It has now become a tradition for the ruling party RPF to get government critics arrested and detained arbitrarily and then paraded before the Rwandan courts, which are completely subservient to the RPF dictatorship, to be accused of forming armed groups to overthrow its dictatorship.
On 17/10/2017, the leaders of the FDU-Inkingi arrested on the 6th September 2017, and whose case is still in progress, have not escaped this rule. Stratagem is exactly the same; as was for the case with Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, President of the FDU-Inkingi, the RPF finds informers who are arrested at the same time with the suspects, only to be used later as prosecution witnesses. The one who excels in playing his/her part in the police drama is well rewarded. Before it was the “Major” Vital Uwumuremyi alias Kalimba Gaspard , currently it is Janvier Twagirayezu who was quickly released after giving evidence against the accused. Papias Ndayishimye, who acted as “Colonel” Tharcisse Nditurende in the case of Mrs Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, has just confessed that the police extracted confession to him under torture.
“Put your sword back in its place, Jesus said to him. “For all who draw the sword will die by the sword” Matthew 26:52. The overthrow of the RPF dictatorship by force has become a phobia for General Paul Kagame who, conscious of what he has done, thinks that all those who want democratic change in Rwanda would have a hidden agenda of doing like him and go through the armed struggle. Although Mrs. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza declared that she did not need an army to bring about democratic change, she was accused of what has become a mortal sin committed by all government opposition i.e. forming an armed group to overthrow the government.
FDU-Inkingi is calling on the international community, particularly the European Union, the USA, Great Britain, the Netherlands and Belgium, to put pressure on General Kagame to stop persecuting the democratic opposition. Openness of the political space and genuine democracy are prerequisites sine qua none for security and sustainable peace in Rwanda and the Great Lakes Region.
Done in London October 18, 2017
Commissioner for external relations and spokesperson
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