Today, October 30, 2022 is being marked as “International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances 2022” by a group remembering their “comrades in the struggles for democracy in Rwanda.”
In an exclusive interview with DNT, Victoire Ingabire, a recently released political prisoner who is still denied the chance to leave Rwanda to visit her gravely ill husband in the Netherlands, appealed to international bodies to continue to remember those in Rwanda still fighting for democracy in the country.
Ingabire recounted the disappearance of her colleagues as follows:
“Illuminée Iragena was kidnapped from her place of work. She was a nurse by King Fayçal Hospital in Kigali,it was in morning on 26/3/2016 when unidentified men forced her into a white car parked in the hospital parking according to the testimony of people who were there.”
“Boniface Twagirimana disappeared when he was in prison. A witness to his kidnapping told us that a van entered the prison in front of his cell and that he was forced into it.”
“Eugène Ndereyimana was on way to meet members of our political party he never arrived. Since then nobody knows what happened to him.”
“Venant Abayisenga was my right hand. He had replaced my assistant who had been murdered in March 2018. On 6/6/2020 ,He went out to buy airtime and since then no one has seen him again.”
Asked if shea has heard anything about them from the police, Ingabire said very scant information is provided to them,, and that the story is the same – “we are still searching for them.”