The National Prosecution has confirmed to have indicted Léonille Gasengayire, the assistant secretary of United Democratic Forces of Rwanda (FDU-Inkingi), an opposition political party in Rwanda over alleged inciting of public against lawful orders. Léonille Gasengayire was arrested on 23rd August 2016 in Kivumu sector of Rutsiro district of Western Province.
The spokesperson of National Prosecution, Faustin Nkusi has told IGIHE that the alleged crime was committed between 20th and 22nd August 2016 with witnesses pinning her over the acts.
IGIHE has learnt that Gasengayire held a meeting between 21st and 22nd August 2016 where she criticized the government of Rwanda and incited residents to resist relocation from a place where infrastructures are supposed to be established.
Her lawyer Anastase Robert Mutagoma says his client is innocent saying the prosecution considered only testimonies of nine people accusing her to have held the two meetings claiming she went in Western Province to visit her family but never held alleged meetings.
The vice president of FDU-Inkingi,Boniface Twagirimana has said that the arrest is a threat to members of the political party an allegation Nkusi has dismissed.
“The allegation lacks substance. A person is pursued as an individual not because he /she is a member of a particular political party,” said Nkusi.
Gasengayire will appear in Karongi court where hearing is scheduled for 12th September.
Inciting public disorder and disobedience attract a sentence of ten years as per article 463 of Rwanda’s penal code.
FDU-Inkingi was founded by Victoire Ingabire currently serving 15-year sentence having been convicted of treason and genocide denial.