Search

 

Cablegate: Human Rights Vetting for Acota Training

VZCZCXYZ0011
OO RUEHWEB

DE RUEHC #2255 2221537
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 101532Z AUG 07
FM SECSTATE WASHDC
TO AMEMBASSY KIGALI IMMEDIATE 4780

UNCLAS STATE 112255

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS
ATTENTION: POLOFF JENNIFER ORRICO

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: MARR PHUM PREL RW MASS
SUBJECT: HUMAN RIGHTS VETTING FOR ACOTA TRAINING

REF: KIGALI 681

1. The Department of State has reviewed its files and finds
that as of August 1, 2007 a Colonel Ngoga was mentioned in a
cable identified as 99060031454INS7454col; Origine ATS-INA;
06/03/1999. The cable reported a copy of an e-mail sent to a
selected in-government group from a disgruntled journalist
who has since left the country and is now working for VOA.
He outlines the extensive corruption in the Rwandan
government by a select group. Among others accused of
various unlawful activities, a Col. Ngoga is accused of
stealing cows belonging to the Abagogwe people. He and
others accused of this crime were placed under house arrest
for two weeks but nothing more became of the investigation
nor punishment. Vetting authenticator noted that although
the name Ngoga appeared many times in cables sent, this was
the only cable where the investigator had a reasonable doubt
as to what part, if any, he may have played in this
operation. Also this report was simply a written accusation
made and no proof of guilt was established.

2. Therefore, the Department of State has reviewed its files
and finds that as of August 1, 2007, it possesses no credible
information of gross violations of human rights by the
following canditate for ACOTA Training nor has the Department
of State as of August 1, 2007 found credible information of
gross violations of human rights by the 35th Infantry
Battalion of the 301st Infantry Brigade as a unit:

Name: Alexis Kayumba Ngoga
Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
DOB: 06 February, 1967
Training Date: 06 August, 2007

Name: 35th Infantry Battalion of the 301st Infantry Brigade
Training Dates: 06 August to 21 September, 2007

3. Post using its discretion is, therefore, authorized to
forward the following verification message: "Embassy
verifies that as of August 1, 2007, the Department of State
possesses no credible information of gross violations of
human rights by the Rwandan candidate of the Infantry
Battalion of the 301st Infantry Brigade for ACOTA training
listed above. This cable completes the joint human rights
vetting approval process for the officer and unit cited."
Note that if at any time Embassy becomes aware of any
information regarding incidents which could be deemed to be
credible information of grass violation of human rights by
the personnel or unit involved in this training, Embassy
should so inform the Department.
RICE

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

UN SDG: UN Appoints Twenty Eminent Thinkers To Shed New Light On The World’s Greatest Challenges

New York, 21 January 2021 – Twenty prominent personalities, globally renowned for their intellectual leadership in economic and social fields, will form the second United Nations High-level Advisory Board (HLAB) on Economic and Social Affairs, the ... More>>

UN: As COVID Deaths Pass Two Million Worldwide, Guterres Warns Against Self-Defeating ‘Vaccinationalism'

With more than two million lives now lost worldwide to COVID-19, the UN Secretary-General appealed on Friday for countries to work together and help each other to end the pandemic and save lives. In a video statement , Secretary-General António Guterres ... More>>

UN: Violent Attempt At US Capitol To ‘overturn’ Election, Shocking And Incendiary

A group of independent UN rights experts released ... More>>

UN: Guterres To Seek Second Five-year Term
António Guterres will be seeking a second five-year term as UN Secretary-General, which would begin in January 2022.... More>>