Monthly Archives: January 2014

Rwanda: Sad 53rd anniversary of Democracy

On this January 28, 2014, it is indeed a sad anniversary of Democracy in Rwanda which happens when the Kigali regime assassinates its opponents in exile while the President confesses for the crime. We all recall that during the prayer breakfast of January 12, 2014 in Kigali, President Paul Kagame self-confessed for the murder of political opponent Colonel Patrick Karegeya in South Africa, on the night of New Year’s Eve and told the audience that he was surprised by the fact that the public opinion was shocked by such a murder and by his self-confession.

This sad anniversary is marked by a heavier sentence of 8-15 years in prison which was handed over by the Supreme Court to FDU-Inkingi’s Chair, Madam Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza for having committed the crime of lese majesty by announcing her intention to run for presidential elections in 2010. The FDU-Inkingi’s Secretary General, Mr. Sylvain Sibomana, following his first conviction to two years in prison, has just received a new sentence of 6 years in prison from the High Court of Karongi for having held a private meeting with his party members. Several other members of FDU- Inkingi are in prison for various sentences, accused of having exercised their constitutional right of peaceful assembly and membership in a political party of their choice.

Rwanda: FDU-Inkingi refutes false statements from Jean-Baptiste Mberabahizi

Kigali, January 26, 2014.

RWANDA: FDU-INKINGI REFUTES FALSE STATEMENTS FROM IMPOSTERS

This Saturday, January 25, 2014, a gentleman named Jean-Baptiste Mberabahizi issued a press release that uttered crude lies on an alleged meeting between the delegation of the UN investigators on human rights currently in visit to Rwanda and two members of the FDU-Inkingi’s Provisional Executive Committee (CEP), namely Flora Irakoze, the Treasurer, and Fabien Twagirayezu, the Spokesperson.

What is more disgusting is that in his press release Jean-Baptiste Mberabahizi slandered two international organizations, namely Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, alleging that these organizations might have accompanied the CEP delegation which met with the UN investigators.

This lie alone suffices to reveal the true intentions of Jean-Baptiste Mberabahizi. Indeed, it is incomprehensible and sad to implicate international organizations in a maneuver he already knew was malicious.

The Hague / The Netherlands: Protest Rally in Support of Ms. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, January 25, 2014

The Hague, The Netherlands, January 25, 2014.

Press Release: Protest Rally in Support of Ms. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza

Dear Members of FDU- INKINGI
Dear Friends of the platform FDU INKINGI – IHURIRO RNC – AMAHORO PC
Distinguished Representatives of political parties PDP-IMANZI, PDR- IHUMURE, PS- IMBERAKURI
Mr. the Coordinator of CLIIR and all Representatives of the Civil Society
Dear Supporters of FDU- INKINGI
Rwandans,
Dear Friends of Rwanda,
Dear All, in your respective honors and functions,

On behalf of the political party FDU- Inkingi, we thank you all for your presence at this public protest rally in support of our party Chair, Ms. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison by the political justice of the Rwandan regime.

Our first words will therefore go to our party Chair, who has been unjustly convicted. We all came here to show her our support and to assure her that even though she is momentarily and physically prevented from leading this struggle for democracy and empowerment of our people, the struggle we all started together, we will continue the fight to which we have all pledged until the total conquest of our rights and freedoms and the total liberation of the Rwandan people from the yoke of dictatorship under which they have been languishing for nearly two decades.

This protest rally was planned long before the murder of a comrade in struggle, late Col. Patrick Karegeya, who was killed in South Africa during the night of December 31st leading to January 1st by the Rwandan regime, by President Paul Kagame himself, given the fact that he has already self-confessed to the crime at the Prayer Breakfast which was held on January 12, 2014 in Kigali. We therefore take this opportunity to bow to the memory of a comrade in struggle, and pay tribute to a friend. Patrick Karegeya has given his life; he has shed his blood for our ideals of democracy and of our living together in harmony as Rwandans, regardless of our ethnic, regional, religious and social origins, for the right of memory and the duty of memory for all victims of the Rwandan slaughter of 1990-2000. We invite you to observe a moment of silence in memory of Patrick Karegeya. Dear friend Patrick, your blood that was shed is the leaven for our liberty and our victory.

Rwanda: The saga of the convictions of our political leaders continues

Kigali, January 14, 2014

On Tuesday, January 14, 2014, the High Court of Karongi sentenced to 6 years in prison, Mr. Sylvain Sibomana, Secretary General of FDU-INKINGI and Mr. Anselme Mutuyimana. Their crime: having held an unauthorized meeting with the party’s grassroots activists to spread rumors and stir up civil disobedience to the Kigali regime. This sentence follows the previous one where Mr. Sylvain Sibomana was sentenced to 2 years in prison.

On his return from Karongi to Kigali Maximum Security Prison after the verdict, Mr. Sylvain Sibomana found that all of his belongings, to include his bed sets, had been removed. He was immediately thrown in a solitary confinement in the greatest destitution.

RWANDA: PRESIDENT PAUL KAGAME CONFIRMS HIS REGIME’S ROLE IN THE ASSASSINATION OF COLONEL PATRICK KAREGEYA AND DECLARES WAR ON RWANDANS

RWANDA
AMAHORO People’s Congress – FDU-INKINGI – RNC

January 12th, 2014

On January 1st, 2014, the strangled body of an opposition leader, the late Colonel Patrick Karegeya, was found in Michelangelo Hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa. The South African government has “called upon the responsible officials to expedite the investigation”.

According to Associated Press, Paul Kagame said today that: “You cannot betray Rwanda and get away with it. There are consequences for betraying your country.” “It’s a matter of time, whoever betrayed the nation cannot escape the consequences,” Kagame said in Kinyarwanda during a national prayer breakfast meeting. President Kagame informed that all those opposing his regime should be treated the same way, and that nobody in his government should be apologetic about the fate of his enemies.

Rwanda: Attack on the residence of Madam Victoire Ingabire in Kigali

Kigali, January 4th, 2014

Last night at around 1:00am, unidentified assailants attacked the residence of Ms. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza in Kigali. As a reminder, on December 13th 2013 the Supreme Court sentenced Ms. Ingabire to 15 years in prison after a political trial marked by numerous irregularities.

Alerted by debris from the windows, the residence’s occupants were able to repel the attackers after calling upon neighbors for help.

This coward attack on a residence of a political prisoner comes after the recent coward assassination of another political figure of the democratic opposition against the Kigali regime, the late Colonel Patrick Karegeya, in South Africa.

RWANDA: UPDATE ON THE ASSASSINATION OF OPPOSITION FIGURE PATRICK KAREGEYA

RWANDA
Amahoro People’s Congress – FDU-INKINGI – RNC

January 3rd , 2014

Two days ago, the Rwandan opposition platform confirmed the assassination of key figure Colonel Patrick Karegeya, found dead in a Johannesburg Hotel. Yesterday his body has been transferred from the Hotel Michelangelo Towers to the mortuary for further police investigation. The circumstances of his death are clearer. New information suggests that he has been strangled with a rope by many assailants hidden inside a hotel room where Karegeya was supposed to meet a Rwandan businessman “ Appolo” who has disappeared since.

“His body was found in the hotel room” said police spokeswoman Lt. Col. Katlego Mogale. “A towel with blood and a rope were found in the hotel room safe. There is a possibility that he might have been strangled”.

It has been established that the slain opposition leader went to the hotel for a meeting with this contact, after a phone call.

Rwanda: FDU-Inkingi calls for a strong international response to the assassination of Colonel Patrick Karegeya in South Africa

Lausanne, January 1st, 2014

Today, the opposition hero, Colonel Patrick Karegeya was assassinated in Johannesburg (South Africa). This comes after his colleague, General Kayumba Nyamwasa survived two attempts in June 2010.

Many Rwandan opposition figures have been murdered inside and outside Rwanda. For example, on 13 July 2010, the late André Kagwa Rwisereka, Vice President of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda was murdered in Butare (Rwanda) on the eve of the Presidential election won by President Paul Kagame with over 93% ; on 16 May 1998, former Interior Minister Seth Sendashonga, was assassinated in Nairobi (Kenya) after launching an opposition party. Critic journalists have been murdered inside the country and in exile. Key opposition leaders are languishing in prison on politically motivated charges : Only in December 2013, Madam Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, FDU-INKINGI Chair, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison ; Mr. Sylvain Sibomana, FDU-INKINGI interim secretary general has been handed a sentence of two years ; Mr. Deogratias Mushayidi, the President of PDP Imanzi, was given a life sentence in 2011 ; Mr. Bernard Ntaganda, the founding President of PS Imberakuri is serving a 4 year jail term. The former Present Pasteur Bizimungu and the former Minister Charles Ntakirutinka, have served hefty sentences after the creation of their opposition party PDR Ubuyanja.
The fact that the international community has been incoherent and non-vocal on crimes committed by the current regime has encouraged the dictator and his henchmen to eliminate key opposition leaders.

South Africa: Colonel Patrick Karegeya has been assassinated today in Johannesburg

RWANDA
Amahoro People’s Congress – FDU-INKINGI – RNC

Washington DC, January 1st, 2014

Colonel Patrick Karegeya has been assassinated today in Johannesburg (South Africa).

The Rwandan opposition is deeply saddened to announce the assassination of Colonel Patrick Karegeya today in Johannesburg, South Africa. His body was found in a Hotel where he went for a meeting. The South African authorities are investigating the murder.

Colonel Patrick Karegeya was a key figure in the Rwandan opposition and a founding member of the Rwanda National Congress. Rwandan opposition key figures have been a target in South Africa and other parts of the world. We all remember our colleague General Kayumba Nyamwasa who survived two assassination attempts in Johannesburg on June 18, 2010 and June 20, 2010. Investigations have found overwhelming evidence of the involvement of Rwandan Intelligence operatives in those attempts.