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Rwandan High Court denies bail to opposition leader Victoire Ingabire

by Eugene Ndahayo

Despite the poor evidence of the prosecution during the hearing on the 8th November 2010, the High Court has stunned Rwandans and all human rights community, and decided to follow the state prosecution. It has ruled that the chairperson of FDU-Inkingi be remanded in jail awaiting her trial. The verdict reading lasted from 15:50 pm to 16:40 pm before a huge crowd of spectators, including FDU-Inkingi party members.

You will remember that, during the hearing, the state prosecution had laboured in trying to convince the court of the legitimacy of maintaining Ms Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza in remand, in order to avoid her tempering with investigation. Amid blatant contradictions and inconsistency, the state prosecution even ventured into bringing in the controversial sewage pit found at the home of Victoire Ingabire, a fact that amply shows the weakness of the case and her politically motivated nature.

The public will recall that before this arrest on 8th October, as well as even before the previous arrest of April 2010, the state prosecution had boasted of overwhelming evidence against the accused. Instead of adducing before court this evidence, the prosecution is busy manufacturing fake evidence, with a sole purpose of maintaining behind bars an innocent woman.

The ruling of the High Court betrays the government agenda of hijacking the judiciary in its endeavour to silence all critical voices. The regime is also using this much touted case, as a smoke screen in order to divert the public attention from the devastating UN Mapping exercise report, which brought in limelight the atrocities committed by its army in the Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC-, and portray it as a victim. This was proved by the strong propaganda team which was dispatched in Europe and whose agenda has inconsistently been to demonise the opposition and to belittle the crimes against humanity committed in DRC.

The entire membership of the party expresses its total solidarity with their chairperson and vows to upkeep her ideals, so that the struggle for justice initiated by Miss Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza keeps going. It calls all peace and justice loving Rwandan to join hands and achieve this goal. No amount of political repression will overcome the need for basic political and civil rights.

The leadership of the FDU Inkingi calls upon genuine friends of Rwanda to impress upon the regime to guaranty political space and desist from saying that political space is full, as such speeches only deepen the gap between the population and the government.

Instead, friends of Rwanda should join hands and ask for the setting up of an ad hoc judicial mechanism to identity and deal with people responsible for the crimes committed in DRC against Rwandan refugees and Congolese citizen, as per the UN Mapping Exercise report request. It is strange to see how the government is prompt to quote UN while trying to justify the arrest of Victoire Ingabire, and shy away when the same institution asks for accountability in crimes committed in DRC.

Condoning government attempts to thwart that report by crashing the political opposition is a dangerous path, as it strengthens the culture of impunity, which is the root cause of all the misery of the sub region.

As such, the Kigali regime leaves no chance to the democratic opposition which has long longed for a political peaceful change. It is high time that the Partner States of the Rwandan government realized that it is their support which contributes to the strengthening of political tyranny and maintains an entire nation in bondage. It is a decoy than basing regional stability in the medium term on a totalitarian government which, moreover, has committed very serious crimes under international humanitarian law and human rights.

We urge the major donors to review their complete cooperation with the government and, where appropriate, to consider economic sanctions and limitation of foreign travel of key political and military leaders and their immediate families.

Done in Brussels, 12th November 2010

Eugene NDAHAYO

FDU-Support Committee
Chair

November 13, 2010   No Comments

Political majority in the Netherlands in favor of cutting Dutch aid to Rwanda

Cutting Dutch aid clear signal to Rwanda

A growing majority of Dutch political parties is calling upon the Netherlands to cut its aid to Rwanda, several MP’s have confirmed to Radio Netherlands. VVD, the biggest party in the Dutch lower House and a member of the ruling coalition, wants cut back on the amount of money that flows directly into the Rwandan national budget. Other parties want to continue the freeze on this direct budget support that has been in place since 2008.

By Sophie van Leeuwen and Ruben Koops

The damning UN report on Rwandan activity in east Congo and the arrest of Victoire Ingabire are examples of how Rwanda is suffering from a bad news cycle with no end in sight. Meanwhile the Dutch parliament is preparing for a final round of budget talks and representatives are doing the math. A political majority appears to be in favour of cutting back on Rwandan development aid and giving president Kagame’s government a strong warning at the same time.

Klaas Dijkhoff, MP for VVD and spokesperson on development aid for his party, considers the current political situation in Rwanda as worrisome. “I can’t support the things that are happening in Rwanda right now. We support the development of a professional justice system in Rwanda, but at the same time opposition leader Victoire Ingabire is locked up!”

Unfair

According to Dijkhoff, Ingabire is not receiving a fair trial in Rwanda. “They put her in jail, placed her under house arrest, released her and then locked her up again without any substantial evidence! When you ask me, it looks like a political trial.”

Joël Voordewind, who is an MP for the Christian Union uses even stronger language. “Right now, we support the construction of jails by directly funding the Rwandan justice department.” Voordewind says: “As we speak those jails are being used to lock up political prisoners, and I don’t want us to be responsible for these policies.” Voordewind calls upon the minister of foreign affairs to end the direct government support the Netherlands is giving to Rwanda, a proposition that is likely to gain broad  support during the foreign ministry budget negotiations.

Freeze

There has been more criticism regarding the Dutch aid to Rwanda. The Netherlands is an important donor country to Rwanda with a proposed aid budget of 44 million euros for 2011. The part that flows directly to the Rwandan government has been frozen since 2008, because of the alleged Rwandan involvement in violence in east Congo.

Kathleen Ferrier, an MP for the Christian-democratic People’s Party, was responsible for suspending the direct budget aid to Rwanda in 2008. “I don’t see any immediate reason to resume our funding to the Rwandan budget”, Ferrier says. “I still have loads of questions, but I am willing to be convinced by the Minister of Foreign Affairs.”

Non-issue

However, the Rwandese senator Aloysia Inyumba who is visiting the Netherlands calls the criticism and the possible cancellation of direct budget support “hysterical” and “very unfair.”

Immaculee Uwanyiligira, the Rwandan ambassador to the Netherlands is worried about the tilting view amongst Dutch officials. “When Rwanda needed a friend after the ’94 genocide, the Netherlands was there for us”, she explains during a press briefing at the embassy in The Hague. “If the Netherlands had to redraw its budget support because of belt tightening, we’d understand. But we hope that it doesn’t happen because of Victoire Ingabire, because that is a non-issue.”

Hutu agenda

Labour MP Sjoera Dikkers is concerned about the outcome of the budget negotiations. “I think cancelling aid is a tough decision, because President Kagame is still the man who got Rwanda back on its feet after the genocide.” According to Dikkers, ethnic Hutu’s provide most of the criticism on the current situation in Rwanda. “It’s the Hutu agenda that I receive most pressure from, and I find it hard to just agree with that” says Dikkers.

Tuesday the Dutch House committee on Foreign Affairs will meet with a Rwandan delegation, the ambassador and Senator Inyumba. A final decision on Rwandan support will be made during the foreign affairs budget hearings in mid-December.

[Radio Netherlands Worldwide]

November 9, 2010   3 Comments

Case Victoire Ingabire: The prosecutor’s evidence was fake

by Sylvain SIBOMANA.

This Monday 08 November 2010, on her 26th day in Prison, Ms. Victoire INGABIRE, FDU-INKINGI Chair, was brought to the High Court for a bail appeal hearing. The Prosecutor admitted that the copies of mails adduced as evidence were printed many days after the arrest and that the 14th October PRO-JUSTITIA statements related to the arrest of the key witness and the defendant contain inaccurate details and troubling inconsistencies. In this case , the first paragraph of article 102 of the LAW N° 13/2004 OF 17/5/2004 RELATING TO THE CODE OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE, O.G SPECIAL Nº OF 30/07/2004 should apply: “When a Magistrate or Judge does not find sufficient evidence for prosecution, an accused person shall be immediately released”.

The Defence Counsel is composed by the Bâtonnier GATERA GASHABANA (Kigali), Barristers Robert Alun JONES (London) and Iain EDWARDS (London). They challenged the Prosecutor’s submission and especially the accuracy of the judiciary statements justifying the arrest of the opposition leader.

The interrogation of the key witness was backdated. The official information that the arrest of the defendant was prompted by allegations made by the key witness upon his arrest is misleading. The allegation that he was found with bunches of mail copies is a fake too. They were printed and edited in collaboration with the key witness on 19th October 2010 while the defendant was already in detention.

The prosecutor struggled to persuade the Court and instead produced “fresh evidence” that has never been mentioned any time before. This looks like an endless state persecution. There is no doubt that new fake evidence will be produced every week. In this particular case, no chance to have a fair trial in Rwanda. This is a blatant violation of international conventions on human rights.

The submission of petition to the Security Council and to the Human Rights Commissioner in this respect is to be seriously considered. Since February 2010, Paul KAGAME’s government has been using the judiciary apparatus to thwart the opposition and to keep opposition leaders in prison. All the bilateral partners of Rwanda have recently received a 6 page justification of the overwhelming evidence linking Ms. Victoire INGABIRE to a terrorist organisation and no serious grounds have been established. The verdict will be known on Friday, at 15:00. There are no further doubts about the political dimension of this trial.

We call for the immediate release of Ms. Victoire INGABIRE and other opposition leaders.

Sylvain SIBOMANA
FDU-INKINGI
Secretary General

November 9, 2010   No Comments

“Don’t give up, Kagame will never jail a whole nation”, says Ingabire

“DON’T GIVE UP, HE WILL NEVER JAIL A WHOLE NATION”,  said Ms. Victoire INGABIRE on her 23RD DAY IN CAPTIVITY (KIGALI 1930 MAXIMUM PRISON).

Today 5th October, only 20 people were allowed to visit Ms. Victoire INGABIRE, FDU-INKINGI Chair,  in the Kigali maximum prison. The visitors are mostly members of the opposition party FDU INKINGI, the Green Democratic Party of Rwanda and the  Parti Social IMBERAKURI.  Two other political prisoners,  Maître Bernard NTAGANDA (PS IMBERAKURI, founder President) and Deogratias MUSHAYIDI (PDP IMANZI) were seen by the team as well. Ms. Victoire INGABIRE encouraged the crowd in front of the Prison: “Do not to give up, the dictator will never jail a whole nation”.
Ms. Victoire INGABIRE is in detention since  14th October 2010. She is charged with politically motivated crimes. Considering the role of President Paul KAGAME and the whole state machinery in this endless process there is no single chance to have a fair trial.  While an appeal bail hearing is expected on 8th October, members of the ruling party are touring western capitals to justify their version of democracy, the incarceration of opposition leaders and the crimes against humanity committed in the Congo by the current regime. They can’t even wait for the outcome of the trials.

The much touted discovery of a so called bunker in the victim’s residence is a blatant lie and state hate propaganda. Most of residential properties in Kigali City have structures for rainwater drainage systems  and since 2006, thousands of households lacking such facilities have paid heavy fines due to the City Department of Environment and sanitation regulations. The police brutal show, the subsequent media campaign and the arrest or grilling of FDU-INKINGI Executives and staff is nothing else than state intimidation. It’s another way for the regime to prepare the national and international opinion to  the upcoming court ruling. Since February 2010, the Rwandan government fooled the world that there was overwhelming evidence against Ms. INGABIRE and up to date, General Paul KAGAME’s men are still digging even sewage and sanitation structures.
The Rwandan people are waiting for next week court hearing. It’s another big challenge for the independence of justice . Ms. Victoire INGABIRE will be assisted by a Rwandan lawyer and two International lawyers from the United Kingdom.

Sylvain SIBOMANA

FDU-INKINGI Secretary General

November 7, 2010   No Comments

Rwandan FDLR leader Mbarushimana to face ICC court in the Netherlands

A French court on Wednesday ordered the extradition of a Rwandan rebel leader to the International Criminal Court in The Hague on charges of raping and killing civilians in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The rebel, Callixte Mbarushimana, was arrested in Paris in October on a warrant from the international court, which has charged him with 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Prosecutors say he is the main political leader of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, which uses Congo as a base to attack the Tutsi-led government of Rwanda across the border. Mr. Mbarushimana, 47, plans to appeal the extradition ruling, his lawyer told The Associated Press.

November 5, 2010   No Comments

Dutch carrier KLM begins direct flights between Kigali and Amsterdam

Kigali — KLM Royal Dutch Airlines first flight touched down at Kigali International Airport on Sunday, marking the launch of its operations in Rwanda.

The Dutch airline will operate flights between Kigali and Amsterdam five times a week on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, with an intermediate stopover at Entebbe International Airport in Uganda.

KLM said in a statement that the decision to commence business in Rwanda was induced by the country’s rapidly growing economy and the growing passenger traffic. The launch makes Kigali KLM’s 64th intercontinental destination.

“The new Kigali-Amsterdam route offers passengers a unique and new direct service within Air-France-KLM Network,” the statement reads in part.

KLM expects that the services to Amsterdam will also be attractive to passengers transferring at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to the United States, Canada and Europe.

Through code-sharing with Kenya Airways, KLM has been offering two daily services to Kigali via Nairobi and according to KLM, this flight option will remain available to passengers in addition to the new direct route.

“The new flight, in combination with the successful code-sharing services already offered by KLM and Kenya Airways, will further France-KLM’s presence on the African continent,” the statement said.

The aircraft type will be offering seats for 243 passengers and will be represented by Kenya Airways with an integrated Air France KLM Kenya airways team.

In East Africa, KLM already operates flights to Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Kenya.

[The New Times]

November 3, 2010   1 Comment

Key political risks to watch in Rwanda

Rwandan President Paul Kagame, who won a landslide election in August, continues to turn the screws on his rivals and dissenters, critics say.

One of Kagame’s leading political opponents, Victoire Ingabire, is back in detention after the central African nation said she had been implicated in an investigation into a former rebel commander facing terrorism charges.

Then Rwanda’s chief prosecutor said the courts would summon Paul Rusesabagina, who saved 1,200 people from genocide in events depicted in the Oscar-nominated film “Hotel Rwanda”, over allegations he helped fund a rebel force.

The reputation of Kagame, a favourite with foreign donors, has been damaged by reports of repression and charges his army committed war crimes in Democratic Republic of Congo.

Rwanda threatened to pull its troops from U.N. peacekeeping missions after a leaked U.N. report said its troops may have committed genocide in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Some diplomats see Kagame’s attempt to blackmail the United Nations as a serious concern, although he has since backed down ahead of official publication of the draft that says the crimes could constitute genocide if proven by a competent court.

Here are some of the risk factors:

RWANDA’S POLITICAL SPACE

Kagame’s overwhelming election win in August underlined his domination of the political arena.

He has been applauded for restoring stability after the 1994 genocide and engineering Rwanda’s rapid economic recovery and its bold vision to become a middle-income country by 2020.

But critics accuse him of being authoritarian and of trampling on media and political freedoms.

Donors praise Kagame’s strong leadership and push to attract investment. But nepotism remains an issue and there are concerns that resentment among the opposition, elements of the political elite and parts of the population could foster political instability and harm long-term investment prospects.

What to watch:

►– Trial of Ingabire. She was denied bail after a court said state security could be threatened if she were freed. No date has been set for her trial. Ingabire denies the charges and says her detention is politically motivated.

►– A court summons for American lawyer Peter Erlinder. Erlinder was arrested in May on charges of genocide denial after he flew in to represent Ingabire. He was released on bail a month later on health grounds.

Chief Prosecutor Martin Ngoga said he could summon Erlinder in early November. Erlinder’s case has caused friction between Rwanda and the Tanzania-based International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda where Erlinder is defending genocide suspects.

►– The arrest of Peter Rusesabagina. Hotel Rwanda was a blockbuster hit and his detention would likely generate more media interest than any crackdown on Kagame’s other critics.

►– Kagame’s overtures to donors. Some analysts say he must repair his image after cracking down on dissenters before the Aug. 9 poll and prove he is not just another African strongman with a slick international public relations machine.

They say he must convince investors he remains committed to his promise to democratise Rwanda. Investment doubled to $1.6 billion in 2009, a year after the country was named top global business reformer by the World Bank.

►– Outcome of French inquiry into shooting down of former President Juvenal Habyarimana’s plane in 1994. Any repeat of the 2006 claim by a French judge that Kagame’s forces were to blame could harm diplomatic relations with France.

RIFTS

Diplomats and sources close to the government say rifts within the Tutsi elite, including those in exile, risk undermining the nation’s stability.

The Ministry of Defence said senior party and army officials in exile are not a threat. However, observers say there is a risk Kagame’s erstwhile allies, who are sounding increasingly belligerent, could coalesce into a serious opposition force, or form a rebellion of their own.

A group of exiled former allies warned Rwanda could descend into conflict unless Kagame shares more power with the majority ethnic Hutu.

Kagame’s war on graft, which has led to Rwanda being ranked the least corrupt nation in east Africa, has seen former political associates locked up.

Diplomatic sources say the arrest of Congolese Tutsi rebel Laurent Nkunda has also fuelled tensions within the ruling elite. A U.N. panel reported in 2008 that the RPF had supported Nkunda’s rebel war in eastern Congo.

What to watch:

►– Signs of deepening rifts within the military. General Faustin Nyamwasa, Kagame’s former chief-of-staff turned arch-critic, fled to South Africa in February where he was shot in the stomach in June.

Diplomatic fallout over the attack prompted South Africa to recall its envoy to Kigali.

►– The fate of Nkunda. Nkunda’s arrest heralded a new era in relations between Rwanda and Congo. For years the two accused each other of backing the other’s rebel factions.

But what happens to Nkunda could still influence relations. Congo wants him extradited for war crimes but analysts say Rwanda would be reluctant to let him go, fearful of what he might say about Kagame’s administration.

REGIONAL STABILITY

Rwanda depends on its neighbours for the safe passage of its goods. Its petrol, diesel and heavy oil must be transported by truck from Kenya and Tanzania. U.N. sources say the alignment of various militias, including Nkunda’s CNDP and Hutu rebels, in eastern Congo is unlikely to pose any short-term threat.

What to watch:

►– Conflict in eastern Congo. Rights groups fear too hasty a withdrawal of U.N. peacekeepers would trigger more violence.

►– Any violence around Uganda’s elections in early 2011 could also isolate Rwanda by disrupting transport links.

►– Kenya endorsed a new draft constitution in an Aug. 4 referendum. East Africa’s largest economy will hold a presidential election in August 2012. While the peaceful referendum has boosted hopes the poll will also be calm, the stakes will be higher in two years time.

►– Analysts fear a new rebellion could be brewing in neighbouring Burundi. Renewed turmoil in the Great Lakes region could in turn risk threatening Rwanda.

HEALTHY ECONOMY

Rwanda’s economy expanded by 9.4 percent in the second quarter of 2010 compared to a year earlier, its fastest quarterly acceleration since the first three months of 2009, driven by 15 percent growth in services.

The government has focused on restructuring the tea and coffee industries and the financial system, while investing in energy, transport and telecommunications infrastructure.

The only listed equity on Rwanda’s over-the-counter market is Kenya Commercial Bank although the regulator (CMAC) said Kenya’s Nation Media Group would also cross-list on Nov. 2.

Securities listed on the capital market include three Treasury bonds issued this year and one corporate bond issued by Commercial Bank of Rwanda in 2008. The August 2-year issue for 2.5 billion Rwandan francs ($4.5 million) was comfortably oversubscribed.

What to watch:

►– More government bonds and new listings. The central bank expects to issue quarterly bonds to fund energy and infrastructure projects and ease dependence on donors, who fund about 40 percent of the budget. However, the regulator says this would not significantly boost liquidity as volumes are small.

►– CMAC expects more Kenyan companies — including Equity Bank, KenolKobil and TPS Serena – to cross-list in the coming months. This will boost capitalisation of a market where domestic options are limited.

►– The government plans to sell 30 percent of brewer BRALIRWA. This had been expected either side of the election.

►– The sale of the government’s 10 percent stake in telecoms firm MTN has been slated for 2011, CMAC says.

Published by Kezio-Musoke David in International Business Times:
http://in.ibtimes.com/articles/77614/20101102/key-political-risks-to-watch-in-rwanda.htm.

November 2, 2010   1 Comment

Responsibility of Bill Clinton in the Rwanda and DR Congo Genocides

By Aimable Mugara.

Bill Clinton, the Genocider Who Just Might Get Away

Bill Clinton, the Genocider Who Just Might Get Away

There are some who will claim that Bill Clinton was the first African president of the United States. Those people clearly do not know that Bill Clinton is the one who established the stranglehold that the murderous gang of General Kagame of Rwanda and Yoweri Museveni of Uganda have on the people of central Africa. Those people clearly do not know that as American military satellites showed evidence of the millions of civilians being butchered by General Kagame’s and Museveni’s forces, Bill Clinton doubled down on his financial, political and military investment in this gang of murderers. Unless of course these people mean that Bill Clinton has the same cold-heartedness that many African presidents have when they order their troops to kill innocent African civilians. The kind of cold-heartedness where your troops come to report that today they butchered an entire village of unarmed civilians because they do not support your dictatorship and you respond “Great job! Other villages now got a good lesson that you’re either behind me or you’re dead.”

In 1990, General Kagame who was the Chief of Military Intelligence of Uganda led a violent invasion of Rwanda from Uganda, with the approval and support (financial, military and political) of the United States government. This violent war changed the landscape of that region forever. By landscape, I also mean the number of mass graves that dot every of inch of that region now. The two final years of President Bush the father, during which his American government supported the murderous gang of General Kagame and Yoweri Museveni resulted in the deaths of many innocent Rwandan and Ugandan civilians. During those two years, there are thousands who lost their lives at the hands of General Kagame’s soldiers and Yoweri Museveni’s soldiers. But this was nothing compared to the more than 6 millions of civilians that would later die under Bill Clinton’s 8 year reign, with American money, American weapons and American political support.

In a September 30, 2010 New York Times article titled Dispute Over U.N. Report Evokes Rwandan Déjà Vu, it is mentioned how in the fall of 1994, a United Nations investigation discovered that General Kagame’s forces had killed tens of thousand of innocent civilians that year. That under pressure from Bill Clinton’s government, the United Nations was forced not to publish that report. In that New York Times article, they talk about how the 1994 UN report describes General Kagame’s soldiers “rounding up civilians and methodically killing unarmed men, women and children.”

But that was 1994, a year that is famous for extremist Hutus who went on a rampage and butchered hundreds of thousands of innocent Tutsi and Hutu civilians. The fact that extremist Tutsis under General Kagame went on a rampage in 1994 killing innocent Hutu and Tutsi civilians was totally blacked out due to pressure from Bill Clinton’s government. The existence of that 1994 UN report was denied by some American officials and was only revealed recently.

One would think that after that, Bill Clinton’s government would have kept a tighter leash on its African stooges General Kagame of Rwanda and Yoweri Museveni of Uganda. Far from that, the two stooges used American money, American weapons and with American political support attacked neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo, where their forces butchered so many millions of civilians that it is in fact surprising that there is anybody alive left in that country today. As American military satellites recorded evidence of millions of civilians being butchered by this gang of murderers, Bill Clinton smiled away as his government gave more money and more weapons and more political support to these two stooges so they can use this support to keep doing what they do best: kill a multitude of unarmed civilians. They just kept killing and killing and Bubba kept making sure they had the money and weapons necessary to continue the killings and provided political cover whenever anyone asked questions.

Fast-forward to 2010. On October 1st, 2010 the United Nations released a report on the Mapping Exercise documenting the most serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law committed within the territory of the Democratic Republic of the Congo between March 1993 and June 2003. Regarding General Kagame’s extremist Tutsi forces behavior during the 10 year period, especially 1996 to 1998, the report says that “The extensive use of edged weapons (primarily hammers) and the apparently systematic nature of the massacres of survivors after the camps had been taken suggests that the numerous deaths cannot be attributed to the hazards of war or seen as equating to collateral damage. The majority of the victims were children, women, elderly people and the sick, who were often undernourished and posed no threat to the attacking forces. Numerous serious attacks on the physical or mental integrity of members of the group were also committed, with a very high number of Hutus shot, raped, burnt or beaten. If proven, the incidents’ revelation of what appears to be the systematic, methodological and premeditated nature of the attacks listed against the Hutus is also marked: these attacks took place in each location where refugees had allegedly been screened by the AFDL/APR over a vast area of the country. The pursuit lasted for months, and on occasion, the humanitarian assistance intended for them was allegedly deliberately blocked, particularly in the Orientale province, thus depriving them of resources essential to their survival. Thus the apparent systematic and widespread attacks described in this report reveal a number of inculpatory elements that, if proven before a competent court, could be characterized as crimes of genocide.”

How did Bubba react to this latest report? The report was published on October 1st, 2010 however its contents had been leaked earlier and published in the media a month before. So, on September 23, 2010 the Daily Beast site asked Bill Clinton about this report. Bill Clinton said this about his buddy General Kagame “Right now I’m not going to pre-judge him because there’s this huge debate about what happened in the Congo and why, and I don’t know.” To which human rights researcher Carina Tertsakian responded to the Daily Beast that “It is not a matter of pre-judging. … The facts are well-established. … There is no doubt that Rwandan troops, together with their Congolese allies, committed large-scale massacres and other grave human-rights violations against Rwandan and Congolese civilians. The evidence is there for all to see. What more does Clinton need?”

But then again, when you are Bill Clinton whose government provided the money, the weapons and the political cover for General Kagame’s forces to commit that genocide, I don’t know what else you can say. There is a high chance that the long arm of justice will catch up with General Kagame and his commanders in our lifetime. As for Bill Clinton, the enabler, whose government’s financial support, military support and political support were crucial in perpetrating this genocide against Africans and covering it up afterwards; I am afraid he will retire peacefully at some mansion. But for those of us Africans who lost many of our loved ones to Bill Clinton’s African gang of murderers General Kagame and Yoweri Museveni, we will always remember. We will always remember that Bill Clinton smiled away and gave more support to those butchers as they murdered more and more of us.

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Aimable Mugara.
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[OpEdNews]

November 2, 2010   4 Comments

Dutch parlementarian Joel Voordewind of ChristenUnie calls for end of budget support to Rwanda

The Hague – “Enough is enough” says Dutch parlementarian Joel Voordewind (ChristenUnie). He is urging the Dutch government to stop the budget support to Rwanda.
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November 1, 2010   1 Comment

Very Sad Day: Victoire Ingabire jailed for peacefully fighting for dialogue, reconciliation and democracy in Rwanda

by Aimable Mugara.

Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza

Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza
Fighting for Dialogue, Reconciliation and Democracy in Rwanda

Rwandans Need Your Help.

Mrs Victoire Ingabire is a 41 year old mother of three. She had a very good job in the Netherlands where she had been studying during the 1994 genocide. In 2009, she resigned her job to go back to Rwanda and participate in the presidential elections this August 2010. She was back in Rwanda on Jan 17, 2010 after 16 years in exile. She was recognized by all as the main leader of the Rwandan non-violent political opposition.

After 3 months of fabricating evidence, today the RPF Rwandan government arrested her. The current Rwandan government’s abuse of prisoners has been documented by many human rights groups including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. Mrs Ingabire is currently at risk of torture, or even death while incarcerated.

Today is a very sad day for Rwanda because the current Rwandan government is sending a message that if you participate peacefully in the country’s political process, there is a price to pay. If the government thinks that the people may vote for you, you will be jailed. This disrespect for human rights and democracy is exactly what caused the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

The extremists’ belief that the only way to resolve political issues is through violence is exactly what caused the genocide. For 50 years, there has never been a peaceful transfer of power in Rwanda. Every president of Rwanda who has ever lost power lost it only by being killed or by being jailed. Mrs Victoire Ingabire believed in a new Rwanda. A new Rwanda where power can be changed peacefully, at the ballot box.

Today is a turning point in Rwanda’s future. What happens from now on will determine whether the 50 year curse of using violence to make political change in Rwanda remains the only way possible. Or whether non-violent peaceful democratic ways championed by Mrs Ingabire remain a viable option to create political change in Rwanda.

Below are 5 examples of actions you can take to help the Rwandan people in this very dark moment of Rwandan history:

1. Donate to Mrs Ingabire’s Legal Defense Fund at http://ww.fdu-rwanda.org/donation

In the Comments field, please note “Ingabire’s Legal Defense Fund”

2. Contact your local Human Rights Watch office and let them know of today’s injustice.

Contact info can be found at: http://www.hrw.org/en/contact-us

3. Contact Amnesty International Secretariat and let them know of today’s injustice.

Contact info can be found at: http://www.amnesty.org/en/contact

4. Contact Mrs Ingabire’s party and let them know that you stand with Rwandan people in this peaceful struggle for peace, equality, and human rights for all Rwandans.

Contact info can be found at: http://www.fdu-rwanda.org/fr/contacts-rwanda/index.html

5. Contact any other organizations you can think of such as media, human rights organizations, international aid groups, embassies.

As peace-loving Rwandan people, we call upon you to help us convince General Kagame’s current Rwandan government that this dangerous escalation is not in the government’s interests and it is not in the interests of any peace-loving person on earth. We thank you in advance!

Aimable Mugara
A concerned Rwandan citizen

November 1, 2010   2 Comments