“Pour un Etat de Droit, la Democratie et l’Egalité de chances” ; "For the rule of law, democracy and equal opportunity"
12th March 2010
POLITICAL IMPASSE: KAGAME ADMINISTRATION DERAILS OPPOSITION CONSTITUTIONAL CONGRESS
FOR THE SECOND TIME.
We are sorry to inform Rwandans and friends of Rwanda that our Constitutional Congress scheduled
in Kigali on 12 March 2010 is for the second time torpedoed by President Kagame administration. We
express our deepest apologies to hundreds of delegates who travelled from all over the country for
all the inconvenience and the humiliations endured.
This is an unacceptable political impasse imposed by the regime to the Rwandan population. On top
of other documented threats and political harassments, the regime is confirming its resolve to seal
off the political space. Under visible pressure the municipal administration failed to allow the
congress that was supposed to convene on 26th February 2010.
In violation of article 5 of the Organic law n° 19/2007 of 04/05/2007 modifying and complementing
organic law n° 16/2003 of 27/06/2003 governing political organizations and politicians the Mayor of
Nyarugenge (Kigali) ordered, in a letter dated 05th March 2010 that the meeting will be authorized
only if the National police confirm that it will carry out its duty to ensure security of the meeting. In a
chicken or the egg dilemma, the police informed us officially in a letter dated 10th March that it’s not
their business to authorise political meetings and therefore can’t discuss security details as long as
there is no licence to convene issued by relevant administration. The municipal administration
pretends to be under confusing instructions from the Ministry of Local Government, referring to a
non existing law transferring the licensing of political meetings to the national police or other
security services. Stated thus, the problem seems trivial.
The government should understand that peaceful political activities and opposition parties are not a
threat to national security. There is no state of emergency backing plans to put political and civil
rights under the police or security apparatus diktat. Obviously the regime is buying time to shy away
from any serious competition. All those deceiving manoeuvres endanger the credibility of the
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