by Eugene Ndahayo for the FDU Inkingi Support Committee
Deep concern over Ms. Ingabire’s health on her fifth day in jail
We request a medical parole. She should be moved urgently to hospital and given the right to be seen by an independent doctor vetted by her lawyer. We call upon Gen. Paul Kagame to grant permission to this end without any delay and to set his opponents free.
Early this morning, when the FDU-Inkingi local team brought her breakfast, they noticed contradicting behaviors from the jailers, one informing that she needed extra bread while the other one said she was still asleep. They never allowed them to see her.
At 10:00, she was not taken to the Rusororo Court as announced by the prosecutor the evening before. She was taken to Rusororo late in the afternoon in handcuffs despite her state and hidden from the supporters. No interrogation, no bail hearing. She was later taken back to the police cell.
Another troubling incident is the fact that some military intelligence agents pretending to work for the International Committee of the Red Cross have been many times seen around. The incident was reported to the ICRC for investigation.
Ms. Ingabire is persecuted and prosecuted on politically motivated charges. She and the FDU-Inkingi have chosen democracy and non-violence. The regime is using the FDLR or any non-existent rebel or terrorist groups for any purpose. The pursuit of FDLR in the DR Congo was used to justify the invasion of the DRC and the subsequent crimes against humanity, war crimes and a “possible genocide,” according to the U.N. mapping report and minerals plundering. The same pretext allowed the regime to cause mayhem in the DRC and now it is used to thwart the opposition.
Linking FDU-Inkingi or any of its leaders to FDLR and so called CDF rebel groups has no other purpose but to keep on claiming the status of victim, after the devastating U.N. report, which accused the regime of horrendous crimes against refugees in the DRC.
Ms. Victoire Ingabire does not believe in violence and war. That is the reason why she has made non-violence her motto. That’s the reason why she sacrificed herself for democracy, justice and the dignity of all Rwandans.
It is time for the international backers and lobbies of Gen. Paul Kagame to remind him to abide by U.N. minimum standards on the treatment of prisoners and also stress the fact that inflicting emotional or physical pain on suspects or inmates is criminal.
Update on the prosecution and ill treatment of Ms. Victoire ingabire on her sixth day in jail
Kigali, Oct. 20, 2010 – Ms. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza was once again taken to Gasabo Court House for further prosecution grilling. Despite her visibly weak state, the police brought and returned her in an open pickup convoy, always in handcuffs. It was a lengthy six- to seven-hour interrogation. She is supposed to be paraded again tomorrow at 14:00 for a confrontation with the state-prepared key witness.
Some of her collaborators have been harassed on the spot and searched by security officers. Military intelligence staff almost forced Ingabire’s colleague to give a list of medicine she normally takes when she is sick. Instead of taking her to the hospital or to allow her to be seen by an independent medical doctor, they just want to buy drugs over the counter.
The recycled criminal charge is now almost formulated: creation of a terrorist group, CDF.
CDF is said to mean “Coalition of Democratic Forces,” a not yet known rebel movement with no base, no leadership, no clear program because it does not exist yet. Nobody in the FDU-Inkingi in or outside Rwanda has ever heard about it. Only the regime seems to have a mountain of information and a chaplet of witnesses, being all in common ex-FDLR repatriated, demobilized or not.
This accusation keeps on changing. Some witnesses allege that the so-called terrorist group is an FDU-Inkingi military wing in the making, while others say it is operating somewhere in the Eastern DR Congo as a branch of FDLR, curiously composed by its deserters. Neither the MONUC (United Nations force deployed in the DRC) operating in the area nor the DRC army seem to know anything about this CDF.
What is clear is that the prepared state witnesses seem to have a huge amount of accusations: phone calls, emails, transfers, multiple fake identities, facilities of movements and contacts in Rwanda where everybody knows the omnipresence of intelligence and security operatives.
The current key witness, Major Vital Uwumureyi, has been meeting security officers and carrying out missions in and out the country since February 2010 on their behalf. This is the person helping the regime to keep Ms. Victoire Ingabire in jail.
Eugene Ndahayo, president of the Kigali-based FDU Inkingi Support Committee, can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 00-33-676758434. For more information, contact Fdu.email@example.com, (+250) 0785836000, http://www.fdu-rwanda.org, http://www.victoire2010.com, on Facebook at http://http://www.facebook.com/pages/Victoire-Ingabire-Umuhoza-for-President/109504816547, on YouTube at mailto:http://www.youtube.com/user/FDUInkingi123 and on Twitter at mailto:http://twitter.com/VictoireUmuhoza.
Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza in prison and peril in Rwanda
by Ann Garrison
Oct. 19 – On Oct. 1, the U.N. released a report documenting the war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocidal massacres of Rwandan Hutu refugees and Congolese Hutus in the Democratic Republic of Congo during the 1990s by the U.S.-backed East African regimes of Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi. Calls for international justice, including the arrest of Rwandan President Paul Kagame’s top officers, followed the U.N. report. But instead, on Oct. 14, the Kagame regime arrested opposition leader Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, whom some have called “Africa’s female Mandela.” These roughly three-minute KPFA News reports, on Oct. 9 and 16, were produced just before and just after her arrest.