By: Rpf Gakwerere
For years, the enclave’s brutal ruler has been the main seller of black market military weapons to different armed factions in the greatlakes region.
This lucrative business started when criminal Paul Kagame started The Alliance of Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Congo-Zaire (AFDL or ADFLC) rebellion which was led by a nominated stooge, the late president Laurent-Désiré Kabila.
After the overthrow of dictactor Mobutu Sese Seko Kuku Ngbendu Wa Za Banga’s regime and instoring Laurent-Désiré Kabila as the next president of newly named country, DR Congo. Criminal Paul Kagame started making cash as a middleman in buying of weapons for the new DR Congo army.
After capturing power in May 1997, president Laurent-Désiré Kabila nominated treacherous assassin Gen James Kabarebe as the new chief of staff for DR Congo army. Treacherous assassin Gen James Kabarebe was tasked with building a professional DR Congo army, to turn a ragtag rebel group that had just captured power into a professional army.
To make cash through embezzlement, treacherous assassin Gen James Kabarebe used Rwanda as a channel in the purchase of military weapons for the DR Congo army. In 1990s, criminal Paul Kagame was the vice president and minister of defence, however, he was the real power as puppet president Pasteur Bizimungu was working under the directives of criminal Paul Kagame.
At this time, Criminal Paul Kagame being the minister of defence in Rwanda, DR Congo would order weapons through criminal Paul Kagame in Rwanda, and criminal Paul Kagame would in turn order them from different black markets especially in former USSR countries like Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan; and former eastern communist countries of Bulgaria and Romania. This was the time criminal Paul Kagame became to know and befriended Viktor Anatolyevich Bout, a Russian arms dealer who is now serving a jail sentence in USA. Victor Bout was accused of intending to smuggle arms to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) for use against U.S. forces in Colombia.
Victor Bout who was criminal Paul Kagame’s channel for black market weapons in 1990s and early 2000s was convicted in November 2011 by a jury in a Manhattan federal court of conspiracy to kill U.S. citizens and officials, delivery of anti-aircraft missiles, and providing aid to a terrorist organization, and was sentenced to 25 years’ imprisonment. Victor Bout smuggled weapons since the collapse of communism from Eastern Europe to Africa and the Middle East during the 1990s and early 2000s.
In the second Congo war which started in 1998 after president Laurent-Désiré Kabila throwing out of DR Congo treacherous assassin Gen James Kabarebe and most specially Rwanda troops, criminal Paul Kagame continued his black market arms trade through his newly formed rebel group – Rassemblement Congolais pour la Démocratie, known as RCD. The RCD of Gen Jean-Pierre Ondekane.
The RCD rebellion which controlled a sway of mineral rich territories up to Kasai region – all way to Kisangani in Eastern Province. The RCD rebel group was 100% logistically supported by Criminal Paul Kagame including the man power, half of RCD troops were from Rwanda patriotic army, now Rwanda Defence forces. For criminal Paul Kagame, the rebel group would supply minerals in exchange of weapons. Criminal Paul Kagame and his coordinator in DR Congo human catastrophe – Gen James Kabarebe made millions of dollars in this illicit trade of blood money.
After the peace pact signing in Sun City, South Africa, between a delegation led by RCD chief Adolpe Onusumba Yemba and government of then young president Joseph Kabila, criminal Paul Kagame continued to trade in illegal DR Congo minerals through DR Congo smugglers and middlemen, and slowly Kigali was established as the capital of precious minerals from DR Congo.
After RCD rebel group integrating into DR Congo institutions, in accordance with Sun City peace pact, criminal Paul Kagame and his get rich quick coordinator had to find other means of exploiting mineral riches of DR Congo, thus the birth of Laurent Nkunda’s CNDP in December of 2006. The same procedure applied here, criminal Paul Kagame through his DR Congo coordinator – treacherous assassin Gen James Kabarebe made millions of dollars in exchange of cheap black market military weapons for minerals.
By this time, 2006, criminal Paul Kagame through his coordinator of DR Congo desk – treacherous assassin Gen James Kabarebe were selling black market military weapons to various militia – Mai Mai groups. Walikale and Masisi were the centres of Mai-Mai activity in North Kivu and mineral trade area for criminal Paul Kagame and treacherous assassin Gen James Kabarebe.
In South Kivu, in Walungu and Bunyakiri south of Lake Kivu, around Uvira and Mwenaga at the northern end of Lake Tanganyika, further south around Fizi, and around Shabunda and Kindu, these are Mai Mai areas that Kigali agents under Gen James Kabarebe traded minerals in exchange of weapons.
For example, a well known Mai-Mai leader, Colonel Mayele, who was arrested by UN forces in October 2010, and allegedly the leader behind mass rapes in the Walikale region of North Kivu province was under the books – payroll of Gen James Kabarebe in elicit trade of minerals in exchange for weapons. Col Mayele was also used by Gen James Kabarebe to attack FDLR positions around Walikake.
In 2001, treacherous assassin Gen James Kabarebe, for the thirsty of DR Congo minerals, he convinced his criminal boss to expand their outreach for the precious minerals and they identified Ituri region as rich area for untapped minerals. In 2001, they sent Bosco Ntaganda to Ituri and he formed the Patriotic Forces fir the Liberation of Congo (FPLC) alongside Thomas Lubanga. Rwanda sent troops and weapons to support in this operation, while in return, cargo planes full of different types of minerals jetted from Ituri to Kigali.
Criminal Paul Kagame’s greed have fuelled conflict of minerals since 1996, and his greed has continued to help the sustainability of armed violence in DR Congo, making DR Congo atrocities to be deadliest conflict globally since World War 2. Mineral conflicts from DR Congo have made criminal Paul Kagame and his few associates rich, to them, the misery which they have caused since 1996 doesn’t bother them at all.
The illegal exploitation of DR Congo’s natural resources has led to more than 6 millions losing their lives. With the supply of weapons by criminal Paul Kagame, and lucrative mineral trades, violence will continue plaguing DR Congo until criminal Paul Kagame and his satanic system are defeated by oppressed and enslaved Rwandans.
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