United Nations head honcho Ban Ki-Moon arrived in Kigali last night. He held talks with Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo and should, at this very moment, be sharing tea and biscuits with President Paul Kagame. The topic on the table is the draft UN “mapping” report about alleged atrocities in DR Congo between 1993 – 2003. Rwanda “slammed the report” soon after the draft was leaked on August 26. The government subsequently threatened to withdraw its UN peacekeeping troops from Darfur and elsewhere should the report be published. The UN thought twice and has delayed publication until October 1,
“Following requests, we have decided to give concerned states a further month to comment on the draft,” [said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay]. “I have offered to publish any such comments alongside the report itself.” link
Rwanda is happy about the Ban Ki-Moon visit, but outraged at the report,
“We are very happy that the secretary general thought it was important to come here and discuss this DRC mapping report,” said Louise Mushikiwabo, who met Ban on Tuesday evening shortly after his arrival.
“Our expectations are that he understands why we have rejected this report, it is important that he understands why we are outraged by this report…, which is bound to cause instability in the region.”
“There is no question that, should this report be released as we have seen in a draft version, with its false accusations and without talking to the interested parties, Rwanda will pull out its troops immediately.” link
So, why the picture of a bus hairing round the “small roundabout” in central Kigali at an impossible angle earlier this week? Take a closer look below. What odds would you give this bus of making that corner? And are they any better or worse than Rwanda’s chances of getting the incendiary sections of the report removed?
Photograph originally uploaded to the Kigali Wire Mobypicture account.