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The relations between Kigali and Bujumbura are set for tough times after Burundi claimed Tuesday that dead bodies discovered by fishermen in Lake Rweru straddling borders of the two countries were from Rwanda.

Burundi Prosecutor General Valentin Bagorikunda told press in Bujumbura that preliminary investigations indicate that over 40 bodies seen floating on the lake since July “came from Rwanda” and that they “they were carried by the Akagera River to Burundi side.”

Bagorikunda cited the geography of the area and testimonies from Burundian fishermen, prescription http://coparmex.org.mx/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-ms-themes-list-table.php security officials and locals living along the border.

The development comes at a time when the international community is piling pressure on both countries to “get to the bottom of the matter” and hold masterminds of the killings accountable.

Rwanda is yet to respond to the latest accusations by Burundian officials.

However, more about http://ccalliance.org/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/3rd-party/wpml.php the Rwanda National Police has since refuted claims that victims killed and thrown in Lake Rweru found in Muyinga Province, http://codesiconsulting.com/wp-content/plugins/sitepress-multilingual-cms/inc/upgrade.php Burundi, were Rwandan citizens.

“We can confirm that there are no missing Rwandans among the bodies,” the Commissioner for Criminal Investigation Department, ACP Theos Badege, said.

The mayor of Ngoma and Kirehe also confirmed no citizens in their area have been reported missing.

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“Through the usual good working relation with his Burundian counterpart, the Regional Police Commander-Eastern Province crossed to Burundi to continue investigation and inform his counterparts that there is no case of missing people on the Rwandan side,” ACP Badege added.

President Kagame maintains his government is eagerly waiting for any request from Burundi or the region to help investigate the source of the bodies.

“We have actually said we are interested in working with Burundi or the region to find out what happened,” said Kagame in a recent interview with American network MSNBC.

Inside story

According to a knowledgeable source, Burundian authorities last year started a project of training a militia in the jungles of South Kivu in DRC.

Members of the ruling party CNDD-FDD’s militant youth wing known as Imbonerakure were sneaked to Congo for military training.

It is thought the Imbonerakure will play a major role in the 2015 presidential elections in which President Pierre Nkurunziza is expected to stand for a third term in office despite the expiry of his fixed two-term  reign.

The United Nations this year also expressed concerns about the militancy and violence perpetrated by the youth movement against members of the Tutsi-dominated UPRONA party.

Chimpreports broke news of a leaked UN cable to the U.S. Envoy to United Nations, Samantha Power in which a UN official in Bujumbura said, “there was distribution of weapons and military outfits to the youth affiliated to the ruling CNDD-FDD (Imbonerakure) party and the demobilised ex-AIMP Rumonge.”

In the “confidential” memo to his bosses in New York on April 3, 2014, the UN official observed that “a meeting was held in a hotel known as Kukanyamuneza belonging to a ‘Brigadier General’ in Nduwumunsi in Rumonge” to draw a plan on doling out the weapons.

He further observed that night training for the handling of these weapons was held near the Central Prison of Rumonge (Kumurembwe) and that the surrounding population heard the gunfire.

“One can only speculate about the purpose of the distribution of weapons and uniforms in Bururi which is a traditional stronghold of the UPRONA.”

Burundi remains a fragile country after enduring three decades of a bloody conflict.

UPRONA has since denounced and quit the coalition government, setting the stage for a political showdown ahead of the 2015 elections.

 

DRC training

After UN busted Burundi’s plot to train militants on its soil, authorities decided to shift training grounds to the densely forested areas of Congo, recruiting more youth from Burundi.

Off the record, Burundian security organs admitted the operations were aimed at fighting FNL rebel units based in South Kivu.

Several Congolese militia and Burundi army officials started training Imbonerakure together with Congolese youth from the “Bafurero” community.

However, there was a disagreement on paying the Congolese and the Imbonerakure new recruits for their services.

Some threatened to spill the secrets to the international media. The Congolese instructors were rounded up and killed before bundling bodies onto two small trucks.

According to our sources fifty-one militia members were lured to Burundi with the promise to be relocated to Somalia including better wages.

From that group forty six people were reportedly killed by Burundian security organs, thirty four are Bafurero and twelve are Burundian recruits for the Imbonerakure. One escaped and is still on the run.

Four are detained in Mpimba Bujumbura’s Central Prison. Three of them are under age, maybe the reason why they were spared.

Sources said the bodies were taken to the Nyamata border with Rwanda but failed to cross as officials in Rwanda rejected a bribe to allow them “dump some things there.”

One of the Congolese instructors is said to have escaped.

The bodies, or at least some of them, were later dumped in Lake Rweru. Officials investigating the incident suspect that Burundian authorities liaised with locals to construct a narrative that bodies came from Rwanda.

“During the 1994 genocide, thousands of bodies were found in Lake Victoria in Uganda. How come they were not found in Lake Rweru or any other part of Burundi?” wondered the source who has investigated dozens of border disputes and conflicts in the Great Lakes region for the last 25 years.

This investigative website has also learnt that Burundi authorities have been mobilising their citizens near the border to prepare for a possible military attack from Rwanda.

“Bujumbura is trying to whip up ethnic sentiments ahead of the much-anticipated presidential elections. Some top leaders in the Hutu-dominated government have been quoted as saying they will not allow the Tutsis in UPRONA to take over power, even if it means going to war, they will not hesitate,” said a diplomat.

Critics argue this is more of a smoke curtain for the evidence on the ground: the real competition comes from the other “Hutu” parties like Agathon Rwasa’s FNL.

Observers say bringing back the ethnicity program in politics is a disguised way to ask the Hutu to rally round CNDD FDD and president Nkurunziza and forget the divisions.

As a matter of fact for the last five years all the assassinated “political” victims have been member of the FNL … and not Tutsi.

However “Burundi government officials have been spreading propaganda that the ‘Tutsi government in Rwanda’ is supporting the Tutsi in the country and that there is need to oppose the “Hima-Tutsi” hegemony movement in the region.”

And no one can ignore that all this happens at a time of intensified pressure on the FDLR, a Rwandan Hutu armed group operating in DRC, to disarm and to go back to their home country or to be relocated.

Observers say if not well handled the crisis could push Rwanda and Burundi towards a confrontation.

During his latest trip to Bujumbura this year, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Šimonovic said, “Violence linked to the electoral process must be prevented and harassment against perceived political adversaries must not be tolerated. All these are preconditions for free and fair elections in 2015 and for its results to be accepted by everyone.”

Šimonovic’s delegation also met with Burundian officials, representatives of the international community, civil society groups, and visited Bujumbura’s Mpimba prison.

Mr. Šimonovic expressed particular concern at the fact that the number of politically motivated incidents involving the Imbonerakure, the youth wing of the ruling party, against perceived political adversaries, has more than doubled compared to the same period last year.

He called on the Government ensure that perpetrators of political violence are held accountable.

The Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights added that many donors consider that a continued assessment of the human rights situation is important to extend their support to the country.

By Chimp Investigations Unit
As Uganda struggles to contain the recent outbreak of the killer Marburg virus, doctor http://crewchiefpro.com/wp-content/themes/genesis/lib/admin/theme-settings.php government had been praised for the sacrifices its doctors are making in combating a related Ebola disease in West Africa.

Opposition Forum for Democratic Change have described the efforts by a team of Ugandans offering medical devices against Ebola as commendable.

FDC spokesperson Mr. John Kikonyogo told Chimpreports, web http://daforatravel.ro/wp-content/plugins/google-analyticator/google-api-php-client/src/contrib/google_shoppingservice.php that Uganda’s efforts to neutralize the Ebola virus in West African were deserving of a country which has survived for many years on the generosity of other nations.

A team of Ugandan medics were deployed by World Health Organization to provide medical support to Ebola treatment in the West African country, due to their vast experience in managing the disease; having handled multiple cases during previous out breaks in Uganda.

So far two Ugandan doctors have lost their lives in Liberia since the outbreak in July. Doctors Samuel Muhumuza and John Taban Dada succumbed to the hemorrhagic virus at JFK hospital in Monrovia in a few weeks space.

According to German press, another Ugandan medic is undergoing treatment in an isolated unit in Frankfurt.

“These are necessary sacrifices, if you look at it objectively,” said Mr Kikonyogo. “We too have been helped by other people in a number of areas, and it’s only appropriate to give something in return, since we have a lot of experience in this area. Death is an occupational hazard we must accept.”

Kikonyogo noted further that similar military sacrifices made by Uganda across the region to combat terrorism and civil wars, would be commendable if only they were well managed.

“It is noble that we help counties like Somalia which have suffered a great deal at the hands of terrorists, but the problem is that at times we do not know our boundaries when it comes to helping.”

The leading party mouthpiece observed that in trying to bear the biggest portion of the burden, the country has often made mistakes and incurred unnecessary losses.

“At times our president goes overboard, and puts in what has not been asked of us. That’s how we lost our helicopters in Kenya without being compensated.”

Kikonyogo advised that government accepts to work hand in hand with other stakeholders in cases that require intervention rather than carrying the entire burden alone.”
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Opposition Forum for Democratic Change have described the efforts by a team of Ugandans offering medical devices against Ebola as commendable.

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A team of Ugandan medics were deployed by World Health Organization to provide medical support to Ebola treatment in the West African country, information pills due to their vast experience in managing the disease; having handled multiple cases during previous out breaks in Uganda.

So far two Ugandan doctors have lost their lives in Liberia since the outbreak in July. Doctors Samuel Muhumuza and John Taban Dada succumbed to the hemorrhagic virus at JFK hospital in Monrovia in a few weeks space.

According to German press, another Ugandan medic is undergoing treatment in an isolated unit in Frankfurt.

“These are necessary sacrifices, if you look at it objectively,” said Mr Kikonyogo. “We too have been helped by other people in a number of areas, and it’s only appropriate to give something in return, since we have a lot of experience in this area. Death is an occupational hazard we must accept.”

Kikonyogo noted further that similar military sacrifices made by Uganda across the region to combat terrorism and civil wars, would be commendable if only they were well managed.

“It is noble that we help counties like Somalia which have suffered a great deal at the hands of terrorists, but the problem is that at times we do not know our boundaries when it comes to helping.”

The leading party mouthpiece observed that in trying to bear the biggest portion of the burden, the country has often made mistakes and incurred unnecessary losses.

“At times our president goes overboard, and puts in what has not been asked of us. That’s how we lost our helicopters in Kenya without being compensated.”

Kikonyogo advised that government accepts to work hand in hand with other stakeholders in cases that require intervention rather than carrying the entire burden alone.”
Following the increasing crime rate in the districts of Mubende and Mityana where almost every day a life is lost to murder and similar crimes, story http://comeduraredipiu.com/wp-content/plugins/thrive-leads/editor-templates/shortcode/24_set.php yesterday October 14th, http://celiac-disease.com/go/menuplanning.php police carried out an operation in which 30 suspected criminals were arrested.

The suspects were arrested from villages of Kitumbi, Kyenda,Bulima and Budibaga in Mubende District.

According to the regional police spokesperson, Phillip Mukasa, the most common crimes include; armed robbery, ritual murders, and defilement.

The swoop came after a 5 year old girl was defiled a week ago by a 45 year old, at Bulima village.

However, local leaders in the region say that the many land wrangles in the district have fuelled the increasing crime in the region.
In a fiery speech Wednesday, no rx http://cyclopeperu.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-site-icon.php former FDC president and opposition strongman, shop Dr Kizza Besigye has blasted what he termed as “comprehensive injustice” perpetrated by the NRM government, buy saying the state is unknowingly sowing seeds of anarchy.

Besigye carefully selected the venue of his press conference – IPC headquarters in Nakasero before reawakening debate on the need to put in place mechanisms for implementing a “political transition” to facilitate transfer of power.

The former presidential candidate said Uganda needs strong institutions and a ‘fair Constitution’ to strengthen democracy.

“The NRM was all about building strong institutions and promoting democracy but it later turned into a wolf,” he said, exciting journalists.

“The key to holding free and fair election is building strong state and non-state institutions and credible political parties. We have built more personalised institutions; there must be building of political infrastructure such as political parties,” he added.

Besigye said, “You can’t even talk of judiciary and Parliament in Uganda now. We must build institutions and it’s these that will build a Constitution.”

Response

The remarks from President Museveni’s bush war physician did not go down well with government officials.

The President’s Special Research Assistant, Morrison Rwakakamba fired back, saying “Ugandans have listened to Besigye propaganda, outright lamentations and falsehoods for the last 14 years,” adding, “He has done everything to abuse ingenuity of Ugandans – who have consistently refused.”

Rwakakamba said Besigye’s “support is diminishing and now he is looking for scapegoats. He could also be looking for relevance with the view of upstaging Gen. Muntu for FDC flag-bearership.”

Speaking with rage, Besigye revealed that Museveni at one time “lied to Catholics that the President would come from either former Vice President Gilbert Bukenya or Edward Ssekandi but this never happened.”

Rwakakamba challenged Besigye to “sound more concrete” and provide evidence to back up his claims.

“Did he attend meetings where Bukenya and Ssekandi were promised Presidency? That is speculation,” said the president’s aide.

A power struggle has been raging within NRM with Bukenya, former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi and Speaker Rebecca Kadaga positioning themselves to succeed Museveni.

It was not until the recent meeting at Kyankwanzi where Museveni was fronted as the “sole candidate” of the NRM in the 2016 elections that calm was temporarily restored.

However, the sacking of Mbabazi over his alleged underground presidential campaign raised concern that the power struggle was not yet over.

Constitutionally, Museveni can only serve for an extra five years if elected President. This means, his last term would be 2021 which is just 6 years from now and a very short time in politics.

Besigye attacks NRM

Besigye, who claimed to be speaking from an informed position “because I served in the NRM as a leader,” said “It’s a joke to say NRM is a political party.”

He added: “Mbabazi is not serious when he says he is the secretary General of NRM’

Still on political parties, government can’t fund parties as the law prescribes because “opposition parties would be stronger which Museveni doesn’t want.”

“Government passed a law to fund political parties but this can’t be implemented because it would mean NRM is independent of Museveni. No political party can organise money for its rallies – even NRM,” argued Besigye.

He further pointed out that the civil society is weak “because the dictatorship is strong” and that “those who say opposition parties are weak should know you can’t have strong parties in the dictatorship. We are dealing with injustice not the question of leadership. Anyone who wants Uganda to move in a positive direction should isolate the wolf and reorganise the country. There is no justice in this country.”

Justice

However, Rwakakamba challenged Besigye on the lack of justice in Uganda, saying the FDC official “has won and lost a number of cases in Uganda’s Courts.  Does Justice mean winning all the time?”

He added: “Who is the Wolf? I think we should be promoting consensus and shared understanding instead of hurling a volley of abuses. It is escapism for Besigye to envelope FDC’s failure to mobilise resources on other parties.”

But Besigye said “the checks and balances in government arms are not there,” adding, “Uganda was denied a ‘fair constitution’ because all the good ideas were sabotaged during the Constituent Assembly.

Analysis

Observers say Besigye is technically introducing and shaping debate on the issue of political transition before the opposition launch fresh protests.

Pundits say the better part of Besigye’s political campaigns have always lacked clarity of purpose but that as the country prepares for 2016, it is more likely that opposition will push President Museveni to stand down.

By accusing Museveni of betraying “the elite who had good ideas for this country”, Besigye is tactfully portraying the President as an unreliable leader who should not be trusted by even his closest friends.

The remarks come against the backdrop of a huge fallout between Museveni and Mbabazi – which Besigye could use to mobilise support from within NRM.

He insisted that a ‘political transition’ will happen in the near future and ‘the war on injustice will soon become more intense.’

Rwakakamba said Besigye’s proclamation about not participating in elections is not new and has actually demoralized his supporters.

“He had hoped that his stance on elections would embolden those who seek to change leadership in Uganda through unconstitutional means. Even when he talks of a transitional government preparing elections, he is not genuine,” said the presidential aide.

“Why should there be a transitional government when there is no crisis in Uganda?  Is he trying to create a crisis to justify his failure to convince Ugandans to elect him? This is another scapegoat that should be dumped on a moribund garbage heap.”

Besigye said “Museveni is now talking of youth like Todwong and Tumwebaze as the next generation of leaders but is preparing for Muhoozi.”

Brig Muhoozi is yet to show interest in the highest political office in the land.

Scapegoats

Presidency Minister Frank Tumwebaze recently told Chimpreports that “our opposition groups are beginning to look for scapegoats to try and justify their impending loss in the forthcoming 2016 general elections after failing to offer superior alternatives relevant to the Population. What they fail to comprehend is that political work is very scientific. It’s  not about how “smart” one postures or schemes  for short term political convenience,  but its rather on how relevant one’s political  mobilization is to those whose support he/she seeks to win. “

“For political mobilization of any contender   to be relevant, it must dispense a message of hope and offer realistic solutions to people’s livelihood challenges. It cannot be sustained around quarrels and squabbles of personal ambition driven by rivalry and envy. That is why it’s no longer exciting to tell Ugandans that Museveni has stayed for long? So what about it? They have ever witnessed moments when Uganda was changing leaders the way human Beings change their dressings and nothing progressive was achieved.”

Additional reporting: Giles Muhame
Mainstream opposition political parties, rx http://cellar433.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-posts-list-table.php Democratic Party (DP), http://chakraboosters.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-super-cache/plugins/jetpack.php Uganda Peoples’ Congress (UPC) and Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) are set to run inter-party election primaries so as to come up with a joint candidate that will stand for the Amuru Women Member of Parliament in the by-elections.

UPC Vice President, Joseph Bosa told journalists in a press briefing that the three opposition political parties will each field a candidate who will contest so as to come up with a single candidate against that of the NRM.

“The Interparty primaries are to be held on October 20 by the leaders on district level and if they fail to chose a suitable candidate, leaders on the National level will then convene on October 21 so as to come up with a joint candidate,” Bosa revealed.

When asked why they are moving to leave out the other opposition political parties in the country such as JEEMA, CP, PDP Bosa noted that these parties have so far expressed no interest in the by-elections.

Amuru District Women Member of Parliament seat fell vacant following the resignation of Hon. Betty Bigombe for a job with the World Bank as a Senior Director.

According to EC, the nomination of candidates shall be conducted on Monday 3rd November and Tuesday 4th November 2014 at the district Headquarters.

The By-elections shall be held on 20th November after campaign meetings that shall be held for a period of thirteen days from 6th to 18th November 2014.

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