|Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza|
KPFA Weekend News Anchor: The trial of political prisoner Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, leader of Rwanda'sFDU-Inking Coalition of Opposition Parties will begin on Monday in Kigali, Rwanda. The disputed history of the Rwanda Genocide, an African tragedy now invoked in arguments that the U.S. must intervene in Africa, is central to the case. Ingabire has stood firm behind her statements that not only Rwandan Tutsis but also Rwandan Hutus died in the political violence before, during, and after the genocide. KPFA's Ann Garrison has the story.
KPFA/Ann Garrison: Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, leader of Rwanda's FDU-Inkingi Coalition of Opposition Parties, has been in Rwanda's 1930 maximum security prison since October 2010. Her trial on charges of terrorism and genocide ideology, which means challenging the official history of the Rwanda Genocide, begins on Monday, September 5th. Ingabire returned home to Rwanda, from the Netherlands, in January, 2010, to run against incumbent President Paul Kagame, but was never allowed to register her party or enter the race. Bernard Ntaganda, another of last year's presidential contenders, has been sentenced to four years in prison, and a third, Frank Habineza, President of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda, and the African Greens Federation, took refuge in Sweden after the body of the party's vice president was found beheaded by the banks of a Rwandan river.
Here's the voice of Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza speaking to Womens' International News Gathering Service, last year:
Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza: First you have to know that my Party and I have never denied the genocide, by the UN understanding, because the Resolution 955 from UN says that in Rwanda was genocide against the Rwanda people. And that was, like you say; there was genocide against Tutsis and moderate Hutus. We don't have to forget that. Yes, there was genocide and all people involved should be brought to the court. But, before, during and after the genocide, otherRwandese people were killed. Hutus and Tutsis were killed. Is this denying genocide? I don't feel so.
KPFA: And that was political prisoner Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, whose trial begins in Kigali, on Monday, September 5th. The argument that the U.S. must intervene to stop the next Rwanda Genocide is now a centerpiece of U.S. foreign policy in Africa.
For Pacifica, KPFA and AfrobeatRadio, I'm Ann Garrison.