Kagame is a self-confessed Arsenal fan and seen as the primary driver behind Arsenal’s current £30m sleeve sponsorship cope with the nation’s tourism division, ‘Visit Rwanda’.
Kagame’s governing RPF-Inkotanyi took a lot of the 53 seats up for election, profitable 40 together with their allies after receiving 6.6million votes on Monday.
The turn-out for the election was a powerful 93% (the Brexit referendum – the most important turnout for a UK vote was 72.2%) and the Social Democratic Social gathering (PSD) and Liberal Social gathering (PL) gained 5 seats and 4 seats, respectively.
The Democratic Greens obtained two seats in what’s being hailed by some as one thing of a breakthrough within the nation with 5% of the vote. “It’s a sign that Rwanda is opening up its political spectrum,” stated Inexperienced celebration chief Frank Habineza, a former RPF member who has develop into a critic of Kagame’s insurance policies.
“We have reached a significant objective in obtaining parliamentary seats.”
The Greens are the one opposition celebration tolerated within the nation. The 37-year-old accountant, Diane Rwigara, who tried to oppose Kagame’s celebration, was blocked from contesting the presidential elections earlier than being arrested and charged with fraud and incitement. She continues to be behind bars, due to seem in courtroom once more on 24 September, accused of utilizing cast paperwork whereas submitting her candicay and of inciting rebellion.
Frank Habineza (left) one of many Opposition MPs who was elected on Monday and Diane Rwigara (proper) a fierce critic of President Paul Kagame. She is in jail accused of inciting rebellion. Pictures/REUTERS
PS-Imberakuri additionally picked up two seats.
Rwanda has 80 directly-elected parliamentary seats however they 24 that are held for ladies, two which might be held for youth and one for a disabled individual, weren’t on the poll.
There was a big quantity of dialogue round Rwanda’s spending of a lot cash on a cope with Arsenal and it even resulted in a spat between CNN and a few elected officers.
The community tweeted a hyperlink to an article that criticised the nation for spending hundreds of thousands on sponsorship with Arsenal whereas nonetheless receiving overseas assist.
Rwanda is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to sponsor Arsenal, one of many UK’s richest soccer golf equipment — regardless that the nation is a serious recipient of overseas assist https://t.co/RgzWrSICx1 pic.twitter.com/CDawi6OzxF
— CNN (@CNN) August 13, 2018
Nduhungirehe responded on Twitter:
Tell me @CNN, how many countries, including African and developping countries, "spend millions of dollars" to advertise their tourism on your network, which is one of the richests in the world? Have you ever complained? So, please be quiet! ? #FakeNews https://t.co/NbNo10FKq4
— Amb. Olivier Nduhungirehe (@onduhungirehe) August 13, 2018
He additionally retweeted these:
The article (which is late to the dialogue) doesn’t dive into the explanations for why this deal exists. It rests on Rwandan business diplomacy to assist spur vacationers and overseas buyers. It will assist develop the financial system and scale back the reliance on overseas help. #Rwanda https://t.co/0Vsp5kE4nD
— Jonathan Beloff, PhD (@JewswithRwanda) August 13, 2018
When a strong media like #CNN -which I respect- makes use of flawed figures to manipulate public opinion, it makes #FakeNews. That makes the “news” irrelevant, thus; pretend
— Ladislas NGENDAHIMAN (@NLadislas) August 14, 2018
@CNN that is #FakeNews! Plse take observe: 1. Rwanda’s devt story in the present day speaks to the fitting decisions we now have made every yr, 2. Help has helped us however at present solely accounts for 16% of our nationwide price range, three. We generate tourism revenues that help our advertising price range incl #visitrwanda
— Emmanuel Hategeka (@ehategeka) August 14, 2018
Talking lately, CEO of the Rwanda Improvement Board, Clare Akamanzi, informed CNN, “The media has been speculating around £30 million but what I can tell you it’s not £30 million, it’s less than that.”
Kim Kamasa, a diplomat in Rwanda’s embassy in Kenya, additionally tweeted, “Dear @CNN it’s more about value for money not where the money comes from. #Rwanda is investing some money to make more money so that more money can get to more needy people #VisitRwanda.”
He additionally retweeted:
[email protected] don’t be concerned, I am going to repair the headline for you:#Rwanda, probably the most breathtakingly lovely nations on the planet companions with [email protected] to encourage extra individuals to #VisitRwanda.
Editorial: @wef 2014 International Competitiveness Report ranked Rwanda seventh most effective gov’t https://t.co/YGYBfbf99K
— Junior Sabena Mutabazi (@Jsabex) August 13, 2018
In case you are fascinated by studying what has been occurring in Rwanda, this thread is value testing:
1a. Rwanda is extremely targeted on Rwanda. It seems like one thing that each nation ought to do however the fact is many nations are extra loyal to their greed or their corruption. So, after the Genocide of 1994, Rwanda buckled up and took the bull by the horns. This is how…
— Funmi Oyatogun (@funmioyatogun) August 16, 2018
Leaving apart the advantages to Rwanda, actual or perceived, that come from the deal, there was a variety of speak about Arsenal’s sleeve sponsorship cope with the nation but the ethical outrage from some journalists that greeted information of the association has been conspicuously missing in relation to offers with the likes of Emirates, Etihad, or Roman Abramovich.
Even Stan Kroenke receives little-to-no criticism for his enterprise dealings regardless of how hated he’s in elements of America.
by way of Arsenal.com
In June, the United Arab Emirate’s main human rights activist, Ahmed Mansoor, was jailed for 10 years for his ‘social media activity’.
Mansoor’s ‘crime’ was to use his social media accounts to publish ‘false information’ and ‘spread hatred and sectarianism’. As well as, he was additionally fined Dh1 million (approx. £204,000) for insulting the ‘status and prestige of the UAE and its symbols’, together with its leaders.
The truth, nevertheless, is that Mansoor, who had, prior to his arrest, confronted ‘repeated intimidation, harassment, physical assault, and death threats from the UAE authorities or their supporters,’ in accordance to Amnesty Worldwide, merely expressed help for a fellow activist.
Osama al-Najjar was nonetheless being held by authorities regardless of finishing his three-year sentence for tweeting about human rights abuses.
Ahmed Mansoor by way of Amnesty.org
“Ahmed Mansoor is one of the few openly critical voices in the UAE, and his persecution is another nail in the coffin for human rights activism in the country,” stated Lynn Maalouf, Amnesty Worldwide’s Center East Analysis Director.
“The choice to lock up Ahmed Mansoor for the subsequent 10 years for merely sharing his opinion on social media is what causes the actual injury to the UAE’s popularity and so-called ‘social harmony’, not Ahmed Mansoor’s peaceable activism.
“Ahmed is a prisoner of conscience who has been targeted, tried and sentenced for using Facebook and Twitter to share his thoughts. He should never have been charged in the first place and now he must be released immediately.”
Worldwide Marketing campaign for Freedom within the UAE
Joe Odell of the Worldwide Marketing campaign for Freedom within the UAE informed Day by day Cannon, “This outrageous sentence is simply the newest episode within the UAE’s continued clampdown on freedom of speech and expression. It’s yet one more clear indication that the regime who owns the Emirates model haven’t any regard for human rights – and a transparent disdain for anybody who seeks to defend them.
“In reality, all that Ahmed Mansoor is guilty of is speaking up for the rights of the oppressed people throughout the region. It is about time that Arsenal FC Kick out the Emirates and say no to the UAE’s sport-washing.”
So what’s all this received to do with Arsenal?
by way of footyheadlines.com
“Emirates Airline is a company that is wholly owned by the government of Dubai,” Odell added.
“In recent times, the human rights state of affairs within the UAE has deteriorated significantly with practices similar to arbitrary detention, torture and enforced disappearances turning into more and more commonplace.
“Regardless of this, many within the UK continue to affiliate the UAE with luxurious holidays and sporting occasions slightly than human rights violations.
“In some respects, such deals enable the UAE authorities to ‘launder their reputation’ through cultural institutions in the UK such as Arsenal Football Club.”
If you assume Rwanda, you doubtless additionally assume ‘genocide’. That’s what made it really easy to criticise that deal regardless of the complexities of the state of affairs there.
It’s a nation that has critical points when it comes to democracy, free speech and poverty, amongst different issues, however then again, they’re taking large strides in the direction of assuaging that poverty and are dragging ladies’s rights a number of inches out of the center ages.
Within the UAE, they’re doing none of that, but as a result of we consider the nation as a utopia all of us aspire to afford, mouths are stored shut.
It’s a nation that forbids criticism of its authorities, authorities officers, police and royal households and, in 2012, enacted a regulation to guarantee on-line criticism was additionally punished.
It’s unlawful to be queer.
Ladies should obtain permission from a male guardian to marry and it’s unlawful for them to marry non-Muslims.
They punish these accused of adultery by flogging, however solely the single ones. Married adulterers are stoned to dying.
80 lashes for alcohol consumption. 100 lashes for pre-marital intercourse. Theft, drunk driving, kissing in public…lash, lash, lash.
They even have precise legal guidelines to dictate what kind of garments you possibly can put on.
You recognize this, proper?
I feel all of us do, however on some degree select to ignore it.
Whereas I knew a lot of the legal guidelines listed above, I don’t assume I’d ever learn all of them collectively, and positively not inside the framework of our present political local weather.
I’d been considering, as I watched the Handmaid’s Story, that it wouldn’t take a lot to get us from right here to there. Just a little extra Trump and the DUP and who is aware of what kind of dystopia we might discover ourselves in.
However the Handmaid’s Story isn’t the longer term. It’s already right here, now, enjoying out within the United Arab Emirates whereas we help our soccer group operating round with their names emblazoned on our shirts.
William Gibson as soon as stated that “the future is already here, it just isn’t evenly distributed.”
Arsenal being sponsored by ‘Fly Gilead’ may look like an absurd notion, however is it actually a lot totally different than ‘Fly Emirates’ given how they deal with ladies and ‘gender traitors’?
However sure, let’s give attention to Rwanda as an alternative…
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