The New Times another Kangura in Rwanda with its A nasty character assassination ploy against Ms. Ingabire Umuhoza:

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The New Times and Mrs. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza: A nasty character assassination ploy

By Chris Nzabandora
Kigali, January 29, 2010

Ever since Mrs. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza set foots in Rwanda on January 16th, 2010, the Rwandan daily newspaper, the New Times, spared no efforts in tarnishing her image.

Indeed, after a crude distortion of her statement at the Gisozi Genocide Memorial, and calls for her arrests and subsequent hate editorials, the newspaper has come out without a new charge of family criminal records, in its issue of January 28th, 2010.

The content of this article betrays the true agenda of the paper and denotes a total disregard of the respect of individual privacy.

The loose narration of the so-called Gacaca trial of Mrs. Ingabire's mother in Butamwa is an eye opener on the professional standard of to paper. For the sake of the truth, to the best of my knowledge, Mrs. Ingabire's mother is not a fugitive and has nothing to do with the wild allegations levelled against her by the paper. Mrs. Ingabire's mother has never been summoned to any hearing of the Gacaca courts and is ready to clean her name.

The newspaper tries, out of cheap propaganda, to imply that genocide ideology is a family rooted crime to which every member has to answer. In a nutshell, the newspaper tries to bring the people into believing that Mrs. Ingabire is guilty, because her mother was tried and sentenced by a Gacaca court. By extension, Mrs. Ingabire would not be clean of any wrong doing in the genocide and is thereby not fit for presidential race. This is the sinister agenda of the paper, for a newspaper whose stated mission is "becoming an exemplary and constructive media house".

The statement of Mrs. Ingabire on Gacaca courts reflects UDF-Inkingi party's position, not her own feelings. As for the so-called "clean bill of health given to the Gacaca by renown scholars", I refer to the latest United Nations Human Rights commission, Human Rights Watch, Lawyrers Without Borders and even the Commonwealth Human Rights Committee's statements, but to mention a few.

In a healthy democracy, discussion should be focussed on issues, not individuals. Mrs. Ingabire is in Rwanda to defend a program, not to promote her own interests. But once for all, let's address the recurrent issues that the paper surfs on.

The so-called substantial evidence gathered by the United Nations Group of Experts about the collaboration between FDLR and Mrs. Ingabire is nothing but hearsays. Even neighbouring Tanzania and Burundi government issued strong worded statements describing that report as lacking in many areas. The party extensively dwelt with that report in a press release. The "experts" based their allegations on a meeting that took place in Barcelona and to which FDLR was invited. The meeting indeed took place. It was organised in the framework of Inter-Rwandan dialogue which brings together Rwandans of different shades and ethnic groups for that matter. The paper omits deliberately to mention that the meeting was attended also by a delegation from Rwanda , including well known ruling party RPF' members whose names can be availed if necessary. Is that the "substantial evidence" that the paper holds?

The report states that Mrs. Ingabire is a sister to the military leader of FDLR . This is absolutely rubbish. Mrs. Ingabire has no family relationship at all with him.

The paper also talks about RDR roots of Mrs. Ingabire. Mrs. Ingabire is the president of UDF/FDU-Inkingi, to which RDR is a party. RDR is not a criminal organisation as insinuated by the paper. RDR is an opposition party. Holding divergent opinions in a democratic society is not criminal. RDR has its own leadership. Should the paper have a case with the RDR, it should address itself to its leadership, not to Mrs. Ingabire as a person, as she is in Rwanda in her capacity as Chairperson of UDF-Inkingi, not RDR.

Last but not least, the paper may not agree with Mrs. Ingabire on different issues. But Mrs. Ingabire is far from being "controversial" . She is a flag bearer of a party's program which may hurt newspapers bent on courting the establishment.

The New times newspaper is doing a disservice to democracy and reconciliation, by attempting to silence a dissenting at a very time when the country wants to show to the world in general, and the Commonwealth and East Africa in particular, that it is fit to be a full member of these honourable bodies and their cherished values. 


NB: We want all Rwandans to understand the motive behind NEW TIMES propaganda and its hate message tailored to resist peaceful change.The world should remember what they did to Kangura's Editor and do the same to NEW TIMES editors with its hate agenda.

Chris Nzabandora is UDF-Inkingi party member.

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Maniraguha Theophile 12/03/2010 10:39

Muraho mwese!

Ngirango ubuhutu n'umuvumo. Ngaho se aho byahereye abayobozi bacu batubeshya ngo niturimbure inyenzi birangire, bati mugane Zaire tuzabacura, bati mugane Tingi Tingi tuzabarinda, ni mwihangane mu
mashyamba ya Congo turi kumwe! Ngaho Kanziga asaziye mu Bufaransa, abayobozi baguye mu buroko abandi baheze mu mazu bihishe; Ibi nibiki?

Ndabona twatuza tugategekwa kuko nibyo twaremewe, dore imbwa ibyo guseka sibyayo.

KANYARWANDA 06/20/2011 16:15

abahutu ntakibazo bafite urabona ko ninyenzi ubu byazinaniwye zasubiranyemo byakomeye ubuzirirwa zishyonza ibimwira hanyuma se kuki abahutu batahagurukira icarimwe nkuko abanyapalestina babikora
hanyuma bakarwanya inyenzi zizcamo benshi  ariko abazasigara bazibohoza

John Mugabo 06/08/2010 14:06

Coexist....?i wonder wether you understand the right definition of coexistance,or maybe you have your own definition of the term,but you and the likes should get tired of trying to invent your
own definitions and play with them on poor citizens fate.

KANYARWANDA 06/14/2010 20:17

I think I am qualified to explain the term I have used I dont think my sdudies in Intl journalism, International relations,diplomacy, and Conflict management are not enough to appropraitely use
the term and stand up and define if in any case challenged.thank you for your contribution

gigi 06/08/2010 13:44

Kanyarwa, its true that things change, and things have been changing for the last 16 years. The only change that we will not allow is a negative change. The leaders of today cannot be incited
into killing by the new times, they are true leaders who are interested in nation building. Those night time killings are a mere fabrication by you because they never happen. Repent? uzi ko
musetsa! between RPF and the former regime, who should repent? the one who killed a million people or the one who killeed the killer while trying to stop them from furher killings? There is no
way the saint will be turned into the sinner - the truth goes through fire and never gets burnt

KANYARWANDA 06/14/2010 20:20

I thank you for your contribution but to be honest if you guys didnt attack and come killing innocent people in mukarange kiyombe butaro and all over the country then you exported it in DRC
nothing could havehappened actually when the time comes for Kagame to face the justice, this I mean the time US leadership will change and give up on Kagame. then you will evantually find that it
is Kagame who killed Tutsis. that is the really truth we want to talk about not mere bogus analysis from Rwanda and its cronies

John Mugabo 06/08/2010 11:45

You are just in short a bloody Genocide activist,it should beat your own moral concience if you have got one, that these freedom of speech,expresion activist you call yourself
are known to people who you expect to fall victim of your devisive politics that were defeated when you were 14 of get informed and inform your self young man.Rwanda of today is awake in
unity and action against casts like you who i even think God can wrestle to get you on bord about the common good.

KANYARWANDA 06/14/2010 20:25

Hahahhaha thank you for reading and sending your comments we always enjoy reading you. I am sure the battle we have begun will never stop until all Rwandans have equal rights in Rwanda. First now
majority of educated Rwandans dont want to live in Rwanda what we just want is to free the common man who is suffering from the feudal leadership of enslavement imposed by USA on inncent Rwandans
but we still believe that now with our constant effort to tell the truth the world and some Ttusis have started seeing the light in the right direction. we are here to stay. at age 14 you thought
you d kill us all but one survived to tell the truth,now multiplying if you kill me today I have made 7 more to tell the truth on my half when I am gone

gigi 02/15/2010 17:17

At least the new times isnt calling on anyone to kill like kangura. its normal for political parties to have propaganda spins. you can use umuseso too, its a good tool for you. new times is merely
doing their job, to stop this country from a catastrophe, for thats what would befell rwanda is ingabire became president. her words at gisozi scared us all. so much for a president to replace
kagame. if he became president i would be the one to flee

KANYARWANDA 02/19/2010 15:20

actually New Times is inciting people to kill INGABIRE you know that no INGABIRE actually is giving you a chance to repent and ask for forgiveness so that we can coexist but you dont want now you
wait it might take 100 years but we must reconcile and live know RPF still kills people at night intimidating all dissidents this is not the way to go even things changed in Burundi so
it will still change in Rwanda I know maybe during my time or my children will change them