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Vol 51 No 6

Published 19th March 2010


Rwanda

FPR dissidents break cover

Some former allies of President Kagame lead a campaign against him as grenades explode in Kigali and dissidents are accused of terrorism

The ruling party faces a challenge from within. On 19 February, as people were on their way home from work, three grenades exploded in Kigali, killing three people and injuring about 30. The government promptly accused the extremist Hutu militias implicated in the 1994 genocide, and the Police Spokesman, Superintendent Eric Kayiranga, announced three arrests. Then, after two more grenades exploded on 4 March, police announced that Déogratias Mushayidi, former representative in Switzerland of the governing Front Patriotique Rwandais (FPR, aka Rwandan Patriotic Front), had been detained in neighbouring Burundi’s capital, Bujumbura. United Nations investigators said last November that Mushayidi was linked to the Forces Démocratiques de Libération du Rwanda (FDLR) in Congo-Kinshasa.

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