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Call press and human rights defenders if Frank Habineza is arrested

April 25, 2010

by Ann Garrison

Frank Habineza
Please call Human Rights Watch if Rwanda Greens leader Frank Habineza is arrested on his way home from Holland to Kigali, Rwanda, on April 25 and 26. Call even though Rwanda gave Human Rights Watch 24 hours to get out of the country on Friday, on April 23.

He should arrive in Kigali at 12:55 p.m. on Monday, April 26.

Habineza was elected president of the African Greens Federation at their convention on April 18, but three officers within his own party turned on him five days later, so he has begun traveling home early, from Afrikaday, where he gave a speech about democracy in Rwanda, to address their allegations and reorganize with other Rwanda Greens. Frank, his wife Edith, his sons Godwin and Victor, and supporters fear that Rwandan security may arrest him at an airport as he tries to pass through customs in the next phase of harassment and repression in the run up to this year’s Rwandan presidential election.

Rwanda arrested presidential candidate Victoire Ingabiré Umuhoza on Wednesday, April 21, at her home in Kigali, and her Rwandan support team thank pressure from the international community for her surprise release on bail the next day.

Habineza said that he will call friends when leaving Amsterdam, and he’s been urged to start posting updates to Facebook and to Twitter as he passes from one stage of his journey to another, from airports in Amsterdam, Nairobi and Kigali to his home.

Emergency alerts are one of the best uses of Twitter, social media’s short form.

Supporters of peace and social justice in Rwanda and the Great Lakes region of Africa should be ready, should Frank be arrested, to post the news and call for his release on social media like Facebook and Twitter and to contact press, Amnesty International, at http://www.amnesty.org/en/contact, and Human Rights Watch, at http://www.hrw.org/en/contact-us.

Rwandan presidential candidate Victoire Ingabiré Umuhoza’s team is asking the international community to sustain the pressure that resulted in her release from jail on April 22.

Bernard Ntaganda, presidential candidate of Rwanda’s Parti Social-Imberakuri, feels that his arrest in Kigali is imminent and asks that the international community prepare to call for his release as well.

San Francisco writer Ann Garrison writes for the San Francisco Bay View, Digital Journal, Examiner.com, OpEdNews, Global Research and Colored Opinions. She can be reached at anniegarrison@gmail.com. This story first appeared on her blog, Plutocracy Now.

by Ann Garrison

Please call Human Rights Watch if Rwanda Greens leader Frank Habineza is arrested on his way home from Holland to Kigali, Rwanda, on April 25 and 26. Call even though Rwanda gave Human Rights Watch 24 hours to get out of the country on Friday, on April 23.

He should arrive in Kigali at 12:55 p.m. on Monday, April 26.

Habineza was elected president of the African Greens Federation at their convention on April 18, but three officers within his own party turned on him five days later, so he has begun traveling home early, from Afrikaday, where he gave a speech about democracy in Rwanda, to address their allegations and reorganize with other Rwanda Greens. Frank, his wife Edith, his sons Godwin and Victor, and supporters fear that Rwandan security may arrest him at an airport as he tries to pass through customs in the next phase of harassment and repression in the run up to this year’s Rwandan presidential election.

Rwanda arrested presidential candidate Victoire Ingabiré Umuhoza on Wednesday, April 21, at her home in Kigali, and her Rwandan support team thank pressure from the international community for her surprise release on bail the next day.

Habineza said that he will call friends when leaving Amsterdam, and he’s been urged to start posting updates to Facebook and to Twitter as he passes from one stage of his journey to another, from airports in Amsterdam, Nairobi and Kigali to his home.

Emergency alerts are one of the best uses of Twitter, social media’s short form.

Supporters of peace and social justice in Rwanda and the Great Lakes region of Africa should be ready, should Frank be arrested, to post the news and call for his release on social media like Facebook and Twitter and to contact press, Amnesty International, at http://www.amnesty.org/en/contact, and Human Rights Watch, at http://www.hrw.org/en/contact-us.

Rwandan presidential candidate Victoire Ingabiré Umuhoza’s team is asking the international community to sustain the pressure that resulted in her release from jail on April 22.

Bernard Ntaganda, presidential candidate of Rwanda’s Parti Social-Imberakuri, feels that his arrest in Kigali is imminent and asks that the international community prepare to call for his release as well.

San Francisco writer Ann Garrison writes for the San Francisco Bay View, Digital Journal, Examiner.com, OpEdNews, Global Research and Colored Opinions. She can be reached at anniegarrison@gmail.com. This story first appeared on her blog, Plutocracy Now.

60 thoughts on “Call press and human rights defenders if Frank Habineza is arrested

  1. claire

    Frank,
    I am afraid, as long as you don’t share same ideas with RPF, you are bound to be jailed. You are a leader of an opposition party in Rwanda? That’s a warranty to be arrested. Beside, you are now the president of the African Greens Federation!! That’s really bad because you can now tell the truth to many people. I don’t see any other reason why you should be awaited at the airport tomorrow by the police.

    I am only praying that your family will NOT be under house arrest similar to what happened to Mrs Nyamwasa and her kids when her husband, former Rwandan ambassador to India went into exile.

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  2. Julien FitzGerald

    We are in full support of your campaign for full democracy in Rwanda.

    For too long, a number of the African States have been living in the dark ages in regards to politics and are flooded with religious fundamentalist.

    We fully support your campaign and hope that the local authorities are ready and willing to embrace 21st Century politics and attitudes.

    Best Wishes.

    Julien FitzGerald
    Press and Public Relations Officer
    Gay Activists Alliance International (GAAI)
    (Team Europe, The Americas and the Caribbean)

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  3. Gigi

    Show me your friends and i will tell you that you are not worthy of being a leader. So you want Frank to be elected President of Rwanda so that you can help him turn it into a lesbian and gay territory? please keep your immorality in the West and the US. if this is what Frank stands for, then he deserves to be arrested and kept away for the sake of the morality of the Rwandan people.

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  4. Richard K Lebero

    It is belittling for Rwanda for a person of Frank Habineza’s calibre to be thinking of being President of Rwanda. What a shame. This is shockingly disingenuous. He can dream, dream, dream until the hens come home but being President of Rwanda is a farfetched dream. The progress we have made over the last 16 years would be put to waste if Frank was to become President of Rwanda. The plans Frank and his Western backers have in store are ill-conceived and bound to fail.

    Rwanda has an outstanding president and a great leader that is positively shaping our destiny. A leader that has been there for us in the dark days and a leader that will make Rwanda a middle income country sooner than Frank and his Western accomplices expect. As citizens of Rwandan, we are proud of our President and are blessed to have a President like him who truly believes in Rwanda.

    For people like Frank, my message for you is, feel free to participate in the political process but please respect the law and above all respect our dear Constitution. If you don’t respect the law, the law will definitely visit you.

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  5. Richard K Lebero

    It is belittling for Rwanda for a person of Frank Habineza’s calibre to be thinking of being President of Rwanda. What a shame. This is shockingly disingenuous. He can dream, dream, dream until the hens come home but being President of Rwanda is a farfetched dream. The progress we have made over the last 16 years would be put to waste if Frank was to become President of Rwanda. The plans Frank and his Western backers have in store are ill-conceived and bound to fail.

    Rwanda has an outstanding president and a great leader that is positively shaping our destiny. A leader that has been there for us in the dark days and a leader that will make Rwanda a middle income country sooner than Frank and his Western accomplices expect. As citizens of Rwandan, we are proud of our President and are blessed to have a President like him who truly believes in Rwanda.

    For people like Frank, my message for you is, feel free to participate in the political process but please respect the law and above all respect our dear Constitution. If you don’t respect the law, the law will definitely visit you

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  6. Sandra Uwase

    It is amazing to see how the west always applies double standards whenever it is about democracy in Africa.
    Democracy to me is a very fluid concept and should always be related to the specific contexts in which countries are operating in if the ideals of democracy are based on the agendas of Ingabire and Habineza, then am afraid we got it wrong, to me democracy means accessible good health care and education for citizens, steady economic growth and prosperity . I think the people of Rwanda know what is good for them and have decided to shape their future without going by the rules of the west. It is easy to make judgements when one has never actually been to Rwanda to witness first hand the amazing story of transformation, resilience and hardwork and understand where Rwanda was 16 years ago and the direction it is headed for.
    In all sincerity, what is Ingabire and Ntaganda bringing to the table? nothing but ideas that want to take Rwanda back into its painful past, which in my opinion, Rwandans have learnt from and decided to carve their own future.

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  7. Joy

    Who cares about this chap? Who is he in the first place? Let him go be president in whatever hellhole he is from……we dont know him and dont care if he chokes on a fish bone.

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  8. Gigi

    Dear Julien, what has the bible got to do with it? I amn not even religious, fo your information. we are talking about the natural order here. If you are a man, you have to be with a woman,and vice versa.This is the way it has been since the beginning of life. The opposite is insane and that is why we are worried because Frank is being supported by insane people and wants to propagate insanity in our country. This ofcourse comes in addition to the fact that he lacks the competence to lead his own family as a person, let alone contemplate becoming a president of a country as complex as Rwanda. to be honest, i am disappointed. We all know that he was elected to lead the ‘African Greens’ chiefly because of the influence of the green god fathers in the west – but then this also shows the values and the real portrait of the so called green movement.

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  9. Franco steve

    Why do most people value empty tanks than the filled ones? I can not up to now understand the motives behind all this no sense of the self-styled opposition fellaz!what are they opposing in the first instance? what & who do they represent?I only see bankruptcy in their ideologies.No wonder they supported by gays!!!!let no one distract Rwandans surely.We have seen it all & heard it all & tired of empty cheap politicians only making noises.

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  10. Ann Garrison

    Frank made it home without arrest, but his party remains unregistered. And the plan to contact press and human rights defenders, in the event of his arrest, should remain in place.

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  11. Erwinni

    Ann,

    I am really wondering what you know about the situation on the ground in Rwanda. What made you launch this appeal? As far as I know there has been never any threat of arrest against Habineza. Ingabire is a completely different case — she is accused of 1) collaboration with a terrorist organization, the FDLR (which would be about the same as an American or British politician being accused of collaboration with Al Qaeda) and 2) denying or minimizing the genocide because after her visit to Gisozi genocide memorial she said that we should not forget the Hutu victims (which can be compared to Jean Marie Le Pen visiting Auschwitz and declaring that we should not forget about the German victims). Those are very serious accusations which are based on facts.
    As for Habineza, it makes me laugh that he was elected as president of the African Greens Federation. There’s only one way in which this man is green: behind the ears.

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  12. Ann Garrison

    I would like to thank Julienne Fitzgerald for admirable solidarity in the support of all human rights as well as LGBT rights.

    And to all those of you so critical of Frank Habineza:

    1) Frank is not the presidential candidate of his party because his party has not even been allowed to convene and register, so as to nominate and field a candidate. What are Kagame and the RPF so afraid of that they have repeatedly thwarted the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda’s efforts to convene and register?

    2) A reporter whose evidence has proved to be reliable contacted me saying that there was a plan to arrest Frank at the Kigali AIrport, and Frank’s wife feared the same.

    Earlier, Umuseso–one of Rwanda’s now banned Kinyarwanda language newspapers–reported an assassination plot against Frank, and since Frank has not violated the genocide ideology speech crime statutes, it is logical that assassination, rather than prison, might be required to eliminate him, but I think he is too high profile, internatinoally, for that now, so some trumped up excuse for arrest is not hard to imagine.

    Global Greens and other defenders of human rights have every reason to be concerned for Frank and we continue to have the telephone #s of Human Rights Watch, which Rwanda kicked out of the country last Friday, Amnesty International, the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, and press, at hand.

    If Rwanda arrests Frank now, I think the international coverage, and bad public relations, will be similar to that consequent to Victoire’s arrest.

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  13. Cloude

    It always makes me laugh when FPR cheerleaders say there is Democracy in Rwanda. Democracy for Who? Enjoyed by whom? Yes Rwanda has come along way after 1994 and yes there has been economic growth but Do not insult me by saying ONLY Kagame can do this. There is no president school, any one with a clear consious (btw which kagame doesnt have) can be a President. Some people say that these candidates have no plan for Rwanda, eeem? have u given them a chance to tell you their manifesto or have u threteaned to arrest them before they even utter a word of opposition.
    Kagame is not the be all and end all of Rwanda. Others like Ingabire or Frank can do a better job than he did given half the chance. Btw i’ve never heard a faul mouthed politician like Kagame.

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  14. Cloude

    Fact the genocide claimed both tutsis and hutus.
    Fact FPR mass killed Hutus in Kibeho and wiped out generations in Congo. Some idiot above said What ingabire said was like “Le pen going to the Holocus memorial and saying we should also remember Germans” U empty headed git! It was the Nazis that killed the Jews, you can not convict German people because of What Hitler and his Nazis did!

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  15. rwagasana

    Who does not know how Kagame and his Junta work? GIGI..Please, tell us .. what did Kagame have before he became a president? Remember, that all of the oposition leaders namely Ingabire, Ntaganda and Habineza are far more educated that your Kage.. a high school drop out!!! So, if you are talking about what each one can offer in terms of quality, I am afraid, Kagame is the least!!!
    Ann, the struggle continues

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  16. Ann Garrison

    One of Frank’s teachers at a Rwandan university called me yesterday to say he said he hated to see these things happening to Frank. He’s an exile now and seems to associated with St. John’s College in New York City. I said, “I’ve never had a chance to talk to Frank about what he studied; what did he study with you?” He said he taught public administration, that Frank had studied that with him and had also focussed on environmental studies.

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  17. Ismail Mbonigaba

    So someone is trying to underestimate Frank’s intellectual values? A nice joke, yeah, but this turns into insult when someone dares to compare a university degree holder with a former street boy and criminal known in East Africa as “Pilato” (cruel man). It is Frank’s right to dream, like any other Rwandan who wishes to improve Rwandans’ life and country’s image that has been deeply tarnished by Pilato’s warmongering. Why is Kagame clinging on power? Were he clean, he would have stepped aside long ago. He wants to die in power like any other autocrat. But do you happen to imagine how this is undermining the future of our country? The end of all dictatorships means bloodshed and none can foresee who the victim they will be. Like or hate Kagame, we shall all regret this man’s irresponsibility. Why should peaceful opposition be manhandled ?

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  18. Jeremie

    Fred Fred Fred, stop such stupidity! Please stop and enough is enough! When you lack arguments you end up with insults and nonsense reasonning.Read what Ismael Mbonigaba and Ann Garrison wrote above and shut up for you have nothing else to say. “A bon entendeur salut !!”

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  19. nicodeme

    Frank habineza is so obscure and his politics/agenda is even more obscure. Honestly, he does not stand a chance in present day Rwanda, maybe 16 years ago but not now. Indeed Claude was right in saying that there is no school that teaches one to be President and anyone with a clear mind and vision can do this. Which unfortunately the so called educated ones (Ingabire and Habineza) don’t seem to have, I guess at the end of the day, the Rwandan people will judge their leaders by what they have accomplished and not the number of degrees.

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  20. Joy

    But Jeremie; Fred is asking a legitimate question. I thought that was the whole point of dialogue! If you people who are so supportive of Frank Habineza are very intolerant and rush, I am scared to think of what kind of person he is. Like they say; show me your friends and I will know what kind of person you are.

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  21. Erwinni

    Cloude,

    You say that you never heard a foul-mouthed politician like Kagame, and then you follow that up by calling me an idiot and empty-headed git? Wow.
    Could we please present out arguments as civilized people?

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  22. Nshuti

    Why is there so much hostility and hate for Frank, some body mentioned his case is different from that of Ingabire but I don’t thnk so, they the only credible and loud opponents to Kagame the fact that they are speaking loud and exposing what ever they think is wrong in Rwanda to the world makes them targets.
    Please leave them alone, let them have their rights to present their arguments and Rwandan people are smart enough to decide who is their best leader. As regards Ingabire, she is a victim of the truth! what wrong with speaking for thousands of the Hutus who died during the genocide in Rwanda? Who doesn’t agree with her? Many Hutus died on Habyarimana’s orders and many more died on Kagame’s watch, should they be forgotten? No way! they county and their case should be stated and those who killed them should be face justice. Leave Ingabire alone and let her lead her campaigns, Why not? especially if they not a threat to Kagame!

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  23. Manase Haruna

    it amazes me to see how a handful of few far right Rwandans still cling on a gang led government the likes of Gigi who willingly hide the truth of today. We need a head of government who is more reconciler than rebelious as is the case with Kagame. Following some of the discussion above i can compare the refusal of political change in Rwanda with the discrimination against people with different sexual orientation. Why people would fear homosexuals? They are full human being like anybody else and it is only their choice to live their life the same way some people drink and others become vegetarians. My argument here is to show how the regime and its handful admirers fear for any body who may thing contrary to their aristocratic and tolitarianism rule.

    Thank you Anne and all others who help to propagate the plight of oppressed Rwandans. The good will win over evil.

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  24. Ann Garrison

    Thank you, Nushuti. I have spoken to all three of the viable opposition candidates and I like them all, including Mr. Bernard Ntaganda, who is little known outside Rwanda, but who told me that:

    1.) The real problem in Rwanda now is not Hutu or Tutsi, but poverty. The real problem is that all the wealth and all the power is concentrated in the hands of a very few, and most Rwandans are very poor, and, that

    2.) Congo is an international issue. The President of Rwanda will not be able to keep big foreign powers away from the mineral wealth of the D.R.C.

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  25. Edison

    Please, please,please… who told you that anyone cant be a President??? may be u need to read the bible about David,Mordecai and of course many others that God positioned in higher places from a very poor background. Of which it might be the same situation with Paul and Frank. I think some emotional arguments here are just a reason of hatred and differences that Rwandans have always had 50years ago. Since Ann Garrison is not a Rwandan, i would like to give her my applause for the great work she does. Keep it up Lady.

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  26. Ann Garrison

    Thank you so much, Edison. I have just learned that Didas Gasana, Editor of the banned Kinyarwanda language newspaper Umuseso has been interrogated or eight hours in Kigali. After learning that I went to post my KMEC Radio report, including Didas’s voice to Facebook, but found that it had been “reported as abusive and could not be posted.” Here’s the link to the radio report, http://goo.gl/FLsb, which is now blocked on Facebook, reported as abusive, though I’m still able to post it there from my blog, http://anngarrison.blogspot.com/2010/04/kmec-radio-news-election-rwanda.html. Didas asked Americans to understand that their tax dollars are being used to support brutal dictatorship in Rwanda.

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  27. Pablo Gutiérrez

    Frank, ¿me recuerdas? Estuvimos juntos en un entrenamiento de World Partners en Dakota del Sur, estados unidos. Creo que la dimensión bíblica y correcta del liderazgo, no es solamente desde las trincheras de una iglesia, sino que debe desbordarse en una propuesta clara en el entorno social donde a cada uno le toca vivir. Celebro que Frank se haya decidido a ser una voz representativa en su país denunciando lo que está mal y promoviendo otra óptica. Que lo apoyen grupos cuestionados, siempre será el precio a pagar,pero no es una religión la que cambia a la sociedad, sino los valores de Dios encarnados en el ser humano. Y sólo Dios puede hacer eso ordenando la vida del hombre, lo cual no exime a los que nos llamamos cristianos de nuestra responsabilidad social.Más allá Mi oración es que Frank sea un instrumento consecuente con los valores bíblicos y promueva la justicia en su país. Desde el Ecuador(América del Sur) estaré pendiente de la situación en Ruanda

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  28. Pablo Gutiérrez

    Frank,¿do you remember me? were together on World Partners church multiplication training ministry in South Dakota, five years ago. I think than the correct perspective on leadership, is not only througt into church,is necesary to be focus in the social structure. I´m happy about Frank is starting be a representative voice in his country. To have the support from various political groups always is a problem….but that is the price. Finally is not a religion than can to change a the humanity, is only God with the values into the hart of every one. But the responsability from the called cristhians is to find and fight for the justice. My personal prayer is about Frank will be use as divine tool in his country sharing values and justice. From Ecuador (South America)I will be attending or Rwanda situation.

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  29. unknown

    It’s truly a shame that Frank stands firm to criticize the government that made him what he is. I will tell a short story about frank.
    Frank fell out with the Tutsis because of a certain girl he was once in love with and the family of girl could not accept frank since wanted a man enough for a reputable educated and well behaved girl.
    Keep in mind that frank is not fully a munyarwanda.
    Since then, frank thought that the reason he was rejected is because he was a mixed hutu and muganda little did he know that he was rejected because he did not qualify as a man.

    Ever since then he created a lie in his head and he has since lived with it. He lied to himself that he was being hated. He created a situation of hate and misery around himself and it has capsized him.

    A man like that, who can manage himself and his family, cannot lead a country. He is just a young boy hungry for money and using the most desperate and radical means to win sympathy and then later rob from his sympathizers

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  30. Matthew Michaels

    Come on Ann

    Did you call Ingabire, Habineza and Ntaganda viable opposition leaders in Rwanda? Hell no!!

    I live in Rwanda Ann,am American just like you but am better placed than you to talk abt these issue because I am here.

    The trio is nothing but a group of disgruntled fellows who are seeking international limelight. One of 100 Rwandans knows who Habineza is.

    He is so obscure that no one cares even when he passes. Apart from portraying a bad image for Rwanda, these people have no place in the hearts of Rwandans.

    It is quite unfortunate that these people are making rounds soiling the good image the country has struggled to build for the last 16 years.

    And for you Ann to suggest that the Pentagon is influencing things/events here Rwanda is a very ridiculous thing to do. America supports good and the current regime is doing good.

    You have no idea.We are more than 2,000 Americans living in Rwanda, sacrificing alongside Rwandans to build the systems here today. Personally i work in the health sector and there are many friends of mine supporting in Education, Agriculture and other sectors of development.

    I am not paid by neither the American Govt nor the Rwandan govt. I am one of the many American who recognize what Rwanda is doing today and the need to help.

    For you to sit back in the US and insinuate things is not just an insult to our sacrifice but also to the efforts of Rwandans.

    We traveled here not because we were tired of our American lifstyle but because we wanted to join people with a causeYour objectivity as a Journalist should not be overshadowed by your dislike for Kagame!!

    Rwanda is peaceful and progressing ,the likes of Kabonero, Ingabire, Habineza, Ntaganda and the hero back in the US Paul Rusesabagina just cant fit in todays Rwanda. Kagame is no Angel but the devil you know….

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  31. Jeremie Musonera

    @Matthew Michaels

    You are lying !!!You liar and fake american,what you say above betrayed you!!!You are just an extremist rwandan who hate those different from you in opinions and race.Shame on you !!!!

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  32. Rwandan

    @ Matthew Michaels,

    Your defence of Kagame is at the least naive and at worst flightening. Most of us Rwandese appreciate the work you are doing in Rwanda and that you are helping with development in the country.

    I don’t see why there should be any connection of that to Kagame’s leadership. Below is a quote and a link for you, by Georgette Gagnon the Africa director at Human Rights Watch;

    “However impressive Rwanda’s achievements since the genocide, the world should assess not only what Rwanda has come from, but where it is going.”

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-04-30/a-nations-hope-shattered/full/

    As you probably know HRW is an American organisation that has followed Rwanda since pre-genocide days. So it’s not only Ann Garrison who finds something wrong with Kagame.

    Today the London Despatch has the article below;

    http://ellyakanga.wordpress.com/2010/04/30/linda-whetstone-on-paul-kagame/

    Also today Reporters Without Borders has named the leaders of China, Russia and Rwanda as some of the world’s worst “predators of freedom”. the article can be found on bbc. So you can see that your summary of Rwanda is too simplistic, you need to make more Rwandese friends. The elites you meet don’t tell you about the really problems in Rwanda, because they would be risking their careers.

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  33. Edwin

    Ann Garrison, Jeremie Musonera and someone who poses to as Rwandan….

    The three of you need to know the gradual growth of Rwanda. You know or you have seen less about Rwanda. There is much that has been done that is why Rwanda has over 2000 American freely living in the country.
    Rwanda need firm and mentally steady leaders who are not going to mislead the country. I bet you people know the real background of the three disgruntled and self-claimed politicians. Do you have any idea as to why they are in politics?
    You better dig deep and find out if they real patriots or they are just interested in controlling and managing the central bank.

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  34. Edwin

    @ Ann, and who refused them, they have deliberately denied themselves a chance…advise them to abide by the law and the will immediately register the following day…by the way being an opposition politician doesnt put in a position of being above the law or intentionally ignore the law

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  35. Edwin

    Ann I am not scared of RWB and I will never be, in any case I am not going to seek their assistance in any way, no, I am not that desperate.

    What yardstick do you use to measure freedom, and to you, does the suspension of two newspapers mean that the media in Rwanda is not free? By the way what comes into your mind if this newspaper publishes ‘10 reasons why kagame is stupid’ and then when it talks to experts of the Paris-based Reporters Without Borders it tells them that they have no freedom.

    These RWB, based in France…that definitely gives you the answer, they would never be positive at all. To my understand, I think media is doing well, far better than it should basing on the fact that there no journalist, killed or short like what is happening in other countries.

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  36. Rwandan

    Edwin in my first post I put link to HRW’s Georgette Gagnon, an American Organization and a link to The London Despatch. I’m sure they don’t have any french connections. So stop trying to divert from the main point with the “france line”.
    if you want more you can checkout Voice of America. So try to stick with the facts

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  37. Edwin

    Rwandan, i better deal with the person who is not masked on the coward….but, i will give you a brief insight on the London dispatch. its an unedited blog which makes all the information there not credible. and the owner of the blog is Mr Akanga a self-exiled Rwandan-Ugandan, (By The way he is a former employee of new times) you may be so much interested in knowing how he ended up in exile. and why he is interested in writing negatively on rwanda.

    his opinions and views are not the opinions of the British monarchy.

    Mr Akanga has to do what he does because he has to stay in the UK or else if he speakout his mind exactly what he thinks about the kigali regime, he would be taken back to rwanda since his view, i assume, are very positive of the kigali government.

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  38. Ann Garrison

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha haaaaaaaaaa!!!! Edwin, that’s choice. “It’s an unedited blog, which makes all the information there not credible. . .” Are you telling us that the New Times is credible because it’s edited by Rwanda’s Spook-in-Chief, as reported in the East Africa’s Independent Media Review?

    Here’s a 05.03.2010 Reporters without Borders report naming China, Russia, and Rwanda among the three worst media predator countries in the world, http://goo.gl/S8C2 Are you going to try to tell me that Reporters without Borders has no credibility? You’d have a very hard time finding anything remotely like consensus, in the world of news readers and writers, about that.

    Here’s East Africa’s Independent Media Review on Rwanda’s state meddling in the press, http://goo.gl/qHQP:

    “To quote Frank Habineza of the newly founded Green Party of Rwanda, ‘by refusing to adhere to the ministerial instruction and doing it their own way, those implicated in this scandal are indirectly bringing back and perpetuating the culture of impunity that has characterized Rwanda for so long.’”

    Also, East African Independent Media Review on suppression of the press in the run-up to the election: http://goo.gl/FQn4

    And, re the credibility of London Despatch and its author/editor Eleneus Akanga: Any author, including any unedited blogger, has the credibility that he builds among his readers. Eleneus Akanga has far more credibility than you or anyone else writing for your hallucinogenic, state run New Times, and far more credible readers.

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  39. Eleneus

    @Edwin just so you know, it makes no sense for you to make claims here about what and why i write the way i do. My opinions are my opinions and they have nothing to do with my stay wherever.

    You see, much as it easy for guys like you to have a go at Annie with all sorts of insults, you mustn’t forget that not everyone is stupid. People reading this will be noting how cruel and hopeless in argument you guys are and making their own conclusions. If someone says there are 2000 Americans living in Rwanda and uses that to support the argument that whatever has been said in this article is wrong, what else would you say to him?

    I write the way i do because i feel passionately about true democracy in Rwanda. And if you think it is because i want to guarantee my stay wherever, talk to your ambassadors and let them launch an appeal to get me out. Unlike you lot, i will salute Kagame for his fight against corruption (but question whether this fight is universal and not selective) commend him for the country’s economic growth (but be sure to wonder if poverty levels have really gone down and the gap between the rich and the poor has been reduced), thank his government for creating an effecient national army (but question his move if he starts behaving like this is his personal army or sends our soldiers on foreign fights that have nothing to do with Rwanda). That is how i do my business. And if you think that is because i want to maintain my stay wherever, well go back to college and let your professor teach you more about the meaning of political asylum. This should be a platform for facts not insults. And of course certainly not one where with pseudo or real names, to make claims of how much American, Rwandan or Spanish one is.

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  40. Edmund

    @Eleneus

    I am told you had a go at me on a certain forum i cant trace but be informed that you are not qualified to attack my person in anyway whatsoever.

    I dont know you,i have never met and have never claimed to have worked with you as you assert. You totally know nothing about me and hence you dont need to confront me anywhere because i have never had a go at you,not even commenting on your articles.

    Below is what you wrote if i am not mistaken.

    “Annie, you don’t have to worry about Edmund Kagire. I have never met him but i know him from his reports. He even claims to have worked with me. How sad! If i worked with Kagire, i would struggle to keep my job, that is for sure. Just take him for who he is. He is a goon who for the sake of keeping a job at the government mouthpiece, has put his name down in history as Rwanda’s deluded instrument. He forgets that a fellow goon called George Kalisa after being used by the same machinery that is powering his ego, was discarded like old socks.

    They will use everything to attack you from insults to pseudo names and hopeless reasoning. You only have to avoid arguing with a fool because these stooges are not even anywhere near when it comes to reasoning. Kagire of course knows well that Every Dog Has Its Day. Let him have a field day at the Hounds.”

    I will not go back to the pathetic information you gave Ann about me Mr.Know-it-all because as you put it, i will not engage with a fool that you are.

    I wouldn’t mind,call me names,stooge,dog,whatever…it will not fluff my feathers “Mr. Credibility”. You know what?You win,you are smarter than me,go ahead and prove it.

    But let me make this clear,what makes me different from you and the likes of George Kalisa,I am truly Rwandan,no doubt about that.I am not an outcast like you who left his country and struggled to seek an identity in another country and when you failed,it left you with the kind of bitterness that you exhibit.

    A true son of Ankole…..hmmmmm?Why don you leave Rwanda and Rwandans alone?You have an identity and you should identify with those that are truly your own.There are outstanding issues in Ankole…Obugabe,Bushenyi being

    A loafer like you shouldn’t have the guts to call me a goon, i dont go around licking white women’s arses for another lease of life like you do. I am a man who can,with or without the current job,can find his way because i went to school,yes,i went to school.

    I have a family,a strong family that can support me,hence i will not trade my pride and dignity for a visa and asylum.Just be content doing what you are doing and pleaase,back off me.

    I am not your class you good-for-nothing bootlicker.Enjoy your asylum as it lasts.Go on and trump up more bad stories on Rwanda,it will earn you another day.

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  41. Eleneus

    They say why bark when you own a dog! Must I really say more. Edmund has just proven what so many like me have been trying to lay bear. A big thank you to you Master Patriot.

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  42. dan

    I am so sorry for Ann, she is backing the wrong horse, wake up!!! You are so blinded by your extremist views that you cant even see the truth! You and your supporters have no place in Rwanda, be it today or 1000 years from now.

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  43. Jeremie Musonera

    Hahaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! Poor Dan ,you make me laugh. What is the truth for you ? hahhaaaaaaaaaaa

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  44. Musoni

    @Mr. Eleneus Akanga …Chief, sometimes we have to be sure of the right words we use in such forums. I never said that someone is stupid and you well know that I don’t categorise you as a stupid person.

    However, I was shock reading that, “People reading this will be noting how cruel and hopeless in argument you guys….” ….surely chief if this is a hopeless skied, why are u posting more comments?

    Oh and by the way, I am one person who will never give credit to Ann Garrison; she is a marionette of fabrications and false information.

    You said you write the way you do because you feel passionately about true democracy in Rwanda….and who doesn’t?? Starting from the Head of State to the least citizen you may think of, are all for democracy and THERE IS DEMOCRACY IN RWANDA.

    By the way, why would you think that I should talk to the ambassador to file an appeal against you? It makes no sense at all. You have all your rights to establishment and to speak out whatever your opinion is but please stop misleading the world get facts correct and don’t pretend or make intentional mistakes just as a ploy of survival.

    You surprise me when you say that the fight against corruption is not universal!!! I am a foot soldier in this media business here in Rwanda…could please list five people who are corrupt and have not been prosecuted? Unless if the word corruption lost its original meaning.

    I am disappointed that you try reasoning about African issues in a western manner, economic growth is a gradual process and globally Rwanda is being recognized for a collective economic growth. Tell me of any State in this world that has ever given at least one cow to its poverty-ridden citizens?

    Regarding the army, tell me any foreign fight that Rwanda has ever engaged itself in and was or is of no use to the country…please don’t name any of the UN missions because loose the little trust I had in you.

    And for the fall outs within the army, it’s a general phenomenon worldwide, it has happened everywhere unless you pretend ignorant not to know.

    Finally, Akanga, I still insist, whatever you do is scheme for a meal of the next day that is why there is contradiction what you write…you side with Rwanda and differ with it…what is that surely???

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