KIGALI, (Xinhua) --
Rwanda Tuesday dismissed as baseless a report by
Amnesty International which said that there is a climate of fear
in the east African country ahead of next month’s presidential
The report said that
since the ruling Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) took power 23
years ago, Rwandans have faced huge, and often deadly, obstacles
to participating in public life and voicing criticism of
Speaking to media in
Kigali, Rwanda’s Justice Minister and Attorney General Johnston
Busingye said that the report was baseless, aimed at attracting
attention of financiers to the authors of the report.
He said the
“negative information” being spread out there about Rwanda would
not affect the country’s development pace.
According to the
minister, some organizations exploit election period to come up
with negative information to win funding.
“There is no climate
of fear whatsoever and that is one of many baseless reports we
should expect in this season. This is not the first and last
certainly,” said Busingye.
Commission of Rwanda last week announced three candidates for
the August 4 polls, including incumbent President Paul Kagame of
RPF, Frank Habineza of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda and
Philippe Mpayimana, an independent candidate.
Campaigns will begin
on Friday and end on August 3, a day to the elections.