Mayor Jeremie Sinamenye
Jeremie Sinamenye, the mayor of Rubavu district in western province is arrested by police due to frustration against a presidential candidate Philippe Mpayimana’s campaign, among other accusations.
Various sources to Bwiza.com confirm this arrest since yesterday Thursday evening. The proof was that he didn’t attend local presidential campaign in Rubavu sector in the district for which he is mayor and RPF chairman.
Others sources argue he has been surprised in a hotel with the district administration director, Esperance Dukundimana, whom they are arrested together.
However, this lady is former Nyamyumba sector executive secretary, while her replacer Elzaphan Ugirirabino is also said to be arrested. Yesterday, this Nyamyumba sector accommodated Philippe Mpayimana as a presidential candidate, but chairs were empty, eventhough Mpayimana’s team member does not reveal any abnormality.
On the other hand, collaborators of Sinamenye accuse him for lack of cooperation in whatever his does.
This morning, the climate was confusing at the district office, where the staff was into small groups, discussing the case of Sinamenye and Dukundimana.
On Rwanda national police Twitter account, the spokes person ACP Theos Badege posted,
“Rubavu district Mayor and Busanze sector executive secretary, are detained over violation of presidential candidates’ rights. ACP Badege reminds that “all presidential candidates have equal rights before the law, and should be respected. RNP wants the general public against violation of electoral rules and regulations”. This post was sooner shared by Ministry of Local government.
Busanze sector is located in Nyaruguru district in southern province, where Mpayimana was in this week.
Yesterday evening, while in a video conference with all districts mayors, Francis Kaboneka, Local Government Minister has warned local leaders to be careful of any frustration involvement disappointing some candidates while taking their campaign rallies in respective districts.
Kaboneka said that local leaders should welcome the candidates coming in their areas so that they intervene if any candidates face difficulties.
“Candidates should be welcomed and freely stage their manifesto to citizens, who will decide on their ideal leader. Candidates have their rights provided by Rwandan laws and therefore should not meet any hurdles during the campaign. We need transparent and joyful campaigns”, said Kaboneka.
In Nyagatare Green Party’s flag bearer Frank Habineza failed to hold his campaign as local leaders boycotted him changing the campaign site, and motorcyclists carrying branches of trees and flags of other political parties, prevented the delegation enter the city.
The following day, the same scenario in Kirehe of the same province, where Habineza’s campaign was marred by primary school kids, carrying a different political party’s flags, disturbed the campaign with puzzling choruses.
The current presidential rally is between three candidates, namely Paul Kagame from RPF, the ruling party; Dr Frank Habineza from Green Party and Philippe Mpayimana, an independent candidate.
Jean Baptiste Karegeya
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