KIGALI —Rwandan security officials on Friday, October 11, grilled top opposition leader Victorie Ingabire Umuhoza in connection with last week’s rebel attack in the northern district of Musanze, which claimed 14 civilian lives.
Although Kigali blamed the attack on the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) rebel group, which is based in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo, they still went ahead and grilled Ingabire on three occasions this week. They had also grilled her on Tuesday, Wednesday
Ingabire, in an interview with the BBC, denied any role in the matter.
“I am on a political battle, not of bullets,” Ms Ingabire is quoted as saying by BBC
Last Sunday, Rwandan security officials paraded rebels who it said were captured after the attack. Some of attackers told the authorities that they were members of FDLR, who had been trained from different countries such as Uganda.
The DRC-based rebel group is yet to claim responsibility for last week’s attack.
Ms Ingabire is the leader of FDU-Inkingi, an opposition party not yet registered in Rwanda.
A strong critic of President Kagame, she served eight years of a 15-years prison sentence on charges of threatening national security and denial of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsis.
She was released last year after a presidential pardon.
Ms Ingabire denied the charges saying they were intended to hurt her fight for democratic change in Rwanda.