12, in a rare press conference in Kinshasa, Congolese president Joseph Kabila, answered questions from the national press. The focus was mainly on two subjects: war in North Kivu and upcoming France-Afrique Summit scheduled to be held in Kinshasa in October of this year. Continue reading

Will ever some Congolese stop being enablers of Kagame and Museveni?

This is where M23, Congolese rebellion backed by Rwanda and Uganda, started its war against Kinshasa.

Is it because they are not aware of the level of suffering that these two leaders of Rwanda and Uganda have imposed on Congolese people for the last two decades?

Are they so selfish that they forget completely to see beyond their personal gains in the military and political ventures they are trying to engage themselves in?

Or are they so blind they cannot see that they are being used by Kagame and Museveni for the only political survival of the latter and the plundering of Congolese mineral resources?  Continue reading