"President Kagame, has Nkunda's rebellion ceased being legitimate?
Why on earth have you decided to partner with the Kinshasa extremists/genocidaires,
to the detriment of the Congolese Rwandan Diaspora
and the CNDP membership at large?"
KAGAME PLEASE PLAY NKUNDA ACE
"Shall I trust that you have, as you quite often do,
a magic ace up your sleeve, Mr. President?
An ace that you're artfully going to play tomorrow or next,
at the belated bilateral summit of the strange duo of yours?"
Another look at the abrasive general Nkunda issue
(ahead of the looming Kabila-Kagame summit)
by Professor Ntarugera Deo Koya
Kigali, April 09, 2009
Congolese General Laurent Nkunda, Chairman of the Congrès National pour la Défense du Peuple, CNDP, has been under house arrest for over two (2) months now. He’s been held captive in Rwanda where he has been kept incommunicado, since 2009: 01: 22 [January 22, 2009].
There is something terribly fishy, awesomely dangerous, potentially disastrous and utterly flabbergasting about the attitude of Rwanda government top executives in this untowardly preposterous affair:
I started seriously doubting the good faith of Rwanda government authorities, with regard to the affair of general Nkunda’s arrest, when Rwandan Justice Minister Karugarama issued a statement asserting, with all the appearance of seriousness characteristic of a scholar delivering some lofty philosophical truth, 'General Laurent Nkunda is a prisoner of a special type, Nkunda is a prisoner of war'!!!
‘Which war is that?’ said a voice in some remote corner of my mind of minds interrogated. It was almost as if I were hearing some other person, in my immediate vicinity, asking that question. But there was not a single soul anywhere near me! Inchoate echoes vehemently reverberated across my troubled mind like stones hurled in disorder by a madman, 'A prisoner of war?? General Laurent, a prisoner of war???... Rwanda government says so???... Really?? Utterly preposterous!!! They would go to any lengths these people!! There is death looming ahead... Dammit... F... it! There is fire ahead... lots of fire..., Yes, Fire! Fire! And more Fire!... I smell blood here, plenty of blood!!
Mr. Karugarama, in his capacity as minister of justice of the republic of Rwanda, understandably spoke on behalf of Rwanda government: i.e., the government of the republic of Rwanda complacently tells us, alongside the global world of Man, that general Nkunda is 'a prisoner of war'! My blood dangerously surged through my arteries, and I felt unheard-off drones in my temples. Unconsciously, I swore in Dutch as I used to swear in 1991-1994, dreary years when I hibernated in bloody Europe, in the godforsaken Flemish Netherlands,
'Godfff...foerdume!'. Goddammit! What the f... is this?
Then, on my mental scene came in a quick rushed succession, recollections of previous public statements made by President Paul Kagame with respect to General Nkunda’s legitimate rebellion, Kabila Jr and his ever-failing and bankrupt Congolese State....
With Jeune Afrique, Kagame intimated that general Nkunda was held held in custody in Rwanda for his security. I did trust that very much indeed; and I remember posting entries onto the Nkunda support website, www.nkunda-support.com, to the effect that there was no cause for alarm, that Nkunda was in the caring hands of his Rwandan friends.
And of late, President Kagame did say at BBC, in a Hard Talk session with Sackur, 'General Nkunda is our guest'. From 'being a guest of Rwanda' to being 'a prisoner of war in Rwanda', there is quite a world of questions and suspicions.
Now that Congolese Senators have rejected the amnesty measure decreed for the benefit of Congolese armed groups proposed by Congolese Minister of Justice, in the interest of peace, security and social harmony;
Considering Joseph Kabila goes about boasting about Nkunda’s arrest and subsequent captivity, saying he wants general Nkunda handed over to him so as to grill him with questions...; I seize this opportunity to ask President Paul Kagame a few questions:
1. Has Nkunda's rebellion ceased being legitimate?
2. Why on earth have you decided to partner with the Kinshasa extremists/genocidaires, the Yerodia Ndombasi et alii, to the detriment of the Congolese Rwandan Diaspora and the CNDP membership at large?
3. Supposing you hand over the CNDP Chairman to the Kinshasa inveterate extremists ever-relishing Tutsi butcheries in that failed State, what do you think Rwanda in general, and your political regime in particular, is going to gain in that first round of uncertain trade-offs between you and Kabila?
4. On a number of occasions, you've voiced your disenchantment with the leadership of the Kabila dynasty in D R Congo, whatever, pray, has caused the reversal of order in your approach to the Congolese affairs?
5. Shall I trust that you have, as you quite often do, a magic ace up your sleeve, Mr. President? An ace that you're artfully going to play tomorrow or next, at the belated bilateral summit of the strange duo of yours, that the Congolese and Rwandan foreign affairs ministers have been canvassing for of late?
6. In the event General Nkunda is mischievously traded off to the Kinshasa extremists/genocidaires he has been valiantly warring with for close to a decade, are you sure you and Kabila are going to be the real winners in that despicable bargain? Remember, a freedom fighter is always in a state of preparedness to accept death when it comes. Have you ever heard, Mr. President Kagame, of what is known and referred to as POSTHUMOUS CHARISMA? Universally, the posthumous charisma of heroes does wonderful things to nations, Sir, and means in the end that if you think you have cause to trade Nkunda’s flesh off to Kabila, you may please yourself.
The Congolese Rwandan Diaspora alongside multitudes of other Congolese citizens of the CNDP join their voices to that of their beloved Chairman Nkunda to wish you, president Kagame and the Rwandan people for whom you stand and act, the very best in your political career.
In these times of commemoration of the 1994 Tutsi genocide, the CNDP seizes this opportunity to reiterate to Your Excellency and, through you, to all their Rwandan brethren, their deep-seated feelings of sincere compassion and genuine grief. The CNDP also avails this opportunity to reiterate their felicitations to the Rwandan patriotic front, RPF, for single-handedly, painstakingly and perilously arresting the genocidal thrust of the Rwandan extremists in 1994.
Bless Rwanda and D R Congo! Long live Rwanda! Long live D R C!
Long live the RPF!
Long live the CNDP!
Ntarugera Deo Koya
Political Affairs Analyst
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