Psychology Underlying This Report:
This Crisis Group Report titled “Congo, Is Democratic Change Possible?” displays the 17th, 18th, and 19th century European world’s contempt toward Africa, toward African people, and toward the African Mind. These three centuries were when the prevailing white world’s expertise and scholarship on the African people was that they belonged into a zoo with the chimpanzee as in the case of the Congolese Ota Benga in the US (1906 in the Bronx Zoo in New York City) or that the African woman’s brains and genitals had to be “studied” and “experimented” on by European experts in order to prove “the innate inferiority of the Negro (read “Black”) race,” as in the case of Saartjie, the Hottentot Venus also called the Black Venus from today’s South Africa (the Khoi people) who was taken to England, then to France in the 19th century (1810 onward) and was put through demeaning and inhumane “exhibits” of her nakedness and more. As pertaining to the Mind of the Africans, why, that white world believed that they had none. That the Africans could not think, therefore, they could not speak for themselves, they could not feel the pain, the emotions (such as shame, dignity, pride, love, being offended,…) that white people feel, neither could they, therefore, know what is good for them. Thus, the white experts decide what is good for Africans even when it is against their interests, against their well being; the white experts decide what the African reality is, even when the African reality is different from the one the white “experts” are touting. The Africans are expected or rather obligated to accept, to embrace, and to act on the white experts’ reality, no matter how contrary it is to what the Africans themselves have gone or are going through (i.e., in America or Europe, no media or government would talk about the Arab world or Israel without referring to, consulting, or interviewing Arab or Israelis themselves; whereas with Africa, not only the Africans are rarely called to speak for and about themselves, but any African writing or speaking a different view from that of the Europeans’ “does not know better”, therefore, would not be interviewed or sought out for his or her views or advice).
Left: Ota Benga, the Congolese as an exhibit in the New York Bronx Zoo (USA) in 1906; Right: Saartjie, the South African Khoi young woman named the “Hottentot Venus”, exhibited both in London and Paris starting in 1810
Hence, on the DRC:
- On one hand, European powers, their big media, and groups or institutions that could’ve made a difference to stop it do not care about the millions of Congolese who have been slaughtered by Kagame’s Rwanda, Museveni’s Uganda, and their agents in DRC with “Joseph Kabila” as head (any Black who wants to have and keep a job with these powers or media or groups has to toe the line, the thinking, and the theses of these Europeans about the DRC, no matter how erroneous or contrary they are). So these experts never speak of the Congo holocaust, rather they elevate, protect, and defend both the Tutsi “Nazis” slaughtering the Congolese and the Tutsi in the DRC overseeing this slaughter, this holocaust, “Joseph Kabila”, whom these experts legitimize by legitimizing and dubbing “democracy” his fraudulent and violent “elections”, his imprisoning, poisoning, and blatantly murdering all political foes, and his never-ending killing with live bullets of unarmed citizens who protest and his nightly mass assassinations of kidnapped young people who are buried in mass graves or thrown into the Congo River daily! (the 10/1/2010 UN Mapping Report gives plenty of the evidence of the Congo holocaust or genocide and on some of the known mass graves; but, because the white “experts” think the lives and the reality of the Congolese do not matter, the report has been buried in the UN drawers and the Crisis Group, Western governments and other “experts” write, speak, and report as if there is no killing or gang rape in DRC).
Left (cr. @nickkristof): Dr. Denis Mukwege gets a degree and a standing ovation at Harvard University commencement for repairing the few Congolese women who survive gang rape; right: over 2 million Congolese women and little girls are slaughtered like the girl here after being gang raped; yet, Harvard University and other institutions and governments fail to denounce Paul Kagame and his extremist Rwandan Tutsi army and militias responsible for these atrocities (UN Mapping Report 10/1/2010)
- On the other hand, while showering Dr. Denis Mukwege with awards and prizes (the latest is Harvard University that just awarded him a degree to a standing ovation), no European government, institution, or group has taken the initiative to publicly denounce by name or taken the steps to STOP if not to punish Kagame, Museveni, Kabila, and their soldiers and militias who gang rape, mutilate, and slaughter Congolese women and little girls. Would not the best prize and award be to denounce and campaign against the rapists in the first place? Indeed, the fundamental fact is that before Rwanda and Uganda’s invasion of the DRC in 1996, these gang rapes and mutilations and mass killings never took place in Zaire. Since Rwanda and Uganda’s occupation of the DRC, beside systematically slaughtering the Congolese, they have used gang rape as a weapon to destroy the Congolese females and, therefore, depopulate Congo’s eastern populations (hence Kagame and Kabila’s several attempts to assassinate Dr. Mukwege for “saving” the Congolese female) so Rwanda and Uganda can control the Congo and annex its eastern part for the resources. That’s why neither the UN nor the “Kabila” government of occupation has stopped these killings and rape for 18 years now.
Reality of the Crisis Group Report vs. Congolese Reality
A picture is worth a thousand words…
The Crisis Group illustrates their “Executive Summary and Recommendations” with the image of a “happy” crowd holding a huge picture of “Joseph Kabila”. The caption says, “Ruling party PPRD rally in Kinshasa following Joseph Kabila’s re-election, 28 November 2011.”
But, what is the reality? The Congolese reality is that both the picture and the caption are misleading. This foreigner from Rwanda, “Joseph Kabila”, both in 2006 and 2011, lost the elections to a “Mwana mboka” (child of the country).
Can one associate the name of “Joseph Kabila” and his rule in DRC with “Democracy”? .
- To begin with, imagine when Europe was invaded and occupied by the Nazis before World War II, that Hitler took one of his young German officers who participated in the invasion of France, changed his name to Pierre De Gaulle and imposed him as president of France and directed the French media to accept and declare that he is a French citizen, or else. Would the world ignore the French people when they denounce him that he is a German impostor? This is what the Crisis Group, foreign governments, and others have been doing by acting like “Joseph Kabila” is a Congolese in spite of the Congolese denouncing him since 2006 and without even these media challenging him to publicly speak about his origins and prove it (even as Barack Obama was challenged and proved to the Americans and the world that he is a born American citizen). But, now, even UN investigators have stated that “Joseph Kabila” was a commanding officer in the mono-ethnic Tutsi army of Paul Kagame that invaded the Congo in 1996, as mentioned in the UN Mapping Report of Oct. 1, 2010. Moreover, the foremost and former spy chief of the DRC, Mr. Honore Ngbanda, who was trained in the top agencies such the CIA and Mossad and who has been fighting for his native DRC from exile just like Charles de Gaulle during the Nazis occupation of France, has released an investigative report detailing how the DRC is run by Rwandan Tutsis (including “Joseph Kabila”). Are we to believe that Western governments or group of experts like the Crisis Group do not know this Congolese reality?
- Imagine that after US presidential elections there are unarmed American people who march to protest against Obama and, in response, Obama sets soldiers in uniforms who shoot down civilians with live bullets and these dead American citizens are simply dumped in trucks and are thrown in the river or ocean, as “Joseph Kabila” did in the 2011 after his so-called “re-election”, will the Crisis group call that democracy?
Left: Photo in Crisis Group’s report – the young starving and jobless Congolese given money to praise Kabila; right: the Congolese reality scrawled on the wall because hundreds of thousands have ended up in mass graves or in the Congo River for voicing the truth that Joseph Kabila is not a Congolese but a Rwandan Tutsi and Paul Kagame’s Trojan Horse in DRC
- Imagine Barack Obama using foreign soldiers in America to whom he gives uniforms of US forces and US police and these foreign forces are the ones that “protect” Obama, and kill citizens who are unceremoniously dumped in mass graves all over the US as “Joseph Kabila” has done to the Congolese who dared to march and protest and ended up in mass graves all over the DRC, one of the latest being in Kinshasa (Maluku); will the Crisis Group really call that “democracy”?
(Rwandan soldiers metamorphosing into Congolese soldiers and VOILA!): Paul Kagame and “Joseph Kabila” have devised a scheme of giving Congolese military and police uniforms to the Tutsi killers and rapists who make up the Rwandan army and militias who operate in DRC. This way they can kill, rape, commit any crimes and blame them on DRC army and police.
- Imagine that Barack Obama arrests, tortures, and imprisons any leader of another political parties or NGO or media or religion who criticizes or dares to challenge him, or who dares simply to speak up for the American people as it happens daily in DRC (Diomi Ndongala, Christopher Ngoy, Kutino Fernando,…); will the Crisis Group seriously say this is practicing “democracy”?
- Imagine that, after Desert Storm/Desert Shield, that two of the commanding officers of the US armed forces, i.e., Gl. Colin Powell (Joint Chiefs) and Gl. Norman Schwarzkopf (commanding the operations) were assassinated by order of the President of the US, as it happened to the two Congolese commanding officers, Gl. Bahuma Ambamba and Cl. Mamadou Ndala, who led the Congolese troops against M23 forces in 2013. Would any world government, group, or organization NOT denounce the “president”? Would it be considered practicing “democracy”?
Thus, the very title “Congo: is Democracy Change Possible?” is misleading if not callous and 18th century. The few items provided above, based on the basic tenets of democracy, challenge the “democracy” thesis of the Crisis Group. Government of occupation? Yes! Democracy? Not to anyone who is not an 18th century racist or an accomplice or a paid apologist, or an ignoramus!
The DRC is a country where Congolese citizens are killed every day. Some are killed personally by “Joseph Kabila” such as Armand Tungulu whose body has never been found. Some are killed by his direct orders and every Congolese in Kinshasa knows it such as the cold blood execution of Laurent Kabila’s daughter Aimee Kabila in Kinshasa and “Joseph Kabila” giving orders to the media in Kinshasa that no one could write about her death or – even though all Kinshasa knew the president’s oldest daughter – acknowledge that she was the former president’s daughter. Why? Because she had refused to lie publicly that “Joseph Kabila” was her blood brother – which he is not. Other examples are the assassination of Floribert Chebeya (president of the ONG Voice of the Voiceless) in the office of the head of the Police; or the poisoning of the Catholic Prelate Cardinal Etsou for denouncing that the DRC was being run by “foreigners”; or else the killing of the Congolese General Mbuza Mabe because he defeated the Rwandan troops in the east (any Congolese officers and soldiers who defeat Rwandan soldiers are killed by “Joseph Kabila” because Rwandans are his blood brothers and, as the Trojan Horse in Kinshasa, his task is to see to it that Rwandans kill, rape, and steal DRC’s resources, but that no Rwandans are killed by Congolese). Does the Crisis Group know about these killings or is it that to Crisis Group these killings are part of “Democracy” in the DRC?
The Crisis Group states that “The democratisation process launched a decade ago is reaching its moment of truth, as the excessive hopes raised by the 2006 elections have not materialized;” whereas to the Congolese people, 2006 did not “raise any hope” but rather dashed their hope of seeing the end of their genocide at the hands of invaders while foreigners decided to legitimize through changing the results of the elections and imposing on the DRC an impostor, a Rwandan Tutsi, an illiterate at that, as “president” of the DRC. In fact, since 2006, the Congolese people have been chanting “Kabila, zonga na Rwanda” or “Kabila, go back to Rwanda”. Experts from entities such as the Crisis Group have matter-of-factly ignored the cry of the Congolese people. The reality is that “Joseph Kabila” has never been a Congolese by birth or even by naturalization. After Kagame’s army invaded the former Zaire in 1996 and Kagame gave the order, in 2001, to “Joseph Kabila” for him to assassinate the naïve Congolese, Laurent Kabila, who was used as a front cover for the invasion, this young, uneducated, and foreign Tutsi soldier who didn’t even speak one Congolese language, beside the Tanzania version of Swahili, was simply imposed on the Congolese as president (those Congolese politicians and intellectuals who questioned this masquerade were either bought with money, or promised positions in the government, or simply assassinated).
Everyone who followed the 2011 elections in DRC knows that “Joseph Kabila” did not win the elections. Everyone knew that his opponent, Etienne Tshisekedi, won. For instance, Collette Braekman, the Belgian journalist who was in Kinshasa to monitor and report on the elections wrote, on the night of the elections:
“Everywhere the scene was the same: agents of the CENI (the office running the elections) were sleepy, they were sweeping the classrooms (where people had gone to vote) before they could go home, after that the results had been carefully posted, validated with the witnesses signatures. And everywhere, the results were similar: two-thirds of the votes for Etienne Tshisekedi, one-third for Joseph Kabila, about 10 votes for Vital Kamerhe, and nothing, absolutely nothing for the others except, here and there in the areas of the rich people a vote or two for Kengo wa Dondo…”
Another Belgian journalist, a TV reporter by the name of Peter Verlinden who monitored the 2011 elections in DRC, was even more blunt upon his return to Brussels stating,
“… His name is not Joseph Kabila, his name is Hyppolite Kanambe – because he is Rwandan – thus, not only it is that Hyppolite Kanambe a.k.a. Joseph Kabila did not win the elections (of November 28, 2011) but Kanambe could not have won the elections even if he was running against a Congolese dog!…”
Finally, the Crisis Group’s conclusion that “the transformation of the Congolese political system has a long way to go and requires a change in governance practices that will be the work of many years,” is the old white contempt attitude being denounced here: the Congolese people do not need “the transformation of… (a) political system”; their country was invaded and is occupied by two foreign countries, Rwanda and Uganda with their Trojan Horse, “Kabila” in Kinshasa. They need to be freed from occupation and from this holocaust.
Last question: How many of these “experts” (including those from the US State Department) have done “due diligence” or even just a little reading on the colonial history of the Belgium Congo (today’s DRC) or that of Germany’s East Africa – Deutsch-Ostafrika – (which included today’s Tanzania, Rwanda, and Burundi) in order to find out that NO Tutsis or Hutus have ever been part of the native populations of the DRC – Just as no Tutsis or Hutus have ever been part of the native populations of Tanzania, even though the two tiny countries of these 2 groups were part of ONE German colony from 1884 to 1919)?
The last question above should shed some light to those who lack the knowledge about ethnic groups in Central Africa and who have fallen victims to Rwandan “Manipulative Lies” about “Tutsis and Hutus being minorities in DRC”. The minority-majority notion applies only in Rwanda and Burundi, small countries populated exclusively by the majority Hutus and the minority Tutsis – the Twa people being in negligible numbers. This notion does not even apply in Tanzania that was, with Rwanda and Burundi, part of the German colony. Kagame’s Tutsis extremists who are running the DRC came up with this lie in order to cover their covert ruling of the DRC (see Honore Ngbanda’s report). Rwandans call this cultural trait of “Manipulative lying” in their language of Kinyarwanda, “Ubwenge”.