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Rwanda Democratic Green Party Halts Congress

medicine http://connectgroups.org.au/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-direct.php geneva;”>Australia former Senator, story Bob Brown’s travel visa was revoked on Sunday ahead of a planned Monday trip “to offer international support” for the opposition political group.

“The Democratic Green Party of Rwanda wishes to inform all Rwandans, members of the media and the international community, that it has cancelled its planned founding congress of 16th November 2012,” said the party President Frank Habineza.

“We had submitted an official request to Gasabo District, Kigali, City, on 25th September 2012 to have the congress on 16th November. We shall submit a new request early next year,” he observed.

It’s believed Brown’s presence in Rwanda was meant to popularize the party and show Rwandans that it had international backing in its quest for power.

However, this was not possible considering that Brown’s travel documents allegedly contained falsehoods.

In a statement issued on Sunday, Rwanda said reports of Brown being “banned from Rwanda” were without any basis in fact.

“Approval of Mr Brown’s visa application was withheld because the claim in his application not to have visited Rwanda previously appears to contradict records held by Rwandan immigration authorities,” the statement read in part.

“Like any country, Rwanda takes the provision of false information on visa applications seriously.”

Our Corp in Kigali says the cancellation of the Congress is a big blow to the party which is yet to consolidate its position on the ground and is relying heavily on donor support.

On September 13, at Hotel Umubano ( Ex-Novotel), the party re-launched its activities including presenting the political program and the new interim executive committee.

“We also stated that our immediate plan will be to request the registration of our party and prepare for the September 2013 parliamentary elections,” Habineza said then.

Habineza recently returned from self-imposed exile and has been holding press conferences in Kigali to brief Rwandans on his organisation’s plans for the country if they voted it into power.

Meanwhile, Rwanda says “since there is the possibility of clerical error, authorities continue to examine the case and no final decision has been made by the immigration authorities regarding Mr Brown’s application.”

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