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Open letter to Rwanda prisons director protests intensified isolation of presidential contender Victoire Ingabire

Victoire IngabireSince Friday, July 10, 2015, the management of the central prison in Kigali has decided to severely tighten the prison regime of Madame Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, chair of FDU Inkingi, without any explanation.

Indeed, this Friday, the prison management refused her lawyer Gatera the authorization to meet her for consultation, on the grounds that he had nothing more to do at the prison since his client has already been sentenced. However, it is public knowledge that Mrs. Ingabire has lodged an appeal to the African Court on Human and Peoples Rights, which has yet to fix a hearing date. In this regard, it does not make any sense to refuse the lawyer access to his client.

The management of the prison at the same time confiscated all her books, including a book of church hymns. It must be noted that she had obtained them with the authorization of the prison management. The guards prevented Mrs. Ingabire from talking to the party members who bring her food, threatening to punish her if she did talk to them. It is quite evident that for someone already detained in solitary confinement, these measures amount to mental torture in violation of the International Convention Against Torture, to which Rwanda is a contracting party.

It is quite evident that for someone already detained in solitary confinement, these measures amount to mental torture in violation of the International Convention Against Torture, to which Rwanda is a contracting party.

Since Saturday, July 11, 2015, Mrs. Ingabire has sought an audience with the management of the prison to find out the reasons behind these draconian measures taken against her. The manager flatly refused to talk to her.

FDU Inkingi takes the opportunity to remind prison management that even prisoners are entitled to a minimum of rights. In witness whereof, FDU Inkingi calls on the prison management to lift those measures or at the very least provide an explanation for those measures.

Boniface Twagirimana is first vice president and Victoire Ingabire is the chair and presidential nominee of the Rwandan political party FDU Inkingi. FDU stands for Forces Démocratiques Unifiées, or United Democratic Forces. Contact the party at (+250) 728636000 or info@fdu-rwanda.com and learn more at http://fdu-rwanda.com andhttp://victoire-ingabire.com. Social media contacts are Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

Source: SFBV

Kagame body guard goes missing!

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There is still no information on the whereabouts of Lieutenant Joel Mutabazi, a former body guard to Rwandan President Paul Kagame, who was reportedly kidnapped in Kampala on Tuesday.

Mutabazi, who worked as Kagame’s body guard for 20 years, went missing from his United Nations High Commission of Refugees—UNHCR rented home in Kawempe, a Kampala suburb. It is alleged that the now critic of Kagame’s leadership was kidnapped from his home and whisked to an unknown location.kagame-2-edPresident Kagame: A man who is alleged to have Death Squads all over the world. 

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Police Spokeswoman Judith Nabakooba confirms that there was a kidnap complaint of a Rwandan National filed at the Kawempe police station and that investigations had commenced into the matter.

According to Inyenyeri News, an online news agency in Rwanda, the Israeli-trained Rwandan commando was allegedly kidnapped by a group of five men comprising of two Ugandan police officers and three other Rwandan security agents. Inyenyeri News says the five men stormed Mutabazi’s home at about 4pm and sprayed him with a substance that weakened him before whisking him away to an unknown location.Nabakooba

UgandaPolice spokesperson Judith Nabakooba

Police spokesperson Judith Nabakooba confirms that there was a kidnap complaint of a Rwandan National filed at the Kawempe police station and that investigations had commenced into the matter. She however declined to give details.

Rwanda’s High Commissioner to Uganda, Major General Frank Mugambage, when contacted on phone told URN that he was busy to comment on the matter. He referred our reporter to the High Commission offices to make an appointment to meet him. At the High Commission the URN reporter was told to go there on Monday next week.

Mutabazi had earlier last year survived an attack at his former home in Kasangati after unknown assailants attacked his house and shot bullets that missed him and his family. He was then placed under police protection until the UNHCR got him a new home that he was staying in till yesterday’s attack.

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The news agency in their article claimed that a witness to the kidnap managed to identify one man among the attackers as Rene Rutagungira. Documents from the Rwanda National Human Rights Commission identify Rene Rutagungira as a retired army Sergeant, who was prosecuted in 2000 in connection with the mysterious death of a Rwandan Businessman identified as Victor Bayingana. He was however acquitted of the charge.

The disappearance of Mutabazi comes at a time when Rwandan asylum seekers in Uganda are increasingly lodging complaints of being haunted by suspected hit-squads.

In June this year, some 16 students from Rwanda escaped to Uganda and asked for asylum alleging harassment by their home government.  They also claimed that they were being conscripted into the ranks of the M23 rebel group in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a claim dismissed by Ambassador Mugambage, who said the students were misled into committing crimes back home.

Mugambage also dismissed allegations that the Kigali government was operating a hit-squad in Kampala targeting critics of President Kagame’s leadership. The students have since been taken and temporarily resettled in Arua.

On December 2, 2011, Charles Ingabire, a journalist who was living in Uganda as a political refugee, was gunned down while hanging out at a bar in Kampala. He was editor of Inyenyeri News, an online publication critical President Paul Kagame’s government. Ambassador Mugambage later described the slain editor as someone who fled from justice in his home country into Uganda.

Though Mugambage regretted Ingabire’s death, he was quick to dismiss him as someone not worth the kind of media attention and titles that did not suit his background.

A few months after Ingabire’s death, another Rwandan asylum seeker, Sergeant Dominic Sabagasani was also gunned down in Kampala. The murders remain unresolved to date.

Source:http://www.redpepper.co.ug/former-kagame-bodyguard-goes-missing-in-kampala/