Burundi army veteran arrested as Kagame spy


Nkurunziza is now arresting veterans for “spying for Rwanda”

The latest from the terror-gripped Burundi indicates that another army official, Nestor Nzuwonemeye, has been arrested and thrown into torture chambers.

Pacifique Nininahazwe, the leader of the Burundian civil society, says Nestor’s family fears for his life after he was on Tuesday morning August 4, 2015, picked by police and whisked off.

The cops first searched his home, traumatising his children; Floris and Florette, but never got anything.

The cops seized his children’s travel documents to limit their movement.

They accuse his son, Floris Uwayo, of being a Kigali informant.

Burundi authorities have made it a point to accuse Rwanda of causing unrest in their country.

Back in June, they blamed the military coup on Paul Kagame, blamed him for the rebels who attacked the country from the north and now accuse Rwanda of the recent assassinations taking place in the capital.

Burundi Interior Ministry claims an infiltration by alien elements of Police that are assassinating government officials; Adolphe Nshimirimana and Come Harerimana.

Apart from accusing his son of being a Rwanda informant, police also accuses Nestor’s daughters (Floris and Florette) of actively participating in demonstrations in their Gasenyi neighborhood Gasenyi.

He was then bundled away and put in custody in solitary confinement of the National Intelligence Service.

Nestor Nzuwonemeye has been retired from the national army for five years and is down with diabetes.

More arrests

People coming from Rwanda are accused of being in league with a new rebellion.

Tuesday morning, another retired army officer was arrested in Mabanda in Makamba town to for questioning over his son Vyamanga, driver at the General Staff of the army.

Vyamanga’s van was used in the assassination of General Nshimirimana.

Human Rights Watch claims to have documented 148 arrests by Imbonerakure and SNR agents in four provinces and Bujumbura, from April to July 2015 and most of these cases, the victims were beaten and tortured.

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said it had documented 600 detentions since April.

Peeping civil war

Pacifique Nininahazwe, the leader of the Burundian civil society, says the world must act fast to save Burundians, otherwise “we are on the ‘eve’ of another civil war”.

Ban speaks to Nkurunziza

On Wednesday, the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, telephoned president Pierre Nkurunziza, reiterating his strong condemnation of the recent killing of General Adolphe Nshimirimana and the attempted assassination of Mr. Pierre Clavier Mbonimpa.

He expressed his deep concern over the impact of these events on security in Burundi.

Ban urged President Nkurunziza to resume the political dialogue, which has been suspended since 19 July.

He encouraged the Burundian authorities to work closely with the Ugandan-led facilitation on behalf of the East African Community.

UN expert wants activists protected

On Friday, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Michel Forst, urged the Government of Burundi to protect all rights activists after this week’s brutal attack and assassination attempt on Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, one of the country’s top rights defender.

“The attempted killing of such a highly respected activist as Mr. Mbonimpa sends a very chilling message to all members of civil society and also the entire population,” Mr. Forst warned.

“During this period of turmoil and insecurity in the country, I am gravely concerned for the safety of all persons advocating for human rights in Burundi and call for an immediate end to violence.”

“The Burundian authorities should make it clear that such heinous attacks will not be tolerated and do their utmost to protect human rights defenders from future attacks,” he stressed.

“I call for immediate protection to be provided to Mr. Mbonimpa during his recovery in hospital.”


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