Daniel Tineye Makokera
South African media based practitioner
What I have learnt from this conference as someone who comes to Rwanda regularly is that there is a serious convergence of school of thought that says that the report was probably immature, and that the report should not have come out. I have learnt that there is serious suspicion that the timing of the report at the time it came out could not have been right which leads to people to be highly suspicious of this report and its real motives. Moving forward, while, the UN can be said to be an international agency the UN itself must be understood as representing the aspirations of all countries.
Africa needs to reassert itself when it comes to the functions and influence of the entire UN.As much as we say that the UN is a body composed of all countries, African countries are still not very much major actors of this body that we purport to be party to. That is what is reflected in the kind of noises that are coming out of Africa that says that Africa needs a permanent seat on the UN Security Council due to the fact that this particular council is where real decisions are made.
Africans want to have real powers within the UN Security Council if at all African concerns and issues have to be tackled in a certain manner. Lastly I can say that if the UN Mapping report on DRC was meant to pit brother against brother within the Great Lakes Region then such efforts I must say have backfired miserably judging by the unity of thought that came out of this conference.
Dakar Based French journalist
The first impression about Rwanda is actually very good. Especially when you are visiting from other countries which are struggling to come to terms with certain challenges. Rwanda seems to be heading in the right direction. What I have learnt from the conference is that some form of bias can be said to have been the motive of writing the UN Mapping Report. That leads to questioning of the motives behind this report especially bearing the fact that such reports in one way or another can shape public opinion.
We have to be vigilant against groups that are bent on taking Rwanda backwards. Such groups seem to me to be jealous about the strides that Rwanda is taking and hence we need to be careful so that we can come to Rwanda’s rescue. The report seems to be part of concerted efforts aimed at undermining gains made by Rwanda. I am seeing the hands of genocidaires indirectly in this report and having said that we need to be even more vigilant.