Kagame ”Postpones” His Congo Mission

President Paul Kagame

By David Himbara

Rwanda head of state and Chair of African Union (AU), General Paul Kagame was scheduled to jet off to DR Congo on January 21, 2019.

He was to lead a delegation supposedly to mediate between electoral adversaries after the AU demanded that DR Congo suspends the announcement of election results. Then, on January 20, 2019, the AU issued a communique that reads as follows: “It should be noted that the visit of the high-level delegation to Kinshasa on 21 January 2019 has been postponed.” That, of course, is a lie. The visit was not postponed — it will never take place.

There is already a President-elect in DRC. Kagame’s counterparts in eastern and southern Africa have already endorsed DRC electoral outcomes. In any event, Kagame’s chairmanship of the AU ends in two weeks.

It is game over. For a man who removed terms to stay in power, imprisoned the opposition, and won the 2017 elections by 99%, Kagame out to clean his act in Rwanda before lecturing the Congolese.