Rwandan opposition official disappears

2011-10-21 14:19
Nairobi - A top official from Rwanda's main opposition party has vanished after being attacked by security forces, the party said on Friday in a statement.

"Sylvain Sibomana, acting secretary general of the FDU [United Democratic Forces], has disappeared," the party said.

"We spoke to him on his cell phone for the last time when he was attacked by security personnel for unknown reasons and taken towards an unknown destination."

The FDU said it last had contact with Sibomana on Thursday afternoon. He was in Rubavu district in Rwanda's Western Province.

"All attempts to find him in police or army detention centres proved in vain," it said.

The FDU said national police had told the party to discuss the matter with local police.

The party, which accuses President Paul Kagame of intimidating and stifling opposition movements, is not recognised by Rwandan authorities, who say it has not completed the necessary steps to be registered.

FDU leader Victoire Ingabire, the country's top opposition figure, is currently on trial for supporting terrorism, charges she denies.

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