Yearly Archives: 2016

RWANDA: THE FDU-INKINGI POLITICAL PARTY ADDRESSES TO RWANDANS AND FRIENDS OF RWANDA ITS BEST WISHES FOR THE YEAR 2017

Dear Rwandans and Friends of Rwanda,

On the occasion of the end of the year 2016, on behalf of the FDU-Inkingi political party, its Chairperson, Ms. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, who is unjustly imprisoned to this day, and in my own name, I would like to convey to you our best wishes for the New Year 2017. May it bring peace and full enjoyment of your fundamental human rights so that you may fully exercise your freedom and live as a free people!

As we come to the end of the year 2016, we would like to take stock of Rwanda’s political and social situation by looking at what we went through and what we plan to do to make our country a law-abiding state, respectful of  the freedoms and rights of the human person; a country characterized by pluralistic, consensual democracy and a justice system that is independent of the interference of the executive branch and military officials or of any other security services; a country without discrimination, which promotes dialogue and reconciliation, ensures mutual respect between Rwandans themselves and with other peoples; a country that promotes integrated development, equity and equal opportunity; a country where the political space is open, where the authorities are accountable to the people.

RWANDA: SUSPICIOUS FIRES IN DETENTION CENTRES SHOULD CATCH THE ATTENTION OF THE RWANDAN AUTHORITIES.

Fire gutted the Kigali Maximun Security Prison commonly known as “1930 prison” in the afternoon of the 25th of December 2016, ironically on the day of Christmas celebrations worldwide. The fire incident happened when people were still remembering a similar fire incident in Muhanga prison in central Rwanda on the 5th of June 2014, which was followed only a month later by another fire in Gisenyi prison on the 7th of July 2014. The fire in Kigali Maximun Security prison, which allegedly took over all the prison services unawares, was announced only by the press and the cause of the fire is reported to be unknown to date. Images showing a thick black and opaque smoke coming out of the prison, have led to fears that the damages caused by the fire could be more than what is officially reported, given the fact that no independent investigation has taken place.

(Français) Rwanda : Les incendies suspectes des prisons devraient interpeller les autorités

Alors qu’on garde encore en mémoire l’incendie de la prison de Muhanga au centre du Rwanda survenu le 05 juin 2014, suivi peu après par l’incendie de la prison centrale de Gisenyi le 07 juillet 2014, un incendie spectaculaire s’est produit à la prison centrale de Kigali dite « 1930 », dans l’après-midi du 25 décembre 2016, soit le jour de Noël. Ledit incendie, qui aurait pris de court l’ensemble des services pénitentiaires, n’a été annoncé que par la presse et serait de cause inconnue à ce jour. Des images montrant une épaisse fumée noire et opaque sortant de la prison, font craindre des dégâts plus importants que ceux avancés, en l’absence de toute communication  officielle et de toute enquête indépendante.

RWANDA: THE LEADERS OF THE ISHEMA PARTY BARRED FROM RETURN TO THEIR HOME COUNTRY

The political party FDU-Inkingi denounces the manoeuvers of the Rwandan dictatorial regime aimed at preventing its citizens from returning to their home country freely.

According to reliable sources, including Reuters, RFI and the leadership of the Ishema Party, Rwandan immigration officials allegedly put pressure on Kenya Airways to prevent Rev. Father Thomas Nahimana and his delegation from boarding on its flight to Kigali, on Wednesday, November 23, 2016.

According to the press release issued by the Ishema party, the delegation led by its Secretary General Father Thomas Nahimana was on its way to Rwanda to set up its political party headquarters and carry out its political activities in Rwanda.

(Français) LETTRE OUVERTE CONCERNANT LES MENACES DE RUPTURE DES RELATIONS DIPLOMATIQUES ENTRE LE RWANDA ET LA FRANCE


Acculés par la Justice française les dignitaires du régime de Kigali prennent le Rwanda en otage !

 

Les Forces Démocratiques Unifiées (FDU INKINGI), parti politique d’opposition au régime dictatorial du Front Patriotique Rwandais (FPR) dirigé par Paul Kagame, président du Rwanda, s’indignent des menaces  incessantes proférées par le régime du FPR de rompre les relations diplomatiques avec la France, à l’occasion de la réouverture récente d’une instruction judiciaire française, dans l’enquête sur l’attentat terroriste contre l’avion de l’ancien président rwandais Juvénal Habyarimana, accompagné de son homologue burundais, Cyprien Ntaryamira, de leurs suites ainsi que de l’équipage français qui, tous, ont péri dans cet attentat du 6 avril 1994. Ce chantage permanent exercé par le FPR contre la France pour échapper à toute responsabilité dans cet attentat terroriste nous répugne.

Différents rapports dénoncent les crimes du FPR :

LETTRE OUVERTE

CONCERNANT LES MENACES DE RUPTURE DES RELATIONS DIPLOMATIQUES ENTRE LE RWANDA ET LA FRANCE

 

 Acculés par la Justice française les dignitaires du régime de Kigali prennent le Rwanda en otage !

 

Les Forces Démocratiques Unifiées (FDU INKINGI), parti politique d’opposition au régime dictatorial du Front Patriotique Rwandais (FPR) dirigé par Paul Kagame, président du Rwanda, s’indignent des menaces  incessantes proférées par le régime du FPR de rompre les relations diplomatiques avec la France, à l’occasion de la réouverture récente d’une instruction judiciaire française, dans l’enquête sur l’attentat terroriste contre l’avion de l’ancien président rwandais Juvénal Habyarimana, accompagné de son homologue burundais, Cyprien Ntaryamira, de leurs suites ainsi que de l’équipage français qui, tous, ont péri dans cet attentat du 6 avril 1994. Ce chantage permanent exercé par le FPR contre la France pour échapper à toute responsabilité dans cet attentat terroriste nous répugne.

Différents rapports dénoncent les crimes du FPR :

RWANDA: FDU-INKINGI CONGRATULATES THE PRESIDENT-ELECT OF THE UNITED STATES DONALD TRUMP.

Mr. President-Elect,

The Rwandan opposition political party, FDU-Inkingi, has learned your victory for the presidency of the United States of America for the coming 4 years.

PRESIDENT PAUL KAGAME OF RWANDA HAS A LOT TO LEARN FROM MOZAMBIQUE – RWANDAN OPPOSITION PLATFORM

PRESS RELEASE N° 021/2016

The hero of Mozambique liberation and independence Samora MACHEL pointed out that “a soldier without politics is an assassin, i.e. using force for its own sake or for personal interest and not to serve the interest of the people.  President Kagame should avoid being judged by history as an assassin.

It is very sad and tragic for Rwanda which General Kagame took power by force, and is now using force to oppress his own people and maintain himself in power indefinitely.  During the last 22 years that the ruling party in Rwanda the RPF has been in power, it has demonstrated that it cannot manage people’s demands without resorting to violence and coercion. Rwanda has the highest number of refugees of all time in the history of the country cutting across, ethnicity and profession and the only regime that has hunted its critics to assassinate them. His people have been cowed down to accept, despite gross violations of human rights, to change the constitution that allows him to be in power for 40 years (1994- 2034). We recall that even though he was Vice President (1994 -2000) he was the man with real power.

 

PRESS RELEASE N° 021/2016

 THE PRESIDENT KAGAME OF RWANDA HAS A LOT TO LEARN FROM MOZAMBIQUE 

 

The hero of Mozambique liberation and independence Samora MACHEL pointed out that “a soldier without politics is an assassin, i.e. using force for its own sake or for personal interest and not to serve the interest of the people.  President Kagame should avoid being judged by history as an assassin.

It is very sad and tragic for Rwanda which General Kagame took power by force, and is now using force to oppress his own people and maintain himself in power indefinitely.  During the last 22 years that the ruling party in Rwanda the RPF has been in power, it has demonstrated that it cannot manage people’s demands without resorting to violence and coercion. Rwanda has the highest number of refugees of all time in the history of the country cutting across, ethnicity and profession and the only regime that has hunted its critics to assassinate them. His people have been cowed down to accept, despite gross violations of human rights, to change the constitution that allows him to be in power for 40 years (1994- 2034). We recall that even though he was Vice President (1994 -2000) he was the man with real power.

  • Extra judicial killings

The president has set the tone in inviting his security agents to eliminate anyone who threatens state security which, under articles 463 and 451 of the penal code, includes anyone saying anything or tells others anything that is likely to incite the people against the government. This is come to mean anything that criticises government policy or practice and hence likely makes people hate the government.

THE REACTION OF THE RWANDAN PARLIAMENT TO EU PARLIAMENT RESOLUTION: A WAKEUP CALL TO STOP RWANDA’S DESCENT TO HELL AGAIN

PRESS RELEASE N° 020/2016

 

 

Following the rejection , in its entirety, of the European Parliament “resolution on Rwanda: the case of Victoire Ingabire (2016/2910(RSP)” by the Rwandan Parliament, the political platform composed of political organisations Amahoro – PC, FDU – Inkingi, PDP – Imanzi, PS –Imberakuri and Rwanda National Congress‐ RNC, would like to draw the attention of the international community on how totalitarian the Rwandan regime has become and on the plight of citizens when a Parliament loses its role as a countervailing force to the excesses of the Executive and becomes its propaganda tool.

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RWANDA: SIX YEARS OF ARBITRARY DETENTION OF VICTOIRE INGABIRE UMUHOZA – INKINGI CALLS FOR HER IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PRESS RELEASE

 

October 14, 2016, marks the 6th anniversary of the politically motivated arrest and detention of Mrs Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza in the notorious 1930 prison in Kigali. Her arrival in Rwanda in January 2010 to take part in the presidential elections of August 2010 sent shockwaves in the political circles of the Ruling Party of RPF. The warm welcome and her first words about equitable justice, genuine national reconciliation and her courageous stand against oppressive practices threatened the status quo.

RWANDA: FDU-INKINGI APPEAL FOR THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF ITS SUPPORTER, ANSELME MUTUYIMANA SERIOUSLY ILL IN NYANZA PRISON

PRESS RELEASE

Mr Anselme Mutuyimana, a supporter of FDU-Inkingi, has been denied the right to be transferred to University Hospital of Butare for specialist treatment recommended by medical staff of Nyanza prison. We fear the worst could happen to him if he does not get the recommended medical attention in time.

For the last two years Nyanza prison authorities have ignored the recommendation of prison medical staff to get him transferred Butare University Hospital to get proper treatment.  He was given five appointments over the last two years but each time he would be removed from the list of people to be transferred by prison authorities and at times he was thrown out of the car at the time of departure.  He was again refused to attend his medical appointment on the October 4, 2016.

RWANDA: FDU-INKINGI CONSIDERS THE ATTITUDE OF IBUKA EUROPE TO THE DUTCH PARLIAMENT TO BE OUT OF PLACE

PRESS RELEASE

 

FDU-Inkingi have learnt through a newspaper close to the RPF government that the organization IBUKA-Europe held a two day meeting, 24-25 / 09/2016, chaired by the Ambassador of Rwanda to the Netherlands to express its outrage to the Dutch Parliament following its request to the Minister of Justice to suspend the extradition of two alleged Rwandan “genocidaires” to Rwanda , where they cannot get fair trial. In its statement IBUKA Europe is giving instructions to the Minister of Justice to ignore the parliament’s decision and to proceed with the extradition.

FDU-Inkingi find it outrageous that IBUKA taunts the Dutch Parliament the same way it does towards the Rwandan Parliament. IBUKA should know that there is real separation of powers in the Netherlands and that the Netherlands are a sovereign state and sovereign authority on its territory and in its relations with the outside world.

Rwanda Day San Francisco: Bay View journalists get the boot

Rwanda Day San Francisco: Bay View journalists get the boot

by Ann Garrison

October 6, 2016

Source: San Francisco Bay View

Rwanda Day-San Francisco was a bad day for identity politics. Rwandan President Paul Kagame stepped to the podium and said that he was happy to be in San Francisco because it’s so diverse, seeming not to understand that his guest speaker, Rev. Rick Warren, champion of the 2008 Prop 8 ballot measure banning same sex marriage, wouldn’t appeal to San Francisco’s diverse population. The city and surrounding Bay Area communities include the nation’s highest concentration of men and women who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

Journalist Ann Garrison registered and was initially allowed to attend Rwanda Day-San Francisco.

Then Rev. Rick Warren got up and told the audience that he might look like an American, but he’s really a Rwandan, and that he may have white skin, but he’s black on the inside.

Neither the Black president nor the black-on-the-inside reverend took note of how rapidly gentrification is disappearing San Francisco’s Black neighborhoods.

Though President Kagame forever plays the race card, claiming that his critics are racists who have contempt for Africans, his dependence on the political, diplomatic and military support of the U.S. and NATO make it arguable that he’s Black on the outside and white on the inside. His Rwanda Days in the West are unique; No other nation holds anything like these annual promotions rotating from one Western metropolis to another.

RWANDA : FDU-INKINGI CALLS ON THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION TO IMPLEMENT THE RESOLUTION PASSED BY THE EU PARLIAMENT

PRESS RELEASE

 

The  European Parliament resolution on Rwanda, the case of Victoire Ingabire (2016/2910(RSP),  passed today October 6, 2016,  strongly condemns “the politically motivated trials, the prosecution of political opponents and the prejudging of the outcome of the trial”. The case of Mrs Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, President of FDU-Inkingi, has been the most outstanding show case for the lack of independence of the judiciary in Rwanda.

RWANDA: FDU-INKINGI CONSIDERS OUTRAGEOUS THE ATTITUDE OF IBUKA-EUROPE CHAPTER TOWARDS THE DUTCH PARLIAMENT