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Genocide survivors condemn Kikwete on FDLR remarks

  • By Eugene Kwibuka
  • May 30, 2013
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Prof. Dusingizemungu (R) and his deputy Egide Nkuranga address the media yesterday. The New Times / John Mbanda

Survivors of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi have strongly condemned remarks by Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete suggesting that the Rwandan government negotiate with the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), a terrorist group based in Eastern DR Congo.

The FDLR are known perpetrators of the Genocide who not only fled to DR Congo, but maintain their goal of eliminating the Tutsi and have continued to commit war crimes in eastern Congo.

After the 1994 Genocide, FDLR militia fled to eastern DR Congo where they continue to maim and kill DRC nationals. They also occasionally sneak into the country to carry out murderous acts against citizens.

Through their umbrella organisation, Ibuka, the survivors emphasised that such negotiations are unacceptable.

“Ibuka strongly condemns President Kikwete’s statement as no negotiation is acceptable with a known terrorist group that is responsible for the death of more than a million Tutsis in Rwanda and continues its blood-thirsty activities in the eastern DR Congo,” Ibuka president Jean-Pierre  Dusingizemungu said.

Speaking at the AU Summit session on security issues on the continent, including instability in eastern DR Congo, Kikwete pushed for Rwanda to hold direct talks with the FDLR terrorists.

Addressing reporters at the Ibuka headquarters at the Nyanza Genocide Memorial Site in Kigali, Dusingizemungu talked of how the survivors were shocked at hearing that Kikwete “expressed support for FDLR”.

“We are offended that a Head of State who is well aware of the history of the Genocide against the Tutsi would promote unrepentant genocidaires and their ideology,” Dusingizemungu added.

Ibuka’s condemnation is the latest in the string of reactions to the Tanzanian president’s suggestion.

Many other Rwandans, including researchers, and experts have come out to strongly condemn the remarks. The Foreign affairs minister, Louise Mushikiwabo, described Kikwete’s remarks as “aberrant” and “shocking”.

According to the survivors, talks with the FDLR would give legitimacy to a terrorist group whose members should instead be held accountable for their crimes in the genocide and for the suffering of many people in eastern DR Congo where the group’s actions have led to killings, rape, and displacements of many people.

“Negotiating with FDLR would legitimise their cause and encourage impunity. FDLR should be disarmed, repatriated and rehabilitated for those members of the group willing to do so,” IBUKA said.

In a June 2005 resolution, the African Union requested all member states to fight the FDLR and stop any form of support from their nationals or from their territory.

Dusingizemungu also invoked Resolution 1804 of the UN Security Council of 13 March 2008 which requested FDLR to lay down arms, report to the DRC authorities and to UN force in DR Congo (then known as Monuc) with no further conditions in view of disarmament, demobilisation and repatriation.

The survivors association has urged for a “strict observance of the UN/AU position, declarations and sanctions concerning FDLR”, and called upon on President Kikwete “to retract such a grievous and callous statement”.

Contact email: eugene.kwibuka[at]newtimes.co.rw

Comments

Show me your friend and I will tell you who you are. Mr Kikwete was very well aware of who FDLR are, he was also conscious when he uttered those words and he knew very well who were his listeners that our president was among them.

Believe me Mr Kikwete will never ever retract his statement because that is what he stands for! The original backer of genocidaires I mean French government, has come up with a new strategy of using some of our African brothers especially some African leaders to ensure that FDLR survives and continues to destabilize Rwanda.

Believe me there is more worse to come from Mr Kikwete. Remember this simple mathematical formula? If "a" is equal to "b" and "b" is equal to "c" then "a" is equal to "c". That is If a=b=c, then a=c. In other words if French government supported and is still supporting FDLR, and Mr Kikwete has made himself FDLR spokesperson then the French government and Mr Kikwete have the same love for FDLR. But remember the truth will prevail.


09:26:06 Thursday 30th, May 2013 Kigali - Gakuba Damian

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It is unfortunate President Jakaya Kikwete to give such remarks,in addition the President who we are sharing the same community.of EAC Kikwete must apologize! and UN must closely follow what the special brigade is going to help in eastern Congo because it seems they will not fight FDLR other than reorganizing it.But we will never give up we are more than ready


10:53:25 Thursday 30th, May 2013 Kacyiro - Semugeshi

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this man was so abuse us!he must confess before the servors of Genocide.must olso confess before of Anti-terrorism association.


15:16:50 Thursday 30th, May 2013 paris - Gervais

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Fellow Rwandans , Kikwete made those comments at a high level summit. He knew what he was doing. There is no mistake, he has an agenda. He want our President to negotiate with FDLR. It is a ridiculous idea, but there is an ideology behind it. He is an FDLR supporter and he gave us the evidence in his comments. Fact. But again , we have seen many hurricanes. KIKWETE HURRICANE will pass, and Rwanda will get out of it stronger than ever.


16:16:54 Thursday 30th, May 2013 coventry - Rwema

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