In Kigali today October 30, 2012 the Rwandan High Court sentenced to
eight years of jail Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, leader of the coalition of opposition parties FDU-Inkingi. She has been remanded in prison since October 14, 2010. She has thirty days to appeal to her sentence.
On the same day as her sentencing, Kigali hosted the Seventh edition of the African Economic Conference (AEC) with the theme of “Fostering Inclusive and Sustainable Development in Africa in an Age of Global Economic Uncertainty.”
The Rwandan president Paul Kagame attended the conference. It was surprising to listen to speakers stressing the issue of good governance, inclusiveness, and democratic and independent institutions, knowing that in the same city of Kigali, the most significant personality of the Rwandan political opposition to the regime had just been sentenced almost at the same time.
During the day, I scrolled twitter in the hours that followed and found the following comments from different people about the sentencing of Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza and some other related issues in the Rwandan capital Kigali. Continue reading
“Six millions Jews were killed by a dictator. They were innocent. The entire world went to war against him to end the genocide. More than six million Congolese people have been killed. And yet no one dares to end this genocide.” Kambale Musavuli.
My take on this is that it is only racism that can explain such attitude.
Kambale Musavuli – Spokesperson of Friends of the Congo
Newly-built African Union Conference Center in Addis Ababa – Courtesy The Guardian
And the winner is? – China.
Winner take all is the title of the book published in June 2012 by the Zambian author and economist Dambisa Moyo. She has already written two other titles which became bestsellers: Dead Aid and How the West was lost. Continue reading
Divided and occupied Mali
Posted in Africa
Tagged AU, ECOWAS, Mali, Tuareg, UN
Etienne Tshisekedi, leader of the Congolese opposition party UDPS
The declaration of Etienne Tshisekedi about M23 and Rwanda interference in DRC, at the end of his discussions with Francois Hollande on October 12, 2012, reminds of another politician, Faustin Twagiramungu, former Rwandan prime minister. In 1992, the latter announced that the problem his country had while the Rwandan Patriotic Front occupied part of his country, was not the invasion from Uganda by the rebel group, but the leadership of Juvenal Habyarimana, former president of Rwanda. This one was assassinated by Paul Kagame on April 6th, 1994 by ordering the shooting down of his aeroplane. The rest that followed is history. Continue reading