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article imageRwanda Green Party leader assassinated Special

By Ann Garrison     Jul 14, 2010 in Politics
The Democratic Green Party of Rwanda's First Vice President Andre Kagwa Rwisereka was found dead, his head almost completely severed from his body, in the wetlands of the Makula River near Butare, Rwanda, on the morning of July 14, 2010.
His body had been left approximately 3 kilometers from Butare, where his car had been dumped. He was 61 years old and is survived by four children.
The Democratic Green Party of Rwanda s First Vice President Andre Kagwa Rwisereka sat to the left of...
The Democratic Green Party of Rwanda's First Vice President Andre Kagwa Rwisereka sat to the left of Party President Frank Habineza at their attempt to convene in Kigali on October 30, 2009, which was broken up by violent saboteurs.
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The President, Vice Treasurer, Communications Secretary, and Secretary General of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda traveled to Butare yesterday in response to reports that Rwisereka had disappeared and that his car had been found abandoned. Today the Party issued a release announcing that Rwisereka had been assasssinated, and that his brother Antoine Haguma had confirmed seeing his body, with his head almost completely severed. The Rwanda Greens also reported that Rwisereka's national ID, driver’s license, house keys, and car keys were found inside the car, now packed at Police Headquarters in Huye-Butare town, and that his passport had been found in his house in TABA-Butare.
The Democratic Green Party of Rwanda is one of three viable opposition parties in Rwanda. All three have been excluded from the country's 2010 presidential election with polls now scheduled for August 9th.
Journalist Jean Leonard Rugambage was slain outside his home on June 24th, on the same day that Parti Social-Imberakuri presidential candidate Bernard Ntaganda and members of the Parti Social-Imberakuri and FDU-Inkingi Parties
Umuvugizi journalist Jean Leonard Rugambage was buried after a memorial service in Kigali on Saturda...
Umuvugizi journalist Jean Leonard Rugambage was buried after a memorial service in Kigali on Saturday, June 26th. Rugambage was gunned down outside his home in Kigali on June 24th.
Courtesy Jean Bosco Gasasira, Umuvugizi Editor
were arrested protesting their exclusion from the election. Rwanda Greens President Frank Habineza was arrested and then released, on the same day, while protesting the arrest of the other opposition party members outside the U.S. Embassy, which is next door to Rwandan President Paul Kagame's offices.
Digital Journal reached Democratic Green Party of Rwanda President Frank Habineza, who is also President of the African Greens Federation, by phone as he was returning to Butare today, June 14th, driving from Rwanda's capital Kigali, with the Party's Vice Treasurer and Secretary General. "This is very sad and shocking," he said. "We are calling on the Rwandan government to undertake a complete investigation. We are also asking the international community to intervene into the Rwandan situation."
Yesterday Reporters without Borders (RWB) called on the European Union and other international donors to suspend their assistance to the Rwandan government and to stop providing financial support for the 9 August presidential election following a series of grave press freedom violations, including the assassination of Umuvugizi Newspaper journalist Jean Leonard Rugambage, followed by the arrest of the Editor-in-Chief, and a designer and reporter for Umurabyo Newspaper. “How much longer will the international community continue to endorse this repressive regime?” they asked.
Rwandan President Paul Kagame was sworn in for another 7-year term  after the explosive  August 26th...
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.
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The London Guardian reported that Rwanda Police Spokesperson Eric Kariyanga said that Rwisereka had reportedly been carrying a lot of money and that robbery may have been the motive, but Habineza said, "No, it wasn't a robbery because they left his car, they left the keys to his car inside the car, they left the keys to his house inside the car with his National identity card inside the car. If they were thieves, they would have taken his car. If they were thieves, they would have taken the keys to his house and gone to take things from his house, They left the keys to his car and his house inside the car."
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