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    VICTOIRE INGABIRE: Lady ready to win Kagame in Upcoming Rwandan election

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    VICTOIRE INGABIRE: Lady ready to win Kagame in Upcoming Rwandan election
    • February 21, 2024 • 2 months ago
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    Ingabire has recently filed an appeal with the High Court in Kigali, seeking the restoration of her political rights. The court is set to announce its decision on March 13th. Notably, her initial sentence of imprisonment was extended to 15 years upon appeal. It's worth mentioning that in September 2018, President Kagame granted a pardon to Ingabire, along with 2,139 other inmates.

    In a bold move signaling a potential shake-up in Rwandan politics, Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza has declared her intention to challenge President Paul Kagame in the upcoming July 15th election, should she regain her political freedom next month.

    Speaking to a local news platform, Ngabire revealed that she has recently appealed to the High Court in Kigali for the restoration of her political rights. The court is expected to deliver its decision on March 13th. 

    "If the court rules in my favor, I will seriously consider participating in this year's elections," declared Ingabire, who has been barred from holding public office in Rwanda due to a prior conviction that still subjects her to judicial supervision.

    The prominent opposition figure returned to Rwandafrom exile in the Netherlands in 2010 with aspirations to play a significant role in the country's political landscape. However, her ambitions were swiftly met with resistance when she was arrested merely three months after her return. In 2012, she was handed an eight-year prison sentence, which was later increased to 15 years on appeal, on charges including "conspiring against the government by use of war and terrorism" and "genocide denial."

    Despite her release in 2018 through a pardon byPresident Kagame, Ingabire remains under close surveillance and has been unable to exercise her full political rights. She has since become a vocal critic of Kagame's administration, denouncing what she perceives as a lack of political openness and the suppression of dissenting voices.

    Ingabire's potential candidacy adds to a growing chorus of opposition against Kagame's long-standing rule. Diane Rwigara, another challenger in the previous election, was disqualified and later faced legal action, further fueling allegations of political repression in Rwanda.

    In her quest for political reform, Ingabire has emphasized the need for a democratic transition of power and the establishment of a government that respects human rights and fosters inclusive governance. She has been critical of Kagame's constitutional amendments that have extended his tenure, arguing that they undermine democratic principles and perpetuate a culture of authoritarianism.

    Despite the formidable obstacles ahead, Ingabire remains resolute, stating, "I decided to campaign for the establishment of democracy, a rule of law, and respect for human rights in our country and in the interest of all Rwandans."

    As Rwanda prepares for a potentially transformative election, the stage is set for a contentious battle between entrenched power and a resurgent opposition, with the outcome poised to shape the nation's political trajectory for years to come.

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