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RWANDA: Mrs. IRAGENA ILLUMINEE REPORTED TO HAVE DIED FROM TORTURE BY RWANDAN SECRET SERVICE AGENTS

We have just learned from the family of Mrs. IRAGENA Illuminee, who was kidnapped in the morning of March 26, 2016 on her way to work at the King Faisal Hospital in Kigali City, that she might have died from torture by Rwandan security agents. Mrs. Iragena Illuminee was known for her dedication to the cause of the poor in society. She was head of a local NGO, ABIRU, which helps children from very low-income families in Kigali City to get access to education. She was mother of three young children. Her husband had to flee after the kidnapping of his wife to avoid being arrested or abducted.

Despite the family’s efforts to alert authorities immediately after the abduction and our press release issued on April 12, 2016, no official information about the whereabouts of Mrs Iragena was made available to the family by the services responsible for the protection of citizens. This case was never brought before a judge for a criminal charge. On the contrary, credible sources have successively reported her being held at the infamous Kami military barracks, then at Kanombe military barracks, before losing all traces about her whereabouts. She had probably been transferred to one of the many “Safe Houses” (secret detention facilities) scattered in Kigali City. The Kami military barracks in the outskirts of Kigali City is notorious for its cruelty during interrogation to extract false testimony.

The arrest of Mrs IRAGENA Illuminee followed by her disappearance seemed to be related to the kidnapping of our treasurer, Miss Gasengayire Leonile, on March 26, 2016. Indeed, when Miss Gasengayire was kidnapped from the premises of the Kigali maximum prison, she was in possession of the book written by political prisoner Madame Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza. This book belonged to Mrs Iragena Illuminée who had put her name on the book’s first page. During her questioning at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), the police had questioned her about this book and the owner, which, it’s important to emphasize it, is not officially banned in Rwanda hence its possession should in no circumstances be a crime.

The political party FDU-Inkingi would like to ask the Rwandan authorities to shed full light on this case. In a country that prides itself on being one of the safest in the region, it is not normal that a citizen disappears for 6 months without the authorities providing any information to the victim’s family. The arrest and detention for the second time of Miss Gasengayire Leonile, who was kidnapped at the same time of the arrest of Mrs. Iragena Illuminee, adds to our concerns about the real intentions of this government, which under the guise of its ultra-security policy, wants to get rid of any dissenting voice, real or perceived as such.

Done in London, on August 30, 2016

FDU-INKINGI

Justin Bahunga

Commissioner for External Relations and Spokesperson

jbahunga@yahoo.co.uk

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(Français) RWANDA. LA TRESORIERE ADJOINTE DES FDU-INKINGI MADEMOISELLE GASENGAYIRE LEONILLE ARRETEE ENCORE UNE FOIS

Ce matin 23 Août 2016, la police vient d’arrêter une fois de plus Mademoiselle Gasengayire Léonille, trésorière–adjointe des FDU-Inkingi, alors qu’elle se trouvait en visite familiale chez ses parents à Kivumu –Bunyunju – Karungu - Rutsiro, Province de l’Ouest. Mademoiselle Léonille est détenue par le Commandant local Willy pour des raisons non encore rendues publiques.

Rappelons que Mlle Léonille est aussi responsable de porter de la nourriture à la prisonnière politique Mme Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, Présidente des FDU-Inkingi. Mme Victoire reçoit la nourriture de l’extérieur de la prison sur conseil médical. La trésorière-adjointe des FDU-Inkingi avait été arrêtée en mars dernier à la prison centrale de Kigali où elle s’était rendue pour apporter la nourriture à Mme Victoire. Léonille Gasengayire avait été enfermée, incommunicado, dans une cellule de la station de police de Remera ; Elle est réapparue deux jours plus tard.

Même si nous ne connaissons pas encore les raisons officielles de cette nouvelle détention, nous craignons fort qu’il s’agit de la politique générale du FPR de harceler inlassablement les membres du FDU-Inkingi. Nous sommes également fort préoccupés qu’elle risque d’être victime encore une fois de mauvais traitements qu’elle a subis lors de sa première détention en mars dernier.

Ce matin 23 Août 2016, la police vient d’arrêter une fois de plus Mademoiselle Gasengayire Léonille, trésorière–adjointe des FDU-Inkingi, alors qu’elle se trouvait en visite familiale chez ses parents à Kivumu –Bunyunju – Karungu - Rutsiro, Province de l’Ouest. Mademoiselle Léonille est détenue par le Commandant local Willy pour des raisons non encore rendues publiques.

Rappelons que Mlle Léonille est aussi responsable de porter de la nourriture à la prisonnière politique Mme Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, Présidente des FDU-Inkingi. Mme Victoire reçoit la nourriture de l’extérieur de la prison sur conseil médical. La trésorière-adjointe des FDU-Inkingi avait été arrêtée en mars dernier à la prison centrale de Kigali où elle s’était rendue pour apporter la nourriture à Mme Victoire. Léonille Gasengayire avait été enfermée, incommunicado, dans une cellule de la station de police de Remera ; Elle est réapparue deux jours plus tard.

Même si nous ne connaissons pas encore les raisons officielles de cette nouvelle détention, nous craignons fort qu’il s’agit de la politique générale du FPR de harceler inlassablement les membres du FDU-Inkingi. Nous sommes également fort préoccupés qu’elle risque d’être victime encore une fois de mauvais traitements qu’elle a subis lors de sa première détention en mars dernier.

(Français) (Kinyarwanda) RWANDA. IBIBAZO BY’URUHURI MU BWISUNGANE MU KWIVUZA (MUTUELLE DE SANTÉ) BYABURIWE UMUTI

N’ubwo abanyarwanda batanga Mutueli, abenshi muri bo bakomeje guhitanwa n’indwara leta y’uRwanda irebera. Abaturage ntibahwemye kwijujutira uburyo ubu bwisungane bukora nabi, cyane cyane ku kuntu iyo bagiye kwivuza bimwa imiti n’amavuriro, ahubwo bakoherezwa kwigurira hanze. Ibi bibazo biza byiyongera kukwakirwa nabi. Nyamara buri mwaka havugwa za raporo ku miti iborera mu bubiko bwayo, kandi yaratanzweho amamiriyari atagira ingano. Ibi bibazo byose Leta y’uRwanda ikaba yananiwe kubibonera umuti!

N’ubwo abaturage berekanye ku buryo bugaragara ko bazi akamaro k’ubwisungane mu kwivuza, kandi bakaba babyitabira, uko iminsi igenda yicuma niko ikibazo cy’ubwisungane mu kwivuza kigenda kirushaho kuzamba. Aho gushakira umuti ibyo bibazo, guverinoma yarabyigurukije ibisunikira ikigo cy’ubwiteganyirize bw’abakozi (RSSB) ngo kibikemure. Aka ni agahomamunwa, kuko noneho byagiye i rudubi, bikaba bigaragazwa n’ibimenyetso bikurikira:

GERMANY SHOULD REFUSE TO BE DRAWN INTO THE MACHIAVELIAN OPERATIONS OF THE TOTALITARIAN REGIME OF PRESIDENT PAUL KAGAME

It has been pointed out by independent experts on Rwanda including independent Human Rights organisations such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International and academicians that the Rwandan government has used genocide to silence journalists, politicians and citizens who peacefully advocate political views that differ from those of the ruling party in order to solidify its power. As Professor Chi Mgbako says the manipulation of the genocide memory “trivializes the genocide and does not honour the Rwandan dead”.

As part of its strategy to impose its narrative of the history of Rwanda, the RPF has embarked on two major objectives: the first is to change the names and boundaries of existing administrative units in order to bring confusion with regard to locations where the RPF army committed crimes and secondly to eliminate any person likely to give an authoritative narrative about the real history of Rwanda and on genocide, fearing that such a different narrative would help change the attitude of the international community particularly with regard to the wars waged by the RPF from 1990 to 2002.

THE FDU-Inkingi CONDEMN FORCED REPATRIATION AND OTHER ARRESTS of RWANDAN FOR POLITICAL REASONS.

De sources proches du dossier, nous apprenons que les Pays-Bas s’apprêtent, après une procédure marquée par de grosses manœuvres politiciennes, à rapatrier deux rwandais  réclamés par le régime dictatorial et autoritaire de Kigali , en l’occurrence Messieurs Jean Baptiste Mugimba et Jean Claude Iyamuremye.

Les informations recueillies auprès des sources proches du dossier signalent en effet d’inquiétantes  irrégularités,  confirmées par une lettre ouverte qu’un des accusés,  monsieur Mugimba, a adressée au Ministre de la sécurité et de la justice du Royaume des Pays-Bas, Mr Gérard Adriaan  van der Steur. Il y est entre autres signalé des enquêtes et contre-enquêtes orientées,  qui ressemblent plus à des études commandées selon un cahier de charges déterminé, plutôt qu’à de véritables enquêtes indépendantes. On y lit en effet que des enquêtes ayant conduit, en première recherche, à l’innocence de l’accusé ont été cachées, et que de nouvelles enquêtes ont été commanditées, avec une insistance suspecte, jusqu’à l’obtention de ce qui est appelé dans les échanges de courriers des autorités hollandaises, comme des “résultats libérateurs”.

We have learnt from reliable sources that the government of the Netherlands is planning, after a process marked by political manoeuvres, to repatriate two Rwandans wanted by the dictatorial and authoritarian Rwandan regime, namely Messrs Jean Baptiste  Mugimba and Jean Claude Iyamuremye.

RWANDA: THE POOR ALWAYS BEAR THE BRUNT OF BAD GOVERNMENT POLICIES.

PRESS RELEASE N° 013/2016

 

In its budget 2016- 2017, the Rwandan government decided to implement protectionist measures on the textile industry by raising drastically taxes on clothing and footwear imported as second hand. The tax on clothing has increased 1150% i.e. from USD 0.2 to USD 2.5 per kg, while tax on shoes has increased by 900%, i.e. from USD 0.5 to 5 USD. Moreover, according to the Rwandan authorities, these measures constitute a step towards a total ban, within three years, the importation of these goods; yet they are considered essential, so far most accessible to middle class Rwandans.

The Platform P5 of political parties and organizations Amahoro PC, FDU – Inkingi, PDP – Imanzi, PS – Imberakuri and Rwanda National Congress  (RNC) strongly condemns these measures because they are not only harmful to the welfare of poor Rwandans, but also have been taken at one of the worst economic situations in the country.