Victoire Ingabire’s condolence message to the family of assassinated Andre Kagwa Rwisereka
by Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza.
Friends of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I would like to express my deepest sadness over the untimely death of a great son of our country Rwanda, late André KAGWA RWISEREKA, a democracy icon, and to convey my heartfelt condolences to the family in particular his dear wife and beloved children.
You expected him to stay longer with you. Instead, he disappeared in the most cruel and desperate manner at the hands of murderers.
I understand and share your devastation of being deprived of love, affection and consolation of a husband and a loving father, who had invested in social, economic and political development of the country to prepare for you a happy future.
Rwanda has lost a great man, a hero of unity, a man of dialogue, a consensus builder. Through his political involvement in the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda, he chose to serve his country, the people of Rwanda in its entirety without exclusion; he wanted to liberate Rwandans from tyranny and sectarianism.
My thoughts go to my friends of the Democratic Green Party. You have lost a key member of your team at a crucial moment of the history of our country. You needed his open mindedness, his spirit of dialogue, a hero. As you know, I held the warmest feelings for him, over and above the respect he commanded as an intellectual and a leader. So, I grieve with you. Owing to all these qualities, he was murdered by those who want to derail the ongoing struggle for freedom, reconciliation and respect to all the victims of genocide and other crimes against humanity.
My heart is so much afflicted that I am short of words to express my sorrow. A dream has indeed vanished, a compromising and intelligent man with a keen sense of leadership and rigor has passed away. The late Rwisereka had a sense of strategy, an astuteness of mind and wisdom to make the right assessment of events that are unfolding in this country. In times of political turmoil that we have gone through together, he was the right man at the right place, at the right moment. I wished sincerely to break the chains of my prison and be there to deliver this message personally.
Go and rest in peace. Join in eternity the other heroes of democracy in Rwanda and the world. Heroes are immortal. You will continue to live through the seeds and green plants of reconciliation, freedom that you have sown in your party, in our political dialogue. I am proud to have known you.
I will wind up by thanking the bereaved family for the time that you kindly granted me.
July 20th 2010
Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza
President of UDF – FDU Inkingi