President Kagame pardons Victoire Ingabire, Kizito
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Saturday, September 15th, 2018, 10:48
Rwandan Cabinet chaired by President Paul Kagame Friday approved the early release of prisoners Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza and Kizito Imihigo as part of the batch of 2, 140 eligible convicts, following their requests for clemency June 2018.
Ingabire Umuhoza who had declared intentions to contest against in 2010 Presidential polls is the President of the United Democratic Forces (FDU-Inkingi political party), one of the opposition parties still illegal in the country.
“Cabinet today approved the early release of 2,140 eligible convicts. Among them are Kizito Mihigo and Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, who received a Presidential commutation of the remainder of their sentences, following their most recent requests for clemency in June 2018,” said a statement released late yesterday by the ministry of Justice.
“The Cabinet meeting chaired by President Paul Kagame today approved the early release of 2,140 convicts found eligible under relevant provisions of law” it added.
Ingabire was detained in 2010 before the Supreme Court convicted her in 2013 to 15 years in jail.
She was accused of conspiracy against the regime based on the creation of an alleged armed rebellion - the Coalition of Defense Forces (CDF)] and minimization of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. The crimes included fundraising for FDLR with bases in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and overseas.
Rwandan political analyst and media consultant Dr. Christopher Kayumba has described the early release of Ingabire as a fundamental mistake.
“I however believe the early release of Ingabire VictoireUmuhoza by the cabinet today is a mistake! Anyone who peddles the idea of double genocide and ethnic politics must be told in no uncertain terms that it won’t be tolerated. Her release doesn’t do that!” Dr. Kayumba said through twitter.
And, background of Kizito Imihigo is a Rwandan renowned singer who had pleaded guilty to crimes that included conspiracy to murder President Kagame and convicted in 2015 leading to a punishment of 10 years in jail.
Articles 245 and 246 of the Code of Criminal Procedure provide for the release on parole of a convict who has served at least one-third of a sentence of less than 5 years, or two-thirds of a sentence greater than 5 years (or at least 20 years in the case of a life sentence), provided at least one of the different conditions stipulated under the law are met.