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Obasanjo wanted Kagame to rule Congo, and Kabila to lead Rwanda/WIKILEAKS

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

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WIKILEAKS: DRC: Joseph Kabila incompetences are known to Obasanjo.

Nigeria’s former president Gen Olusegun Obasanjo, who is widely credited with helping end the war in eastern Congo in 2009, thought President Joseph Kabila didn’t have the skills to manage such a big country, new information reveals.

According to US diplomatic cables that were leaked to the whistleblower site WikiLeaks, which The EastAfrican has been studying, Obasanjo said he wished Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame were the man running Democratic Republic of Congo, because he had the leadership skills to manage the complex Central African nation.

The DRC is Africa’s third largest country (and will be its second largest after the formal break-up of Sudan in July). According to the cables, in a November 10, 2009 closed-door meeting with the US ambassador to the United Nations in New York, Susan Rice, Obasanjo said that though Kabila meant well, « he (Obasanjo) thought at one point that Kabila was overwhelmed by his presidency. »

Obasanjo worked on the Congo conflict as the UN Security Council’s Special Envoy to the Great Lakes, with Tanzania’s former President Benjamin Mkapa as his co-facilitator. It is the voluble and controversial Obasanjo, though, who is cited in the cables.

Obasanjo allegedly said, « Kabila was not so forthcoming as Rwandan President Kagame, » and that he wished Kagame were in the DRC and Kabila in Rwanda, due to their respective leadership attributes.

He commented that Kabila was very sensitive and needed to develop self-confidence, but that would be difficult to do because he was not well-served by the people around him. »

Rwanda has intervened in the DRC, which is 27 times bigger than it, several times to attack what it says are remnants of the forces Kigali accuses of having carried out the genocide in 1994 in which nearly one million people were slaughtered.

Rwanda has also backed several rebel groups in the east of the country, especially in the period when the government in Kinshasa was also being accused of supporting anti-Uganda and anti-Rwanda dissidents.

Political critics and human-rights groups, however, accused Rwanda for invading the mineral-rich DRC to plunder its wealth, and said it had direct and indirect responsibility for the deaths of millions of people in the east of the country in recent years.

By Guylain Gustave Moke
Journalist/Political Analyst

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Kagamé, l’homme providentiel pour la RDC, selon Obasanjo

Soumis par Jean-bernard Gervais le mar, 03/08/2011 – 14:07
pour Olusegun Obasanjo, président du Nigeria, l’affaire est entendue :selon un cable de l’ambassade des Etats-Unis rendu public par le site Wikileaks,  Joseph Kabila n’a pas l’étoffe pour diriger la RDC.En revanche, le président nigerian, qui a servi de médiateur entre la RDC et le Rwanda en 2009, pense que Paul Kagamé est l’homme de la situation en RDC, et qu’il a suffisamment de leadership pour conduire le troisième pays le plus vaste d’Afrique. C’est lors d’une rencontre avec l’ambassadeur américain des nations unies, le 10 novembre 2010, qu’Olusegun Obasanjo a fait ses déclarations, en ajoutant que le président Kabila était accablé par le poids de sa présidence. Obasanjo a ajouté que Kagamé devrait diriger la RDC, et Kabila le Rwanda, eu égard à leur charisme respectif de ces dexu chefs d’Etat. Il pense aussi que Kabila est très sensible, et manque de confiance en soi. Il remarque également que son entourage proche ne l’aide pas à s’épanouir.

http://www.grandslacs.info/front/901/11/03/08/kagam-lhomme-providentiel-pour-la-rdc-selon-obasanjo


Obasanjo wanted Kagame to rule Congo, and Kabila to lead Rwanda

Écrit par CHARLES ONYANGO-OBBO   
Dimanche, 06 Mars 2011 10:32
Nigeria’s former President Gen Olusegun Obasanjo, who is widely credited with helping to end the war in eastern DR Congo in 2009, thought President Joseph Kabila didn’t have the skills to manage such a big country, new information reveals.
According to US Diplomatic Cables that were leaked to the whistleblower site Wikileaks, which The African Review has been studying, Obasanjo said he wished Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame was the man running DRC, but he had the leadership skills to manage the massive and complex central African state. The DRC is Africa’s third largest country (and will be the second largest after the formal break-up of Sudan in July).
According to the cables, in a November 10, 2009 closed meeting with US Ambassador to the United Nations in New York, Susan Rice, Obasanjo, said that though Kabila meant well, he thought at “one point Obasanjo said he thought at one point that Kabila was overwhelmed by his presidency”.
Obasanjo worked on the Congo conflict as the UN Security Council’s Special Envoy to the Great Lakes, with Tanzania’s former President as Benjamin Mkapa as his co-facilitator.
It is the voluble and controversial Obasanjo, though, who is cited in the cables.
Obasanjo allegedly said that: “Kabila was not so forthcoming as Rwandan President Kagame, and that he wished Kagame were in the DRC and Kabila in Rwanda, due to their respective leadership attributes. He commented that Kabila was very sensitive and needed to develop self-confidence, but that would be difficult to do because he was not well-served by the people around him”.
‘Attempted coup’
Rwanda has intervened in the DRC, which is 27 times bigger than it, on-and-off several times to attack what it says are remnant forces, which Kigali accuses of having carried out the genocide in 1994, where nearly one million people were slaughtered. It has also backed several rebel groups in the east of the country, especially in the period when the government in Kinshasa, was also being accused of supporting anti-Uganda and anti-Rwanda dissidents.
Political critics and human rights groups, however, blamed Rwanda of invading the mineral-rich DRC to plunder its wealth, and for direct and indirect responsibility for the deaths of millions of people in the eastern part of the country in the conflict of recent years.
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