Rwanda Opposition Leader Victoire Ingabire Demands Protection Ahead of Presidential Elections
Kigali – After escaping the militia-like attack against her yesterday, the leader of Rwanda’s opposition United Democratic Forces (UDF-Inkingi), Victoire Ingabire, asks the Rwandese government to protect her ahead of the scheduled August general election.
Here is how Victoire Ingabire, the leader of Rwanda’s opposition United Democratic Forces recounts her story through an interview by Peter Clottey of Voice of America News:
“Today, I received a call from the mayor of the sector where I live, Kinyinya, and he told me that I have to return my ID. And when I arrived in his office, there were younger people who began to batter us, me and one of my colleagues. And they took my bag. (Then,) I went back quickly to my car, but my colleague stayed back and they battered him. And after (that, I) took him to hospital,” she said.
Ingabire accused the police of failing to stop the attack:
“When they battered us, the police were there and they didn’t do anything. They watched us (as) the young people battered us,” she contended.
Ingabire said the ruling party wants to undermine her campaign ahead of the forthcoming presidential elections.
“We see that the government of General Kagame does not accept all political activities in our country. You know that I have been back to the country now three weeks ago, and they are doing everything to prevent (me) from participating in the election. They know that the population needs the change and they know that the population wants (me) to participate in the election, and they want me as the leader of them. This is why they (will) do everything that people will be afraid to come to me,” Ingabire said.
Some Rwanda’s opposition groups have condemned the attack and accused President Kagame’s ruling Rwanda Patriotic Front party (RPF) of masterminding it. After visiting Ingabire’s injured assistant at the King Faycal Hospital, they have vowed to defeat the ruling party in the upcoming election.
Listen to what Victoire Ingabire says.
Source: VOA News