Rwanda’s Supreme Court postpones Green Party case

Dr. Frank Habineza, the only opposition figure in Rwanda against the third term and possible constitutional change

Dr. Frank Habineza, the only opposition figure in Rwanda against the third term and possible constitutional change

The Rwandan Supreme Court has agreed to postpone the Green Party v the government of Rwanda case to allow the plaintiff time to find a lawyer.

The court was scheduled to hear the case Wednesday July 8 but Frank Habineza, President of the Democratic Green Party requested more time as he tries to get a lawyer in the high profile case where he is suing the government to block a possible alteration to the constitution to lift presidential term li

“Rwanda Supreme Court has accepted to postpone the case in order to give us more time to find a lawyer. New date is 29 July 2015,” Habineza said Wednesday via his Facebook page.

Habineza and his party have indicated they cant find a local attorney to represent them as every lawyer they contact is afraid to take on the Rwandan government.

“Even our party lawyer has refused to take on the case, just like other lawyers. We are now looking for lawyers from outside Rwanda. We are asking for more time to be granted by the court for us to be prepared legally” Habineza was quoted as saying this week.

There is a growing movement to amend article 101 of the constitution to lift the term limits and pave way for President Paul Kagame’s third term bid.

Millions of people, including opposition politicians have petitioned parliament to debate and lift term limit to facilitate Kagame’s third term run and the legislature has agreed to debate the issue.

The Green Party is the only opposition organization to speak out and file suit against the looming constitutional change and Kagame’s third term move.

Habineza and his party have resorted to outside Rwandan borders in their desperate search for legal representation.