November 30, 2012 by soniauwimana
If monomaniacal relentlessness were a commendable quality and not the sign of a troubled mind, I would find much to commend in Steve Hege, coordinator of the now-infamous #Rwanda-bashing Group of (so-called) Experts.
On the last day of his mandate, he has released YET ANOTHER update, at the request of precisely no-one, despite the fact the Group has not been in the field since early October. As you see below, he admits his new report is based entirely on “many of its sources throughout the ongoing escalation of the crisis of the Great Lakes region”. In other words: this is the latest we’ve heard from DRC military and intelligence along with those mysterious “local leaders” which readers of Hege have come to understand are mere reflections of his id (in the case of Jason Stearns, this role is usually played by unnamed diplomats).
I will not leak the full report. I wouldn’t want to take up valuable Internet space that could be better used showing videos of kittens falling asleep. Here, though, are the highlights.
- The fall of Goma was planned for months, mainly in Uganda.
- The uniforms used by M23 rebels appear to be made from a fabric similar to that used in Rwanda.
- ‘Local leaders’ “saw” thousands of “Rwandan troops” crossing into DRC.
- Night-vision goggles only exist in Rwanda and therefore their use by M23 is irrefutable evidence of Kigali’s complicity.
- Senior FARDC officials confirm once again that James Kaberebe is in charge of everything up to and including the weather and the Powerball numbers.
The major new howler of this predictably lame effort is the “RDF-like uniforms” claim”: