Monthly Archives: July 2016

RWANDA: DENIAL OF MEDICAL CARE TO POLITICAL PRISONER VICTOIRE INGABIRE UMUHOZA

FDU-Inkingi are very concerned about the lack of medical care for political prisoner Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, very ill since Saturday, July 24, 2016.

We may recall Mrs. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza lives in precarious sanitary conditions since she was transferred to an overcrowded women prison wing with more than 600 inmates. Since Saturday, the prison authorities of the “1930″ prison in Kigali has not responded to the request of her request to get medical care. In the current situation, and given the various forms of tortures suffered previously by Mrs. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, we are very concerned that this medical neglect could be a deliberate but sneaky action by the regime to get rid of an embarrassing political without firing a shot.

AGRICULTURAL POLICY 1995-2016 IN RWANDA: CONTRAST BETWEEN THE BEAUTIFUL STATISTICS OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION AND CHRONIC FAMINES

AGRICULTURAL POLICY 1995-2016 IN RWANDA:

CONTRAST BETWEEN THE BEAUTIFUL STATISTICS OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION AND CHRONIC FAMINES IN RWANDA

Charles Ndereyehe[1]

 1.    Introduction

February 24, 2016, I published an article[i] in Kinyarwanda which analysed the recent publications on agriculture in Rwanda. As in previous analyses [ii]-[iii], I was pointing out once again that the economic policy of the Rwanda government dominated by the RPF (Rwandan Patriotic Front), have led Rwanda agriculture to a dead end.[iv]

Many local media continue to publish articles expressing the same concern, highlighting the contrast between the shiny statistics of increased agricultural production and chronic famine raging in every corner of the country. The rosy government statistics, purporting that there is food self-sufficiency for many Rwandans, does not match the real situation on the ground. It is common knowledge that official statistics are often manipulated, to show another image of agricultural and economic success in Rwanda, and hence reinforce the official narrative that Rwanda is on the way to ensure food self-sufficiency. Yet all economic indicators are flashing red, showing chronic poverty and famine![v]

According to the 2013 World Report on Human Development, Rwanda has a Gini index of 0.53, which ranks Rwanda among the most unequal countries in the world. The richest 10% account for 40% of income, while the poorest 10% are content with just 3.5% of income. In fact, 82% of the population lives on less than $ 2 USD per day, the population below the poverty line (those living on less than $ 1.25 / day) is 63.2% instead of 44 9% put forward in official figures. The population languishing in multidimensional poverty is estimated at 69% by the same report[vi].

Local media [vii]§§ show economic realities that demonstrate in figures and images the existence of poverty, while officials prefer to live in denial of the plight of Rwandans because they want to hide it from the international community. The unfortunate alibi, which consists in the mushrooming of infrastructural development projects in “the very clean capital city Kigali”, hides this terrible evil that crushes the poor (Ansoms (2009). Ansoms observes that: “as elsewhere, policy is a monopoly of the elite in Rwanda. The majority poor, small smallholder in rural areas, undoubtedly have little influence on the political situation.  Policy makers have little institutional or personal links with rural development issues, and many have a condescending attitude, even contemptuous, toward poor farmers practicing “traditional” forms of agriculture[viii].

A warm welcome and invitation to have a deeper understanding of Rwanda

Excellencies Heads of State,

Excellencies Heads of Government,

Excellencies Representatives of African Governments,

Kigali, July 9, 2016

Your Excellencies,

Distinguished delegates,

A warm welcome and invitation to have a deeper understanding of Rwanda.

The political opposition platform composed of the following political organisations, namely Amahoro PC, FDU – Inkingi, PDP – Imanzi, PS – Imberakuri and Rwanda National Congress (RNC) would like to welcome you to Rwanda and to express its hope that you will learn a bit more about Rwanda and be in a position to help Rwandans avoid another cycle of political violence as the factors that have led to each one of them are more prevalent than ever before.  We are very pleased to offer some glimpses of the real life experience in Rwanda, different from Rwanda made in London, for export, by expensive Public Relations Firms[i].

Our opposition platform is composed of political organisations whose membership include people who have lived and worked in Rwanda all their lives but are now refugees, former refugees, some of whom held senior positions in the RPF government and are now refugees again, survivors of genocide who are now refugees and many Rwandans who are living in Rwanda but cannot come out publicly to oppose the government to save their skin.