South African comedian Trevor Noah once joked that Donald Trump was America’s Idi Amin Dada because of their shared megalomania, delusions of grandeur, combative personality, colossal ego, and obsession with power. Trump confirmed Noah’s joke when he saluted in a military style North Korean supreme ruler Kim Jong Un and his generals in 2018. Fast forward to September 24, 2021, when General Paul Kagame in full military uniform saluted Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi. Kagame was playing the role of a triumphant Military General as he celebrated his troops who recently captured Mozambican Pemba peninsula that contains the US$20 billion French investments.
The purpose of Kagame’s military salute to a foreign leader on foreign soil was broader than publicity for the sake of boast and pride in power, however. His military salute was to stir up fear and dread in those he considers his enemies and Mozambique’s neighbouring nations, including South Africa that Kagame has humiliated by rendering impotent in their own region. Kagame is on top of the world, as the conqueror of the Southern African country of Mozambique. General Idi Amin Dada who once boasted that he would invade South Africa to smash the Apartheid Regime and free fellow Africans would be envious of General Paul’s accomplishments.
Who is footing the war bill?
I came, I saw, and I conquered – this phrase, famously uttered by the Roman dictator, Julius Caesar, applies to a present day dictator, General Paul Kagame, who arrived in Pemba, Mozambique on Friday, September 25, 2021. Two-and-a-half months ago, Kagame launched an offensive to capture the rebel-held Cabo Delgado Province in northern Mozambique. Kagame came, saw and conquered. Who is footing the war bill?
Kagame has said Rwanda is footing the deployment bill for now, and that his troops will stay on to train the Mozambican army. He added in a recent interview on Rwandan television on September 5, 2021:
“There is nobody who sponsored us for this… Our Minister of Finance knows how much we have been draining into this, but I think the outcome and cause are much bigger than the money we have spent. Maybe we will work with the Mozambican government to fill the gaps that have been created.”
Doctor David Himbara who follows closely what takes place in Rwanda and in Africa commented: Don’t believe a word of Kagame’s rhetoric. Both Rwanda and Mozambique are poverty-stricken and highly-indebted. But Cabo Delgado Province is home to France’s US$20 billion gas projects led by the French multinational Total. Over to you, President Emmanuel Macron. Stay tuned.