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May 25, 2019 at 1:18 pm #204129
Terror suspect Callixte Nsabimana yesterday appeared before Gasabo Primary Court where he pleaded guilty to all the 16 charges he faces. He spent most of the morning giving details of how, among others, Ugandan intelligence supported rebel outfit National Liberation Force (FLN)’s attacks in and around Nyungwe National Park. Until his arrest last month, Nsabimana was the group’s spokesperson.
The group last year launched sporadic attacks on Rwandan territory, killing nine people, while it also abducted several others, burnt vehicles, and looted. The hostages were later rescued by the Rwanda Defence Force. The attackers fled back into Burundi.
Nsabimana said that in a bid to find allies within the region, FLN was constantly in touch a Burundian external intelligence officer who he only identified as Major Bertin alias Moses.
FLN is affiliated to another outfit known as MRCD, which is led by Rwandan dissident Paul Rusesabagina, and is also part of the so-called P.5, an amalgamation of terror groups with training bases in DR Congo that seeks to destabilise Rwanda.
Nsabimana explained that Major Bertin was instrumental in helping FLN rebels to move from DR Congo to Burundi’s Cibitoke area, then Kibira Forest before they crossed over to Rwanda’s Nyungwe forest where the attacks were conducted.
He said that the Burundian officer, through a Capt. Sunday Charles from Uganda, set up a meeting between FLN and Uganda’s Head of Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI); Brig Gen Abel Kandiho.
“When the meeting was confirmed, a decision was made to send Barnabe Sinayobye and another officer. When they got to Uganda, Kandiho was not available due to other commitments but he sent a Colonel who I learnt works in external intelligence to represent him,” he said.
Nsabimana said that the meeting between his team and Uganda’s CMI rotated around FLN’s appeal for both military and diplomatic support from Uganda.
“In our meeting, we asked for their military support and backing in terms of diplomatic relations and received a positive answer. By the time of my arrest last month, we were planning to go back to Uganda to finalise the deal. Your honour, I am guilty of my involvement and plead for your mercy,” he said.
Nsabimana has for the past one year been a vocal critic of Kigali and was regularly hosted by international media houses like VOA and BBC in his capacity as the spokesperson of FLN militia group.
During the court session, he said that indeed, the voice heard on the radio stations and on several Youtube-based outlets was indeed his.
His revelations of the support the armed group received from Uganda corroborates both the accounts of two former commanders of FDLR, a militia largely blamed for the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, and a UN Group of Expert Report released in December last year.
Nsabimana faces 16 counts including terrorism, murder, terrorism, murder, kidnapping, genocide denial, arson, armed robbery, forgery, and causing bodily harm.
In his submissions, the prosecutor, Oscar Butera, said that among the counts include one of conniving with foreign governments with an aim to wage war on Rwanda.
“While Uganda provided arms, Burundi allowed passage. Nsabimana himself recruited 30 people from Uganda and sent them to DR Congo for military training,” Butera said.
This is further corroborated by the report of UN Group of Experts, which cited Uganda in facilitating the recruitment drive for the outfit. The two FDLR officers – Ignace Nkaka, the outfit’s spokesperson, and Lt Col Jean-Pierre Nsekanabo, its head of the intelligence – were arrested at the DR Congo border on their way from Kampala where they had gone to attend a meeting of armed groups with view to form a common front to destabilise Rwanda.
According to the two men, the meeting in Kampala was chaired the Ugandan State Minister for Regional Affairs Philemon Mateke. They said the meeting was also attended by a delegation of another anti-Kigali outfit, Rwanda National Congress, among others.
Relations between Rwanda and Uganda have soured in recent past in the wake of a raft of grievances against the Kampala establishment, including persecution and illegal arrest, torture and irregular deportation of Rwandans.
Several Rwandans have testified about torture meted out on them by Ugandan security operatives, mainly CMI agents, working with Rwandan dissidents, after refusing to join anti-Kigali armed groups.
Both CMI’s Brig. Kandiho and Capt. Sunday are also implicated in the report by the UN Group of Experts, which showed that Uganda was facilitating Rwandan dissidents to destabilise the country. The UN report also said the rebel outfits were actively recruiting from Uganda.
The attacks by FLN in Southern Province occurred on at least two occasions, the first occasion taking place in Nyabimata Sector, Nyaruguru District, in April last year, during which people were killed, property burnt and people’s harvest looted.
The other attack occurred in Cyitabi Sector in Nyamagabe District and it targeted passenger service vehicles.
“Let me address the Nyungwe attacks…we had given FLN specific instructions that whatever operation they launch, it should be about destroying bridges, ambush military vehicles, attack sector and district office as well as police and military camps,” Nsabimana told the court. “We didn’t expect them to attack civilians,” he added.
Prosecution opposes bail application
Prosecution, which said it is in possession of the suspect’s three cell phones, his Lesotho passport (with a fake name) and four pairs of sunglasses, asked that the suspect be remanded owing to the gravity of the offences and the fact that he has no known address having been arrested outside the country.
According to the prosecutor, investigations were still underway.
Court said they would deliberate on the bail application and render the verdict on Tuesday, May 28.May 25, 2019 at 1:33 pm #204135
Muri MRCD harimo ibibazo n'ubwumvikane buke
Muri MRCD harimo ibibazo n’ubwumvikane buke. Ibi bigaragarira mu biganiro Major Sankara yagiye agirana na Rusesabagina , Wilson n’abandi. Muri ibi biganiro hakunze kuvugwa ibibazo by’amafaranga abantu badatanga ngo urugamba rukomeze cyangwa ngo bashyiremo ingufu mugukangurira abantu kuyatanga. Major Sankara yagiye yumvikana kenshi avuga ko Rusesabagina bizwi ko afite amafaranga menshi ariko akaba adashobora gufasha byo kurwego rwe kandi ari nawe ubikuriye. By’umwihariko ngo hari aho Sankara yatonganye na Rusesabagina cyane kubera Twagiramungu Faustin alias Rukoko. Ngo Rusesabagina ntiyashakaga Rukokoma kandi abandi bamushaka nk’uko byumvikana mubiganiro Sankara yagiranaga na Wilson n’abandi bayobozi. Izi mpaka zarangiye batumvikanye. Hari ikindi kibazo cy’abagabo babiri bo muri MRCD aribo ushinzwe umutungo n’umunyamabanga. Rusesabagina yifuje ko ushinzwe umutungo n’umunyamabanga birukanwa ariko Sankara akamusubiza ko bitashoboka. Na none ngo Sankara yaba yeremezaga ko mubyo Rusesabagina yaregwaga harimo ibifite ishingiro cyane cyane nko guhora yizeza abantu ibintu ntabikore haba amafaranga cga mu Rwego rwa communication. Mubiganiro bya Sankara na none humvikanagamo akababaro n’uburakari aterwa no kuba babura amafaranga kandi ngo hari abahutu bayahunitse mumagunira. Aha atanga urugero ku bantu batandukanye b’abahutu bagiye bamwizeza ko ngo bazafasha umuntu ufite ibikorwa. Ati “nyamara reba muri Nyungwe inzara igiye kuhatsinda abantu abandi batubeshya ntibatange ubwo bufasha. Mu biganiro byumvikanye Sankara ari kuri telefone, ikigaragara ni uko nta bwumvikane bwari bukiri hagati y’abagize ubuyobozi bwa MRCD kimwe n’ikibazo gikomeye cy’amafaranga, bakaba bari bageze mumarembera. Muri make Rusesabagina aramutse ari mu bishimiye ifatwa rya Sankara nta gitangaza cyaba kirimo kuko ntibari bakivuga rumwe.May 25, 2019 at 2:29 pm #204143
Nsabimana "Sankara's Court Case: A new stunt targeting Uganda, Burundi and some Rwandans in exile
By: Prof Charles Kambanda
Nsabimana Sankara was spokesperson for FLN, a rebel outfit fighting to oust Kagame. Kagame junta kidnapped Nsabimana Sankara from an unknown country. For the past couple weeks, Sankara was detained in unknown place.
The junta presented him in Kagame’s court today only to pleade guilty to all charges.
In UNITED STATES of America, v. Francois KARAKE, et al., Defendants. The United States District Court, District of Columbia concluded that Kagame Junta uses torture to force suspect into “guilty plea”. Sankara’s case probably represents what Kagame junta does in many cases; torturing people until they “plead guilty”
1. Sankara is accused of forming and commanding a rebel group that attacked Rwanda. He was apparently accused of the crimes committed by his troops in Rwanda. However, he was prosecuted in a “civilian” Court contrary to Article 155 of the 2003 Constitution of Rwanda, which provides that:
“The Military High Court shall try, in the first instance, all offenses which constitute a threat to national security and murder committed by soldiers irrespective of rank.”
2. The gov of Rwanda has persistently said that: (i) there are no rebels in Rwanda, and (ii) FLN does not exist. However, Sankara is accused of the crimes he allegedly committed as a commander of FLN rebels.
3. Sankara is accused of what Kagame junta calls “denying Tutsi genocide”. Sankara is Tutsi. He was in Rwanda in 1994; he has a right to narrate what he saw happen during the 1994 massacres. He said it clearly; Kagame and some of his RPA fighters butchered some Tutsi, Hutu,Twa and foreigners during the 1994 massacres, which Kagame markets as Tutsi genocide. Kagame junta calls Sankara’s protected speech and his life story a crime; “genocide denial”!
4. With such stunning contradictions in the charge sheet, no right thinking person would plead guilty to the same and, certainly, no reasonable Court would accept that plea lightly. These things only happen in Rwanda
5. Clearly, the Junta wants to use this scame – “case” – to attack Uganda, Burundi, Rusesabagina and Rwandan politicians in exile .
Why did the junta take the “gulity plea” route, instead of presenting evidence to Kagame’s Courts, in such a case they are already using to throw mud ay neighboring countries?
Does Kagame junta reasonably expect the world to believe this garbage?July 20, 2019 at 10:48 am #204208
Uko iminsi igenda niko imivuno ya Kagame yubugizi bwe bwa nabi ishyirwa ahagaragara nabanyarwanda.
Mwene Rutagambwa muriyiminsi ahangayikishijwe nikitwa ubutabera bwo mu Rwanda kuko ashaka kwereka Isi ko mu Rwanda harubwisanzure mumanza nyamara ntibimworohera kuko niwe ufunga agashaka kwerekana ko atariwe wafunze ibi bigora cyane abacamanza bagaca imanza bagendeye kuko ari Kagame wafunze.
Imanza za Tom Byabagamba Rusagara na Joël Mutabazi nizimwe zihangayikishije Kagame kuko amahanga azikurikirana uko bwije nuko bukeye.
Izi manza zivugirwamo byinshi kuburyo bimwe byambika isura ya leta ya Kagame uko yabayeho n’uko ikora, imyanzuro yizi manza cyera ishobora kuzashyirwa munzu ndanga mirage z’u Rwanda.
Imanza zabayoboke ba FDU nazo zihangayikishije Kagame Paul kuko zihuzwa nishimutwa ryabayoboke ba FDU ndetse n’impfu zabayoboke bir’Ishyaka, ibi nikigeragezo gikomeye kuri Kagame kuko abanyarwanda ntibasiba kwibutsa ko abayoboke bir’ishyaka bishwe kandi iperereza ritigeze rikorwa.
Kagame ahangayikishijwe nikibazo cy’imipaka y’u Rwanda nibihugu ahana imbibi kubera kwivanga muri politiki zibihugu byahandi.
Imipaka ya Uganda na Burundi kuruhande rw’u Rwanda ntakinjira ntanigisohoka ibi kugirango bikemuke ntibizoroha nagato.
Ikindi kiyongereye kumipaka y’u Rwanda na Congo ni indwara ya Ebola yagaragaye muri Goma ndetse impungenge zikaba zatangiye kumvikana no muri Gisenyi.
Umupaka wa Goma na Gisenyi n’ubwo udafunze nta munyarwanda winjira Goma.
Aha niho hari hasigaye hari amahahiro.
Tugarutse kuriy’indwara ya Ebola nuko icyemezo cyafashwe numuryango wa OMS cyo kwemeza ko Ebola arikiza gikomeye bigomba kugira ingaruka zubukerarugendo kubihugu bituranye nahavugwa iyi ndwara.
Kagame kandi ahanganye nikibazo yahuriye nacyo muri Angola aho yasabwe gushyikirana na Uganda we akihutira guhindura ba Ambasaderi bazajya gutobanga imishyikirano yasabwe.
Kagame ahanganye nanone nikirego gikomeye Umwali Diane Shima Rwigara yamugejejeho cy’iyicwa rya abarokotse genoside yakorewe abatutsi.
Ibi bintu tuvuze hejuru bikomereye mwene Rutagambwa kuburyo kubyivanamo bitamukundira ahubwo uko tuzi Kagame azabikemuza kwica!!!.
Mwene Rutagambwa tugarutse inyuma gato nanone ahanganye nikibazo gikomeye cy’ubukene mu banyarwanda ndetse nubushomeri buteye ubwoba murubyiruko.
Kagame Paul arimo kwica hirya nohino mu Rwanda kuburyo kumunsi abanyarwanda bicwa biteye ubwoba nagahinda!!!.
Ese umuti wibibazo nukwica OYA.July 20, 2019 at 11:02 am #204209
INDAHIRO YA FPR
Banyamuryango muri hano, nindamuka mpemutse, nkoze ibinyuranye n’imigabo, imigambi n’amategeko bigenga FPR/INKOTANYI, nzaba mpemukiye buri munyarwanda, nzabambwe nk’umugome wese.
1 Guhemukira umunyarwanda wese bivuze ko abanyarwanda bose babarizwa muri FPR ntayandi mashyaka babamo?.
2 Guhanwa nande, urukiko cg FPR?.
3 Kubambwa bisobanuye kwicwa ese igihano cyo kwicwa cyakuwe munkiko gisigara mwishyaka rya FPR?.
4 Mwari muzi ko kwikuraho iyi ndahiro bimeze nko gusaba Ingamiya kwinjira mu mwenge w’urushinge!!!.
Niyo mpamvu usanga abanyarwanda kwerura bakavuga ububi bwa RPF bibagora, nimikoba ibaboshye yitwa indahiro ya FPR INKOTANYI.July 21, 2019 at 12:14 pm #204210
Nyuma y’aho RNC ikubitiwe muri Congo babeshya ko bavugira abacitse ku icumu
Nyuma y’aho RNC ikubitiwe muri RD-Congo, abitwa inyeshyamba za Kayumba bakayabangira ingata bagana mu kirwa cya Kazimya kiri mu Nyanja ya Tanganyika hagati ya Congo na Tanzania – Kigoma. N’umjinya wo gutsindirwa muri Congo kwa RNC-CMI. David Himbara na Jean Paul Turayishimye, inshuti magara y’umuryango wa Rwigara, kubera ipfunwe n’agahinda k’ibyabereye muri Kivu y’epfo mu Minembwe, niko gutangira guhimba ikinyoma cyo gushyira ku nkeke leta y’u Rwanda biciye muri Dianne Rwigara [ Mouvement pour le Salut du Peuple [ M.S.P Itabaza ] ndetse n’ABARYANKUNA ba Ntamuhanga Cassier, babeshya ko bavugira abacitse ku icumu, ko bicwa nyamara ari Propaganda za RNC.
Ubu bugome bukomoka kukuba Museveni yarananiwe gushyira mu bikorwa ibyo yemereye abarwanya u Rwanda biciye muri RNC yiyemeje gushyigikira ya Kayumba Nyamwasa, agatsiko gashishikajwe no guhungabanya uRwanda. Abantu benshi bashimutwa na CMI , bashimutwa kubera abasangirangendo ba RNC. Bityo bakagerageza kubahata kwinjira muri ako gatsiko k’abaterabwo ba barwanyi ba RNC. Ariko ibi bikaba byarananiranye ku bacitse ku icumu rya Jenoside ya 1994, banze kubayoboka uyu mugambi wa Kayumba na Museveni, hakoreshejwe bamwe mu miryango y’abarokotse baba hanze y’igihugu, imiryango mpuzamahanga ikunze guharabika u Rwanda nka Human Rights Watch ndetse n’abazungu bakorera zimwe muri z’Ambasade zo mu Rwanda, ariko kunyura kuri Dianne Rwigara ngo bamukoreshe kuko Calixte Sankara bitaciyemo. Nguwo umugambi wa RNC n’Urwego rwa CMI ariwe mufasha wa Kayumba mu kwinjiza abayoboke.
Ku mugoroba wo kuri uyu wa kabiri tariki 16 Nyakanga 2019, nibwo Diane Rwigara yahamagaye itangazamakuru maze arimenyesha ko yandikiye Umukuru w’Igihugu ibaruwa, nyuma y’uko ngo yakoze ubushakashatsi agasanga hari abarokotse Jenoside bakomeje kwicwa mu bihe bitandukanye. Mu itohoza ryacu tukaba tumaze kumenya ko iyo baruwa yateguwe na David Himbara, Jean Paul Turayishimye na Ben Rutabana ba RNC bakaba inkoramutima za Kayumba Nyamwasa, uyu Ben Rutabana uba mu gihugu cy’ubufaransa akaba ari nyirarume wa Dianne Rwigara, dore ko muri iyo baruwa Dianne atabasha gusobanura no kugaragaza ibimenyetso by’ibyo avuga. Ukurikije ibibazo yabajijwe n’umunyamakuru Edmund Kagire.
Diane Rwigara avuga ko yandikiye Perezida wa Repubulika ibaruwa, agashyira ku mugereka urutonde rw’abo yemeza ko barokotse Jenoside bishwe mu buryo budasobanutse kandi mu bihe bitandukanye. Cyakora ntiyabashije kwereka itangazamakuru gihamya y’ibyo avuga.
Abanyarwanda bakaba basabwa kwitwararika bidasanzwe, kuko ubu RNC yatsindiwe muri DRC. Abasangirangendo ba RNC n’inshuti zabo zo muri CMI bazaryakarungu, ibi bikaba ari ibitangazwa n’abasesenguzi. Bityo rero, inzirakarengane ishobora gushimutwa muri iki gihe, ishobora guhura n’uruva gusenya, kurusha uko byari bisanzwe.
Ibi ibi bikorwa by’umujinya bya Dianne Rwigara wari utegereje amakiriro kuri RNC, bihura n’ibindi bikorwa bya RNC na CMI muri Uganda, bikomeje kwibasira Abanyarwanda, aho aba barirwa mu Magana bafungiwe Uganda mu buryo budakurikije amategeko, nkuko byemezwa n’ abajugunywe n’inzego za Uganda ku mupaka wa Cyanika.
Aba bakaba ari Baziruwiha Damascene w’imyaka 47 na Rwagasore Bernard, ufite imyaka 42, bombi bakaba bari abayobozi mu idini rya ADEPR mu Rusengero rwitwa Zinga, mu Karere ka Wakiso ho muri Kampala.
Ubwo binjiraga muri Uganda, bagiye mu buryo bukurikije amategeko, nkuko babivuga. Ariko ibyo ntibyigeze bibuza inzego z’umutekano za Uganda kubajugunya muri gereza. Baziruwiha yari mu kazi ke mu kirwa kitwa Zinga mu Kiyaka Vigitoriya, mbere yuko ashimutwa n’urwego rushinzwe umutekano mu karere ka Wakiso, urwo rwego ruvuga ko ngo ari intasi ya guverinoma y’uRwanda.
Baziruwiha we yari afungiye kuri sitasiyo ya polisi ya Wakiso, amaze igihe kingana n’ibyumweru bibiri, aho nyuma yaje guhindurirwa muri gereza ya Kigo, ntakumuburanisha, yewe no kuba bamukorera icyindi gikorwa kijyanye n’amategeko.
Uyu munyarwanda nyuma akaba yaraje gushyikirizwa ubushinjacyaha muri Entebbe. Ariko hari ikintu cyidasanzwe cyaje kuba: Uyu mushinjacyaha akaba yari inyangamugayo, umwe mubantu badashaka kwica amategeko, mu rwego rwo gushyigikira ingoma ya Museveni. ati : “Uyu mushinjacyaha wa Entebbe yirukanye urubanza, avuga ko yasanze ndi umwere ko nazize akamama!”
Uwo mushinjacyaha yagiriye inama izo nzego z’umutekano kurekura Baziruwiha. Ariko abashinzwe umutekano b’ubutegetsi, baranga, kubera bamenyereye kuba icyo bakoze cyose kibi, batajya bahanwa, bityo barongera bamujugunya muri gereza, nta bisobanuro. Avuga ko bamucucuye amafaranga yari afite, bakana mukorera iyicarubozo, bakajya banamukubita ku buryo buhoraho bahereye mu gitondo kugeza ni mugoroba.
Impamvu, nkuko abivuga, nuko yanze kwemera ko ari intasi y’uRwanda. Akomeza avuga ko yafunzwe bakamuhambiriza imigozi mu kumba gato cyane kari kuzuye mo imyanda. Ngo bajyaga bamugaburira akawunga n’amazi y’ibishyimbo byabaga bifite impumuro mbi, nkuko Baziruwiha abivuga. Nyuma yo gukubitwa bikabije, ntakwemera ko ari intasi, Baziruwiha yaje kujugunywa Cyanika ku mupaka, bikaba byari ku wa 14 Nyakanga 2019
Nka Baziruwiha, Rwagasore Bernard, yagiye Uganda muri 2008. Akaba avuga ko yakoraga akazi ke neza mu Kabale kandi akaba yarakurikizaga amategeko.. Nawe yaje gufatwa arafungwa, bamuziza ko ngo yari maneko y’uRwanda. Abo Banyarwanda uko ari babiri nabo bazize urwego rwa CMI. N’umujinya wo gutsindirwa muri Congo kwa RNC-CMI.
Nk’abandi Banyarwanda basaga igihumbi barimo gutesekera mu magereza ya Uganda, no mu buvumo bwa gereza ya Mbuya mu kigo cya gisirikare, n’izindi gereza zayo zidakurikije amategeko, aba bagabo uko ari babiri bakaba barazize politike ya Museveni yo kugirira nabi uRwanda.
Iyo CMI na RNC bashimuse Umunyarwanda, cyangwa Abanyarwanda, nkuko babikoze kuri Baziruwiha na Rwagasore, ntibajya bemererwa guhamagara imiryango yabo kugirango bayimenyeshe (imiryango) aho baherereye. Bafungirwa ahantu hatazwi.
Kandi ibi byose babikora bitwaje icyaha cy’igihimbano ngo ko baba ari intasi, cyangwa kwinjira mu gihugu mu buryo buba budakurikije amategeko, cyangwa no gutunga intwaro mu buryo buhabanye n’amategeko.” Muri ibi birego byose, inzego za Uganda ntizijya zigaragaza ibimenyetso. Inshuro nyinshi iyo inzego za Uganda zishinzwe umutekano batagaragaje ibimenyetso, bahindura ibirego bakabagerekaho ibindi byaha. Umunsi umwe bashobora kurega umuntu icyaha cyuko ari intasi, hanyuma bakaza kubihindura bavuga ko ucyekwaho icyaha, yinjiye mu gihugu ku buryo buhabanye n’amategeko.
Izindi nzirakarengane z’Abanyarwanda zafashwe na CMI cyangwa se n’izindi nzego zishinzwe umutekano zisaba ko inzirakarengane z’Abanyarwanda zibaha amafaranga kugirango bazirekure (izo nzirakarengane), abenshi mu bafunzwe akaba aribo batangaje. Aka ni akarengane kabakorerwa ku buryo buhoraho, ariko babasaba amafaranga y’umurengera. Iyo izo nzirakarengane zibuze amafaranga yo kubaha, nazo zimara igihe kirekire muri izo gereza cyangwa se ubwo buvumo baba bafungiwemo.
Kubera uku kubangamira uburenganzira bw’ikiremwamuntu, kw’Abanyarwanda iyo bari muri Uganda, Kigali ikomeje kugira inama abaturage kutajya basura kiriya gihugu, kubera ko umutekano wabo uba utizewe iyo baba bamaze kwambuka.August 2, 2019 at 8:01 am #204220
Uganda facilitates a prominent fugitive wanted in Rwanda for genocide
Uganda on Wednesday facilitated a prominent fugitive wanted in Rwanda for genocide crimes to return to Belgium.
An investigation by this newspaper established that Ugandan authorities first intervened when Anastase Munyandekwe was arrested in the capital Kampala and secured his release.
Munyandekwe, who arrived in Uganda using a Belgian passport in January 2019, had been arrested by one security organ on the basis of an Interpol red notice before another security agency intervened and had him freed.
Days after his release, he flew from Entebbe International Airport yesterday night, according to reliable sources.
Munyandekwe, a fugitive of justice who was convicted by Gacaca courts for his role in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, has been on Interpol Red Notice for nearly 12 years.
Born in 1950 in Mburi cell, Rwamweru sector in former Kinyamakara commune in the former Gikongoro prefecture, Munyandekwe was a senior member of the extremist MDR-Power party.
He was leader of MDR-Power in former Gikongoro prefecture, but during the Genocide he lived in Rugunga cell, Biryogo sector in the capital Kigali.
He worked at the former Ministry of Transport and Communication, or Ministere de Transport et de la Communication (Minitransco) as Head of Department of Research and ICT (Etude et Informatique dans l’Office) of the Post Office.
Evidence gathered during investigations conducted in Biryogo sector, as well as Nyamagabe and Nyaruguru districts showed that Munyandekwe participated in the killings.
He was found guilty of direct and public incitement to commit genocide and subsequently sentenced in absentia by Biryogo Gacaca court to life in prison.
Munyandekwe, who has since acquired Belgian citizenship, was later put on the Interpol wanted list.
Reasons for Munyandekwe’s latest trip to Uganda remain unclear but he has previously made several visits to the country even as he was a wanted person.
Details about his travel history show that he arrived at Entebbe International Airport for his latest trip on January 9, 2019, at 10:31p.m, using Belgian passport No. EN736469. He had last visited Kampala on September 12, 2018 departing on October 28, 2018.
Weeks ago, however, the Genocide fugitive was arrested in Kampala under Interpol notice for his role in the Genocide in Rwanda, before authorities intervened and secured his release, according to reliable sources.
“He will be leaving Kampala at the earliest opportunity,” a source said before the fugitive could Kampala.
Subsequently, Ugandan authorities facilitated the Genocide fugitive to leave the neighbouring country and return to Belgium on Wednesday this week, reliable sources confirmed to this newspaper.
“It’s a shame that someone who goes around claiming to be a Pan-Africanist sends a genocidaire who committed crimes on the African continent to a Western country instead of helping to bring him to justice,” said a Kigali-based analyst. “Survivors and victims of Munyandekwe’s crimes will be disappointed in Museveni’s government action.”
A copy of Munyandekwe’s travel history, which we saw, shows that Munyandekwe has visited Uganda at least six times since July 2011.
Following the Genocide, Munyandekwe continued to work with the forces that committed the Genocide, going as far as assuming high-profile positions within FDLR ranks. FDLR is an offshoot of ex-FAR, Interahamwe militia and other extremist elements that committed the Genocide in which over a million people lost their lives.
In particular, Munyandekwe served as spokesperson of the Murwanashyaka FDLR faction in 2004.
Ignace Murwanashyaka, who died from Germany in April this year, was arrested in 2009 before a German court found him guilty of several counts, largely linked to his role in FDLR atrocities in DR Congo. FDLR has long been listed as a terrorist organisation. He was still in jail when he passed away.
According to a testimony from Straton Musoni, once FDLR vice-president and who was tried alongside Murwanashyaka, in a court in Stuttgart, Germany, that Munyandekwe was removed from his position of spokesperson for embezzling US$29,000 from FDLR coffers to buy a taxi in Brussels.
Munyandekwe was first put on Interpol wanted list on October 9, 2007 for crimes committed between April 6-July 19, 1994 in Rwanda.
A safe haven for génocidaires
According to National Public Prosecution Authority, Uganda is one of the countries hosting the largest number of wanted Genocide suspects, with Rwanda’s neighbour also having previously facilitated FDLR’s Ignace Murwanashyaka’s travels in breach of a standing UN embargo.
Kampala has also previously been accused of issuing Ugandan passports to wanted Genocide suspects and FDLR emissaries to ease their movement in and out of the region.
Earlier this year, evidence emerged that the Ugandan government was also issuing passports to RNC members, including Charlotte Mukankusi, the dissident group’s head of diplomacy.
RNC is a terrorist outfit led by South Africa-based wanted Rwandan fugitive Kayumba Nyamwasa and it is responsible for grenade attacks that claimed the lives of at least 17 people and injured hundreds others, mainly in the capital Kigali, between 2010 and 2014.
Testimonies from arrested rebel leaders – including FDLR’s spokesperson Ignace Nkaka, alias LaForge Fils Bazeye, and head of intelligence Lt Col Jean Pierre Nsekanabo, indicated that Uganda facilitating talks between RNC, FDLR and other anti-Rwanda groups with view to joining hands in destabilising Rwanda. The two were arrested by Congolese security on their way from a meeting with RNC operatives in Kampala. The meeting was attended by a Ugandan cabinet minister Phelomon Mateke.
A UN report released December last year confirmed that Uganda was a major source of recruits for Rwandan rebel outfits based in eastern DR Congo.
Hundreds of Rwandans have also been illegally arrested and tortured in Uganda, sparking a diplomatic row that has seen Kigali issuing a travel advisory to Uganda.
Angola and DR Congo earlier this month offered to help broker talks to end the crisis following a mini-regional summit in Luanda.
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