Rwanda: Local leaders stopping starving people from talking about it in public
October 16th; 2017, by SPYREPORTS
A new shocking report on Rwanda has revealed that a lot of Rwandese people are dying of hunger but leaders don’t want starving people to talk about, Spy Reports reveals.
This long investigation report released by Zam Magazine titled “The Plunder Route To Panama” indicates that during a visit to the districts Kayonza and Kirehe in eastern Rwanda, investigators found many villagers who told them they did not know what they were going to eat tomorrow.
“They did not complain loudly, however: this is frowned upon in Rwanda since it contradicts the official narrative of a developing and prosperous country under the leadership of President Paul Kagame, who recently got over 99 % of the vote in the elections and an enthusiastically welcomed third term as President” Investigators point out.
They added that “One source, called Hussein, told us he had been rebuked by local party leaders for ‘making noise’ about famine in his area. We learned later that he had left for Uganda after that.
They also discovered that Hussein case is not the only one according to Sarah, a resident of Bugesera in the east.
“We have nothing to eat but our local leaders don’t want us to talk about this. Many residents here have migrated.”
US$ 1 billion is presently invested by an economist who has travelled to Rwanda and who prefers to remain anonymous.
“This is exactly the problem with the economy of Rwanda, only now it is worse because the money is not even in Rwanda anymore.”
Local farmers given half dead cows
The report also reveals that Rwandan officials connived and reportedly imported half dead cows which were distributed to local farmers.
It further shows that this Western Cattle Exporters delivered sick and sub-standard cows to Rwanda something that has victimized poor farmers and harmed Rwanda’s developmental ‘one cow per family’ policy.
“Seventy-two out of five hundred cows promised to help them become successful milk and meat producers in the still very poor country, have died” The report says.
“Others are sickly and not delivering as much milk as was expected. Seventy-six of the pregnant cows, for which good money was paid because of their status, have given birth to dead calves”.
The investigators noted that a check on the Netherlands’ side shows contrary to what Rwanda government newspaper claimed that the Dutch importers Schaap are not to blame.
Schaap is right: strict controls on the Dutch side simply don’t allow for export of unhealthy cows. “Actually,” says Schaap. “The Rwandans never paid the full price for the cows after they demanded an upgrade in the quality. We sent them the better ones, but we were only paid for the lesser grade.” Schaap says.
Mess and a cover up
Subsequent research in Rwanda had shown both a mess and a cover up amid allegations that part of the money, made available to farmers through loans from the Rwandan Development Bank (RDB), had been pocketed by high level officials.
Those allegations could not be proven, but that there had been duplicity on the side of the Rwandan bosses of the project was clear.
“The farmer’s association that had formally ‘owned’ the project and had preferred to buy cows from South Africa since these were better suited to Rwandan conditions had been bypassed” Investigators found out.
It was also established that an expert farmer’s representative was denied access to the buyers’ delegations’ plane leaving Rwanda’s Kigali airport at the last minute.
After the business trip, when the cattle had been bought and arrived in Kigali, the agent of the RDB whose job it was to do so had or so the Bank said- not been at the airport to receive the animals.
“In the cases of close to four hundred of the cows, medical certificates -on board on the planes with the animals- had gone missing”.
“In the end, some farmers received no cows; others had received sick ones; yet others were given healthy cows that got sick soon after delivery”.
“We knew these cows were not going to last on our simple farms,” said one. “This is why we wanted the other ones from South Africa.” Some cows had been delivered to more established farmers who had not been part of Rwanda’s cattle farmer development Girinka project.
They say what is intriguing was the inclusion in the project of Rwanda’s president Paul Kagame not a poor farmer, as a beneficiary of cows to be sent to his Ntebe Farm.
It is reported that Kagame was not to blame for the chaos around the cow deal according to sources but was upset about it as well, since it also affected him..
Investigators say the question why Kagame was included in the Girinka project was never answered and neither were other questions, such as why Dutch cows were bought, farmers had been sidelined.