Hundreds of members of the Association Pour l’Esperance de Taxi Motos au Rwanda (ASSETAMORWA), an association of Motorcycle taxis in the country, convened at the Germany Embassy yesterday to condemn the arrest of the director of State Protocol, Rose Kabuye.
The demonstrators were not deterred by an afternoon downpour as they began their peaceful demonstration from the city centre round about towards the Germany Embassy singing songs praising Kabuye as their hero and a person who stopped the Genocide.
“Rwanda is defiant against injustice” and “France and Germany safe havens for Genocidaires and traps for liberators,” were some of the words written on the placards that some of the protestors were carrying.
Kabuye, who is the Director of State Protocol, was arrested in Germany last month as she travelled to the European country to prepare a presidential visit following the much-contested indictments against her and nine other government officials by French judge Jean Louis Bruguiere.
At the Germany embassy, the protesters occasionally raised their joined hands in unison as a sign of unity. They later bowed down their heads in prayers they dedicated to Kabuye and the Nation.
“We have come as Assetamorwa members to condemn Rose Kabuye’s arrest and to show her our support,” said Dieudonne Nteziyaremye, the association’s president.
He added that European countries are so disappointed by Rwanda’s steady growth and development and they are looking for all possible ways of distracting Rwandans from their goals.
“They should set her free, she is innocent. We, Rwandans need her back, and her family also needs her,” said a seemingly angry Jean Damascene Muvandimwe, a member of the association.
“The peace we are enjoying, the sleep we have now is all because Rose stood up and fought for this country. She is innocent, they should release her and let her continue to serve her country,” lamented Claudine Kayitesi.