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Exiled Opposition Figure “On Flight” To Rwanda


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Until Thursday, Habineza – a top critic of President Paul Kagame, has been residing in Stockholm, Sweden since August 2010.

He posted on his Facebook page: “Now, on KLM flight from Stockholm to Kigali. Will be back home this evening at 19:30.”

Habineza last week said he was ready to carry out his political activities from within Rwanda in preparation for his party’s third anniversary.

Habineza maintained that his return in early September would facilitate efforts to spearhead the process of registering the party and preparing for the September 2013 parliamentary elections.

“During 2011, we were able to launch the Friends of Rwandan Greens, in Australia and participated in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, in Perth, Australia. CHOGM proved to be of great importance,” he said.

“In May 2012, we were also able to participate in the Commonwealth Workshop for Government and Opposition in East Africa, which was held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.”

He said the workshop discussed the importance of the Opposition Parties complying with all relevant laws and playing a constructive role in the National debate.

“It also highlighted the Government’s duty to recognize that in a multi-party democracy sometimes it is right for the Opposition to say how a particular law or policy can be improved or modified. We have no doubt that The Commonwealth is a serious partner in this noble cause of having a vibrant democracy in our country,” stressed Habineza.

In June 2012, the Government of Burkina Faso, officially registered the African Greens Federation (a coalition of over 30 Political Parties and movements on the African continent), which DGPR’s President, Frank Habineza, chairs.

The Secretariat of this federation was launched in July 2012 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

The Democratic Green Party of Rwanda was launched on 14 August 2009 as an opposition and alternative party to the ruling Rwandan Patriotic Front-RPF.

However, the party fell short of meeting the registration requirements for registration ahead of the 2010 presidential elections.

The Green Party joined political forces with FDU-Inkingi led by Victoire Ingabire and Parti Sociale Imberakuri of Bernard Ntaganda in a coalition to take on RPF in the 2010 presidential elections.

Ingabire and Ntaganda are behind bars on charges of charges of promoting ethnic divisions, the genocide ideology and threatening state security.

“I understand that in 2010, he was well on course to register his party but he failed to meet certain standards, which the Ministry of Local Government asked him to resolve,” Prof Anastase Shyaka recently told Rwanda Today.

“There shouldn’t be a problem for anyone to register a party but when it is found that such a party is formed along geographical or ethnic lines, a problem arises,” Prof Shyaka said, adding, opposition parties need to have a national agenda.

Nevertheless, he concluded: “We are glad that another Rwandan is giving up refugee status to return home. It is the right decision for him to make. We maintain that there is space for everyone in the country.”

Only time will tell if Habineza will have a considerable impact on the ground in his pursuit for power.


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