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THE FDU-INKINGI PARTY HAS SADLY LEARNED THE DEATH OF THE RWANDAN SINGER KIZITO MIHIGO

It is with sadness that on Monday, February 17, 2020 the FDU-INKINGI party learned of the death of the Rwandan singer Kizito Mihigo. In its Twitter statement, the police claim that it was a suicide that occurred in the Police cell of Remera where Mr. Mihigo had been held for 3 days.

The FDU-INKINGI party has very serious doubts about the police version of the incident and believes that it is rather an assassination disguised as suicide. Indeed, Mr MIHIGO was well at the time of his arrest, deeply religious and, according to family members who visited him 3 days before, there was no indication that he would be suicidal. His arrest itself, as reported in the media by the RIB services, leaves questions unanswered and the description of the incident to be a well-crafted attempt to cover up its crime.

Rwanda: POOR NEIGHBOURHOODS IN RWANDAN CAPITAL KIGALI RAISED TO THE GROUND AS PART OF A CLEANING UP EXERCISE FOR COMMONWEALTH SUMMIT.

The Rwandan capital Kigali authorities, keen to show case the Rwandan capital as the cleanest, safest in Africa: no street vendors, no beggars, no shabbily dressed people walking the streets to disturb the peace and irritate the sight of distinguished guests from the Commonwealth, are demolishing houses in poor neighbourhoods to get rid of the hideout of the excluded from the Rwandan economic miracle. The initial deadline to vacate the area was set at 15 days but later reduced to 2 or 3 days due to the short time to the summit in June 2020. The summit matters most to the ruling party and President Kagame. It is all about image; case showing the “Singapore of Africa”. The authorities allege that these areas are unsafe due to alleged potential flooding or landslides. The zeal and timing bely the official claims because some have lived in these areas for decades without a problem.  They have land titles. They were allowed to do renovation just before elections on constitutional change in 2015.

RWANDA: EXTRAORDINARY FDU-INKINGI CONGRESS HELD IN BRUSSELS DECEMBER 2019

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EXTRAORDINARY FDU-INKINGI CONGRESS HELD IN BRUSSELS DECEMBER 2019

 

The FDU-Inkingi held an extraordinary Congress in Brussels on 14 December 2019.

This Congress was opened by the Acting President Mr Justin Bahunga. In his speech, the Acting President explained the circumstances that led to the holding of this extraordinary congress, including the resignation of President Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza and the creation of her new party. He thanked once again the former president for the sacrifices made in an attempt to press for the opening of the political space in Rwanda.

RWANDA: APPEAL TO THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO END THE SLAUGHTER OF RWANDAN REFUGEES IN THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO.

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The FDU-Inkingi condemns in the strongest terms possible the complacent attitude of the international community in the face of the slaughter of the Rwandan refugees in South Kivu by Rwandan security Forces aided by the Congolese Armed Forces. We believe that the hunt against alleged negative forces is a pretext by the Rwandan repressive regime to serve a bigger design to force Rwandan refugees back to Rwanda  or kill those who resist and to loot DRC mineral resources. The leadership of the alleged negative forces have been abducted, killed or returned to Rwanda. The alleged negative forces have therefore become a useful enemy. For example, one of the charges against Colonel Byabagamba former commander of Kagame protection unit is that he said that FDLR does not pause real threat to the security of Rwanda.

 

Since1996 the fight against alleged negative forces is part of an overall strategy of the Rwandan regime to force Hutu refugees to come back to Rwanda, to kill or destabilise those who resist forced return. President Kagame is on record boasting publicly “we repatriated those who had to be repatriated and shot those who had to shot” yes, we shot them he emphasized. The UN mapping report made an estimate of 200,000 Hutu refugees slaughtered by the Rwandan army (http://www.mapping-report.org/en/first-congo-war-attacks-against-hutu-refugees). In his speech in Murambi on April 7, 2007 President Kagame told the public that what saddened him was about ”those millions who have crossed the border after killing”  and “we did not have time to make sure some do not make it to their destination”. For the Rwandan regime, those who did not come back are all genocidaires or children of genocidaires who have not right to live.

Rwanda : UDF (FDU) INKINGI TAKES NOTE OF THE DECISION BY HER FORMER CHAIRPERSON, TO RESIGN AND LAUNCH A NEW POLITICAL PARTY IN RWANDA

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LE PARTI FDU-INKINGI PREND ACTE DE LA DECISION DE SA PRESIDENTE DE CREER UN NOUVEAU PARTI AU RWANDA SUITE A L’IMPOSSIBILITE DE POUVOIR COORDONNER SES ACTIVITES.

Suite à la déclaration de Mme Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza ce 8 Novembre 2019, faisant référence aux conditions la mettant dans l’impossibilité de ne plus pouvoir coordonner les activités des FDU-Inkingi à l’extérieur et à l’intérieur du Rwanda conformément au règlement d’ordre intérieur du Parti, les FDU-Inkingi prennent acte de sa décision et convoqueront un congrès extraordinaire dans les délais règlementaires pour prendre des mesures appropriées à cette situation.

Les FDU – Inkingi remercient Mme Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza et sa famille pour les sacrifices endurés pour aller implanter les FDU-Inkingi et lui souhaitent plein succès avec son nouveau parti.

En attendant les décisions du Congrès, le Comité directeur charge Monsieur Justin Bahunga, deuxième vice-président, d’assurer la présidence ad intérim des FDU-Inkingi. Il sera secondé par le troisième vice-président, Monsieur Placide Kayumba.

Fait à Londres, le 9 Novembre 2019.

Pour les FDU-Inkingi,

Président ad intérim

Justin Bahunga

Contacts: infovp2@fdu-rwanda.com

PRESS RELEASE

UDF (FDU) INKINGI TAKES NOTE OF THE DECISION BY HER FORMER CHAIRPERSON, TO RESIGN AND LAUNCH A NEW POLITICAL PARTY IN RWANDA, OWING TO THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF RECONCILING HER DUTIES AND THE PREVAILING LAWS OF THE COUNTRY

Following the statement of Mrs. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza this November 8, 2019, referring to problems faced in coordinating the party activities outside the country, without enjoying her freedom of movements, and owing to the need to comply with the laws of the land, the FDU-Inkingi take note of its decision and will convene an extraordinary congress within the deadlines set out by the party rules, in order to take appropriate measures for filling the gap.

The FDU – Inkingi thanks Mrs. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza and her family for the sacrifices they have endured in order to launch the party inside the county and wish her every success with her new party.

In the meantime, the Steering Committee of the party has mandated Mr. Justin Bahunga, current Second Vice-President, to act as Interim Chair of the FDU-Inkingi. He will be seconded by the third vice-president, Mr. Placide Kayumba.

Done in London on November 9, 2019.

Justin Bahunga

Interim Chair of the FDU-Inkingi

Contacts: infovp2@fdu-rwanda.com


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LE PARTI FDU-INKINGI PREND ACTE DE LA DECISION DE SA PRESIDENTE DE CREER UN NOUVEAU PARTI AU RWANDA SUITE A L’IMPOSSIBILITE DE POUVOIR COORDONNER SES ACTIVITES.

Suite à la déclaration de Mme Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza ce 8 Novembre 2019, faisant référence aux conditions la mettant dans l’impossibilité de ne plus pouvoir coordonner les activités des FDU-Inkingi à l’extérieur et à l’intérieur du Rwanda conformément au règlement d’ordre intérieur du Parti, les FDU-Inkingi prennent acte de sa décision et convoqueront un congrès extraordinaire dans les délais règlementaires pour prendre des mesures appropriées à cette situation.

Les FDU – Inkingi remercient Mme Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza et sa famille pour les sacrifices endurés pour aller implanter les FDU-Inkingi et lui souhaitent plein succès avec son nouveau parti.

En attendant les décisions du Congrès, le Comité directeur charge Monsieur Justin Bahunga, deuxième vice-président, d’assurer la présidence ad intérim des FDU-Inkingi. Il sera secondé par le troisième vice-président, Monsieur Placide Kayumba.

Fait à Londres, le 9 Novembre 2019.

Pour les FDU-Inkingi,

Président ad intérim

Justin Bahunga

Contacts: infovp2@fdu-rwanda.com

RWANDA: A REGIME ON THE BRINK: HEADS OF FOREIGN MISSIONS CALLED TO HELP IN THE REPRESSION OF CRITICS ACROSS BORDERS.

During the meeting that the Rwandan Minister for foreign affairs Dr Richard Sezibera, on Tuesday April 30,2019, called on the Ambassadors and High Commissioners to help track down and handover to the repressive regime leaders of political organisations that form the Rwandan political opposition P5 allegedly for leading terrorist groups. He threatened that if their countries don’t do as requested, Rwanda will take the law in its own hands. The methods are known: assassination, i.e. Nairobi – South Africa – UK (3 assassinations attempts foiled by the Police), poisoning and kidnapping i.e. Uganda etc…, actions of a rogue state.

RWANDA : NEW YEAR MESSAGE OF Ms Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza

NEW YEAR MESSAGE OF Ms Victoire Ingabire

Rwanda:President Kagame should ensure the respect of the ruling of the ACHPR on the case of Mrs Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza to leave a positive legacy as chair of the African Union.

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President Kagame should ensure the respect of the ruling of the ACHPR on the case of  Mrs Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza to leave a positive legacy as chair of the African Union.

When President Kagame took over the chairmanship of the African Union in January 2018, he was hailed as a great achiever, reformist and great pan Africanist,  who would take Africa to another level.  However, the failure of the Rwandan government to implement the ruling of the African Court on human and peoples’ rights in the case of Mrs. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza versus the Rwandan government during the term of office as chair of the African Union could knock down most of his credentials and expose him as no different from any other ruthless dictator.

The court ruling of December 7, 2018, African Court on human and peoples’ rights has ordered the Rwandan government to pay material and moral damages to Mrs. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza and her family. The ruling followed a request submitted by the lawyers of Mrs. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza to the court after the Rwandan government refused to respond to the ruling of the court on November 24, 2017. The Rwandan government has been given six (6) months to implement the ruling on reparations after which an interest will be applied on the sum fixed by the court.

RWANDA : CLOSURE OF CHURCHES MARKS FINAL ASSAULT ON CITIZENS’ LAST LINE OF DEFENCE

The Rwandan people, traumatized by war and crushed by an overload of many socio-economic problems borne out of tyrannical rule, have turned to churches or Mosques in big numbers as their last line of defence against total hopelessness. New independent churches, mainly Pentecostal, have become the only place where citizens can safely express their grievances to someone, God, without fear of arrest. In fact, churches have shielded the regime from popular revolt because by turning their exasperation to God for a solution, they have forgotten to put the regime to task over policies that have brought them the misery that they are experiencing.

RWANDA REGIME MOCKS THE UNITED NATIONS: A PEACEFUL PROTEST BY CONGOLESE REFUGEES REPRESSED IN BLOOD IN THE UNHCR COMPOUND.

The Rwandan opposition political platform condemns in the strongest terms possible the killings of Congolese citizens of Tutsi origin and enforced disappearances of their leaders. These refugees were shipped to Rwanda by the RPF in 1996 when it was preparing the invasion of the Democratic Republic of Congo, then called Zaïre, telling them that it wanted to save them from a looming Tutsi genocide in Eastern Congo. While government sources admit 5 dead and 20 injured, reports from refugees themselves speak of 75 dead and a hundred injured. They also report enforced disappearances of refugees and opinion leaders those that the Rwandan regime suspect of being leaders of the demonstration or simply opinion leaders in the community.

(Français) LES FDU-INKINGI CONDAMNENT ÉNERGIQUEMENT LES MASSACRES DES RÉFUGIÉS CONGOLAIS PAR L’ARMÉE DU FPR AU RWANDA.

Rwanda:8TH COMMEMORATION OF THE LAUNCH OF THE NON-VIOLENT MOVEMENT FOR DEMOCRACY BY Mrs VICTOIRE INGABIRE UMUHOZA VICTOIRE.

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On the 16th of January 2010 Mrs Ingabire Umuhoza Victoire landed in Kigali to launch the nonviolent movement for democracy, peace and justice for all, the day that she gave a serious hammer blow to the corner stone of the regime fortress, i.e. fear. The fortress is shaking, the fear has shifted from democrats and peace makers to the regime, as reflected in erratic diplomatic behaviour and more repression. The regime has been totally exposed.

To her supporters she was a hero, to her critics she was naïve, to the ordinary minds it was too risky to take on President in his heyday of power. However, those close to her know well that she was sowing a mustard seed of democracy and genuine reconciliation, and was ready to pay the highest price for these values: prison of death. Hence the message to the Rwandan General Prosecutor, who wanted to convince her to apologise and abandon her opposition to the regime in return for her freedom: “the cause is bigger than me; whether you decide to keep in prison, release me or kill me the movement for democracy is unstoppable”.

Rwanda : Judgment in Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza’s case against Rwanda

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CONDEMNATION OF THE VICIOUS ATTACK ON THE CEO OF HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH BY RWANDAN PARLIAMENT

The Rwandan political opposition party, FDU-Inkingi, condemns in the strongest terms possible the vicious personal attack on the Chief Executive officer of Human Rights Watch (HRW), Kenneth Roth, by the Rwandan parliament, something that depicts the depravity of the political system in Rwanda. It is sad and pathetic for a parliament and a national human rights commission to help cover up human abuses by the Executive and for “Honourable” members of parliament to use abusive language against whistle blowers on human rights abuses. They should rather thank HRW for filling the gap left by their omission.

Rwanda: Appeal for an end to relentless persecution of FDU-Inkingi members: case of Anselme Mutuyimana.


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The FDU-Inkingi political party opposed to the repressive regime of President Paul Kagame would like to appeal to all peace-loving people and governments as well as human rights organisations to put pressure on the Rwandan government to end the persecution and torture of its members. We would like to draw the attention of the public on the continued psychological and physical torture of Anselme Mutuyimana held in Nyanza prison.

We have raised the pathetic situation of Mr Anselme in our earlier press releases but the situation has deteriorated after the FDU-Inkingi leadership was arrested and detained on trumped charges. He is regularly beaten and put in solitary confinement in a very squeezed prison cell.

Rwanda : CALL TO SAVE THE LIFE OF MR THEOPHILE NTIRUTWA

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The FDU-INKINGI opposition party urges the Rwandan Government to say whereabouts of Théophile Ntirutwa. The government security services have not been able to inform his family, his lawyer or his party where he is since his arrest a week ago. He is the only once among the other leaders of the FDU-Inkingi who has not been shown to a lawyer.

Theophile Ntirutwa had been abducted by the DMI in September 2016 and kept for three being tortured before being abandoned on the road.

We are afraid that he is being tortured again and may end up with the fate of other FDU-Inkingi activists, including JD Habarugira, or anther activist, murdered on May 8, 2017 and Ms. Iragena Illuminee, abducted on March 26, 2016 and is feared dead.

It is therefore clear that the dictatorial regime of General Paul Kagame seeks to annihilate our political party by physically eliminating some of its members.