Monthly Archives: January 2012

RWANDA: FDU-INKINGI WELCOMES THE VISIT OF THE BRITISH HIGH COMMISSIONER TO POLITICAL PRISONER INGABIRE IN KIGALI CENTRAL PRISON.

Kigali, 26 January 2012

FDU-INKINGI WELCOMES THE VISIT OF THE BRITISH HIGH COMMISSIONER TO POLITICAL PRISONER INGABIRE IN KIGALI CENTRAL PRISON.

On 24 January 2012, His Excellency Benedict Llewellyn-Jones OBE, theUnited KingdomHigh Commissioner toRwanda, together with the Embassy political counselor, visited Ms. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza in her maximum prison cell. They discussed the conditions of detention.

The opposition leader asked the Ambassador  to intercede on her behalf on President Paul Kagame  in order to have human conditions of detention. “You can see it by yourself, there is little or no fresh air in this cell and no natural light at all”, she showed.

Rwanda: The Dutch people must refuse that one day history accuses them of being accomplice of the dictatorial regime of General Paul Kagame.

The Hague January 21, 2012

PRESS RELEASE

Demonstration at the Hague 21-01-2012

For over five years, the Dutch government is providing annually more than ten million euros to finance the restructuring and professionalization of the judiciary and police, to build prisons and to train judges and prosecutors in Rwanda. The Rwandan (Rwandese) people are grateful.

Unfortunately, instead of serving the interests of  the people of Rwanda which they were dedicated to, these institutions  have become the tools of repression by the regime in order to consolidate its hold over the entire social and political life, and to suppress political opposition. The courageous Ms. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, Chair of FDU-Inkingi political party, is a clear example in mind[1]! One day history may accuse the Dutch people of having been accomplice with this system.

RWANDA : FDU-INKINGI and RNC Statement on the suspension, arrest and detention of Senior Military Officers of Rwanda Defence Forces.

20th January 2012

Three Rwandan generals and a colonel were suspended from duty and placed under house arrest on 17 January 2012. The defence spokesman, Colonel Joseph Nzabamwita, confirmed the suspensions, arrests and detentions of Lieutenant General Fred Ibingira (Chief of staff of the Reserve Force), Brigadier General Richard Rutatina (Chief of Military Intelligence), Brigadier General Wilson Gumisiriza (3rd Division Commander) and Colonel Dan Munyuza (Chief of External Security Service). According to the official statement of the military authorities, the four senior officers stand accused of having had illegal business dealings in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

(Français) Rwanda: un rapport balistique qui fait péter les plombs

  • Par Jean-Hervé Bradol, membre du Crash

Capture d’écran 2012-01-16 à 15.18.58L’expertise balistique au sujet de l’attentat commis en 1994 contre l’avion qui ramenait à Kigali les présidents du Rwanda et du Burundi a fait la Une de Libération. Elle a également provoqué de nombreux commentaires dans la presse, actant comme Le Monde d’une «vérité à la portée historique et diplomatique». De quoi s’agit-il ? D’un rapport dont les conclusions sont interprétées comme mettant définitivement hors de cause les amis de Paul Kagame, dans cet attentat précédant de quelques jours le déclenchement du génocide des Rwandais tutsis.

Le fait que ce rapport n’ait pas été lu par ceux qui commentent ses conclusions ne les décourage pas de formuler des opinions définitives sur l’identité des commanditaires du crime. La conclusion de l’étude technique, du moins sous la forme rapportée par la journaliste Colette Braeckman sur son blog, est présentée comme reposant sur une double expertise, balistique et acoustique: « Analysant la distance à laquelle le bruit du départ des missiles a pu être entendu, les experts ont conclu que le lieu du tir était très proche, entre 1000 et 3000 mètres du point d’impact. » Pour reconstituer le trajet du missile, la balistique seule s’emploierait à relever les traces matérielles de la présence du missile en au moins deux points pour pouvoir calculer sa trajectoire. Or dans ce cas, dix-sept ans après les faits, ces traces matérielles ne peuvent plus être relevées.

RWANDA : THE RESUMPTION OF INGABIRE POLITICAL TRIAL MARKS THE PARTY SECOND ANNIVERSARY IN RWANDA.

Kigali, 16  January 2012

Leaders of the interim Executive committee observed a minute of silence in front of the High Court house waiting for the party Chair, Ms. Victoire INGABIRE UMUHOZA, to be escorted to the Courtroom, in handcuffs and prisoners’ uniform as her political trial was supposed to resume today. But it was again adjourned until 13 February 2012 to allow the Prosecutor to get ready with the relevance, materiality, and translation of segments of additional investigation on allegations of acts of terrorism. The High Court informed the Defence counsel that the postponement request from the National Public Prosecution Authority was registered on 12 January 2012. The Defence was not informed, and Barrister Iain EDWARDS traveled from the UK to Rwanda for the hearing just to be told it will resume after another four weeks!

Speaking to a press conference in Uganda early December 2011, President Paul KAGAME blatantly lied that “the British lawyer deserted the trial after he realised that there was overwhelming evidence on acts of terrorism”. We don’t know whether this surprise adjournment is related to a governmental exhaustion strategy in order to finish the financial means of the defendant. Ingabire and her party are paying Rwandan lawyers and expenses of the British probono lawyer.

The government of Rwanda has derailled the registration of FDU-INKINGI political party since January 2010 and most key leaders of the party have been detained as well.

Victoire Ingabire’s second anniversary [16.1.12] back in Rwanda

Source : http://therisingcontinent.wordpress.com/2012/01/14/victoire-ingabires-second-anniversary-16-1-12-back-in-rwanda/

Many people, who are not familiar with the Black American civil rights movement, may not recall who Rosa Parks (far left on the picture) was. She was an activist born Louise McCauley Parks on February 4, 1913 in Tuskegee, Alabama, U.S.  The U.S. Congress called her “the first lady of civil rights”, and ”the mother of the freedom movement”. She died on October 24, 2005 aged 92.

What made her an icon for the American civil rights movement was not mainly her act of defiance of white authority, but the impact it had by prompting Montgomery Bus Boycott and its overall transformation of racial scenery in America. In fact, before her there had been many acts of disobedience against unjust and racist laws of the then U.S. government.

INGABIRE ENGAGED RWANDAN SENATE COMMITTEE ON THE PLIGHT OF POLITICAL PRISONERS.

On Friday 06 January 2012, some members of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and Security, accepted a few live questions from prisoners inside the Kigali Central Prison. The political prisoner Ms. Victoire Ingabire, FDU-INKINGI Chair, engaged the Senators on the plight of political prisoners in Rwanda and urged them to promote laws granting more freedoms and democracy in the country before they finish their term in the Senate. “What do you think about the issue of political prisoners here? My visitation right has been restricted.

I don’t have rights to attend church service or pray with others and was told that no change is to be seen until Easter. You have been appointed for 8 years. Rwandans expect your mandate to abolish vague laws that generate political prisoners. People need more freedoms and democracy in this country. Otherwise, there will be no real reconciliation, no sustainable development and no political stability … ”, she stated, spreading a wave of applause through the crowd of prisoners.

RWANDA – FDU-INKINGI and RNC still believe that the responsibility of President Paul Kagame in the downing of his predecessor’s plane is real.

PRESS RELEASE, 10th January 2012

Today, French judges, Marc Trevedic and Natalie Poux, disclosed a first technical Report by ballistic experts to the parties in the probe related to the downing of the April1994 presidential plane that killed President Juvenal Habyarimana of Rwanda and President Cyrpien Ntaryamira of Burundi, members of their delegations and the French crew. The same time, the government of Rwanda removed the embargo on its ready-made press release celebrating “victory”. The same evening some medias echoed the version of Lawyer Bernard Maingain, who represents President Paul Kagame’s entourage who were under investigation, saying that the findings “put an end to more than 16 years of manipulation and lies.”

UPDATE ON THE ABDUCTION OF ANOTHER OPPOSITION LEADER, GRATIEN NSABIYAREMYE.

Kigali, 04 January 2012

In our last press release we alerted the public about  Mr. Gratien   NSABIYAREMYE, FDU-INKINGI interim executive member in charge of Youth, abducted by Marine unit soldiers led by the violent Captain  RUTABURINGOGA on 02 January 2012. After over 8 hours in unknown location he was taken to RUBAVU police station for interrogation. Yesterday, Colonel Joseph NZABAMWITA, the army and Defence spokesperson, misled the opinion and pretended that a marine patrol pursued that night a criminal  who resisted arrest after he robbed three mobile phones. This shows once again the true nature of the regime in Kigali, specialized in the fabrication of criminal charges in order to silence the opposition or any other dissenting voices.  The army spokesman’s story is a “reconstruction” that is covering army’s interference in politics, weaving it with a “fabric of lies”.

FDU-Inkingi leader Gratien Nsabiyaremye abducted by marine personnel

Kigali, 02 January 2012

Last night, a platoon of Gisenyi based marine unit attacked the residence of Mr. Gratien NSABIYAREMYE, member of the interim Executive Committee of FDU-INKINGI in charge of youth and resident of Rubavu District (Nyamyumba sector, Rubona cell , Kabiza village). The military personnel invited him to follow them to unknown location but he declined because they failed to display an arrest warrant or any other legal document allowing them to carry out night arrest. The house remained under military siege the rest of the night.