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RWANDA: SOS: Mrs. ILLUMINEE IRAGENA REPORTED TO BE IN CRITICAL CONDITION FOLLOWING TORTURE IN KAMI MILITARY CAMP

According to informed sources Mrs. Illuminee Iragena, reported missing since March 26, 2016, could be held in the notorious Kami military barracks, on the outskirts of Kigali City, Rwanda. The Kami military camp is notoriously known for its cruel interrogation methods used to extract false testimonies. Some reliable sources report that Mrs. Iragena has been tortured.

It should be recalled that in 2012 Amnesty International published a detailed report condemning the systematic use of torture in Rwanda by military intelligence services. According to former inmates, some methods include the use of electric shocks, beating detainees or sensory deprivation to force them to speak, and by suffocation with a plastic bag over the head.

RWANDA: APRL 2006 – APRIL 2016: TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF FDU-INKINGI

 

“Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong.” Lao-Tseu Laozi

 

Ten years ago, the Rwandan Democratic Forces decided to pool together their efforts to force the Rwandan dictatorship to open the political space and to allow the Rwandan people enjoy their inalienable rights. Their determination and tenacity not to give in to blackmail and fear of paying the ultimate sacrifice are embodied by their leader Madame Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, who is incarcerated in the despicable Kigali maximum security prison. As a true disciple of Sun Tzu and Gandhi, Mrs. Ingabire and her followers in the FDU-Inkingi party, have always privileged non-violence in their struggle against dictatorship and have worked hard to build a platform of the Rwandan Democratic opposition and to make it an effective tool to fight against the dictatorship that oppresses the Rwandan people. The United Democratic Forces (FDU-Inkingi) were officially born on April 26, 2006. On this day we pay tribute to all Rwandans who are fighting for their fundamental and inalienable rights.

RWANDA: MEMBERS OF THE PLATFORM WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE ZAMBIA GOVERNMENT FOR TAKING ACTION TO STOP XENOPHOBIA AGAINST RWANDANS

The Platform members would like to thank the Zambian government for condemning xenophobia against Rwandans and for taking the necessary steps to end it. We thank the Government and the people of Zambia for their hospitality to the Rwandan refugees over many years.

During the violence that took place in Lusaka – Zambia starting on Monday April 18, 2016, hundreds of people attacked and looted the houses and shops owned by foreign nationals. Foreigners, mainly Rwandans, are accused of “ritual murders”. Rwandan nationals in particular in the districts of Misisi, Makeni South,  Kanyama, and Lusaka townships were particularly targeted. They are victims of rumours that accused them of murder in the recent death “of seven people whose bodies were found amputated of their ears, hearts and genitals.”

RWANDA: MEMBERS OF THE PLATFORM CONDEMN THE PAUL KAGAME PERSISTENT DIVERSION TO INVADE THE DRC AND BURUNDI

Press Release N.08

During the press conference on the commemoration of the Rwandan genocide on 9th April 2016, President Paul Kagame stated he is eager to do battle with those who are preparing to attack Rwanda and those who support them. But many analysts believe it is, as usual, only a pretext to invade again the DRC and Burundi. The report of UN experts on the risk of a new collapse in Central Africa is unequivocal. This may indeed explains the recent “attacks” in Rubavu-Rwanda.

Rwanda: Donors should ask President Kagame to clear his name over financial scandals of his close associates.

 Press release

Panama Papers have hit the headlines showing a global network of offshore companies that help the wealthy hide their assets from tax authorities, launder the proceeds of criminal activities or conceal misappropriated or politically inconvenient wealth. The dealings were facilitated by a Panama based law firm Mossack Fonseca.

 The scandals include among others Icelandic Prime Minister, Sigmundur David Gunnlaugson, who had an undeclared interest linked to his wife’s wealth. Furthermore, according to the French paper “le Monde”, Syria used Mossack Fonseca to create shell companies to help it break international sanctions and fund its war effort. The Rwandan Minister of Finances Ambassador Claver Gatete, has confirmed that a company called <<Debden Investments Ltd, an offshore company mentioned in the “Panama papers” was established in 1998, by the then transitional Government of Rwanda. It was registered under the names of two close associates of President Kagame. They include Brigadier Gen. Emmanuel Ndahiro and Mr Hatari Sekoko. Emmanuel is a confidant of Rwandan President Paul Kagame, having served as the president’s physician, security adviser and spokesman. He also served as military spokesman when Kagame was Vice President and Minister of Defence from 1994–2000. Ndahiro headed Rwanda’s National Intelligence and Security Services from 2004–2011. In 2015, Kagame promoted him to Brigadier General. Mr Hatari Sekoko became a soldier in 1990 when the RPF started the war and became driver of the family of President Kagame during the war.

RWANDA: FDU-INKINGI PARTY CALLS UPON THE RWANDAN AUTHORITIES TO RELEASE MADAME ILLUMINEE IRAGENA

Since March 27, 2016, the family of Mrs. Illuminée Iragena has no news about her since her disappearance in suspicious circumstances, which happened on her journey from home to workplace.  Mrs. Iragena, holder of the identity card number 1197570007371075, has 4 young children who are now without care, as her husband is in hiding for his personal safety. Mrs. Iragena’s family has sent a letter to the police to inform them about her disappearance, but as usual, they have not given any hint on what they have done to trace her whereabouts, making the whole incident suspicious.

The kidnapping of Mrs. Illuminée Iragena seems very likely to have been the work of the Rwandan security services.  Indeed, her kidnapping occurred a day after the kidnapping of Miss Leonille Gasengayire, the Assistant Treasurer of FDU-Inkingi party, who was abducted and was later found in the hands of the Police. Even though the Police had denied any knowledge about her abduction, Ms. Gasengayire was later released by the same local police three days after intense interrogation and thorough beating. During such an interrogation and torture, Ms. Gasengayire was extensively questioned about Mrs. Illuminee Iragena and her relationship with Mrs. Victoire Ingabire, the FDU-Inkingi Party’s President, and a political prisoner, currently serving a 15-year sentence in Rwanda.