Barely three weeks after she was pardoned, Victoire Ingabire was this morning summoned by investigation body to explain statements she has so far made through different medias.
On Tuesday, the leader of a non-registered political party appeared at Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) in response to a summons to discuss factually-incorrect statements recently made by her, or attributed to her that may constitute violations of the Penal Code, according to a press release by RIB.
RIB interrogated Victoire Ingabire about her statements where she brands herself as a “political prisoner” and considers some other convicts also as political prisoners.
Upon release, Umuhoza was heard in international media claiming to be a political convict and asking the government to release some other prisonners she also claimed are “political prisonners.”
She went ahead to say that she did not in any case apologize about her crimes, but said the authority that released her had realised that she was innocent.
“Ms Ingabire applied for and received a conditional commutation of the remainder of her sentence, but her conviction by the Supreme Court still stands,” reminds RIB in the press release.
RIB has said however that Victoire Ingabire was cooperative during the interrogation which took place under “a cordial atmosphere, and Ms Ingabire re-iterated her readiness to contribute to the peaceful development of the country. She stated that arrangements are being made for her children to come visit her through the “Come and See, Go and Tell” program.
“Ms Ingabire stated that she was acting based on poor advice and ignorance of the law, and committed to abide by the law going forward, and to clarify her position on these matters,” part of the press release reads.
Ingabire was warned that, “Failure to do so (explain, clarify her position) would trigger appropriate legal action. She also disclosed that she does not have control of all of the social media accounts operating in her name.”
Meanwhile, Ingabire promised to be a good citizen, who contributes to the country’s development.