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Vice-Chair of Rwandan Green Party reported missing

by Frank HABINEZA.

SOS : Green Party Vice President Gone Missing, His Car Found on Banks of River Mukula

Mr. Andre KAGWA RWISEREKA, First Vice President of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda, has gone missing. His car (Toyota Pick Up) has been found on the banks of River Mukula in Butare (Huye-Southern Province) near Burundi, according to family sources.

We understand that officers of National police have arrived at the scene, we call for quick results.

We would also like to call upon the Rwandan Government to use all means possible and inform us the whereabouts of our Vice President.

We shall update you on new developments as they come.

Issued at Kigali, 13th July 2010
Frank HABINEZA,
Founding President
Democratic Green Party of Rwanda

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July 13, 2010   3 Comments

Rwandan Journalist Arrested for Comparing President Kagame to Hitler

Rwandan President Paul Kagame compared to Hitler

Rwandan President Paul Kagame compared to Hitler

Kigali – Rwandan police have arrested an independent journalist for comparing President Paul Kagame with the Nazi German leader Adolf Hitler, police said, but an official denied her detention was linked to upcoming elections.

Saidati Mukakibibi, a journalist who works for independent newspaper Umurabyo, was arrested for defamation, inciting public disorder and ethnic “divisionism”, police spokesman Eric Kayiranga said on Monday.

“She wrote articles through the paper comparing President Kagame to Hitler. Behind his picture they put insignia of the Nazis,” Kayiranga said. “The articles were causing public disorder in terms of causing divisionism and spreading rumours that can cause insecurity.”

Here is the article written by Saidati Mukakibibi in UMURABYO Nr 29:

Kagame azaba uwande mu bihe biri imbere?

Kagame’s administration says free speech must be tempered by concerns about stoking ethnic enmity which led to the 1994 genocide in which 800,000 Rwandans were killed.

Police also detained Umurabyo’s editor last week. But authorities deny charges by rights groups that the government is clamping down on critical opposition and journalists before presidential elections in August.

Rwanda’s Media High Council (MHC) said Mukakibibi’s arrest was not linked to the upcoming ballot, which Kagame is expected to win by a large majority.

“What worries us most is that she has written things that are criminal in nature. Should law enforcement organs keep quiet because of elections?” MHC executive director Patrice Murama told Reuters.

Police arrested the paper’s editor and owner Agnes Uwimana on charges of genocide denial and stirring ethnic hatred. Uwimana has previously served a one year jail term for inciting ethnic divisions and defamation.

Two other critical newspapers were suspended in April on similar charges but international media rights groups described the move as a veiled attempt at censorship.

In June, Rwandan journalist Rugambage was shot dead outside his home in Kigali after writing a report linking Rwandan security services to the alleged assassination attempt on dissident general Kayumba Nyamwasa in exile in South Africa.

The government denies being behind either shooting.

[ARI-RNA]

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Rwandan Female Opposition Official Appears Again In Court After Torture-related Collapsing

FDU-Inkingi official Alice Muhirwa waiting for ambulance after collapsing in court

FDU-Inkingi official Alice Muhirwa waiting for ambulance after collapsing in court

Kigali – Alice Muhirwa, the treasurer of the FDU-Inkingi party, will have to wait at least another 24 hours before she knows whether she’s free or whether she’ll be doing some time in jail, RNA reports.

Muhirwa collapsed on Wednesday last week during the hearing of the case in which she and eight other people, all men, including the leader of the PS Imberakuri party Bernard Ntaganda, were charged with organising an unlawful gathering and terrorism among other charges.

She was unable to attend court last Friday where five of her colleagues were released on unconditional bail, two on conditional bail and Bernard Ntaganda remanded for another 30 days.

Muhirwa will have to wait for her fate because the prosecution produced a police medical report claiming that she was actually not ill as she claimed but had rather faked it.

In response, Muhirwa produced medical receipts to prove that not only was she unwell but she also purchased medication for her ailments.

Speaking in Kinyarwanda, Muhirwa challenged the prosecution to explain how doctors could have agreed to prescribe medication for her if she actually wasn’t sick.

The court set on Tuesday 3:00 pm to pronounce itself on the case. Should the court find Muhirwa faked her sickness, she’ll be charged with lying to the court on top of the already pending charges.

[ARI-RNA]

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