Green Party of Rwanda apologises and says: “We have not accused the Rwandan Government of any involvement in the death of our first Vice President”
Kigali – During the election campaigns, the Green Party accused the outspoken Education Minister Dr Charles Murigande of claiming their murdered vice president was killed in a car accident. That statement seems to have backfired.
The Green Party leader has now appologised to the Education Minister over the statement.
The genesis of the matter was after Dr. Murigande gave an interview in July to the Germany ARTE Television in which he was denying allegations that government was behind the death of the Green Party Leader.
“When Mr. Haider dies in a road accident, you do not accuse Austria of the murder,” said Dr. Murigande in French, referring to an Austrian opposition politician, to suggest that the Rwandan government cannot be blamed for every death that occurs in the country.
Joerg Haider, whose far-right and anti-foreigner rhetoric once led to months of international isolation for Austria – died in a car accident in October 2008.
However, in a statement on August 11, the Green Party leader Frank Habineza, who had picked the statement out of context, said the party was “much alarmed and disturbed” by Murigande’s comments.
“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,” said the Green Party in its statement at the time.
The Education Minister has now fired back in a letter on Monday to Frank Habineza – demanding that he review the ARTE Television clip and listen to the comments clearly. Dr. Murigande also demanded an apology or the matter goes to court – as he had been defamed.
The Green Party has heeded to the demands of the senior government minister.
“After re-playing the video web link on that television today and did not find that statement, we humbly regret any inconveniences this may have caused you and do hereby, withdraw our statement made on 11th August 2010, we are also removing that statement from our website and will inform every one that we had informed. We are also posting this statement on our website,” reads a Green Party statement.
“We regret any inconveniences and misconceptions that may have been caused on your name. Honorable Minister, please note that the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda has not accused the Rwandan Government of any involvement in the death of our first Vice President.”
The yet to be registered Green Party also picks on opportunity to “request the Government of Rwanda to quicken the investigations into the death of our First vice President, Andre Kagwa RWISEREKA and bring those criminals to justice as soon as possible.”