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Vol 52 No 22

Published 4th November 2011


Political violence worsens

A hardline faction in the government and the bitter disappointment of the former rebels threaten the country’s hard-won peace

The 26 October arrest of opposition politician William Munyembabazi by the powerful security service, the Service national de renseignement (SNR), has deepened the mistrust in Bujumbura. The capital was already awash with conflicting claims about the massacre of 39 people in a bar in the nearby lakeside village of Gatumba on 18 September. Munyembabazi is Secretary General of the small Conseil national pour la défense de la démocratie (CNDD) party whose leader, former rebel chief Léonard Nyangoma, has been in exile since the 2010 elections. The opposition claims they were rigged but they received international approval. Those polls saw the main government party, the Conseil national pour la défense de la démocratie-Forces pour la défense de la démocratie (CNDD-FDD), confirmed as the dominant political force.

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