Victoire Ingabire, leader of FDU-Inkingi, and one among thousands of Rwandan political prisoners languishing in the country’s penitentiary system. She was imprisoned on October 14th, 2010 and then condemned to 15 years of imprisonment.
It has been nearly 23 years since July 4th, 1994 after RPF of president Kagame took power in Rwanda. A lot of water has passed under the bridge. Political leadership he put in place has disappointed in many regards. After an almost 4 years of civil war which culminated with a genocide, Rwandans hoped to see peace and reconciliation in their homes and hearts. They experienced mayhem and despair instead. Continue reading
Dr Joseph Nkusi, Rwandan blogger who was unlawfully deported to Rwanda from Norway.
In an interview I had with Press TV back in 2013 as member of a panel including Esther Stanford Xosei, I explained how AID was a continuation of western imperialism. In many places, despite several decades after the official end of colonialism in the 60s, – this occurred with declarations of independence in many African countries -, there hasn’t been much change in standards of living of the majority of indigenous people.
During the interview I even suggested to leave Africa alone so the continent could find its own solutions to its problems. My conviction is that when confronted with adversity, human beings are strongly resourceful. Throughout history, there are numerous examples where nations have proven their ingenuity in the face of difficult situations. And the claim of AID of contributing to anybody’s development is simply flawed, because none of those today’s characterised as developed used it to get where they are. Continue reading
Benedicte Kumbi Ndjoko, one of four laureates of Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza Prize, 2017 edition.
Victoire Ingabire, imprisoned Rwandan woman political leader sentenced in October 2010 to 15 years of jail for having challenged president Paul Kagame as a candidate to the elections of that year.
“Victoire is Lumumba in his indefectible courage up to death, Victoire is Sankara in the love of his people, Victoire is Nkrumah in his demand of unity…” Benedicte Kumbi Ndjoko.
History today, the one which is not written, would like us to endorse, or acclaim injustices and lies incarnated in people like Paul Kagame, Yoweri Museveni or Joseph Kabila, and their Western masters Bill Clinton before yesterday, and Barack Obama yesterday. That history would want us to leave our heroes buried in hidden corners of memories and replaced only by terror, the one which makes men submissive, sometimes cowards when it does not engender executioners. Thus, what is cynically proposed to us is the darkness, the banality of triumphant evil. Yet, there are stars which, through their shimmering, timid glitter, allow us to perceive through chiaroscuro, a world of possibilities. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza is one of those such stars. Continue reading