Alexis Sinduhije responds to the allegations made by the UN Group of Experts Report and demands an investigation into their methods
Since his release from a Tanzanian jail in February, Alexis Sinduhije has been keeping a low profile in France. As I wrote previously, his temporary custody in Dar es Salaam was mired in confusion as the Burundian government seemed to struggle with the extradition papers. They initially denied having anything to do with his arrest and then a week later claimed they had an international arrest warrant. His lawyers sprung him on a procedural point and Tanzania has remained silent on the matter. Burundi, meanwhile, claimed he was still a wanted man although this seemed to fall on deaf ears when Sinduhije passed through Uganda on his way back to France. Although Burundi claimed he was wanted for a murder, when he was released from his Tanzanian cell they also belatedly raised the allegations made against Alexis Sinduhije by the UN Group of Experts. Read more
Writing about Rwanda is a perilous exercise, tweeting about it more so. Does the reporting of the Trevidic investigation signify the triumph of PR in journalism?
Rwandan Proverb: The truth goes through fire but never burns.
I run a digital news desk that is dominated by my long term interest in African stories so when the French government announced the pending release of Marc Trevidic’s investigation into the shooting down of Juvenal Habyarimana’s plane – the incident that sparked the Rwandan genocide – it was an obvious issue to report. Or so I thought….
Marc Trevidic’s report, based on visits to Rwanda and ballistics research, follows a previous report by French magistrate Jean-Louis Bruguière that resulted in charges against 9 of Paul Kagame’s colleagues – Kagame, as a head of state, was exempted.
Days before the publication of the report I made one small comment about it on Twitter and suddenly my Rwanda connected ‘followers’ increased. Many of them seemed very confident in their knowledge of the contents of the report long before it was published, some of the accounts were new, all of them took exactly the same stance in their tweeting. This fascinated me so I began to investigate who they were. It was an interesting if somewhat monotone cast. Read more
While international media attention focuses on events in Goma, the political and military landscape of the eastern Congo is changing as Kabila’s hold becomes more fragile in North Kivu.
It started with text messages and phone calls, numbers blocked, followed by visits at night: “we are numerous and of various ethnicities” they said before issuing their threats. Some of the messages appeared to be invitations: “join us or face us” or “do not think you are stronger than fire” while others were unmistakeable signposts to a bad end for those who spoke out against war in the Eastern Congo. Read more