Monthly Archives: August 2011

FDU-INKINGI WOMEN’S DELEGATION VISITING THE AILING OPPOSITION LEADER REFUSED

 

RWANDA, Kigali, 26 August 2011.

Today, women’s delegation of 6 members of FDU-INKINGI went to Kigali maximum Prison to visit the ailing leader, Madame Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza but they were refused.

TREATMENT DELAYED AND NEGLECTED FOR AILING OPPOSITION LEADER INGABIRE

 

RWANDA, Kigali, 25th August 2011

Since her arrest on 14 October 2010 and subsequent preventive detention in “Kigali 1930” maximum security, Madame Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, Chair of FDU-INKINGI has never seen a doctor.

POLITICAL PRISONER INGABIRE DEMANDS PRESIDENT KAGAME TO ALLOW VISIT.

RWANDA, Kigali, 12th August 2011

Since April 2011, Political prisoner Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, chair of FDU-Inkingi, is not allowed to receive visitors. The government has been changing rules until nobody is seeing her any more.  Today as she was completing 302 days in maximum security, 11 opposition members went to “Kigali 1930 Prison” but were denied free passage. Later on, to a colleague bringing food daily package, the opposition leader  asked  to demand President Paul Kagame to allow prison visit to his political opponents.  Victoire Ingabire expressed her gratitude to all opposition members and Rwandans for their support and dedication.  “This isolation will not deter my determination. Patience and Perseverance have a direct impact on the change we are longing for”, she told the Interim Secretary General of the party.

In Rwanda, innocent people are still kept in prisons for months or years for their opinions or political affiliations . For example, Professor Runyinya Barabwiriza was taken to court after 16 years in prison over genocide  charges. Everybody knew he was not in Rwanda during the genocide, but no voice was strong  enough to get him free. This week after 17 years he was acquitted by a local court but ordered to remain in jail.
FDU-Inkingi
Boniface Twagirimana
Interim Vice President.

PRESIDENT KAGAME STILL MEDDLING INTO THE COURT CASE OF HIS POLITICAL

RWANDA, Kigali 03rd August 2011

PRESS RELEASE

During the joint press conference held in Kigali on 1st August 2011 at the occasion of the last week presidential visit of Museveni in Rwanda, President Paul Kagame discussed the life attempt against General Kayumba Nyamwasa last year in South Africa and the political detention of Ms Victoire Ingabire, the Chair of FDU incarcerated since 14th October 2010. His answers once again confirm his key role in this judicial parody against the opposition leader and that justice in Rwanda is not yet strong or independent enough to challenge orders from the State House. Since the 08th February 2010, when President Kagame announced that the opposition honeymoon was over and that Ms Ingabire will be crushed by the judicial fortress, he has personally and continuously inserted himself directly in the legal case against his key  political opponent, despite the fact that the case has been initiated by his government, and which will be heard by courts that are dependent upon his ruling system for their appointment and tenure.
President Kagame stated: “If you want to know about her collaboration with genocidaires in the Congo and else where, her own contributions towards that, evidence found here, in the Congo and in the Netherlands, in Holland where she comes from, and all obtained through legal means and through proper channels within collaboration with the legal and judicial institutions of these countries, that is there laid before the court (…) If you are a mass murderer or connected with a mass murderer or mass murderers … here we take the matter seriously”.

This is untrue, because the trial’s evidential stages have not yet started. In the pieces of the Court file availed to the defense counsel, this so called overwhelming material from third countries i.e. the Netherlands is not there, simply because it does not exist.  We can’t believe that the prosecution is hiding the evidence in a plot to ambush a suspect before the court. The President of the Republic is neither a court judge, nor a prosecutor. How could he publicly discuss court file details in a case if he is not involved in?

Since her arrest, Ms Victoire Ingabire has never seen her medical doctor. After the news in the media that she was denied medical care, the newly appointed Commissioner general of Rwanda Correctional Service (RCS) Maj. General Rwarakabije, his deputy Mary Gahonzire and the Mayor of Kigali-City, Fidele Ndayisaba, stormed her prison cell yesterday and informed that her Doctor never went to the prison and that her visitation was reviewed for her own protection  because of the quality of her visitors, mostly “outlaws, criminals, thugs, non educated people with no manners”.  This is exactly how Kagame’s regime considers its opponents: second class citizens, criminals, terrorists and “useless people”.

The bilateral partners of our country share a serious responsibility in this political intimidation and the extinction of political space in Rwanda or its consequences.

FDU-Inkingi
Boniface Twagirimana
Interim Vice President.