Monthly Archives: December 2011

SPREE OF ASSASSINATIONS OF RWANDAN REFUGEES IN UGANDA.

Kigali, 29 December 2011

Mr. Jerome NDAGIJIMANA, a Rwandan refugee was murdered in a Kampala suburb. The Ugandan New Vison wrote on 27 December 2011 that the body of NDAGIJIMANA, a resident of MUZANA zone, was found lying in a pool of blood in his shop, with his throat slit on Monday morning. On November 30, a Rwandan journalist Charles Ingabire, editor of the online publication Inyenyeri News and a vocal critic of the Rwandan government, was shot twice in the chest as he was leaving a bar in the Bukesa-Kikoni Makerere area of Kampala late at night. This spree of assassinations of Rwandan refugees abroad needs to be investigated thoroughly.

Mr. Jerome NDAGIJIMANA, was granted refugee asylum on 18 March 2011 and registered by the Refugee Eligibility Committee under the number 66/2011.

We call upon the international community and human rights bodies to investigate these selective killings targeting Rwandan refugees in different countries.

FDU-INKINGI

Boniface Twagirimana

Interim Vice President

RWANDA: INGABIRE TRIAL: NEW BAIL REFUSED AMID FRESH PRESIDENTIAL INTERFERENCES

Today the High Court declined the new bail motion submitted by Madame Victoire Ingabire Defence counsel on 14.12.2011 before the adjournment of the case to 16th January 2012.

The motion was based on the lack of serious evidence in the case; the contradictions and inconsistencies of the prosecution and his witnesses; the fact that the prosecution is still not ready with its investigations and finally the grounds offered by the article 101of law n° 13/2004 of 17/5/2004 relating to the code of criminal procedure, o.g special nº of 30/07/2004 reading as follows : “in all offences, an accused person or his or her counsel can at any time apply for ball to the public prosecutor charged with the preparation of the case or to a Judge or Magistrate depending on the stage of investigation”.

The defendant was told that she is prosecuted for grave crimes and that the High court has not yet received the whole evidence on acts of terrorism as the Public Prosecution Authority is still working on it.

Rwanda: The interference of President Paul Kagame in court proceedings proves the political nature of the trial against Ms. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza.

 

At the end of his two-day official visit in Uganda, President Paul Kagame held a press conference in Munyonyo, the outskirts of Kampala, which was broadcast on local television, TV NTV[1] Uganda . During that conference, President Paul Kagame surprised the public by stating that Ms. Ingabire Umuhoza, FDU-Inkingi’s Chair, incarcerated in Kigali maximum security prison, has pleaded guilty before the security services. After a moment of hesitation and embarrassment, President Paul Kagame said that Ms. Ingabire “has largely accepted the majority of the charges against her”; namely, treason, terrorism and genocide ideology.

 
According to the BBC Gahuzamiryango, in its edition of December 12, 2011 at 6:30pm, President Paul Kagame added that the lawyers have already abandoned FDU-Inkingi’s Chair, which is not true, because no later than December 13, 2011, one of her lawyers defended her before the Court.

RWANDA: INGABIRE POLITICAL TRIAL ADJOURNED AGAIN

Yesterday, the political trial of the opposition leader Madame Victoire INGABIRE, FDU-INKINGI head, resumed . The hearing has been postponed since 25 November 2011 due to the presiding judge’s sick leave. Today, it was adjourned to 13 December 2011 due to extra-court activities of judges. For both days, the high court heard defence conclusions on the contradictions and inconsistencies observed in the oral answers from prosecutor’s key witnesses and the defence submissions on 5 counts of the indictment. The life of another opposition leader, Mr. Bernard NTAGANDA, incarcerated in Kigali Central Prison as well and serving a politically motivated 4 year sentence is supposedly in danger. His political party, – Parti Social IMBERAKURI – informed the public that he was tortured last week inside the penitential premises . Our government is continuously crippling democracy. A nightmare usurping people’s freedoms, eavesdropping on phones or any other communications means and keeping the judiciary under its control.

RWANDA NEEDS DEMOCRACY AND NOT DEVELOPMENT CLICHÉS

Kigali 29th November 2011

 

 On 26th November 2011, President Paul Kagame addressed cabinet members, members of parliament, government officials and the residents of Nduba Sector, Gasabo District in Kigali city gathered in a tree planting propaganda. His address was  seen by many as an opportunity to mock some remarks by visiting US Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Susan Rice, that Rwanda development successes were not mirrored in politics, democratic rule, media, human rights, freedom of assembly, freedom of expression.