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.
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.
Interim Vice President