We read with great consternation the New Times edition of Saturday, 6th February 2010. This fire-spitting media has clearly revealed its true colors. The title on the front page reads, “Ingabire's assistant a Gacaca fugitive,” alleging that Mr. Joseph Ntawangundi was sentenced to 19 years by the gacaca courts in absentia. This is a pure fabrication of “the last times.”
Mr. Joseph Ntawangundi left Rwanda in 1986 for academic studies in Poland (Wroclaw), and he returned to Rwanda in 1992 to work in Kigali (CESTRAL). In 1993, he left Rwanda for ICFTU - AFRO (International Confederation for Free Trade Unions, African Regional Organisation, located in Nairobi, Kenya) as a Research and Training Officer until 2002. During the 1994 genocide, Mr. Joseph Ntawangundi was attending, on behalf of ICFTU – AFRO, a 2-month training course in Sweden (GANGNEF) and then he returned directly to Kenya.
He has never been in the education sector in Rwanda. How is it even possible he could be in Sweden and then go directly back to Kenya while at the same time be a so-called School Director in GITWE (Rwanda) during the genocide? Simply put, these reporters didn't even bother to crosscheck their facts about what they write when it comes to character assassination and inflammatory comments.
Since Mrs. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza returned to her home country of Rwanda, the Rwandan media has been recklessly poisoning public opinion with all sorts of false stories while failing to provide any chance to discuss the accuracy of its propaganda. Mr. Joseph Ntawangundi is ready and able to challenge the baseless allegations made against him in a fair court of law.
We can't believe that the gacaca courts have fallen so low as to condemn an innocent man who was not even in Rwanda during the genocide, much less for crimes he allegedly committed in a place he has never even been to. This hateful and baseless propaganda is yet another shame in the history of The New Times.