By Jean Gatera
According to news reaching us, Tribert Rujugiro – also known as the chief financier of terror outfit RNC – is at the center of another hostile anti-Rwanda media campaigns: this time with Indian national Anjan Sundaram at its center. Sundaram is best known as an author of fictitious accounts about his brief stay in Rwanda about six years ago.
Rujugiro is no stranger to financing anti-Rwanda propaganda, his best-known puppet being Canada-based David Himbara, a man well known in Rwanda as a failure at every job in government that he was entrusted with.
Urungano TV confirmed what has for long been reported by various media on Rujugiro: that Rujugiro, through Himbara, has financed negative reports and publications through Anjan Sundaram. “It is part of a pattern of slanders and defamations against Rwanda paid for by Rujugiro,” said a source familiar with the matter.
There are numerous examples on record such as David Himbara’s hearing in the US congress in 2015, secured with the help of lobbyists (Podesta Group) to the tune of US$ 450,000. The evidence of the money trail is widely available as US law requires lobbyists to declare foreign funding extensively.
Most recently, Rujugiro has been mentioned as directly financing propagandists that have been proven by Rwanda as part of groups in Uganda bent on destabilizing Rwanda. Through his Uganda-based tobacco company Rujugiro has on his payroll RNC agents Sulah Nuwamanya and Prossy Bonabaana, whom are said to get 2.5 million Ugandan shillings per month.
Furthermore, according to inside sources, in June 2019 the two RNC agents received a lump sum of US$ 50,000 from the Meridian Tobacco Company, and Leaf Tobacco and Commodities —Rujugiro’s companies in which Gen. Salim Saleh, Museveni’s brother has shares – to conduct anti-Rwanda propaganda. Nuwamanya and Boonabana had registered a shell NGO called Self-Worth Initiative (SWI), with the help of Ugandan Military Intelligence, CMI, Chief Maj. Gen. Abel Kandiho and his deputy Brig. CK Asiimwe.
SWI was subsequently outed by Rwanda to be a shell “NGO”, claiming “to work in the interests of widows” when in fact it is a front for RNC recruitment, mobilization, and propaganda.
Sources say that for a long time Rujugiro has used his connections in DR Congo, Burundi and Uganda to facilitate terrorists, genocidal forces, and anyone else that claims to be fighting Kigali. “He has made it his life’s mission ‘to overthrow’ the Government of Rwanda and he has the support of powerful Ugandan officials who share in this desire”, the source said.
It is no secret, however, that destabilizing Rwanda has been Rujugiro’s “fantasy” ever since he left Rwanda to escape accountability for a number of financial crimes.
“But whatever he will ever try, be it teaming up with elements in Uganda, be it hiring international propagandist, he will never achieve anything,” a longtime Rwandan analyst commented.