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.”

The platform members condemn the crimes suffered by Rwandan nationals, other foreigners and the Zambian people, and express their deepest condolences to their families. The Platform members call upon the Zambian authorities to conduct a thorough investigation to establish the truth and bring to justice the culprits. The platform members are saddened by the violence that has befallen the Rwandan refugees and express their solidarity with fellow citizens who have been victims. We do not doubt that behind that violence lurks the evil hand of the RPF and General Paul Kagame’s regime illustrated by the destabilization, assassinations and massacres of refugees in host countries.

The Platform members invite the Zambian authorities to increase their vigilance to ensure the protection of Rwandan refugees and defeat the Machiavellian manoeuvers of the dictatorship of General Paul Kagame. We hope that the Zambian authorities will do everything possible to refuse sending those refugees back to Rwanda because that would be like sending them to certain persecution, and most likely, death.

The platform members reiterate that there will never be peace and security in the African Great Lakes region as long as the political crisis in Rwanda has not been politically resolved to grant to every Rwandan citizen  basic human and  political rights, in a democratic nation governed in accordance with the rule of law.

Done in Washington, DC, on April 21, 2016.

Dr. Theogene Rudasingwa
Platform Chair
E-mail: ngombwa@gmail.com
Tel: 001-240-477-9110

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