Rwandan political organizations grouped under the National Council for Democratic Change (NCDC) met in Brussels on September 21, 2013.
After a thorough assessment of the situation in the country and in the Great Lakes sub-region, they reviewed and adopted basic documents, defined urgent tasks and set up NCDC management structure.
Regarding the situation in the country, they denounce the electoral farce that the regime once again forced the Rwandan people to participate in, on September 16, 17 and 18, 2013.
They consider their outcome and results null and void, and will consider them as such in the future, as long as the minimum requirements for the free expression of the will of the people are not met.
They criticized the deliberate policy of impoverishment of the masses, the recent introduction of a caste system in the education sector and which prevents children from poor socio-economic backgrounds from easily accessing education, lack of political space for expression, repression, harassment, arbitrary and savage arrests, torture, assassinations and threats of all kinds against opponents of the RPF regime.
As to the situation in the sub-region of the Great Lakes, NCDC member organizations:
- Condemn the various continuing provocations by the regime both towards the United Republic of Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
- Reiterate their full support to the proposal of the President Jakaya Mrisho KIKWETE for direct talks between the Rwandan government and the armed and unarmed opposition, for the sake of a political solution to the internal conflict inside Rwanda, which has spread to the Congolese territory for several years now.
- Reaffirm that this unresolved conflict is the source of insecurity and of the continuing instability in the sub-region of the Great Lakes in general and in eastern DRC in particular and that it could degenerate into a regional conflict if this proposal is not taken into account within reasonable deadlines.
With regard to organizational matters, NCDC member organizations amended and adopted the following texts:
1. Strategy and tactics of the NCDC
2. Structure and functioning of the NCDC
3. Code of ethics and conduct for members of the NCDC.
They also identified urgent tasks aimed at facilitating a quick and smooth fulfillment of the NCDC mission and adopted guidelines related to that and a guiding framework for NCDC organs still to be set up in accordance with the basic texts adopted.
Member organizations examined applications for NCDC membership submitted by some other political organizations and renewed their invitation to all those within the Rwandan community who call for the creation of a national council as an alternative to the ruling RPF government to join NCDC in order to save time and energy and to contribute to the expansion of the framework for the expression of the liberation movement, that is, the National Council for Democratic Change.
Done at Brussels, September 21, 2013
General Emmanuel HABYARIMANA