Alleged assassination attempt on chair of PS Imberakuri dissident faction
Rwanda News Agency reports the arrestation by Rwandan police of a young man who had allegedly planned to set ablaze the house of Christine Mukabunane, chair of the dissident faction of the opposition party PS Imberakuri.
Kigali: Police has arrested a man who had allegedly planned to set ablaze the house of Ms. Christine Mukabonane – who heads a splinter faction of the opposition PS Imberakuri party, RNA reports.
VP Pasteur Pastor Noel Hakizimfura is accused of hatching the assassination plan on his boss
The youthful man Theophile Uwayezu was arrested Monday night in possession of five litters of petrol, five litters for acid, candles, lighters and a rope – after his plan fell-through as he ran short of fire materials. The house did not catch fire.
The suspect has told police that the entire plan was hatched by party VP Pastor Noel Hakizimfura, who had wanted to replace his boss – to be the one carrying the party flag in the August 09 presidential polls.
In March, Mr. Hakizimfura connived with then PS Imberakuri VP Ms. Mukabunane and another official Mr. Augustin Niyitegeka to defect from the party leader Bernard Ntaganda. The three held an impromptu delegates conference where they ousted Mr. Bernard Ntaganda, and setting up new structures.
The embattled Ntaganda fought back reaffirming control over the PS Imberakuri by firing Ms. Mukabunane from the post of Vice president and expelling her from the party.
What was then PS Imberakuri now has two extreme factions – with that of Ms. Mukabunane being accused of leaning towards the ruling Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF).
However, reports arose recently suggesting that Ms. Mukabunane could be on the verge of being thrown out by the faction by her two male party colleagues.
The latest arsonist attack according to the arrested Uwayezu was meant to get rid of the woman politician. The alleged arsonist claims that Mr. Hakizimfura had promised to pay for him tuition to attend university education in Burundi if the plan was successfully executed.
As part of the deal to execute the attack, Mr. Hakizimfura apparently provided cash of 30,000 Francs (Approx. $52) which Uwayezu used to by the materials in Kayonza district of eastern Rwanda.
Police said investigations are still ongoing – suggesting he may not have acted alone. Mr. Hakizimfura was also arrested Tuesday.
The authorities say the men will be handed to prosecution, and could soon be paraded in court.
Rwandan politics are always full of theatrical suprises. We have to wait and see what is behind this incident!