Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The M23 Head of Youth Mobilization, Mr. Ali Musagara

The M23 Head of Youth Mobilization, Mr. Ali Musagara breaks His silence, and speaks to CongoDRC News about the objective of the M23. 
He Had this to say with regard to the possibility of M23 Integrating into FARDC, '' How can we be expected to integrate into an army That does not exist? FARDC is not an army in the proper sense.   It is a criminal That group is responsible for the recent violation of 126 women in Minova, 70 and 90 in Katanga in Tongo.
CongoDRC News: Information available on the Internet lays claims 450 That form Ntaganda fighters Who Were in Rwanda Have now joined the M23 of General Makenga. What do you make of thesis claims?
AM: You shoulds Rather put this issue to Thierry Vurcoulon who is the author of this information. Let me explain this to you, falling on clashes on March 1 st  to 15 th   in Kibumba betweens Bosco Ntaganda's group and M23, M23 captured 150 of Ntaganda's fighters and 300 Voluntarily surrendered Themselves, some of Whom are officers Whose name Were released on the internet. These are the 450 soldiers That Were Being Referred to by M23 Military Spokesman Colonel Vianney Kazarama so it is unfortunate That the Director of the International Crisis Group HAS distorted this information for Reasons best known to him.Recently diplomats visited the train Have you HAD Ntaganda fighters crossed into Rwanda and are still there.
CongoDRC News: Is it true That The M23 is preparing to attack Goma?
AM: We deliberately Withdraw from the city of Goma on December 1 st 2012 and Declared a unilateral ceasefire in Kampala to give peace and dialogue a chance, then why Would we attack Goma today and Especially When our delegation in Kampala is engaged in talks with the DRC Government? Ever since May 6th 2012 All which marks the date on All which M23 was created, we never Planned an attack against the FARDC positions. Instead, the FARDC has-been attacking us and we only defend Ourselves and push back the attackers. Kabila and his allies FDLR, Mayi Mayi Nyatura, MONUSCO and others continued to calmly prepare Their war plane and generate confusion and falsehoods to distract public opinion. We HOWEVER, are well Informed and ready to defend Ourselves.
CongoDRC News: Recently Tshibanda ordered the M23 to lay down Their arms. Will you abide by His order and integrate into FARDC?
AM: Tshibanda Has the right to make His wishes known. HOWEVER, M23 About did not take up arms on an order. M23 Took up arms Because the DRC Government wanted to exterminate us and to bury the March 23, 2009 agreement so Kinshasa That May Not Have to deal with and resolve the deep rooted problems That our country is experiencing. If Mr. Tshibanda wants an exodus from the abstract world to the world of reality, then He Has To Provide answers and solutions to the justifiable Grievances of M23.
It is not a secret That Does not Have the DRC what can be Considered as a proper army and even the United Nations Secretary-General Noted this fact in His report of 27 th February. M23 cannot be expected to integrate into an institution That Does not exist in reality . M23 cannot integrate into a criminal group All which is responsible for the rape of 126 women in Minova, 70 and 90 in Katanga in Tongo.Please read the recent report of UNOCHA FARDC about rapes in Katanga to find out more about the conduite of this so called army.
CongoDRC News: Soon a special brigade Intervention Will Be Deployed to the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, How Will M23 cope?
AM: The famous Brigade! The Brigade All which is silent Congolese Have you resolved to Have Been forced to make the ultimate sacrifice by a diet That Thrives through demagoguery, corruption, exclusion, and terror. For the first time the a has openly Decided to Support a government That Is Characterized by fraud, That a government rigged the elections of November 28, That Is The government has because of the misery of the Congolese and That Does not in any way comply with basic human rights. If the Brigade attacks us, We Shall sponds with vigor. Ourselves we will defend to the last drop of blood.
CongoDRC News: Many reports make claims about the presence of Ugandans and Rwandans in the ranks of M23, what do you have to say about allegations thesis?
AM: It is absolutely false, the Congolese Government Reviews another can not find an excuse to justify failure to maintain maintenance icts a decent army and INSTEAD point fingers at Rwanda and Uganda.HOWEVER, apart from spreading falsehoods Kinshasa HAS never been ble to Provide any evidence of Their presence. Aim to reassure you, if the M23 Had the carrier of Rwanda and Uganda as is Being Alleged by the DRC Government, Perhaps we Would Have Apprehended by Kabila now and HAD him Transferred to the ICC.
CongoDRC News: What messages do you have for the South African people?
AM: I have great respect for the brotherly people of South Africa and Their struggle against exclusion and the fight for the welfare of all Citizens even if Their President (Zuma) out Time of the Old own selfish Interests, is ready to take the risk of Sacrificing the lives of South African military staff in order to rescue a corrupt All which diet Does not guarantee the equality of all Citizens. Nelson Mandela said "A man who deprives another man's freedom is a prisoner of hatred, prejudice and narrow-mindedness" so I appeal to our brothers, the South Africans, not to allow an individual or a group of Individuals to discard the valuesThat Have Their nation and built for All which gains Nelson Mandela Sacrificed His youth.
CongoDRC News: What about the fate of the Kampala talks?
AM: After M23 captured the city of Goma, the DRC Government finally Agreed to sit around a table to Discuss with us. Whenever the Government HAS Sought to create a blockage in negotiations, We Have Sought to find a way forward. M23 Declared a cease-fire unilaterally, accepted the changes in agendas and overlooked several violations of rules falling on the negotiations. As of now we Have our Proposals Submitted to the facilitator. We need to resolve our problems through talks not war as our people are tired of wars. Surprising in all this it is the DRC Government and Intervention Brigade That are preparing to make war.
CongoDRC News: What is your final word to the youth?
AM: Change Will not come from others and Will not happen tomorrow. Will it only come from us and now.We are the change Abebooks web seek.
Translated by Diana S, Katabarwa

Black People Despise Everything That Looks Like Us - Pashu Shuudi,

My guess is that, had the following been written by a white journalist, he would have been sacked from the newspaper. As it is, this letter was penned by a black Namibian citizen, Pashu Shuudi, in the Namibian Sun on Thursday March, 24, 2011. 

"ALTHOUGH hard to swallow, us black people despise everything that looks like us. To prove my point, not so long ago fellow blacks who had run away from atrocities in their own African countries were beaten, burned and some even killed by fellow blacks in South Africa .

In Namibia , black supporters of the ruling party Swapo and the opposition parties clashed in 2009 and we still hear of such quarrels or violence just in the name of politics. Through studying history, I have come to learn that we actually disliked one another before colonialism, hence fierce tribal fights during those years. Colonialism united us all in the fight against a common enemy and after colonialism, we saw the rebirth of things we thought were buried a long time ago, like tribalism, regionalism, ethnic favouritism, etc.

Although we do not like others from other tribes, we all love things that we do not produce. We love fine branded clothes from Europe , we love American and German-made cars, we love expensive wines and whiskeys, computers and cellphones, yet no African person makes or brews any of them.

All we own, unfortunately, are thousands of shebeens where we drink ourselves to death, stab each other with knives/bottles, infect each other with the HIV virus, make lots of unwanted babies and then blame others for our miseries. We love all sorts of expensive foreign made items and show them off, yet we look down at our indigenous products that we fail to commercialise.
As blacks, we know very little about investments, whether in stocks, or in properties. All we know is how to invest our money in things that depreciate or evaporate the fastest like clothes, cars, alcohol and, when we are at it, we want the whole world to see us. I know some brothers driving BMWs, yet they sleep on the floors and don’t have beds because nobody will see them anyway.

This is what we love doing and this is the black life, a life of showing off for those who have. A black millionaire entrepreneur living in Ludwigsdorf or Klein Kuppe in Windhoek will drive to the notorious Eveline Street in Katutura where he will show off his expensive car and look down on others.

We sell our natural resources to Europe for processing, and then buy them back in finished products. What makes us so inferior in our thinking that we only pride ourselves when we have something made by others? What compels us to show off things that we don’t manufacture? Is it the poverty that we allow ourselves to be in? Is it our navigated consciousness, our culture, or just a low self-esteem possessing us, or just plain lack of intellect? For how long are we going to be consumers or users of things we do not produce? Do we like the easy way out, such that we only use and consume things made by others?

Do designer clothes, expensive wines or changing our names to sound more European make us more confident in ourselves?

Our leaders scream at us how bad the Europeans are yet they steal our public money and hide it in European banks. We know how Europeans ransacked Africa but we are scandalously quiet when our own leaders loot our countries and run with briefcases under their arms full of our riches to Europe . The Europeans took our riches to Europe but our African leaders are doing this too.

Mubarak of Egypt, Gadaffi of Libya, Mobutu Sese Seko of the (then) Zaire , Mugabe, all had their assets allegedly frozen in Europe . Why do our African leaders, who claim to love us, run to invest ‘their’ money in Europe ? Again when they get sick they are quick to be flown to Europe for treatment, yet our relatives die in hospital queues. Don’t our leaders trust the health systems they have created for us all?

Why are we so subservient, so obedient to corruption when committed by our very own people? Nobody can disagree with me that in this country that we are like pets trained to obey the instructions of their masters. I am sure we look down when we think of our broken lives but what do we see then? I wonder if we realise how we sell our dreams to our leaders for corruption, misery, poverty, unemployment, underdevelopment and all other social evils affecting us. 

How long are we going to let our manipulated minds mislead us, from ‘womb to tomb?" 


How long are we going to blame the whites for our own inability to rise above ourselves and our situation? We denounce the Whites even with hatred, yet we are striving for everything they do and have? Why do we want to be like them yet despise them? Waiting for stuff to be given to us for free, hands held out for alms to cross our palms? And sadly, at the next election, we vote ourselves right back into the same state of affairs!