By Daniel Sabiiti
Rwanda’s Justice Minister and State attorney Johnston Busingye has said the European members of parliament are using unknown backdoor means to create a scenario around the case of Victoire Ingabire convicted for genocide.
The minister described the means are illegal while reacting to the controversial scenario that has been revived recently by EU MPs, who turned their official visit into a chance to accuse Rwanda of abusing rights of Ingabire demanding that her case be retried in court again.
Victoire Ingabire is serving 15-year sentence after court found her guilty of perpetrating genocide ideology and inciting public violence against top government officials among Rwandans- charges to which she pleaded guilty and even asked for a presidential pardon a year after being sent to jail.
Busingye said that reversing this top court decision is unknown of and attempting to do so through other political means is to undermine Rwanda’s judiciary which is totally unacceptable.
“This manner of case appeal is only known to them (EU MPs) not us in Rwanda. The EU parliament is not an appeal court in our legislative laws. Our courts abide by our laws” Busingye told local media today after receiving documents of the ministry of Security under his docket.
Busingye said that legally the Ingabire case has been sealed and there should not be a point of argument anymore between Rwanda and European countries and respect of sovereign justice systems demanded.
Similar claims have been made Dutch MPs among other political groups who intentionally deviated from their intended visit and ask to visit Ingabire, pushing to Rwanda to bend to the tune of their own justice system.
In the meantime, On Monday, a joint session of the Rwandan lower house of parliament and Senate, have unanimously voted for an official appeal to ask the European Union parliament to officially withdraw the resolution on Ingabire’s case- to which some called a witch hunt resolution against Rwanda and an act that tantamount to genocide denial.
“I would like this parliament to make this resolution an outright attack on the sovereignty of Rwanda,” said Hon. Adolphe Bazatoha the chairman of parliamentary committee on Unity, Human Rights and the fight against genocide said this Monday.
Senate President Bernard Makuza says the resolution by Rwanda parliament demanding the withdrawal of this EU MPs report is an indication that Rwanda is sovereign.
He also said the EU resolution contains hidden intentions by some EU MPs to distract their fellow MPs from Rwanda’s economic progress and improved livelihoods.
“As Rwandans we know what we have passed through and we know what we are yet to face,” Makuza said.
Rwanda parliament agreed that the EU delegation should ask for forgiveness from Rwandans for making resolutions that disrespect their decision on how they should be governed.