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Unwelcome Kagame and Museveni in London

Joweri Museveni and Paul Kagame

Joweri Museveni and Paul Kagame

On 20th and 21st October 2014, London is hosting the Global African Investment Summit. Presidents Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Joweri Museveni of Uganda are among the heads of states who will be attending. It is an undeniable fact that Africa requires a lot of capital from external investors for its development. Continue reading

Dying in the Great Lakes: Remembering the millions that have been killed in the last 30 years

 

It is overdue to wake up to the reality of the Congolese genocide, whatever else the beneficiaries call it.

It is overdue to wake up to the reality of the Congolese genocide, whatever else the beneficiaries call it.

Iain Stewart wrote the note with the above title following a blog post I had published on these pages to promote an event about the Great Lakes to be staged next month in London.

The event is aimed at highlighting the abject indifference of the West to the ongoing death of millions in that region of Africa [Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Uganda]. The concerned spectacle is to be organised on Saturday September 14th, 2013.

Iain Steward raises interesting points and also advances some criticisms. For example, he wonders the reason the note about the event points particularly at the Ugandan President Joweri Museveni  and not Idi Amin. Continue reading

China: US malicious worries for Africa

A while ago I came across a book of which title was ‘If China had discovered America’.

One plausible hypothesis from that would be for example that instead of writing these lines in English and from London I would possibly be doing that in Chinese and based somewhere in China.

The global metropolis the world would be attracted to would be Beijing, Guangzhou or Shanghai and not Paris, New York or Rome.

Of course, most of the street signs we read in English in the Anglo-Saxon countries would be mainly if not all written in Chinese.

A recent surprise though was to see in London buses covered with ads written only in Chinese without any English word to tell people what these unusual signs meant apart from like pointing to the British public on such script as ‘We are Chinese. We have landed.’ Continue reading

Taking the ball to African dictators’ hunting territory

When your oppressor takes away your memories, attacks your reason for living and destroys your hopes, nothing remains for you to live for.

Before it becomes too late for any possible reaction, you need to gather your remaining abilities to overcome ultimate death.

You then become the solution to your problems to survive.

The experience that Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, the presidential candidate of the yet to be registered Rwandan political party, United Democratic Forces UDF-Inkingi, is living in Rwanda at the mercy of Paul Kagame regime is the translation of above statement for millions of Rwandans of all ethnic groups. Her example is not unique across the African continent. There are other politicians, journalists, activists, campaigners struggling to change oppressive structures developed by dictatorships, backed by the West.

As these courageous men and women of mother Africa are facing dictators on the ground, Africans of the diaspora, whose regimes back home are no different from dictatorships, primarily Rwandans (because of the cynical way their dictator is using their suffering to oppress them,  are invited  to stand up for the basic and civic rights of their compatriots in Africa. Those living in relatively democratic Western societies have space and capabilities to actively support democratic changes on the continent. But they need to be consistent in their endeavors to make it happen.

In Belgium, Joseph Matata of CLIIR (Centre de Lutte contre l’Injustice and l’Impunite au Rwanda) is staging public protests targeting American and British embassies, every two weeks since January 2010. In recent months, there have been a few other public protests in France, Luxembourg, Germany and UK.

Next month, at BBC World Service in London, there is another public protest themed Break the Silence addressing the millions of citizens from the Great Lakes Region of Africa who have been dying since the 90s but nearly unnoticed. Monthly public demonstrations around the world, in places where there are significant communities of Africans, are planned to  claim and lobby for democratic change in countries where African dictators are oppressing their citizens.