Monthly Archives: December 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.