On the morning of February 20th, 2010, the coalition of opposition parties condemned the previous night's deadly grenade attacks in Kigali and called them "an attempt to instill fear in the population" prior to Rwanda's August presidential election.
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:
Victoire Ingabiré Umuhoza, presidential candidate of the FDU-Inkingi Party
"CONDEMNATION OF GRENADE ATTACKS IN KIGALI
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 learned with shock and horror about the grenade blasts which occurred last night, 19th Feb 2010, almost simultaneously in three different localities in Kigali.
Frank Habineza, Interim Chair, Democratic Green Party of Rwanda
At the moment there are conflicting reports about the dead and the injured; however, the main issue at hand is the lives of innocent and defenseless citizens who are at a serious risk. These cowardly and wicked acts are meant to instill fear in the population at a crucial time when we are heading for the presidential elections in a few months, with the polls scheduled for August 9th.
Bernard Ntaganda, presidential candidate of the Rwandan Parti Social-IMBERAKURI.
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."