tekst voorzitter vrienden van Victoire, 16 jan 2011


Forces Démocratiques Unifiées

United Democratic Forces



Message from the Support Committee for FDU-INKINGI

Ms. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza in Rwanda: the year One of the struggle for

democracy and dignity.

Dear compatriots,

Dear friends of Rwanda,

January 16, 2010, it's already a year ago, when Ms. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, Chairperson of the

United Democratic Forces, FDU-INKINGI knelt down for the first time and kissed her homeland that

she left 16 years before.

A year of achievements, dedication and courage. A real struggle for democracy, for freedom, for the

right to life and personal security, the right of association, freedom of expression, for political rights.

A thrash against the iron fist of the dictatorship.

A year of solidarity with Rwandans in the country for the right of remembrance for all victims of the

Rwandan genocide and other crimes against humanity; for all victims' rights; for all the voiceless; for

the rehabilitation of second class citizens. A real struggle for equal access, equal opportunities for all

the children of our homeland.

A wrestling against an unfair justice that has deprived Rwandans of the right to a defense of one's

choice and the right to a due process. The controversial “Gacaca” justice parody has thrown

hundreds of thousands of litigants to humiliating community services with no hope of return.

A year of solidarity with the population of Congo (DRC) facing the consequences of military invasions

responsible of over 5 millions of victims, and the plundering of the country's natural resources. Since

1990, the whole region is engulfed in an endless turmoil.

The Rwandan President, praised by some people and some partisan media to be an all fields miracle

champion, a super star, a country's development success story, believed himself in his political


By her presence in Rwanda, Ms. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, has brought to light the true dimension

of the dictatorship: a totalitarian regime monopolized by a handful of military and ethnocentric

militants who, by the means of a political police and a sprawling network of secret services, has an

upper hand over all public institutions, the judicial and the civil society.

In just one year, the regime has accumulated political errors and serious violations of human rights:

- Assassination of late André Kagwa Rwisereka, Deputy-Chair of the Democratic Green Party of

Rwandan, on July 13, 2010,

- Assassination of the Journalist Jean-Léonard Rugambage, Editor of Umuvugizi newspaper, on June

24, 2010,

- Life attempt against General Kayumba Nyamwasa on June 19, 2010,

-Kidnapping followed by the arrest of Mr. Deogratias Mushayidi, Chair of PDP-IMANZI on March 3,


- Arrest of Ms. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, Chair of FDU- INKINGI on April 21, 2010, bailed out, under

house arrest the next day and rearrested on October 14, 2010,

- Arrest of Professor Peter Erlinder, US attorney, defense lawyer for Ms. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza

on June 17, then bailed out after weeks,

- Arrest of Mr. Bernard Ntaganda, Chair of PS-IMBERAKURI on June 24, 2010

- Arrest and detention of Journalists Ms. Agnes Uwimana Nkusi and Saidati Mukakibibi, (Umurabyo

newspaper) on July 8-10, 2010,

- Arrest of a dozen of party leaders of FDU-INKINGI and PS-IMBERAKURI on June 24, 2010 then

released on bail,

- Arrest of Mr. Theogene Muhayeyezu, Rwandan lawyer for FDU-INKINGI on June 24, 2010 then

released 15 days later,

- Rigged Presidential elections on August 9, 2010 with total exclusion of the opposition,

- Arrest of several high-ranking officers in the Rwandan Army: General Charles Muhire, Major

General Karenzi Karake, Colonel Rugigana Ngabo, etc.

- Publication on October 1, 2010 of the UN Mapping Report on war crimes, crimes against humanity

and a possible genocide committed in Congo mainly by the Rwandan army.

Yes, in less than a year, the superstar Paul Kagame has faded from the limelight! The touted and self

portrayed “African new generation leader” is just real, a tyrant to avoid.

His apologists are just confused and on the brink of loss of credibility. How do they justify the total

seal off the political space; assassinations; arbitrary arrests and detentions of democracy leaders?

How do they explain the repeated landslide Stalinist election score of 93%?

And gradually, the economic miracle of sustained growth appears to be the result of an unfortunate

combination of a criminal economy, unbalanced, uneven and sorry. The Congolese blood minerals

and other natural resources have a share in the miracle. There is a puncture of rural savings of 90% of

the population in favor of an urban economy represented by 10% of the Rwandan population as well.

The gap caused by uneven national income distribution is very deep. According to the UNDP reports,

10% of the richest population owns over 50% of the national wealth while 50% of the poorest

population owns less than 10% of the national wealth.

That is the record of a year of achievements of our Chairperson, a record of FDU-INKINGI. Together

with all our supporters, we are proud.

Our leader is in maximum prison since October 14, 2010. We all keep in our minds her words, just a

few days back to the homeland:

“I believe in the political project that I share with my colleagues in this struggle, I love my country and

all its inhabitants and I know I am not alone in this and Rwandans from all social classes, ethnic

backgrounds and generations are with us. It is my source of strength and an oath that I would never

betray. I will not waver in my dedication as I promised my colleagues and friends. I know and I have

thoroughly thought about it, the regime may persecute me, imprison me. Let me say in conclusion

that I am ready to face and endure all the difficulties and obstacles on my way until the final victory.

And in case the regime attempts on my life, I trust you shall continue from where I will fall.”

In prison, where she is incarcerated, the morale of our Chairperson Ms. Victoire Ingabire is high. She

is free in her mind and soul. Not because of her innocence and belief that the justice system will set

her free. No, she does not believe at all in the dictator's justice. She saw how his judicial works:

trumped up accusations; fake witnesses; witness preparation and rehearsals; lack of independence;

interferences and orders taken from the State House.

No, she is simply strong because she is courageous and trust that we shall empower the momentum

of the wind of freedom and the seeds of democracy she already sowed.

It is the correctness of her political struggle that will set her free. It is the faith in our political project,

it is our ability to organize, it is the strength and impact of our current and future political rationale

and alliances that will set her free.

Thus, our determination, our consistency in the political struggle shall overcome the dictatorship and

its international backers or lobbying organizations.

Together, we will set free the Chairperson of FDU-INKINGI and beyond, we set free our people.

Done in Brussels, on January 16, 2011

Chair of the Support Committee for FDU-INKINGI

Eugene Ndahayo.

Tel : (+250) 078583600 Fdu.inkingi.rwa@gmail.com

http://www.fdu-rwanda.org – http://www.victoire2010.com

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Anneke Verbraeken is in Den Haag. Contact: andrajour@yahoo.fr