Monthly Archives: March 2013

RWANDA: Update on Sylvain Sibomana, FDU-Inkingi Interim Secretary General, savagely injured by the police.

26 March 2013

 

Last night, Mr. Sylvain Sibomana was rushed to Kacyiru police hospital because of bleeding and shortness of breath.
He has been badly beaten by police officers inside and outside the Supreme Court premises. In Kicukiro police custody, he was thrown against the wall several times and hogtied to a chair and kicked. Our colleague who briefly saw him in the station noted severe bruising to his head and body and a broken tooth: his head and lip are swollen, and he can’t either walk or stand normally. We don’t know whether there is a reason to fear for a fractured skull, cracked ribs or worse.

RWANDA: SYLVAIN SIBOMANA, FDU-INKINGI interim secretary, in ailing conditions after police brutality inside the Supreme Court premises.

RWANDA: ALERT URGENT ACTION NEEDED

The opposition figure was assaulted today by police officers within the Supreme Court premises while waiting for the opening of the appeal hearing of political prisoner Madame Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza. He was taken to Kicukiro police station (Kigali city) where he was thoroughly beaten. Eye witnesses claim that he is in critical condition with severe injuries and broken bones. The Rwanda National Police has denied FDU-Inkingi delegation access to the ailing colleague still on the floor of the police cell.

RWANDA: Supreme Court adjourns to 16 April the appeal of political prisoner Ingabire.

Kigali25 March 2013

 

Finally the Supreme Court has postponed to 16 April 2013 Ingabire appeal according to the court schedule, hearing dates and court calendar.

The hearing today informed the parties of this arrangement but allowed the co-accuseds who, at the same time, are prosecutor’s witnesses to present their pleas for relief because the time they have already served in prison is much higher than the sentences they received in the first instance.

Rwanda : Police attacks Ingabire supporters heading to the supreme court to hear the case of the political prisoner.

Kigali 25 March 2013

Since this morning, the police and other security forces are screening all paths to the supreme court in order to deter opposition members going to pledge support to the political prisoner Madame Victoire Ingabire as her hearing opens today. Mr. Sylvain Sibomana, FDU-Inkingi interim secretary general and other members have been beaten before their arrest.

Rwanda: Supreme Court to open the appeal in the case of Political prisoner Madam Ingabire tomorrow

Lausanne, 24 March 2013.

The appeal hearing in the political case against Madam Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, FDU-Inkingi Chair, is opening tomorrow Monday 25 March 2013 in front of the Supreme Court of Rwanda. According to reliable sources, the process will drag on and the hearing will be postponed to mid April 2013.

On October 30, 2012, the High Court in Kigali declared her guilty of conspiracy to undermine the established government and denying the genocide, and sentenced her to eight years in prison. She has been detained in Kigali central prison since 14 October 2010. Both her defense counsel and the prosecutor filed an appeal to the Supreme Court.

The transfer of warlord Bosco Ntaganda to the International Criminal Court and the deployment of the special intervention brigade in Eastern DRC are two most priorities

March 22, 2013

Press release.

The United Democratic Forces (FDU-Inkingi) and the Rwanda National Congress (RNC-Ihuriro) would like to thank all those who contributed to the rapid transfer of General Bosco Ntaganda to the International Criminal Court (ICC). This notorious suspect, rightly called the “terminator”, is accused of various war crimes and crimes against humanity, including rape, murder, looting and recruitment of child soldiers.

On August 17, 2012, our political organizations filed a complaint with the ICC in The Hague, Netherlands, against President Paul Kagame and his accomplices. We hope that the transfer of Bosco Ntaganda to the ICC will finally accelerate extended and more detailed investigations on crimes and abuses that decimated millions of Rwandans and Congolese. These crimes are sufficiently documented in the Report of the High-Commissioner of the UN for the project Mapping Exercise documenting the most serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law committed between March 1993 and June 2003, in the territory of the Democratic Republic of Congo, published in October 2010. With a particular regard to the crimes committed by the rebel group M23, these crimes are well documented in the Final Report of the UN Group of Experts on M23 published in October, 2012 and in the reports of human rights organizations such as Human Rights Watch.

(Français) (Kinyarwanda) Ubutumire: Twibuke abacu bazize jenoside n’ibindi byaha ndengakamere byibasiye inyokomuntu n’iby’intambara

Biramenyerewe ko ukwezi kwa kane ku Banyarwanda ndetse na bamwe mu banyamahanga  ari ibihe byo kwibuka génocide yabereye mu gihugu cyacu muri 1994. Nk’uko twabisobanuye umwaka ushize, twe muri FDU-INKINGI no mw’Ihuriro Nyarwanda RNC dusanga uburyo uko kwibuka kwari gusanzwe gukorwamo nta bwiyunge bishobora kuzazanira abanyarwanda.

Buri  munyarwanda  wahekuwe  n’ayo  mahano  akeneye  kubahwa  mu  kababaro  ke. Nk’amashyaka ya politique, ntabwo dushinzwe kwandika amateka. Niyo mpamvu icyemezo cyacu kigomba gufatwa mbere na mbere nk’igikorwa cya politique. Ufite igitekerezo kidahuye n’icyacu tuzamwubaha. Ariko nawe azatwubahe. Niyo nzira nziza ya démocratie, yemera ukutavuga rumwe kuri byose.

Biramenyerewe ko ukwezi kwa kane ku Banyarwanda ndetse na bamwe mu banyamahanga  ari ibihe byo kwibuka génocide yabereye mu gihugu cyacu muri 1994. Nk’uko twabisobanuye umwaka ushize, twe muri FDU-INKINGI no mw’Ihuriro Nyarwanda RNC dusanga uburyo uko kwibuka kwari gusanzwe gukorwamo nta bwiyunge bishobora kuzazanira abanyarwanda.

Buri  munyarwanda  wahekuwe  n’ayo  mahano  akeneye  kubahwa  mu  kababaro  ke. Nk’amashyaka ya politique, ntabwo dushinzwe kwandika amateka. Niyo mpamvu icyemezo cyacu kigomba gufatwa mbere na mbere nk’igikorwa cya politique. Ufite igitekerezo kidahuye n’icyacu tuzamwubaha. Ariko nawe azatwubahe. Niyo nzira nziza ya démocratie, yemera ukutavuga rumwe kuri byose.

Rwanda – Kenya : FDU-Inkingi and RNC-Ihuriro Congratulate President Elect Uhuru Kenyatta

March 18, 2013

His Excellency Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta

President Elect

Harambee House

Harambee Avenue

P.O. Box 30510

Nairobi

Subject: Congratulations

Your Excellency President Elect,

It gives us immense pleasure to extend, on behalf of the Rwandan opposition platform FDU-INKINGI and Rwanda National Congress (RNC), our warmest congratulations and sincere greetings to Your Excellency, as you start this journey as the historic winner of the 2013 presidential election in Kenya.

Rwanda : Dutch Ambassador Leoni CUELENAERE visits Madame Ingabire in Kigali central prison on the eve of her appeal hearing

Kigali 14 March 2013

Yesterday, the Dutch Ambassador Her Excellency Madam Leoni Margarita CUELENAERE went to visit the political prisoner Madam Victoire INGABIRE UMUHOZA, FDU-Inkingi Chairperson, in Kigali central prison. They discussed about her upcoming appeal hearing in the Supreme Court that is opening on 25 March 2013.

Rwanda: Repression and intimidation against citizens have intensified.

Kigali, March 14, 2012.

On March 7, 2013, Ms. Fatuma Mukarwego, 56 years old, was arrested and put in jail on grounds that she refused to let the authorities destroy her subsistence crops without any compensation.

Following outcries from the population of Kayonza District who were protesting against their local authorities who were destroying their crops by uprooting and cutting them under the pretext of clearing the way for agricultural terraces, on March 4, 2013, the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock dispatched a delegation to inquire about the situation. Upon their arrival, the delegation regretted such shameful acts and reassured the population saying that nobody will destroy their crops anymore. Ms. Fatuma Mukarwego, was also among the people who met with this ministerial delegation, an act that got her in trouble because local authorities held her responsible for inciting local populations to rebel against their authorities by not letting them to destroy their crops.

Mr. Gratian NSABIYAREMYE who was arrested on March 3, 2013 has been released but will have to report to the prosecution once a month.

Kigali, March 14, 2013.

Mr. Gratian Nsabiyaremye, member of the Interim Executive Committee of FDU-Inkingi in charge of the youth, was arrested and put in jail on March 3, 2013, on grounds of rebellion and undermining the security of the State following his refusal to open his door to heavily armed soldiers of the Rwandan army navy stationed in Rubavu District who had surrounded his residential home that night. This was the second time that these soldiers had attacked his home because in January 2012, Gratien Nsabiyaremye had been once again attacked by members of this same Rwandan army navy and had on this occasion been savagely beaten simply because he belongs to opposition party FDU-Inkingi.

The party FDU-Inkingi seizes this opportunity to thank all of you who helped in sending SOS messages for this innocent victim and in denouncing these shameful acts aimed at stifling individual liberties and are surprisingly committed by those people who are supposed to protect citizen’s rights.

These acts of harassment and intimidation by the regime against members of the democratic opposition are taking alarming proportions. These acts have led to the imprisonment of Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, Chairperson of FDU-Inkingi, Bernard Ntaganda, Founding-President of PS-Imberakuri, Deogratias Mushayidi, Chairperson of PDP-Imanzi, Theonest Niyitegeka and several other members of the democratic opposition that are languishing in several prisons across the country simply because they are members of the opposition against the RPF regime.

Rwanda: FDU-Inkingi congratulates His Holiness Pope Francis

Steep rise in Rwanda’s public debt worries MPs

By EMMANUEL RUTAYISIRE
Special Correspondent
The East African
Posted  Saturday, March 9  2013

IN SUMMARY:

  • The loans are meant to finance small and medium enterprises in the agricultural sector and electricity rollout in rural Rwanda.
  • Rwanda’s SME segment has been exhibiting a high appetite for investment capital over the past couple of years even as most local financial institutions continue to shun it, considering it a high-risk area.

Rwanda’s recent aggressive borrowing saw lawmakers raising concerns last week over the surge in the country’s cost of debt hurting the economy, which is also facing pressures from global economic uncertainties and aid suspensions.

Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Claver Gatete faced tough questions from parliamentarians last week as he sought their approval for government to borrow $17 million.

The loans are meant to finance small and medium enterprises in the agricultural sector and electricity rollout in rural Rwanda.

FDU-Inkingi is not member of the so called National Council NCDC

Lausanne, 06 March 2013

Rumors have been circulated that FDU-Inkingi is a signatory member of the so called National council for Democratic Change NCDC launched in Brussels by some Rwandans on 02 March 2013. Neither the Kigali based FDU-Inkingi Interim Executive committee, nor the Coordinating Committee of the party is aware of this NCDC.

Unfortunately this malicious campaign has lured the local press in Belgium into this woolgathering. We believe that some organisations were tricked by an ill-intentioned adventurer pretending to act on behalf of FDU-Inkingi. For the record, FDU-Inkingi does not have an interim Chairman, because our Chairperson is Madame Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, political prisoner in Rwanda. Those taking advantage of her fate, to derail the genuine political opposition or to reward themselves pompous empty titles are not serious.

FDU-Inkingi Coordinating committee

Dr. Nkiko Nsengimana

Coordinator

Rwanda: Arbitrary arrest of Gratian Nsabiyeremye, member of the Interim Executive Committee of FDU-Inkingi in charge of the youth

Kigali March 3, 2013

Rubavu: Arbitrary arrest of Gratian Nsabiyeremye, member of the Interim Executive Committee of FDU-Inkingi in charge of the youth, by the police on the grounds of threatening state security and rebellion.

Since yesterday evening around 21:00, the home of Gratien Nsabiyaremye, member of the interim Executive Committee (CEP) of FDU-INKINGI in charge of youth, was surrounded by heavily armed soldiers of the Rwandan Defense Forces. They ordered him to open the door. Gratien Nsabiyaremye refused because no warrant of arrest was availed and he did not see what he had to do with the army. For record, in January 2012, Gratien Nsabiyaremye had been once again attacked by members of the Rwandan army navy stationed in Gisenyi, led by Captain Rutaburingoga, and he had on this occasion been savagely beaten.

After Gratien refused to open the door, the army decided to seal off his home. At daybreak, the neighbors rushed at his home to find out what was going on. There was such a big crowd that the army had to withdraw, leaving room for Rubavu police members who arrested him and took him to the police station for interrogation. According to our latest information, he was transferred to Gisenyi prison under the charges of rebellion and undermining the security of the State.

FDU-INKINGI AND RWANDA NATIONAL CONGRESS (RNC) COMMEND THE UNITED KINGDOM GOVERNMENT’S DECISION TO STOP GENERAL BUDGET SUPPORT TO RWANDA.

PRESS RELEASE.

 

Date : 01 March 2013.

 

FDU-INKINGI AND RWANDA NATIONAL CONGRESS (RNC) COMMEND THE UNITED KINGDOMGOVERNMENT’S DECISION TO STOP GENERAL BUDGET SUPPORT TO RWANDA. 

 

On 1st March, 2013, the United Kingdom’s Secretary for the Department of International Development announced that a £16 million package of development support to Rwanda will be channeled through aid agencies or directly to the poorest people. None of this funding will be released to Rwanda as general budget support – meaning that it won’t go through the Rwandan government, the announcement stated.  In November 2012, the UK government, alongside many others in the international community, had suspended its aid package to Rwanda due to its support to the M23 rebellion in the Democratic Republic of Congo.