Thursday, August 14, 2003

Rwanda: opposition candidate accused of stirring ethnic divisions

Faustin Twagiramungu was summoned to appear before Rwanda's election commission today, accused of producing and distributing campaign pamphlets which they say promotes "divisive politics".

Here is an earlier post about Twangiramungu's allegations of harrassment during these elections. And here is a post on President Kagame's response.

I don't think this has anything to do with the current presidential campaign in Rwanda ... a Rwandan politician living in exile in Cameroon was shot dead a few days ago. Juvenile Mbanzamihigo has been described in Cameroon newspapers as a top member of assassinated Rwanda President Juvenal Habyarimana's party. (Recall it was Habyarimana's death which marked the start of the 100 days of slaughter which we now call the Rwandan Genocide.)

Here is a primer on the Rwandan genocide.