Victoire Umuhoza Ingabire, the president of the yet-to-be registered
| Fears arrest: Ms Ingabire |
FDU-INKINGI political party and self-styled presidential hopeful fears
the renew threats of being arrested.
In an exclusive interview with 256news.com at her residence in
Nyarutarama, a posh suburb of Kigali last evening, Ingabire revealed she has landed on plans by the Rwanda government to throw her in jail on trumped up charges.
“From well informed sources, some authorities are currently
mobilizing associations of genocide survivors, widows, and others for
demonstrations appealing to the Government to suspend our work and put
me in jail,” Ingabire disclosed.
“But they don’t have the slightest evidence of the facts,” she stated.
Ingabire whom this reporter found reading a copy of the local news
paper, Umuseso and had just come from Ugandan embassy to meet the
Ugandan Ambassador to Rwanda, did not spare any words in criticizing President Paul
“I am here to register our political party, FDU-INKINGI and participate
in the upcoming presidential elections,” she confirmed.
She revealed that despite a positive reception by the
population, there has been a rise in state sponsored hate campaign, calls to
arbitrary arrests and the muzzling of her group’s non-violent actions.
The FDU-INKINGI leader who was dressed in a maroon dress and working on a laptop said, “I call upon the Rwandan people and the international
community to witness this outrageous mendacity. Powered by non-violent
values we seized the opportunity of democratic process believing that
the higher authorities of the country, guarantor of institutions and
security were seriously ready for the multiparty system and the
opening of the political space.”
“What are they afraid of? If, indeed, the performance of the system
they are fighting for meets the aspirations of Rwandans, their
candidate will be acclaimed in the upcoming elections. On the
contrary, if they like our political program, they will vote for us.
All they need is a free, fair and transparent election,” Ingabire
She also took on the government again on issue of issuing immigration documents.
“How can one take seven months without a passport when he has applied
for it, or getting a national identity card?” Ingabire asks.
She told 256news.com that s is seeking permission to meet the Rwanda
immigration boss, Anaclet Kalibata over the issue of a group of
UDF-Inkingi officials who were denied Rwandan citizenship.
Officials in the Rwandan Embassy in Brussels have denied UDF-Inkingi’s
officials passports for over 6 months.
On 12th of June 2009, a group of UDF-Inkingi officials led by its
First Vice Chairman, Eugène Ndahayo went to Rwanda House 1, Rue Des
Fleurs in Woluwé-St-Lambert, in the Belgian capital Brussels to apply
for passports ahead of the UDF-Inkingi’s participation in the planned
“Four months ago, officers in charge of consular affairs refused to
handle application forms for UDF-Inkingi’s First VP pretending that
he might not be a Rwandan citizen, stirring anger within his
organization,” Ingabire explained
She is also facing the same ordeal as she is yet to acquire a Rwanda national
identity card which is a prerequisite for her to register her party.
She has already applied for it.
Ingabire returned two weeks ago from 16 years in exile to participate in the August this year general elections where she hopes to challenge President Kagame (pictured).
Speaking to the press shortly before heading straight to the Kigali
Genocide Memorial Site at Gisozi, Ingabire said she came back to
relieve Rwandans “from fear, poverty and inefficient Gacaca (genocide court)”.
She said “Rwandans live in fear” and that “there is need for
all Rwandans to work together in their different parties and religious
affiliations to fight the fear”.
In words that clearly suggested the “Double Genocide” theory, Ingabire
said the reconciliation road has a long way to go unless those who
killed Hutus during the Genocide are brought to book.
Her visit to the memorial site was seen by many as a mockery to those
who died in the Genocide, an observation supported by her past
utterances which reveal a deep sense of revisionism