BREAKING! Kagame to release jailed Rwandan presidential aspirant Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza and 2000 other prisoners

BREAKING! Kagame to release jailed Rwandan presidential aspirant Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza and 2000 other prisoners
  • PublishedSeptember 14, 2018

Rwanda’s President Kagame  has pardoned over 2000 prisoners including one of his political opponents  -presidential aspirant Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza and musician Kizito Mihigo.

A government statement released Friday 14 September reads: “The Cabinet meeting chaired by President Paul Kagame today approved the early release of 2,140 convicts found eligible under relevant provisions of law. Among them are Mr Kizito Mihigo and Ms Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, the remainder of whose sentences were commuted by Presidential prerogative following their most recent applications for clemency in June this year.”

Articles 245 and 246 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (Law No. 30/2013 of 24/5/2013) 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 following conditions is met: (1) He or she sufficiently demonstrates good behaviour and gives serious pledges of social rehabilitation; (2) He or she suffers from serious and incurable disease approved by a medical committee composed of at least three recognised doctors.

Article 109 of the Constitution of Rwanda states: “The President of the Republic has the authority to exercise the prerogative of mercy in accordance with the procedures provided for by law and after consultation with the Supreme Court.”

Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza was sentenced by 15 years in 2013 by the Supreme Court, while Mr Mihigo was sentenced 10 years in 2015 by the High Court.

It is not immediately clear if another female presidential candidate Diane Rwigara and her co-accused, in detention since 2017 are among those pardoned.

The statement further lists  the distribution of convicts to be released by region as such:

      Bugesera: 23

      Nyarugenge: 447

      Musanze: 149

      Gicumbi: 65

      Nyanza: 63

      Rubavu: 158

      Rwamagana: 455

      Nyagatare: 24

      Huye: 484

      Muhanga: 207

      Ngoma: 35

      Rusizi: 7

      Nyamagabe: 23


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Written By
Regina Jane Jere

reGina Jane Jere is a Zambian-born London-based journalist and founding Editor of the New African Woman magazine the sister-publication of the New African magazine of which she was the Deputy Editor for over a decade. The mother of two juggles a wide-range of editorial and managerial duties, but she has particular passion on women’s health, education, rights and empowerment. She is also a former Zambian correspondent for Agence France Presse, and a former Africa Researcher at Index on Censorship. She writes extensively on a wide range of issues, from politics to women’s rights, media and free speech to beauty and fashion.

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