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Victoire Ingabire survives a car accident in Kigali

by Ambrose Nzeyimana
on Wednesday, August 11, 2010.

Victoire Ingabire, a Rwandan opposition leader, just survived a car accident a moment ago, a day after a Rwandan minister claimed ‘if Victoire Ingabire dies in a car accident, don’t blame the government.’

It’s 8.30 pm London time. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, the leader of FDU-Inkingi has just escaped an attempt of murder in Kigali a moment ago.

‘Victoire Ingabire has just survived a car accident a few minutes ago,’ says her friend.

Someone who couldn’t believe the news questioned the source:’really? a few minutes from now precisely 38 the friend said that if Ingabire died it would have been by car accident and now it happens! How accurate is that?’

Another interlocutor in their conversation wonders about a report in the news saying that if Ingabire was to have a car accident people would maybe question that it wasn’t an accident. The surprise is only that what was predicted, this time it is not an accident but should now be considered as premeditated murder. The timing of the report and the accident appear suspect. You win elections and keep on silencing the critical voices.

‘She just told me. I am only confirming the news. Those involved are injured, but people in her car are not. The car is a bit damaged. It just happened near her home,’ reports Ingabire’s friend.

At the question from someone who asked if there was any collision Ingabire’s friend explained that they knocked her car from behind.

This is interesting and scary. Mrs Victoire Ingabire, a Rwandan opposition leader, just survived a car accident a moment ago, a day after a Rwandan minister claimed ‘if Victoire Ingabire dies in a car accident, don’t blame the government.’

Can the celebrations of the elections’ victory continue? Will the endorsements of the elect President continue?

On the contrary of James Bond movies where villains are brought down, in Rwanda the community international is celebrating them.

Ambrose Nzeyimana
Africanist and Human rights activist

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August 12, 2010   1 Comment

Rwandan Minister Claims Car Accident Killed Green Party Deputy Chair

by Frank Habineza.

Rwandan Minister Claims Car Accident Killed Green Party Vice President! This should stop immediately, it is a naked lie.

The Democratic Green Party of Rwanda is so much alarmed and disturbed by the recent statements from the Rwandan Minister of Education, Dr. Charles MURIGANDE, made on ARTE Television, based in Germany and also viewed in France, Netherlands, Swiss, Belgium and many other European countries. It can be accessed on : Rwanda : sous les urnes, la chasse aux sorcières.

The International Community should not abandon the people of Rwanda in this very hour of great need.
Frank Habineza.

The Minister claimed that our First Vice President died in a car accident. This is completely wrong and misleading. It never happened. He was murdered and decapitated (his head was almost removed from his body), we have the photos to prove that and ARTE Television has also shown these photos. We also dressed him up in Butare hospital mortuary before the burial. Everyone knows what happened. A high ranking Government official should stop making such baseless claims.

The First Vice President went missing on 13th July 2010. His car was dumped in a wetland of river Mukula, about 3 Kms away from Butare town-Southern Rwanda. The car was not damaged, the National police managed to drive it to police headquarters in Butare. The Founding President of the party Frank HABINEZA, got permission to view the car. Inside the car, police had found in his house keys, national identity card, drivers license and of course the car key.

On 14th July 2010, his body was found almost 2 Kms away from the place his car was dumped. It was in a walking distance to the National University of Rwanda. Several eye witnesses visited this place including people from the BBC and Human Rights Watch. The Minister should stop misleading the ongoing investigations. He should consult with the National Police which has a copy of the Autopsy report.

We call upon the Rwandan Government to quicken these investigations and bring to justice these criminals. We also call upon the International community to urgently consider our request for an independent inquiry. This will help a lot in establishing the real causes and motives behind the death of our Vice President.

The absence of a thorough investigation into the death of our First Vice President will remain a stumbling block to the democratic process and economic development of Rwanda. It would continue to spread a spirit of fear in the Rwandan community.

Now that the Presidential elections are over, we need to have sustainable peace and sustainable development ; we need to solve all these pending problems in order to properly move forward. The election was conducted in such a way that many Rwandans were covered in a big blanket of fear. The absence of the real opposition in the elections remains a fundamental concern that the Government of Rwanda should not attempt to ignore. The International Community should not abandon the people of Rwanda in this very hour of great need.

Issued on 11th August 2010

Frank HABINEZA
Founding President
Democratic Green Party of Rwanda
Immediate contact : +4915129025311

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Victoire Ingabire calls for rejection of Rwandan electoral results

by Victoire Ingabire, FDU-Inkingi.

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“Endorsing the results of this masquerade would be to reward violence as means to access and maintain power in Rwanda.”
Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza
Chair of FDU Inkingi.

No legitimacy to shame results of sham elections.

Endorsing the results of this masquerade would be to reward violence as means to access and maintain power in Rwanda. This will be a slap in the face of the democratic forces that we represent in our efforts to convince Rwandans and the youth in particular that peaceful and democratic competition is possible in Rwanda.

Rwandans will lose all confidence in the international community and in the democratic process.

We consider the present administration as lacking political legitimacy as they did not get a proper mandate of the people received through a free fair and transparent process of electing their leader.

We urge the international community, the bilateral partners and Donors to reject the sham electoral process and its outcome and to put pressure on the Rwandan Government to organise new free, fair and transparent polls.

Mrs. Victoire INGABIRE UMUHOZA
FDU INKINGI
Chair.

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August 12, 2010   2 Comments

Grenade blast rocks Rwandan capital

by Andrew Simmons – Al Jazeera.


This is a report by Al Jazeera’s Andrew Simmons reporting about a grenade attack in the centre of the Rwandan capital, Kigali.
The explosion came as the country’s electoral commission announced the results of a presidential vote on Monday.
It gave president Paul Kagame another seven year term in office.

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August 12, 2010   2 Comments

Rwandan general’s shooting in South Africa: Case postponed

The case against the five men accused of shooting Rwandan Lieutenant-General Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa was postponed to August 18 for a bail application.

The Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court heard on Wednesday that only one of the accused planned to apply for bail on August 18, a court official said on Thursday.

Pascal Kanyanbekwe, Juma Huseni, Ahmed Ali, George Francis and Shafiri Bakari are accused of having shot and wounded Nyamwasa outside his home in Melrose, north of Johannesburg on June 19.

Nyamwasa had been in exile in South Africa since February.

He was accused in his home country of trying to destabilise Rwanda and was also allegedly linked to three grenade attacks in that country.

The justice department was still deciding whether South Africa should consider a Rwandan extradition request for Nyamwasa.

[Sapa]

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Rwanda: 6 people confirmed dead from Kigali explosion

Kigali – At least 6 people are dead from the large blast that rocked a busy area of Kigali center Wednesday evening – which is going to change the lives of many people who were seriously injured.

Police arrested 3 people on the scene, and spokesman Eric Kayiranga said Thursday that no new details were available as yet, as investigations continue.

At about 20minutes to 19:00hours, a large explosion went off as people hurried to go home during the rush hour, according to witnesses working at the Rubangura area. The bomb exploded at the exact spot where taxis headed for Nyamirambo park.

Compared to a similar explosion earlier this year, witnesses say the Wednesday blast was larger, louder and more destructive. No building was affected, but several taxis were damaged. A motorcycle could be seen completely destroyed.

The RNA reporter who visited the Kigali Central Hospital says he counted 12 people undergoing treatment – some with life-threatening injuries. The injured include two young children aged about 5 or 6 years.

Two young men were in the intensive care unit undergoing surgery, says our reporter.

Another victim named Kalisa (27) said he only remembers seeing what he described as a “blue Toyota” vehicle passing by him. The next thing I woke up hospital, narrated Kalisa.

An unidentified woman lost her eye in the explosion.

Doctors at the Kigali hospital say all the injured will fully recover, but that they need a lot of counseling from the trauma of the explosion.

All of Thursday, business had returned to normal at the blast area, but what is noticeable is the tightened security. Soldiers and police officers can be seen at every corner of the area, and in increased presence from the pre-election period.

Police have not been providing as much detail on the casualties – which some sources say are much higher than known. Some are reported to be getting treatment in other health centers around Kigali.

[ARI-RNA]

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