Embattled Rwandan Green Party allowed to begin registration process

p Frank HabinezaNews of Rwanda reports:

Following various attempts to hold a founding congress, the yet-to-be registered Democratic Green party has been granted permission to do so.

According to a statement by the party President Frank Habineza the party got the permission from the Gasabo District authorities.

“We had submitted a new request to the District Mayor on 5th June 2013, explaining measures taken to move the party registration process forward,” said Habineza

He said that they have set the meeting for Friday June 21, 2013 in Kimironko, Gasbo district.

The various attempts that have been rejected by Gasabo district authorities were based on internal wrangles that have characterized the party since its creation in 2009.

The recent one being that the district received two different requests to hold party congress on at different dates and venues.

The other request according to the Gasabo Mayor Will Ndizeye was made by was made by Alex Mugisha, the former Treasurer of the party whom it alleges left the party in 2010.

Habineza who left the country in 2010 came back early this year to oversee the registration of the party with the target of participating in the September 2013 parliamentary elections.

The governemnt of Rwanda has on various occasions explained that the party failed to register especially for the 2010 presidential elections due to failure to have all requirements to have a party registered.

The Green Party had in 2010 presidential elections come together with other two opposition parties of FDU-Inkingi and PS-Imberakuri to contest in the elections.

Dave Schwab

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