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  • Rudasingwa was an RPF imposter, Gahima changed – Sen. Tito

    Senior Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) member, Senator Tito Rutaremara has told The Chronicles that the former Director of Cabinet in the President office, Dr. Théogene Rudasingwa,

    at one time a senior cadre now turned dissident had joined the party pretending to have given up fighting the RPF and fighting only to liberate the country but in reality he had other motives. Tito was responding to the claim made by the three RPF dissidents of Rudasingwa, Gerard Gahima and Kayumba Nyamwasa that the party has changed and turned dictatorial.

    The Senator stated: “Rudasingwa was initially not in RPF. He was in FROLINA, a party that was fighting RPF during 80s as an executive member. He later joined RPF in 1990 when we started the war” Rutaremara added, “When we were together, I thought he [Rudasingwa] had changed because before that, he was bad [mannered] creating animosity within the RPF.

    Did he change? We thought he [had] changed when he joined us but he simply did not.” With regard to Gahima and Kayumba, Tito stated, “Gahima changed but Kayumba was not [part of the original RPF founders]. Gahima I can say he changed because Kayumba came in 1990 [from Northern Uganda where he was based] but Gahima started with RPF, we started together”.

    Tito notes that “Gahima may have played a key role in the formation of the party but he seemed to have ulterior motives.” In an exclusive interview with The Chronicles, he said that RPF welcomes anyone willing to join the ruling party regardless of one’s former affiliations. Rutaremara is, however, insistent that Rudasingwa duped the party.

    Senator Tito says that the liberation struggle brought together people of varying opinions and agendas, using the analogy of separating the grain from the chuff. He says some of the RPF members lost the true sense of the liberation struggle as vanguards of the party and says this normally happens. To illustrate, he compares a revolutionary party to a bus where some of the passengers disembark while others bode.

    “It is like a bus coming from Butare for example. When it reaches Save some [passengers] get out, others try to come up to Gitarama and when they see they are no longer useful, they get out. When others arrive at Giti cy’Incyoni, they say they want to get [a] higher pay, or head a good ministry and then [when they do not get their way, they] get out,” he narrates.

    For Rutaremara, party members with great determination to liberate the country are still in the party working hard to put in place party structures and laying the foundation for an institution governed country. He, says that the problem with former party members like Rudasingwa and Gahiman is caused by a vice common in liberation movements where while many party members fight for the total liberation of the country, a few fight in order “to liberate themselves by simply getting a good job or draw a good salary”

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  • Polygamy should be legalised-says Minister Fazil

    THE MINISTER For Internal Security, who is also the President of the Idealist Democratic Party (PDI), Fazil Harerimana has said that polygamy should be legalised in Rwanda

    and that his party supports the move. This would mean amending the constitution and the law on marriage regimes to pave way for a man to legally marry more than one woman.Article 26 of the 2003 Rwandan constitution provides for one-man one-woman in marriage. It states; “Only monogamous marriages shall be recognised within the conditions and forms prescribed by law.” The above provision also cemented the law on marriage regimes of 1999 which stipulates that marriage is a union between a single man and a women with both having equal rights in marriage.

    In an exclusive interview with The Chronicles on November 2, 2011, the president of PDI, formerly the Islamic Democratic Party said; “Our party proposed to parliamentarians to vote for a law legalising polygamy, but our idea was not supported. We believe however, that time will come when the law will be voted on Rwandans demand”.

    According to Harerimana, “the world changes constantly and people accept an idea which had earlier been rejected through discussion”. Without supporting it, the example he gave to validate his party’s strategy to patiently wait for a time when their view would eventually be accepted is homosexual marriages which he said had been discussed in many [mainly European] countries and rejected but later accepted. Minister Harerimana’s view, which he shares with his party, is that “polygamy would be legalised one day as it was in ancient times where having only one woman was not dictated by law.” Islam, his religion also accepts polygamy.

    Despite his optimism however, Harerimana’s quest for polygamy is likely to remain a wish in the largely Christian and overpopulated Rwanda in the age of gender equality. Other important issues raised by Hon Harerimana include rejecting the claim that RPF controls PDI and other parties made by some organisations as contempt of their parties. He also rejected claims made by a former US ambassador to Rwanda in a cable published by whistleblower website Wiki-leaks as uninformed and reading from the old history of Rwandan leadership.

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  • Nayinzira speaks out on his political career

    The name JEAN NÉPOMUSCÈNE NAYINZIRA may not ring a bell to many young Rwandans today. But those familiar with Rwanda’s political field can remember him as one of the three presidential aspirants in the country’s first democratic

    multiparty elections in August 2003 that were crushingly won by the incumbent President Paul Kagame. Nayinzira, now a retired politician, is also a former cabinet minister and founding chair of the Centrist Democratic Party (PDC). During the 2003 elections, he got a paltry 1.3 percent of the votes. The former politician now aged 68 shared his experiences with The Chronicles recently at his home in Bumbogo Sector, Gasabo District.

    Many Rwandans today wonder about your whereabouts since your presidential bid in 2003? Jean Nepomuscene Nayinzira: Even in 2010, I had everything in place to present my candidacy (for the presidency), but I didn’t want to encounter the same problem as I did in 2003 where the National Electoral Commission [NEC], and RPF (ruling party) rigged the elections and made me lose.

    You mean in 2003, you were a victim of rigging which prevented you from scooping the presidency? Yes, they rigged the votes in 2003.

    You mean the NEC? Yes. My election team informed me of everything. It is inexplicable how I got a few votes? Why did they, at one of my campaigns, escort me with policemen who even forbid me from greeting a friend?

    Was this action targeting some candidates only? Yes, I only! It happened to me when I was campaigning in my home village in Gisenyi.

    What new ideas would you have brought in the 2010 contest? In my opinion, politicians must have the will to share ideas with others and recognise the opposition. You can’t walk using one foot. There must be different ideas in Rwanda.

    Do you believe Rwanda is ruled under the ideas of one person? You don’t have eyes to see? Those people living outside the country, aren’t they Rwandans? This is the same problem we had with Habyarimana who used to say refugees had no right to come back to their homeland.

    What about those offered an olive branch to repatriate but have declined to do so? You must be joking. Read from different declarations and discussions from different people, and tell me. You should not consider one side but observe ideas from all Rwandans, even those who are critical. In this country, some ideas are not taken into consideration. How can one say that some people are useless? And the justification they give is that some of us have nothing to offer. How? God created everyone with his/her own gift and we complement each other.

    Who do you presuppose undermines other people’s ideas in Rwanda? After the 1994 Tutsi Genocide, all parties were represented in cabinet except those from MRND and others who destroyed our country. But are the rest still together?

    Who do you mean? For example in my case, I created PDC but people manipulated me and benefited from it…..I mean Alfred Mukezamfura and Agnes Mukabaranga. I decided to leave the party to them. Mukezamfura was lucky to be appointed as Speaker of Chamber of Deputies. And where is he now? Wasn’t he condemned to life imprisonment? And Senator Agnes Mukabaranga, the actual chairperson, she is just struggling. I can’t confirm that she will remain in the helm. Yes they expelled me, yet what I did was not null and void because I helped them grow but I don’t regret it.

    What interest did your party members have in shunning you? Interest? They have put me in conflict with RPF. The problem I had with RPF is that they couldn’t let me bring in my ideas. You can’t condemn me into a nursery school, I, Nayinzira, at this age and you tell me to repeat the alphabet… A, B, C…I was born free!

    Someone belittled you? What do you think?

    In which form? How can you ask me such a question? Someone would try force me to embrace his ideas and then hinder me from bringing out my own views, pretending that I am abusing him.

    Since the Forum for Political Parties resolves such wrangles, do you think that at the time you encountered problems, it would have made a difference? No, since 1994, we used to discuss issues as Members of Parliament despite our parties affiliation. But RPF would validate polices, and no one could oppose. But I don’t look at things from one side. I remember what (Ugandan President Yoweri) Museveni told (former President Juvenal) Habyarimana once in a meeting; that he needed RPF members to ensure a strong rule.

    You mean RPF has a strong ruling system? Trust me; they have a peculiarity that Museveni talked about at one time. He told Habyarimana, “let these people repatriate. They have business and diplomatic expertise”. Really RPF performs well in those domains. But Kayibanda and Habyarimana’s regime did not have an open mind, no friends, but RPF has. They were good at other things but not at business and diplomacy. Another aspect RPF has fared well in is land registration. During the National Dialogue, they announced its successful completion. They’ve indeed ran the government the European way. I went to pick my land title deed. It is a good thing. The only problem with the party is its monopolistic characteristics. RPF imports and exports, they have business entities which are based on the party; everything is for and from them.

    Can we blame the ruling party if it is blessed with business-savvy members? We have, in Rwanda, what we call savage capitalism. It means that some people grow richer when many others grow poor.

    Since your failed Presidential bid in 2003, what have you been doing? Now I have got another choice from Heaven’s order. Someone came and told me God wanted me to serve Him. I am now in the service of God. I had got an apparition ofMary who left me with a heavenly photo. There are many signs here than there are at Kibeho.

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