DR Congo War Criminal:Maj Gen James Kazini Killed

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DR Congo War Criminals

War Criminal James Kazini, the former army commander, died Tuesday morning after his girlfriend, Lydia Draru, allegedly hit him with an iron bar.
Lydia Draru
Lydia Draru, the lady in whose shanty house the War criminal, Maj Gen James Kazini, died

Family and security sources say that, the War Criminal was killed at his home in Namuwongo, a Kampala suburb

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War criminal James Kazini in his own blood

Lydia Draru, the lady in whose shanty house the former army commander, War Criminal James Kazini, died told police today that she was behind the murder.
Draru made a statement at the Central Police Station in which she said she had domestic problems which War Criminal James Kazini as husband had not solved. This confession is likely to make the work of investigators easy, who will now concentrate on the motive of the murder. Draru was due to appear at Buganda Road Magistrates Court today afternoon.
James Kazini
DR Congo War Criminal, Maj Gen James Kazini

Dr Congo war criminal, James Kazini was hit by an iron bar at 5AM today morning after a misunderstanding. Neighbours said that noises were first heard emanating from the house and after that, War criminal James Kazini was heard calling for help.
War criminal, James Kazini
War criminal, James Kazini

After carrying out the horrendous act, a confused Draru reportedly ran out of the house, shouting: “I have killed him, I have killed him.”

May his soul rot in hell!!

War Criminal James Kazini
War Criminal James Kazini

About the war criminal’s Portfolio:

Victims of Maj Gen James Kazini
Victims of Maj Gen James Kazini

Victims of Maj Gen James Kazini
Victims of Maj Gen James Kazini
Victims of Maj Gen James Kazini
Victims of Maj Gen James Kazini

Mass-scale looting

War criminal, James Kazini
War criminal, James Kazini

32.Between September 1998 and August 1999, occupied zones of the Democratic Republic of the Congo were drained of existing stockpiles, including minerals, agricultural and forest products and livestock. Regardless of the looter, the pattern was the same: Burundian, Rwandan, Ugandan and/or RCD soldiers, commanded by an officer, visited farms, storage facilities, factories and banks, and demanded that the managers open the coffers and doors. The soldiers were then ordered to remove the relevant products and load them into vehicles. The Panel received numerous accounts and claims of unlawful removal of products by Rwandan or Ugandan armies and their local RCD allies. The Panel has chosen to illustrate this point with some examples.

33. In the mining sector, SOMINKI (Société minière et industrielle du Kivu) had seven years’ worth of columbo-tantalite (coltan) in stock in various areas. From late November 1998, Rwandan forces and their RCD allies organized its removal and transport to Kigali. Depending on the sources, between 2,000 and 3,000 tons of cassiterite and between 1,000 and 1,500 tons of coltan were removed from the region between November 1998 and April 1999. A very reliable source informed the Panel that it took the Rwandans about a month to fly this coltan to Kigali. The Panel, however, received official documents including one in which RCD acknowledged removing 6 tons of coltan and 200 tons of cassiterite from SOMINKI for a total of US$ 722,482.

34. Late in late August 1998, General Kazini’s soldiers absconded with the stockpiles of timber belonging to the logging company Amex-bois, located in Bagboka. In December that year, the same General ordered the confiscation of all the stocked timber belonging to the logging company La Forestière. General Kazini was reportedly seen in the area at least twice during the period when the looting occurred and temporarily established his headquarters in the area.

35. Then, in January 1999, in Equateur Province, Jean-Pierre Bemba and General Kazini organized a large operation for the confiscation of coffee beans. Mr. Bemba initiated, encouraged and perpetuated such practices in the Province. In a written letter to one of his commanders, he urged him to release a bigger vehicle he was using because it was needed urgently. The source indicated that this was later used to carry away tons of coffee beans. A participant in this operation, who has since left the movement, explained that two months were required to remove the enormous quantities of coffee. In the past, this province produced 60 per cent of the country’s robusta coffee. The localities of Bumba, Lisala, Bosonzo, Binga and Mindembo for a year did not have coffee stocks to export because of these seizures. The Société congolaise du café, the largest owner of coffee stocks in the area, went bankrupt. The mass-scale looting reached such levels that, in one instance, Mr. Bemba seized 200 tons of coffee beans from the SCIBE company, which was owned by his father, Saolona Bemba. The matter remains unresolved in court.

36. In some cases, factories were dismantled or machinery spare parts were taken away, as in the case of the sugar factory of Kaliba in South Kivu. When the Panel asked about the dismantling of some factories, the RCD cabinet replied that investors were free to dismantle their factories and relocate wherever they wanted. In essence, RCD recognized the phenomenon, but explained it in terms of the investors’ decision to relocate the factories while taking the raw materials from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Cars and other items were apparently also taken from the country, as statistics on Ugandan registered cars reflected an increase of about one quarter in 1999.

37. The financial sector was not left untouched either. A defector from RCD who participated in some looting informed the Panel that Rwandan soldiers systematically targeted local banks as soon as they conquered a town. In many cases, they would use the RCD soldiers to collect the money while those who were armed would surround the bank. For example, the Kisangani Bank, a branch of the central bank, received a visit of RCD staff accompanied by Rwandan soldiers. Depending on the source (central bank in Kinshasa or eyewitness), anywhere between $1 million and $8 million worth of Congolese francs was taken. The Panel was told that the operation took place a couple of days after the central bank and Ministry of Finance officials deposited money to pay civil servants and old Congolese franc notes were replaced by new ones.

38. Under the escort of soldiers, the money was taken to the Palm Beach Hotel. The hotel management recalled that bags full of money were stored in one of the rooms and that during those few days armed soldiers who could not speak Lingala (the most commonly spoken Congolese language) guarded the hotel premises. Could such an operation involving a number of armed soldiers be carried out without the knowledge and consent of the highest Rwandan commander in the Democratic Republic of the Congo?

39. Aides of Jean-Pierre Ondekane (an RCD leader) reportedly collected the money from the Palm Beach Hotel, flew with it to Goma and handed it over to Emmanuel Kamanzi (former chief of the Finance Department of RCD), who then flew on to Kigali. The Panel could not identify the final recipient of the money or how much disappeared between Kisangani, Goma and Kigali. However, some sources told the Panel that Mr. Kamanzi was imprisoned briefly at some point after this transaction. According to the same sources, he had apparently helped himself to the money he was ordered only to transport. Mr. Kamanzi told friends that he simply took a break of two months in Kigali.

40. During the period when this operation was under way, in Equateur Province, Mr. Bemba’s men visited several banks. According to a reliable source Mr. Bemba’s instructions to his soldiers were to systematically empty the bank once a town was captured. His troops took an equivalent of $400,000 from the Banque commerciale du Congo branch in Bumba, $500,000 in Lisala, and approximately $600,000 in Gemena.

41. The pilfering was also occurring in Kinshasa. The Panel has evidence of a widespread practice by which the late President Kabila would by proxy have companies give a certain percentage of their profits. For example, certain oil companies in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, under the umbrella of taxe parafiscale, were delivering sums of money, in hard cash, daily or weekly to the late President via his Minister, friend and right-hand man, Mr. Mpoyo. Other companies, such as MIBA, were asked to hand over part of their profits to the late President’s regime, and all parastatals and important private companies were invited to open bank accounts in the Banque de commerce et du développement (BCD) (see para. 78).

42. However, over time the mass-scale looting described above diminished and theft by individual soldiers became more visible. For example, in Bunia, during Panel discussions, local non-governmental organizations, eyewitnesses and victims mentioned cases in which Congolese civilians were injured or murdered for resisting the attempted seizure of property by the RCD rebels and foreign soldiers. In Bukavu, individuals have told Panel members how Rwandan soldiers confiscated their life savings in dollar notes and some of the gold they were buying and keeping as monnaie refuge in the face of the repeatedly devalued Congolese franc. Partially, this has contributed to the increasing resentment felt by the Congolese population towards foreign soldiers and some rebels.

43. The looting of manufacturing plants, stocks and private property were not only acts of isolated individual soldiers but were encouraged, sometimes organized and coordinated, by the highest army commanders of both Rwanda and Uganda.

44. General Kazini used the same method to facilitate looting activities. He would appoint loyal commanders and reliable civilian Congolese in the civil administration in areas potentially rich in natural resources in order to secure his networks. This was exactly the case in Ituri, where he appointed Adele Lotsove in 1999 (see para. 71). In turn, these top layers of collaborators, colonels and majors utilized their right-hand men to carry out the actual looting.

45. The Panel has strong indications after talking to numerous witnesses (key and others) that key officials in the Governments of Rwanda and Uganda were aware of the situation on the ground, including the looting of stocks from a number of factories. In some cases, the level of production of mineral resources would have alerted any government, such as those of gold for Uganda and coltan for Rwanda (from 99 tons in 1996 to 250 tons in 1997).

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  1. Hey just the General rest in piece, if he robbed, he did what the people who language we are using to communicate did (English, French, Germans, Italians and Belgians) during the colonial era. He is dead and I believe it is only God who knows the truth and not you, so please do not judge him.

  2. Whereas I have no problem with investigating the circumstances around Afande Kazini’s death, I tend to believe that NO Kazini associate and/or friend – former or current – is surprised by this kind of death and especially that some brave lady struck this all powerful UPDF officer!!

    Those who know the levels of violence the Afande was acustomed to in ‘love affairs’ wouldn’t agree less that it was long over due. Only that our African Ladies rarely or never ‘reveal’ their ‘love affair’ experiences, there would be thousands if not millions of women to testify to this effect.

    Kazine did this everywhere he went. I recall a certain day when we had gone to Zambia for a mission. Deep into Zambia, in a remote city – Kasama – no sooner had we settled in to master our hotel room numbers than the afande came in with a younge girl, possibly in her early 20s!!!! After ‘making love’ with this young girl, I suppose they had met for the first time a couple of minutes before they had sex, afande inflicted terrible pains to the private part of the little girl using his finger nail cutter. When the girl screamed, I and some other persons, believing that the afande had been attacked, pushed the door open – atucally he had not locked the door. The half way necked afande who looked ‘insane’ was speechless as we helped the girl to hospital!!! By chance, there were some negotiations and it never reached the Press, thanks to the remotiness of the place and the power of the Dollar.

    Inquire from the ‘intelligence units’ and ministry of foreign affairs, there are so many such cases in which the afande involved himself while on mission!!!! The government used to pay thousands of dollars to the victims – of course the tax payer’s money…

    There was another horrible experience of a girl, I think, in the first KIU in-take!!!!Kazini sliced her private part after sex!!!!

    What was Kazini’s reaction in such situations? He would simply say, “after deeping your dick in a woman, what else is left … of her … !!!

    I believe there are so many ladies cerebrating Kazini’s death – especially the way he was killed!!! Conglese women in partucular will remember the brutarity by which Kazini used to “F***” them in the Generator room at the other side of Kisangani AirPort, among other places!!!

    I do not believe M7 could have contemplated killing Kazini especially in the way he was killed!!! Kazini was a careless drinker whom M7 boys could have killed with poison even from a local Marwa drinking point!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I do not think Kazini was any Military threat to M7!!!

    It is even more interesting that Kazini is now referred to as a Hero!!!!Goodness!!! Is Uganda short of heros or it is simply that we do not know the meaning of the term or that we do not know Kazini. Guys,

    Kazini was one of the trainers of Kandoya. He brought this ‘creativity’ into the camp with him!!!!
    Kazini is one of those people who burnt schools, killed people’s children and raped many of them in Luweero and, all these were attributed to OBOTE Troops. Kazini was a great propagandist.

    Kazini, together with Rwegyema and their ‘boys’ were key actors in cutting off people’s lips in the North as a military strategy to I solate Konny from the ‘wanainci’ and deny Konny international support!!!

    Kazini foresaw the killing of many youth during the Teso rebel fight!!!I recall the day he stood under a tree infront of the Usuku Church, from where he was counting how many had been brought to the slaughter house. He ordered that that they are all assembled in the play ground just opposite the Church. Most of these youth had been ‘arrested’ from Katakwi!!!!

    Kazini is the one who foresaw the shooting down of Habyalimana plane; he is the one who facilitated Ikondere (RIP) to trave to Mombasa and receive the ’shipment’!!! Kazini was one the master planners of the war to overthrow Mubutu in which millions of people especially the Rwandan Hutu refugees

    Kazini, Salim Sareh, Kagame, Ndugute, etc … were the people responsible for most of the dead bodies you guys saw floating over L, Victoria. They only succeeded to convince the world that it was Habyarimana people doing it!!!!

    Guys, you Ugandans, especially those in FDC, put your leaders – Besigye and Muntu – to put to explain the sufferings Kazini, as a person under UPDF, has inflicted upon Ugandans!!!! I find it difficult to understand that Besigye, who wants to bring about ‘reform’ can keep Ugandans in the shadow of information yet he knows all the evils inside. Is it that Besigye and others have forgotten the Nakasongola ’sacrifices’ etc????

    Yes, Kazini was a brave soldier but his determination to kill everybody around simply because he suspects there is one enemy is simply inhuman!!!

    Anyway, what goes round comes round. Afande Kazini, go and meet the so many innocent souls you sacrificed in Luweero, Northern Uganda, Teso, etc … You killed millions with similar weapons – you have been killed almost the same way.

    Ugandans, what we should be looking at is women activists calling for a commission of inquiry into Kazini’s sex-related violence!!That commission, if it builds confidence, it might get millions of witnesses; sharing their horrible experiences!!!

    Will Salim, M7 and others also meet death in a similar way!!!An iron bar would be a good substitute for the Kabazi or Gafuni with which many people in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo met their death under these people’s supervision!!!

    Hell must have got a new Comer in the name of Kazini.

    About Bukenya Junior, let us consult. We might get to more interesting leads

  3. Ms. Lydia Atim Draru is a hero for the people of Kisangani. She’s the hand of the Lord of Hosts:”‘Avenge not yourselves, beloved, but give place unto the wrath of God: for it is written, Vengeance belongeth unto me; I will recompense, saith the Lord.”

  4. All of you creatures denigrating the fallen patriots are IDIOTS.Moreover your crap(read comments) are punctuated by lies and distortions

  5. David,
    What sort of “patriot” makes their country pay another country a fine of $6 Billions?
    Why don’t you Go to Ituri, DR Congo and ask the people there if we’re idiots, than just shout from Chelsea, UK.

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  7. What’s happening in DRC CONGO AND OUGANDA is very sad, people are treated like animals.Where is the love?

  8. I met General Kazini several times while growing up and knew him pretty well. He was like an uncle, I dont care what anyone has to say about him. I knew him as a goodfella.

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