Canada expresses concern over post-electoral turmoil in Rwanda
Montreal – Canada has “expressed real concern” over political unrest which broke out during the presidential poll held on 9 August in Rwanda, according to a press release received at APA on Saturday.
Canada is concerned about the fact that the political violence which occurred before the election is still going on.
“Canada is worried about the political climate which prevailed during the election and is still going on, as well as the number of violent incidents so far. Worrying reports indicate intimidation on political opponents and pressure exerted on the media,” said the Canadian Foreign minister, Lawrence Cannon.
The Canadian authorities further expressed concern about grenade attacks and shootings which were reported on Thursday in Kigali. We request Rwandan authorities to shed light on these events in a fair manner, in a bid to promote fairness and accountability,” added Mr. Cannon.
While commending the participation of the Rwandan people in the presidential election which shows “a real aspiration to democratic development for the country,” Canada urges the Rwandan government to “enforce the right of association and the freedom of the press which are fundamental to democratic development over the post-electoral period.”