Opposition Leader Arrested As Rwanda Continues to Crush Dissent

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[Global Op-Ed: Africa] 
to eye witnesses in Rwanda, Alexis Bakunzibake, first Vice president of
Parti Social Imberakuri (PSI), political opposition party, was
kidnapped today at 12:50 by armed individuals who took off in a tinted
jeep that was later escorted by a patrolling police vehicle in Biryogo
location,  Nyarugenge sector, Kigali city. 

His whereabouts are
unknown. Our colleagues alerted the National Police headquarters, but
the spokesperson Theos Badege declined to comment.  This is very
troubling in a country where outspoken journalists and politicians have
disappeared or died in mysterious circumstances in and outside Rwanda. Some
political leaders have been assassinated while many others are
languishing in prison for politically motivated charges. On 14 July
2010, the first Vice President of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda,
the late André Kagwa Rwisereka, was found murdered and partially
beheaded in Butare.  The international community urged for an independent investigation but nothing was done. The
chairman of the PSI, Bernard Ntaganda is in Kigali maximum prison
serving a four year sentence on charges relating to illegal protest and
"divisionism." The top leader of FDU-Inkingi, Ms. Victoire Ingabire
Umuhoza, is expecting a life sentence this Friday 07 September 2012,
after two years in maximum prison.  Mr. Deogratias Mushayidi,
President of PDP Imanzi, is serving a life sentence in Mpanga prison for
politically motivated counts. We demand an immediate release of Mr. Alexis Bakunzibake. 

Boniface Twagirimana is Interim Vice President. 

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