Sunday, May 23, 2010

Election violence in Rwanda and Burundi, refugees in Uganda

Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, presidential candidate of the FDU-Inkingi Party, spoke out regarding Rwandan refugees in Uganda, as she prepared to go on trial this week in Kigali.

On Saturday, 05.22.2010, I published this brief news report on election violence in Rwanda and Burundi and Rwandan President Paul Kagame's attempt to force repatriate 1 million Rwandan refugees from Uganda:   Election violence in Rwanda and Burundi, refugees in Uganda.   I then used most of it in a KPFA Radio News report which I later hot linked into the Digital Journal report at the end.  

The radio report includes a brief interview with Rwandan presidential candidate Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, of the FDU-Inkingi Party, whose trial for "associating with terrorists" and "genocide ideology" will begin this week in Kigali, Rwanda.  

While speaking to Mrs. Ingabire yesterday, I immediately noticed that her fluency in English has greatly increased in just the past few months, since I've been calling her for KPFA, such that she is now quite readily understood by an American audience.   I have, during that time, come to realize that Mrs. Ingabire also speaks not only Kinyarwanda and French but also Dutch.  

I'm sure that she has worked on her English, despite everything else she has been going through, including arrest, so as to speak to the people of the US and UK, who have so much power in her country and in the surrounding Great Lakes region of Africa.   I hope they'll listen, because the stakes in Rwanda's 2010 presidential election, not only for Rwanda, but also for the entire region, are enormously high.  

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