First Published By The Confused Eagle Live Journal
It is becoming apparent that Paul Kagame will be a thorn in the Side of the United States and its efforts to promote peace in Central Africa. There was a glimmer of good news as reports indicated that the Democratic Greens were able to hold a meeting with the Ministry of Local Government about registering as a Political Party to field a Candidate for the Elections this summer.
Sadly Victorie Ingabire has been prevented from leaving the Country again. At this time she is prevented from leaving the country and from interacting with members of her family. It is quite clear that President Kagame, the Military and the Intelligence Services are scared of this candidate and the questions that she has been asking. And in another twist Godwin Agaba the Journalist whose name has been drug through the Mud by Pro-Government Media outlets has informed the Confused Eagle of a couple of Interesting Facts.
Mr. Agaba indicates that the current Political Situation in Rwanda remains tense. The Actions taken against Mrs. Ingabire will further escalate the growing sense of unease in the Country. He is also looking forward to leaving the Area. Its sad when people who ply their given craft are driven out by the insidious forces that the uncover.
Over the Past Weekend a Conference was held in Pittsburgh to discuss the current situation in Sudan. The city was chosen for the fact that it currently houses the third largest Sudanese Population currently in the Country.
The Keynote speaker for this event was none other than the US Special Envoy for Sudan General Scott Gration. During the Forum on Saturday March 20th the envoy made some interesting remarks regarding US Policy towards Sudan. An attendee of the event was kind enough to send me the following details:
The Obama Administration is preparing for Southern Sudanese Independence to occur after the January 2011 plebiscite. This is an interesting assessment being made before the Parliamentary and Presidential Elections that are scheduled to take place in a few weeks. The Envoy also thinks that there will be a Peaceful Resolution in Darfur. He stated that 80% of the Groups have made a deal with Khartoum. Of course recent fighting shows that this rationale may be flawed.
There is a legitimate concern that the upcoming elections in Sudan will not be free and fair. There have been questions regarding the census that was conducted in the Country. The North has had a reported explosion in the population in that region. Also reports are that some groups that have been questioning how the process has been set up have been threatened with expulsion.
Reports from Somalia indicate that Islamists fired upon Helicopters near the Southern towns of Barka and Barawye. The Nationality of these aircraft has yet to be determined. However there have been widespread reports that the Obama Administration will be assisting the TNG in its upcoming Offensive against the Islamists.
There are well intentioned people that are supporting the LRA Disarmament Bill. Some of the Acholis that I know are not fond of this Bill. They believe that this Bill helps President Museveni more than it does them. Recent reports have indicated that the LRA is in Equateur Province in Sudan then along the Border with the DRC and have even launched an attack in the CAR.
The LRA has been in the field since Operation Lightning Thunder began in 2008. Is it possible that they know the terrain better than the UPDF who are chasing them the answer is probably yes. AFRICOM had support OLT with Intelligence Support while it was ongoing. With the Access to Satellites that the US Military has you cannot tell me that no one knows where Kony is even though he has stopped using his cell phone. And there is a interesting point regarding the CAR attack. there was a corpse left behind. Reports state that He was wearing a UPDF Uniform. BTW the LRA Bill has moved from the Senate to the House of Representatives.
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