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The French Presidency of the Francophonie: a French scandal

Louise Mushikiwabo is Rwanda’s Minister for Foreign Affairs. The African Union and the French President, Emmanuel Macron, are sponsoring her candidacy for head of the International Organization for Francophone Countries. Pierre Péant explores this unfathomable event, slated by almost all the former French Ministers of Foreign Affairs.

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Louise Mushikiwabo will probably be elected the Secretary-General of the International Organization of the Francophone Countries; an intergovernmental structure that is meant to promote the French language, Human and Civil Rights.

Louise Mushikiwabo is the Rwandan Minister for Foreign Affairs. She has applied for a position as the head of the Francophone Countries. By sponsoring her candidacy, Emmanuel Macron is raising French Bashing to the highest level of the state. He is asking Francophone leaders to back someone who has achieved notoriety through her hatred for France; someone who never misses an occasion to bash French soldiers and French politicians accused of complicity in genocide. A lady whose soul is such, that she can justify the kidnappings and assassinations of opponents abroad.

An Al Jazeera journalist questioned her about the strangling of Colonel Patrick Karegeya in a South African hotel and her response was: “Why should I lose sleep over my enemies and the people that threaten us” She has also firmly defended Kagame’s decision to make English the language of instruction and the administration. And to make Rwanda, the 54th member of the Commonwealth.

On 11 September 2011, did not the candidate for the position as head of the Francophone declare in Paris:
“it is somewhat a sign of the times. English is language with which you can go further than French. For French in Rwanda is going nowhere” ?
And four years ago, Louise Mushikiwabo had the French Cultural Centre bull-dozered down! On numerous occasions she spat on the French judge that was leading an investigation into the attack on the bringing down of Habyarimana’s airplane. On 11 November 2016, she then threatened to publish a “new list of the top French political leaders accused of complicity in the 1994 genocide against the Tutsis”.

But above all, this lady is the chief loudspeaker for one of the worst dictators in the world. Paul Kagamé is elected with “Soviet rates”, locks up and kills those that dare to challenge him and spits on the freedom of the press. Yet the values promoted by the International Organization for Francophone Countries (“IOF”), are they not “democracy, human rights, the rule of law and justice”? By supporting her, Emmanuel Macron is condemning the IOF and sending out a very clear signal to African dictators: “the contempt of your people will not challenge our support.”

The Macron support is quite unfathomable. Unless, we speculate that his dossiers have been badly drawn up or influenced Kagamé’s powerful lobbies who have gangrened the main French media outlets and part of the administration. However it is not very difficult to obtain independent enquiries on the true nature of the Kigali regime. Let’s start with the Gersony report. This report states that from September 1994, the Rwandan Patriotic Army (APR), under the orders of Kagame, unleashed mass massacres on the Hutus. The Americans helped Kagame to burry this UN Report so that today, it is generally considered to have never existed!

There is also the UN Mapping Report (2008 and 2009), making observations on the mass crimes that Rwandan soldiers committed in the Democratic Republic of Congo between 1993 and 2003. This report does not rule out that a genocide may have taken place. There is also the justification by the Spanish Judge Merrells for issuing 40 arrest warrants against Paul Kagamé’s closest collaborators (6 February 2008) of which I would only mention the opening words: “once power was obtained by violence, they used the same methods to lay the foundations for a regime of terror and a criminal structure running parallel to the Rule of Law …”

We don’t need to spend much time on the Rwanda dossier to understand that the history of the drama is completely distorted. That Paul Kagamé and his Anglo Saxons supporters have succeeded in their request that the ICTR enquiries are limited to crimes committed by the Hutu genocidaires”. Some days before the vote at Erevan to elect the head of the Francophone, an unpublished document transmitted recently to the French judiciary shows to all, the true nature of the regime that Emmanuelle Macron is supporting. It is an ICTR Report, dated 1 October 2003 (thirty pages) on the “crimes committed by the APR”.

It allows us to get a better insight into the mindset of Carla del Ponte, the ICTR’s Former Prosecutor. Ms del Ponte authored a book Madame Prosecutor: Confrontations with Humanity’s Worst Criminals and the Culture of Impunity [1] in which she relates that her problems started when she decided to lead an investigation on the Rwandan Patriotic Front, “because President Kagamé and other Tutsi leaders based much of their claim to legitimacy on the victory of FPR against the genocidaires in 1994 […]. They presented their conquest of the country as a just fight to put an end to the genocide”. And she explains in detail that the Rwandan authorities were in control of each stage of the enquiries.

The bottom line is that Carla del Ponte was chased out of her position by the American administration. Then, all investigations into the APR were abandoned. The document summarizes the huge work that a team of Special Investigators carried out into the crimes that the APR committed in 1994.

This document is shocking. Seeping from it, is the blood of tens of thousands of victims, the vast majority of which are Hutus. The entire mechanism by which the APR took power is described in minute detail. Eighteen sites of massacres are listed. The techniques for execution are exposed with precision. Also analysed is the role the Directorate of Military Intelligence (DMI) played in designating the victims and the famous “experts” who depend on the High Commandment of the DMI.

The commandos that operate dressed as civilians, trained to poison water and to kill with a chord, with a plastic bag, to inject oil in their ears to use “agafuni”, to make mines explode in public places … some were tasked with infiltrating the Interahamwe at certain barriers; “their role was take to part in the massacres and to incite the Interahamwe to commit more massacres”.

In short, this report tears to bits the official account of the Rwandan drama, an account imposed by the Kigali regime and his numerous supporters – both his partners and friends in the media: a clash between Good and Evil, between the Good Tutsis and the Hutus whose throats were parched and thirsting for the blood spilled by Genocide. According to that novel, Paul Kagamé is deemed to have led a war of national liberation, put an end to the genocide and took power in fine the power, on 12 July 1994, and all this despite the help brought by French soldiers to the Hutus.

The reality is quite different. The Rwandan drama is a savage civil war between the Tutsis and Hutus. It was unleashed in October 1990 by an armed aggression comprised of: Tutsis of the FPR, the diaspora installed in Uganda, supported by the Ugandan army. The war was then relaunched in 1994 by the attack on Habyarimana’s plane … which triggered the genocide of the Tutsis and the moderate Hutus.

Translation
Anoosha Boralessa

[1] La Traque, les criminels de guerre et moi, Carla del Ponte avec la contribution de Chuck Sudetic, Héloïse d’Ormesson ed., 2009. English adaptation : Madame Prosecutor: Confrontations with Humanity’s Worst Criminals and the Culture of Impunity, Other Press, 2011.

Pierre Péant

Pierre Péant French investigative journalist .

 
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