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French judge seeks Museveni Indictment

Posted by African Press International on May 22, 2007

BY: Ekissodde Ekissodde <ekissodde@yahoo.com>

The French judge who has caused a storm by calling the French
prosecutor’soffice to cause indictment for Rwandese president Paul Kagame
now wants Uganda’s president also indicted.
According to highly placed sources in the Rwanda intelligence, the French
judge Jean Louis Bruguiere is now working to indict President Yoweri
Museveni.
They allege that Museveni, who was the President of Uganda at the time,
should take some blame for the eventual downing of the plane that killed
former Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarimana and as a result caused the 1994
genocide in Rwanda.
According to the information reaching us, the judge, working in
collaboration with Uganda’s dissidents, wants Museveni indicted together
with Generals David Tinyefuza and Salim Saleh. According to Bruguiere, the
missiles that hit Habyarimana’ s plane were procured from Russia under an
inter-state agreement. While in Uganda, the missiles ended up in the hands
of the rebels of the Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF).
He further alleges that those who shot down Habyarimana were trained in
Uganda on the shores of Lake Victoria in Masaka district before being taken
to Muvumba, then RPF rebel headquarters by commander James Kabarebe, now a
general in the Rwandan army.
Kabarebe is believed to be the man who gave this squad of shooters the last
instructions before they left Murindi area to Kigali. The hit squad first
camped in the parliamentary building where the RPA had forces under the
command of Gen. Charles Kayonga before moving to a place called Masaka (in
Rwanda, not Uganda), which borders Kanombe Airport to execute their final
mission.
The Ugandan dissidents working in collaboration with some Makerere
University lecturers have also lined the atrocities committed by the UPDF in
DR Congo as more evidence to indict Museveni. They cite the Kisangani wars
between the Rwandan and Ugandan forces where thousands of innocent Congolese
citizens perished in cold blood. Besides, they also allege that both the
Rwandan and Ugandan generals plundered the Congolese natural resources.
Elements working on this agenda highlight the tangible evidence provided by
Judge Bruguire. He bases his defence speech on the fact that he was able to
authenticate the origin and trail of the missiles used to shoot down
President Habyarimana’ s plane on April 6, 1994.
In his view, RPF leader Paul Kagame, while preparing the shooting of the
plane, could not ignore that this action would trigger mass reprisals
killings.

The Evidence:
Because the real tangible evidence – the missile launcher tubes – that would
have helped the judge in tracking the origin and trail of the missiles have
disappeared in Zaire. Bruguire bases his tracking on an identification
report of the missile launcher tubes and on pictures of the missile
launchers taken by the Rwandese Armed Forces in April, 1994.
Bruguire explains that the identification numbers of the missiles were
obtained from the two missile launcher tubes allegedly found unattended at
the scene of the shooting. Some peasants allegedly found the two unattended
tubes in the bush in the area of Masaka, near the Kanombe camp, and brought
them to the Rwandese Armed Forces who recorded their identification numbers.
The judge goes on to state that on April 24 and 25, 1994, Lt-Engineer
Augustin Munyaneza had examined the two tubes and drafted a handwritten
report stating the identification numbers of the missile launchers as
04-87-04814 and 04-87-04835. A photocopy of this one-page report was
attached as an addendum to the French Parliamentarian Fact-finding Mission
Report on the role of France between 1990 and 1994.
Pictures of the missile launchers were taken and on the pictures, the
reference number of one of the missile launchers was clearly legible and
indeed corresponds to one of the two numbers stated above. Copies of the
pictures were also attached to the fact-finding mission report.
Judge Bruguire succeeded in establishing that in May 1994, in Paris, the
photos were handed over to General Huchon (who was at that time transferred
to the French Cooperation Ministry) by Lt-Col. Ephrem Rwabalinda,
accompanied by Col. Sbastien Ntahondara, the defence attach to the Rwanda
Embassy in Paris.
The pictures were then handed over by the Cooperation Ministry to the
Military Intelligence Department (Direction du Renseignement Militaire –
DRM).
Bruguire explains that as part of the implementation of a legal assistance
request, the Moscow Military Prosecutor’s Office established that the two
missiles bearing reference 04-87-04814 and 04-87-04835 were made in the USSR
and were part of an order of 40 SA 16IGLA missiles delivered to Uganda in
execution of an inter-state contract.
According to Bruguire, in view of the Ugandan origin of the missiles and of
the fact that for him, the armament of the RPF, including its anti-aircraft
weapons, originated from the Uganda military arsenal. Therefore President
Habyarimana’ s plane was shot down by the RPF.

In his demonstration, Bruguire abundantly quotes the Fact-finding Mission
Report which is his main source of information on the missiles, and merely
had such information confirmed by witnesses, the majority of whom are RPF
opponents or French servicemen.
The only new information as compared to the extracts from the Fact-finding
Mission Report is the tracking of the origin of the missiles, including
their Soviet origin and previous inclusion in the Uganda military arsenal.
However, the trail of missile launcher No. 04-87-04814 and No. 04-87-04835
was rejected by the French Parliamentarian Fact-finding Mission, which
clearly showed that this was an attempted manipulation. The best way to
proceed here is to replicate the findings of the review of the missile issue
by the French Parliamentarian Fact-finding Mission.
To better understand these findings which mention Prof. Reyntjens, it is
useful to know that the reference numbers of the two missile launchers
mentioned by Filip Reyntjens in his book Rwanda, Trois jours qui ont fait
basculer l’histoire are fully consistent with the numbers mentioned in the
handwritten report by Lt-Engineer Augustin Munyaneza, a copy of which is
attached as an annex to the Fact-finding Mission Report.

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New ODM-K Scandinavia Committee is still for cronies and family members

Posted by African Press International on May 22, 2007

Below is a lineup of the new ODM-K Scandinavia Committee. For an untrained eye, the elections report on KSB, (a private blog and not at its rightful place which is the ODM-KS website) looks perfect. However, for those who know the machinations behind ODM-K Scandinavia, this committee has been recycled from the newly disbanded one. Save for one or two new faces, it still remains a briefcase committee of cronies and spouses.

Some basic queries: was this the best they could come up with; another Luo-Kikuyu packed committee? Were there no members from other Kenyan tribes to approach in order to reflect a national outlook? One will argue that other tribes were not interested in joining, thus did not appear. No. It is the committees poor marketing of the Party. The truth is that ODM-K Scandinavia only recruits personal friends and family members, who will NOT pose a threat to the status quo. Any critical voice will be deemed rebellious and get muscled out using all means possible.

The Jamii blog recently quoted the ODM-KS Constitution which states that an interim committee stays in place for one year before an elected one is ushered in. If this is the case, then the outgone one also violated the Constitution, because they should have remained in office until their mandate ends in October 2007.

The following members were elected on May 19, 2007 to sit in the ODM-K Scandinavia Committee:

Mr. Martin Ngatia, 40 votes
Mrs Hellen Opwapo, 39 votes
Mr. Okoth Osewe, 39 votes
Mrs Grace Nyambura, 39 votes
Mr. Charles Otieno Owiyo, 36 votes
Ms Caroline Ayodo, 35 votes
Mr. Waweru Nderi, 35 votes
Mrs. Nancy Osumba 21 votes

By Muthoni Kabara

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