People from opposition in Benin have last week destroyed building that shelters Rwandan flag Carrier, RwandAir during violent demonstration in Capital City, Cotonu.
Rwandan ambassador responsible to Benin, Stanislas Kamanzi, confirmed the damage to the online Rwandan newspaper, Igihe.com.
Hundreds of protestors demonstrating against controversial parliamentary polls have gathered on the streets of Benin’s economic capital.
Protestors erected makeshift barriers of burning tyres, and chanted slogans against the current President, Patrice Talon
They also torched businesses, hurled stones, and smashed the windows of government buildings as they clashed with military leading to three deaths.
The second version of the protest was against what termed “Rwandanisation of Benin” in which protesters accused Talon of allegedly copying the Rwandan President Paul Kagame.
When Talon visited Rwanda in 2016, he declared Rwanda, the model for Africa citing “The leadership of Rwanda will have an impact in Africa.”
By 2017, RwandAir had opened a hub in Cotonou. At the same time, the governments of Benin and Rwanda revealed plans to launch a joint venture airline.
The Benin/Rwanda joint venture airline would operate Abidjan, Brazzaville, Douala, Libreville, Bamako, Dakar and Conakry routes.