Kagame undeterred to crush down political opposition by donors’ attitude

Sylvain Sibomana – FDU-Inking Secretary General in Rwanda

Sylvain Sibomana and Martin Ntavuka, both FDU-Inkingi leaders in Rwanda, were today reported to be taken in police custody in Muhanga, about 50 kilometers from Kigali city. They went missing for a few hours before their colleagues could trace their whereabouts.

It was only on Friday 7 September 12 that we were reporting on these pages on the case of Alexis Bakunzibake, Vice President of PS-Imberakuri. On Wednesday of this same week, he was kidnapped, tortured, taken out of his native country, and dumped in Uganda.

The source which indicates that also FDU-Inkingi leaders were presently targets of Kagame’s security forces, confirms not to know the reason why these personalities from the party of Victoire Ingabire were taken into police custody. It does not neither reveal how they were handle or where they were found before being driven to Muhanga. The last time they had communicated with their colleagues was around 10:00 am.

Sylvain Sibomana is FDU-Inkingi secretary general in Rwanda. This is not his first encounter with Kagame’s security forces. Almost two weeks ago, in the night leading to Sunday 26/8/12, he had been severely injured by Rwandan Local Defence Forces [LDF], when he went to the rescue of a neighbour, Dominique Shyirambere, from another political party of the opposition, PS-Imberakuri.

Let’s remind the readers that yesterday, Victoire Ingabire, who has been in prison since 14 October 2010, saw her sentencing postponed to 19 October 2012. The court explained that it was waiting to hear from the High Court in Kigali which must decides on the constitutionality of the law on genocide, divisionism and revisionism.

What anyone following Rwandan politics must wonder presently is this: since the position of donor countries to delay aid was a number weeks ago only motivated by Kagame’s persistent meddling into DRC internal affairs, isn’t time now for then to put more pressure on him to get him stop as well his continuous abuse, harassment, intimidation and torture of his political opponents?


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