KIGALI - The leader of the yet-to-be registered political party, Forces Démocratiques Unifiées- FDU-Inkingi, Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, was yesterday intercepted at Kigali International Airport, as she attempted to sneak out of the country.
Ingabire, who was scheduled to report to the Criminal Investigations Department today, as investigations into her FDLR activities continue, was advised to return home.
In an interview with The New Times, Government Spokesperson, Louise Mushikiwabo, who is also the Minister of Foreign Affairs, confirmed the attempted escape, adding that Ingabire has deliberately continued to disregard the laws of the country.
“What happened is that Ingabire was intercepted at the entrance of the airport trying to leave the country, yet there are investigations still going on.
“Whatever country she was headed to, I assume it is the Netherlands, she should know that they have the same laws as those here. When one has to answer to any authorities for investigation purposes, they are not allowed to leave the country until investigations are over,” Mushikiwabo said.
In November last year, Ingabire featured prominently in a UN report, as one of the key supporters and fundraisers for the FDLR terrorist organisation..
“This confirms what has been said all along. This woman does not think that she should abide by the laws that govern this country,” Mushikiwabo said.
Police Spokesperson Supt. Eric Kayiranga confirmed that Ingabire is scheduled to report to CID today.
“We are expecting her to abide by the rules and report today,” Kayiranga said.
According to diplomatic sources, subsequent to her return home, Victoire Ingabire automatically lost her refugee status in the Netherlands. However, she was strangely issued a three-year visa by the Dutch embassy in Kigali, which she apparently was attempting to use to sneak out of the country.