Painting by Cheri Samba

Lokuta eyaka na ascenseur, kasi vérité eyei na escalier mpe ekomi. Lies come up in the elevator; the truth takes the stairs but gets here eventually. - Koffi Olomide

Ésthetique eboma vélo. Aesthetics will kill a bicycle. - Felix Wazekwa

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Arrests of CNDP members

As readers of this blog will know, the Rwandan government has been cracking down against ex-CNDP members in their country. There could be several reasons behind this: Rwandan security sources suggest that ex-CNDP members may be linked to the recent grenade attacks in Kigali and could also be in contact with General Kayumba Nyamwasa. Members within the CNDP close the Laurent Nkunda has also been protesting the general's continued detention in Rwanda and are not happy with the leadership of ICC-indictee Bosco Ntaganda.

So who has been arrested?

We don't know anything for sure. But this is what several sources indicate:

  • Sheikh Idi Abbas (Tutsi) a former leader of the CNDP, was arrested in Gisenyi (Rwanda) by security officials in March this year. According to several sources, he was called in by members of the security services and hasn't been seen since. He was very close to Laurent Nkunda.
  • Patrice Habarurema (Hutu, Masisi): A former cabinet member of General Laurent Nkunda, he launched a dissident movement within the CNDP in protest of Bosco Ntaganda in May. He was arrested only a few days later by members of the Rwandan security services in Gisenyi.
  • Denis Ntare Semadwinga (Tutsi, Ruthsuru): A former Mobutist cabinet official and Nkunda's civilian chief of staff, he was murdered in his house in Gisenyi in June. I have not heard whether Rwandan police have launched an investigation, but Semadwinga's neighbors say that they called for help but the police, stationed nearby, didn't show.
  • Robert Ndengeye (Tutsi): This self-proclaimed general was not officially a member of Nkunda's CNDP, but was close to him and the Rwandan government. In early 2007, he led several hundred CNDP soldiers to join the Congolese army in Kinshasa after striking a deal with General John Numbi. He later returned to Kigali. He was reportedly arrested in Kigali in March this year, although the Rwandan security services say they don't know anything about it. His family is still looking for him.
  • Claude Nsengiyumva: A major in the CNDP, he was called to Rwanda by the security services in May and arrested. Nothing has been heard of him since then.
  • A source within the CNDP says that numerous other former CNDP officials or people close to Nkunda have been arrested in Rwanda and Congo, but I haven't been able to confirm this with other sources.

5 comments:

郁雨郁雨 said...

Quality is better than quantity.................................................................

texasinafrica said...

Their young people were all out (in matching t-shirts) for Goma's independence day parade.

LeatriceNay婉勇 said...

向著星球長驅直進的人,反比踟躕在峽路上的人,更容易達到目的。............................................................

王名仁 said...

人生是故事的創造與遺忘。............................................................

jack said...

JASON YOU SHOULD STOP TALKING ABOUT CONGO. YOU ARE A CORRUPTED LOBBYIST. WE KNOW FOR WHO YOU WORK FOR. KAGAME,KANAMBE aka JOSEPH KABILA AND CNDP THEY ALL ARE TUTSIS AND YOU ARE A LIAR. WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO DEBAT WITH CONGOLESE?

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