Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Victoire Ingabire Wins First Political Battle: Dutch Block Budgetsupport

Today marks Victoire Ingabire's first major result in influencing public policy and decision making! The Dutch government today reached it's final decision concerning budgetsupport to Rwanda:
"Rwanda will get no budgetsupport because freedom of expression and political space in the central African country are insufficiently guaranteed"
Thus sending a strong signal to other donors!

Michael Cashman, member of  the EU Parliament for (Tony Blair's) Labour Party, said today that the Netherlands are wrong concerning human rights violations and  lack of democracy in Rwanda:
“Where is the evidence? We’ll have to be careful with accusing Rwanda”, he says.“The word ‘genocide’ is being used far to easily in Eastern Congo. Rwanda has known a genocide and wants to prevent that it will happen ever again.”
Traveling home for Christmas
However Michael Cashman carries a lot of luggage with him (see picture). As head of the EU Electoral Observation Mission to Rwanda's parliamentary election in 2008, Michael Cashman said:
"The process of democratisation in Rwanda since the end of the genocide is remarkable”
Filip Reyntjens, Professor at the University of Antwerpen explained in 2009 why this statement is contrary even to the content of the report of the EU observation mission itself.

Since 1994 several European and American politicians have kept very close relations with the regime in Kigali. Some even called Paul Kagame their personal friend. Obviously the findings in the Mapping Report won't do much good to the reputation of the likes of Michael Cashman. The mapping report confirms previous findings by a Spanish judge. We can now safely say that French anti-terrorist judge Jean-Louis Bruguière was right when he warned the US against closer ties to Rwanda.

Paul Kagame summarized the reasons for his liberation war in 1990 saying:
"the available options were either you had to choose to remain perpetualy a refugee and stateless, or you had to keep hoping that some day somebody in the international community would resolve the problem, or thirdly you had realy to face reality, since oppression is carried out by force, you had to deal with the matter using force."

Exactedly the same arguments that movements like the FDLR and CNDP and some Burundian rebels would use today to combine forces which according to Filip Reyntjens is happening right now. In the words of Senator and former US ambassador to Burundi and Botswana Robert Krueger:
"as long as this man  (Paul Kagame) is the chief executive of the country, there will never be real democracy."
According to Wikipedia a politician or political leader:
"is an individual who is involved in influencing public policy and decision making. "
Victoire Ingabire might not be a female Mandela or former IMF director , she certainly is no would be politican!

5 comments:

Ann Garrison said...

Hahahahahahahaha, CP! Love the luggage picture! But would you please come out of the closet? We already published your picture and I.D.'ed you in the SF Bay View.

Ann Garrison said...

Also, could you write what the caption to that photo would be, if blogger allowed captions?

Also, could you clarify this sentence: "Exactly the same arguments movements like the FDLR and CNDP and some Burundian rebels would use today to combine forces which according to Filip Reyntjens is happening right now."

I think you need a "that" between "arguments" and "movements."

ColoredOpinions said...

For those who want to know my name, they can check the about page ( and I very much like the picture that I have used for a long time).

Reyntjens is convinced (second part of interview with jambonews, minute 15) that an alliance between CNDP and FDLR is being forged. The ICG has brought out a report and Reyntjens has also received information from informants on the ground to this effect. There is contact between FDLR and CNDP and also for example a banjamulengi (Congolese of Rwandan origin who lived in Congo for more then 40 years) rebels of the FDLF and recently the Burundian FNL of Agathon Rwasa. An alliance of convience based not on ideology, economic interest or political reason, but on the idea of all having a common ennemy: Kagame (except the Burundian FNL). Very dangerous alliance, because it touches also Congo. All actors are in Congo, apart off course from the friends of Nyamwasa and Karegeya in the Rwandan army. We could be living the beginning of a new destabilisation of the region. Extremely disquieting.

Anonymous said...

Rwanda, like many other African countries should and can live without foreign Budgetary support.

It is no longer wise to allow foreign governments to influence national policies in Africa using aid. We cannot be sure what really the foreigners intend! Remember, the foreign governments maintained dicators like Mobutu, Habyarimana, and many others for many years yet the human rights record was so bad.

In order for foreign voices to have efficacy in Africa, they should stop double standards in approaching African challenges.

ColoredOpinions said...

Anonymous, the fact that African governments in the past received aid and did not advance democracy and human rights is a good point. That's exactedly why the Dutch government is stopping aid to Rwanda today.

What double standards are you referring to? Kagame's regime has received lots of aid, just like many other dictators. I find that pretty consistent.

Donors have an obligation to make sure the money of their taxpayers is well spent. African countries should make their case and national parliaments should evaluate the programs. Nothing mysterical about that.