Saturday, February 20, 2010

Coalition of Rwandan opposition parties condemn grenade attacks in Kigali

At 12.38 Greenwich Mean Time, on 02.20.2010, the BBC reported "Rwandan capital Kigali hit by deadly grenade attacks."  

Several hours earlier, the Permanent Consultative Council of Opposition Parties in Rwanda parties issued this statement, signed by the leaders of all three broadbased opposition parties, about the attacks:


The Permanent Consultative Council of Opposition Parties in Rwanda which brings together, the following political organisations: The United Democratic Forces–Inkingi, The Democratic Green Party of Rwanda, Le Parti SocialIMBERAKURI, has learnt with shock and horror about the Grenade blasts which occurred last night 19th Feb 2010 almost simultaneously in three different localities in Kigali
At the moment three are conflicting reports about the dead and the injured;however the main issue at hand is the lives of innocent and defenceless citizens who are at a serious risk.These cowardly and wicked acts are meant to instil fear in the population at a crucial time when we are heading for the Presidential elections in a few months to come.

We strongly condemn these barbaric acts in the strongest terms possible and call upon the Rwandan Government, as we have done in recent past to:

1. Investigate and bring to book the perpetrators of these acts
2. Ensure a fair hearing of the suspects once they are apprehended
3. Guarantee security of persons and their property

Issued at Kigali, 20th February 2010

Mrs. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza
Chairperson, United Democratic Forces

Mr. Frank Habineza
Chairman, Democratic Green Party of Rwanda

Me. Bernard Ntaganda
Chairman, Parti Social-IMBERAKURII"

The state run Rwanda News Agency reported, also on February 20th, that Rwandan Police are holding two men they believe to be responsible and that they already know, without further investigation, who is responsible---the Hutu paramilitary force known as the "interahamwe."

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