Rwandan security forces assault and take Silvain Sibomana, FDU-Inkingi interim Secretary General into unknown location

This is becoming a pattern from the Rwandan regime against its political opposition. If you are not killed or imprisoned, you have to flee the country before this occurs to you. More than a year has passed since Victoire Ingabire, leader of FDU-Inkingi, is in prison. She has been in court hearing from September 5th.

On 15/9/2011, Eric Nshimwumuremyi, member of PS-Imberakuri political party leadership was shot in the chest by security forces, while coming from Ingabire’s court hearing. He is currently imprisoned and denied visits by his family. His infected chest is getting worse because the bullets from the gun he was shot with are still locked in his body.

As FDU-Inkingi office in Kigali was getting ready for the ongoing court hearing of their leader, they learnt that a colleague had just disappeared in the hands of security forces. Please read a press release sent out today afternoon.

Kigali, 20 October 2011
Sylvain SIBOMANA, FDU-Inkingi Secretary General gone missing in Rwanda

Mr. Sylvain Sibomana, FDU-Inkingi interim party secretary general disappeared around 12:40 today in Kanama location, Nyundo Sector, Rubavu District (Gisenyi), Western Province. His last contact was done on mobile phone whilst he was assaulted by security personnel for unknown reason before he was taken to unknown destination.

The Rwanda national police spokesperson who was alerted on real time, advised to discuss the matter with the local police station. All our attempts to locate him in local police and military detention facilities are fruitless.

This happens when the court has just postponed, on the request of the defence, to next Monday the trial of our leader Madame Victoire Ingabire due to intensive court harassments and threats to the defendent and her lawyers by the presiding judge Alice Rulisa.

 

Boniface Twagirimana
Interim Vice-President
FDU-Inkingi

 

There is a worrying trend in all this picture. Of course, Paul Kagame’s regime has always behaved this way and even worse than that.  What is regrettable is that those countries which have continued to support Rwanda don’t seem to want any change of the status quo. In the US, Paul Kagame is continuing to receive invitations to speak at conferences as if he was the best recommendable African leader around, despite the death of millions of Rwandans and Congoleses his actions have caused in the Great Lakes region. He is aparently invited to the next Commonwealth conference planned in Australia at the end of October. Can his sponsors become more humane and appreciate rightly the type of person they are dealing with?

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