BASIC PRINCIPLES

THE VALUES AND PRINCIPLES OF UDF-INKINGI

1. The rule of law

Basis for management of a city, the rule of law that our political party seeks to promote includes and promotes the principles of legality, rule of law, equality before the law. It rejects the arbitrary. In a country like Rwanda which has seen a succession of authoritarian and totalitarian regimes, the FDU-INKINGI fight for political institutions that defend the fundamental rights of the human person and based on political pluralism.

2. Equality and Freedom

Also, the UDF-INKINGI adhere wholly and perfectly to the ideals of equality and freedom which justified the struggle against racism, slavery and colonization suffered by the Black People. In particular, in a country like ours which, on the one hand, has experienced genocide and massive crimes against humanity and, on the other hand, continues to carry the stigma among its citizens, the attachment to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and other instruments on human rights ratified by Rwanda shouldn’t suffer any exception in their application. Ensuring equality before the law, equal opportunity and fundamental freedoms against the oppression from the regime must be the daily struggle of our organization.

3. Individual autonomy

It is the ability and human right to unleash creativity, to take charge and solve own problems, to identify and pursue own destiny, to decide responsibly on own actions and be accountable. Individual autonomy considers democracy as an institution for all, because as equals, people participate to the management of their society. Faced with a political culture of centralization and authoritarian which induced generalized conformism and blind obedience to authority ‘Ilivuze umwami,’ our organization recognizes as a right to resist against oppression which pushes the individual to report any State, any policy, any leader who violates the humanity of the human person and the fulfillment of citizens while exercising their rights.

4. Solidarity

Solidarity means recognizing and taking into account ongoing interdependencies that link different social classes, rich and poor, families, generations, or people to each other. Solidarity leads to social justice. We are not born with the same fortune and life does not always ensure equality of opportunity; this is the reason why our organization is fighting for fairness and advocates that each person has the right, whatever their circumstances, to a decent life based on adequate resources and their equitable distribution.

5. Right to remembrance

The Rwandan genocide and crimes against humanity committed in Rwanda left an indelible mark on people’s memory. It is a criminal offense to deny or undervalue the absolute tragedy undergone by victims and their surviving relatives. For FDU_INKINGI, they now constitute a specific category to which we must recognize a particular suffering, justice and reparation, even if it is only partially compensated for experienced prejudice. To stop such a humanitarian catastrophe from happening again in Rwanda, the UDF-Inkingi commit to defend against all odds the absolute right to life and to keep the candle lit in memory of all victims.

6. Population’s participation

Ownership and trust of citizens in democratic institutions require people to directly control and inspire actual exercise of power. It is essential that each individual at all levels of society is aware of their rights and duties. To that end, our organization commits to recognize and incorporate into the Constitution the people’s initiative as a constitutional right. This is the right given to citizens to exercise directly next to the Parliament and Government, their share of sovereignty.

7. Decentralization

Another manifestation of the success of a democracy is that decisions are taken in different spheres of local citizens so that they feel fully participating fully in public life. Decentralization is the reduction of decision-making levels within reach of the citizen in what is called the local authority level where central government agrees and provides space for the initiative and creativity of regional and municipal authorities. Decentralization will also allow free expression of some cultural identities and emancipation of economic and social dynamics.

8. Sustainable development

Our organization puts great importance to sustainable and equitable management of natural resources and environmental conservation, and rehabilitation of balance of ecosystems degraded by human activity. This means that because of our solidarity with future generations to whom we must safeguard resources for their own life, all political decisions must be subject to an assessment of their effects in the medium and long term on ecological balances, the collective good and the future of human societies, of the Rwandan society in particular.