Thursday 28th, 2010, at 2.00 pm (Rwanda time), police forces enter FDU-Inkingi office and party officials’ houses in Kigali. They searched them thoroughly, apparently looking for additional clues to fabricate evidences against Victoire Ingabire, who is already in prison since October 14th. In some cases, this was the second time the police had searched officials’ residences.
Without any warrant to search the properties, policemen took computers, documents, and everything they found hopefully to make their case against FDU-Inkingi leaders. FDU leaders in Kigali are trying to find alternative means to be able to communicate and operate within a very hostile environment created and led by Paul Kagame government and institutions.
The Socialist Party Imberakuri had experienced similar acts of illegal intrusion into private property in July 2010, when the police vandalized the party’s office in Nyamirambo. Surprisingly, even this added to persistent interference of Kagame’s institutions in trying to run the party by breaking it up into two factions, its Chairman Me Bernard Ntaganda now nearly made temporally disable and lying in King Faycal Hospital after intensive torture by the regime, has refused to become a Kagame’s stooge.
Apparently the objective of Kagame’s regime is to break up everything which could help support the idea of democracy in Rwanda. In that line, the prosecutor Martin Ngoga has renewed his attacks against Paul Rusesabagina accusing him of being a terrorist. Accusing anyone of terrorism lands in listening ears in the West, but not when you are yourself a genocidaire. The prosecutor forgets that the UN report on crimes committed in the Democratic Republic of Congo is crystal clear on the role of his master Paul Kagame in documented acts of genocide against Hutus refugees and Hutu Congolese populations.
Fooling the world about offence of terrorism to get political opponents tortured and imprisoned won’t stand long since Paul Kagame is himself accused of similar if not worst crimes. He can pretend or be in denial, but it won’t take long for him to be caught with truth. Barack Obama may be currently preoccupied by his mid term US elections. But on his inauguration on January 20th, 2009, he said,’ ‘To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills to the West – know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extent a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.’
Rwandans have suffered enough in the hands of Paul Kagame. We know he is clinging on power only because it is there he can legally avoid facing his crimes. But even Omar al-Bashir, though still President of Sudan, has been officially accused and summoned by a warrant by an International Criminal Court. Consequently, we should watch what is coming in the case of Rwanda and his president. There is in Rwanda paramount need for unity as a nation, real reconciliation, and equity in accessing opportunities, transparency and accountability before the population and good governance. And this is not about Victoire Ingabire, Deo Mushayidi, Me Bernard Ntaganda, Frank Habineza, and many others, or Hutus, Tutsis or Twas. Rwandans are hungry of democratic aspirations Paul Kagame cannot provide. The like of Victoire Ingabire leaders have started a revolution that Kagame’s mighty will not be able to stop.