Saturday, October 23, 2010

Rwanda: A Coward General Is Desperately Fighting Against Unarmed Woman

By Oscar Nkurunziza
Democracy Human Rights
October 22, 2010

Today, it is the 8th day since Paul Kagame launched the offensive against Ms. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, 42, a mother of 3 children. Ms. Ingabire’s unique crime is to have decided to return to her homeland after 16 years in exile to begin a nonviolent struggle against impunity and for democracy in Rwanda.

Before the arrest of Ms. Ingabire, General Kagame ordered his troops to surround her house for several days. She only was in possession of a cell phone and a laptop as her only weapons. During that time, Kagame’s secret services were finalizing the preparation of Major Vital Uwumuremyi, the former rebel who must accuse Ms. Ingabire of forming a terrorist organization.

Reliable sources from Kigali tell us that in order to trap Ms Ingabire, Kagame’s secret services had put the infamous former rebel on multiple identities allegedly on Ingabire’s services. The same sources indicate that these secret services have already set up secret weapon hideouts in several locations throughout Rwanda and have already provided the names of such locations to Major Vital Uwumuremyi.

Now that this so-called "key witness" has confessed and apologized, the next step will be to reveal the infamous weapon hideouts but also the plans to attack Rwanda. These plans have been carefully prepared by Kagame’s secret services but will be attributed to Ms. Ingabire in court. These are the so-called “irrefutable evidences” that may send Ms. Ingabire straight to prison for life (possibly 7 years maximum, Kagame’s second term!).

One may wonder why Paul Kagame is so afraid of Ms. Victoire Ingabire. It is indeed shameful and ridiculous for a General who leads an army of more than 200,000 soldiers, an army that is believed to be the best equipped in Africa, to resort to such an arsenal deployment against a woman who just relies on a cell phone and a laptop as her only weapons. Paul Kagame knows very well that the charges against Ms. Ingabire have been fabricated by his own secret services. He also knows that such a crusade against Ms. Ingabire is pure comedy. Frankly, does this General really have advisers? Did he seek advice from Tony Blair, Louis Michel or Bernard Kouchner before embarking on such a ridiculous war against Ms. Ingabire?

In Diaspora, Rwandan women (and some men!) are upset; they hardly manage to sleep. We see them in front of several Rwandan embassies, in front of some international institutions, on the streets, etc. They demand the immediate and unconditional release of Ms. Victoire Ingabire who embodies their struggle as mothers who are deeply concerned about the future of their children.

To sum up, Paul Kagame has truly become a coward General who is fighting against an unarmed woman and his acts may curse him! This is indeed his very last war which he is surely prone to lose.

He who has ears ought to listen!

This article has been translated from its original French version by Mamadou Kouyate. Only the French version shall prevail.

Related Materials:

Rwandan Secret Services’ Plan to Eliminate Victoire Ingabire

Ingabire: "Kagame should assume his responsibility"

In Memory of Melchior Ndadaye


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