Open Letter to the United Nations (By Colonel Patrick KAREGEYA)
The President of the United Nations Security Council
Re: United Nations Security Council Expert Report on the Democratic
I write this press release on my own behalf and on behalf of Lt General Kayumba Nyamwasa.
In its 6th December 2010 edition, ‘The New Times’, a Rwanda daily newspaper owned and run by the National Security Service (the intelligence service of the Government of Rwanda) published an article entitled, UN Report Pins Kayumba, Karegeya on FDLR. The newspaper article alleges inter alia, that “independent sources” had linked me and Gen. Nyamwasa to the Rwandan armed group known as the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (the FDLR); that General Nyamwasa has facilitated contacts between the Forces Patriotique pour la Liberation du Congo (the FPLC) and the Federal Republican Forces (the FRF) rebel groups; that “credible testimony” has suggested that former officers of the Congress National pour la Defense du Peuple (the CNDP) have been in contact with us; that the UN Group of Experts on the DRC had “directly witnessed” a conversation between me and the former officers o f the CNDP; that Gen. Nyamwasa may have sent an emissary to meet FDRL, FPLC and Mai Mai Leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo in February 2010; that both of us are believed to be the masterminds of grenade attacks that took place in Kigali, Rwanda, in early 2010 and that we have been charged with forming a terrorist group, fomenting ethnic divisionism, threatening national security, undermining state authority, and spreading harmful propaganda.
We have also had the opportunity to read the United Nations Security Council Experts’ Report on the Democratic Republic of Congo (the Experts’ Report on the DRC) and note with both surprise and regret that the report states that ‘Several independent sources, including one in Kampala and one within FPLC, informed the Group that FRF had agreed to join the FPLC coalition all alleging, without providing further details that those contacts may have been facilitated by Kayumba Nyamwasa, the dissident former Rwandan general’ (para. 73). The Experts’ Report on the DRC further states: “In addition, according to credible testimony from various sources former CNDP officers have been in contact with Rwandan political dissidents in
While we have no reason to question the good faith of the authors of the Experts ‘ Report on the DRC, we would wish to put it on record that the extensive allegations contained in the Rwanda Government newspaper article referred to in the foregoing paragraph and the more limited allegations set out in the Experts’ Report on the DRC are all absolutely false and unfounded. As we have done before, we would like to reiterate that we do not seek to destabilize
Together with our colleagues, Dr. Theogene Rudasingwa and Dr.Gerald Gahima, we articulated (in our idely circulated paper,’Rwanda Briefing ‘) our political views on the situation in Rwanda and our thinking on a way out of the political impasse that Rwandan society find itself, proposing political reforms in Rwanda as a peaceful alternative to the current dictatorship that can only lead to more conflict and bloodshed.
Our political stand on
We have not had and we do not maintain any contact or relationship of any kind with the groups in question. We have not been involved in the criminal activities (including the grenades attacks in
President Kagame’s uncompromising intransigence on political reform and respect of fundamental liberties destabilizes
President Kagame has twice ordered invasion of the DRC, against the advice of many of his colleagues, and in violations of Rwanda’ s laws (that require parliamentary approval of declaration of war) as well as international law.
The policy of the Government of Rwanda on the DRC (dictated by President Kagame , as
President Kagame was responsible for the creation of the
to destroy the refugee camps, to destroy ex-FAR and Interahamwe structures based in and around the camps and to overthrow the Mobutu regime.
The Government of Rwanda had planned the AFDL rebellion in advance, recruiting Congolese combatants, providing the recruits with training in facilities in
In 1998, President Laurent Kabila fell out with Paul Kagame (largely due to Kagame’s arrogant, over-bearing and irrational behavior) and President Laurent Kabila expelled Rwandan forces from the DRC.
President Kagame retaliated by forming another rebel group, the Rassemblement Congolais pour la Democratie (the RCD) that he used to try and overthrow President Kabila’s government. President Kagame again at first denied the presence of
President Kagame’s claim to being a stabilizing influence in the
The President is in fact the single greatest source of instability, violence and bloodshed in both
President Kagames military commanders and security operatives (and not ourselves) are responsible for the formation and sustenance of the rebel groups that the Rwanda Government accuses us of fraternizing with. I was in prison in 2005 when the CNDP was established . I spent almost three years in illegal detention in solitary confinement and under house arrest before escaping from
The allegation that Kayumba may have sent an emissary to meet with FDLR, FPLC and Mai Mai leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo in February’ is totally unfounded. Gen. Nyamwasa did not, prior to the publication of the Experts Report on the DRC, have any knowledge of the existence of the FPLC and FPLC rebel groups. Consequently it could not have been possible for him to facilitate the contacts between the two groups. I escaped from
Gen. Nyamwasa did not send an emissary to FDLR and Mai Mai as alleged in the report as he does not agree with the two groups ideologically. Since 1998, Gen. Nyamwasa was always concerned about the political, social and strategic implications of the formation of anti-government Congolese rebel groups.
He unsuccessfully opposed the formation of such groups during the time that we both worked for the Government of Rwanda. Disagreements over
He did not have any prior plans to visit
We are completely mystified by the significance that the Experts Report on the DRC attaches to a conversation that is alleged to have taken place between me and former officers of the CNDP who have been integrated into the DRC National Army (the FARDC) that the Group of Experts is reported to have witnessed. The report does not indicate how the committee verified that the person that the alleged CNDP officers claimed to speak to was actually me. Neither does the report indicate how the content of the conversation constituted a crime or conspiracy against either of the two states. I do not recall ever having the conversation referred to in the Experts’ Report on the DRC. I definitely did not initiate any calls to any known member of the CNDP either have I had any discussions with real or presumed members of the CNDP (or indeed any other person) regarding a conspiracy to destabilize
It is most probable that the United Nations Security Council experts interviewed stage-managed witnesses or proxies of the Government of Rwanda. We believe that the so-called ‘independent sources’ that are alleged to have linked us to the rebel groups in the DRC are likely to be compromised elements of the CNDP, which was created, and is maintained and still remains under the influence of the Government of Rwanda.
The claim that we were the masterminds behind the grenade attacks that exploded in
In the aftermath of the publication of the DRC Mapping Report by the United Nations Commission for Human Rights, President Kagame is desperately searching for anything on the horizon to deflect attention from his crimes by creating `scapegoats for the`suffering and mayhem that he has visited on millions of Rwandans and citizens of the DRC. The allegations that the government of Rwanda is leveling against us (as well as other Rwandans who are demanding an end to dictatorship) are also intended to deflect the attention of the people of Rwanda and the international community from Rwanda’s internal crisis, to disguise President Kagame’s continuing role in destabilizing neighboring states and to salvage his tarnished image in the aftermath of the publication of the DRC Mapping Report. These types of allegations are characteristic of a regime engulfed by crisis. Trumped-up charges of corruption, terrorism, connections with the FDLR, divisionism, genocide ideology, and even moral impurity are some of the tools that President Kagame always uses against real or perceived opponents. We challenge the Government of Rwanda to release the dossiers in respect of the criminal cases that have been filed against us (and our colleagues, Dr. Rudasingwa and Dr. Gahima) to the public so that the people of Rwanda and the international community can see for themselves how the sham criminal cases that are being prosecuted against us are nothing but a blatant abuse of the judicial system for purposes of persecution of political opponents.
As we have indicated in our paper (Rwanda Briefing) and other declarations,
Accept, your Excellency, the assurances of our highest consideration.
Col. Patrick Karegeya
Members of the Security Council
The Secretary General, United Nations
Members of the UN Security Council Committee of Experts on the Democratic Republic of the Congo
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