Violence, repression, and human rights abuse continues to increase as 2010 elections approach in the East African neighbor nations of Rwanda and Burundi, whose ethnicity, politics, and conflicts are closely intertwined.
Didas Gasana, Editor of Umuseso, Kinyarwanda language newspaper banned by Rwandan President Paul Kagame.
Didas Gasana, Editor of Rwanda's banned African language newspaper Umuseso says that Rwandan President Paul Kagame is demanding that Rwandan political refugees be forcibly repatriated from Uganda so as to prevent them from joining militias to invade Rwanda as he himself and his militia did from 1990 until they seized power in 1994.
Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, presidential candidate of Rwanda's FDU-Inkingi Party, whom Peter Erlnder flew to Rwanda to defend against charges he is now facing himself. She has been warned that she will be arrested again if she continues to speak to the press, and now her Rwandan lawyer, Theogene Muhayeyezu, has been arrested as well.
Rwanda presidential candidate Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza agrees and says that Kagame most likely wants to repatriate those young enough to join a rebel militia, possibly one led by General Kayumba Nyamwasa and Rwandan soldiers who followed him into exile in Uganda:
Ingabire reaffirms her conviction that there is no military solution for Rwanda, that only opening of political space to all Rwandans will bring lasting peace, even as she prepares to stand trial for crimes against the state which many say she has been charged with simply to prevent her from running against President Kagame.
For a KPFA Radio News report, including an interview with Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza about the refugee issue, click here.