Thursday, October 15, 2009

Rwandan Democratic Greens still struggling

The state run Rwanda News Agency website still isn't letting outsiders in without a subscription, or sending e-mail verification for registering, or sending out requested subscription forms---or at least not to me. But, interim Rwandan Democratic Green Party President Frank Habineza e-mailed this news brief, which appeared in some form or other, at least to him, on the Rwandan News Agency website:

Nine hundred Rwandan Democratic Green Party delegates attempted to convene in Kigali, Rwanda, on October 2nd, only to be shut down, for the third time, by the Rwandan Government, but they now have official permission to meet, in Kigali, on October 30th. No one should need all this military bureaucratic permission just to hold a meeting, but at least they have it, for now. Hold on, Frank et. al, for all of us.

From Rwanda News Agency:

Green Party allowed to hold delegates conference
By RNA Reporter
Thursday, 15 October 2009

Kigali: The Nyarugenge district has granted permission to newly founded Democratic Green Party of Rwanda to hold the delegates conference which was at the center of an unexpected controversy on October 02, district officials confirmed to RNA.

“Referring to your letter issued on the 6th October, 2009”, writes Nyarugenge mayor Origène Rutayisire to the Green Party, “I would like to inform you that your request has been considered and your founding congress of the Democratic Green Party is allowed to take place on 30th October, 2009…”

The conference which has been canceled four times, most recently abruptly halted when it was in session – will take place in at St. Paul hall here in Kigali.

However, it is not clear if the party has secured the notaire who is supposed to verify the signatures of the delegates who nominated the party. It is these verified signatures which will be submitted to the Ministry of Local Government. The party needs at least 600 signatures from nominations spread across the country.
(If anyone has more luck with that Rwanda News Agency link than I did, please let me know.)

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