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How Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza Narrowly Escaped A Lynch Mob Ambush In Kigali

Victoire Ingabire

Victoire Ingabire

Kigali – As announced on Wednesday afternoon, Mrs. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, Chair of UDF-Inkingi and flag bearer of the party for the upcoming presidential election in Rwanda, has been beaten, along with her assistant, Joseph Ntawangundi. The FDU Inkingi explains what happened:
“At around noon, an executive officer from Kinyinya Sector, known as Shema, invited her to collect administrative papers in respect to the application for a police record.
Upon arrival at Kinyinya premises, Mrs Ingabire was surrounded by a prepared lynch mob, beaten but managed to retreat to her vehicle. The assailant militia snatched her handbag and other personal belongings including her newly acquired ID and her passport.

Mr. Joseph Ntawangundi, was savagely and thoroughly beaten by the vicious assailants without any intervention from the authority. He suffered ribs and legs injury and was stripped half naked. He was later rushed to King Fayçal Hospital in Kigali for emergency treatment and his condition is still worrying.

Alerted by the driver, the police reached the scene later and despite his condition took Mr. Joseph Ntawangundi, for interrogations. He was released after one and half hour.” declares the Office of the FDU-Inkingi Chairperson.

February 3, 2010   No Comments

Rwandan Police Arrest Some Of Those Who Perpetrated An Attack Against Opposition Leader Victoire Ingabire

Victoire Ingabire

Victoire Ingabire

KIGALI – The Rwandan police have arrested five men among those who have attacked Rwandan opposition leader Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza and her assistant Joseph Ntawangundi this Wednesday. While Victoire Ingabire managed to escape, her assistant  was severely beaten up and is still in hospital.
The attack on Victoire Ingabire is part of the intimidation campaign which has started since the day she arrived in Rwanda a few weeks ago, determined to challenge Paul Kagame during the August presidential elections. The government accuses Victoire Ingabire of stirring latent tensions between Hutus and Tutsis, and of “playing the ethnic card” to garner support ahead of the elections.
Police spokesman Eric Kayiranga said the arrested men were angered by Ingabire’s politics.
“They were saying that she was against the unity and reconciliation of Rwanda, that she was talking about (ethnic) divisionism and the genocide,” Kayiranga said.

February 3, 2010   No Comments

FDU-Inkingi Leader Victoire Ingabire Attacked in Kigali – Rwanda

Victoire Ingabire

Victoire Ingabire

Ingabire's Assistant beaten-up

Ingabire's Assistant beaten-up

This afternoon, Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, Chair of FDU-Inkingi has been mugged and robbed by youths at the governement offices in Kinyinya, Kigali. She fortunately managed to escape unhurt from the attackers but her bag containing passport and the Identity Card she received yesterd was grabbed from her.

Her aide, Joseph Ntawangundi, was beaten and stripped naked while the Kinyinya Executive Secretary, Shema Jonas, who had given them an appointment to come at that time and collect their identification documents was looking on.

Victoire Ingabire is the opposition Presidential aspirant presented by FDU-Inkingi for the August Presidential elections.
She offered an interview in Kinyarwanda to BBC Greatlakes about the incident.

February 3, 2010   No Comments