Saturday, May 14, 2011

UK Will End Aid To Rwanda

UK will cut £83m aid to Rwanda:

Scotland Yard has issued a “threats to life warning” notice to at least two organisers of a Rwandan diaspora meeting, issued by the London Metropolitan Police dated 12 May 2011. The warning reads in part as follows:

“Rwandan Government poses an imminent threat to your life. The threat could come in any form. You should be aware of other high profile cases where action such as this has been concluded in the past. Conventional and non-conventional means have been used.”

On the royal wedding day, april 29th 2011, MI5 warned Rwandan high commissioner to Britain to halt an alleged campaign of harassment against suspected critics of his country's government based in the UK. The statement reads:
"Ernest Rwamucyo, who is due to attend today's royal wedding as Rwanda's envoy to London, was told by the Security Service that the UK's £83m aid to Rwanda could be cut unless the secret activities against members of the diaspora were halted."
Paul Kagame consistently prides himself for ignoring those who criticize him and his regime. His often repeated mantra was well summed up at a lunch with William Wallis at Wyndham Grand in Chelsea Harbour yesterday:

“I don’t think anybody out there in the media, UN, human rights organisations, has any moral right whatsoever to level any accusations against me or against Rwanda. Because, when it came to the problems facing Rwanda, and the Congo, they were all useless,”

David Cameron's friend and former speechwriter, Ian Birrell sums it up on twitter:
"@ianbirrell No-one in media, UN or human rights groups has the moral right to criticise me, says despotic & deluded @paulkagame"

The beginning of may (3d) the regime in Kigali wrote down a direct threat to it's critics, particularly among the Rwandan diaspora :
"The criminal quartet and other unsavoury characters to whom they are allied in a terrorist enterprise will soon find out that the jungles of foreign countries and villas in upmarket areas of foreign capitals are not very safe."
Paul Kagame, a man of action, is both predictable and consistent. He says what he does and does what he says. A lot of people, especially policy makers in the US and the UK, just haven't been paying attention.

5 comments:

Oliver Katoto said...

Isn't this true?

“I don’t think anybody out there in the media, UN, human rights organisations, has any moral right whatsoever to level any accusations against me or against Rwanda. Because, when it came to the problems facing Rwanda, and the Congo, they were all useless,”

Vincent Harris said...

if you don't want people to criticize you, don't get into politics, is probably the first thing people tell you in Europe.

Anonymous said...

@Vincent - They would say that in Africa as well.
@Katoto - I belive that quote was specifically referenced towards dealing with post-genocide development and modes of reconciling and healing Rwanda of its wounds.

- I am sure if people want to diss him, in the same way people diss politicians everywhere, thats fine.
But when it comes to a nation trying to build itself, grow and acheive (which it has and continues to do at an extraordinary rate) - I think its kind of frustrating to have people put in two cents when during the thick of things the same people turned their backs..

Ann Garrison said...

What's with the hotel video?

Ann Garrison said...

@Anonymous:


"RWANDA: RWANDA's REBEL ARMY [RPF] WARNS THE UNITED NATIONS IT WILL TREAT THE ORGANIZATION AS THE ENEMY IF THEY ATTEMPT TO COME BETWEEN THEM AND GOVERNMENT TROOPS.


Story

Rebel forces in Rwanda warned peacekeeping officials on Friday (May 20) they would treat United Nations (U.N.) forces as the enemy if the organization attempted to come between them and government troops.

Rebel Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) Deputy Vice Chairman Denis Polisi warned if there was any interference by the U.N. they "would be engaged".

Senior U.N. officials are heading for Kigali to try to persuade warring parties to cooperate with peacekeeping forces.

The U.N. Assistance Mission in Rwanda is currently made up of 470 troops, shortly to be bolstered by the 2,500 additional troops ordered by the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday.

Meanwhile the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Medicins Sans Frontiers (MSF) are operating feeding centres and medical clinics in the North Rwandan town of Mulundi.

In Tanzania many refugees caught up and wounded in the violence in Rwanda have found safety in the Benaco camp, but some continue to die from their previously inflicted wounds.

Those who die are buried just a few metres (yards) from the camp perimeter in shallow graves."

Reuters, May 18, 1994, archived on ITN, http://www.itnsource.com/shotlist//RTV/1994/05/18/605070335/