Frank Habineza, President of the embattled Democratic Green Party of Rwanda (DGPR) reported, on the morning of July 13th that the party's First Vice President, Kagwa Rwisereka, has gone missing.
Rwisereka's family, he said, reported his car, a Toyota pick-up, found on the banks of the Mukula River in Butare, in Huye-Southern Province, near Rwanda's southern border.
The Democratic Green Party of Rwanda's First Vice President Kagwa Rwisereka went missing in Butare, near Rwanda's southern border with Burundi.
Habineza said that officers of Rwanda's National Police had arrived at the scene, and called upon the Rwandan government to "use all means possible and inform us of the whereabouts of our Vice President."
The Rwanda News Agency also reported, on the morning of July 13th, that Rwandan Police have arrested two more Umurabyo Newspaper journalists, designer Patrick Kambale and reporter Saidath Mukakibib, and that Mukakibab had been arrested for comparing Rwandan President Paul Kagame to Hitler. Rwandan Police arrested Umurabyo Editor Agnes Uwimana on July 8.
Last month, on June 24, the day designated for official registration by Rwandan presidential candidates with Rwanda's National Electoral Commission, Rwandan National Police arrested members of the opposition FDU-Inkingi and Parti Social-Imberakuri Parties demonstrating outside the National Electoral Commission to protest their exclusion from the election. Habineza and other DGPR leaders then went to protest their arrest outside the U.S. Embassy, which is next door to the offices of President Paul Kagame in Rwanda's capitol, Kigali. Police then arrested Habineza and several other Greens but released them within a few hours.
On the same day gunmen shot and killed Rwandan journalist Jean Leonard Rugambage outside his home in Kigali and Rwandan National Police arrested Parti Social-Imberakuri founder and presidential candidate Bernard Ntaganda before he could leave his home. Ntaganda had called the protest at the National Electoral Commission, saying that "silence is acceptance." This week a Rwandan Judge denied him bail.
Rwandan President Paul Kagame was sworn in for another 7-year term, after the explosive, August 26th leak of a UN report documenting genocidal massacres of Rwandan Hutu refugees and Congolese Hutus, by his army, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Rwanda's presidential election is scheduled for August 9th, and election observers from the US and UK are slated to travel there, but many Rwandans, and the opposition FDU-Inkingi and Parti Social-Imberakuri Parties have asked them not to come and validate a faux election in which only faux candidates, who are really allies of President Paul Kagame, are running against him.
On Sunday, before DGPR Vice President Rwisereka's disappearance, DGPR President Frank Habineza said that the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda would meet and issue a statement regarding the election observers this week.
However, when reached by phone on the morning of the 13th, Habineza said, "We haven't had the breathing space to produce a statement about the election observers and now my main concern is the life of my Vice President."
Democratic Green Party of Rwanda
Frank Habineza, President of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda (DGPR), and President of the African Greens Federation, would have been the presidential candidate of the DGPR if they had been allowed to register their party and field a candidate.
In May the European Union reversed its decision to send election monitors to Rwanda in August, but not because of election irregularities; they cited, instead, a shortage of funds, but at the same time promised 5.3 million Euro to Rwanda's National Electoral Commission.