Kagame warns his rival

KIGALI - Rwandan President Paul Kagame said an outspoken presidential aspirant could be prosecuted for inflammatory remarks about the 1994 genocide.

Victoire Ingabire, a Hutu who was living abroad during the 100-day slaughter, returned to Rwanda last month to launch a bid in the August presidential elections, in which analysts expect Kagame to win a second seven-year term.

"I think this individual is going too far in abusing the country's goodwill and attempting to destroy the positive steps that have been established, but eventually the law will catch up with her," he said.

Since her return Ingabire's public comments, saying that the memory of Hutus killed during the genocide had not been fully acknowledged, have prompted heavy criticism from Rwanda's largely pro-government media.

Ingabire denies accusations that she is using ethnicity to garner support for the elections and says Rwanda needs to open the political space to defuse ethnic tension through discussion. - Reuters

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