"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)


it's hard out here for a semi-authoritarian regime masquerading as a democracy

From Radio France International:
Rwandan opposition leader and presidential candidate Victoire Ingabire was arrested on Wednesday on charges of denying the 1994 genocide and "collaborating with a terrorist organisation", an official said.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You might appear more balanced if you pointed out that it is a UN report that finds that she has been collaborating with the FDLR, which it regards as a terrorist organisation. I hardly need spell out here the objectives of the FDLR. If collaborating with such an organisation is a criminal offence in Rwanda, as it would be in the UK and the USA for example, then she should be arrested and prosecuted. The fact that she has said that she wants to run for President does not put her above the law. At least she isn't going to Guantanamo Bay to be tried by a military court.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010 10:49:00 AM

Blogger Alex Engwete said...

I'll bet Anon-from-Oxfordshire a bottle of "Primus" beer (if the brand is still available in Rwanda) that right now conditions at Gitmo are a hundred times better than the horrendous conditions at Gikondo Prison in Kigali. People at Gitmo have access to American and international lawyers who visit them, talk to them, and petition courts on their behalf!

To turn to the subject of the post: at the return of Ingabire to Rwanda, I anticipated on my blog this outcome and advised her to take the first flight from Africa's North Korea and to move to Kinshasa if she was that desperately nostalgic about Africa...

In Kinshasa, vibrant soukous pumps joy into people's chests--despite everything!

I'm also betting the following: there would be tepid international protests over Ingabire's arrest and she'll rot in all likelihood in prison. Also forget the presumption in innocence in the kangaroo courts of Rwanda, she's already guilty as charged!

I blame Ingabire's husband for having even listened to the suicidal ambitions of the mother of his children and for letting her return to the open-air jailhouse of Rwanda!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010 12:25:00 PM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

Except that the UN report to which you refer doesn't actually say Ingabire "collaborates" or even "talks to" the FDLR. All it states is that she was in attendance at a meeting with other Rwandan opposition figures. Attendance and collaboration are not the same thing.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010 9:16:00 PM

Blogger Jason Stearns said...

I would have to agree with Texas on this - as someone who knows something about UN expert reports - all Ingabire did was attend a meeting in Spain with a bunch of other members of the Rwandan opposition in exile. That meeting included civil society members from Spain and elsewhere in Europe, as well.

So Ingabire may have committed other crimes - Prosecutor Ngoga says she fueled ethnic divisionism and denied the genocide - but I don't that the Spain meeting was collaboration with the FDLR.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010 9:21:00 PM

Blogger Nkunda said...

This is a sad day for Rwanda. A majority of us thought we would achieve through non-violence what violence never gave us--democracy. Unfortunately, we seem to be reverting back to the same old game.

I am disappointed and enraged beyond words. But, again, maybe we overestimated Kagame's liberal side--that is, if he has one.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010 11:24:00 PM


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