Rwanda: Victoire Ingabire’s home under police siege
Since 08th October 2010 night, an impressive deployment of armed officers is cordoning all exits to the FDU INKINGI chairperson’s home. At least 3 security vehicles are blocking all access. The police spokesperson evasively dismissed the information and pretended that there is nothing unusual. This kind of state intimidation has been observed prior to the arrest and incarcerations of other opposition leaders. On 21st April 2010, I was arrested but released on bail the following day. Since then, I am under strict and harsh orders to stay within the limits of KIGALI city. I have been regularly reporting to the prosecutor’s office and never been neither a flight risk nor a threat to the community.
I don’t know if this siege has to do with my never opening case pending in court or if it is related to the latest threats from General Paul KAGAME during the swearing in of his newly appointed cabinet. He said that the political space is fully occupied and insisted that if in Europe politicians are being prosecuted for speech related charges why anybody should be surprised whenever he stifles an opponent. The New Times, a paper close to President Paul KAGAME, resumed the same day its crusade comparing my case with the one of Mr. Geert WILDERS, the Dutch politician and leader of the Freedom Party PVV. It cannot not be considered as a mere coincidence.
During a latest BBC interview however, the chief prosecutor had indicated that the case could not be heard in court as some crucial information was still lacking. My bail having been granted by a court of law, it is, under normal circumstances, a court which has the right to revoke it.
Ms. Victoire INGABIRE UMUHOZA