opinionBy Maj. Jill Rutaremara
Kigali — The United Democratic Force-Inkingi (UDF-Inkingi), an amalgamation of extremist genocidaires, made wild and unfounded allegations against Major General Karenzi Karake and indeed against the Government of Rwanda.
The allegations were made soon after the appointment of Major General Karenzi by the African Union and the United Nations to the post of Deputy Joint Force Commander of the AU-UN Hybrid force (UNAMID) to be deployed in the Darfur region of the Sudan. The UDF-Inkingi alleged that Major General Karenzi was involved in Kibeho incident in 1995 during which time 8000 people are said to have been killed. This allegation is baseless as is clearly documented in the report by the International commission of inquiry of 3rd May 1995 on the incident.
The names of Major General Karenzi do not feature anywhere in the report. The findings of the report on the other hand clearly absolve the RDF, then RPA. The allegation that General Karake "supervised the mass killings of civilian refugees in the DR Congo" is farfetched. Rwanda's entry into the DRC was clearly in pursuit of the ex-FAR/Interahamwe militias whose genocidal agenda remains very much alive to date. Contrary to the alleged mass killings of civilian refugees, the RDF operations in the DRC helped free and repatriate over two million Rwandese that had been held hostage by ex-FAR/Interahamwe whose genocide ideology the UDF-Inkingi continues to propagate.
The UDF's allegation that Major General Karake "masterminded the assassination of numerous politicians" at a time when he was the RPA's Chief liaison officer to the Organisation of African Unity's Neutral Military Observer Group (NMOG) in Rwanda and to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Rwanda (UNAMIR) is mere fabrication. It is a well known fact that the deaths of several politicians from the opposition, who had been consistently accused and condemned as being RPF allies, by the hate media and the then government, was masterminded by the extremist government of the day in order to muzzle the opposition, derail the peace process and lay foundation for the genocide against the people of Rwanda. Many of the remnants of this extremist regime are today with the UDF-Inkingi. In view of the above therefore, the allegations made by the UDF-Inkingi and its timing can only be construed as a desperate attempt by the genocidaires organisation to tarnish Rwanda's image and to derail efforts at stabilising peace in the Sudan. Such unfounded allegations should be treated with the contempt they deserve.
The writer is the Military Spokesman.