Anselme Mutuyimana, opposition leader and assistant to Victoire Ingabire, was murdered on Friday night. Ingabire is one of the main opposition figures in the country, the president of the United Democratic Forces party. For her, there is no doubt, it is a political assassination, Victoire Ingabire told RFI.
I find it very deplorable in our country that assassination of opponents becomes commonplace. He is the second in my party to be murdered in two years […] It shocks me because in other countries if someone is killed, especially if he is a member of the opposition, all the countries ask the government for explanations. But in Rwanda, people are killed, the government itself says nothing, the other countries say nothing, so it looks like Rwanda is a country apart and no one has to say anything. ” said Victoire Ingabire
According to PovoNews, a growing list of FDU-Inkingi members and leaders have been kidnapped and murdered including Jean Damascene Habarugira (May 2018), Illuminee Iragena (March 2016) and the bizarre case of party VP Boniface Twagirimana who disappeared from Mpanga maximum prison in 2018 never to be seen again.
DU-Inkingi head of communication Theophile Mpozembizi released a press statement saying local residents noticed a white car drop off what seemed to be a body and speed off on Friday evening.
On checking the next day (Saturday morning) they found a dead body with strangulation marks on the neck. The body was later identified to be that of Anselme Mutuyimana and taken to Rubavu District Hospital in Gisenyi.Like many Rwandan opposition leaders, Anselm Mutuyimana was arrested for organizing a meeting in Rutsiro district in September 2012 and charged with inciting insurrection at the Karongi intermediate court in western Rwanda.
In January 2014 Mutuyimana was convicted and sentenced to six years in prison, he was released from Mpanga Prison in 2018 the same year FDU-Inkingi party leader Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza was pardoned.
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