Death comes to all mankind and it is a moment engulfed by sadness, grief and mourning of friends, relatives and neighbors. This is a time when people praise you for having been a good man or woman, but even those who took note of your detailed life would be glad to tell the high and lows of your mortal journey.
It is not the case for our neighbors the Congolese, an online rumor broke loose on President Paul Kagame of Rwanda on how he had been assassinated, but the Rwanda government was quick to power cold water on the rumor calling it “Completely wrong” and President Kagame’s aide Yolande Makolo was asked by Fidel Bilemba a DRC Researcher on the rumor, she tweeted by saying; “Utter Nonsense”
If the Congolese spent a long time running around on the streets of Goma in celebration of the rumored death of President Kagame, without an official statement from their government to clarify on the matter, it shows that there is no order this side of the region? I think there is a problem in Congo, to me it reveals a disconnection of Kinshasha from other provinces and the people of that country.
But why would your neighbor celebrate your death?
Even if you were a bad neighbor to those who you live with, does it amount to people singing, dancing and calling you all sorts of names? Does this pose a question for all of ours to revisit our relations and conduct towards our neighbors? How would they feel when we die? I think it is a very important chance to make amends before we depart this world, if we knew that we were not liked by our neighbors.
A neighbor is one who would fight to their last drop of blood if there was anything that denied you a right to live. Neighbor is one who would be giving up all they have to make sure you are okay! The Bible teaches us to love our neighbors, but it seems the Great Lakes Region needs to redefine its relations with one another. I don’t think that it is out of the blue that these Congolese citizens hate President Kagame, there must be a reason that unites them on this national hate on the man.
As a region of young people, we must start realizing that there is a very bleak future of peace between our nations, so a new start must be ushered in by aour generation of leaders that treasure peace than fighting each other across borders. The fighting that happened in Kisangani in Congo in 1996 has never ended, the guns might be silent, but the war still rages on in the hearts of the Congolese nationals. Should we think that all countries that had boots on the ground in Congo would suffer the same if their leaders’ death were faked the same way like this one, jubilation would be on the streets of Goma?
The way forward is we should seek peace amongst ourselves because it is safe for everyone in this region.