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RWANDA: MEMBERS OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT MET WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF FDU-INKINGI IN KIGALI

PRESS RELEASE

MEMBERS OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT MET WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF FDU-INKINGI IN KIGALI

After a formal written refusal by the Rwandan government, officially transmitted by Louise Mushikiwabo, Minister of Foreign Affairs, to meet the political prisoner Mrs.  Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, Chairperson of FDU-Inkingi political party, on the grounds that because Mrs. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza was convicted under Rwandan laws, her case should therefore not concern the European Parliament, the parliamentary delegation of the European Parliament Committee on women’s rights and gender equality (FEMM) of the European Parliament led by its President, the Spanish Member of European Parliament (MEP) Ms. Iratxe GARCÍA PÉREZ, met with a delegation from the Steering Committee of FDU-Inkingi led by the first Vice-President, Mr. Boniface Twagirimana accompanied by the Deputy Commissioner for Strategy and Political Affairs, Mr. Gratien Nsabiyaremye, on  September 21, 2016.

During their talks, the first Vice-President of FDU-Inkingi expressed difficult working conditions of the opposition in Rwanda (as evidenced by the recent abduction of Mr. Theophile Ntirutwa and the imprisonment of Miss Gasengayire Leonille) and in general, the state of human rights in Rwanda.

FDU-Inkingi would like to thank the European Parliament for sending its delegation to Rwanda to inquire about the limitations on human rights in Rwanda and for having clearly expressed its position on the unjust detention of the political prisoner Mrs. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza.

FDU-Inkingi would also like to thank the delegation of the FEMM Commission for meeting with its representatives in Rwanda.

FDU-Inkingi remains convinced that the opening up of the political space to allow Rwandan citizens to exercise their constitutional rights of association and expression is the only way conducive to lasting peace in our country and in the Great Lakes region.

Done at Paris, 21 September 2016.

For FDU-Inkingi

Dr. Emmanuel Mwiseneza

Second Secretary General

Email: emwiseneza@hotmail.com

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RWANDA: THEOPHILE NTIRUTWA RECOVERED HIS FREEDOM AFTER TWO DAYS OF TORTURE

Kidnapped on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 9pm local time, Mr. Théophile Ntirutwa, local leader of FDU-Inkingi in Kigali-City, reappeared yesterday September 20, 2016 at 11pm.

According to his testimony, Mr. Théophile Ntirutwa was kidnapped by soldiers while he was returning home on his motorcycle. He was forced into their vehicle. Upon tying him up, handcuffing and blindfolding him, the soldiers took him to a locality he couldn’t formally identify because his head and eyes were covered. However, he thinks that it could be the Kami military barrack because of the time it took the soldiers to get there and evidence he came across for a brief moment when the bandage was removed from his eyes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture 1: Théophile Ntirutwa before his abduction   Picture 2: Théophile Ntirutwa after his release

RWANDA: FDU-INKINGI CONDEMNS ARBITRARY SENTENCE OF ITS ASSISTANT TREASURER MISS GASENGAYIRE LEONILLE

As there was no evidence against Miss Leonille Gasengayire, the assistant treasurer of FDU-Inkingi, the court of first instance of Ruhango has ruled that she would be kept in detention for 30 days’ imprisonment, while the prosecution is looking for evidence to charge her. In its ruling, the court justified the detention on the ground that time was needed to gather evidence to prove her guilt.  Under normal procedures, the prosecution has to have evidence of guilt against the accused otherwise the accused should be released. The sentence is therefore part of a series of measures to harass political opponents and hence deter them from taking any initiative aimed at demanding the exercise of their fundamental human rights that are stipulated in the Rwandan Constitution.

RWANDA: Mrs. IRAGENA ILLUMINEE REPORTED TO HAVE DIED FROM TORTURE BY RWANDAN SECRET SERVICE AGENTS

We have just learned from the family of Mrs. IRAGENA Illuminee, who was kidnapped in the morning of March 26, 2016 on her way to work at the King Faisal Hospital in Kigali City, that she might have died from torture by Rwandan security agents. Mrs. Iragena Illuminee was known for her dedication to the cause of the poor in society. She was head of a local NGO, ABIRU, which helps children from very low-income families in Kigali City to get access to education. She was mother of three young children. Her husband had to flee after the kidnapping of his wife to avoid being arrested or abducted.

Despite the family’s efforts to alert authorities immediately after the abduction and our press release issued on April 12, 2016, no official information about the whereabouts of Mrs Iragena was made available to the family by the services responsible for the protection of citizens. This case was never brought before a judge for a criminal charge. On the contrary, credible sources have successively reported her being held at the infamous Kami military barracks, then at Kanombe military barracks, before losing all traces about her whereabouts. She had probably been transferred to one of the many “Safe Houses” (secret detention facilities) scattered in Kigali City. The Kami military barracks in the outskirts of Kigali City is notorious for its cruelty during interrogation to extract false testimony.

The arrest of Mrs IRAGENA Illuminee followed by her disappearance seemed to be related to the kidnapping of our treasurer, Miss Gasengayire Leonile, on March 26, 2016. Indeed, when Miss Gasengayire was kidnapped from the premises of the Kigali maximum prison, she was in possession of the book written by political prisoner Madame Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza. This book belonged to Mrs Iragena Illuminée who had put her name on the book’s first page. During her questioning at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), the police had questioned her about this book and the owner, which, it’s important to emphasize it, is not officially banned in Rwanda hence its possession should in no circumstances be a crime.

The political party FDU-Inkingi would like to ask the Rwandan authorities to shed full light on this case. In a country that prides itself on being one of the safest in the region, it is not normal that a citizen disappears for 6 months without the authorities providing any information to the victim’s family. The arrest and detention for the second time of Miss Gasengayire Leonile, who was kidnapped at the same time of the arrest of Mrs. Iragena Illuminee, adds to our concerns about the real intentions of this government, which under the guise of its ultra-security policy, wants to get rid of any dissenting voice, real or perceived as such.

Done in London, on August 30, 2016

FDU-INKINGI

Justin Bahunga

Commissioner for External Relations and Spokesperson

jbahunga@yahoo.co.uk

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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].

RWANDA : POLITICAL PROGRAM OF THE PLATFORM

POLITICAL PROGRAM OF THE PLATFORM 

1. ABOUT US

The platform P5 is a coalition of political organizations AMAHORO-PC, FDU – INKINGI, PDP – IMANZI, PS – IMBERAKURI and RWANDA NATIONAL CONGRESS (RNC); the platform is open to other political organizations that adhere to its vision and values.

It is a broad based coalition of key stakeholders in the Rwandan society. Members of these organizations hail from all ethnic groups (Hutu, Tutsi and Twa) and regions in Rwanda with diversified background. They include persons who were members of the RPF and political parties active in Rwanda since 1991, as well as persons who never belonged to any political party before. There are personalities that have served under President Paul Kagame of the RPF and the government of late President Juvénal Habyarimana at different levels, up to the highest levels of the administration and government.

RWANDA: SOS: Mrs. ILLUMINEE IRAGENA REPORTED TO BE IN CRITICAL CONDITION FOLLOWING TORTURE IN KAMI MILITARY CAMP

According to informed sources Mrs. Illuminee Iragena, reported missing since March 26, 2016, could be held in the notorious Kami military barracks, on the outskirts of Kigali City, Rwanda. The Kami military camp is notoriously known for its cruel interrogation methods used to extract false testimonies. Some reliable sources report that Mrs. Iragena has been tortured.

It should be recalled that in 2012 Amnesty International published a detailed report condemning the systematic use of torture in Rwanda by military intelligence services. According to former inmates, some methods include the use of electric shocks, beating detainees or sensory deprivation to force them to speak, and by suffocation with a plastic bag over the head.

RWANDA: APRL 2006 – APRIL 2016: TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF FDU-INKINGI

 

“Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong.” Lao-Tseu Laozi

 

Ten years ago, the Rwandan Democratic Forces decided to pool together their efforts to force the Rwandan dictatorship to open the political space and to allow the Rwandan people enjoy their inalienable rights. Their determination and tenacity not to give in to blackmail and fear of paying the ultimate sacrifice are embodied by their leader Madame Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, who is incarcerated in the despicable Kigali maximum security prison. As a true disciple of Sun Tzu and Gandhi, Mrs. Ingabire and her followers in the FDU-Inkingi party, have always privileged non-violence in their struggle against dictatorship and have worked hard to build a platform of the Rwandan Democratic opposition and to make it an effective tool to fight against the dictatorship that oppresses the Rwandan people. The United Democratic Forces (FDU-Inkingi) were officially born on April 26, 2006. On this day we pay tribute to all Rwandans who are fighting for their fundamental and inalienable rights.

RWANDA: MEMBERS OF THE PLATFORM WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE ZAMBIA GOVERNMENT FOR TAKING ACTION TO STOP XENOPHOBIA AGAINST RWANDANS

The Platform members would like to thank the Zambian government for condemning xenophobia against Rwandans and for taking the necessary steps to end it. We thank the Government and the people of Zambia for their hospitality to the Rwandan refugees over many years.

During the violence that took place in Lusaka – Zambia starting on Monday April 18, 2016, hundreds of people attacked and looted the houses and shops owned by foreign nationals. Foreigners, mainly Rwandans, are accused of “ritual murders”. Rwandan nationals in particular in the districts of Misisi, Makeni South,  Kanyama, and Lusaka townships were particularly targeted. They are victims of rumours that accused them of murder in the recent death “of seven people whose bodies were found amputated of their ears, hearts and genitals.”

Rwanda: Donors should ask President Kagame to clear his name over financial scandals of his close associates.

 Press release

Panama Papers have hit the headlines showing a global network of offshore companies that help the wealthy hide their assets from tax authorities, launder the proceeds of criminal activities or conceal misappropriated or politically inconvenient wealth. The dealings were facilitated by a Panama based law firm Mossack Fonseca.

 The scandals include among others Icelandic Prime Minister, Sigmundur David Gunnlaugson, who had an undeclared interest linked to his wife’s wealth. Furthermore, according to the French paper “le Monde”, Syria used Mossack Fonseca to create shell companies to help it break international sanctions and fund its war effort. The Rwandan Minister of Finances Ambassador Claver Gatete, has confirmed that a company called <<Debden Investments Ltd, an offshore company mentioned in the “Panama papers” was established in 1998, by the then transitional Government of Rwanda. It was registered under the names of two close associates of President Kagame. They include Brigadier Gen. Emmanuel Ndahiro and Mr Hatari Sekoko. Emmanuel is a confidant of Rwandan President Paul Kagame, having served as the president’s physician, security adviser and spokesman. He also served as military spokesman when Kagame was Vice President and Minister of Defence from 1994–2000. Ndahiro headed Rwanda’s National Intelligence and Security Services from 2004–2011. In 2015, Kagame promoted him to Brigadier General. Mr Hatari Sekoko became a soldier in 1990 when the RPF started the war and became driver of the family of President Kagame during the war.

RWANDA: FDU-INKINGI PARTY CALLS UPON THE RWANDAN AUTHORITIES TO RELEASE MADAME ILLUMINEE IRAGENA

Since March 27, 2016, the family of Mrs. Illuminée Iragena has no news about her since her disappearance in suspicious circumstances, which happened on her journey from home to workplace.  Mrs. Iragena, holder of the identity card number 1197570007371075, has 4 young children who are now without care, as her husband is in hiding for his personal safety. Mrs. Iragena’s family has sent a letter to the police to inform them about her disappearance, but as usual, they have not given any hint on what they have done to trace her whereabouts, making the whole incident suspicious.

The kidnapping of Mrs. Illuminée Iragena seems very likely to have been the work of the Rwandan security services.  Indeed, her kidnapping occurred a day after the kidnapping of Miss Leonille Gasengayire, the Assistant Treasurer of FDU-Inkingi party, who was abducted and was later found in the hands of the Police. Even though the Police had denied any knowledge about her abduction, Ms. Gasengayire was later released by the same local police three days after intense interrogation and thorough beating. During such an interrogation and torture, Ms. Gasengayire was extensively questioned about Mrs. Illuminee Iragena and her relationship with Mrs. Victoire Ingabire, the FDU-Inkingi Party’s President, and a political prisoner, currently serving a 15-year sentence in Rwanda.

RWANDA: Ms. GASENGAYIRE, ASSISTANT TREASURER OF FDU-INKINGI BRUTALISED IN CID PREMISES BEFORE BEING RELEASED.

On Tuesday, March 29, 2016, Miss Gasengayire Leonie left Kimironko police station, after 3 days of solitary confinement and physical abuse.

Miss Gasengayire was arrested on Saturday March 26, 2016 under Section 463 of the Criminal Code on “inciting insurrection or trouble amongst the population”. Allegations included having ownership, reading and bringing prison a book entitled “Entre les quatre murs du 1930” (Between the 4 walls of 1930 prison) written by Mrs Victoire Ingabire. Yet the book is freely available in bookstores, including in Kigali and the prosecution has not brought any case against its author.

RWANDA: THE RWANDAN GOVERNMENT DESPERATELY SEEKS TO TORPEDO THE APPLICATION OF MRS. VICTOIRE INGABIRE TO THE AFRICAN COURT ON HUMAN AND PEOPLES’ RIGHTS

Following obstructions to the preparation of Mrs. Victoire Ingabire’s trial by refusing to Me. Gatera Gashabana to meet with his client, after refusing the granting of visa to the Dutch lawyer, Me. Caroline Buisman to visit Rwanda in a timely manner and meet with Mrs. Victoire Ingabire, the Rwandan government has simply shunned the public hearings scheduled this March 4, 2016 before the Court in Arusha.

WHAT GAME DO RWANDAN PRISON AUTHORITIES PLAY WITH REGARDS TO THE CONDITIONS OF DETENTION Mrs. VICTOIRE INGABIRE?

PRESS RELEASE

 

Last Friday, 24/07/2015, for the second consecutive time, the management of the central prison of Kigali, where the chair of FDU Inkingi is held in detention, refused Mr. Gatera Gashabana the permission to meet his client alleging, in the same pattern of earlier reasons, that her case was closed. Reached by telephone, the RCS spokesperson confirmed the refusal to the lawyer and ordered him to write a new application for certification, in Kinyarwanda.

Yet the prison authorities had put out exonerating statements saying that the allegations in our press release of 14 July 2015 were false.

US express strong support to Rwanda Media commission

Posted by Great Lakes Voice Editor
November 05, 2014
In: News
Written by Staff Writer
Email: newsdesk@greatlakesvoice.com

Photo: Ambassador Koran speaking to the press (Picture GLV).

Kigali, Rwanda ==United States of America’s Ambassador Donard W. Koran has expressed strong support to Rwanda Media Commission, the Media Self Regulatory body, saying: “Democracy and freedom of speech goes hand in hand.”

During Koran’s visit to Rwanda Media Commission [RMC] on Wednesday morning, he said it was part of showing support and appreciating steps taken by the body. He commended RMC for the work done since it was established last year.

SABC News: Kagame’s Worrying Human Rights abuses worldwide

SABC News: Kagame’s Worrying Human Rights abuses worldwide