This is a hasty post, as the date had crept up on me unawares, but when I’d clicked into TRNN, and had been reminded. I’d been working on a CIA wth? diary, but this seemed more timely, considering…
(the transcript) In part:
JAISAL NOOR: We also asked him to respond to a recent major investigation by Bloomberg and the Pulitzer Center titled, “With his family fortune at stake, President Kabila digs in.” The article finds that Kabila has enriched his family to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars while many Congolese live in poverty.
KAMBALE MUSAVULI: Kabila is no angel. I mean, this is not new information for the Congolese people, maybe for the documentation from Bloomberg. Bloomberg is validating Congolese, what we’ve been saying for decades — he’s been around in the DRC as the President for 16 years now. Kabila has been, from day one, accumulating wealth.
It is surprising that now that the United States is intending to remove Kabila, they’re not on the same side anymore, that this information is coming to light. So I would not just be very harsh on Kabila since … speaking about the wealth that he has and the 70(?) companies that he has, the many permits that he has, I would be much more critical of people who have enabled him to do so. He has visited the United States many times, he has met both Presidents many times, he has business interests in the United States.”
This is all so jarring to me, especially given that the MSM are covering it, and even HRW is tweeting about it. But as to his contention that “the United States is intending to remove Kabila”, I just ain’t seein’ it.
afternoon of 12/20/2016: wohn wonh…. snooooze
Still, the Guardian had reported yesterday that ‘Congo on a knife-edge as opposition leader calls for Kabila to step down’; Moise Katumbi says president will become an ‘illegitimate’ ruler if he does not relinquish power at midnight.
“‘Government officials blame the opposition for the lack of progress in reaching a settlement and accuse western powers, which have tried to pressure Kabila to make concessions by imposing sanctions on key members of his entourage, of “a neo-colonial mindset”.’
Over the weekend tens of thousands of armed police and paramilitaries were deployed on to streets across the country, while armoured vehicles protected at strategic points in key towns and cities.
In September more than 60 people died when security forces opened fire on an opposition march.
There were unconfirmed reports of scores of detentions. Organisations such as Lucha and Filimbi favoured by young, educated opposition activists appear to have been particularly targeted. Gloria Sengha, a prominent member of Lucha, has been missing for the past three days, friends and family told local media. The 23-year-old lawyer was last seen in Kinshasa, Her current whereabouts were unknown, they said.
Human Rights Watch, the campaign group, said it had received credible reports of at least 42 people arrested in Goma, the eastern city, on Monday morning.”
Is this a rare case in which HRW gets it right? Or is something else afoot? Could it be as simple as if there’s a full-blown insurrection that the mining bidness would be impaired? So many diamonds and gold, as well.
For background: Café Babylon: ‘Kambale Musavuli: Empire Feeds on Congo’s Treasure; AFRICOM’s increasing missions’, April 26, 2016
I’m not even sure what to feature from it, perhaps this? Yeah , Amnesty, but still…
‘Report highlights plight of DRC’s ‘cobalt children’, Al jazeera
Western firms turn blind eye as child miners toil in dangerous conditions for precious “battery” mineral, Amnesty says. (with video)
and: ‘Patrice Lumumba: Remembering ‘Africa’s Che Guevara’ It’s a crime that has haunted the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since 1961 – the death of Patrice Lumumba, murdered with the help of the CIA and Belgium. To date no one has been punished for the crime. dw.com