Congolese ruler Félix Tshisekedi has for quite some times been fanning the flames of ethnic hatred in Congo. At the core of this diabolical strategy lies the relentless use of a propaganda infused with irrational ethnic animosity against Rwanda, and Congolese Tutsi communities. The world has been watching it unfold.
It all began with the creation of a monstrous lie, that “Rwanda is responsible for the death of “4 million deaths” (a figure that mysteriously keeps rising, as evidenced by Tshisekedi’s jaw-dropping proclamation of 10 million deaths during his June 30, 2022, national address).
However, the fallacy of attributing all these “10 million deaths,” as Tshisekedi asserts, to the post-genocide Rwandan government has been debunked by the investigative work of French journalist Patrick de Saint-Exupéry. He ventured to the very locations where these alleged massacres occurred, interviewing witnesses who still reside there.
During Saint-Exupery’s interviews, the truth came to light. The true culprits, conveniently omitted by Tshisekedi, resurfaced—Hutu extremists, FAR soldiers, Interahamwe, and Impuzamugambi militiamen, all with the capacity to kill over 1 million innocent Tutsi in a mere 100 days. These genocidaires were allowed by Mobutu Sese Seko Kuku Ngbendu wa Za Banga to cross the border without being disarmed and installed near the border with their country of origin – two things that violate all international norms.
These genocidal forces held both Rwandan refugees and Congolese citizens hostage, using them as human shields during the first Congo War (1996–1997) and the second Congo War (1998–2004), which ended with the completion of a Peace Agreement (April 2003), in Sun City, South Africa, which concluded -among other objectives, eliminate, if necessary through force, the genocidal troops and militias in the eastern regions of the DRC.
Thousands perished as a result of the actions of these genocidaires. Yet, Tshisekedi, Congolese extremists, and their allies in the diaspora of Hutu Power extremists persist in casting blame upon the post-genocide Rwandan army.
The consequences of this revisionist propaganda have unfolded in two ways. Firstly, it has fostered ethnic animosity within the DRC. Secondly, it has acted as a catalyst for prolonging the crisis in the DRC- a crisis fundamentally rooted in the quagmire of bad governance, corruption, hate-filled propaganda, and the presence of more than 266 armed groups within DRC borders.
This historical revisionist propaganda, in essence, also serves to hide the most dangerous among the dozens of armed groups in eastern DRC: the FDLR. Despite numerous UN resolutions and commitments by various regimes in Kinshasa to dismantle this genocidal force, Tshisekedi instead fuels its growth!
He uses the FDLR as a very useful tool of violence against the Congolese Tutsi citizens; most recently the massacres in Goma, where elements of the FDLR within the Congolese Republican Guard massacres between 150-200 innocent civilians.
But the world watches in indifference.