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Oct-29-2012 18:35printcomments

Rwanda: Tomorrow, Political Prisoner Ingabire Will be Sentenced

This moment is historical for the struggle for democracy, justice and freedoms in Rwanda.

Madame Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza
Madame Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza

(WASHINGTON DC) - This time after several postponements, hesitations and international mood-sensing, Paul Kagame's regime has finally decided to sentence the opposition leader, the 2012 Sakharov prize nominee, Madame Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza.

It's tomorrow 30 October at 10:00 High court time. Sources confirm that a special cell in MPANGA central prison has been already prepared for her before this symbolical ruling by the High court.

From different corners of the country, some RPF followers have been prepared for national radio and TV live and studio call-in congratulating messages to the regime for the sentence of the FDU-Inkingi chairperson, presented as the worst national enemy.

This moment is historical for the struggle for democracy, justice and freedoms in Rwanda. It's a turning point, a paradigm shift in the recent history of Rwanda. A day we will all remember.

Rwanda's President Paul Kagame.
Photo by Jennifer Fierberg, Salem-News.com

The Rwandan government is still under strong criticism from its allies and foes following a damning report by the UN Security Council's Group of Experts accusing it of arming and providing personnel to M23 terrorist warlords in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Rwandan political leadership should be in the dock and not Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza who is calling for peaceful democratic change and genuine reconciliation underpinned by the rule of law and fair justice.

At this particular mark of our history, FDU-Inkingi is calling upon all Rwandans, party members and friends to stay calm and to watch the horizon for the wind of change.

All of us in this generation will remember and bear witness of this political kangaroo process. Those who remember will not repeat history.

The international community's voice has not being strong enough to save an innocent mother from the teeth of a politicised judicial ghost. You can still make a difference and make your voice heard and respected.

We are urging people who are concerned about these political proceedings to remain on our side, as we are going to bring about genuine change in this country. Madame Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza is our living hero, we are proud of her courage, determination and extraordinary leadership.

FDU-Inkingi
Interim Vice President
Boniface Twagirimana.

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Jennifer Fierberg is a social worker in the US working on peace and justice issues in Africa with an emphasis on the crisis in Rwanda and throughout the central region of Africa. Her articles have been published on many humanitarian sites that are also focused on changing the world through social, political and personal action.

Jennifer has extensive background working with victims of trauma and domestic violence, justice matters as well as individual and family therapy. Passionate and focused on bringing the many humanitarian issues that plague the African Continent to the awareness of the developed world in order to incite change. She is a correspondent, Assistant Editor, and Volunteer Coordinator for NGO News Africa through the volunteer project of the UN. Jennifer is also the media co-coordinator and senior funding executive for The Africa Global Village (www.africaglobalvillage.com) Jennifer comes to www.Salem-News.com with a great deal of experience and passion for working to stop human right violation in Africa.

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Chuck Culpepper October 31, 2012 10:19 am (Pacific time)

Eight years for exposing the lies, eight years for telling the truth – is there a newer less severe form of “justice” evolving in Rwanda? Ever since the RPF came to power thousands have either “disappeared” or been killed for daring to challenge President Kagame’s blatantly false propaganda regarding his real intentions before, during and since the 1994 Rwandan genocide. What’s been the true cost of Rwanda’s and Uganda’s subsequent and ongoing control of the very substantial mineral and other resources in neighboring DR Congo? I pray that Ms. Ingabire’s courage will inspire others in Rwanda and around the world to stand up and challenge those who rule by fear and intimidation. Only when the liars are driven from power and Ms. Ingabire and other jailed opposition leaders trade places with those promoting the “false justice” demonstrated today will any “true justice” be accomplished. Those of us who refuse to be intimidated shall eventually prevail.

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