Centuries ago, King Leopold of Belgium told missionaries and his agents sent to the Congo not to bother teaching the Congolese about God. He cautioned them that they already knew all that, and in fact they were firm believers.
Don’t let them know about the mineral wealth in their land, the King cautioned. This has been Congo’s curse ever since.
And who is to gain? All the Western mineral companies who are busily exploiting the DRC. As long as there is instability and poor governance, there will never be peace in the DRC.
Fast forward : all the accusations against Rwanda meddling in the DRC’s affairs is just a lame excuse, a cover up of sorts, refusing to accept the fact that lame leadership in Kinshasa is the root cause of all this.
Initially Rwanda crossed into the DRC in hot pursuit of genocidaires responsible for the genocide against Tutsi in 1994. That incursion was legal under international law. After all, why did the U.N. accept for these so-called refugees, armed to the teeth, to remain so close to Rwanda’s border in violation of mandated guidelines?
President Kagame, addressing a Press Conference yesterday in Kigali was visibly annoyed at the continuing accusations against Rwanda. Why should Kigali be charged with cleaning house in Kinshasa? We have enough of our own problems to address.
Little attention should be paid to organizations like HRW whose agenda against Rwanda is known. It is becoming comical. Here is an organization that seeks to build its reputation and garner international respect by fabricating reports and producing half-baked studies at Rwanda’s expense.
We are not amused.