By Jane Nishimwe
Joyeuse Musabimana is a 19-year-old Rwandan who is competing for the title of Miss East Africa in The Netherlands. Her goal is to challenge the common narrative of Rwanda and shed light on women’s rights. In this interview, Jambonews talks to Musabimana about her views.
Jambonews: Why are you participating in the competition for Miss East Africa The Netherlands?
Joyeuse Musabimana: I received a message from someone who thought I would be a suitable candidate. I did some research on the competition first, because I am not a big fan of pageants. Often, participants are being portrayed as beautiful and dumb and I do not like that. But then I also saw that they want to help women in Africa and that spoke to me. So I joined because I wanted to highlight the issues that are going on inside Rwanda. Continue reading
Victoire Ingabire, Rwandan woman politician most talked about nationally and internationally. She has been sentenced to 15 years of imprisonment by president Paul Kagame for presenting her candidacy to become leader of her country. She is in prison since October 14th, 2010.
From her prison’s notes, I recall this story of the blackout that herself and her 3 years old inmate Cynthia experienced when the electricity went off – (only 18% of the Rwandan population have access to it, according to the World Bank), while they were both in her cell. For those who don’t know, her cell does not filter any light from outside. Its windows have been completely painted black for that unfortunate purpose. And since her cell’s door is locked from outside and guarded 24/7, being inside is dictated by her prison guards. Imagine yourself in that constantly dark place.
As I write these lines, when I look out of my window, I have a fantastic view of outside, with cars on the motorway, buildings sheltering a variety of activities, cranes with red lights on building sites pointing in the skies, people going about their daily business, all somehow inspiring sights that Victoire Ingabire can only dream about. I suppose her mind can rarely be free from the injustices that the Rwandan regime of president Kagame has inflicted on her.
She is imprisoned for a greater good for her Rwandan compatriots. I read recently her message at the occasion of the new year. She is not begging president Kagame to release her from prison, because she does not deserve to be there in the first place. Like Mandela in his time, she refuses to bend on the demands of Kagame’s dictatorial regime: to overlook and deny the misery and oppression that millions of Rwandans are experiencing on a daily basis. Continue reading
By Emmanuel Neretse
Presidents Joweri Museveni and Pierre Nkurunziza
The author of the following article makes an accurate analysis of the issue at hand, but fails to suggest solutions to the described situation. He proceeds like a specialist doctor who would undertake a profound diagnosis of an unhealthy body, correctly identifying the symptoms of the illness, but would stop there. Without enabling to prescribe the right medicine to stop the body from being completely destroyed, the diagnosis is only a half measure. The sick body could be thankful that it knows at least what it is suffering from. However, to recover from its illness and become healthy again, there are further steps that need being taken. Continue reading
On October 24th, 2015 in Brussels, when supporters of the Rwandan prisoner of conscience Victoire Ingabire gathered to remember her five years of imprisonment, some couldn’t find seats in the hall of the event. They were hundreds and hundreds of them.
They came from different parts of the world, all having been touched and inspired by the life so far of this exceptional and courageous woman. Some have been calling her the African Aung San Suu Kyi, and others the female Mandela. Continue reading