Friday, April 23, 2010

No Rwandan troops in the D.R.C.? Maybe there are no U.S. troops in Iraq or Afghanistan either


Frank Habineza, Chair of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda, and President of the Executive Committee of the African Greens

Frank Habineza, leader of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda, was elected President of the African Greens' Federation's Executive Committee on Sunday, 04.18.2010, five days before three of his top party officers defected amidst the deteriorating political situation in Rwanda, including government shut down  of the African language press, and the 04.21.2010 arrest of opposition candidate Victoire Ingabiré Umuhoza.   The Rwandan government continues to prevent the Rwandan Greens from registering to contest the August 2010 presidential election. 

Three top leaders now defecting from the embattled party accuse party leader Frank Habineza of lying:  


"He also alleged that Rwanda . . . had deployed troops in the DRC, which everyone knows, is not true."     ---Rwanda's New Times:  Rwanda:  Top Green Party Officials Defect  


Rwanda New Times scribe Kennedy Ndahiro actually wrote that down, just like that.  No commentary.  


Maybe there are no U.S. troops in Iraq or Afghanistan either.  Maybe it was all a bad dream. 


Today a flurry of text messages from Rwanda reported that Human Rights Watch researcher Carina Tertsakian has been ordered to leave the country within 24 hours.  

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