Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have taken the unprecedented move of working together to bring back stability to eastern DRC, but this seems to have struck the wrong chord in some people’s hearts.
Rwandans have a saying that, if literary translated means; “He who shows more sympathy for a child than its mother, has no good intentions towards it” (Urusha nyina w’umwana imbabazi aba ashaka ku murya).
Do these fellows mean to say that they are more affected by the plight of the population than the Congolese and Rwandans’ who feel the full blunt of the insecurity?
Judging from the reactions coming from the some sections of the international community – especially the so-called human rights defenders – against the joint operation, it not only reeks of pure shameless posturing to gain airtime, it is also an attempt to cover for their criminal neglect of the Congolese population.
They argue that since MONUC was not consulted, then those “primitive African armies” will only cause more suffering to the Congolese.
One should not be surprised if a report entitled “Mass human rights violations; hundreds of thousands displaced in renewed fighting” hits the news head-lines tomorrow. That is what they feed on!
It is an open secret that the DRC has been a milking cow to many NGOs and the contents of their coffers might deplete if peace is restored.
They have now magically come up with the figure of 5.5 million dead (two months ago it was 4 million) to attract their donors on the endless humanitarian trip to nowhere.
All the entire world has done to end the DRC conflict is “talk” and no action. Now the DRC and Rwanda come up with the novel idea of joining forces to stabilize the region, and people are surprised that former enemies could find a common ground and come up with a home-made solution.
Both countries have shown that they can walk the talk. Let them be or turn down the volume.