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Swayed in part by visible development, the West also worries about upsetting the fragile balance maintained by Kagame - president since 2003 and power behind the throne since his Rwandan Patriotic Army marched into Kigali in 1994 to halt the killings that mainly targeted Kagame's own Tutsi group.
This gripping inside look shows what it was like to journey across the Congo under the relentless pursuit of soldiers from the Rwandan Patriotic Army (RPA).
In a classic maneuver made up of equal parts speed, surprise, and audacity, a small force of Rwandan Patriotic Army (RPA) and Ugandan People's Defense Force (UPDF) troops under the command of RPA Colonel James Kabarebe commandeered a civilian airliner and flew over 1,000 miles from Goma in the far east of DRC across the Congo River basin to seize Kitona Airfield near the Atlantic coast and then threaten the capital of Kinshasa.
To draw a moral equivalence between Rwandan Patriotic Army acts and the Hum-organized slaughter--to say, as one Belgian academic told the New York Times, "they're all bad guys"--is sophistry.
Again, it will be difficult to prove either that Credit Lyonnais or even the Egyptian and the Rwandan Defence Ministries could imagine at that time that two years later, these weapons would be used to try and prevent the Rwandan Patriotic Army put an end to the genocide.
KIBUNGO, Rwanda - The young Hutu boy looked lost and confused as a tall soldier of the Rwandan Patriotic Army ambled over, hit him on the back with a stick and told him to keep up with the flow of 300,000 refugees streaming past toward their homes Dec.
Addressing a meeting organised by the UN Association in the UK, at the Houses of Parliament in London on 22 April 2008, Sam Kiley revealed that Nkundabatware is a Tutsi officer of the Rwandan Patriotic Army (RPA) who came to Congo as one of the 3,000 Rwandan Tutsi officers who were supporting Laurent Kabila's 47,000 Congolese soldiers on their way to Kinshasa to overthrow Mobutu Sese Seko.
The 2002 UN Expert Panel report, also stated that over 70% of DRCongo's cassiterite was mined under the direct surveillance of the Rwandan Patriotic Army (RPA).